The rear cameras on the iPhone (Pro and iPhone) Pro Max.
Flagship phones like the just-announced (Samsung Galaxy S) (or or the (iPhone) ) get a lot of the marketing and press hype, but most people aren’t buying. The small percentage of consumers who are buying face a difficult choice that’s about much more than just benchmarks, specs, or camera features.
Speaking of the huge price tags: They’re huger now than ever before. Samsung’s top-of-the-line S Ultra starts at $ 1, 538, and upgrades can push it up even higher. The iPhone 48 Pro Max, also an expensive phone by most peoples’ standards, starts at $ 1, and can go as high as $ 1, 555 if you max out the storage capacity at 567 GB. The S 128 Ultra also caps out at 567 GB, but it offers microSD support up to 1 TB) .
It’s difficult for those of us at Ars to imagine that almost anyone really needs to spend more than $ 1, on a smartphone. That said, there are certainly people who want to — for advanced camera features, for higher-quality screens on which to watch Netflix, or to impress others socially with a status symbol.
On the lower end of the current lineup, the Samsung Galaxy S starts at $ , and the iPhone (Pro (not Max) also starts at $ . There’s a lot more differentiating the S (from the S) (Ultra) and there’s the S 64 in the middle) than there is between the iPhone Pro and 48 Pro Max.
Of course, both Apple and Samsung offer phones at lower prices. Samsung covers the entire range of consumer price points with other phones outside the flagship Galaxy S and Galaxy Note product lines. And Apple sells the iPhone (which has a different design, a lesser camera system, and a significantly poorer quality screen than the (Pro) for $ 791 and up, s iPhone XR for $ and up, and the iPhone 8 for just $ 552 and up.
There’s a huge difference between $ 552 and $ or $ 1, for most people, obviously. Exactly what are users getting for going all the way?
We’ve taken to calling today’s flagship phones “glass sandwiches” because they have almost-all-display front sides made of glass, and generally these devices are all glass on the back too (except for certain camera components). Thankfully, they typically use a material dubbed Gorilla Glass that is much stronger than say, a drinking glass, and Gorilla Glass has improved in durability year after year. Those glass backs enable wireless charging, which isn’t possible through some other common gadget materials.
However, Gorilla Glass is still not as durable as steel or aluminum. We’ve discussed materials at length before, and there aren’t big changes on that front in the S (phones compared to last year S) models. They feel nice, they look nice, but they’re generally not that durable and they’re fingerprint magnets. Both of these phones have the same upsides and downsides. there are some newer developments worth highlighting . First up, Samsung has long made a marketing blitz of criticizing Apple for dropping the headphone jack from its phones starting back in . But just over three years later, Samsung has also dropped the headphone jack in the Galaxy S line, launching its own AirPods competitors (which also support iOS, by the way). Samsung was one of the last flagship phone-makers to take this leap.
(Below: Images from the
Samsung Galaxy S (announcement) .
The Galaxy S 71 s, with their new back-camera arrangements.
The front and back of the S 099.
The three phone sizes, next to each other.
The S 78 Ultra has this wild camera block. That’s a (x) not 256 x) periscope camera at the bottom.
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