Premium phones: race against wind? DO


With Marshal Mdeza:

Do you have United States dollars spare on a smartphone and you are wondering which is the best flagship smartphone on the market? I have three for you to choose from. The bigger-than life 6.5 inches iPhone XS Max, the 6.4 inches curved-screen Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus or the gorgeous crystal-finish front curved 6.47 inches display Huawei P30 Pro.

All these phones are water and dust resistant.


You can submerge them into a 1.5 metres-deep pool for thirty minutes and they will come out unscathed. The display and the back are wrapped with Gorilla Glass and the edges have a metallic finish. The display is crisp-clear OLED.

iPhone XS Max is a prince from the USA electronic monarchy, Apple and is the biggest. There is more in a name. Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus has an amazing screen quality; the Republic of Samsung (as it is called in South Korea), is it not a maker and supplier of quality smartphone displays?

Never mind Donald Trump’s dislike for Huawei, P30 Pro has the best quality cameras (three at the back and one selfie). The crystal finish and curved display makes it a winner of a beauty pageant against Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus and iPhone XS Max.


The life cycles of these top-range smartphones is 12 months. After that period, other versions will emerge that will trash these erstwhile kings leaving you with a void to yearn for yet another gadget. What shall we call all this? Perhaps money in the pocket chasing digital solutions. Or to be more biblically correct; it is all vanity. Or is it not?

While the toughed Gorilla Glass adds beauty to the almost bezel-less displays of these top class smartphones, most users use phone pouches and screen protectors on their phones that unmask the beauty. So, what is the point?

Bezel-less displays are amazing. You reclaim screen estate. But it is not that much; it is not perhaps proportional to the increase in price as a result of its addition.

The reason why most smartphones have bezels is because the screens are LCD and not OLED. If truth be told, LCD is cheaper and is good enough for most people.

Both Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus and Huawei P30 Pro have generous memory (RAM) capacities between 8 GB to 12 GB. Amazingly, iPhone XS Max has only 4 GB but does not suffer from application speed limitations. This means that while more RAM makes apps run faster, it can suffer from the law of diminishing marginal returns.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus can pack as much as 1 TB storage while iPhone XS Max maxes at 512 GB and so is the Huawei P30 Pro. Who needs that much storage in this free cloud-storage era?

Talk about standard, Wide angle, ultra-wide angle and telephoto cameras at the back and portrait and standard selfie cameras at the front; who needs them?

Perchance professional photographers for which most of us are not. The morale of this story is not that premium phones are bad. No. All I am saying is that first ask yourself why you need a smartphone before asking which phone you need.

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