Call Quality

Samsung Galaxy S8+ vs Apple iPhone 7 Plus

Voices in the Galaxy S8+ earpiece sound a tad stronger and clearer than on the iPhone 7 Plus at comparable volume settings, despite the one on the larger iPhone moonlighting as an amplified stereo speaker. The noise-canceling mics of the iPhone also made the timbre sound a bit more digitalized than those of the S8, but in general the differences were minimal, and both phones handle their talking bits pretty well, though not as exemplary as their price tag would suggest.

Battery Life

Both get you through the day, but the Galaxy is much faster to charge up

Samsung Galaxy S8+ vs Apple iPhone 7 Plus

At 3500 mAh, the Galaxy S8+ has a larger battery than the iPhone 7 Plus' 2,900 mAh pack, but the high-res display hangs over the Galaxy's battery life like the sword of Damocles, so it mustered an hour shorter on-screen time during our grueling battery benchmark. Still, those eight hours or so mean that the S8+ will easily get you through the day, unless you are playing Pokemon Go all the time. A weekend away from the charger, however, will be problematic. Where the S8+ excels is charging speed, as it takes less than two hours to top it up, while the iPhone needs more than three hours. Wireless charging is also available on the S8+, and it is the fastest of its kind, taking about two hours from zero to a full charge with Samsung's official charging stands.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S8+ 8h (Excellent)
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 9h 5 min (Excellent)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy S8+ 99
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 197


Samsung Galaxy S8+ vs Apple iPhone 7 Plus

The iPhone 7 Plus design, in its third year, is getting a bit long in the tooth, and it shows next to that flashy bezel-buster, the Galaxy S8+, and all of its curves. The S8+ doesn't really offer more screen real estate, though, and letterboxes apps and videos made with 16:9 ratio in mind, so its elongated, narrow chassis serves mostly aesthetic and ergonomics purposes for now.

Since the 128 GB iPhone 7 Plus is $870, and the 64 GB S8+ blasts off at $850, but offers memory slot, pricing is roughly on par, so what does one offer before the other for this kind of dough? Well, the iPhone 7 Plus' advantages hover around its dual camera and dual speaker setups, which provide superior zooming and depth-of-field photography, as well as better sound output. The Galaxy S8+ hits back with faster focusing abilities and some low-light advances.

When it comes to software, the iOS 10 edition on the iPhone may not be as feature-rich, but feels faster, and has a dizzying amount of quality apps and services to tack on. The Galaxy S8+ feels newer and shinier, though, plus it offers much faster charging and download speeds, and a higher screen resolution if you are a VR nut. If you are firmly entrenched in the iOS universe, the iPhone 7 Plus and its zoom-y dual camera remain the best you can get there. If you get sold on the shimmering Infinity design of the new Galaxies, however, all bets are off, as the S8+ might be love at first sight, albeit for the novelty factor alone.

Samsung Galaxy S8+


  • Easier to handle beaut with top screen-to-body ratio
  • Fast recharging, both wired and wireless
  • 1Gbps LTE speeds support
  • High-res, HDR-certified display
  • Feature-rich interface
  • Autofocus front camera

Apple iPhone 7 Plus


  • All games and videos fit the 16:9 display
  • Optical zoom and excellent Portrait mode
  • Richer app and entertainment services ecosystem
  • Stereo speakers
  • Better battery life



1. Lumbergh

Posts: 463; Member since: Feb 14, 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.

3. stferrari

Posts: 36; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

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

5. sgodsell

Posts: 6594; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

24. Muklee

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 16, 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.

8. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 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.

11. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

they gave some old blackberries above 9.0 scores as well. They must be better than the iphone.

20. lightyears

Posts: 69; Member since: Aug 24, 2015

Good joke man

26. giovan

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 24, 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

2. Tech_fan

Posts: 94; Member since: Mar 28, 2017

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

14. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 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..

19. Darckent

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 17, 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

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.

25. Muklee

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

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

17. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

4. Tarox

Posts: 114; Member since: Feb 17, 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:

6. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

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

7. ithehappy

Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 24, 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!

12. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1059; Member since: Sep 04, 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.

18. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

9. Dagdigdug

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 18, 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.

15. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

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

10. HomerS

Posts: 419; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

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

16. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

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

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 30513; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'll own both, as of Thursday :D

22. TerryTerius unregistered

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

23. BobbySummers

Posts: 9; Member since: Apr 04, 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

27. madara82

Posts: 36; Member since: Jul 01, 2017

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

28. madara82

Posts: 36; Member since: Jul 01, 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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