Here's something I heard a lot from viewers when I said that Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 was actually worth the thousand bucks it costs: "no, dude." See, it turns out a lot of folks don't think any smartphone is worth a four-figure price point, no matter how fully-featured it is. It's not just viewer feedback, either; I listen to a lot of tech podcasts, and nearly every time the Galaxy Note 9 was brought up in conversation this week, another smartphone was hot on the tongue of the next host: the OnePlus 6.

You might remember the OnePlus 6 as the smartphone I lightly chastened in my review for being the most expensive of its formerly-very-affordable line. But here's the thing: it's also one of the best Android phones of 2018 – and at a mere $530, it's almost 50% less expensive than Samsung's Galaxy Note 9. That's not just a price gap; it's a price canyon. Given how much I enjoy using both of these smartphones, I wanted to know just how the two fared when put head-to-head.

So join me for the Galaxy Note 9 vs. the OnePlus 6! We'll recap some of what you already know; we'll gaze upon some camera comparisons that might surprise you; and we'll barely touch on the Poco F1 that launched to much hoopla right in the middle of this video's production process (more on that soon). If you're more of a casual tech lover, or a lapsed phone geek who's checking back in on Android after a hiatus … you might be surprised at just how much (or how little) difference an extra $500 makes when you're shopping for the best smartphone of 2018!

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