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Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Apple iPhone 7

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Call Quality


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.

Battery Life

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

Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Apple iPhone 7

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.

Battery Benchmarks

Battery life (hours)
Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S8 8h 22 min (Excellent)
Apple iPhone 7 7h 46 min (Good)
Charging time (minutes)
Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy S8 100
Apple iPhone 7 141
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Conclusion


Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Apple iPhone 7

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.

Samsung Galaxy S8

Pros

  • Shiny curved design with top screen-to-body ratio
  • Fast recharging, both wired and wireless
  • High-res, HDR-certified display
  • Feature-rich interface

Apple iPhone 7

Pros

  • Very easy for one-handed operation
  • All games and videos fit the standard 16:9 display
  • Richer apps and services ecosystem
  • Stereo speakers


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posted on 18 Apr 2017, 10:09 7

1. miketer (Posts: 268; Member since: 02 Apr 2015)


Such a fine diplomatic, gentlemanly comparison when a gadget is better than the iPhone. Hate to make such comments, but couldn't help it.

posted on 18 Apr 2017, 20:47

17. wildcat80 (Posts: 6; Member since: 02 Aug 2012)


I wonder why PA continues to show the battery usage for the non US version of the S8 with the Exynos processor and not the Snapdragon that comes in the US version.

posted on 18 Apr 2017, 20:54 2

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


need better battery comparison?
there you go
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMC_zo_Ge3w
(spoiler: S8+ win over iPhone7+ with ~40% battery left)

posted on 18 Apr 2017, 23:20

28. htcisthebest (Posts: 294; Member since: 15 Nov 2011)


Even their Exynos version battery result is not accurate. Normally the Exynos processor is more battery efficient than the Snapdragon, at least that's been true in the past.

posted on 18 Apr 2017, 21:02 4

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


and about some of that S8's cons:
- letterboxing can be removed in S8. and even with letterbox, S8 still have much bigger screen area than iPhone7
- color accuracy? better check displaymate for that (they said it's really great)
- one hand usage? just enter one-hand mode, it won't even take 1second to it :-/
- battery and performance test, youtube have lot of (more) legit reviews for that

for iPhone's pros:
"Richer apps and services ecosystem" seriously? lol...
both OS have almost the same good apps right now..
and android is far more customizable btw..

posted on 18 Apr 2017, 21:49 2

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


I phonearena are soo upset there beloved iphone looks ancient next to the s8 they are now calling the look of the s8 pretentious

This site gets lower and lower

When the iphone 8 has less bezels you can be sure as hell they will call it amazing

posted on 18 Apr 2017, 10:16 6

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


Sorry, there is NO comparison.

posted on 18 Apr 2017, 10:18 9

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


Samsung Fanboy Denial syndrome at its finest.

iPhone 7 - 9.3 rating
S8 - 9.0 rating

Clearly, there is some comparison.

posted on 18 Apr 2017, 12:32 6

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


This site is called iphonearena by the users for a reason.

posted on 18 Apr 2017, 13:58

11. Kibzara (Posts: 19; Member since: 24 Feb 2016)


lol, them ratings are from last year. it's same as puting iphone 6 or 5s to comparison with s8, and looking at ratings. please, walk away with a cape on your head, seriously...

posted on 18 Apr 2017, 16:22

13. piyath (Posts: 1132; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)


WELL SAID.....LOL

posted on 18 Apr 2017, 22:34 2

25. ColinW (Posts: 271; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


I think it is you and PA that is in denial. The S7 Edge was clearly better than the iPhone 7+ which is superior to the iPhone 7 and the S8 is above them all. I would struggle to give an iPhone 7 a 7/10.

posted on 18 Apr 2017, 10:37 9

4. abdoualgeria (Posts: 843; Member since: 27 Jul 2015)


Iphone 7+ looks ugly near gs8+ lol

posted on 18 Apr 2017, 10:56 1

5. AlikMalix (unregistered)


I'm an iPhone fan - but I agree when it comes to screen side. The rear side - I will take iPhone over samsungs clutter-mess anyday. The arrangement of FP sensor and camera flash - look at the comparison of the FCC prints on the back of both. Yeeek!

posted on 18 Apr 2017, 20:34 2

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


The S8 also has a heart rate monitor and a O2 sensor. Oh, yeah and every SX has wireless charging as well. All of which is missing from every iPhone. But you don't really notice those things if your a blind ignorant person like you AlikMalix.

posted on 18 Apr 2017, 22:27 1

24. AlikMalix (unregistered)


Look asshole, stop calling me ignorant.

1. I don't care for heart rate monitor - and if I wanted one there's an app that does the same thing with camera on any phone.

2. I don't care for O2 sensor at all.

3. And I will only care for wireless when it's really wireless - not inductive charging - since you cannot pick up the device and use while it's on the pad - but you can while it's plugged in - plus I don't want to give up metal body for glass or plastic just to have inductive charging that I'm not gonna use.

4. And most important, why don't you find me when I'm talking about gimmicks and features instead of aesthetics to flame my post.

Got it?

(So annoyed).

posted on 19 Apr 2017, 01:13 1

29. omnitech (Posts: 970; Member since: 28 Sep 2016)


Lol isheep. Baaa

posted on 19 Apr 2017, 02:06

30. AlikMalix (unregistered)


Seriously why do I even bother..?

posted on 19 Apr 2017, 03:09

31. Plasticsh1t (Posts: 2438; Member since: 01 Sep 2014)


You cannot reason with s-sheep. They're too blinded with the S logo. Don't bother.

posted on 18 Apr 2017, 11:16 2

6. adecvat (Posts: 351; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


iPhone 7 pros.
+ Display - no flickering, no pentile.
+ Camera video stabilization.

posted on 18 Apr 2017, 20:37 2

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


The iPhone 7 cons are no video stabilization for the second zoom camera. The S8 has both OIS and EIS. Plus the S8 has Superior low light capture compared to the iPhone 7 and 7 plus.

Can you tell everyone here why iPhone users like you are so blind and ignorant like you?

posted on 18 Apr 2017, 20:50 1

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


and S8's OIS also work on 4k video..

posted on 22 Apr 2017, 09:09

42. AmashAziz (Posts: 1602; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)


IPhone 7 doesn't have any secondary zoom camera.

posted on 18 Apr 2017, 22:47 1

27. htcisthebest (Posts: 294; Member since: 15 Nov 2011)


Let me add more to the iPho 7 pros:

+ shiny (and ugly) Apple logo on the back
+ super big bezels (bigger is better, right?)
+ camera that stands out (literally because the camera sticks out)
+ 'battery-efficient' (and out-dated) 720p resolution display
+ antenna design that isn't copied from HTC anymore

Wow, the iPho 7 is so great! (sarcasm)

posted on 23 Apr 2017, 10:14

46. SCell (Posts: 15; Member since: 23 Apr 2017)


You'll be wonder, but LCD backlight flickering :))) Pentile... lol... you dont ever see it. And on FHD resolution you have more the 12 diods on pixel!!!

posted on 18 Apr 2017, 13:09 4

8. Leo_MC (Posts: 3014; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


One can't go wrong with either one.
S8 is clearly the better choice today and it really makes the iPhone look somehow dated (fast/inductive charging, Apple, we want that).

posted on 18 Apr 2017, 13:16 5

9. PhoneCritic (Posts: 1049; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


PA - you are aware the iPhone 8 will get an Amoled screen with the same aspect ratio? I really can't believed you are turned off by the display when Apple will be sourcing its displays from Samsung with the same aspect ratio? How will you review that? will it also be a con? I was hoping you would be fair with this review However, I feel a big bias here. But I will wait and see what your iPhone 8 review will be like. That should say it all.

posted on 18 Apr 2017, 13:57 3

10. TechieXP1969 (banned) (Posts: 14967; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Every new Samsung phone PA, you purposely leave out specification of accuracy to mislead the inevitable stupid, including YOURSELF.

The Note 7 for example, had a brightness of over 800NITS when set to auto, which is its default, as is also what the iPhone is set at...auto brightness.

The Galaxy S8 according to DisplayMate has a maximum bright of an I quote:

When Automatic Brightness is turned On, the Galaxy S8 produces up to a very impressive 1,020 cd/m2 (nits)

http://displaymate.com/Galaxy_S8_ShootOut_01.htm

You guys purposely do this every year and its annoying. The facts are availble to you. Why dont you try to act like a tech site and not some biased bunch of ingrates.

When its comes to hardware specs, you have no problems mentioning any facts about the iPhone. If you just speak the facts and stop being biased, the specs will speak for themselves.

1000 nits is double what the iPhone produces at max. Its not a bad thing because the iPhone is lower. The iPhone has been lower than the Galaxy in NITS since the S4.

posted on 18 Apr 2017, 15:33 1

12. darknyte (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Apr 2017)


I registered to comment here specifically. I don't understand the purpose of this review, other than to undermine the progression of technology. I own both Apple and Android devices (my home is a mishmash of android/apple - macbook pro, chromecast, etc, work iphone, home android). And after reading this review in it's entirety, I do not understand what the writer is trying to get at here. It would make more sense if they reviewed the S8 to the Iphone 8, when it gets released. Sorry, but to review this year's model phone, to another phone of last year is just a disservice to the newer device. Would anyone do a review with an Iphone 7 to a Galaxy S6.. no because that is just stupid and proving nothing. Furthermore, IOS and Android are inherently different, you get an iPhone if you like iOS, you get Samsung if you like Android.. to compare the OS as part of the phone review is just a waste of time. I feel like this writer is somewhat uneducated in terms of it's remarks on nit (further explained by another comment) and how more screen equals issues with durability. Let's make it clear, when the iPhone 8 comes out with the same or similar form factor, this reviewer better hold to that stance as well. If you read reviews from all the other sites (including Apple Insider), they are at least slightly more honest and less biased as to what is great and what needs work. I for one, am excited at the excellent form factor and sleekness for this phone, and equally excited to see what Apple will release in the future. Please move on, and stop bashing new phones with the old one, upholding progression of technology. Call it for what it is, Apple has been stagnant for the last 3 years, and Samsung is on their heels, which is great, because I'm expecting something grand from Apple this year.

posted on 18 Apr 2017, 20:52 1

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


welcome to iPhonearena...
btw, did your "Enter" button broken or something? :-/

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