The iPhone X is probably the best phone that Apple has ever made, thanks to its gorgeous OLED display, powerful new A11 Bionic CPU and nearly bezel-free design. We haven't had a chance to test the iPhone X yet, but unfortunately for Apple fans, I can already say that the new handset is still miles behind the Galaxy Note 8. Although Apple's flagship beats the Note 8 in some ways, here are 12 reasons that the Galaxy Note 8 beats the iPhone X.
The Galaxy Note 8 has a 6.3-inch, 2960 x 1440 display, while the iPhone X's display is a mere 5.8 inches with 2436 x 1125 pixels. Considering that Samsung's mainstream Galaxy S8 phone is also 5.8 inches, I wouldn't even call the iPhone X a phablet.
The Galaxy Note 8 has a standard 3.5mm audio jack so you can attach any headset you want, from the old Sony Walkman set you found in your attic to the $300 Bose you got for your birthday. However, with the iPhone X, you need to either buy a pair of wireless earbuds, get one of the few wired headphones with a lightning connector or carry an adapter with you. That's a lot of hassle, just to listen to music.
The iPhone X is the first Apple phone to offer facial recognition, but it lacks the TouchID fingerprint recognition you get on older iPhones. With the Note 8, you get a choice of face detection, iris scanning or fingerprint login.
Considering that people wake up their phones dozens or even hundreds of times a day, all the moments you spend unlocking your device really add up. The Galaxy Note 8, like every other Android 7-powered device, allows you to designate certain locations as Trusted places using the "Smart lock" feature.
So you can make sure that, when it's in your house, you don't need to unlock the phone. You can't do that with the iPhone.
Tapping virtual QWERTY buttons on a glass screen will never be as accurate as touch-typing on a mechanical keyboard. However, using a phone with haptic feedback, which emits a small vibration when you strike each key, gives you the tactile feeling you get from real keyboards.
Like most Android phones, the Galaxy Note 8 offers optional haptic feedback for typists, while the iPhone X vibrates only when you use its 3D Touch feature, which doesn't work with the keyboard.
As its name implies, the Galaxy Note 8 is great for note-taking. The included S Pen stylus makes it easy to scribble reminders or write down ideas, even if the screen is powered off. The S Pen is also great for drawing, and it even translates foreign-language text you select. The iPhone X doesn't have any kind of pen support.
If you buy an iPhone X with 64GB of internal memory and then find out that you're taking a ton of high-res photos and videos, there's no way to expand your local storage. However, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 comes with a microSD card slot that supports expansion cards as large as 256GB.
You can buy a 128GB memory card for around $40, effectively tripling your storage, for $60 less than it costs to go from a 64GB to a 128GB iPhone.