Finally, which phone helps you get more done, faster, and without any drama?
One charge of the Mate 20 Pro lasts a day and a half, or longer with light use
Has Apple ever released a sluggish phone? We certainly can’t think of one, and this category of big flagships was never going to be home to anything other than the most powerful of chips. Apple’s A12 Bionic, however, takes the crown as the world’s most powerful phone CPU. Everything is slick and smooth, so much so that you feel like you’re never taxing it.
The battery life on iPhones has always been distinctly average, but the XS Max is capable of withstanding a full day’s use… Unless, that is, you’re playing games all day.
The Mate 20 Pro is equipped with a high-capacity battery and a fast charging port to match. One single charge lasts a day and a half, or longer with light use – you can eke it out to two if you don’t hammer it. Cleverly, the phone can be used as a wireless charging power bank for other Qi devices.
The Kirin 980 CPU teamed with Android Pie (overlaid with the lean EMUI 9 skin) makes for a snappy partnership, and there’s plenty of power there for those times when you’re swapping between apps like crazy. The Mate loses a few points for using Huawei’s NM Cards instead of microSD – they’re more expensive – but at least it has expandable storage, eh Apple?
The Note9’s battery life falls between that of the other two phones, with only the lightest of users seeing a full second day from a single charge. Early batches of the Note9 came with Android 8.1, but the One UI implementation of Pie has already been revealed, and improves the one-handed use of the phone considerably.
Productivity apps benefit from the included S Pen, whether it’s being used to take notes or doodle unflattering cartoons of your boss. The phone speeds along nicely, no matter what you call on it to do. Samsung also has a great way of setting pairs of apps to run easily in split-screen mode, making use of that generous display. The Mate 20 Pro offers that as well, but the iPhone XS Max doesn’t.