It’s spring. It’s time for a new Galaxy. Samsung just released its 2017 flagship, the Galaxy S8, so now’s when every place you look compares this phone to the competition. Probably the most popular comparison being made is between the Galaxy S8 and Apple’s iPhone 7. People love to see how Samsung and Apple’s phones stack up against each other.
We’ll cut right to it: Samsung’s Galaxy S8 is better than the iPhone 7. Today we’re going to tell you why Apple can’t beat Samsung this time around.
Design that actually pushes boundaries
Look at the iPhone 7. Was that a yawn? Sounded like one. That’s because Apple hasn’t changed the iPhone’s design in any noticeable way in almost three years. It’s merely touched little spots here and there. Still, the iPhone 7 is bland. Nothing stands out. Maybe the only unique characteristic is the front’s curve around the perimeter, which other companies having been implementing for much longer. And it’s not even a functional curve like Samsung has.
Pair Apple’s underwhelming design with Samsung’s affinity for innovation and the Galaxy S8 is a marvel to look at. Samsung continues to change the way its phones look and feel. When the Galaxy S6 launched in 2015, the company finally dropped cheap materials like plastic and rubber. But Samsung didn’t stop at implementing metal and glass to make its phones premium. You’re getting a phone that is unlike any other past and present.
From the build quality to the Infinity Display to the size, the Galaxy S8 rises above the iPhone 7. Apple may focus on simplicity, but that doesn’t make it appear like a luxury item. Considering their prices, these phones should radiate luxury. You only get that feeling from Samsung’s 2017 flagship.
That Infinity Display
The Galaxy S8’s Infinity Display is jaw-dropping. Engineers at Samsung were able to maintain a compact body, expand the screen’s size, and spill the edges into the phone’s frame. It all comes together perfectly. The sides spill over into the body, causing your eyes to see no bezel at all. Somehow the phone remains comfortable to hold.
While Samsung slims down the look of its high-end phones, Apple continues disregarding what consumers appreciate in the devices they stare at for hours daily. The iPhone 7’s bezel around the entire display is big. Ugly, too. It doesn’t look like Apple has ever considered shrinking the bezel even above and below the screen where it’s massive. All Apple can say it achieved is the curved glass sitting atop the screen, which isn’t actually an achievement since everyone else can do it. Throw in the fact that Apple’s displays are cold and lacking in resolution, and you can understand why Samsung always claims a victory in smartphone display quality.
No one should argue that Samsung’s displays are the best in the business. It keeps winning DisplayMate’s vote of confidence with every new flagship released. Put aside the curved display and the Galaxy S8’s screen itself still stands as the best. Samsung’s Super AMOLED technology makes for crisp views, deep and vibrant colors, and blinding brightness. It’s way easier to appreciate something so rich after you’ve seen Apple’s cold, boring Retina display on the iPhone 7.
Considering the curves and the technology, Samsung’s Infinity Display is as immersive of a display as you’ll ever find on a mobile device.
Power is present
Before the brigade of Apple fanboys rush toward Talk Android, we recommend everyone goes on YouTube and watches videos of the Galaxy S8 being used. Samsung stripped down TouchWiz, and the optimization for the Snapdragon 835 makes the phone anything but slow and stuttery. It’s 2017. Samsung knows how to make a phone fast.
Specifications don’t tell the entire story of a phone’s performance. We all know that by now. However, the Galaxy S8 bests the iPhone 7 both on paper and in day-to-day tasks. It’s close, and we’re not saying the iPhone 7 is slow. We’re simply pointing out that Samsung’s 2017 flagship can handle more than Apple’s.
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 is paired with 4GB of RAM within the Galaxy S8. Apple, on the other hand, uses an in house A10 Fusion processor with 2GB or 3GB of RAM. Finally, Apple realizes it needs more space for random-access memory if multitasking and intense apps are going to run smoothly. We put the Galaxy S8 and iPhone 7 side-by-side. The results? The Galaxy S8 could get through activities with better load times (albeit not by very much). Again, that’s not to say the iPhone 7 is slow by any means. But we are comparing the two and telling you why Samsung deserves your money. So you have the right to know the efficiency of the processor on Samsung’s side is better. That efficiency even leads to better battery life on the Galaxy S8 than on the iPhone 7.
To add to the enhanced qualities, Samsung gives you fast charging through a widely-supported USB-C port. And you even get to keep the auxiliary port. Apple, however, thinks the Lightning port is an all-in-one solution, which is most certainly is not.
Snap, snap, snap
Cameras are tough. It’s a highly subjective area. We can admit that. And we can acknowledge Apple’s place at the forefront of photography on mobile devices. Well, actually we can’t. They blew the lead. Now multiple companies are breathing down Apple’s neck. Last year Samsung got close to matching Apple, and Google actually burst onto the scene with the Pixel to earn dominance. This year, with the Galaxy S8, Samsung might have the go-to.
Rather than overhauling it, Samsung stuck with something that worked and added to its camera. The formula is similar to before. The Galaxy S8 has a 12MP camera with optical image stabilization, an F/1.7 lens, and phase-detect autofocus that brings in enough light for clear, accurate pictures. Plus, there’s no camera bump. Unlike the iPhone 7’s camera, the Galaxy S8’s is flush with back for a sleek appearance.
Oh, the complaints about the front-facing camera are gone as well. The upgraded 8MP camera facing you, which sits next to an iris scanner, features autofocus. You’ll no longer look like a wax finger in selfies taken on this Samsung phone.
Quality isn’t all that matters, friends. Samsung’s camera app is cleaner and simpler than ever. You get quick access to necessities, and there’s a manual mode available if that’s your type of thing. The iPhone 7 completely lacks a manual mode. So, in addition to being the better choice for straight-up point-and-shoot photos and videos, the Galaxy S8 makes sense for photo-savvy folks. The younger crowd can take advantage of Snapchat-like live filters, too. There’s something for everyone.
Those “Shot on iPhone” ads mean nothing anymore.
It runs Android, duh
We may be just a tiny bit biased about this area. Samsung’s phones run Android. Apple’s phones run iOS. You’re not going to hear us recommend that bland, closed off platform.
Apple doesn’t take any risks whatsoever. Name one thing that they’ve gambled on. Yet there’s no denying Samsung has had its fair share of flops. We just don’t think Apple makes its platform useful for productivity and hasn’t shown signs of trying over the years. There’s way more you can do on an Android phone than an iPhone. One example makes the superiority obvious: Apple still doesn’t have a proper file manager built into iOS.
Samsung, though, does add meaningful pieces to Google’s platform. Samsung Connect, Knox, Samsung Pass, Samsung Health, Samsung Notes, Samsung Pay, and Samsung+ improve the experience on the Galaxy S8. You’ll use them. It’s not like 2014 when Samsung threw things in to say they were there. Look at Samsung Pay. It’s the mobile payments service accepted in more locations anywhere in the world. Building that up and keeping it exclusive to high-end Galaxy devices shows that Samsung is committed to elevating itself as a software company. Apple announces a music streaming service, calls it revolutionary, and causes everyone to wonder what’s so special.
Today there’s Bixby, the digital assistant trying to rise above Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Apple’s Siri. While we’re not sold on it at the moment, Bixby offers a ton of potential. Needless to say we’ll be monitoring where this risk heads in the coming months. This is the type of gamble that makes Samsung exciting to watch.
The magic of Apple beating everyone is long gone. Samsung is now at the top of the mountain, investing in both new hardware and software ideas that would’ve been hard to believe coming from this company even a few years ago.
What do you think of these phones? Let us know which you prefer, the Samsung Galaxy S8 or the Apple iPhone 7, in the comments.