Apple iPhone 8 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8


Call Quality

Apple iPhone 8 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8
We’ve had no issues with call quality on the iPhone 8 Plus and Note 8 we’ve had for this test. Some early users are reporting hearing a lot of static noise on iPhone 8s (and our other review unit also suffers from such problems), and that’s an issue that Apple has admitted exists. A fix is likely coming via software update in the near future, but keep in mind that this issue likely spreads to a limited amount of iPhones. Our 8 Plus does not suffer from it.

Battery Life

The iPhone beats the Note in the battery game, but for heavy users, it will still be a daily trip to the charger.

Apple iPhone 8 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8

One area that is resilient to the break-neck pace of phone innovation is battery life. It improves in what seems like baby steps, and the iPhone 8 Plus and Galaxy Note 8 are no exception: both phones will last most users a full day on a single charge, but the most demanding users will need a top-up before the end of the day. Lighter users will be able to squeeze a day and a half, and if you barely use your phone you might get to two days.

Comparing the two, we find that the iPhone does better in real-life longevity, was it for the great stand-by time or for other reasons, but we did have a better battery experience than with the Note.

In terms of battery capacity, there is a 2,675mAh battery on the iPhone 8 Plus and a 3,300mAh cell on the Note 8. Those numbers don’t mean much out of the context of the platform and software, so keep that in mind.

The iPhone finally supports fast charging, bringing it on par with most flagship Android phones from the past three years or so. But the iPhone 8 Plus still ships with a slow charger and you need to spend an additional at least $50 for the 29-watt USB-C Apple Power Adapter to actually make use of the fast charging capability. That’s a rip-off in comparison with the free fast chargers that come with most if not all Android phones that support the feature.

If you get that larger and more powerful charger, you will get around 40% charge from zero in just thirty minutes. This is especially nice consider the super slow charging speeds of Plus-sized models in the past.

Also, the iPhone now finally supports Qi wireless charging, another feature present on many top Android phones in the past years. Wireless charging is slower with most chargers delivers only 7.5 watts of power and is limited in use, but it’s a convenience: you don’t need to worry about plugging in a wire. Apple has its own wireless charging in the works, but it will only come out sometime in 2018 and will likely carry a high price tag, so for the moment you can use third-party wireless chargers like the ones from Belkin and Mophie. The Note 8 also supports wireless charging, but it also has support for the twice as fast Qi 1.2 standard and the wireless charger comes free in a bundle for many users. It doubles as a stand and looks stylish as well.


Apple iPhone 8 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8

So… which one should you get?

Let’s first look at the prices:

iPhone 8 Plus 64GB / 256GB: $800 / $950
Note 8 64GB: $930

So yes, the 64 gig Note 8 is actually more expensive than a 64GB iPhone 8 Plus with a quite pronounced $130 difference.

Apple iPhone 8 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8
For all else, it’s a matter of personal preference really. Here are the areas where the two do similarly well: performance (the iPhone has the faster chip, but both feel similarly fast in real life) and camera (in some cases the iPhone takes better pictures, in others – the Note 8 does better).

The Note 8, however, excels in places where the iPhone cannot fully deliver. Here is who we recommend the Note 8 to: those convinced that they will use the S Pen (it’s fun and easy to use!), those who are bombarded with notifications (it’s easier to deal with them on Android), those who like the options on Android including the faster and easier sharing menus, the split-screen multitasking, the customization options; those who value that vibrant AMOLED screen.

But if you think you are the person who: is a video enthusiast (because 4K at 60fps!), who likes to have their phone just work without dealing with complications, who is a gamer (iOS has better games), who is a heavy iMessage user and / or who is a creative (music and video editing apps are better on iOS) than by any means the iPhone will be a better fit.



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