iPhone Purchase advise please

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by vhl71, Oct 29, 2018.

  1. vhl71 macrumors 6502

    Oct 8, 2009
    Have an opportunity to buy an iPhone XS for CAD1000 (only a few days old) or a pixel 3 for CAD800. Which one should I choose? Currently have an iPhone X which I love. But I’ll be giving this to my daughter..so Loki g for a phone for myself.
    Considering the price difference of 200 which one should I get??
  2. MarkX macrumors 6502


    Sep 10, 2015
    Fochabers, Scotland
    It's as simple as IOS or Android, that's not a choice I or anyone else can make for you.

    If you like the iPhone X then I think the decision is one you can make on your own.
  3. pika2000 macrumors 601

    Jun 22, 2007
    I would get the XS.

    Wouldn't bother with the overpriced ugly Pixel 3. If I want an Android phone, I'll grab the Mi A2 or the Pocophone F1 (less than half the price of the Pixel 3). No point in spending more than double of those prices for the Pixel 3 to run the same apps.
  4. Shanghaichica macrumors G4


    Apr 8, 2013
    The iPhone runs broadly the same apps as most android phones.

    People buy the pixel for its camera and other pixel exclusive software features. The pixel 3 has the best display on phone. That’s what you are paying the extra for.

    Personally I’d get the Xs because I prefer iOS. If I liked android better I’d get the pixel 3.
  5. Breaking Good macrumors 65816

    Sep 28, 2012
    I think you already have your answer here. You say that you are happy with iOS, so stay with it. Android isn't any better than iOS, it's just different.

    If you really want something different, then go ahead and try Android. But if you think you are going to be getting something better, you are going to be disappointed.
  6. Tig Bitties macrumors 68040

    Tig Bitties

    Sep 6, 2012
    Pixel 3, no question. Stock Android all day every day over iOS.
  7. ultravegeta1981 macrumors 6502


    Oct 12, 2017
    The pixel looks good now. The iPhone Xs is also a good phone. Would het the pixel 3 and of you dont like iT het the Xs.
  8. nfl46 macrumors 604


    Oct 5, 2008
    Get the XS. In the long run, you will appreciate it.
  9. slitherjef macrumors 6502a

    Feb 8, 2012
    If you're comfortable with iOS then there you go. If you want to just dabble with Android maybe the OnePlus 6/6t would work better
  10. vhl71 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 8, 2009
    Leaning towards XS - played with the pixel 3 demo, looks ok with clean Android. But cosmetically, no comparison to iPhone.
    Only debate for me is - the Pixel 3 camera and OK google. Both of these features are so much better on Pixel 3.
    iPhone XS will definitely have a better resale value. So decisions, decisons

    I cannot use any other android phones than the pixels - I don't particularly like how android homescreens look - so having oneplus 6T or samsung is definitely a no for me. I cant stand any other android flavors like touchwiz or Oxygen OS
  11. mi7chy, Nov 1, 2018
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2018

    mi7chy macrumors 603


    Oct 24, 2014
    If you decide on the iPhone Xs, fully test it out before the 14 day return policy and follow the threads as it could turn out requiring a hardware fix. Otherwise, Samsung or Pixel is a safer bet if you appreciate reception and media playback.



  12. Tig Bitties macrumors 68040

    Tig Bitties

    Sep 6, 2012
    I use Google Assistant all day a lot. Saying "Hey Google" to do any multitude of tasks, or ask questions about sports score or weather, etc... Have Google Assistant make texts for me hands free.

    Siri blows in comparison.

    The camera on the Pixel 3 is amazing, as is the super cool new Night mode, which is almost magical in what it can do.

    And stock Android truly is the best, direct updates from Google, each and every month. The OS is just so smooth.

    Plus I'm so used to the Google News Feed on the left panel, it's great. It knows what topics you like and keeps you up to date.

    I'd have zero use for an iPhone XS, what does it bring to the table over a Pixel 3 ? Nothing in my mind.

    - iMessage ? LOL people still care about that ? WhatsApp is just as good.
    - FaceTime ? Don't need that, when Google Duo is here for both platforms.
  13. Caspavio macrumors regular


    Apr 18, 2018
    the xs' camera is comparable to pixel 3's, except in low light, but xs shoots much better videos. i dont have a gopro or anything, so i lean towards the xs.

    another point to consider is your daughter will have x. xs will be better connectivity with your daughter. you have imessage, airdrop, and family sharing allows you to share apps and other purchases with your daughter. the downside is you might get locked into the apple ecosystem though
  14. FFR macrumors 601


    Nov 4, 2007
    I would get the iPhone Xs, pixels and Samsung don’t keep thier value. I’m sure you will be able to pick up a pixel in a month or two for much less, iPhone Xs not so much.
  15. vhl71 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 8, 2009
    Not you got me worried
    I will have no option of return as I'm buying it from a private seller - used for a week or so.
  16. mi7chy macrumors 603


    Oct 24, 2014
    A lot of Xs/Xs Plus buyers are stuck with these issues beyond their 14 day return policy so they're pawning it off on other unknowing buyers. Too risky to save a few bucks so better to buy new from Apple but fully test it out before the 14 day return policy.
  17. Tig Bitties macrumors 68040

    Tig Bitties

    Sep 6, 2012
    AoD ( Always on Display ).

    So used to this, wouldn't like a phone without it
  18. Awesomesince86 macrumors 6502

    Sep 18, 2016
    They Pixel 3 XL was given the best display award by displaymate, not the Pixel 3. Two different phones. Two different display manufacturers.
  19. Shanghaichica macrumors G4


    Apr 8, 2013
    I thought they had the same display. I thought Google’s sales pitch was that everything is the same only the screen size is bigger.
  20. Awesomesince86 macrumors 6502

    Sep 18, 2016
    They may have said that, I’m not sure. But the Pixel 3 display is made by LG and the XL is made by Samsung (who are far better than LG at making displays). And I’m pretty sure the resolution is different as well.
  21. sunking101 macrumors 604


    Sep 19, 2013
    If going Android I would get the Note 9 or Mate 20.
  22. Awesomesince86 macrumors 6502

    Sep 18, 2016
    In my mind it goes like this...

    If updates and or camera are most important, get a Pixel.

    If you want the most powerful, feature rich phone, get a Note 9 or Mate 20.

    If you want a flagship phone but are willing to make some concessions to cut down on price, get the OnePlus 6t.
  23. vhl71, Nov 3, 2018
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2018

    vhl71 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 8, 2009
    Update on this
    Played with a pixel 3 at a store and nothing that impressed me to spend $1000 on this. So decided to get an iPhone XS. The iPhone I was going to get privately had a lot is scratches on screen. So didn’t end up buying it. Waiting for the Black Friday sales here in Canada with carriers.
    Unless I get a pixel 3 at a good discount I’ll be getting the XS.
  24. drinkingtea, Nov 4, 2018
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2018

    drinkingtea macrumors regular


    Jan 31, 2016
    ^ Good choice. The XS is a better value. iOS is more secure, it is much more fluid, it has iMessage (most people in North America do not use WhatsApp and probably no one is going to download that app just to text you—so, if you went with an Android, you’d be stuck with their awful texting apps), the App Store has much more refined apps unlike the Google Play Store, and the iPhone has better resale value.

    I had a Galaxy S8+ for six months and it was awful. I don’t know how I managed to use that phone for six months. I was happy-crying when I replaced it with an iPhone (I took a financial hit but it was worth it).

    I’m only considering an Android again because iPhone prices have gotten so ridiculously high, but I’ll most likely bite the bullet and purchase an iPhone because I just don’t trust Androids. The Pixel is the only Android phone I would consider.
  25. mib1800 Suspended

    Sep 16, 2012
    Note 9 at this moment should cost 2/3 the price of xs. Note 9 is better overall.

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