Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Apple iPhone 7
The Galaxy S8 produces loud and clear sounding voices emanating from the earpiece, yet the iPhone 7 outshines it, as its earpiece, that doubles as a stereo speaker, outputs an even stronger, fuller sound. The noise-canceling mics on both phones do their jobs well, relaying our voice with enough strength and clarity to the other end of the line.
Both phones will get you through the day, but the Galaxy is much faster to charge up
At 3000 mAh, the Galaxy S8 has a much larger battery than the 1960 mAh pack of the iPhone 7, but the high-res display affects battery life negatively, so it clocked a similar endurance during our grueling battery benchmark – 7 hours and 30 minutes for the Snapdragon version, against 7 hours and 46 minuted for the iPhone, while the Exynos S8 managed nearly an hour more. Still, about eight hours and a good standby drain thanks to Nougat's enhanced Doze mode mean that the S8 will get you through the day. A weekend away from the charger, however, will be problematic with both phones. Where the S8 excels is charging speed, as it takes about an hour and 40 minutes to top it up, while the iPhone needs 2 hours and 20 minutes. Wireless charging is also available on the S8, and it is the fastest of its kind, taking two hours from zero to a full charge with Samsung's official charging stands.
Diametrically opposed in terms of design, the glass-y curved Galaxy S8, and the light metal iPhone 7, are still two of the most palm- and pocket-friendly flagships you can get this season. The S8 offers more screen real estate, but rescales or letterboxes apps and videos made with 16:9 ratio in mind.
Still, the larger, higher resolution display of the Galaxy S8 that fits in a slightly taller than the iPhone 7 footprint is an important advantage. So is its fast-focus camera with superior low-light abilities. The iPhone 7, on the other hand, takes it to task with wide color image capturing, stereo speakers, and faster, more streamlined interface, with a richer apps and services ecosystem.
Given the comparable pricing, those looking to buy a new phone may indeed be swayed by the snazzy and unique design of the Galaxy S8, at least until the next iPhone edition lands, provided that they aren't deeply invested in Apple's app and entertainment services already.
- Shiny curved design with top screen-to-body ratio
- Fast recharging, both wired and wireless
- High-res, HDR-certified display
- Feature-rich interface
- Very easy for one-handed operation
- All games and videos fit the standard 16:9 display
- Richer apps and services ecosystem
- Stereo speakers