iPhone X vs Galaxy S9 Plus: Beast Can’t Yet Match the Superiority of the Champ

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Expectedly, Samsung has unleashed Galaxy S9/9 Plus to take the shine away from Apple’s magnum opus—iPhone X. Widely, touted as the best and most powerful Android smartphone, the beast has got plenty to be a show stopper but has the device got enough to be an iPhone killer?

Going by the several reviews from popular tech sites, S9 seems to be a solid option for the people who are enamored by high-end specs. With the gorgeous design, stunning camera and ultra-large screen, the device is primed to be your eye-candy! However, I still don’t find enough inspiration to ditch my iPhone…

iPhone X vs. Galaxy S9 Plus

iPhone X Still Has the Best Edge-to-Edge Display

No matter how much Samsung laughs off the “Notch” and blasts it for being useless, Apple’s flagship smartphone has undoubtedly better edge-to-edge display. While S9 features slim bezel both at the top and bottom, iPhone X screen goes all the way to the bottom and also touch the corners at the top on either side of the notch. Whenever I look at the screen of S9, the eye-sore bezel seems to irritate my end.

The notch is a big hit among quite a few Android smartphone makers. Else, why many of them would be planning to introduce it on their upcoming smartphones.

I’m really surprised to know that One Plus 6 is reportedly coming with iPhone X-like notch. The news just goes on to show how much appreciation it’s getting not just from the diehard fans but also from the noted rivals!

Google has just announced a new Android update called Android P, which adds the support for display notches built into Android devices that mimic the design of the iPhone X.

S9 Lacks the X Factor…

Samsung has tried its best to copy some of the biggest highlights like Face ID and Animoji of iPhone X and failed to make a match for them. Apple’s facial recognition is still far superior on all fronts. And when it comes to animated emojis, the iPhone has a clear edge thanks to the spotless face mapping.

“You won’t find a bigger and better Android phone than the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, thanks to its oversized 6.2-inch curved screen and low-light-defeating dual-lens camera. Sure, it looks exactly like last year’s S8 Plus, but it does fix the fingerprint sensor location (it’s now center-aligned on the back) and speakers (now stereo). The new AR Emoji mode is overrated, though, and its higher price is tough to justify. This is for people who want the biggest screen and the best camera on one phone.”TechRadar

“It has a head-turning design, fast performance, a great screen, and a very good camera. Outside of the display, the S9 isn’t a class leader in any category, but it’s good enough in all of them that the whole package makes for a great phone.

Owners of the S8 probably don’t need to upgrade this go-around — the differences aren’t great enough to warrant splurging on the S9 — but if you’re using a Galaxy S7 or any other phone from two years ago, the S9 is a significant step up in every respect.”The Verge

“If you’re looking for a stock Android phone, the Google Pixel 2 XL is still our top recommendation. Updates are important to us, and if you think so too, getting the Pixel means you’ll get fast security and version updates. We think the software experience is cleaner on the Pixel 2 XL, as well, and it’s more fluid. The Pixel 2 XL has a stellar camera, and while the Galaxy S9 may beat it in low-light photography, there are plenty of other areas where the Pixel 2 comes out on top.

Daylight photos and even some nighttime shots are more detailed, and Portrait Mode produces stunning images.

Obviously, iOS fans will need to take a look at the iPhone X. From its gorgeous design, strong camera, and fluid software, there’s plenty to like with Apple’s latest flagship.”Digital Trends

iPhone X Camera is Almost At Par

Agreed, S9 has got a slightly better camera. But iPhone X camera is not far behind with an overall DxOMark score of 97 points and should ideally live up to your mobile photography demand. Moreover, if you wish to have more natural colors in your shots, the iPhone is your safe bet.

“With an overall DxOMark score of 99 points, the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus takes the number one spot in our Mobile ranking, edging out the Google Pixel 2 by just one point. The S9 Plus comes with a camera that hasn’t got any obvious weaknesses and performs very well across all photo and video test categories. The Photo score of 104 points is the best we’ve seen so far.

At 91 points the video score is a little lower but still among the best, making the new Samsung an ideal choice for any mobile users who want the best possible still image quality without compromising on video.”DxOMark

And, what about the poor software and rather delayed software update?

One of the main reasons why I love iPhone is more reliable and secure iOS. Apple offers you instant software updates for up to 5 years. Though some of the stock apps for iOS may not be out of the box, they are still far better than those bloat wares you get on Samsung devices. Worse, the North Korean tech giant is well-known for not delivering software updates in time.

Take a classic example, last year’s Galaxy S8 still doesn’t have Android 8.0 in the US, which was launched over six months ago by Google.

It’s the advanced software that makes a smartphone such a great asset. But when your one of the most expensive device is lagging with a year old OS, and there is no clarity when it will get the latest and most talked about features, you are bound to be frustrated…

“And then there’s the perennial complaint with Samsung’s software: why are there so many duplicate apps? The unlocked S9 I’ve been testing has two email apps, two gallery apps, two browsers, and two app stores. The carrier versions will surely have even more duplicative apps. A couple of Samsung’s apps are good — namely the Samsung browser and Samsung Pay — but the rest are inferior to the Google apps that are also installed on the phone, which just makes them annoying. If you care at all about software updates, Samsung is one of the worst manufacturers when it comes to delivering new versions of Android. As of this review, last year’s Galaxy S8 still doesn’t have Android 8.0 in the US, and that was released by Google over six months ago.”The Verge

Your take?

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Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has mastered a different part of the travel economy — but Uber is a new beast

Who, exactly, is the man who is poised to take over the troubled car-hailing company?

The proposed new CEO of Uber has spent a decade mastering one part of the travel economy. But Uber is a new and very different beast.

The selection of 48-year-old Dara Khosrowshahi to oversee the $ 70 billion company is going to be an enormous challenge for an executive who has no background in transportation.

Since 2005, Khosrowshahi has led the travel-booking site Expedia to become “one of the largest online travel companies in the world,” according to the company. Expedia has ridden the explosion in online bookings that have displaced traditional travel agents working out of brick-and-mortar offices across the U.S.

But Expedia has also had to confront a new class of upstart companies like Airbnb that offer new travel services, and to distinguish itself from other similar travel bookers, like Kayak. Under Khosrowshahi, Expedia aimed to keep up with the new services, purchasing startup HomeAway for $ 3.9 billion in 2015, for instance.

And his experience running a company with a two-sided marketplace may prove useful if he accepts the CEO role at Uber. Like at Expedia, Khosrowshahi’s task is to turn unsold space — whether it’s an empty hotel room or an extra car seat — into revenue.

Born a Muslim in Iran, Khosrowshahi graduated from Brown University in 1991, and was originally trained as an engineer. He then spent seven years at the investment bank Allen & Company, followed by another seven years at IAC, originally the parent company of Expedia, where he was mentored by media executive Barry Diller.

“Early on, I didn’t know what I was getting into,” Khosrowshahi said in an Expedia company video in 2013. “And I think for the first year, when I was running the company, I wasn’t a particularly good CEO.”

Khosrowshahi has some experience leading employees during a CEO transition — but never a workforce as divided as Uber’s, many of whom were loyal to ousted CEO Travis Kalanick.

But Khosrowshahi has one advantage if he takes the job, according to people within the company: He was not the hand-picked choice of Benchmark, the venture capital firm that sued Kalanick and whose nominee would as a consequence have been distrusted by employees.

Khosrowshahi is leaving behind a hefty salary at Expedia, although he is likely to command top dollar at Uber, as well: In 2016, Khosrowshahi made $ 2.45 million, according to FactSet. The year prior, he made a bumper salary $ 94.6 million for entering into a long-term employment agreement with Expedia — the agreement had his term expiring in 2020. That made him the highest paid U.S. CEO in 2015, according to Equilar.

He comes from a tech family: He is a cousin of investors Hadi and Ali Partovi, who grew up with Khosrowshahi in Iran. Other family members work at Intel, Google Ventures and Allen & Company, according to the Partovis.

But Khosrowshahi does not appear to have spent extensive time before in Silicon Valley, nor does he have much obvious connection to Uber. His top rivals for the job, Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman and former General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt, also did not have any significant transportation experience.

He has, however, shown some affinity for on-demand transportation: Khosrowshahi, according to PitchBook, is a personal investor in Convoy, a company that has been described as “Uber for trucking,” and that could be an attractive acquisition for the ride-hailing giant down the line. For now, Convoy is a direct competitor to Uber’s similar service, UberFreight.

Khosrowshahi also sits on two corporate boards: The New York Times and Fanatics, the sports retailer that just accepted a mammoth investment from the Japanese conglomerate SoftBank. SoftBank is in talks to possibly obtain a substantial ownership position in Uber — and Khosrowshahi’s loyalties will be watched closely.

Another tea leaf: Khosrowshahi has displayed some fascination with autonomous vehicles, a research priority of his predecessor, Kalanick.

Khosrowshahi could also satisfy rank-and-file Uber employees’ desire for a CEO who will fight the Trump administration.‏ Publicly, Khosrowshahi‏ has been critical of U.S. President Donald Trump, and his company joined early efforts to challenge the president’s executive order targeting Muslim refugees and immigrants — an issue that some at Uber said Kalanick did not protest aggressively enough.

He himself is an immigrant who came to the U.S. from Iran when he was 9 years old. He supported Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton with a donation last year, though he has also donated to some Republicans.

And this past February, he ended a company earnings call with a direct shot at the White House.

“Hopefully we will all be alive to see the end of next year,” he said.

Rani Molla and Tony Romm contributed reporting.

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The Dell UltraSharp 38 Curved Monitor (U3818DW) ticks nearly every box you want checked in a monitor this size if you’re looking for a productivity display. It features a 2560 x 1440 resolution, a 100w USB-C connection that can charge your laptop while transmitting data, and integrated dual 9w speakers.

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