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iPhone X vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8 – Best for Business Owners?
8 Nov 17 Posted by: Margaret Mallonée
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As we approach the holiday season, companies are pushing out their hottest, new products to top our wish lists. In the battle of iPhone X vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8 - Best for Business Owners, which will reign supreme?

iPhone X vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8 – Best Option for Business Owners? November should really be called shoppers' paradise month. In just a few short weeks, we hit Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. Or, as they should be known as, “shut up and take my money” shopping holidays. You’re lying if you say the sales haven't enticed you to plan a buying haul… or, at the very least, fill a shopping cart with items you would like to have. I’ll admit it. I’ve had a Sephora bag filled with goodies for months. Will I buy it? No, but it’s fun to dream about.

Many people are exclusively buying electronics during the sales. What’s the hottest tech item of the season? The iPhone X. People lined up in the early hours of the morning to score the newest iPhone family member. However, Apple’s rival, Samsung, clapped back with an ad, showing iPhone users “growing up”, skipping the ridiculously long lines, and buying the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Apple vs Android is a time old tale of two tech companies hating each other. What consumer group, in particular, is looking into the debate? Business owners. They aren’t the typical consumer whose mainly concerned with a decent camera and emojis. Business owners rely on their technology to run their business. If something goes down, they won’t be able to work. They’re looking to invest in lasting technology that will make their lives easier. iPhone X vs Samsung Galaxy Note - Best for Business Owners? We're comparing the two on some key needs for business owners to find out which is best!

iPhone X vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8 – Best Option for Business Owners? Memory and Storage.

If you’re a fast-paced, business owner, you need to make sure your smartphone has enough Random Access Memory or RAM. Why is RAM important? Ram is pretty much one of the most crucial parts of your phone or computer. It gathers and retains some or all of the calculations, data, or instructions to be stored temporarily in your phone’s memory. What does this mean in simple terms? Basically, the amount of RAM you have will determine how quickly and efficiently you can get something done. Do not take this lightly. As someone who idiotically made a bad choice of RAM when it came to purchasing a computer, this decision can really make you hate yourself down the line. Honestly, RAM should be one of the first things any business owner should ask about when choosing a phone or computer.

The iPhone X will get you 3 GB of RAM. This is pretty average in the smartphone market. For comparison, the iPhone 8+ also had 3 GB of RAM. This is a step up from the iPhone 8 which had a dismal 2 GB of RAM.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has a whopping 6 GB of RAM. That is a lot! Just how much? Consider this. The average laptop computer comes with 8 GB of RAM. Some gamers tried to see if they could use up all 6 GB. To do this, they downloaded a ton of apps, had the apps opened, and played games at the same time. What does this mean? Pretty much that they were attempting to fill up the memory so that you would get that annoying “memory full, consider deleting photos and apps” message. Did they get that message? No. The max they got up to was 4.8 GB of RAM.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy X. Business owners need information fast. If you’re using your phone out of the office, there is a good chance that the reason you are doing so is that something went wrong and you need to fix it now. Maybe you had to evacuate because of a natural disaster. Whatever the case, the last thing you want is an annoying message pop up saying, “delete unwanted files” when you’re under pressure.

iPhone X vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8 – Best Option for Business Owners? Screen Size and Weight.

Alright, let’s be honest. The reason most of us want a decent screen size with our smartphones is that we use them to watch YouTube videos.  However, business owners might be in a different boat when it comes to what screen size is best. Think about what you use. Will you be looking at a lot of tables and charts? Do you need to look at renders? Are you simple reading documents?

The iPhone X has a diagonal measurement of 5.8 inches. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is a bit bigger, measuring in at 6.3 inches across.  That gives you a difference of 0.5 inches. It might not seem like a lot, but it can make a big difference when it comes to travel-friendliness and putting the phone in your pocket or bag. However, size affects the weight. The iPhone X weighs 4.8 grams, while the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will weigh you down by 6.9 grams.

Winner: If you need to see details on complex charts and Excel files, go for the Samsung Galaxy X. However, if you just need to read text or skim over some charts, go for the more compact and travel-friendly iPhone X.

iPhone X vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8 – Best Option for Business Owners? Screen Technology.

We can’t talk about screen specs without talking about the screen technology itself. You want to look for two things in screens. Resolution and lighting technology. Both the iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 moved away from LCD screens, which are illuminated by backlights. While LCD screens have better brightness and uniformity than the AMOLED and OLED screens, they are battery guzzlers and have a poorer contrast ratio.

The iPhone X uses OLED screens with a resolution of 458 PPI. OLED screens are illuminated by individual pixels, making the color more accurate and contrast ratio more favorable. Both are considered good screen tech specs in the smartphone world. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 uses AMOLED technology, which is also lite by individual pixels with a resolution of 571PPI.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 as the AMOLED technology is considered more power efficient than the OLED screens.

iPhone X vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8 – Best Option for Business Owners? Network.

What good is a phone if it gives you network trouble? Depending on how much you travel, you may choose the iPhone X or the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 based on the following.

“When it comes to baseband (mobile network), things get tricky. It may be important for businesses to know that the new iPhones may not support Gigabit LTE, as it appears they do not have 256 QAM technology. Based on the chipsets we have seen included on the latest PCB, they use LTE Advanced, are limited to 600Mbps speeds and do not support T-Mobile's new 600Mhz Band 71.

The Note 8 is confirmed to include Gigabit LTE capability, whereas the other Samsung devices are receiving that feature as an over-the-air carrier update in the coming months.

Additionally, the global unlocked version of the Samsung devices use a different baseband processor and also a different CPU (the Exynos 9) in order to be compatible with different mobile networks in other countries. So, when looking at Samsung models, make sure you know which CPU the device has -- a Snapdragon 835 or an Exynos 9, ” says Jason Perlow for Tech Broiler.

iPhone X vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8 – Best Option for Business Owners? Encryption.

Phones can make you vulnerable in two ways. If you lose them, they could fall into the wrong hands. They can also be hacked. If a hacker can break into Equifax's or other large corporations' systems, they can break into your phone.

“Android devices have user-accessible file systems, and applications have equal access to that file system and all of the resources on them including each other's data.

Conversely, iOS does not have a user accessible file system and the applications live in their own silos, and out of the box cannot access each other's data. The iOS file system is encrypted by default, whereas the Android user space file system is not, and the SD cards are definitely not encrypted by default either.

Typically, encryption on Android is deployed via mobile device management software and group policies set by an IT administrator. This can be done at the individual device level, the file system level, or at the application level. Additionally, each application in iOS has its own encrypted data store.

When deployed at the file system level on a vanilla Android system, the device prompts the user for a passcode during the boot-up process, at which time the file system is decrypted. For the most part, this doesn't add a lot of additional overhead in terms of boot time or overall performance, but it isn't convenient.

Samsung devices have an additional layer of optional security, known as KNOX, which is a type of hardware virtualization, isolation, and partitioning technology supported by specific mobile CPUs,” says Jason Perlow for Tech Broiler.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has added protection. You can never have enough when it comes to storing sensitive information.

iPhone X vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8 – Best Option for Business Owners? Conclusion.

The iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 are both great phones. There is no question about it. The iPhone X has a better camera and is a more travel-friendly size. iPhone used to reign supreme in user ease and access to more apps, but Android has now caught up. However, The iPhone X costs a few hundred dollars more than the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. While the iPhone X is stunning, it’s more consumer-focused and lacks some of the features a business owner would need. In the iPhone X vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8 debate, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 wins as the best option for business owners.

iPhone X vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8 - best for business owners

Sources: Jason Perlow for Tech Broiler

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