Easter, iPhone 8+ and Galaxy Note 8

For my Easter post, I chose these two simple photos which, at least to me, suggest the upward motion of life — more or less symbolizing the message of the occasion.  This is also my way of sending a Happy Easter greeting to everyone.

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Having said that, you might find it interesting to know that these images were taken with the cameras of two of the most sought after mobile phones nowadays, the iPhone 8 Plus and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.  In my continuing search for cameras that match my lifestyle of still trying to fit a hobby with frequent travels to difficult places but with gradually dwindling inclination to carry a heavy photography gear around (call it ageing); I inadvertently ended up with these two amazing phones.

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It was not among my greedy intentions to acquire both gadgets.  At first I only wanted something that could replace my iPhone 6s for my international roaming line but with a better camera — something that could compete with or even replace my regular photography gear. For that I chose the iPhone 8+ and its impressive dual (wide angle and telephoto) front camera.  However, in addition to my roaming mobile phone, I regularly carry a cheaper dual sim phone for the local numbers in the country I’m working in.   The cheap phone I had has so far been serving the purpose just fine, but then I belatedly stumbled upon Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8. And then greed set in.  Note 8 can accommodate 2 sim cards (one can be used for additional memory) and also has dual cameras that are just as strong as (some say even better than) those of the iPhone 8+.  But the feature that greatly sweetened the pot for me was the stylus pen supported by a note-taking app — something that would be most handy in the rough environments where a notebook an a pen will be too cumbersome.   To make the long story short, I dumped the cheap phone and also bought myself a Galaxy Note 8 at around the same price as the iPhone 8+.

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Comparison of the specs between the Galaxy Note 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus

I’m not about to launch a detailed comparison of the photo quality of these two gadgets.  The very similar specs of both phones are already compared in the table above and a lot of detailed reviews on each or both gadgets can be found in the net.  As for me, I still have to discover the limits of what each gadget can do but, so far, both appear to promise great photos and I may soon hit the off-the-beaten-path with neither my DSLR nor my mirrorless compacts but just a couple of expensive but immensely promising mobile phones.

By the way, if you guessed that the first photo was taken by a Galaxy Note 8 and the second one was taken with an iPhone 8+, you were right.  Happy Easter!  (JTP)