Samsung Galaxy S9 vs Google Pixel 2
Should you opt for Samsung's shiny new flagship Galaxy S9 or Google's Pixel 2 smartphones?
Samsung's position in the Android ecosystem is as the apex predator, especially for its high-end Galaxy S series phones. That's a position that's under significant stress from competitors and none more so than Google itself.
Google has the upper hand in a software sense, with its Pixel 2 phones guaranteed to get the latest versions of Android as soon as they're ready. Samsung has been quite swift to offer up Android security updates, but much less rapid with actual upgrades for full Android versions.
On the hardware flip side, both of the new Pixel 2 phones only feature single camera sensors on the rear, where the Galaxy S9+ has twin sensors. Google makes up for that with AI-assisted camera modes, but these are automatic; there are some photographic possibilities with twin sensors that you can't always fake with software.
We put the Samsung Galaxy S9 through its paces in our review, so be sure to give that a read for more information. If you're looking to pick one up, check out the latest deals on the Galaxy S9 from Australian retailers.
If you're keen on all things Google, you can read our full Australian review of the Google Pixel 2 XL here.
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