The Huawei P20 Pro is one of the very rare smartphones that are able to promptly compete with the top tier- the iPhone X and the Samsung Galaxy S9+. Until now, only manufacturers like OnePlus and Google were able to combat with the conspicuous tech giants.
But, it seems that the line between the notoriously fantastic companies and the lesser anticipated ones is shrinking day-by-day. So, let’s take a look at why the Huawei P20 Pro is better than the Samsung Galaxy S9+.
But before we begin, let’s take a look at our prime contender’s specs.
The Huawei P20 Pro bewilders most of the tech community by its specifications. Having an AMOLED display at 1080 x 2244 pixels, an 18:7:9 ratio along with a splendid pixel density of 408 PPI, it validates to be at least better than other Android smartphones, if not, the Samsung Galaxy S9+.
Performance-wise, it boasts an octa-core Hisilicon Kirin 970 chipset which is approximately as good as Samsung’s Exynos chipset in the S9+. Storage-wise, the Huawei P20 Pro obstinately has just one option- 128 GB with 6GB of RAM which is inferior to what the latter offers.
Even with many let-downs, take a look at the top 6 reasons you should buy the Huawei P20 Pro against the Samsung Galaxy S9+.
It has a better design
Believe it or not, both the smartphones have a ravishing design that anyone would dig. But, the P20 has got a slight fringe over the S9+ for that matter. The Chinese smartphone dominates the skeuomorphic design sector by providing beautiful colors, glass backs, and a lot of replication from the iPhone X.
The design is a reasonably influential perspective in a world where functionality matters way less than presentation does. An iPhone 4S, even in today’s time attracts attention owing to its elegance while Apple itself has stopped providing software support to the device after iOS 9. This is why the design comparison between the new Chinese flagship and its competitor is quintessential.
From a distant glance on to the phone, you might not able to distinguish between the Huawei P20 and the iPhone X. But that recurs in a satisfactory manner so it is criticized way less than other Android phones trying to partially plagiarize the Apple way.
As compared to the S9+, it has a more glossy and reflective glass back that you can easily use as a mirror while shaving the hair off of your face. Although, the paramount facet of this phone is its vivid color scheme.
The Huawei P20 Pro is available in Black, Midnight Blue, Pink Gold; more like the rose gold option on the iPhone; and the amazing Twilight. The Twilight, however, is the lambency of this phone as it appears iridescent which means that from one angle, the phone will appear in a different color and from another angle, it’ll appear different.
I can foresee the future that in no time, this particular color, the Twilight will be one of the main reasons the Huawei P20 will be in the top charts of mobile trends, much like when the launch of a new iPhone exonerates.
Well, in juxtaposition with the Huawei P20 Pro, the Samsung Galaxy S9+ comes in Midnight Blue, Lilac Purple, Coral Blue, and the less intrusive Midnight Grey. And none of these colors are even close to the uniqueness of even one of the colors on the latter, especially the iridescent Twilight option.
Additionally, the Huawei P20 Pro is substantiated to have smoother edges, which is not the case with the S9+ as they feel harsher to the palm.
So, anyone, even those who don’t possess a fitting sense of design will definitely opt for the Huawei P20 Pro vs the Samsung Galaxy S9+.
Better placement of the fingerprint sensor
Ever had your fingers face fatigue while performing the simple task of unlocking your phone using the fingerprint scanner implanted at the back of the phone? Well, you’re not alone. Thousands of S9+ users face this problem every day, probably, every hour.
It’s not just confined to finger-fatigue, but also the inability of unlocking the phone using the fingerprint scanner while placed on the table without lifting the phone up feels like a daunting task.
Every one of those derelictions is waived off when you use the Huawei P20 Pro. This is because of the simple placement of the fingerprint scanner.
The paramount reason for Samsung to entrench the fingerprint scanner at the back is to gain more real-estate on the front, meaning more screen and fewer bezels. However, Huawei has managed to glean even more screen real-estate by shrewdly employing the notch while placing the fingerprint scanner at the end. And people seem to kinda love it.
Huawei did not cess just at this point. The fingerprint scanner is surprisingly fast, even though the device is thinner as compared to the Samsung Galaxy S9+.
Has a better software skin
Huawei’s EMUI Android skin is extensively known for mirroring Apple’s iOS’ design. However, EMUI 8.0 that comes along with the Huawei P20 and the P20 Pro, which is based on top of Android 8.1, has an altogether different aura. While it’s obvious that it copies iOS, it won’t seem as abominable as Samsung’s skin.
Samsung’s skins have evolved to an extent that they provide a ‘close to stable’ experience initially. But as time gorges, you’ll notice cyclical lags and hiccups which elevates to such an extent that the phone becomes virtually unusable. This hasn’t been the case with previous Huawei smartphones and expediently won’t ever be.
Although, the EMUI 8.0 installment is based on a lot of AI which is most prominent in the camera, which I’ll come to in a while. The 8.0 update also interpolates iPad-like multitasking features- essentially the split-screen multitasking.
One handed usage is also encouraged and ingrained dexterously. Huawei provides a little floating dock on the screen which constitutes a bloated dot programmed to accept gestures.
Basically, you move the dot left, right, up, down or in any other manner to perform preset functions. Though, you have the option to edit what those gestures do in the settings.
Again, Huawei conspicuously remains the best option if you ask: “Why is the Huawei P20 Pro better than the Samsung Galaxy S9+?”
Has a better battery
According to a study, an average US person spends about 5 hours a day using a smartphone. And it’s passable as the amount of work that depends on a smartphone these days has also doubled in a decade. That being said, having a phone with bad battery life is a dilapidating ballgame. Keeping your phone attached to the wall most of the time is not the way smartphones should work.
And I get it; most smartphone manufacturers cannot afford to place a sufficing battery in their smartphone’s chassis. Speaking of which, Apple is the best example. Even after the expatriation of the headphone jack, the iPhone X can’t hold a battery having an adequate amount of capacity as per the current criterion. And this is simply because of the placement of a barometer pervading the bottom left zone.
The Samsung Galaxy S9+ is insignificantly better than the iPhone X in terms of battery capacity as it holds 3500 mAh of juice in it. However, I warn you not to fall for battery specs when it’s about Samsung.
This is due to the fact that Samsung’s way of handling resources that eat up the battery seems to not be well optimized. You won’t discern the effect tout de suite but will surely observe poor battery life after a few months of usage.
Enter Huawei, the smartphone manufacturing company that, with its P20 Pro has percolated miracles so far has a battery capacity of 4000 mAh, which is a 500 mAh more than the Samsung Galaxy S9+.
And that makes a huge difference justifying the fact that its chassis is thinner than the last-mentioned. Not just that, it’s known that Huawei phones’ battery tends to last longer and not act up in the long run.
At this point, it’s incontrovertible that Huawei is indeed following the footsteps of Apple, more like copying it directly. But as long as it’s doing wonders with its products, I don’t have a predicament. Do you? Let me know in the comments section.
Huawei itself markets its phone as a ‘two-day’ lasting phone. And it indeed lasts for about two days- according to several user reviews. Even on heavy usage, like playing graphics demanding games, the phone makes it to the ‘a day and a half’ mark without having to recharge it imperceptibly.
If you require a phone with a truly long-lasting battery, then this one is for you.
Has faster-charging capability
Just by having a better battery life does not do justice to a phone’s eminence. In fact, it reduces the receptiveness by necessitating more time to charge in proportion to the battery capacity. Both Samsung and Huawei offer fast-charging in their flagship devices and both of them transact differently.
However, Huawei’s P20 Pro has a leg-up as it sells with a 22.5-watt adapter whereas the Samsung Galaxy S9+ ships with a 15-watt charger. And that’s a considerable difference, if not colossal.
Another inconvenience by the Samsung Galaxy S9+ is that Samsung has gloomily adopted QuickCharge 2.0 while it could’ve easily reached for QuickCharge 4.0 supported by the current Snapdragon 845 chipset embedded in the device. And that, en masse, makes a huge difference when you practically undertake to charge your phone.
This means that on the Huawei P20 Pro, you get a 15% larger battery than the Samsung Galaxy S9+ which also charges two times faster than the less-intrusive. Above all, you can extract much more from a single charge on the P20 Pro than on the S9+, thanks to the rad battery optimization.
Has a camera that overall fares better
Most of the reviews from big sources like WIRED, The Verge, etc state that this phone is perfect for just one reason- its camera. Indeed, the Huawei P20 Pro justifies its position with respect to the iPhone X as well as the Samsung Galaxy S9+ in terms of camera quality, features, and backend assessment of images.
Mostly everyone nowadays comprehends some kind of AI-based features into their respective camera apps. But Huawei takes it a ‘notch’ higher. Using what Huawei calls it- ‘AI capabilities’, which we know, as a matter of fact, is intelligent image processing, the P20 offers what once again Huawei names ‘Artificial Intelligence Stabilization’ which is at the very least, aimed at low-light photography. Using actual AI for this one, Huawei proposes smart image capturing as it recognizes different scenes in the shot.
Though, this feature is so formidable that it differentiates between different kinds of food-styles as well. It adjusts the photographic parameters based on if the cuisine is Indian, Chinese or continental, for instance.
Bidding farewell to the AI aspect of this section, there are a lot of other things that make the P20 Pro’s camera mind-blowing. For starters, it has a triple lens camera. Yes, you’ve heard it right. A triple lens, not the standard dual lens that almost every flagship out there offers at this point in time.
Although, this raises a question: Why triple lens? Well, there’s a whiff of optical science in it. One of those lenses is a whopping 40 megapixel Leica lens with a f/1.8 aperture; another one is a 3x zoom camera with a f/2.4 lens. And both of these lenses are accompanied by a third, 20 megapixels black and white sensor.
According to WIRED, the black and white sensor is used to aid processing, cut down noise and boost dynamic range.
“It can do this because a black and white sensor has a higher native sensitivity than a standard one. It doesn’t need a color filter, increasing the amount of light that gets into the sensor,” says Andrew Williams from WIRED.
The Huawei P20 Pro is even faster at taking photos than most of the phones out there and is in an unambiguous competition with the Samsung Galaxy S9+, beating it occasionally. And its low-light abilities are unparalleled as well. Considering the fact that cameras with a high megapixel count don’t usually do well in terms of low-light, it’s impulsive that a company like Huawei has been able to achieve this feat. Even so, that images captured from the iPhone X and the Samsung Galaxy S9+ seem a little astringent.
While the back camera performs its wonders in its own way, the low-light game is strong even for the front camera on the P20 Pro. But, it’s used in an entirely different way- for face unlocking. However, the front camera does not sport fancy infrared sensors as in the iPhone X, the low-light sensing capabilities of the P20 Pro take you to the home screen from the lock-screen in just a matter of half a second.
With all that glamour vested in the camera, you won’t even consider an iPhone X, let alone the Samsung Galaxy S9+ in this comparison between the Huawei P20 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S9+.
That being said, the Huawei P20 Pro is available in most parts of the world. But unfortunately, its sales have been exempted from the US, as every other ‘P’ branding from Huawei in the past has. Well, US persons have an option to import it from the UK, or somewhere else.
Anyways, UK buyers can buy the Huawei P20 Pro just by clicking this link right here:
This new camera app by Moment will blow your mind!
Since the past few years, a debate has popped up in the photography community.
Can smartphones revolutionize classic photography?
“Photography has always depended on technology, and every change in technology has affected the history of photography, but the smartphone, in its nature, is a device that is not for photography. It’s a device that is for communication,” says photographer and filmmaker Henry Jacobson.
But then, the iPhone was launched in 2007. And it hit back to all the naysayers.
The iPhone was a “revolutionary mobile phone” and a “breakthrough internet communications device” — with a camera. It was certainly not the first phone to have a camera — and it probably wasn’t even the best camera available in a phone at the time — but it certainly was the best camera in your phone. As soon as you used it, you felt a genuine, relaxed enthusiasm for taking pictures that you, as a daily user, hadn’t felt for years.
Over the period of time, cameras in smartphones have improved to a great extent. Some have gotten so far with their hardware, that they’re making photographers drop DSLRs and instead stroll around with a 500 gm smartphone.
Then, a couple of years back, Moment launched extensive camera lenses and cases for smartphones. Which in addition to an already improvised sensor, took smartphone photography to a whole new level. It mainly focuses on cases for the Pixel 2, Galaxy S9, and Apple’s iPhones. The wide angle and telephoto lenses have rocked the market so far.
But now, Moment is stepping away from the hardware and released a new app for both Android and iOS.
It’s called as Moment- Pro Camera.
Just like any other third party camera apps, it’s designed to replace your default camera app while giving you access to all of the pro controls you could ask for. You can shoot in RAW, control exposure/ISO/shutter speed/focus/white balance, analyze all of your photo metadata in a DSLR-like format, and see a real-time histogram to know exactly what your exposure is like.
Despite all of these controls, Moment’s kept the UI for its app very clean and simplistic so that it’s not too overwhelming for people looking to gradually up their photo game. There’s also a section in the app where you can let it know you’re using a Moment lens if you have one, and according to Moment, it’s working on adding support for the Pixel 2’s Pixel Visual Core, the technology that has blown everyone’s minds with it’s ability, at some point down the road.
While all of that sounds great, Moment’s Android app is lagging a bit behind. When I was watching videos about the app, the Android version didn’t support video recording or the ability to switch between sensors if you’ve got a phone with dual rear cameras.
Speaking of the Android app, it’ll set you back $1.99 on the Play Store. For our iPhone friends, the iOS app can be downloaded for free but requires a one-time $2.99 payment to access all of the pro controls.
Are smartphones better than DSLRs? Stay tuned to know more.
The Peaks and Valleys of WWDC 2018
Today Apple held WWDC 2018 to announce their much anticipated software updates. iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS all got new features, and despite being smaller in features there’s still much to talk about.
Apple from the very beginning setting the stage with iOS claiming that the focus was performance and stability improvements. So, although there might not be as many user features as prior updates, the new features here are meaningful. However, some don’t quite meet that standard.
In my opinion, here the peaks and valleys of WWDC. First the positives…
1. Porting iOS Apps to Mac
Looking back, we might see this as the most important feature announced today. At the tail-end of the macOS announcements, Craig Federighi gave us a sneak peak of Universal Apps now incorporating iPhone, iPad, and for the first time Mac.
The Mac App Store has had issues with Mac developer retention for some time now. Getting iOS developers to come over has been a whole other issue. iPad apps were quickly adopted by developers because it shared so much in common with iPhone development. All that a developer really had to do was update the UI. Mac, on the other hand, currently requires a whole new app be written.
This transition to Universal Apps across OSes comes in two phases. Phase 1 we saw today. It starts with Apple porting some of their own apps to Mac, which include: News, Stocks, Home, and Voice Memos. Phase 2 comes next year and will open up tools to developers allowing them to port their own iOS apps.
Hopefully these new additions, plus the new Mac App Store design, create greater incentive for developers to bring their apps to Mac. From where I’m standing, these tools could make a big difference.
2. Screen Time and Digital Health Features
Last month Google showed off their bevy of “Digital Wellness” features, and while they might have gone farther, it’s great seeing Apple take steps to make your time spent with your phone healthier.
All these Digital Health features show up in a few different ways. First were some additions to Do Not Disturb. Now in Control Center you’re able to associate Do Not Disturb functionality with a particular location (where you work) or a calendar event (a specific meeting at work). Even when using the Bed Time function added last year, Do Not Disturb will automatically turn on.
Screen Time is the biggest Digital Health feature added. In settings right under Do Not Disturb a new tab dubbed Screen Time will show you how long you used your phone, how many notifications you received, how many times you picked up your phone, and your most used apps. From here that data can be broken down by current day or week. There are also options to set timers per application or type of app determined by its category in the App Store.
3. macOS Dark Mode
The most immediately apparent update to macOS Mojave is the new Dark Mode. First off, it’s gorgeous. Holding back from using the developer beta of Mojave just for Dark Mode has been a trying effort. I’ll manage, somehow. There’s not much to say other than to look at these beautiful stills.
4. Siri Notification Suggestions
We’ll talk about some of the other Siri features later, but a smaller addition comes in form of task suggestions seen in Notification Center. Let say that you missed a call from someone and you haven’t called them back yet, Siri will add a notification suggesting you call that person.
I’ve already had experience with this on my phone can already see it has a useful tool to remind me of smaller important items I might have forgotten otherwise. These suggestions also show up in the Search Field. The idea is that after Siri has learned some of your routines she’ll send you handy tidbits when you need them most.
5. Third Party Support For Siri Watch Face
Another small, but potentially big feature here. Last year watchOS 4 introduced the Siri Watch Face with contextually relevant cards in place of the standard complications. This year the watch face gains support for third party apps via the new Siri Shortcut API. Third party integration makes this watch face infinitely more practical with the potential of seeing transportation times, news updates, and whatever else third party developers cook up.
1. Increased Animoji Support
Flag this one as highly subjective and very much my own opinion. Many people are going to love these new Animoji and they’ll love FaceTiming their friends as their very own Memoji. Not me. Animoji has always hit a sour note for me and with iOS 12 I’m finding their inclusion that much more frustrating. Beyond FaceTime invites in Messages, Animoji was the only new addition to Messages.
It’s not the inclusion of new Animoji that upsets me, if there were other features to discuss among Animoji I’d have no problem. But it was the only update, and Apple spent a lot of time on it. Which leads me to…
2. No RCS
RCS is the spiritual successor to SMS and includes many practical additions such as read receipts, typing indicators, and rich links. It has been adopted by all the major carriers, and would make texting someone on Android (aka a non-iPhone user) a far more pleasant experience. It’s also far more practical and necessary of an update than additional Animoji.
To me, not including RCS would be like not including Bluetooth 5.0 or a new WiFi standard. Why exactly wasn’t this included? I’m very curious. It can’t be because of security, because SMS already lacks end to end encryption.
3. No iOS Dark Mode
When video leaked of macOS and the included Dark Mode a few days ago, I became hopeful we’d see the feature come to iOS as well. Alas, I was wrong. Maybe there are challenges bringing Dark Mode to iOS and that don’t exist for Mac. iPhone X and future OLED devices would benefit greatly from a Dark Mode. OLED screens don’t have to power black pixels, which could have resulted in a lot of power saving goodness if there were an iOS Dark Mode. I’m sure it’ll come eventually, just would’ve been nice to have seen it released in parity with macOS.
What is there to talk about, really? Dolby Atmos support. A single new screen saver. And an admittedly cool Zero Sign-In feature for TV passwords let down by support from only one provider. None of this warranted being featured in a keynote that already ran too long, Apple shouldn’t have dedicated time to tvOS on stage. They could’ve left it out.
5. Siri Shortcuts Aren’t Enough
For me this is one of the biggest letdowns of WWDC. Siri has fallen behind competition with Google Assistant, Alexa, and Cortana; and she really needed this year to catch up. Siri Shortcuts seems to be trying to catch up on third party app support seen on other assistants. At a quick glance it would appear Apple has done so, but a second thought changes that outlook.
Essentially the feature takes advantage of available deep links into apps allowing you to go somewhere specific in an app. By going to a deep linked area of an app you’ll be able to tell Siri you want to create a command for that specific information you’re seeing in the app and create your own command to reach it.
Here lies the problem. For starters Google Assistant already has similar functionality, the difference being that the user doesn’t have to point Google Assistant where to go, it just know to go. Siri has to be trained per function, per app. A lot of voice activated requests are thought of on a whim and aren’t initiated preemptively. Who thinks they’ll have a question in a few hours and sets it up ahead of time? Seems like the user is doing work that Siri should be doing instead.
Even though requests can accomplish more complex tasks thanks to the integrated Shortcuts app, they all still require the user come up with a command and consistently use that command verbatim. Stray from the command and you’ll get a different result. Notably Siri falls behind competition on voice recognition as well, and there was no word about and update there.
It’s not a terrible feature, but it certainly doesn’t help Siri catch up to competition.
More to Come
iOS 12, macOS Mojave, watchOS 5, and tvOS had many other features that couldn’t all be talked about here. Increased privacy while browsing, Group FaceTime, grouped notifications in iOS, Camera Continuity, among others were also highlighted during Apple’s event. Stay tuned for more updates and a look at unannounced iOS 12 beta features and overall impressions in the coming days while we get our hands on the software.
WWDC 2018 Liveblog: Get on the Hype train!
WWDC 2018 is in a few hours and we’re here committed, more like excited to share live updates with you. There’s a lot to take home today, with iOS 12 up to the brink, launching with a lot of purported features; macOS– with a dark mode, a news app, and a revamped macOS store, and some basic upgrades to watchOS and tvOS.
Unfortunately, we wouldn’t expect hardware announcements, owing to previous reports but isn’t WWDC a warehouse of software goodies more than hardware ones? Tune in, for a ride in the hype train!