Galaxy Note 9

Kicking off #phonepocalypse this past week, LG officially unveiled the V40 ThinQ. Being the South Korean company’s ultra-premium flagship for 2018, we decided to ask you in this week’s poll if you would rather spend your hard-earned money on LG’s new smartphone or instead buy Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9.

Taking a look at both phones, you won’t see many differences as far as specs are concerned. Both flagships come with a premium OLED display, are powered by the Snapdragon 845 CPU, 6GB of RAM (8GB for some Note 9 models), Android Oreo, and feature a high-quality glass and metal build.

The key differences the between the two include the Galaxy Note 9’s larger battery, two additional cameras on the V40 ThinQ, the inclusion of Samsung’s S Pen, and LG’s 32-bit quad DAC.

LG V40 or Samsung Galaxy Note 9?

Results

As you can see from the pie charts, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 blew the LG V40 ThinQ out of the water. Across our website, social media pages, and YouTube channel, no less than 55 percent of you voted for Samsung’s flagship smartphones. Surprisingly, in multiple cases, the V40 ThinQ came closer in votes to “I don’t want either” than to the Note 9.

With these results, it’s pretty clear that even though the Galaxy Note 9 costs a little more than the V40 ThinQ, buyers are more attracted to premium features. So even though LG’s handset features a 32-bit quad DAC, customers are more than happy with Samsung’s standard 3.5mm headphones jack if it means they gain access to the phone’s S Pen.

It’s also interesting to note that not many people commented on the fact that the LG V40 ThinQ had additional cameras that offered features not found on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. This might have to do with Samsung routinely besting LG in the camera department.

Noteworthy comments

Here are some of the comments from across the polls – many of which had similar themes:

  • LG has some decent hardware. Software is where it all falls flat.
  • The hardware on the v40 is A+ but something about LG’s software leaves me less inspired and would rather the Note 9 overall.
  • Until LGUSAMobile ditches their Android skin, they’re not even on my radar.
  • The V and the Note are not comparable. The whole draw of the Note is the S Pen. The V line has never had a stylus. The #LGV40 is an #S9plus competitor, and it’s shaping up to be a rather disappointing one at that.
  • LG phones are disposable after 6 month…and battery life is a nightmare..do your self a favor go for note 9…and be happy ????

And, of course, there were a decent number of comments that voiced that they wouldn’t pay nearly $1,000 for a smartphone:

  • Neither. With such amazing devices like the OnePlus 6, the Huawei P20 Pro or even the Pocophone about half the cost for 98% of the same features, there’s no plausible justification to spend that much money on either of them.

That’s it for this week, everyone. As always, thanks for voting, thanks for the comments, and don’t forget to let us know what you thought of the results below.

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