Speed test pits Samsung Galaxy S8 against Apple iPhone 7 Plus

They are the two biggest players in the smartphone market so it should be no surprise that comparisons between the Samsung Galaxy S8 and iPhone 7 (Plus model in this case) will start to crop up now that Samsung’s latest flagship is out. These may be of interest to users who are not locked into a specific platform out of some requirement or just personal preference. In a new video posted on YouTube, the devices were pitted against each in some tests that try to replicate actual usage to go with the typical benchmark test scores.

In the video, the two devices are put up against a timer as a series of common apps are opened one after another. For the majority of the apps, the launch time seems to be similar. For the cumulative time though, the Galaxy S8 falls behind thanks to a few apps, like Adobe Photoshop, that take a bit longer to load compared to the iPhone 7 Plus. The obvious question is whether this is a function of the devices or an issue with the app itself not being optimized for the Android platform. As this particular stage of the test drew to a close, the last task was to compile a video and save it, which absolutely killed the Galaxy S8 time.

The test was repeated with the apps left open in their respective app switchers, although this did not seem to have an appreciable effect on the results with the iPhone 7 Plus still finishing up the tasks much quicker. Later, individual apps are compared where you can see that for the most part the speed to open any given app is roughly the same regardless of platform.

Benchmark test scores are obtained from the devices and we see the Galaxy S8 come out on top with the exception of the single core score.

Overall, the two devices appear to be quite close in performance in this test of speed on typical everyday usage. No doubt we will start to see some more comparisons emerge comparing things like the cameras or battery life. The results of those should be interesting and will likely be close calls as well.


About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, and an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his wife and kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active in his church, a local MINI Cooper car club, and his daughter's soccer club. Jeff is married, has three kids, and a golden retriever.


  • Sheldon75

    S8 holds well, while pushing more than 2x the pixels…

    • tiger

      No. Where you see difference is in processing of 4K video. This has nothing to do with pixels.

      • Sheldon75

        I did not bother to look at the video. Processing 4k video on a phone…? Who would do that? And why!?
        All other stuff it does push the pixels.

        • tiger

          Just buy flip phone.

      • Steve

        But on the iPhone you’ll never see the result of 4k or 2k because of the low res screen.

        • tiger

          Please understand the test.

          • Steve

            I understand processing 4k and 2k video. The iPhone has neither screen ,So even when processed you won’t be able to see it in 2k because the screen won’t allow it. Low res…….

            • tiger

              But the test does NOT view the 4k video! As soon as video is processed, the tester gets out of the app!

              Let’s put it straight…YOU think that S835 CPU is on equal grounds with APPLE A10?

            • Steve

              So he processed it then comes out of the app. Great idea. I do my editing on my PC. With a 4k monitor. I use an iPad. I use an Android phone. My phone seems to be as fast as my iPad air 2. I’m the real world I can’t tell any difference. Samsung’s chip is faster than the 835 anyway

            • tiger

              Lol. Dude, you’re an idiot. Zero tech knowledge. You are in way over your head!

            • Steve

              I know that you can’t watch video on the iPhone in 2k because it has a low res screen. So it will process it but you can’t watch it in all its glory. That’s dumb like you.

            • tiger

              Let me guess, you still believe in mega pixels, ghz, and the more cores the better? You still believe that resolution is everything?

            • Steve

              No I believe that independent tests say the screen on the Samsung just got the first A+ rating and displymate says it the best screen ever seen on a smartphone. I believe dxomark rates 7 phones above the iPhone in mobile scores. I believe independent controlled testing . Not hear say.

            • tiger

              S8 got A+…great. What did Displaymate rate iPhone 7? Oh yeah, best damn screen of 2016. Score: A. Ok, so, S8 has a slightly better screen. You have S8 already? wow, are you in the tech media?

              DxO…have they rated the 7 Plus yet? Go to a photography forum and ask them what DxO means. You get laughed at! Seriously, go! DxO is one benchmark that is far from being the “total” picture.

              DPreview ranks 7 Plus and Pixel as the best damn smartphone camera. DPreview adds in DxO and their own thorough review. Think of it this way…iPhone supposedly is lower than 7 phones on DxO yet in the end ranks #1 (with Pixel, which ranks #1 on DxO). THINK REAL HARD HERE.

              But, we’re getting off topic here…you’re an idiot. You did not even understand what this test above (in article) was about yet still open your idiotic mouth.

              Again, you think that S835 or Exynos chip is on the same level of processing (CPU) as A10??

            • Steve

              It rated it the best LCD screen not THE best screen

            • tiger

              Read the article again and compare the scores. IPhone 7 screen was #1 in all the areas that mattered among 2016 screens.

            • Steve

              Read the article when Samsung got A+ the iPhone didn’t and they’re buying millions off Samsung. I wonder why. You be using one soon enough

            • tiger

              Samsung makes great AMOLED screens…and? Samsung will make screens and calibrate it to Apple’s specs.

              Just like TSMC makes great chips…so, Apple designs them and sends it to TSMC to make them.

              Qualcomm designs good communicating chips…so, Apple orders from them and also Intel.

              You point again?

              You’re avoiding the point of the article again.

            • Steve

              Apple is buying Samsung screens because they’re better why would they downgrade

            • tiger

              Did you know that Apple also buys LG screens for their watches?

              Again, your point? Ok Samsung makes good AMOLED screens for phones.

              And?

              what does that have to do with processing capability as demonstrated in this article?

            • Steve

              Because I just watched a YouTube video the lg g6 opened many apps faster than the iPhone 7. I won’t buy the Samsung I won’t buy the iPhone . Gaming was a bit slower on the lg but then the screen pushed twice the pixels. I got the lg for £432 in the U.K. The iPhone is almost double. For that price I can live with 2 apps opening faster.

            • tiger

              So, you have or want G6. You do realize that iPhone display is better than LG’s OLED, right? And here you are arguing till your face turn blue Samsung’s display! LOL.

              As for apps opening speeds, remember….

              Remember for simple tasks, Apple uses their two small cores. For demanding tasks, iPhone uses their big two powerful cores. This is why there is a difference in opening speeds.

              And this is why iPhone 7+ ranks #1 in battery life yet ranks #1 in pure processing power…by a huge margin over everyone else!

              Not sure about you, but i always want my processor to be over-engineered to my display. Why have a 2K or 4K display when your processor can’t handle it?!!!! Why have that display resolution and then have frame drops????!!!

              Who is the idiot that came up with that?! Oh wait, because it tricks idiots like YOU into buying a MARKETING GIMMICK!

              APPLE waits for processors to mature BEFORE jumping up on resolution because:

              1. Resolution eats into battery life.
              2. Resolution drains processing power.
              3. Resolution 2K and 4K are not practical because human eye cannot see beyond 720p-1080p (depending on screen size) even at normal viewing distances!

              I am sure that Apple may go to higher resolution when they feel that processing power can keep up…and when they need to, such as for Augmented Reality.

            • Steve

              Lg doesn’t use oled in the g6. Lol. You just made yourself look like a ignorant fool.

            • tiger

              LG makes OLED for Watches…my mistake. Either way, LG display is not even close to iPhone.

            • Steve

              Lg is half the price too.

            • tiger

              No, the idiot is the one that thinks that is “value.”

              Again, you bought into the marketing gimmick! You clearly have no idea what you’re talking about. Ignorance runs deep with most Android folks.

              Think of it this way…Apple A10 CPU is two times more powerful than S835 and Exynos! That is mind blowing! And Apple CPU is 6 months older!

            • Steve

              I use an iPad .wrong again. So no android folk. Type into the tube “iPhone7 Plus vs LG G6”. The lg opens many apps faster. You’re an ignorant fool who thinks lg use oled in their new phone.

            • tiger

              Remember for simple tasks, Apple uses their two small cores. For demanding tasks, iPhone uses their big two powerful cores. This is why there is a difference in opening speeds.

              And this is why iPhone 7+ ranks #1 in battery life yet ranks #1 in pure processing power…by a huge margin over everyone else! POWER and EFFICIENCY.

              Dude, you have no freaking clue!!!

              To be honest, STFU.

            • Steve

              But the lg opened simple apps faster than the iPhone. Watch it.

            • tiger

              You cannot read? Read my post again. Try and understand what i wrote this time….

              smh

            • Steve

              So the iPhone isn’t faster and you are agreeing. Cool

            • tiger

              LOL…i have not talked to someone as dumb as you in a LOOONNNNGGG time.

            • Steve

              That’s cool.

            • tiger

              No problem…if that is what you believe, then so be it…ignorance in you is deep. Showing facts to ignorant Android fanboys like yourself is a pleasure.

              Have a good Sunday.

            • Steve

              And slower iPhone fans. 5 to 1

            • tiger

              Ok..last question…do you believe that S821 (in G6) is faster than Apple’s A10?

            • Steve

              I believe the last year spec 821 opened many apps faster than the iPhone 7 . From switching on the iPhone which started slightly faster the lg the lg opened many apps faster. Even with the ram memory check the iPhone only opened 1 app faster, watch it.

            • tiger

              S821 is not even on the same playing field as A10. Learn more tech and open your eyes. Read Anandtech more. Hell, even the folks over at XDA acknowledge A10 far superiority to every Android chip…yet, here we have YOU talking about how S821 is better…LOL

              LOL…ok dude. Keep thinking that…like i said, ignorance with you is profound. My advice…learn more about tech, about core designs, etc..

            • Steve

              Watch it. I’m not saying it’s better but the lg opens some apps faster. Go figure

            • Steve

              Typed from my ipad

            • Steve

              Put this one in on YouTube too. It shows the iPhone video recording and audio is terrible.
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            • tiger

              Video recording…hint: it is a STRONG point of iPhone. You’re (again) barking up the wrong tree….

              (Apple uses both OIS and EIS for video recording at 4K…something that not many Android can do, if at all.)

              I know that you think that you know tech stuff…but trust me, you’re an idiot.

            • Steve

              Watch that test. The iphone is terrible. Stop looking at the hype and watch stuff.

            • tiger

              You’re the fool. THINK and UNDERSTAND tech before talking. You have no clue.

            • Steve

              Watch

            • Steve

              I will but they didn’t allow for lg optimising the chip for the lg. don’t you read anything. Apparently the chip and hardware need harmony. The lg still opens apps before the iPhone. Get used to it,

            • tiger

              Huh??? LG optimizing what??

              Explain please. I am anxiously awaiting.

              Dude 7 plus molested G6 in performance! G6 is using an outdated POS Qualcomm chip.

              Go on XDA forum and look it up.

              You are a moron.

            • Steve

              You still don’t want to watch. The g6 opens apps before iPhone. Please watch

            • tiger

              Moron. Still no clue how things work.

            • tiger

              Do yourself a favor. Google apple A10 and XDA forum.

            • Steve

              Please watch

            • Steve

              If you watch that and agree the iPhone is better, you are a fool

            • tiger

              Again, can your phone do 4K video with EIS and OIS at same time? Simple question.

            • Steve

              Thought you might go quiet after seeing the iPhone terrible video

            • tiger

              Sorry, I have a life. It was funny to read your stupid arguments this morning. You define what a typical Android fanboy is. You have zero knowledge in tech. So typical.

              Again, can your phone do 4K video with EIS and OIS at same time? Simple question. Name me an Android that can do both with 4K video.

            • Steve

              A life with a crap phone. Enjoy

            • tiger

              Again, can your phone do 4K video with EIS and OIS at same time? Simple question. Name me an Android that can do both with 4K video.

            • Steve

              YouTube number , just add the front bit of address. At one point the g6 is 5 to 1 opening apps faster than the iPhone 7

              38RSl2KUJmU

            • Steve

              Sorry it’s 12 phones that score higher than the iPhone on dxomark. That’s not including the s8 and Sony xz premium.

  • tiger

    Remember for simple tasks, Apple uses their two small cores. For demanding tasks, iPhone uses their big two powerful cores. This is why there is a difference in opening speeds.

  • will

    More a less on power with each other.
    iphone better all round for every use. That’s what people need.
    iPhone 7s will probably take the lead completely

  • ChuckN007

    It’s a meaningless “test” that happens to show an odd combination of functions that together appear to exploit a difference in an iPhone but it has zero real life relevance to me and other users.

    It’s “click bait”, as you can see with the fanboys’ comments from both sides of the iPhone versus Samsung debate.

    My phone is better than your phone.