Apple iPhone 8 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Apple vs Samsung is the modern day smartphone rivalry, and their two latest devices - the iPhone 8 Plus and Note 8 - step up their performance and photo skills…
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90 Comments

56. ShaikhJGI

Posts: 359; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Bro why are you even bothered to reply him? I actually stopped reading his BS as soon as I read his statement as "Design-wise both look like older Samsungs or iPhones". So just save yourself a few minutes to enjoy life. Good Day :)

37. BullDozer

Posts: 159; Member since: Dec 18, 2015

Just have to look first chapter. IPhone design is so outdated and boring that it just cannot compete with any latest flagship. With those huge bezels it belongs to year 2015.

38. royman

Posts: 17; Member since: Jul 04, 2017

This is a well done head to head review. You simply cannot say one or the other is better for everybody. Depending on what you are using it for and how you use it will determine which is better for you.

39. naveenstuns

Posts: 184; Member since: Feb 19, 2012

"the 64 gig Note 8 is actually more expensive than a 64GB iPhone 8 Plus with a quite pronounced $130 difference." In india iphone 8 plus 64 gb is abt $80 more expensive than s8 note 64 GB no wonder apple has 3% market share in india

57. ShaikhJGI

Posts: 359; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Naveen we should also consider the case which comes in the Box which should be at least $15 and one time screen replacement is Icing on the Cake. Note 8 has far better value here in India than iPhones and just to mention, iPhone X 64GB is $350 more expensive than iPhone X which is like crazy :D

44. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

Galaxy Note 8 user shows screenshot of battery usage between charges. It shows 20+ hours of usage and counting -https://forum.xda-developers.com/galaxy-note-8/review/screen-time-t3647688

46. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Also a thing to consider is that the Note will run like crap in 6 months!

58. ShaikhJGI

Posts: 359; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

My Brothers Note 5 works like charm even after 23 Months so keep your BS with you. Ignorance at worst :D

77. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

He's just trying to ease his own pain. Let him be.

59. MattL

Posts: 19; Member since: Oct 13, 2014

"Then, the iPhone 8 Plus comes with one neat innovation: True Tone technology. True Tone will adapt the display’s white balance to room light, usually making your phone look slightly warmer indoors, for a more natural look. We like this small convenience." It's not an innovation, Samsung has been doing this for years on their phones From the DisplayMate Note 8 review (and multiple generations of Samsung phone reviews" "The Adaptive Display screen mode provides real-time Adaptive processing that can dynamically adjust images and videos. For some applications it will vary the White Point, Color Gamut, and Color Saturation based on the image content and the color of the surrounding ambient lighting measured by the Ambient Light Sensor (which measures color in addition to brightness)." Like usual Apple just finally catches up to what others are doing and brands it and pitches like it's innovative.

66. Victor.H

Posts: 1062; Member since: May 27, 2011

You misunderstand the way Adaptive Display works. Here is an explanation:https://www.phonearena.com/news/Samsung-Galaxy-S6-Review-of-the-various-display-modes_id69968 In a nutshell, Adaptive Display boosts saturation and brightness in different light, but does nothing to the actual white balance. TrueTone is completely different: it adjusts the white balance.

80. MattL

Posts: 19; Member since: Oct 13, 2014

I think you missed what that review said "We won't be including measurements for Adaptive Display, though, for the very reasons we outlined above — the software tweaks the image dynamically, and this inconsistency precludes us from making any justifiable conclusions" They specifically don't include measurements so from that article you can't conclude anything about what I quoted from DisplayMate's claim " For some applications it will vary the White Point, Color Gamut, and Color Saturation based on the image content and the color of the surrounding ambient lighting measured by the Ambient Light Sensor (which measures color in addition to brightness)" Not only is DisplayMate actually talking about White Point while the phonearena article you linked specifically didn't, you can find countless other places on the web coming to the same conclusion as DisplayMate sammobile article "The white point is pretty much off target, which you can see in the graph on the right side below." Further if you read Displaymates very in-depth analysis in *all* screen modes you can see the white point adjust and entire color temperature accordingly Additionally this is how Display mate explains the true tone feature (on the iPad Pro 9.7) "True Tone automatically changes the White Point and color balance of the display based on real-time measurements of the ambient light falling on the screen" It's exactly what the Adaptive display mode has been doing for years on Samsung phones. I'm sorry Apple just finally caught up and put a buzz word behind it. Further when analyzing this feature both in the iPad Pro and in previous Samsung phones Display Mate requested a slider to help control this effect, something the Note 8 has now, which makes it even more useful. Samsung has many other features the iPhone screens have yet to catch up to. Most people aren't aware of these features so when Apple pitches them when they finally add them people think it's new and innovative.

87. Victor.H

Posts: 1062; Member since: May 27, 2011

Nope. You are mistaken. Here is an example: open a webpage on the iPhone with TrueTone, and change the light from incandescent to outdoor or to cold light. The white temperature will change. Do the same on a Samsung phone and white temperature will not change. Simple.

61. Mr.mobile

Posts: 130; Member since: Mar 09, 2017

I really feel like iphone 8 plus would have come with 3000mah battery 3.82V 9Wh

62. maverick786us

Posts: 159; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Both are great device. iPhone + series and note series are always meant to be great competitors. But this year Note 8 broke the chain by having gigantic screen size compared to iPhone +. Note to forget I am into Apple Eco-system I will buy iPhone 8 Plus or 10 but I will get a Note 8 for my wife who is into android ecosystem.

67. gigicoaste

Posts: 456; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

There is no war while comparing planes with cars and vegetables with fruits! but who cares as long is generating traffic. right?

68. Acaii

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 03, 2017

Both is great smartphone. But regarding sound comparison, you missing out big things. Microphone. Note 8 have stereo mic while iPhone 8 have only mono mic. While editing sound in at FCPX, you can clearly see the different. As a videographer, audio is equally important as video quality.

89. luis.aag90

Posts: 274; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

You are asking too much. It's Phone Arena, they will never put iPhone down in video quality just because it records in Mono. We all know Mono sound is so lousy and muffled. It just takes a YouTube video comparison to acknowledge how bad iPhones are in this regard. I agree about sound quality being nearly as important as the footage.

69. AceNJ

Posts: 26; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

what about future proneness? i'm deeply concerned that android/samsung in general only has up to a 2 year life span while the latest ios devices typically enjoy a 5 year life span. for my parents who don't care for upgrades like ever, this is a big deal and really adds to the value proposition.

74. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

There are plenty of people out there from all age ranges still using the Note 4 from 2014 & have no intentions of getting a new phone any time soon. Your statement makes no sense.

72. Reybanz88

Posts: 97; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

I'm trying to figure out how did Phonearena get a max nit rating of 518 on the Note 8, but it's several reports about it being well over 1,000 nits...

73. TerryD

Posts: 546; Member since: May 09, 2017

Did you forget to compare the camera focus speed again?

75. Dr.SamX

Posts: 240; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

How come DisplayMate claims Note 8's display can reach up to 1000 nits, and every other test says is it about 550-600 nits? I do not understand...

76. R0bert

Posts: 9; Member since: May 31, 2017

Why the hell is Phonearena using onscreen benchmarks to compare the performance of devices with wildly different screen resolutions, there's going to be a huge error from the number of pixels and vsync if the benchmark gets to 60 fps. That's what the offscreen benchmarks are for.

78. Sotikon

Posts: 26; Member since: Aug 23, 2017

I don’t get why Victor remains adamant that his camp’s result is not accurate enough. Yes, it’s impractical to use 1% white on your screen, almost irrelevant, but it is what it is. It can go that high be it practical or impractical. A good, unbiased writer will put that up and gist readers on the matter. Accept your wrong and rectify it, no need to go on a rant justifying what we both know is not the MAX potential of the piece.

88. Victor.H

Posts: 1062; Member since: May 27, 2011

A good, unbiased writer writes good, unbiased information, not bulls**t numbers.

79. ehsanjoon365

Posts: 15; Member since: Oct 02, 2017

Please test Sony Xperia XZ1 and Nokia 8.

90. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

“Siri has one key advantage over any of the two assistants on the Note 8: you can use it straight from the lockscreen, without needing to unlock your phone to quickly set an alarm, add a reminder, a calendar event or what not, and this definitely gives it a speed advantage.” Doesn’t bixby work without unlocking the phone too? You can even unlock using bixby and voice password.

91. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Also when it comes to portrait shot/live focus, Note 8 captures the indoor shots better.

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