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Samsung Galaxy S9 vs. Google Pixel 2: Which should you buy?

Samsung's flagships may outsell Google's in massive numbers, but that definitely doesn't stop many of us from thinking that the Pixel phones are the absolute best expression of Android on a smartphone. The Google Pixel 2 launched into a world where the Galaxy S8 was already over six months old, and now the roles are reversed: we have the brand-new Galaxy S9 to compare to.

The Galaxy S9 shares a lot with its predecessor, but there are strategic improvements that help it match the Pixel 2 — and in some areas it continues to best Google's little flagship. Here's how the new Galaxy S9 compares to the Pixel 2 in hardware, software and value.

What's the same

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Samsung Galaxy S9 and Google Pixel 2

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Samsung Galaxy S9 and Google Pixel 2

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Samsung Galaxy S9 and Google Pixel 2

Despite dramatic differences in initial appearances, there's a lot shared between these phones. Sure the materials and designs differ, but they're actually nearly the same overall size. The Pixel 2 is a tad shorter and lighter, but both phones are pretty compact and easy enough to manage in one hand — especially compared to the ever-growing competition in the 6-inch (and-above) smartphone space.

Samsung Galaxy S9 specs

Throughout the hardware you'll find matching spec and features. The Galaxy S9's new fingerprint sensor placement on the back matches the Pixel 2, as does its water resistance, stereo speakers, 64GB base storage and relatively small battery capacity — though the Galaxy S9 does edge out the Pixel 2 by 300mAh there, real-world use of the Pixel 2 shows it can do great things with what it has.

The phones are almost the same size, and filled with the same core specs and features.

For all of the design similarities between the Galaxy S8 and S9, one thing that took a big upgrade was the camera — and it's exciting enough to have it up here in the "same" section to be mentioned alongside the Pixel 2. The Galaxy S9's new camera sensor is doing a lot of the same multi-frame advanced processing of images that we hear Google talk about with HDR+ on the Pixel 2. These phones take different types of photos and often come to notably different results in the same scenes, but seeing each one on its own will show you they're both great. The Galaxy S9 is often a bit truer to the scene and more simple, while the Pixel 2 takes photos that have more color, contrast and drama to them.

Add in its adjustable aperture up to f/1.5 and we see low-light performance that takes a considerable jump up to challenge the Pixel 2 as well. Right now this is still the Pixel 2's crown, but I'm glad the Galaxy S9 didn't stick with an iterative setup from the Galaxy S8 — the GS9 has extremely low noise and accurate colors at night. At the same time, the Galaxy S9 adds in 4K 60 fps video, as well as 960 fps slow-motion — both of which best the Pixel 2's video capabilities in terms of raw numbers, but we know the Pixel 2's video stabilization is still king.

What's different

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Samsung Galaxy S9 and Google Pixel 2

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Samsung Galaxy S9 and Google Pixel 2

Remember our comparison of the Galaxy S8 and Pixel 2? Well, for the most part, you can just press replay on that. It only takes a glance to tell these phones have completely different identities, with the Galaxy S9's primarily glass build and glistening curves contrasting with the Pixel 2's monolithic metal and subtlety. Both execute their designs well, but it's easy to see why so many people prefer the flashy head-turning design of modern Samsung phones — even if the glass back is a bit more fragile. Not everyone is attracted to the subtle approach of the Pixel 2, even if its metal body may age better.

Polar opposites in design, all surrounding a startling difference in usable screen space for the size.

Then, of course, there's the difference in usable screen space for the size of the phone. In the same overall hardware package, the Galaxy S9 has a 5.8-inch 18.5:9 display, versus the Pixel 2's 5-inch 16:9 display. Put another way, over 83% of the front of the Galaxy S9 is screen, whereas under 70% of the Pixel 2 is screen. That's a startling difference in usable screen space for the same size of phone. Sure the immediate sides of the Galaxy S9 are curved and therefore not all that usable, and full-screen content doesn't always utilize the space, but it's tough to shake the feeling that the Pixel 2 "wastes" space on the front of the phone.

What's inarguable is the difference in screen quality. The Galaxy S9 took the Galaxy S8's display and made it 15% brighter, adding more brightness to what was already a bright, vibrant and just generally wonderful display. The Pixel 2 also has an OLED panel, but it's just on a lower level in terms of colors and brightness, not to mention its 1920x1080 resolution is a bit lower as well. The Pixel 2's display is certainly good enough, but it's not an industry leader like the Galaxy S9.

Samsung wins on the 'number of features' game, but loses by the same account in software.

Samsung is always going to win the "number of features" game, and that's clear again here with its inclusion of extras like a headphone jack, wireless charging, and an SD card slot. You can argue that having an option of 128GB internal storage on the Pixel 2 negates some of the SD card value, and you could also say the wireless charging is more of a niche feature. But you can't say that having a headphone jack isn't a huge benefit — particularly when you don't have to give up anything else in the hardware to get it. Samsung even adds a really nice pair of earbuds in the box; Google gives you a USB-C headphone dongle.

Now, here's where things swing in the other direction: the Pixel 2's software experience. This is a place where Samsung's approach of "more features" can get in the way of having enjoyable and useful software for many people. Android 8.1 Oreo on the Pixel 2 is smooth, clean, consistent, and great to use. The Galaxy S9 has far more features, but so many of them are set up to be left unused and just sit in your way when you're trying to do other things. Convoluted processes for doing so many things just seem unnecessary when you see how simple it all is on the Pixel 2. It's a difference in philosophy and perhaps Samsung's approach doesn't bother you, but people who use Pixels know what I'm talking about here — using Google's take on Android is fantastic, and it stays that way over time with three years of guaranteed software updates.

Bottom line: Which should you buy?

Samsung Galaxy S9 and Google Pixel 2

There's a lot to digest in this comparison. Much of the core experience and features are shared between the Galaxy S9 and Pixel 2, but the exterior designs, screen and additional features differ widely. There are two clearly different approaches to a high-end smartphone at play here.

There are two clearly different approaches to a high-end smartphone at play here.

The Galaxy S9 is the features king, with hardware that bests the Pixel 2 with extras like wireless charging, a headphone jack, newer processor, bigger battery, and a larger (and nicer) display. The hardware is flashy, which is appealing to many people, even if it's a bit more fragile. The Pixel 2 is much more subtle in its hardware and simple to use in its software. It has the core features you need, and little extra. There aren't many headline-grabbing things you can point to, but just use one for a few days, and you'll see what all the talk is about. It also has a proven great camera, and the track record of software support direct from Google.

Finally, we have to remember pricing. As high-end smartphone prices continue to rise, the Pixel 2 held its ground down at a relatively affordable $649. The Galaxy S9, on the other hand, is roughly $100 more depending which carrier you buy from — which I think is enough of a gap to matter to people when they're cross-shopping these two phones. If you're really keeping the budget tight, the Google Pixel 2 is obviously a better choice. If you're willing to pay more money for more features, regardless of whether the overall experience may be better, you're likely to go with the Galaxy S9.

Update July 2018: Refreshed with a new perspective based on the age and price of the Pixel 2.

Andrew was an Executive Editor, U.S. at Android Central between 2012 and 2020.

192 Comments
  • If you care about Android monthly updates + OS upgrades then Pixel 2 is the choice...
  • +1, when I got my Pixel 2 XL I was initially worried about the screen but soon realized none of those issues bother me at all, seems to me like one of those things technology has gone far beyond what you really need. Regular Updates and a clean Android experience though? That I pay a premium for hands down...
  • +1 definitely. Love my P2XL.
  • I get security updates on my Samsung S7 on Sprint every month. And I'll wait a while for OS upgrades if it means not having to deal with all the bugs Google introduces with every update.
  • Not sure if you are aware, but non beta Google Android Releases (Pixel lines) have been met with fewer bugs than other OEMs.
  • I'm not disagreeing with you on this, but I would like to know if you have a source for this statement?
  • No bugs here! Pixel 2XL
  • Exactly.. And no one really cares about that. The pixel 2 is still ugly and monthly updates can't fix that.
  • No one cares about updates? OK lol. But yeah if you don't like the Pixel 2 aesthetics then that's fine, not for you then.
  • People care about updates when they know about them and keep up to date with the information. But most people who own phones have no idea what os they're running as long as the phone works. I loved the smoothness of my pixel and constant updates but after trying s8 and using all the extra features including Samsung pay, i sold my pixel and stuck with Samsung. Yes it's slower in animation and opening apps, but unless your constantly comparing them side by side you can't notice it. Plus i have gotten all security updates and with Samsung beta i have been running 8.0 for couple months already.
  • My Very Black P2XL isn't ugly in the least. Besides with what these phones cost it's very foolish not to use a screen protector and case. At very least a screen protector and a skin. The look of my Pixel 2XL changes with my moods.
  • My panda is gorgeous.
  • Ditto. Love my panda. Also, regular updates monthly is far more important to me than some gimmick on a phone that I'll never use in the real world.
  • Do you consider micro s/d, headphone jack & wireless gimmicks! I don't & your pixal lacks all three!
  • Bah, pixel is just too boring
  • Monthly update are a big joke. It's nothing new and ton of bugs
  • Samsung flagships are well covered regarding monthly updates, it's the OS updates that leave a lot to be desired.
    As long as I'm covered with Security updates I'm fine. I have more (usable) features in the first place, so...
  • I switched to a Pixel XL2 from the Note 8 exactly because of this. Unfortunately right now Google is doing a shoddy job of QA on those monthly updates, and two updates in a row broke important features (Bluetooth and MMS respectively). I'm back to Samsung for that reason. I prefer everything else about the Samsung except the camera (but it's good enough), so it was only the security updates that made me switch in the first place.
  • If the Pixel XL had pen input I would ditch my Note 8, but it doesn't, so I'm stuck with one offering, from one OEM. I really don't understand why no other OEM added a Note like device to their devicecatalog.
  • LG Stylo 3?
  • Hahahahahaha good one!
  • I would definitely recommend the LG Stylo 3 plus make sure it's the plus!
  • I just bought the LG Stylo 3 plus from MetroPCS had it for one month I absolutely love it 👍👍👍
  • Am in the same boat
  • My wife is in the same boat. There's only one pen supported phone. And that's the only thing she can buy for an upgrade. I'd love to have a pen again (Note II) but I can't go back to such limited choices.
  • Same with my wife. She's had phone with a pen since the Palm days. She loves her Note 8 (had a Note 7 for a brief period before that debacle), so she won't go to a Google device unless they make one with a pen. Funny is she loves the camera and clean experience with my Pixel 2 XL though.
  • What do you use pen for? Unless you're an artist or into drawing, I found zero use of S pen. It's fancy, sure. But I owned couple of note phones for a year or more and can count no. of times I took the pen out. So I am genuinely curious to know what do you guys do with the pen which you can't with finger itself?
  • I use a my spen for filling out forms and annotating pdf's. I mark up photos quite a bit to send to engineers. I have an s9+ and the Note 8. Went to fill out a sales form the other day on the s9+ and was annoyed as crap not being able to write on the pdf as clean or fast. I ended up doing the text input and then moving the text box to line up properly. I also have technique guides I add my own notes and info to for future reference. I don't draw, and I'm not an artist. I will sketch up some basic instrument designs and such when I don't feel like breaking out my Spectre or chromebook Plus. If you're used to a pen and go to a finger, it's just laughable. But I happen to like Samsung phones outside of the curved edges (they're dumb and useless for 90% of its users). I won't give up a headphone jack and card slot. It's just convenient. I don't have to carry a Bluetooth adapter or Usb-c to headphone adapter. Which also means I don't losing charging ability either while using headphones or speakers. I can also swap phones and pop out the card to put in the new phone. Have fun transferring 128gb to a new phone from internal storage. And to add, you don't have 128gb of internal storage. It's shared with the OS, apps and so on. You also bust up your phone and it could all be gone. My SD card is most likely surviving, and it has through four phones now. Am I a Samsung fan boy? Nope. I don't care for the curved screens. I don't care for all their apps I can't uninstall unless I root. Their screens are gorgeous and always ahead of other oled phones like the Pixel 2. Their cameras are usually on par with the best. And I honestly don't care what my phone looks like. What does my phone look like? Matte black TPU and a big screen. Design is irrelevant when it lives in a case.
  • I've met people who use their Note 8 for business purposes like signing PDF contracts and office documents edition.
    For the general consumer it may look like a bit of an afterthought, but once you get it you definitely use it more than every once in a while
  • Pixel 2 for me, no question because of the software, as I'm stock Android lover and a fast, smooth and clean experience plus the fast updates and security patches are of equal importance and only the Pixel 2 (and my personal choice out of the 2 phones, the Pixel 2 XL) can offer that to me.
  • Pixel is like driving a Kia with roll up windows, I'll take the Mercedes
  • Pixel 2 XL, the S9 offers nothing really excited, though i would take Mate 10 Pro over any phone
  • that pixel is so ugly I dont think anyone will ever buy it.
  • Air wouldn't buy the regular Pixel 2 but I'd buy the Pixel 2 XL as I'm a Google and stock Android loner that cares about a fast, smooth clutter free experience along with fast updates and security patches which only the Pixel can offer me.
  • Funny how I get monthly security patches from Sprint.
  • Where's your oreo then??? My S8 is still stuck with nougat. While oreo was introduce like half years ago. My next android phone will be pixel or nokia lineup
  • Every model of the S8 had been on Oreo for months. I think the US carriers got it out back in march.
  • Let me fix your sentence for you: YOU don't like how it looks so YOU won't buy it.
  • Pixel 2 XL. I'd lie if I didn't say the s8/9 are visually the best looking phones out there. But I've moved on to the overall experience. Updates, camera, assistant features from one source. Unlimited photo storage for the microsd. Thicker top/bottom bezels for the speakers and better control with a single hand. No wireless charger for a battery that lasts 5hrs plus with screen on time. A single camera with outstanding software processing. MK did a video comparing how no matter on what display you're looking at, in some ways the colors/detail get lost due to the many ways various phones and apps process colors so my display serves it's purpose to me..... Now, the sX next year is the one that will persuade me the most I foresee. Hey, maybe Google will be generous and let Samsung get a round of their Pixel line. Nexus 3 was great!
  • I'd wage Google beats Samdung to having an underscreen finger print sensor!
  • How much are you wagering? Probably $0 because you already know Google doesn't have the technology nor the capability to produce an underscreen finger print sensor let alone a proper screen required to work with it. Vivo Apex is using Synaptic fingerprint technology but is it really as secure as would be required for Samsung Pay or the rather limited Android Pay? I doubt it. I have a feeling that Samsung will just forego the fingerprint sensor altogether anyway and continue improving their facial and eye sensors. If they can get that process to be sped up and ultra secure they won't need fingerprint sensors at all. Unfortunately, Google is stuck with HTC technology which will continue to limit the Pixel line's success.
  • Not if they still use LG's panels. If so, they need to stick with the basics.
  • Considering Google just gutted HTC's hardware team, I don't think Samsung is going to have anything to do with the Pixel 3, outside of hopefully the screen.
  • ON TOP of all of the great reasons to buy a Pixel 2, at Christmas I got mine for $349.00 from Verizon. No trade in needed. You can't beat that with a STICK!!!
  • Wow, I thought I got a deal at $550.
  • Pixel 2 hands down monthly security updates and latest version of Android.
  • None of them. Get a SONY or NOKIA.
  • You can buy the Nokia8 on Amazon the copper model with the 835 processer for 399.00. That's a steal for the specs your getting!
  • I'd go Pixel 2. Call me pro-Google or, more accurately anti-Samsung. Samsung delivers its phones full of bloatware you can't get rid of, plus they're usually last to roll out Android updates. Google, OTOH, gives you pure Android and is always first with Android updates.
  • You raise interesting points. But the fact is, the majority of people prefer having features so that they can do more with their phone. Your Pixel experience may be smooth and excellent but that doesn't mean the experience on other phones suck. That's great that you are assured timely updates but there's not a lot you can actually DO with that on a daily basis so it really isn't a useful feature. If I have Nougat 7.0 on my phone and you have 8.0 on yours, have you really earned yourself some major additional feature that I don't have? Probably not. An Honor 8 from 2016 has more usable feature on 7.0 than your Oreo Pixel 2 XL and has a better screen. The biggest problem with the Pixel line is that it looks cheap and out of style. It's 2018 and that phone is still sporting a dulled-down version of an Iphone 6 design (released September 2014). Terrible aesthetics aside, the Pixels are further hampered by a lack of wireless charging. Wires attached to a device is only good if the wiring adds value through convenience. Having to charge your phone via a cord is an inconvenience when you can simply lay your phone down to charge and walk away. The idea here is "value" via convenience. Pixels have removed the headphone jack which is highly inconvenient. Wired headsets provide value because they are inexpensive, readily available, and provide better audio quality than bluetooth. So this would be an example of something wired that provides value which is why Samsung was smart to continue using the headpone jack. What's worse about the Pixel line is that you have to plug in your headphones via the USB-C dongle. So now you carry a headset with a ridiculous dongle that you have to keep from losing AND you can't even charge your phone while you listen to your music. There's no way you can argue this as a value-added feature. I'm sorry, but monthly updates and ultra ultra buttery smooth operation can't make up for these failures. The market certainly expressed this sentiment even after Google's major ad blitz for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Me thinks that you and a small minority got the short end of the stick.
  • The Pixel line is not "cheap and out of style" I like the fact that the Pixel 2 line doesn't use glass and isn't as fragile, but feel free to use Samsung's bloated software that is smooth at first then chokes it's hardware and having lousy update cycled and inconsistent security updates and patches along with the useless Samsung gimmicks err features, I'll take the best Android experience which is smooth, fast and consistent with fast updates and consistent monthly security patches over bloated software which is a betrayal of Android, and wireless charging which you haven't provided a valid reason why it's important, whether you like it or not, the Pixel line is the holy grail and gold standard of Android, Samsung's beautiful design of the S9 as we as it's camera are the only things it has going for it, and can't make up for the crap and bloat they put on their phones, Samsung and no amount gimmick features cannot beat the smooth as butter Google Android experience along with with its advantages.
  • Wireless charging offers nothing to me.
    Instead of a neat USBC connection at the end of my cable I would have a pad.
    The one second it takes to plug the phone in is offset by the fact you can't use your phone while it's charging and it's much quicker.
    Most software features missing from the Pixel can be added if you want them.
    Pixels like iPhones do the basics really really well and if you just want a tool to do a job are excellent.
    Nether have the hardware I require so I'm using something else but I can see the attraction of both.
  • I appreciate the wireless charging and was disappointed in this when switching over to Pixel family. However, I've found over time that I just never leave my phone on a charger anymore. I've had to rethink how I operate (in a good way). I went from constantly setting my phone down on the wireless out of necessity to charging my phone during my daily commute and an hour before beddy bye. The performance of this Pixel and how it uses the battery has been a pleasant surprise to me. I consider myself a heavy user and of course there are times I have to plug up but I fight my behavior to not always be charging because i just don't need to..
  • If Samsung pay, picture in picture, multiple pages screenshot, edge panel access to many of the apps and things like calculator is bloat ware, then bloat me up. Just because you don't use something doesn't make it bloat ware. With the new Samsung ui it's been highly refined and it's actually a decent experience. Just because a phone gets constant updates doesn't mean you have a good user experience. I want my smartphone to be smart and allow me to do many things. Stock Android takes many things away.
  • Most softwear can be added if required.
    Samsung's UI has suffered in the past due it's size and implementation.
    You won't find many people who have owned S6 and S7 myself included that didn't wish for a cleaner, faster UI after 12 months or so.
  • I like not having to add any software at all to my phone in order to enjoy it my Note 8 is still just as fast as the first day I bought it and I use it everyday all day. I use the s pen and related options all the time. If the s pen was just a stylus then perhaps I would like a phone like the pixel or one plus more.
    If I kept a phone for more than 2 years I would care more about the elusive software updates that seem to be the only real plus about pixel phone over any other phone as their hardware is very standard in comparison to other Android phones.
  • I agree regarding the S pen looking forward to the Note 9
    The UI is not to my taste and I would rather customise my phone myself but if Samsung do exactly what you want then fair enough.
    I've owned a Note 4 a S6 and S7 Samsung phones and they all slowed down over 12 months but hoping the extra RAM makes a difference.
  • The US Model of the S9 will have the Snapdragon 845, where the pixel 2's have the 835, but the difference between these chips is not that large. However, an International model of the S9 will ship with a Exynos 9810, which blows both those chips out of the water. The S9+ will have 6 GB ram, where the pixel's and s9 have 4. However, the smaller pixel 2 has a 1080p screen, making it's job easier, and the S9 is running TouchWiz on top, which does take a little RAM itself. I have a pixel 2 xl and have absolutely loved it for months.
    Personally, I prefer the deepest Google integration and quickest updates, so #teampixel. The fact that the S8 is just now starting to get Oreo is ridiculous, and the pixel's perform incredibly. However, on appearance alone, gotdang if the Galaxy phones aren't the most beautiful things created.
  • Preliminary tests of the new Exynos chip have been showing slower speeds than the previous version, as well as the SD835. Granted, as I said these are preliminary, but not a good sign.
  • We will what happens when the Pixal3 get's released. I don't see any sense comparing the pixels with the s9. The s9 series are the top guns at this time, especially the processer & camera. They didn't receive a Dx0 Mark of 99 for nothing!
  • In 7 months when the P3 is released, will you be saying What happens when the S10 is released?
  • If it's true that Samsung listens to their customers, then I ask for faster updates. That's all I have to say about Samsung. Because honestly speaking, I like what they do in everything else. Again "I do" in my personal opinion. But both phones deserve a round of applause 👏
  • The only advantage the Pixel has is OS updates in my opinion. The S9 is just better in every other way.
  • Pixel 2 for sure. You won't understand how good the software experience is until you use it for a while.
  • If only it could keep up with the ram management..
  • How so?
  • Well, the pixal2XL is an excellent choice. But I'd prefer the s9 or plus. The display first then the rest. I love the headphone jack & micro s/d support. I think the variable aperture camera has a real future. For myself if I'm going to spend a lot of money the s9 & plus are feature packed. But again the pixal camera is excellent with updates & pure android! Both excel so it's just a matter of choice!
  • Anything to make the lackluster Pixel line appear relevant, eh?
  • The Pixel is very much relevant and far from lackluster, and is what Android should be, clean, fast and free from any bloat not Samsung's bloat mess and abomination of Android. Whether you like it or not, the Pixel line is the gold of Android, got that Sammy fanboy.
  • We can tell by the whole 1.5 million Pixel units that will sell this year.
  • Thank you mrich70. Numbers don't lie. 👏🏾
  • Sorry, I should have qualified relevant and lackluster by mentioning sales / demand. The objective is just too obvious for some of the contributing writers on here - prop up the Pixel at every given opportunity. Here we have a new release hot commodity Galaxy and little time is wasted throwing the Pixel, which was released however long ago, into the mix. Go away with your ugly child. We don't appreciate continued attempts to foist it upon us.
  • Honestly, I think Google has a chance to catch up to sales numbers if the S class phones in a few years. All they need to do is to keep leading the market. Which they are doing handily at the moment.
  • Leading the market in what... Ugly phone design!??
  • "Keep leading the market"??????? Since when is 0.7% market share "leading"?
  • S9 for now
  • You buy the one that you like and suits you best. It's that simple.
  • Get out of here with your reasonable take.
  • Got rid of my note 8 for a pixel 2 xl and couldn't be happier. Samsung has way too many duplicate apps and issues with restoring data.
  • Just picked up a Pixel 2 xl for the wife today.. She's coming from a S7 edge so we will see how she likes the pure Android experience.
  • Let us know!
  • I'd go with a S9 for sure. The S8+ is my first Samsung phone. I did the vanilla Android thing for a while and wanted something different. Went with Samsung and found with a little tweaking that I love it. After dealing with cameras on Moto devices, the Samsung picture quality was the main driver. I'm waiting a while before I do upgrade, see how things go with it first. Wait for a freebie to be offered along.
  • Pixel 2 /xl is old hardware now, wait for pixel 3 if you want fast updates.
  • Pixel 2 XL for me, the S9 is a gorgeous phone to look at but I care about software updates and having a smooth, fast and clean Android experience, and consistent updates and only the Pixel line can offer me that, it may not have the gimmicks I mean "features" of the S9 but it's still Android and you can customise and make your phone look how you want it to, you can still do what you want with a Pixel thanks to the freedom and flexibility we already get with using Android like downloading apps outside the Play Store like ShowBox and side loading other APKs and apps you Pixel haters make it sound it's an iPhone which you're under Apple's thumb and truly restricted but with a Pixel you're not, you're free of the bloat and duplicate apps and other junk that Samsung puts on their phones that eventually bogs the phone down after a few months where as the Pixel will still be going strong. Because the Android experience on the Pixel is what Android should be, clean, fast and smooth with no bloat or useless gimmicks with consistent updates and security patches, and that is important to me and until Samsung tones down their bloated software to near stock Android, I'll never buy their phones, hell my Oukitel K6 runs what is pretty much stock Android and that is a midrange Chinese phone, but the Pixel 2 XL is the phone I plan on buying when my financial situation has improved because I'm a Google and stock Android lover and Google's vision of Android is my vision of Android also but that's the great thing about Android, the choice, if you like gimmicks and mostly useless features and the best hardware out there plus poor updates then buy the S9, but if like me you care about having a fast, smooth, clean and bloat free experience and share Google's vision of Android then the Pixel line is a no brainer. And the SD 835 is still a great SoC regardless of it being last year's hardware, since the 835, having the latest and greatest processor doesn't matter now as the 835 is still more than powerful enough.
  • Paragraphs, bro.
  • Useless features my ass. Man. I can tell some of you haven't owned Samsung phones in ages, or simply do not know how to use them. A lot of the stuff you can useless or bloat, eventually comes to Stock Android as "new" features! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pO3ZwBU1wqw&t=197s
  • Preach. 👏🏾 I like Samsung apps better than their Google counterparts most of the time too.
  • I'll stick with my Pixel 2. The hardware design is nothing special, but it's just so damn responsive and smooth compared to the S9.
  • I pre-ordered S9+. The Pixel 2/XL are really good phones, but so is the iPhone X. I like Samsung's features and ecosystem. They also have a better wearable platform than Google. I love watching DirecTV Now and Netflix on the HDR display and the Atmos speakers sound great. Samsung Pay is also an exceptional feature and one I'm looking forward to using again. Speaking of HDR, is there any word on whether S9/S9+ supports Dolby Vision?
  • Yes the S9/S9+ support Dolby Vision HDR imaging and Dolby Atmos.
  • Neither. Pixel has no headphone jack or expandable storage. I don't like the curved edges on the Galaxy. Always catching strange reflections and distorting image a little.
  • So what do you use?
  • LG V20. With the V30 launcher it's faster and smoother UI wise. With the pixel camera app I can get better Auto shots. (Still use the stock for wide angle or manual mode) Removable battery, nice headphone jack with good DAC, oh and IR blaster. Did I mention SD card storage not available on the pixel... Not a fan of Samsung's curved edge displays. No screen protector for em, cases always leave the screen exposed because of it. While the edges do feel nice in the hand, the glare you sometimes get on the edges and the slight distortion annoy me. Mate 10 non pro intrigued me but did not like finger print scanner placement.
  • If only they stayed away from LG panels... I might consider....
  • Hello! Look, the first pixel was very fragile and had screen freezing issues. Me personally, I would not trust a company that has never made phones before. Google is a search engine not a phone company. Plus the pixel 2 is very ugly. The Samsung galaxy s9 has better battery better camera, and looks much more beautiful than the pixel 2.
  • But I am a HUGE LG lover. All the phones LG has made have been solid and extremely long lasting. You people keep talking about ohhh the new Samsung or the pixel or the new iPhone-WHAT ABOUT LG! The new LG v30 poops on ALL of those fancy phones. Larger super amoled screen with low bezels, a clean android interface with minimal lag, 826 snapdraggon and many more features! I am staying with LG
  • Lol okay. Let's talk that LG V10 bootloop issue and how I had to send my V10 to LG THREE TIMES in one year to be repaired. But yeah, "all the phones LG has made have been solid and extremely long lasting." I paid my V10 off yesterday and I'm on this article before I head to Verizon tonight to get a new phone. Can't wait to be rid of it.
  • "larger super AMOLED"
    Super AMOLED is a produced exclusively by Samsung. The display is provably inferior to either Samsung provided display on the PX2 and S9 in almost every regard. "Clean Android interface"
    This is sarcasm, yes? LG's interface is a worse version of 2014 Samsung.
  • Looking forward to having Samsung pay again when Friday the 16th gets here. I know that most people see this year's Galaxies as incremental updates, but Samsung corrected the two reasons I didn't buy the S8+ by repositioning the FPS and adding stereo speakers. I'll keep my Pixel 2 XL to check out new Android OS updates, works for me.
  • And I'll enjoy the hell out of my S9+ for everything but checking out the latest Android OS updates.
  • Best of both worlds
  • What is the benefit of Samsung Pay vs. Google Pay?
  • Samsung Pay can be used at any credit card reader, whereas Android Pay requires merchants to have newer NFC equipped card readers. I can even use Samsung Pay on vending machines! Absolutely love it!
  • Yeah put vanilla Android is boring. I loved my nexus 6 but man can Google put some exciting things in their pixels. OEM helped evolve Android more than. Google. Look how long it took to get multi window built in.
  • Not sure how you can go with the Pixel XL here. The S 9+ beats it in every single category hardware, specs, camera screen etc. You are only getting pure Android on the XL. But with the 845 chipset and 6 GB of RAM I can't see how you are getting much better performance.
  • Funny how the.pixel.still provides a better experience...
  • Really? When did you get your S9?
  • "the S9 beats it in every way" err no it doesn't until Samsung uses a near stock version of Android then I'll never buy their phones, you can have all the mostly useless gimmicks err features all you want with Samsung but they get in the way of the software experience and is bloated beyond belief, I don't need a duplicate app of a superior Google app and having the 845 in the S9 won't mean Jack in real world performance other than pathetic bragging rights of having the latest and greatest Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor (845), the Pixel 2 and 2 XL will still be able to more than hold its own against the S9 in the camera department and it only uses 1 camera while the S9 has to use 2 cameras to do what the Pixel 2 and 2 XL can do with just a single lens now I'm not knocking the S9, I'm sure it's great for what you use it for and it's a beautiful looking phone, but Samsung's software is a betrayal of Android with its bloated software and mostly useless features and Bixby is no match for Google Assistant and is just S Voice mark 2.0 and the Pixel 2 XL is far more durable by having a mainly aluminium body with only the top half of the 2 tone back being glass, I'm a Google and stock Android lover and Google's version of Android is what every Android phone should be, fast, clean, smooth and free of any unnecessary bloat and useless features with fast updates and consistent monthly security patches which Samsung or any one else simply cannot match, I'll take a smooth, fast, clean and bloating free software experience anyday over what is a betrayal and an abomination of Android with useless duplicate apps and bloat that you can't uninstall. Whether you like it or not, the Pixel line and the Nexus before them are the gold standard of Android.
  • Correction, it is the gold standard for YOU.
  • It is the gold standard of Android phones and the best Android experience, you can keep your Samsung gimmick features and bloated software. Nothing beats having fast updates, equally fast and smooth experience and pure Google.
  • Again, your OPINION. Stock Android is fine, if you like nothing but Google apps and services. Not everyone does. Some of us are more adventurous and less boring.
  • There are 3.5 million apps in the play store! How many more do you need?
    I love light skinned Android but I add over 100 apps to it to customise it to my taste.
    I just wish Samsung would let me choose which ones.
  • The S9 will be faster out of the box, but if history is any indication its performance will start to degrade far more quickly than the Pixel's. That said, though, Samsung does make improvements every year, so maybe the S9 will be different. I still prefer vanilla Android though, so I'll stick with my Pixel and see how my brother does with his S9 when he gets it.
  • Pixel 2 anyday, and everyday over the S9 or ..anything Samsung . Samsung just has to many gimmicky features for me amoung other things . I had a Samsung once and that was enough for me
  • Gimmicky features? You mean the ones that eventually trickle out to other OEMs? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pO3ZwBU1wqw&t=197s
  • The features that Google adds to stock Android are the only features that are useful like the multi tasking which was added for Android 7.0 Nougat.
  • And again, features that Samsung owners already have. Enjoy catching up
  • The split screen multi tasking is the only worthwhile Samsung feature worth Having, you make the Pixel sound like it's as restricted as an iPhone, it's not, it's still Android, and just because it does have as much gratitude as Samsung phones, it's all the better for it, as I could side load any of Samsung's apks if I wanted to, whether you Pixel haters like it or not, the software on the Pixel is the best Android experience and it's pure Google with guaranteed fast updates and security patches and being bloat free and I'll take that over stuttering bloated Samsung software with gimmicks err features that are not useful to me.
  • I get that...I really do. And I'm not saying Pixel phones are any less awesome than Samsung. Obviously if you like gimmick free, pure Android it's the phone for you. I'm just tired of the snobbery and exaggeration of Pixel people. Not everyone want "pure" Android and that is perfectly justifiable. I was at Best Buy today and compared the Pixel 2XL against the S9 plus, and I'm sorry, the S9 just blew it away and held my interest completely, and I wasn't the only one. The screen, the form, the design and the features just make it more worth the money. Of course you wouldn't agree and that's fine. But just don't act like Samsung doesn't make great devices, because that's an outright lie
  • I never said Samsung doesn't make great devices, of course they do, I just don't like their software, and that's the only reason why I won't buy their devices, but as you know from my previous comments, I'm a pure Android and Google guy and Samsung just don't have what I want and obviously Google does. The beauty of Android is we have choice, you like the features that Samsung offers that's great, I care about having a fast, smooth and bloat free experience with fast updates and consistent monthly security patches which Samsung cannot offer me and being a former iPhone user, updates and consistent and smooth experience matters to me more than features but I still want the freedom, flexibility and customisation that you have with Android and I still get that with the Pixel line, which ticks all the boxes for me, the only other phone I would have considered is the OnePlus 5T but I don't like OnePlus BS with their privacy policy with them getting caught out tracking it's users and sending that data back to China, so the Pixel line is my only choice or an Android One phone but I choose the Pixel line because of the extra year of security patches and software updates.
  • Thank you for beta testing Google software for me.
  • Samsung devices are not nearly as bloated as they used to be and you can also add a different launcher to replicate a pixel like experience. Listen I am a big fan of Google , prefer the Google Assistant and have Bixby disabled on my Note 8 as well as use the Google keyboard over Samsung, I have Google home and Chromecast tv + speaker which are great products. The problem with the Pixel is that it is often a step behind: no wireless charging, lack of good smart watch options to pair, IP67 water rating , bad display compared to other flagships. You are also paying a premium price tag for essentially a Nexus device. The only key software feature is the camera application that seperates it from the pack. Let's innovate Google maybe just have HTC just build the Pixel to ensure top notch hardware to go with the software experience. Incorporate the sound in the glass (recent Google acquisition of this technology) etc..
  • Perhaps pixeI 2/3 will have wireless charging and increased resolution plus a micro SD expansion and a headphone jack. Don't get me wrong I really love my SENNHEISER wireless headphones but after a day or two when the batteries are running down I like the ability to switch to wired headphones so I can turn off Bluetooth. I like when I'm away from internet like on the plane to switch content on my microSD cards as well. I change phones every one to two years so the updates that I hear of are just about useless to me. You can not sell me on future updates when I want useful functionality now. Unless Google is trying to tell me that the current OS is sooo broken that it really needs these frequent updates to function properly. My device rash year function well with software optimised for its hardware. I guess if I ever want to buy a two year old phone, I would appreciate current software on it but seeing old phones nexus or not phones with new software usually offers a poorer experience that is in my mind a compromise. I am on a note 8 and it has not slowed down for a second in my use. Mostly loads of video, photos, music, Netflix, sketching apps and a bunch of games. I am open minded. I have been playing with the pixel at work(my friends) on the side of my Note 8 and my girlfriend has the S8 and although it looks quite nice by the time you add all of the applications that are missing for normal use most phones end up being almost the same these days with the exception of the price tag and anything extra that they bring. I don't think the pixel is quite there yet.
  • The Galaxy is a Samsung product. Every Samsung product I've ever purchased has failed at some point. My Pixel XL has never been anything less than stellar.
  • Especially that quality LG display!
  • Samsung fanboi much?
  • Because he doesn't like LG's fickle display? Please have a seat...lol
  • LG's display isn't that bad, sure it's not as good as Samsung's display but then again nothing comes close to a Samsung display and I know it won't really bother me when I get my Pixel 2 XL.
  • This is looking like a an Apple/Android comments section, lol.
  • The Pixel 2 (and XL for that matter) is also frequently on sale for $100 off, at least through Verizon. Whereas the same carrier is charging $800 for the S9, instead of Samsung's $720. I have a Pixel 2, and with the exception of the bezels, it's the perfect phone for my needs. I had an S6 and an S7, and I just got sick of all the redundant (and worse) Samsung versions of Google apps, as well as software that slowed down significantly after less than a year.
  • You can get up to $500 off the S9 with carrier deals right now. I understand the frustration with the double apps and slow down. I created a Google and Samsung folder on my S8+ and tossed the appropriate apps in the appropriate folder. I'd rather have the stock apps as an option that be forced into Samsung's apps. Regarding the slow down, I did notice it getting a lot slower within 3 months of owning my S8+. However, I've realized it's Android's multitasking management that's the issue and not the device or Samsung's customizations. I was using the battery management to manually sleep all apps every other day, but the phone was still. slow. Then I installed Greenify and it shut down a lot of background app processes that were running even after sleeping all open apps. I also discovered that several apps were auto restarting background processes even though I told them to auto sleep when they were closed. I also checked those apps' settings and disabled and background tasks. Gas Buddy, Speedtest, and Fitbit are just a few of the culprits that like to restart their background services regardless of the settings. Since I started using Greenify the slowdown is no more. It seems like there is an issue at the OS level with apps restarting and/or not being fully shut down.
  • From what I understand, the S9 deals require a trade-in. Pixel deals are without a trade-in, so any credit you get for your old phone is even more off the top. Plus, I don't trade in my phones; I sell them privately because even with special offers you can get a lot more on eBay than Verizon or anyone else will give you. I'm not sure you're correct about the slowdown being an OS-level issue. Samsungs are specifically notorious for slowing down drastically over time. Whereas I know a few folks still rocking an OG Pixel that flies along like new, and without any of your in depth workarounds. The issue is with how TouchWiz (or whatever they're calling it these days) works with AOSP, likely because of how much of its own software Samsung uses compared to other OEMs that use a lighter skin.
  • It not Android, it's Samsung's bloated software that slows down your S8+, you'll never hear of a Pixel slowing down after 3 months because of the fast, smooth and clean software which is free of any unnecessary bloat and gimmick err features.
  • TL;DR: If you want a guarantee that you're going to get the latest Android update within a couple weeks of release, then get the Pixel. If you'd rather get more features, functionality, and better design, then get the Galaxy. The Galaxy still gets regular security updates. My S8+ is on Android 7.0 but running the February security update. In my opinion, the security updates are more important than the OS updates. When I was comparing the S8+ and the Pixel 2 XL, the phones were the same cost, but the Pixel didn't have features my 3 year old phone had. I couldn't justify paying for a phone that lacks features just because it gets OS updates almost immediately. The camera quality differences aren't great enough to justify the Pixel 2 XL either. A benchmark says the Pixel 2 (at the time) was the best camera, but all the features it touted were already on the S8+. The unlimited GDrive storage is also available on my Galaxy. In the end the benefits of the Pixel line didn't justify losing features I had for 3 years.
  • Regular? You have a much different take on regular updates then. I'm still on the January security update. Last I checked, it's now April. Not regular. I'm not here to argue about which one is better or which one to choose. However, the software and security update process with Samsung and most OEM's, is abysmal.
  • It seems to me that the carriers have a pretty significant impact on the monthly updates. Verizon GS8 and GS9 are both on April. Same as my Pixel 2. There were times I was a month behind when I had a GS8 last year but still pretty good compared to many other OEMs. I know unlocked and some carriers end up many months behind though so can't speak to them.
  • Here is something interesting I found a Forbes. All about Samsung being shady here. https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2018/03/11/samsung-galaxy-s9-pr...
  • I ended up going with the XL 2 but I really wanted to like the Pixel 2. If the design would have matched the XL 2 then I would have been happy with the base Pixel 2.
  • At this point, NEITHER. I'd wait about 6 months to take a look at the Pixel 3?
  • Or another 6 months after that and wait for the S10, or another 6 months after that and wait for the Pixel 4! ;)
  • I love my Panda! It's a beautiful minimalist and it's not full of the galaxy's bloatware and glitchiness.
  • I would never buy a Samsung phone because they suck at updates. But that pretty much goes for any non pixel phone. I wont buy a Pixel phone because the 2 is bezel embarrassment and 5 inch screens are too small. The XL is just too big for easy one handed use. If google can do an Apple and take the best of both form factors they would have my money in a heart beat.
  • There's NO COMPARISON! Pixel sucks! Samsung is number one by a LONG SHOT! Period, end of story! I'm amazed at how many people are sucked in to these 'Android iPhones' with no expandable memory. Essential sucks too. Is saving a couple hundred bucks for a sub-standard phone? Open your eyes people...there's so much more out there!
  • These people who you claim have been sucked in have quite often tried both Samsung and Google phones and come to a considered opinion.
    While those that haven't tried different phones claim they have not bought into the hype. Opinions about phones from people who have never used them are a waist of space.
  • As long time Samsung owner I look forward to a Google product when the time comes, my eyes are open.
  • Is it possible they are both great phones? Chocolate and Vanilla? Peanut vs plain M&Ms? Pepperoni vs Meatball pizza? Red or White wine? Both phones are rediculous in their hardware and functionality. If one likes the Samsung, they should buy it! If one prefers Pixel, have at it! Just don't get an iPhone! Lol Sent from my pixel 2.
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  • Listen son we don't take kindly to that sort of tolerant rhetoric 'round these parts.
  • The regular Pixel 2 is a 5" screen with 4" of bezel. The S9 is a much better designed phone. You get another 0.8" of screen in the same form factor.
  • On launch day I bought a S9 plus on a contract in Canada. The Pixel 2XL was more expensive by about $50. No way I could have justified a Pixel. Other markets may have different pricing strategies but in Canada Samsung will sell phones all day if their on contract price is the same or cheaper than the Pixel.
  • Pixel 2 is so ugly
  • I look at it this way the 128gb model XL is 950.00 plus tax. No headphone jack, no micro s/d & no wireless. I can't justify a thousand dollars without those 3 features. For myself I really enjoy those features. The 1,000 price tag is not justified by any stretch for me! It's definitely overpriced & missing 3 premium features. Yes great camera, updates & smooth performance but not for my money!
  • I understand where you're coming from, as those features are important to you, for me, I don't care about wireless charging, micro SD card slot or headphone jack, as I've always preferred internal storage of an SD card, plus the Pixel 2 XL has 3 things that are important to me, clean, pure Google and Android experience with the only the core features of what makes Android so great, consistent and fast updates and a garranteed 3 years of software updates now instead of 2 and fantastic camera which I think is still the best camera on a smartphone. I guess that's 4 reasons why I want the Pixel 2 XL I'd gladly pay a premium for that and I love the design of the Pixel 2 XL which is way more durable than the gorgeous but fragile S9. Any to each their own.
  • Thanks for a well rounded review Andrew.
  • I just read an article whereas Google is seriously thinking about re-incarnating the Nexus lines. Wouldn't that be a kick in the ass? Sounds interesting!
  • I hate articles like these as they are just trying to start fanboy wars in the comments. It's all a matter of preference. I personally like a lot of Samsung's extra hardware and software features. While it would be nice to have fast OS updates, I don't need them. I only care about security patches, and Samsung has been doing great with those. Adhell, Substratum, Nova Launcher and BK Package disabler fixes all my gripes with Samsung's UI and gives me that Pixel look.
  • Until they come up with a phone that has a screen that doesn't make a mess of the colors, I can't even look.
  • I'm going with "neither." Lack of removable media kills the Pixel; and I don't do Samsung.
  • Pixel 2
  • My issue is performance. My Samsung performance degraded so quickly (S8).. Impacting that big battery and it was so terrible. I feel like I had to reset the thing every 3-6 months to save it from itself. I've not had that so far with my Pixel. Seems like that starts to happen maybe and then out comes a monthly patch and things level out. Its borderline amazing. That thing has out performed my expectations and as pretty as the S9 is if you put lipstick on a pig, its still a pig. Respectfully. Maybe my days of "want" are behind me now. To each their own.
  • Yup. I had a GS8 for 4 months and it was already feeling a big sluggish. I don't think I could live life always worrying that my phone was going to degrade so quickly.
  • Pixel 2 (XL) all day long, Samsung's software is hideous and full of useless gimmicks and bloatware that all but the diehard Samsung fanboys care about that makes the phone lag and slow down.
  • You talk absolutely out your ass.
    I have had a lot of samsung phones and haven't had one slow down on me. Last one I owned was a Note8 and was an excellent phone. Only reason I sold it was to try a oneplus 6 and while the oneplus 6 is a good phone.,its basically stock and I really miss the features ( some may say bloat) of Samsung.
    And before you start saying I don't know anything I have owned in the last 12 months Samsung, Sony, HTC, Huawei, Honor Motorola and currently Oneplus. I like to try different phones and I can say Samsung is definitely on the money with their software and hardware.
    You come across as an absolute idiot that is constantly try to justify your pixel2 purchase. If it works for you good, but please stop being an idiot with your bashing of anything not Pixel.
  • I'm only bashing the software with Samsung phones, as much as I don't care for Samsung, I can't find fault with their hardware. If anyone is talking out of their arse it's you, Samsung phones always lag and slow down. Fact! And keep deluding yourself on have no issues with your Note 8. I bash anything that deserves it. Now f*ck off and leave me be
  • Wow. Note to Editor: bias much? I've seen you write in your recent reviews that a 1080p is acceptable for the moto g series because of low price... but its totally cool on a $650 phone? Less than 70% screen space is a "feature?" The edges aren't usable? The end was classic: if you want features go to a samsung. Those features include a 2k screen (has for a while btw), headphone jack, equal camera (at least), top power and RAM, a heavily copied and tanky build, and Knox (short of BB but still very good and highly underrated). I have plugged my S8/S9 into something 3 times ever, all in the car on long trips to charge; wireless charging is not niche. When Apple does it, it's not niche. There's way more, but I don't have all day. Pricing an S9 at full price is ludicrous. I've never paid full sticker price for any Samsung device. Theres always (ALWAYS) a promotion. In most cases you can get an S9 for less than a pixel 2 through carriers, best buy, or Samsung themselves. Dated look? Really?! (Just an FYI: not all of us are invested in the Google ecosystem...the stock launcher is not the end-all-be-all-for-all. For example, the Microsoft Launcher is actually kind of nice...TROLLTROLLTROLLTROLL...but still it is...) It seems that the writer loves the overpriced and underwhelming google pixel 2 and wrote an underwhelming and biased article to prove it.
  • Samsung all day long. Google's boring stock and lack of features is astonishing in 2018, not in a good way. Samsung runs rings around Google in terms of hardware, and now keeps up in the software Dept as well. Google fanboys can keep those horrible phones.
  • You can keep your bloated, gimmicky with useless features on your laggy Samsung Pixel has the features it needs you ignorant d**k. Google and Pixel FTW come at me Samsung shill.
  • Google phones are HORRIBLE. Second rate screens, plastic looking checker board designs, nondescript features and all around boring phones. Sorry you're triggered , but im just being truthful. You fanboys are pathetic lol
  • Pixels are "horrible second rate phones" in YOUR OPINION, not to me, you can keep your bling bling bloated jewelry phone with more gimmicks than anything useful but making the phone lag to all but you Samsheep, y'all the iSheep of Android now GTFO Samsheep.
  • That was a lame comeback. Lmao.
  • Go back to kissing Samsung's ass, You Samsheep are the cancer of the Android community oh by the way the screens on the Pixels can now match that of the Samsung display with Saturday mode now GTFO and this debate is over Samsheep.
  • This MF has his head so far up Google's a$$, he knows what they ate for breakfast.
    You might as well be talking to a brick wall.
    Pixels are cheap, broken, worthless phones.
    What will this pixel shill do when LG and HTC closes their doors??
  • Your stupid Samsung is cheap, fragile as well as worthless, with broken, crappy and bloated software that stinks the place out. Pixels rule, it's the best software and Google experience. Period! And you Samsheep and Samsung motherf*cker have your head so far up Samsung's ass that you can see their bowel movements. I couldn't care less if HTC or LG close their doors, the Pixels will go on through Google. Now GTFO and don't bother me with your Samsh*t rubbish.
  • You had a valid argument when you said in your opinion. That is the thing, Android allows people to have what they want. If you like pure Android, then by all means, get a Pixel. If you want a Samsung, get a Samsung. Heck if you want the no name, cheapest Android phone out there, then get it. It is all about choice. You obviously are a fan of the Pixel and that is perfectly OK. I like Samsung, I have used other phones, and am happy with my Samsung phones. I respect your opinion that you prefer the Pixel, I ask that you please respect the opinion of others who choose to get something else.
  • I have no problems respecting other people's opinions but the Samsung fanboys on here don't respect my preference for the Pixel, and I'm darn happy with my Pixel 2 XL. I totally respect your preference for Samsung devices and that's fine.
  • "The Galaxy S9 is often a bit truer to the scene and more simple, while the Pixel 2 takes photos that have more color, contrast and drama to them." To me this makes the S9 the better camera. The closer the picture is to real life, the better in my view. If I want to boost the colour and contrast I can do this in software after.
  • Not used ether but from samples I've seen the Pixel exposes better more of the time.
    The 9 seems to blow highlights a little more.
  • I haven't used either of them, just saying I prefer a camera to give true to life photos.
  • F the S9. I'll never respect the Samsung shills because they don't respect the Pixel and that's all I got to say about that.
  • I get the impression a lot of the people who like the Pixel have tried a Samsung in the past.
    And those that don't like the Pixel have never tried one.
  • Opposite for me.
  • Samsung is the clear winner here.
    Pixel's last year hardware suffers from erectile dysfunction.
  • Hardware is Samsung's only advantage because their software is sh*t, lthe software on the Pixel 2 is far better, I'll never ever buy Samsung unless they bring back a Google Play edition. Oh and you and your comment suffer from erectile dysfunction. Come at me Samsheep.
  • You make a good point. I would have to say hardware and the Note line especially the spen with it's suite of features/ capabilities. For me it's Note or Pixel I don't care much for the regular Galaxy S line.
  • But what you can't comprehend is that it's Samsung's software that makes their hardware kick A$$.
  • I said don't bother me with your Samsh*t and their sh*tty software. My Pixel 2 XL has the best and smoothest software experience on Android and that's all there is to it now don't bother again with your samsh*t this and Samsh*t that.
  • My Galaxy S8 has the most fluid and pure android software. Much better hardware than a panda. I actually bought it new. I'm gonna wait and buy the 2019 model next year.
    Samsung FTW
  • La, La, La La, La, I'm not interested I'm too busy enjoying my Pixel that runs the most fluid, secure, true, pure and best Android.
  • I was an original Pixel adopter, but moved over to Samsung for the Note 8. Stock Android is great, but the only issue I have is that using the Pixel made me feel more like a beta tester than using the best Android has to offer. Fast updates are great, but every time an update came out, something else broke or didn't sync right. Downright frustrating when you were trying to use the phone for business. The learning curve on the Note was simple and it works with everything I need it to. Paired with a Fossil Q and going well so far. I don't hate anybody for liking one over the other, but Samsung like it or not, is the most widely used and known quantity for Android. Every updated Galaxy product that comes out will inevitably make the next Pixel, Nexus, or whatever they decide to call it better. As great as the Pixel is, Samsung has my vote for now. Maybe someday Pixel will get me back, but bang for my buck right now is with Samsung.
  • This is why, after 4 Galaxy phones, I made the switch to the Pixel 2:
    1. Bixby
    2. Bloatware
    3.Bixy
    4. Dual (and sometimes 3) apps that do the same thing (Ahem, calander, email, browser
    5. Bixby Now, I'm with a phone that has solved all my issues/complaints and have never looked back.
    #TeamPixel
  • Haha there is some funny stuff on here. I am reading these because I am currently debating on these two, plus the Sony XZ2! They are all great phones. It really boils down to what YOU like. To each their own!
  • The Pixel 2 (XL) is the main reason of a few reasons why I came back to Android from an iPhone, I wanted an Android phone that had all the fluidity and speed of an iPhone with all the customisation options you get with Android and while the Pixel doesn't have the features that are IMO gimmicks of an S9, it has the most important and slapping Nova launcher gives me 90% of the customisation you'll get on Galaxy S9 without the unnecessary bloatware and duplicate apps and I get consistent security updates and 3 years of guaranteed software updates. #TeamPixel