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Apple iPhone 8 vs Samsung Galaxy S8

Introduction


Whether Apple and Samsung intentionally synchronized the generation numbers of their flagship smartphones is something we'll never find out, but regardless, this year (and for the better part of 2018), it'll be the iPhone 8 and Galaxy S8 that will represent the two mobile platforms of the world. And boy is this a tough choice! Like, even more so than years past, because of Samsung's brand new design, and Apple's complex maneuvers involving feature exclusivity with the 8 Plus and the very presence of the completely new iPhone X.

Still, despite the allure of the iPhone X and the more powerful camera of the 8 Plus, the iPhone 8 is likely to remain the main sales driver for Apple, due to its lower cost and pocket/palm-friendly size. As such, its most logical rival (outside of Apple's own ecosystem) is the Galaxy S8, which has been around for quite some time now, and which has already seen its price drop to more accessible levels.

Design


Apple iPhone 8 vs Samsung Galaxy S8

The iPhone 8 largely retains the design of its predecessors. Instead of a complete reinvention, Apple went with just a minor face-lift in the form of a new back panel, made of glass. Changing up half of the phone isn't exactly a minor thing, but at this point, no matter what Apple does with its 2014 design, it's going to feel old. It's not bad, of course; it's as nice and elegant as ever, and the new glass back makes it even better and more exquisite.

Apple iPhone 8 vs Samsung Galaxy S8
Apple iPhone 8 vs Samsung Galaxy S8
Start using the Galaxy S8, though, and you'll inevitably feel the pull of the modernistic “bezel-less” design. It's not only because of the fancy aesthetics of slim bezels, but also because of the practical benefits of having a more expansive screen. It doesn't simply show you more content – it gives you more context, helping you feel more aware of the digital environment, and more capable. But we'll talk more about the screens in just a second.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 also benefits from a polished metal frame, and this is an appealing element that will make an appearance in the iPhone X, but isn't found in the iPhone 8. Instead, the iPhone 8 has a matte aluminum frame, which is more slippery, and obviously not as shiny. The styling of the iPhone 8 comes off as rather restrained, as if intentionally so. Whether this has been done on purpose, to make the iPhone X looks more extreme in its next-generation nature, isn't clear, but it almost feels as if Apple is holding the iPhone 8 back on purpose this year. The Galaxy S8 is also the one to be offered in a more exciting range of color options (black, silver, blue, gold, and orchid; versus just black, silver and gold for the iPhone 8).

Leaving looks aside, both phones are on the cutting edge of mobile tech, and offer premium features like water-resistance and wireless charging, the latter being new for the iPhone line.

Apple iPhone 8

Apple iPhone 8

Dimensions

5.45 x 2.65 x 0.29 inches

138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm

Weight

5.22 oz (148 g)

Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung Galaxy S8

Dimensions

5.86 x 2.68 x 0.31 inches

148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0 mm

Weight

5.47 oz (155 g)

Apple iPhone 8

Apple iPhone 8

Dimensions

5.45 x 2.65 x 0.29 inches

138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm

Weight

5.22 oz (148 g)

Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung Galaxy S8

Dimensions

5.86 x 2.68 x 0.31 inches

148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0 mm

Weight

5.47 oz (155 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page



Display


Apple iPhone 8 vs Samsung Galaxy S8

It’s a bit funny how Apple presented the display of the iPhone 8 as completely new, when in fact the only noticeable new thing in it is the True Tone feature. Indeed, we’re still looking at a 4.7” IPS LCD panel with resolution of 750 x 1334 pixels. Make no mistake, though, this panel still delivers a great user experience, with its only weak spot probably being the lower than ideal resolution. And speaking of True Tone, this is a great feature which aims to adjust the display’s color balance so that it looks natural across all environments. In reality, however, we’ve found it to make the iPhone 8’s display look needlessly yellowish at times.

So, what about the Galaxy S8? It obviously has the more exciting display of the two, with characteristics that read 5.8” diagonal and resolution of 1440 x 2960 px. The GS8’s display isn’t exactly bigger than the iPhone 8’s, but it’s considerably taller. In comparison, the Galaxy S8’s AMOLED panel can look very vivid and saturated in its default Adaptive mode, perhaps painfully so. For those who’s prefer a more natural image, there’s the sRGB color mode, which, unfortunately, produces somewhat lifeless results.

The main appeal of the Galaxy S8’s display is in its expansive nature, filling almost all of the device’s front. The fact that it’s so tall and hi-res makes it more convenient for browsing the web, where fitting more of a page is key to comfort and efficiency.

With its curved form, stylishly rounded corners, and modernistic features like always-on display, the Galaxy S8’s screen is very impressive. However, the iPhone 8’s panel is so mature and balanced, it’s worthy of admiration in its own way.



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31 Comments

darkkjedii

Posts: 30343; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That last paragraph says it all.

sgodsell

Posts: 6528; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The "iPhone 8 display only weak spot probably being the lower than ideal resolution". Really? Is that why Apple is looking to drop IPS LCD displays altogether. True Tone is just a software enhancement to the same IPS LCD low resolution display with the ambient light conditions changing the display. Give me a break. For $700 the iPhone 8 is overpriced. The S8 is superior and a better value. The Koolaid is strong at iPhonearena.

trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

I get your point. But value is subjective, bro. For some people, iOS alone makes the iPhone worth it's price tag. So, it is up to every individual to decide which feature or which handset is worth their money.

sgodsell

Posts: 6528; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Now I get your point about how if users want iOS. However users that want iOS have no choice in hardware, because it's whatever Apple makes, and that's it. If you get my point, then the iPhone 8 with its low resolution 4.7" LCD display, with a single camera, only 2 GB of RAM, 64 GB of non expandable storage, a tiny battery. It's overpriced at $700 USD. It's $920 Canadian dollars. Way overpriced, and nobody should ever wonder why Apple makes record profits. Because it's the price you pay if you want to play with Apple. Remember there is no choice. There is only Apple's choice.

Valinor

Posts: 148; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

I agree with the overpriced part, but its not that overpriced. IOS makes it a great experience if you want a great working phone and other than the crappy screen its a solid device. I'm an Iphone 6 user and that last paragraph sums it all up. The only reason I havent upgraded yet is that it feels like a perfected iphone 6. If they had improved the screen and maybe a bit smaller bezels it would have been a blind purchase for me. So now I'm waiting for the LG V30 :)

uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

So a great experience according to you is worth an extra $400? LOL. What actually gives a better experience in software, is having better hardware. More RAM, means better multi-tasking and speed. A better camera means taking better pictures. A higher resolution display, means seeing content the way the content maker wanted you to see it. if someone does all of this, for less money; and you're paying mor emoney and not gettign that, then there lies the problem. Yet iOS users are "claimed" to be the "most educated". We all waste money on something. But usually one of the things we don't waste money on are high price ticket items. When people shop for cars, or a home, they not only look at the price or what they can afford. They look at and for all the possible benefits based on the plan of usage. The phone should be no different.

ColinW

Posts: 408; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

It is not just the screen, it is the small battery, terrible battery life, horrendous recharge times, inferior camera for a supposed flagship, outdated design, camera bump and inferior build quality. It struggles other than the chip to be a mid-range phone for a flagship cost.

Leo_MC

Posts: 5740; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I have asked you a few times: how much does it cost to make and sustain iOS, iCloud services, Office suite, mail, maps, free education tools, monthly updates with the best security in a mobile etc? No Android oem does that on itself, Google does it (by pushing adds).

sgodsell

Posts: 6528; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

This is the first time. Now all that you mentioned costs money, of course. However with that said Apple can easily give those services away for free and more, especially when they make a ton of money on each iPhone. Not to mention the price of Apple Care per iPhone is ridiculous to begin with. Oh, and Apple makes money on music, online books, apps, accessories, and more. As a matter of fact Apple should be giving more back to it's customers instead of trying to always come up with more ways to taken even more money from its customers. Just look at Quick charge, you have to buy a cable from Apple, and also get a new charging brick. If you want to plug the iPhone's into their new Mac's, then you gotta buy an adapter. So stop trying to make it look like Apple is giving you a lot, when in reality Apple is taking way more than they are giving back to any of their customers. Your a joke Leo_MC.

Leo_MC

Posts: 5740; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

"Now all that you mentioned costs money, of course. However with that said Apple can easily give those services away for free and more, especially when they make a ton of money on each iPhone." HOW MUCH MONEY? Do you have any idea that only free cloud services for 1 billion iOS users cost at least half billion $/month? Do you know that even a Linux distribution with support can cost you 50$? iOS is free with the phone and is available the very same day it is being released. Office 365 is 8$/user/month; let's say Apple's suite is 10% as good as Microsoft's, there is another half of billion $ worth of software that IOS users are getting for free. Do you want me to go on with calculus or you understood that Apple's hardware comes with a lot of software that has to be paid and supported during the product's life (another problem in itself, because an Apple product is lasting at least 1 year more than an equivalent Android device - some have 4-5y of software support but I won't go there). Now, do you still think iPhones are overpriced?

ColinW

Posts: 408; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Yes very much so.

Leo_MC

Posts: 5740; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

"I don't remember asking you a goddamn thing!" And why do you still think that?

uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

The Galaxy S8 costs Samsung $305 to make. They sell it for $800. Now what do you get over Apple base iPhone model? More of everything and even on top of it, Samsung gives away stuff with the phone. Again dude...lets compare what you get Display - 750p (non-standard) vs 1440p standard Same design vs new design 6 core CPU vs dual quads 2GB of vs 4GB OIS on zero cameras vs having on both storage is now equal in size Both offer access to cloud storage from OEM and 3rd parties, but Samsung offers the benefit of having access in the UI and not just using an app. fast charging, but no plug vs fast wired and wireless and a plug is included no premium headphones even though they own a headphone company vs include premium headphone in the box no included adapters but one vs all needed included adapters limited workflow vs unlimited workflow lower distribution vs more distribution less money spent on R&D vs more money begin spent. 100,000 employees vs 300,000 employees Apple hides 90% of its revenue offshore to prevent taxation. Samsung doesn't nor do they have too. Samsung gives away free stuff even on the of the retail cost of its products to bring their value closer to what they cost. Apple? Just took away giving free apps, which they can afford to give away. As SGODSELL stated, Apple makes money from overcharging for products, then they license their proprietary accessories which lands them money, then they get 30% of revenue from apps they don't even make. They won't even give away the Apple SDK. Yet Google, Microsoft provide SDK's for free. Apple Office Suite is garbage and its only free because of Microsoft offering Office Mobile free and because of Google Docs. Apple buys Beats, hasn't included their hardware in the device or box. Samsung acquires the largest audio company on the planet and their very first product the S8, has premium headphones in the box. Fats charging but so compatible adapter included? You don't have an issue with this? But you think the high price is ok? But I though IOS users were the most educated. I like IOS devices too. But they have zero value and aren't worth what they cost. I buy because I have media/apps and I must keep an iOS device to use them. Look at what the S8 can so. With a dock you get a full desktop experience from a phone. Not every needs that. But for what you pay, shouldn't you have it? The iPad has a ship that can run OSX. So why isn't Apple running OSX on the iPad? Microsoft charges zero for apps made for Windows. They get zero revenue for apps made for Windows. I can't even phantom how Apple is always excused for their non-sense, but no one else is?!

uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

He isn't a joke because he isn't even funny. He is just a blind fanboy!

uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

Samsung has way more cost than Apple, and provides many of the similar services and their devies still offer more for the cost. Samsung has far more overhead and in havign 3 times as many employees as Apple, Samsung has factories; Apple doesn't, Samsung is 25% of its country's GDP, while Apple is zero, Samsung fabricates 95% of what goes into ist phones while Apple does zero. Even if Samsung uses Google services, it also offers its own cloud, its own security which has been awarded by 3rd parties unlike Apple, is used by the US Gov't and more. Samsung has 10 times the overhead vs Apple and yet devices do more and cost less. The fact is, you're just looking for an excuse. The iPhone cost Apple $220 to make. All OEM's make up for costs. But selling a product for 4 times what it cost isn't recouping, its plain greed.

uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

Yes value is perception. Anyone who perceives that the iPhone is worth what it costs for "any" reason, needs to have their head examined. As far as the hardware itself. A phone that costs them $220 to make or even less this time since its the 4th time using the design and most of he parts, means Apple is really getting over with pricing margin. The base iPhone should retail for no more than $350-$400 with the plus coming in at $550 max. When you consider other brands with similar or even better hardware for less cost. iOS vs Android? Perception again is still the issue. You can like whichever,, but Android is better due to its unlimited flexibility. If you don't need this, I still don't see the need to pay more for less phone overall. Considering the cost, there are specs and software capabilities that should match. The base iPhone should be 1080p and the plus should be 1440p. Anyone who would pay a Ferrari price for a Honda Civic already is a lost cause.

Lumbergh

Posts: 463; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

I agree that the GS8 is more exciting, just wish it had the same level of performance as the iPhone 8. That A11 is a beast.

IT-Engineer

Posts: 402; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

True, the A11 is a great processor and will push other OEM to make better CPU'es, but again day to day tasks you won't feel any difference.

uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

It does have the same level of performnce. You keep looking at the benchmarks. Those numbers no matter who wins don't matter. The platforms work with the hardware differently. If Android had direct access to the hardware, then we would see exactly how fast the hardware is. Having faster hardware, that is running a scaled down set of features, scaled down hardware; doesn't tell the whole store. Fact - If I pulled a short block V6 out of a Caddy, wouldn't it be faster inside a smaller car vs the one it was in? If I took a V10 out of a Viper and placed it in a pickup, like Dodge did, do you expect the Dodge RAM to be as fast as the Viper? The number don't mean anything. I wouldn't even care if the S8 had all faster score. In everyday usage, both phones are basically identical in performance as far as spp\eed. The S/Note are faster do to the fact they are pushing heavier software, heavier spec'd hardware and more features. And yet with all the heaviness, the S8's and Note all do more, cost less, have better design, better functions, more usefulness and are actually a better value for the retail cost which in all cases is very expensive.

LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

So true... iPhone X overshadow all other iPhones launched this year. PS: I still hate that notch:-P

kiko007

Posts: 7369; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I agree with his overarching point in that the iPhone 8 is not an exciting phone, at all, aside from the chip inside. I don't think there's a single iPhone user who can disagree that from a purely aesthetic perspective, the Galaxy S8 is better... period. The iPhone 8 and by extension the 8+ look dated, unwieldy, and completely lackluster when up against such an artistic presence in the current S line. However, I do not believe people buy phones to be excited, at least at the most basic consumer level anyway. If anything I think the novelty of smartphones has begun to run its course into Commodityville the way of the computer in the late 90s. That's just my two cents on the topic.

uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

And that's the issue. With phones not doing much over the years new from other products, then a driving force for the product is what people see first and that is the design. What's inside the phone may not change much. The software overall may not change much, but what can change is how the phone looks. And when you use the same design 4 times in a row, then you make the user not be excited about buying, especially if they own any of the previous 3. In fairness, the S8 is very similar to the S6 and S7, but they are not identical. The iPhone 6/6S/7/7S (errrr 8) all look 100% identical and other than a new shade of color, it is 100% impossible to tell them apart. https://scdn.androidcommunity.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/maxresdefault-7.jpg You can clearly see in the photo, that even though the S6/7 share their looks, they are not identical. Even in Apple own photo -https://timedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/iphone-8-x112.png, theer is visually no difference. Yet everyone brags about sells and profit. When you have all the money: A - why can't ever model have a different design? B - why isn't Apple pushing the envelop for features? C - what abut the claims when Appel implements something its better than when other did it? Example Force Touch, FPS, Wireless Charging, Fast charging, LTE Watch.

IT-Engineer

Posts: 402; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

Yup, i had to scroll up to check the Author's name again.

redmd

Posts: 1868; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

The iPhone 8 is nothing more than a perfected iPhone 6. True. I can't wait for X vs S8 comparison.

srgonu

Posts: 470; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Love the conclusion.

PhoneInQuestion

Posts: 496; Member since: Aug 20, 2017

"However, the iPhone 8’s panel is so mature and balanced, it’s worthy of admiration in its own way." Lol...

whatev

Posts: 1997; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

I’m already feeling the radiation from upcoming cancerous comments

PhoneInQuestion

Posts: 496; Member since: Aug 20, 2017

You can always report back to Tumblr for your designated safe space.

HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

The iPhone wins, because it swells! Sorry, I mean, it's swell!

uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

The S8 has the right name. It is the 8th model. It's Apple who's stupid and messed up.

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