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Samsung Galaxy S8+ vs Apple iPhone 7 Plus



Win some, lose some: zoom and Portrait go for the iPhone, low-light and continuous focus for the S8+

Samsung Galaxy S8+ vs Apple iPhone 7 Plus

Samsung gave the S8+ the same camera that is in the S7 edge, at least on paper – a 12 MP shooter with Dual Pixel focusing tech. The camera system uses new sensor models, though, and, in addition, the selfie snapper has been upgraded to an 8 MP autofocus affair, from a 5 MP fixed-focus unit. The iPhone 7 Plus has a more elaborate, dual-camera setup, combining wide-angle and telephoto lenses to enhance image quality, offer some real optical magnification, and support stylistic depth-of-field effects (like the new Portrait mode).

Samsung cleaned up its camera app interface significantly, with only the most used functions on the home screen, like with the iPhone, while the numerous shooting modes and color effects are tucked a gesture flick away. The front camera interface got richer, though, as it can now add bunny ears or funny sunglass stickers to your pics and vids, Snapchat and Apple Clips-style. As for speed of shooting, nothing beats these two, and yet the Galaxy S8+ feels slightly ahead, as the Dual Pixel tech is best in class when it comes to focus and refocusing times.

Camera UI of the Galaxy S8+ - Samsung Galaxy S8+ vs Apple iPhone 7 Plus
Camera UI of the Galaxy S8+ - Samsung Galaxy S8+ vs Apple iPhone 7 Plus
Camera UI of the Galaxy S8+ - Samsung Galaxy S8+ vs Apple iPhone 7 Plus
Camera UI of the Galaxy S8+ - Samsung Galaxy S8+ vs Apple iPhone 7 Plus

Camera UI of the Galaxy S8+

Camera UI of the Apple iPhone 7 Plus - Samsung Galaxy S8+ vs Apple iPhone 7 Plus
Camera UI of the Apple iPhone 7 Plus - Samsung Galaxy S8+ vs Apple iPhone 7 Plus
Camera UI of the Apple iPhone 7 Plus - Samsung Galaxy S8+ vs Apple iPhone 7 Plus

Camera UI of the Apple iPhone 7 Plus

Image quality

The iPhone 7 Plus has a much more sophisticated system to play with than the S8+, combining the output of the phone's two cameras to find the best parts of each. Granted, Samsung's Auto HDR mode also combines a few shots with different exposures to find the sweet spot, but they are all taken by the same sensor. With that premise out of the way, we found that the dual camera gives the iPhone a real advantage in two scenarios. That would be the Portrait mode, where the depth-of-field effect comes with a top-notch blur. The other one is zoom. Since the telephoto lens is protruding ahead of the wide-angle one, you can have a real 2x magnification effect without loss in quality like with the digital zoom of Samsung's phone. It's not a world of difference, but when you know you have superb zooming abilities, you end up using the option much more often than you would have had before.

The iPhone captures images in “wide color,” and these can be viewed as such on the handset's display immediately, which is pretty svelte, especially if you are swapping photos with other iPhone 7/7 Plus users. Oftentimes, especially in bright sunshine, the pictures from the iPhone 7 Plus come with a warmer color temperature than those from the S8+, but the roles are sometimes reversed. When they do, the pictures from the 7 Plus still come out much warmer than natural, though, of which we aren't particularly big fans. In those situations, the Galaxy S8+'s photos tend to look more authentic, though it's not perfect either, due to its oversharpening and sometimes zealous saturation – these make pictures stand out, but prolonged viewing reveals the somewhat artificial nature of the end results. 

Both phones can capture copious amounts of detail, and handle tricky dynamic range scenes in a superb manner. Needless to say, the fast processing times and auto HDR modes play a significant part in these stellar exposure adjustments that the iPhone 7 Plus and S8+ are capable of. In low-light, the Galaxy exhibits exposure advantages, emphasizing the shadows, and downplaying bright object a bit better than the iPhone.

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Camera speed

Taking a pic (sec)Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec)Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S8+ 1.2
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 1.33
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Video recording

All 4K video abilities aren't created equal, and Apple, while a late bloomer, used to do UHD recording the best of them all, with smooth footage, fast exposure adjustments, little artifacts, and no recording limitations. With the S8+, however, it now has a worthy competitor, as Samsung hits all the spots we mentioned, too, but the Dual Pixel tech that uses the whole sensor to focus, makes going from near to far objects, and vice versa, a seamless process. Not that the continuous autofocus of the 7 Plus is slow, but it is less fluid. Both the iPhone and the S8+ shoot slow-motion video with 240fps at HD definition, which can create some very eye-pleasing effects.

Video playback

Big-screen phones like these two really lend themselves towards video consumption, but the AMOLED display, while superior in terms of contrast and HDR certification (if the need arises), is a bit of an oddball on the S8+. Not only is video watching marred by the slightly curved display sides, but also the new aspect ratio is hit or miss. Go to the YouTube app, for instance, and you will find yourself with black bands on the sides of the screen to fit the standard 16:9 aspect, or with slightly cropped footage in compatibility mode. Even if you are streaming one of the new Netflix series, which are now shot in 2:1 Univisium format, they'd still show letterboxed, even if you download them for offline viewing, and there is no compatibility button for the Netflix app by default. You have to explicitly go to the Full Screen option in the Display settings menu to add an aspect ratio compatibility button for the Netflix app. Upon tapping said button, if the series is 2:1, then you lose nothing by making it stretch and fit the whole display, but if it's 16:9, tough luck, you got cropped. Ditto for gaming, as most titles are done with 16:9 in mind, and need updating to fit properly. Oh, well, “those ahead of their time will have to wait for it in the designated places” (scribble in prison).


Samsung Galaxy S8+ vs Apple iPhone 7 Plus

A large, beautiful screen is just half of the equation, as how these devices sound is just as critical, and the iPhone 7 Plus really delivers. The Galaxy S8+ is capable of producing some decent audio from its sole on-board speaker, but the iPhone 7 Plus stereo sound really blows it away: there's a richer range of frequencies covered, and they sound cleaner, while the S8+ sounds flatter and weaker in comparison.

Audio output

Headphones output power (Volts)
Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S8+ 0.74
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 0.992
Loudspeaker loudness (dB)
Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S8+ 80
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 77.4
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posted on 18 Apr 2017, 10:10 5

1. Lumbergh (Posts: 357; Member since: 14 Feb 2016)

iPhone 7 Plus was rated a 9.3. So have to go with it since it's the better phone.

The iPhone 8 Plus will obliterate the competition.

posted on 18 Apr 2017, 10:23 11

3. stferrari (Posts: 26; Member since: 15 Dec 2014)

Dream on Lumbergh.......Dream on

posted on 18 Apr 2017, 10:41 2

5. sgodsell (Posts: 5038; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)

PhoneArena gave it that score. However PhoneArena also stated in this article that the iPhone 7 plus has the more standard 1920x1080 display. Maybe standard in iPhones now. But Android flagships and even a number of even mid range Android smartphones have been using QHD for a few years now. So 1920x1080 is standard​ to sum, but definitely not in the Android camp.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 07:27

24. Muklee (Posts: 5; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)

Can anyone tell me, why is 1920x1080 not enough? I am using an iPhone 7+, and have never been in a need of more pixels. Had Galaxy S7 before with QHD, but absolutely no difference visible. I'm not using VR as 99% of the user either.

posted on 18 Apr 2017, 11:49 1

8. adi90 (Posts: 554; Member since: 21 Dec 2015)

Phonearena gives 0.3 extra point to iPhone 7 because they think iPhone 7 has better battery life.
But we all know that is not true. So is the ratings given.

posted on 18 Apr 2017, 15:16 1

11. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

they gave some old blackberries above 9.0 scores as well.

They must be better than the iphone.

posted on 19 Apr 2017, 01:33

20. lightyears (Posts: 52; Member since: 24 Aug 2015)

Good joke man

posted on 24 Apr 2017, 19:42

26. giovan (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Apr 2017)

Long time user of iPhone and received an S8 to test out and though have never been a Andriod fan , though the S8 makes the i7+ look and feel like a blackberry bold . no doubt Apple needs a home run out of the park to catch up . I will wait till 8 as all my infrastructure is iOS though if apples fails on screen quality , I have no issue moving over

posted on 18 Apr 2017, 10:17 11

2. Tech_fan (banned) (Posts: 94; Member since: 28 Mar 2017)

hehe.. look at the 7+ next to S8+...it looks like Brick

posted on 18 Apr 2017, 20:39 3

14. ibend (banned) (Posts: 6747; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)

he write: "The narrow 6.2” S8+ is a looker, but its actual display area is not much higher than the 7 Plus"

not much bigger? just look at the very first picture, lol..

posted on 19 Apr 2017, 00:16

19. Darckent (Posts: 28; Member since: 17 Sep 2016)

Yeh iphoneArena are blatantly lying about screen Estate

Firstly there's an option to force every app and video to fit the screen estate

Secondly there are videos on YouTube comparing games like asphalt etc and not only can you see the screen Estate difference between these two phones there are no slowdowns or hiccups like iphoneArena have stated

When a website starts to blatantly lie to discredit another company because their phone of choice is being beaten quite significantly by a rival product you know that they are heading downhill

We need to spread not only this comparison but the reviews which lie about the s8 battery life, screen brightness and the colour reproduction of the screen with actual facts so people can now see how far iphoneArena have gone just because there is a better phone than the iphone

People spread these reviews with links of facts that show the lies of this website

I have already and actually got a reply from IGN who state that phonearena is well known among other publications for their biassed when it comes to anything Apple but other publications won't highlight the fact due to being sued etc

I might publish the email I received but don't know if that will get IGN in trouble

I'm going to forward the reviews and this comparison with facts to other websites and see if I get a response aswell

So it's not just us other publications think iphoneArena are a joke

posted on 19 Apr 2017, 03:54

21. TerryTerius (unregistered)

MKBHD and Michael Fisher said the same thing about certain apps having the issue of the black bars, and that it may remain an issue unless content creators update their apps to support the new ratio. You can force content to fit, but that can result in certain portions of whatever you're looking being cut off.

And at least with Michael Fisher's review unit, there was occasional stutter, but that was mostly whenever he called up Bixby. You could clearly see it while he was reviewing the device. That wasn't the case for MKBHD or The Verge, so it may have simply been Michael's unit. Who knows. We'll see if that comes up with other reviews, I haven't looked around yet.

But I am kind of curious. If you don't see any value in their reviews and you dislike the way they conduct themselves, then why do you visit the site? I'm not asking to be antagonistic, I'm just curious.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 07:30

25. Muklee (Posts: 5; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)

The S8's screen size is not even 1% (0,7%) bigger. The writer was right, it's not a real difference.

posted on 18 Apr 2017, 20:46

17. Spyro (Posts: 333; Member since: 29 Mar 2017)

It's just the white bezels. They could've used black bezels for this comparison but they have to make up for 'em Samsung fans for sucking Apple's d*%# too hard.

posted on 18 Apr 2017, 10:31 11

4. Tarox (Posts: 114; Member since: 17 Feb 2015)

oh iphonearena come on. Already the look at your battery stats let's everybody see how biased your reviews are...

Here an real life test of the two opponents:


posted on 18 Apr 2017, 10:44 2

6. MartyK (Posts: 956; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)

Wow! You really made PA. Look bad with this YouTube video...lol

posted on 18 Apr 2017, 10:53 1

7. ithehappy (Posts: 48; Member since: 24 Apr 2014)

Hmm, nothing makes sense in this site! In the iPhone 7 review it said call quality is stellar, but here it says something different. Whatever!

posted on 18 Apr 2017, 16:19 2

12. Back_from_beyond (Posts: 166; Member since: 04 Sep 2015)

iPhones have never had the best call quality, nor reception, batterylife and so on. Free iphones for great reviews, better than spending a fortune on them.

posted on 18 Apr 2017, 20:48

18. Spyro (Posts: 333; Member since: 29 Mar 2017)

None of that matters because at the end of the day, it's about how good and not what's best. Best is subjective.

posted on 18 Apr 2017, 11:55 2

9. Dagdigdug (Posts: 4; Member since: 18 Apr 2017)

the article S8 vs iphone7 and s8+ vs iphone is like a lazy writer who decided to plagiarize his/her own work. So Similar and even use the exact same sentences. Only a little paraphrase and changes only iphone 7 and 7 plus side. Even the video of the s8+ is from s8.

posted on 18 Apr 2017, 20:44

15. ibend (banned) (Posts: 6747; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)

just look at S8 review and S8+ review..
it's pure copy paste..

posted on 18 Apr 2017, 12:30

10. HomerS (Posts: 418; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)

The iphone 7+ does not have better battery life than the S8+ as real life tests show:


posted on 18 Apr 2017, 20:46

16. ibend (banned) (Posts: 6747; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)

I've seen this link in PA for like 30times now..
let's continue to spread that video, lol..

posted on 18 Apr 2017, 16:31 2

13. darkkjedii (Posts: 25603; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

I'll own both, as of Thursday :D

posted on 19 Apr 2017, 03:56

22. TerryTerius (unregistered)

I am honestly jealous of you my friend. I will not be picking one up for probably two or three months.

posted on 19 Apr 2017, 09:04

23. BobbySummers (Posts: 5; Member since: 04 Apr 2017)

iphonearena logic:
Iphone 7 plus has 2 cons- give it a 9.3
Samsung s8 plus has 0 cons- give it a 9.0

So the better question is how much does apple pay you guys for the faulty reviews

posted on 01 Jul 2017, 02:10

27. madara82 (Posts: 33; Member since: 01 Jul 2017)

We can't compare the S8 to iphone . Mayabe if the Iphone 8 will be released their we can compare them

posted on 14 Jul 2017, 07:42

28. madara82 (Posts: 33; Member since: 01 Jul 2017)

i'm just waiting for iPhone 8 to be release and that's the time that we can compare S8 and Iphone 8..... this will be a toe to toe comparison.

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