Galaxy S9 vs Pixel 2 XL: Which One to Buy?
Galaxy S9 vs Pixel 2 XL: Special Features
When you compare the screen, specs, camera and Android 8.0 software these phones are both pretty great. If you're still stuck, how about special features?
Well, Google's Pixel 2 XL runs stock Android, gets updates faster than any phone on the market, and it does some neat stuff. You can squeeze the phone (even when the screen is off) to launch the Google Assistant. Then let this virtual assistant help you do just about anything and everything. Google's Assistant gets smarter every month, so this is a big selling point. That's on top of Google Lens, Google AR Core, the camera, and stock Android.
However, Samsung's Galaxy S9 has a few tricks up its sleeve too. We're talking about 1,000 FPS slow-motion video recording, the edge display, and a new emoji system similar to the iPhone X animoji. Only Samsung does 3D AR emoji of your entire body, or your face, and it's customizable. Here are 10 cool things the Galaxy S9 can do.
Samsung also has Bixby, it's own virtual assistant, Snapchat style filters inside the camera app, and tons of add-ons on top of stock Android. They each have a few special features, so choose what's right for you. Just know that Samsung's slow with software updates, so if that's important to you, go to Google.