We recently decided to find the best phones for people whose primary use goes around social media like Facebook and Instagram. Samsung, Apple and Google were the three brands that made our top five, and while the latter only had one finalist, the two major OEMs had a pair of phones each. What struck us, however, was that Samsung's phones didn't even bend Apple, but twice.
Let me be clear here: The two Apple phones that made our list are excellent choices for social media. They offer great performance on all social media, especially Snapchat (more on the latter) and have excellent cameras for both photos and videos. But the two posts from Samsung offer more. Both provide extra features that enhance the overall experience and help you get the most out of your social media favorites. And while Samsung isn't perfect, based on our tests, they're the social media phone you choose.
Why Galaxy Note 9 topped our list
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is one of the most complete phones ever released. After the 201
6 failure of the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung was conservative with its successor, note 8, as they attempted to regain public confidence and correct any problems they might have missed.
After a year without problems, Samsung once again pushed the boundaries to fit the best technology available in a phone package, a hallmark of the Galaxy Note brand. The result is Note 9 of the year, and it is because of the completeness of the phone that it stands out in many areas, including those that most appeal to social media and influencers.
It starts with the camera system. Both rear cameras have optical image stabilization, making low light photography much better and shaking videos one thing in the past. The prominent new feature of this year's camera is the variable aperture, which changes the camera's aperture to adjust for different lighting scenarios. The primary camera automatically switches between apertures in either f / 1.5 or f / 2.4, depending on the situation. While the front camera has a fixed aperture, it is the widest of any standard telephone on f / 1.7.
In view of video, have you seen the epic super slow motion movies on social media? More than likely, they were taken with a Samsung device. All three of Samsung's latest flagship phones include support for super slow slow motion video (960 fps at 720p). The rest of the competition is limited to 240 fps at 1080p, which note 9 can also do if you prefer higher resolution.