Technology gadget shootouts are fun exercises that often mean little to anyone except the geekier side of manhood which seems to eat, breath, and sleep specifications and seldom gives consideration to the many and varied reasons people buy and stick to a particular brand of product.
Take the smartphone business as an example. The industry leaders are, 1) Apple, and, 2) Samsung. Combined, both companies account for more than 85-percent of the entire industry’s revenue, and Apple alone accounts for more than 80-percent of the industry’s profits.
It may be a jungle out there but there is a king and a wannabe king and nobody else plays in the same league where money matters. What about Google, Huawei, Motorola, Xiaomi, and others?
Combined, Apple and Samsung sell nearly one of every three smartphones sold on planet earth each year, and from that take home the most revenue and profits; far beyond all other manufacturers combined. So, what about Google’s new flagship Pixel 3 XL and it’s Huawei flagship competitor, the P20 Pro? It doesn’t matter. They don’t matter.
Jim Martin on the shootout of two smartphones that don’t matter.
If you’re after a ‘pure’ Android experience then it’s impossible to beat a Pixel phone. You pay a premium for the latest model, and prices have gone up again this year to – presumably – keep in line with Apple and Samsung.
In simpler terms, you get a Google-branded smartphone with a great camera and the latest Android OS for $50 more than iPhone XR which has a great camera and will run the latest iOS version for about five more years.
Huawei’s P20 Pro is a fantastic phone, with excellent hardware and – in particular – stunning cameras. The EMUI software isn’t to everyone’s taste but there’s still a lot to like, especially if you’re coming from an iPhone.
No, that’s just not true.
Photos will be nearly excellent on all three smartphones and most people will not be able to tell the differences; which photo came from which device. As to videos, most reviewers point out that iPhone’s videos are superior across the board. These shootouts usually cover hardware specifications as if there are significant differences. There are differences, but most are not significant.
Which is best? Google Pixel 3 XL or the Huwawei P20 Pro?
It depends on your priorities. If you’re not bothered by the lack of a dedicated telephoto camera and want stable video and take lots of group selfies, the Pixel 3 XL.
If you do want the P20 Pro’s zoom, it’s night mode and aren’t bothered about shooting video at higher than 1080p, then go for the Huawei.
Most industry researchers say Google sold less than 4-million Pixel 2 and Pixel XL models last year. This year’s Pixel 3 crop is more expensive. The Huawei P20 Pro isn’t available in the U.S. Yet. Good cameras? Yes. And that might matter if the camera was the #1 item on the feature list. If it is, a mid-range DLSR or high-end point-and-shoot will take better photos (lens size and sensor size matter) and far better videos.
The technology industry pays homage to shoot-outs and comparisons, but customers tend to where overall value reigns. That’s Apple and Samsung. It’s not Google or Huawei. Those smartphones don’t matter.