Samsung’s Galaxy S8 launched at the end of March, bringing with it a great design, powerful specifications and plenty of new features that you won’t find on the iPhone. The South Korean firm’s latest flagship is perhaps the company’s best smartphone till date, hoping to rebuild the consumer confidence lost by the Galaxy Note 7.
While the Galaxy S8 is indeed a powerful device, but how will it compare to the iPhone 7? Here, we have put together a comparison of the two smartphones to help you decide between iPhone 7 or the Galaxy S8.
#1 Display: Samsung Galaxy S8 vs iPhone 7
Samsung Galaxy S8’s screen is bigger and its resolution is higher.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 has a 5.8-inch display, while the Apple iPhone 7 has a 4.7-inch display so you get quite a bit more screen on Samsung’s device without having a significantly bigger device, largely thanks to the S8’s 18.5:9 ratio over the traditional 16:9.
Samsung also offers a higher resolution than Apple, with 2960 x 1440 pixels on the Galaxy S8 compared to 1334 x 750 pixels on the iPhone 7.
Additionally, Samsung’s smartphone uses organic light-emitting diode (OLED) screen technology, which produces much brighter and more color-accurate images than the iPhone 7 Plus’ liquid-crystal display.
#2 Design: Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Apple iPhone 7
Galaxy S8’s design features a curved screen and impossibly small bezels that forced the company to eliminate a physical home button in favor of a virtual option. It has also managed to fit a display larger than the iPhone 7 Plus (5.5-inch) inside a phone little bigger or heavier than the iPhone 7.
In terms of physical measurements, the S8 comes in at 148.9 x 68.1 x 8mm and it hits the scales at 155g, while the iPhone 7 isn’t quite as tall and ever so slightly slimmer at 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1mm. It is also lighter at 138g.
The Galaxy S8 also has the benefit of a microSD slot supporting up to 256GB of storage expansion, a 3.5mm headphone jack and it has higher IP68 water and dust resistance compared to IP67 certification on the iPhone 7.
#3 Camera: Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Apple iPhone 7
When it comes to smartphone camera capabilities, it is no secret that Apple and Samsung both deliver fantastic results.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 has a 12-megapixel Duo Pixel rear camera with an f/1.7 aperture, optical image stabilization, and phase detection autofocus. It also offers multi-frame image processing, which means the S8 snaps three pictures and uses all the information to create one better, more detailed final image. The front-facing camera on the S8 has an 8-megapixel resolution with an f/1.7 aperture and autofocus over fixed focus.
The Apple iPhone 7, on the other hand, has a 12-megapixel rear camera too with a slightly narrower aperture of f/1.8. It too has optical image stabilization, along with plenty of features including a Quad-LED True Tone flash. The front-facing camera resolution sits at 7-megapixels with a f/2.2 aperture, a Retina Flash and auto image stabilization.
There is also iris scanning technology on board the S8, allowing you to unlock your device quickly and easily. Samsung says it’s more secure than a fingerprint sensor. The iPhone only has a fingerprint sensor.
#4 Hardware: Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Apple iPhone 7
The Samsung Galaxy S8 has an Exynos octa-core chipset under its hood, coupled with 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and microSD support for further storage expansion. There is a 3000mAh battery capacity running the S8 show, charged via USB Type-C with both wireless charging and fast charging supported. Samsung says the battery will offer up to 20 hours talk time and up to 14 hours Wi-Fi browsing.
The Apple iPhone 7, on the other hand, has the company’s A10 Fusion chip with embedded M10 motion coprocessor, coupled with 2GB of RAM and storage options of 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB, none of which have microSD for storage expansion. In terms of battery, Apple claims the iPhone 7 will deliver up to 14 hours talk time and up to 14 hours Wi-Fi browsing.
You can charge the Galaxy S8 with a wireless charger which charges the S8 faster than normal. The iPhone does not have wireless charging. There’s also no fast-charging option.
#5 Software: Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Apple iPhone 7
The Samsung Galaxy S8 runs on Android 7.0 with the TouchWiz interface over the top, while the Apple iPhone 7 runs on iOS 10, meaning quite different experiences on both, though both great.
The Galaxy S8 ships with Bixby, Samsung’s new AI system, while Apple offers Siri. Both device lineup offers contactless payment capabilities, one via Samsung Pay and the other via Apple Pay.
Samsung Pay can make payments on standard magnetic credit card readers. You don’t need a special NFC pad like you do with Apple Pay.
Both iOS and Android allow users to install a number of third-party apps.
#6 Battery Life: Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Apple iPhone 7
Samsung has had its fair share of troubles with batteries, but the Galaxy S8+ lasts much longer on a single charge than iPhone 7 Plus. And you will love wireless charging options.
#7 Price: Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Apple iPhone 7
The Samsung Galaxy S8 costs Rs 57,900 and it is available in five colors. The Apple iPhone 7 starts at Rs 49,900 depending on the capacity you choose and it is available in six colors.
Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Apple iPhone 7: Which will you choose?