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Samsung S8 or iPhone 7 – Which One You Should Buy?

samsung galaxy s8 and s8 plus vs apple iphone 7 and 7 plus

What’s New in the Samsung Galaxy S8 & S8+ and Why You Might Want to Choose the New Flagship Over Apple iPhone 7 & 7 Plus

Samsung has finally revealed its new Galaxy S8 to the world and the anticipation has been intense. The incredibly sleek looking Samsung Galaxy S8 is easily the most lucrative design from Samsung and will steal your attention in a heartbeat.

The incredible display on the S8 is its primary feature as both the S8 and S8 Plus offering 5.7-inch and 6.2-inch respectively. Both versions of the S8 come with the curved glass panel design but it has redefined design by reducing the extra space on the top and bottom. This gives it more screen size while keeping the device size intact. Adding to that, the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor makes them faster than ever.

On paper, the Samsung Galaxy S8 sounds excellent but the specifications rarely bloom into good experiences for users. Software stability and hardware optimization on the devices are just as important, if not more. The smartphone market is becoming more and more crowded with competition across the globe. Apple is still the phone to beat with their excellent iPhone 7 and 7 Plus — all of which are fighting for the spot.

What’s New with the Samsung Galaxy S8?

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Bixby

Bixby is in no way competing with Siri. Siri is clearly ahead in its knowledge base but Bixby offers in-phone assistance which will acquire your interest. The promising artificially intelligent personal assistant by Samsung may not be a major rival to another mobile AI, but its in-phone actions such as Bixby can be asked to send the picture you’re viewing to a friend.

Bixby does its best understand user behavior and offers assistance based on your open apps. This drastically eases up navigation and the time needed to complete actions. The camera feature offered by Bixby is exemplary, allowing you to take photos of objects or landmarks to gain information about them. So a simple snap will tell you where you can buy that product or what it’s called.  Truly, Bixby is an assistant that is needed to be discovered in the 2017 smartphones.

Similar Frame, More Display

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The Galaxy S8 has a long nearly complete display with a screen-to-body ratio of approximately 84%. With some obvious inspiration from the design of the iPhone 7, Samsung has eliminated bezel space to give it more display size. Samsung calls it the ‘infinity’ display which thins out the top and bottom bases to give it maximum screen size. The iPhone 7 has a 65.6% screen-to-body ratio while S8 has a whopping 83.6% screen-to-body ratio.

Micro SD

The S8 is back with offering maximum external memory supporting up to 256GB of expandable storage. Keeping that in mind, the Samsung Galaxy S8 with 64GB can get an additional 256GB of micro SD storage which dwarfs the options of size availably by the iPhone 7 (32GB/64GB/256GB).

Desktop Integration

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The new Samsung Galaxy S8 comes with PC capabilities. When the device connected to the DeX docking station it becomes a virtual desktop with accompanying mouse and keyboard. Partnership with VMware means it is compatible with Windows virtual machine that provides some Windows-related functionality. Now you can remotely access your PC.

COMPARISON of the SPECIFICATIONS

If you’re still not sure about the Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus, the following table should allow you a clear glance at the raw numbers to allow you to crunch some numbers:

Models Galaxy S8 Galaxy S8 Plus iPhone 7 iPhone 7 Plus
Display Size 5.8-inch 6.2-inch 4.7-inch 5.5-inch
Resolution 2960 x 1440 pixels 2960 x 1440 pixels 1334 x 750 pixels 1920 x 1080 pixels
Processor Snapdragon 835 (2.35GHz and 1.9GHz) Snapdragon 835 (2.35GHz and 1.9GHz) A10 Fusion A10 Fusion
RAM 4GB 4GB 2GB 3GB
Memory 64GB 64GB 32GB, 128GB & 256GB 32GB, 128GB & 256GB
Camera 12 megapixel 12 megapixel 12 megapixel 12 megapixel
Front Camera 8 megapixel 8 megapixel 7 megapixel 7 megapixel
Battery
(All Non-removable)
3,000 mAh 3,500 mAh 1,960 mAh 2,900 mAh
Weight 0.34 pounds 0.38 pounds 0.30 pounds 0.41 pounds
Dimensions (Inches) 5.86 x 2.68 x 0.31 6.28 x 2.88 x 0.31 5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29
Dimensions (Millimeters) 149 x 68 x 8 160 x 73 x 8.1 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 158 x 78 x 7.3
Price (USD) $750 $850 $649.00 $769.00
Special Features Iris Scanner,
IP68 Water Resistance,
USB-C,
Expandable Memory MicroSD up to 256GB
Iris Scanner,
IP68 Water Resistance,
USB-C,
Expandable Memory MicroSD up to 256GB
IP67 Water Resistance,
“Force Touch” Home Button,
No Headphone Jack
Dual Rear Camera,
IP67 Water Resistance,
“Force Touch” Home Button,
No Headphone Jack

Let’s Look At User Experiences Based On Focus Points

Display

The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus has a 6.2-inch screen compared to the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus making it bigger and taller while the overall device size is not too different. Despite the extra size, S8 offers a sharper screen resolution of 1,440 x 2,960 compared to the screen on the iPhone 7 Plus which is just 1080 x 1920. The S8 Plus also supports HDR video which is not available on iPhone 7 Plus giving it more impressive contrast.

The Super AMOLED on the Samsung is also far more vivid in comparison to the LCD display on the iPhones. An 18.5:9 super widescreen aspect ratio compared to the normal 16:9 on iPhones is definitely an attraction.

Performance

As flagship phones by their respective companies, both the Galaxy S8 Plus and iPhone 7 Plus are very powerful smartphones. The iPhone 7 Plus comes with Apple A10 Fusion chipset with 3 GB RAM seamless performances. The 4GB RAM of the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus easily matches the power of the iPhone 7 Plus. But what will be decisive is their performance on their respective operating systems. The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus will be on Android Nougat while the iPhone 7 Plus will be on the iOS 10. Even with the similarities increasing in both the interfaces, the key differences in them will be decisive.

Camera

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus has a 12MP camera, same as the iPhone 7 Plus but it’s a dual-lens one which is clearly trumping the S8. The extra lens on the iPhone allows blurring the background around your snaps and also allows 2x optical zoom without losing image quality, both of which the Galaxy S8 cannot do.

Battery

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus has a 3,500mAh battery while the iPhone 7 Plus has a 2,900mAh one. The battery in the S8 Plus is a lot bigger then, but its screen is bigger as well. Comparing the actual battery life is tricky but the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus has fast-charging tech allowing it to recharge faster than the iPhone 7 and the S8 Plus also lets comes with wireless charging capability.

Force Touch

Although Samsung is not calling it “Force Touch” just like apple but it is similar to that as they incorporate a similar mechanism into the bottom half of the new version. All you need to press the virtual home button at bottom of the phone. New Galaxy S8 doesn’t have a physical home button like iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Therefore, the fingerprint scanner is placed just at the back of the phone and right next to the camera lens. And this new placement of fingerprint scanner beside camera lance is a bit odd in terms of selfie usability. Comparatively, iPhone wins here as selfie does matter a lot nowadays!

Security Scanners

Here latest Samsung Galaxy device is quite ahead compared to Apple iPhone 7 and 7 plus as you will find new built-in Iris Scan and Face Recognition features in new S8. And that’s what doubles your phone security. iPhone could be the first smartphone to introduce this novel security technology but they failed to do so. As Apple is the pioneer when it comes to smartphone security, they supposed to bring it at first place. With Iris Scan unlock your phone with a look and with face recognition unlock your phone as if you taking a selfie, simple as that!

What’s In the Box

Well! When you open the box that’s what you will find:

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Samsung Galaxy S8 & S8+

Apple iPhone 7 & 7 Plus

1)      Handset

2)      Earphones Tuned by AKG

3)      USB Type-C Cable

4)      USB Connector (C to A)

5)      Micro USB Connector (C to B)

6)      Travel Adapter

7)      Ejection Pin

8)      Ear Tips

9)      Manuals

1)      Handset

2)      EarPods with a Lightning connector

3)      Lightning to USB cable

4)      5W USB power adapter

5)      Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter

6)      Ejection Pin

7)      Manuals

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