Why the Samsung Galaxy S8 is better than the Apple iPhone 7

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.

About the Author: Justin Herrick

Born and raised in New Jersey, Justin is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University where he studied marketing with a focus on digital marketing. He's very talkative and enjoys discussing anything from technology and sports to video games and television. As for Justin's current device rotation, he carries around the Google Pixel and Nexus 9. In the rare case that his phone or tablet is not in his hand, he is either flicking through cards on his Moto 360 (2015) or typing away on the Microsoft Surface Book. Justin is patiently waiting for the day that Google replicates the Galaxy Nexus with modern day specifications.

  • Nimso Ny

    These kinds of comparisons are always a good read.

    Honestly it’s crazy the amount of times people try to laugh at me for using Android instead of iOS, yet I receive countless requests for some of the fan games I make to be ported over to the platform that I have to constantly decline because Apple has made it physically impossible! (notice I said fan games, try putting an app on an iPhone without using the app store, it’s disgustingly difficult and not viable at all outside of your own development team)

    I get people who tell me that the iPhone can do everything my phone can do, and they won’t listen to anything I say after making that statement even when the proof is right there in front of them.

    Nowadays whenever someone says ‘show me one thing that makes your phone better’, I simply tell them to move a single app icon on to a new page on their home screen and place it in the center of the page instead of at the top left where the grid begins, then I laugh when they say ‘show me something else’

    I use an LGG4, and it makes even the newest iPhones look incredibly basic!

    • Paladin

      That’s your criteria for a better OS, move an app to the middle of the screen? Wow. I can tell you are really intelligent. Why don’t you tell them how long it will take you to get next years new OS? (and they’ll tell you the new iOS goes to everyone at the same time, even if you have a 5 year old iphone). Why don’t you tell them about your apps in the background that continue to use your data and battery? Why don’t you tell them about how some android apps only work on some android phones, not all of them? (then they’ll tell you that every ios app works on all phones and tablets). This list goes on and on. You need to do more research and find things to tell them that really make a difference.

      • Nimso Ny

        You entirely missed my point.
        I was trying to point out the most simple things that you are completely blocked from doing on iOS.
        I know there’s plenty wrong with it, but like I said most people just completely shut their minds the moment they’ve finished talking, if they show any interest at all in hearing me speak, I give them the simplest of problems, beyond that there’s absolutely no arguing with them, they won’t understand anything I talk about anyways.

        My criteria for a good OS goes way beyond the average user’s needs, I develop apps myself (check the YouTube channel if you’d like, I make plenty of games not just mobile apps) so having something that allows me to work with my own apps for a start is nice enough, Android gives me a truck load more than iOS and that’s from stock, no mods required, it’s always fair to say someone like me would go straight in to modding the phone anyway, but even then a “Jailbroken” iOS is still pretty damn limited in comparison to even stock Android!

        A lot of these arguments are pointless anyways, apps working on only some phones is just a problem with the fact that there are so many Androids, you have about 1 or 2 iPhones a year to choose from, that’s pretty damn easy to support in comparison with what a few hundred a year,
        New updates to your OS is something to look forward to, but that is completely outside of this discussion, we are talking about the current/latest version of the OS available for a phone, if they can’t compare well without a bunch of software updates (an area where both have their own problems trust me) then it means that one is better in the areas being compared.

        Apps running in the background is due to developers making bad choices, and the newer versions of Android allow you to completely prevent this from happening by changing an app’s ability to access certain things, the fact that iOS limits the developers means that it is a more closed off system, which is our point, it blocks you from things that it’s tech is capable of!

        We can both list every reason in a pointless back and forth, but the fact of the matter is, you have to compare the actually usability, at the time that you buy it! If the phone limits you from doing what you bought it for, you’re better off giving the damn thing back!

        • Paladin

          Right… and you missed my point. “that’s pretty damn easy to support in comparison with what a few hundred a year,” it’s much easier to support iphones because they all run the same ios and can run the same apps. And you said, “apps working on only some phones is just a problem with the fact that there are so many Androids,” that was my other point, the fragmentation. you said, “New updates to your OS is something to look forward to, but that is completely outside of this discussion,” No it’s not outside what we are talking about. You were bragging about a little meaningless example of moving an icon to the center of the screen. I’m talking about a much more important thing, something you can’t brag about so you didn’t mention it and now you say it’s not important. This is the whole argument, fella. iOS is better in MAnY ways and getting a new OS every year is one thing you can’t brag about if you have an Android, at least not in a timely manner and only on a few phones. Some as new as one or two years old never see another OS update. Yes, apps running in the background problem… so android is copying apple or is apple being blamed by you for copying android? Apple never had that background problem and now android is trying to keep up. And yes, the iphone 7 and the new G8 are the most current, but you are still comparing a phone that’s almost 8 months old to a phone that had 8 months to look at Apples best and try to compare or beat it it with some feature. Let’s see you do the same comparison when the iphone 8 comes out. Then all the android pundits will complain, “you are comparing the new iphone to samsung that is almost 4 months old… FOUL”

      • CRKT

        Lol dude… You mad or something? iOS is smooth due to the lack of features and simplifications Apple put on it. Can you please show me how to change camera settings in one click? Having a shitload of app settings under settings/apps is just plain stupid.

        And if you missed the PM about crippled iOS updates I’ll bring you up to speed. Every major update of iOS brings new features THAT DOESN’T WORK ON PHONES MORE THEN MAXIMUM OF 1 GENERATION BACK AND VERY LIKELY​NOT EVEN THAT. So what Apple does is sending out updates that makes older iPhones slow down to a crawl and just get a new iOS version number and not much more. So with that it of the way it’s safe to say you are a fool if you believe Apple send out full updates to every phone lol

        Android today is so far ahead in tech and functionality proven by the new S8/S8+ pixel and LG g6 and very likely the upcoming Nokia 9 that is really sad to see how far behind Apple are these days…
        Had my brand new S8+ into work today and the biggest Apple lover started at it in disbelief and looked at his iPhone 7 plus and said “wow it sure makes my 7 plus feel ancient, praying Apple will come up with something new” yes I know, anecdotal evidence but his face expression was priceless.

        It’s not that iPhones are bad, they are just, boring with pretty old tech and a speedy processor nobody cares about.
        Outside US not many people care about iPhones these days, iPhone sales drops year after year and iPads(great tablet) having a very steep decline in sales. Don’t believe me? Check Google trends. Just sad reading.

        And Apple having the best computers? Maybe for coffee shop bloggers.
        Apple just make bad/weak/uninspiring/overpriced hardware for people more concerned about branding then people that want/need the best tools available for their professional work.
        Sadly Apple doesn’t cater to professionals these days, is so about squeezing out coin from stupid consumers.
        No wonder companies like Adobe demos and releases new features first for Windows PC’s. Haha!

        I rather buy a HP Z range workstation laptop with pure desktop performance for 1k USD less then the much inferior new MacBook pro (yesteryear’s hardware for next year’s pricing. No thanks) or a surface pro or a surface book or a Dell XPS or… I think you get the point.
        Compare the surface studio with the puck dial and random iMac. None except a die-hard Apple fan would choose the much inferior iMac.
        Mac pro? Hasn’t been updated for over 4 years and serious issues to upgrade and lacking enough ports to be taken seriously by anyone.

        If you read this far I bet your upset and thinking I’ll show that douchebag how angry a TRUE Apple fanboy can get and prepping a lengthy post in rebuttal.

        To that I say to you, don’t waste your time. I won’t read it. I’m just happy I made you read this far and show you an alternative view of the world we all live in.
        It’s just tech stuff, so calm down and don’t burst an artery or something over silly “who’s best” arguments arguing on a site called Talk Android.

        Do yourself a favor and go buy a Galaxy S8+ and step into the winner circle and get a taste of the future.

    • Eye Washere

      Wow moving a app to an unassigned spot is amazing to you! What are you like 4 years old? When your android phone can detect cancer like an iPhone, has a built in braille for blind people, can be used in over 15 different languages, has an app a year or two before android does, has a SDK for doctors to better inform patients, an assistant who not only can book a hotel but can have a conversation with you, can send money through iMessage, messages that detects when you’re compatible to the same phone or not, ability to find your iphone online/send urgent messages/even send police, updates withing days after it’s released from the pressed, industry leading in Sales/JD Powers ranks/CNET rankings/speed/resale/consistency every year for 10 years, you come back and talk to me about technology. Until then enjoy your lil touch screen gameboy color in 4K.

  • Paladin

    Comparing a 2017 Samsung to a 2016 iphone? Really? That’s the only way samsung can look good. When the iphone 8 comes out this year, samsung will be back in 2nd place again. “name one thing that they’ve (apple) has gambled on”? How about the first true smartphone that every is trying to copy ever since? How about the best computer on the market bar none? How about the best tablet on the market, bar none? (while sales of android tablets have plummeted to the lowest depths imaginable, the ipad is still selling like hotcakes). Get off your high horse. Apple has samsung and especially the fragmented android beat hands-down.

    • Justin_Herrick

      It’s a valid comparison. They’re the biggest rivals in the mobile industry, and their phones are what most consumers will buy. We all know comparisons between the iPhone 8 and Galaxy S8 will come later this year. You’re not pointing out anything new.

      I agree about the iPad being the best tablet on the market, which is seeing sharp declines in sales mind you. Saying their computers are the best, however, is incorrect. Plenty of viable alternatives exist.

      By the way… Android’s fragmentation has little to do with this post. The Galaxy S8 runs Nougat. That’s the latest version of Android. There’s no problem with the Galaxy S8’s software.

      • Paladin

        fragmentation has everything to do with a comparison. and for you pundits that say apple never comes up with anything new, don’t forget that apple was the first to drop the floppy disc, the first to drop the DVD player, one of the first to drop that ridiculous mini stereo plug (but the first to catch hell for it) and everything they do, the next year or two becomes the industry standard. And for the author of his article, the lightening port does everything.

        • Justin_Herrick

          Hi, I’m the writer in the byline of this opinion piece.

          All of the things you just named are not even from the twenty-first century. And, whether you like it or not, there was (and still is) a ton of backlash against companies removing the auxiliary port. The lightning port is not a wise solution right now.

          Not even going to address the fragmentation comment because, again, it has nothing to do with this post. You’re bringing up something unrelated that’s a waste of time to address here.

          • Paladin

            and you write articles that are unrelated to the real world.

            • Justin_Herrick

              Yes, because I’d be employed if I was out of touch with reality. Thank you for responding two months later

        • Darko

          Yes they drop it and we still miss it! They even dropped Lan connection!!!! Now we have to purchase external readers, external dangles and external…..
          May bag with lap top is heavier and heavier with each new model :-(
          The worse thing they dropped RAM!!!! As I wrote in reply earlier – have to use virtual machines. Who thinks that 16 GB is too much in 2017?????

        • Zomby2D

          So to you, doing “something new” is actually removing features. And FYI, they weren’t the first to do any of these. Dropping the audio jack, for example, was already a trend in other low-end handsets.

          Try to plug a USB drive in your lightning port to transerf files to your phone, then come tell me again how it does everything.

          • Paladin

            Who actually plugs thumb drives into their phones? Never seen anyone do it with android nor iphone.

            • Zomby2D

              You will never see anyone do it on iPhone either because it’s just not supported. And I’ve grabbed files from people’s thumb drive more than once by plugging them in my phone and copying the files over.

              I’ve also used the usb port of my phone (and of my Android TV box) to plug in a bunch of stuff… mouse, XBox controller, external HDD, VR controllers, portable DJ station. Just because you don’t know tech-savvy users doesn’t mean there aren’t a bunch of people using the feature.

    • Zomby2D

      The iPhone 7 is the latest and greatest from Apple so it’s a valid comparison. Their releases are about 6 months apart, just like the S8 and iPhone8 will be when the latter will eventually come out. At that point, yes, the comparison will the between those two phones.

      There are tons of computer on the market which are better than Apple’s offering, but they still domincate the tablet market. I’ll give you that one. Still, Apple hasn’t gambled on anything in a very long while. They’re just playing it safe, copying whatever works in their competitor’s devices.

      And while the first iPhone was a big evolutionary step from the other available touch screen smartphones at the time, for years now they have simply been one of the many available options and no longer at the forefront.

      • Paladin

        “There are tons of computer on the market which are better than Apple’s offering”???? name ONE. All you have is Windows, Linux (which is what Apple runs), and chromebook. Basically all you have in the masses to compare to is Windows and Windows has so many problems and is so much harder to maintain and run than OSX that I’ve switched all my older-generation friends over to OSX because it’s easier to run, doesn’t get viruses (so they don’t have to run an antivirus program in the background, or pay for one every year) and isn’t getting updates every day like Windows. I was a Windows IT for 20 years and I gave up and went to a more stable system.

        And you are saying Apple does nothing new? Does anyone else? Every thing apple comes up with, Samsung copies the next year or tries to improve on the same idea, or everything Samsung comes up with, Apple tries to copy. It’s back and forth. Who did away with the home button and put a haptic feedback spot on the screen first? Who will be the first to put a fingerprint scanner on the screen? It’s obvious you don’t follow ios at all or you’d have better information. Except for apples close control over their OS (which is what makes it the best), theres little you can fault the iphone for. The only thing that might matter to some people is customization of the screen, but that’s the only field that android is better at. While the OS of both will run more apps than you possibly use, the fact that you get a now OS every year with iphone, it runs smoother and faster than anything else on market, there is no fragmentation where some androids suddenly start developing problems while others don’t (have you heard of the Pixel?), everything is integrated better on IOS, it’s easier to get pictures from my iphone to my computer, it’s better integrated with my apple computer than my androids, overall it’s a lot more stable platform, it was first so it had a head start on the number of apps you could get (android finally surpassed that number because of the sheer number of phones produced by dozens of manufacturers, none of which can agree on any kind of standardization )(back to fragmentation, the worst part of android). Besides moving an icon around on the screen, show me one thing android can do better than the iphone. Show me an android that gets a new OS every year as soon as it’s released? Show me an android that continues to get updates after 2 or 3 years.

        • Justin_Herrick

          Not saying Windows is the best operating system, but it’s not bad at all like you’re making it out to be.

          Regarding software updates, these ‘older’ devices have all received Nougat:
          – HTC One M9 (released in April 2015)
          – HTC One A9 (released in October 2015)
          – Nexus 6, Nexus 9 (released in November 2014)
          – Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P (released in September 2015)
          – Samsung Galaxy S6 (released in April 2015)
          – Samsung Galaxy Note 5 (released August 2015)
          – Sony Xperia Z3+ (released in April 2015)
          – Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet (released in April 2015)
          – NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet (released in July 2014)

          And smartwatches from 2015 are getting Android Wear 2.0 as well.

          This is not the Android that you and others bashed 4-5 years ago. Time to get a new argument going.

          • Paladin

            Try to add LG G4 and Moto X Pure Edition to your list! LOL. Two flagship phones that will be two years old before they get an OS update that will be a year old when they get it. Yes, this is still the android we bashed 4-5 years ago and the fragmentation is getting worse.

          • Eye Washere

            You’re right it’s not the android from 5 years ago, it’s worse, just better looking. What the world is Nougat? You can’t take a tech company serious with names like Cotton Candy, Ice Cream sandwich, Oreo, KitKat….Samsung can’t even consistently use an OS. They first had Windows phone, then Android, then Tizen, didn’t they buy Nokia…if so that’s another OS. Android is all over the place.

        • Zomby2D

          You’re complaining that PCs only have Windows and Linux (which has nothing to do with MacOS beside the fact that both OSes are based on Unix), yet you have even less choice on a Mac as the only single OS they comes with is MacOS which can run a lot less software. (Especially if you’re into gaming) And which, BTW, can get viruses as well. I’ve known a few people who learned it the hard way after boasting how they didn’t need an antivirus software ont heir Mac. All OSes have ther good and bad sides, to me the plus of Windows outweight the negatives by a landslide.

          There’s been very little from Apple in the last few years that wasn’t a feature copied from a competitor. Google did away with the home button years ago. Haptic feedback was part of the Android OS since 2009 as well, and not limited to the home button unlike with iOS. Android was also the first to support pressure-sensitive touch in 2009, but Apple was the first manufacturer to actually use it. As for the on-screen fingerprint scanner, Samsung ended up removing it from the S8 because the technology wasn’t reliable enough, but it might come back on the Note 8 in a few months. As for Apple, no one knows for sure whether it will actually be part of the iPhone 8 this year on in a subsequent year. It’s obvious you don’t follow technology or you’d have better information.

          There a boatload of things Android is better at than the closed off iOS. Beside of the obvious customization capabilities, there’s the fact that you can use wigdets on the home screen (some of them improse the usability of the phone by a lot), you can install apps from any source and not just whatever Apple decided it was okay for you to have (and spare me the jailbreak talk, you shouldn’t have to hack into your phone to do basic things), you can actually choose which app will display content (like opening web links with Firefox), you can plug in a usb drive into your usb port and transfer files to and from the phone with an actual access to the file system, you can use nfc to start a bluetooth file transfer between 2 phones, it’s much easier to transfer music and pictures to and from your PC (plug-in, drag and drop, done), and you can choose the device that fits your need from a plethora of manufacturers instead of being locked down into the same bland experience year after year because you’re so entrenched in an echosystem that a single manufacturer offers. And these are just a small sample of all the things that Android does better than iOS. And while iOs might be better integrated with other Apple products, it’s really a pain to use with anything non-Apple.

          And as far as fragmentation goes, as a software developer I’ve had more issues with fragmentation on iOS than on Android. Like Windows, Android was designed from the groud up to support a plethora of devices with various capabilities so it actually provides you with the tool to have your app adapt to the phone. iOS on the other hand requires you to build lookup tables with models and OS versions because parts of apps have to be rewritten if they introduce things like a new screen resolution and while every recent model gets the software updates, Apple artificially locks some features out of the older devices as an incentive to get people to upgrade to a newer device. (And they often cripple performance to a point that you’d rather not get the updates at all.) So yes, Apple might be faster with update beign both the manufacturer and the developer but Google’s phones are updated just as fast since they’re in the same boat. Other manufaturers can could certainly do much better in that area. Although, to be honest, the large majority of users on both platforms don’t really care that much about updates in the first place. It’s mostly us techheads who really look forward to these updates.

          Also, on the subject of updates breaking stuff, I’ve seen countless iPhone users have features stop working after an update. Heck my parents to this day still can’t use their bluetooth home headsets because an iPhone update broke the bluetooth stack last year and no subsequent update, and even sending the phone back to Apple for repair, fixed anything. (And the iPhone was bought specifically for that purpose.) Outside of the bluetooth issues, iOS updates have been known to break TouchID, screw up screen brightness, degrade Wifi performance, and a whole lot of other problems. And that’s from a company who only have a handful of devices to support.

          • Paladin

            You are totally wrong. First of all, only an apple computer can run both window or OSX. So you can actually run a lot more software on an apple computer than on any other computer. ’nuff said

            • Zomby2D

              Installing MacOS on a PC isn’t exactly rocket science. I’ve had to do it a couple times to test out an issue.

          • Eye Washere

            You’re a software developer and think iOS has more fragmentation than Android. You just discredited everything you said in one sentence Bub. Apple don’t have 10 different OS’s floating around. Everyone either rushes to get a new iPhone or rushes to get a new update cuz it has more features than the last one. Might be faster with updates, it don’t take apple 9 months to birth a new OS. They can have one out in a matter of days compared to Google. You’re not even using stock android so you’re still not getting the full source of android.

            Android is a pain to develop for. Why do you think most developers stick to only making apps for iOS? Cuz of stupid stuff like Galaxy s8 screen resolutions throws off the entire app and makes it looks like crap and so your work then become flawed cuz a flawed company. Who in the world still uses widgets? That’s so old? Thing about android is they take outdated technology and reintroduce it and the millennial get all flabbergasted. Occulus is nothing more than a fail Virtua Boy from 1994. It will be dead in a year. IR blasters was another failed Samsung attempt. Make any 3d movies lately? More outdated technolgy from the 1980s. Android is so innovative but they couldn’t even make a touchphone let alone a smart phone until Apple came along.

            And bannedroid still sucks. Apple has never been banned from flights. Apple and never been banned from being sold in a entire country for stealing someone’s ideas. Apple has never recalled an entire line of products. Apple has never put something out and pieces fall off the device. Apple has never had issues with losing memory, battery overheating, viruses, screen blemishes and that’s. I never had anyone on facebook or twitter post “if you have my number text me cuz i got a new phone” or “if you got a call from me ignore it my phone is acting up again.” People don’t understand the mastermind of iTunes. It’s not just for syncing the phone, it backs up the phone in encrypted data. Something Universal Plug and Play will never have. You can actually store multiple phone backups and revert to them if you want. And you can use it to stream the computer with your TV. Oh and iTunes is on PC so you can do that on there too. Dude you wanna talk about security problems I don’t have to worry about hackers. The CIA couldn’t even hack an old iPhone 5c. And you have that data hoarding Google to add insult. They just lost another lawsuit for bad advertising and not to mention all the sanctions for selling user data. With google you are the product. They harvest you!

            Where have you been? Firefox has been available on iPhone for some time now. You need firefox on android cuz Chrome sucks. Shoot android can’t even take a decent photo on snapchat and you’re talking about tech problems. Have you heard of the Galaxy Note 7? You friggin need life insurance to use android.

            PCs suck. Only thing they have over Apple is gaming. And really who cares? Like how many people goes out and buy a $5000 computer just to play a hand full of games when you can just get an Xbox One X for $500 and be done with it. YOu have to be really stupid to get a virus on a Mac. All Apple’s products are easier to use, better looking, last longer, better quality build, made from 100% recyclable material, best reviews, best for resale, and just so happen to lead in sales in every category. But

    • IPhone 7 was Compared to the S7 and i didn’t see any of you Apple fan boys complain

  • Hope Samsung have learned from previous mistakes. But iPhone is my favorite. We can wait and watch to know how Galaxy S8 works.

  • Grainge

    Justin sounds like a cock and aswell as a samsung employee. I don’t own an iphone or a samdung , but i wouldnt want to have to carry around a fire extinguisher either.

    • Justin_Herrick

      Insults don’t get you anywhere. If anything, they’ll just get you banned from leaving comments in the future.

      And, unfortunately, Samsung does not pay my bills. You clicking on the post and leaving a comment does. Thanks!

      • Handsome Jack

        You’re getting ripped off by working for Samsung for free then

  • Nimso Ny

    What CRKT is trying to say is nothing to do with Samsung or the S8 itself; I personally really don’t like Samsungs at all, but if I was forced to choose between a Samsung or an Apple, I’d take the Samsung.

    It’s always very easy to point out one phone having problems with the screen or whatever, my 2560×1440 IPS monitor had red streaks going through the screen 3 weeks after I bought it, it was just a faulty one, I had it returned and have been using it for months and it’s amazing.

    You need to look at phones based on their actual functionality, usability and overall beauty, not just the name plastered all over the place.

    There’s no point fan-boying over anything, because it usually results in you getting ripped off by extortionate prices.
    I honestly have no problem with Apple devices, the two real issues related to them is firstly that I literally could not ever use one as my personal device because the entire iOS system limits me from doing absolutely everything I want to do, and secondly the damn fanbase is almost as bad as the Sonic the Hedgehog fanbase.

    When something that you’re passionate about is bad, or lacking… Make it be known that you don’t want it how it is and that it could be much better!

  • Darryl Barnes

    I will admit that as an Apple fan I would rather the S8 over the iPhone 7. However, I’m hoping the iPhone 8 is a complete overhaul and amazing. If not it might be an Android for me.

    • Eye Washere

      I don’t know why people hop back n forth between phones. That tells me they must be similar for you to be able use both. So in that case one is good then both are. But I’ll never touch an android phone

  • taki

    Too late. Galaxy s7 was already better than iPhone.
    Galaxy Note 4 is better than any phone until Note 8.

    • Handsome Jack

      The last s7 I saw was on fire

  • taki

    The best feature of Apple’s few products is marketing.

    • Handsome Jack

      That exactly what Samsung does to sell products. Marketing to trick people into buying their garbage.

      • taki

        iCult has the most successful marketing. Less is more ($s).
        You can fool some people all the time…

  • Gary

    The iphone 7 in may of 2017 a phone that costs in Australia over $1200 has a basic 750p lcd screen, what other companys flagship entry has a budget screen like this. Next to an Amoled Qhd they look grainy and washed out but the cult says we dont need it. Until the iphone 8 when amoled appears and its Wow look at what apple has invented, this will make the other makers take notice. Samsung had oleds back in 2011 and still has the best display in the world for phone screens. But im sure apple will give it a magical retina name.

  • Jakob Wångö

    Finally an article that slams Apple :) :D :D Im sorry Apple, you have slowly diggin your own grave :)

  • Jaga

    As long as Samsung is using Googles OS and cant innovate their own OS that’s worth a damn, I don’t care if it has a quantum infinity display with 20 gazillion PPI.. android, no thanks. Hardware does not cover up the fact that it’s still android.

    • taki

      That’s the biggest power of Android. Can be used on any device/configuration. It doesn’t depend on a single provider. You can choose according to your needs and individuality, rather than the same restricted wall garden in The Cult.

      Samsung is using Tizen for watches, TVs, less configurable devices.

      The iPhoine Co is falling behind in everything, cannot compete with the lot. The biggest losers are the cult users that pay many times for the brand with very restricted functionality. My Galaxy Note 4 is still the most functionally capable smartphone on the market in the last 2.5y.


      • Jaga

        Falling behind what? You referring to market share? Your right the iOS can’t compete with $50 third world android phones that inflate market share and Apple dose not care to compete with that. Android apps are inferior to their iOS counterparts. iOS apps look better they perform better considering that 75% of android phones are junk out the box. Your note 4 is not the normal android phone and at the time of purchase probably cost 3x the typical android phone, and despite the additional cost you have to deal with the garbage Samsung puts on and slow/none at all updates. I’ll give you this though, you can always flash a custom ROM. Lol

        • taki

          Falling behind 3x cheaper chinese brands, don’t be blind.
          Apple dictates exactly which apps you can run & which features your phone can have. Android takes off training wheels & lets consumers have swath of hardware & software to choose from, along with access to key technologies, such as NFC/BT pairing, 4K screens that Apple doesn’t think its users are ready for.
          1) More/unlimited Storage for Less Money 256Gb-2TB+ mSD 2) 4K vs 1K screens 3) Customization, widgets & skins 4) Many more hardware options, including rugged phones 5) Freedom to install any app you want 6) working File system 7) Universal sharing 8) back Button 9) Multiwindow support 10) Full NFC support 11) spare battery(es) 12) Stylus on Note series with 256 3D levels 13) industry best Super AMOLED black screen for night mode 14) Better Cross platform support 15) Better Google ecosystem integration, 16) Infrared control / FM radio, 17) Oxygen & other sensors, 18) Share experience with 80% vs 10% friends/world…

          And the Galaxy S8 (wait for Note 8):
          Cat16 1024/150 Mbps,
          1440 x 2960 3D Touch (home button), 84%+ screen-to-body,
          Always-on display,
          mobile HDR premium certified, front 8 MP f/1.7,
          BlueTooth 5 pair 2 speakers,
          EU-Galileo high-precision GNSS,
          USB-C v3.1 universal & wireless fast charging 3500 mAh,
          Iris scanner,
          DeX (Desktop experience support) adapter,
          SAR EU 0.27 W/kg head 1.00 W/kg body(~iPhone 5x=1.24head.

          My Note cost me Less than Half-functional iPhone at the time. Samsung S-Health is great for fitness tracking. The stylus is irreplaceable friend. Keen on the latest & greatest Note 8 (=2^3, had Note 1, 2 4).
          The battery still lasts me >day, with spares for long travel & Samsung ultra-batt-saver mode if looking for lost iCultist in the wilderness.

          • Jaga

            So your saying I need super AMOLED black screens to view my ugly Android apps?

            • taki

              There’s no beauty in non-existent functionality.
              Stop the nonsense, open your eyes, then you can see the beauty of the freedom beyond the apple-Cult.
              There are many more real friends there.


            • Jaga

              Google gave a blackberry knock-off that they changed mid stream to a iPhone knock-off.

            • taki

              You like to live in the past?
              Good, you got the picture. 1st blackberry knock(ed)-off, then iPhone knock-off. Apple doesn’t have any other significant products.

              Android to rise to 90% market share in 2017.

              The most valuable apps on iPhone are Google’s.
              Apple is now following Samsung: Large screens, OLED soon, water resistance 1m),
              but still lacking: wireless FAST charging, fast LTE-A, mSD 512GB-2TB soon+new UFS in future, usb-C, WiFi-direct, BT5.0, SpO2+ sensors, DeX dock, VR glasses,Stylus, Infrared remote, DivX/XviD/H.265 support, 3.5mm jack with 32-bit/384kHz audio,…

          • Eye Washere

            The fact that you listed everything that phone has in one paragraph tells me that it still a pile of flashy crap. They can’t even fit a fraction of iPhone functions in the articles and TV ads. Then make matters worse the same thing you adamant about to make the phone superior are things you don’t even use. That also tells me the phone sucks.

            • taki

              I listed fraction of functions that iphone doesn’t have & are important to me.
              There’s nothing that iphone has & I miss.
              I made analysis (my profession) & decision that the smartphone needs (micro)SD card since 2001.
              I had stylus since <2004 (motorola). I like sw to be x-platform (use Windows for work), & Google fits the reqs.

              What you say is cultish belief without substance. I care about function, not looks.
              I decided long time (after demise of 'superior' OS/2) to not waste time with niche platforms that capture only ~<10% of the market & are not scaleable. I'm Info Science professional.

              iOS only works on ~iphone. Android on everything. That's Business Continuity Insurance. If Samsung fails, I can use HTC, Sony, LG, Motorola, … without problems. My configuration is constantly synced to Samsung, Sony, Moto & most of it to few Windows 10 PCs.
              I don't see a long future for Apple. Bonŝancon.

            • Eye Washere

              You’re in that android cult if you think android works on everything. It can’t work on other platforms cuz android is not compatible on every platform. In fact Samsung products don’t work cross the board with other android makers. Google OS sucks, it’s uncoordinated, it can’t function as well as Apple, hard to find stuff on the phone, and bottom line the apps are still bad after all these years of getting better. Apple hardware has faster renovations. You talk about copying…I wonder where Samsung pay and finger scanner come from? If Samsung is so good why they need to advertise as “better than iPhone” just to make a profit LOL. If android is so good then why Samsung is the only phone company making a profit? Samsung is going to fail eventually. Cuz most android makers are backing out of the business. And Samsung went was it like 3 years without even posting a profit. Gimme a break. I don’t have to worry about iPhone failing cuz iPhone outsells every smartphone phone on the planet. Why is Galaxy never even the top rated android phone? Android is manufactured by hundreds companies and over half the phones are sold less than a dollar. The stylus is childish and irrelevant. My finger works just fine. They make stylus for Apple and I don’t even want one. Apple Watch crushes galaxy gear. Occulus wil be dead in a year. No one uses VR. That’s so 1994. Nintendo Virtua Boy had that long ago. Make any 3D movies lately? Yea that went out fast. 3D been a downer since the 1980s. Hey how’s that IR blaster? Change any TVs lately? They had face scan on one the old galaxies. Samsung don’t innovate they reiterate old tech and people go nuts. That’s why Apple is taking all their customers cuz they SUCK.

              Sure you can customize but every style I’ve ever seen was ugly. Yes you have expandable memory, but you still have the same problems with security and having to swap things just to find info. I’m surprised people still using after market app stores for android with all the viruses and scams I read about. Try getting updates free apps from GooglePlay. Phone got like twice the RAM and still renders slower than iPhone. Pictures still look better on iPhone. It’s just a better looking piece of crap. And comparing PC to Mac is probably worse. That’s where android got it’s marketing ideas from to put cheap OS on every available peace of Tech out there. They inherited the same problems with fragmentation, viruses, pieces not fitting, no 3rd party support etc. I’d would still use iPhone today if I had started on Android cuz PC’s Sucks. I would of switched to iPhone cuz I love the Mac. Thing got all that and still can’t post a descent photo on snapchat. Jack of all trades and master of none.

              1.) Apple has leading industry customer service. 2) Apple leads each industry category in sales. 3) Apple has best continuity meaning using with all devices. 4) Industry leading speakers in phone 4) best camera shutter 5) best headphones 6) best operating system 7) ApplePay is more secure 8) send money iPhone to iPhone now Samsung will steal soon 9) Rated best phone on all tech companies 10) continues to use less power and pixels to outclass bigger phones like the Nissan GTR of phones.

  • Eye Washere

    If android phones were so innovative then why they remove everything the following year that sold the previous phone. Androids only look better than they did 8 years ago. But they still suck

    • taki

      Don’t go there as apple sucks, compared to even the Chinese leading smartphones.
      The subject is that Galaxy S8 is superior to iPhone 7. This is not a street opinion but scientific opinion.
      -Best screen ever tested (*until Note 8) – DisplayMate.
      -Best screen to body ratio and looks – obvious.
      -Best LTE – Cat16 (fact).
      -Almost best camera (after Pixel they say).
      -Leading resolution 1440 x 2960.
      -1st BlueTooth 5.0 – pair 2 speakers.
      -Future proof industry standard USB-C v3.1
      -Universal & Wireless Fast charging.
      -Iris scanner.
      -DeX (Desktop experience support) adapter.
      -Expandable with 256/512GB+ mSD cards (as many as you like).
      -More comfortable to hold even with huge size screen.
      -Oxygen & other sensors.
      -Better water resistance.
      -VR headset.
      -Backward compatible 3.5mm audio jack
      -Flexible configuration, multi window, full NFC,…

      Apple stopped innovating since v4, and now follows Samsung.

      • Eye Washere

        See the thing about these numbers is these numbers is they don’t mean anything until they run test and every year iPhone wins across the board. Most those things you listed iPhone has. Then the others you listed I wouldn’t use if iPhone did have it. Which is why it won’t be on the next galaxy whatever. In fact I seen they had facerecognition like 5 years ago. They took it off the next phone. Now its back. So these features are not even industry leading cuz if they were every phone would have them.

        Meanwhile people say things like iphone haven’t been innovative in 5 years….yet the iphone 4 total sales still tops the total galaxy sells LOL. As far as innovation…built in braille so handicaps can use them. God to Apple.com (https://www.apple.com/accessibility/stories/) they have videos of people of different handicaps still able to use the iphone. Side by side apple looks just as good as galaxy phone. SO i don’t know whats the hype about screen quality. And the camera still is outworked by older iPhones with less pixels. Let alone the current one. Security alone makes it the only phone i’d buy.

        I have no idea why people like samsung anyhow. It’s not even the best android phone. Pixel is. Used to be called the Nexus I believe. Even Huawei and Sony phones are rated higher.

        Apple is compatible with all it’s products. But you can’t use a Sony VR with your phone or a playstation 4. Yet its suppose to be able too since Sony use android. Android isn’t even compatible with other android products.

        Iphone is fastest phone, best camera, has Optical stabilization camera, TimeLaspe feature, best apps, First to get apps up to 2 years in advance, updates are regular, no bloatware, no viruses, only phone with 3rd party product isles in electronic section in stores like Target and Walmart, most long lasting phone, Highest resale value, best phone talk quality, Can sync (very important for memory, security, file share etc), use Mac apps, Make music on the phone or tablet with Garageband using REAL instruments, better water resistance, Gyroscope, accelerometer, antennae bands have best reception signal, Find my Iphone tracks thieves and sends police to their doorstep.I could go on. But while people are mesmerized by huge numbers and useless tech, iPhone still best selling phone by a long shot. In fact they are 1, 2, 3, every year. Even the last years phone outsell any other android. You talk about iphone won’t be around long meanwhile samsung sale are in the gutter. They’re profit is decreasing every year and they only happen to be the best selling android phone cuz of goofy ads from years ago that they set themselves up to lose customers. Notice ads look different now? Apple dominates the tech industry. So what they don’t have the biggest RAM or processors…they laugh cuz their phones are faster and look better with less tech LOL. But hey use what you feel.

  • Paladin

    VM ware has never been a good choice. And nobody but you uses Mak

  • Wayne_LePew

    Does it make phone calls?

  • Gertp

    I had thought of getting the a Samsung. Only reason I stay with Apple is that someone gave me an Apple Watch (which I love)

  • taki

    Now the hard decision. To move from an excellent Galaxy Note 4 to Note 8 (no removable battery/infrared)?
    I guess I have to follow the binary trend, Note1→2→4→8!?

    The most important factor is the stylus. Everybody else copied the size (I was looking odd 6 years ago, compared to miniscule iphones).

    Let’s see if it’s worth upgrading.

  • Christian Vallejo

    OK they did not mentioned that Samsung Screen resolution and PI are way much higher and better than Iphone!
    I just noticed that the new Iphone resolution is really low, Humm not wondering they said is faster, lower screen less overhead for cores. Interesting !

  • Handsome Jack

    I don’t understand why people still buy Samsung products. Every device I’ve owned by Samsung has been garbage.

    My galaxy S5 was glitchy, it fried two memory cards causing me lose my pictures, the camera took worse pictures compared to my wife’s iPhone 6 despite having more pixels. Within a year my S5 was about a slow as a 5 year old iPhone.

    Before that I had a Omnia that degraded to the point it would stop making calls with a message saying “no” popping up. All the apps were unusable, since they would automatically download every picture and thumbnail to my picture folder.

    My Smart TV was painfully slow and couldn’t maintain a connection to the internet. I had to buy a roku. My other Samsung TV doesn’t have physical buttons that I can see without a flashlight.

    My Galaxy Note 8.0 tab was slow and, when new, had a battery life less than a quarter of my wife’s iPad mini. Not to mention, it had a lower resolution screen for the same price.

    Android, though not specific to Samsung, has vastly inferior apps compared to iOS. Many apps looks 2 or 3 years outdated.

    Lets not forget that the S7 catches fire and that Samsung washing machines have exploded sending shrapnel through walls!

    Samsung is just trying to trick people into thinking they have a better product by putting up “impressive specs”; however, despite higher specs they perform worse than the iPhone. Anyone who knows anything about computers knows that high specs does not always mean higher performance.