Ev­ery­thing fea­tured here might be brand spank­ing new, but that doesn’t mean you’re guar­an­teed to get the lat­est soft­ware when you rip them out of their boxes.

Only Google’s Pixel 2 XL is run­ning An­droid 8.0 Oreo; the rest of the An­droid hand­sets are stuck on the pre­vi­ous ver­sion, 7.1 Nougat. Sam­sung and LG are work­ing on their re­spec­tive soft­ware up­dates now, but when you’ll get them de­pends on your net­work – worst case, you could be wait­ing un­til next sum­mer.

Ap­ple has more con­trol over its up­dates, so the iphone X will ar­rive with IOS 11 – the same soft­ware cur­rently on the iphone 8 and 8 Plus. Apps be­have dif­fer­ently here from how they do on those more tra­di­tional phones, though, on ac­count of the miss­ing home but­ton and that notch – you’ll have to keep an eye out for app up­dates that add bet­ter sup­port if your faves don’t quite look right. fol­low Tom: @Tom­mor­gan3


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