The Android market for smartphones is becoming increasingly competitive, as vendors continue attempting to one-up each other with better optimizations and features. The Google Pixel series and Samsung’s Galaxy Note series are some of the most popular players in the game; however, one may have features more geared toward working professionals than the other.
Here, TechRepublic compares two of the latest Samsung Galaxy Note and Google Pixel models—the Galaxy Note 10 and Pixel 3—to help business professionals select the best smartphone for their needs.
The perks of the Google Pixel 3
The biggest advantages of Google Pixel phones, in general, are the guaranteed security updates and impressive cameras—and this holds true for the Pixel 3.
All Pixel devices are members of Google’s Android Enterprise Partners initiative, which guarantees regular security updates within 90 days for three years, as well as at least one version upgrade in that same timeline. However, the Pixel 3 (and 3XL) takes security up a notch, guaranteeing monthly security and version updates for three years.
SEE: Mobile device security: Tips for IT pros (free PDF) (TechRepublic)
As for the cameras, the rear 12.2 megapixel shooter and the dual-lens imaging, 8-mp front-facing cameras boast some impressive picture taking. The Pixel 3 upgrades from the Pixel 2 are minimal, with the most obvious being the Pixel 3’s 0.5-inch bigger screen.
Here are the full specs:
- OS: Android 9 Pie
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 2.5 GHz quad-core
- Display: 5.5 inch, 2160×1080-pixel resolution OLED (443 ppi)
- RAM: 4GB LPDDR4
- Storage: 64GB/128GB internal
- Cameras: 12.2-megapixel rear f/1.8 dual-pixel camera with OIS. Dual 8-megapixel f/2.2 wide-angle (97 degrees) and f/1.8 standard front-facing cameras
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), Bluetooth 5.0 BLE, GPS/Galileo/Glonass, and NFC
- Battery: 2,915mAh non-removable with 18W wired and Qi wireless charging
- Dimensions: 145.6mm x 68.2mm x 7.9mm and 148 grams
- Colors: Just Black, Clearly White, and Not Pink
- Sensor: Fingerprint, back cover
- Price: Starts at $799
The perks of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10
Unveiled Wednesday at Samsung Unpacked, the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ are Samsung’s latest editions of the flagship devices. Both devices sport an improved battery life, upgraded specs, S Pen optimizations, and more.
The Galaxy Note 10 eliminates the 3.5mm headphone jack, microSD card slot, and the Bixby button. But, the Note 10 adds better functionality with the S Pen, with “Air Actions” allowing users to move the pen in the air and gesture tasks on the phone.
Other major perks include its ability to link to Windows 10 devices, as well as the Samsung DeX platform that allows users to connect the Note 10 to a PC or Mac via a USB cord.
Touting a 6.3″ screen, the Note 10 is the slimmest and lightest note device to date. Here are the rest of the specs:
- OS: Android 9.0 Pie with Samsung One UI
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
- Display: 6.3-inch 2,280×1080 AMOLED
- RAM: 8GB or 12GB
- Storage: 256GB internal
- Cameras: 12-megapixel rear f/2.1 telephoto, f/1.5 and f/2.4 super speed dual pixel dual aperture camera, 16-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide camera and 10-megapixel f/2.2 front-facing camera
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (2.4/5GHz), Bluetooth 5.0 LE
- Battery: Galaxy Note 10 3,500mAh, Galaxy Note 10 Plus 4,300mAh
- Dimensions (Galaxy Note 10): 151.0 x 71.8 x 7.9 mm and 168 grams
- Dimensions (Galaxy Note 10 Plus): 162.3 x 77.2 x 7.9 mm and 196 grams
- Colors: Aura Glow, Aura White, Aura Black, and Aura Blue (Galaxy Note 10 Plus only)
- Sensor: Fingerprint, in display
- Price: Starts at $949.99
The best choice for business pros
While Google’s hold of Android gives it the ability to provide a possible longer lifespan for its devices and consistent security updates, the perks of the Pixel 3 don’t stack up to those of the Note 10. The Pixel 3’s camera is impressive, but not necessarily top priority for business professionals, who would probably get more mileage out of Samsung’s DeX and Windows linking capabilities.
With the DeX, traveling business professionals can easily connect their phone to a hotel or conference-provided computer, eliminating the need to tote around a monitor, mouse, and keyboard. Additionally, for working professionals using Windows 10 devices, the Note 10 is a no-brainer, with the linking feature allowing for messages, notifications, screen mirroring, and photo sharing to flow between devices.
Even though the price for the Note 10 is much heftier than the Pixel 3, the disparity also reflects the disparity in features, especially for business workers.
As noted in TechRepublic’s Google Pixel vs. Samsung Galaxy: Which is better for business?: “Overall, the Pixel series is an easy choice for developers and security-minded professionals needing the most up-to-date software, while the Galaxy series is well suited for those who want one device to do everything.”