Half the price? That’s the implication of Matthew Miller’s list of the 10 best smartphones (“starting at half the price of an iPhone X”), which, by the way starts with iPhone X at the top of the list.
The Apple iPhone X is now in the hands of buyers and available in stores. It is the highest price mass market phone to launch with a starting price of $999 for 64GB and $1,149 for 256GB, but it seems the majority of people are buying it on a payment plan so that the cost is spread out over time and not as shocking as a lump sum price.
iPhones are affordable luxuries. The $349 entry-level iPhone SE runs most of the same software as iPhone X at $1,149.
The rest of the list is Samsung and more also-rans.
- Samsung Galaxy Note 8
- Huawei Mate 10 Pro
- Google Pixel 2 XL and 2
- Samsung Galaxy S8/S8 Plus
- iPhone 8/8 Plus
- LG V30
- OnePlus 5T
- Essential Phone
- HTC U11
Even iPhone customers know about Samsung’s smartphones. Google has been advertising the Pixel models frequently on TV this year. They may sell millions. Andy Rubin, father of Android OS, runs Essential and along with the OnePlus, HTC, and LG models, fills up the rest of the also ran class.
Not one of those smartphones on Miller’s list is like an iPhone X at half the price unless you consider that all smartphones are alike– flat slabs of glass with a good camera. What is common about such comparisons? It’s all about hardware and price. Not one word about photo and video quality from the cameras. Not one word about how iOS stacks up against the various flavors of Android (mentioned only three times, but for different versions). Not one word about how Android apps seldom compare well against iOS counterparts, or how Android security is a joke within the industry.
Can you get a good smartphone at half the price of an iPhone X? Sure. An iPhone SE is one third the price of the high end iPhone X. iPhone 6s, still available in Apple Stores, starts at $449. Is it as good as Huawei, Samsung, LG, OnePlus, or Essential? In hardware specifications alone, perhaps not, but iOS and Apple’s ecosystem is part of the package.
Reviewers who list the Top 10 smartphones fail to mention the very reasons we buy and use specific platforms. Software.
Call all those Android models run the latest Android OS? No. Yet, iPhones going back to iPhone 5s– before the large screen models– still run the latest iOS version. That means more capability and functionality is given to an iPhone for years after it was new. Apple actually improves older iPhones every year.
Also seldom mentioned is iPhone’s traditionally high resale value which makes total cost of ownership– when compared with the aforementioned flagship smartphones– a pretty good deal. And, no, there is no smartphone like an iPhone at half the price.