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.