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iPhone 8 and Galaxy S8: Comparative Review

The iPhone 8 may become Apple's best-selling smartphone at a low price compared to other iPhone models in terms of price and compact size. Its rival from among the representatives of Android can be considered Galaxy S8, which has been on sale for six months and may soon start to become cheaper.



Maybe Apple and Samsung specifically compared the numbering of their flagship smartphones, or it happened involuntarily, we will never know. In any case, this year, a significant portion of 2018 iPhone 8 and Galaxy S8 will be represented by two major mobile operating systems of the world. It will be difficult to choose from them. Samsung has brought a new design, Apple first released three iPhone models for the first time, one of which also received a modified bezel-less screen design and some exclusive functionality.

You are reading a translation of the review from , the original was published on October 3, 2017.


The iPhone 8 retains the design of previous generations. Instead of a complete rework, Apple chose a small cosmetic lift in the form of a new back panel made of glass. Changing half of a smartphone cannot be called a minor thing, but on the other hand, whatever Apple has changed in its 2014 design, it remains outdated. It's not a bad thing, the look of the smartphone is always elegant, and the glass at the back makes it even better.

But it's worth taking the Galaxy S8 into your hands and you feel the appeal of futuristic frameless design. The point is not only in the scope or absence thereof, but also in the practical benefits of a wider screen. This screen displays more content.

The S8 also offers a polished metal frame and this attractive element will also appear in the iPhone X , but it's not in the iPhone 8. Instead, this unit uses a brushed aluminum frame that is more slippery and not as glossy. The style of the iPhone 8 remains quite limited, as if it was done on purpose. The developers may have planned for the iPhone X to stand out against the iPhone 8. S8 is available in a wider variety of color options: black, silver, blue, gold and light pink, while the iPhone 8 is sold only in silver, black and gold.

If you do not pay attention to the appearance, both smartphones are the latest word in mobile technology and have premium functionality. There's a case of water and dust protection, wireless charging, for the first time in the iPhone lineup.


The only difference between the iPhone screen and last year's models was the support for True Tone technology. The 4.7-inch IPS LCD panel still uses 750 x 1334 pixels. This panel provides high image quality, except that the relatively low resolution can be called a weakness. As for True Tone, this is a great feature that allows you to change the color balance of the screen so that it naturally looks against the background of ambient light. At times, this causes the screen to have an unnecessary yellowish tint.

The S8 screen is much more interesting. Its diagonal is 5.8 inches, 1440 x 2960 resolution. It is slightly larger than the iPhone 8 screen, but much longer. The Samsung AMOLED dashboard produces bright vibrant colors by default. Those wishing to get a more natural color rendition can set the sRGB mode, although then the results become somewhat lifeless.

The main attractive feature of the S8 is that it occupies the front of the smartphone almost entirely. Its length and high resolution make the screen more convenient for browsing, where you can see most of the pages.

The curved shape and stylish rounded corners, as well as the Always On Display feature, make the Galaxy screen look very impressive. The iPhone 8 offers a sophisticated and balanced panel that is also noteworthy.

Interface and functionality

The S8 has been released on Android 7 and has not yet received an update to Android 8. The iPhone 8 comes out immediately on the new iOS 11 system, offering the latest functionality and enhancements.

Galaxy S8 UI

On top of Android, Samsung Experience software is installed, which the South Korean manufacturer is actively developing and improving over what was previously in the TouchWiz shell. Apart from periodic performance issues, the Samsung Experience is an interface with thoughtful design and numerous customization options. It contains many unique features, such as the Samsung Pay payment system, a secure folder, and the Bixby virtual assistant.

IPhone 8 user interface

To compete with this shell is iOS 11 . The Apple software is extremely rich and multicolored: it has a curated App Store, Apple Music streaming service, iTunes store, Health app, Siri voice assistant. There are few needs that can't be met within iOS and you have to use third-party applications and services. The advantage of the platform is a large selection of free Apple applications that allow you to perform productive work in various areas of activity, such as typing, video editing, audio. Another advantage of the system is the rapid receipt of major and minor updates within a few years of the device's release.

Performance and memory

Where Apple is at the leading edge is in computing power. The iPhone 8 has taken another step in this direction thanks to the new Apple A11 Bionic 6-core processor. Its computing power far exceeds the capabilities of smartphones on Android, which ensures a high smooth operation.

The S8 runs on the best Android Snapdragon 835 processor and Samsung's own Exynos 8895, which is at the same level. Performance is fast and stable, with only occasional slowdowns. Graphic performance could be better, judging by the testing of a number of three-dimensional games. However, the power of the S8 is enough for even the most intense work.

In terms of flash memory, manufacturers have chosen different approaches. Samsung has a minimum storage capacity of 64 GB, which is quite a lot. Additionally, you can install a microSD memory card . The iPhone 8 does not support memory cards and is available in 64GB and 256GB versions. Therefore, there should be no shortage of disk space.

Internet and communication

The Apple Safari browser does not experience problems when working on the iPhone 8 thanks to its powerful processor. On Android, the situation is more confusing. The S8 has two browsers: Samsung Internet and Google Chrome. Both are high-end, and Samsung's version is even superior to Chrome in some respects. If you like Samsung Experience, you may prefer this browser.

Flagship smartphones have long had no problems with the available standards of communication. These two devices will be able to squeeze the most out of your carrier's LTE networks.

Each smartphone supports the Bluetooth 5 communication standard and all important navigation standards. The main difference is the ability to use the S8 as local storage when connected to a computer and having a USB-C connector, while the iPhone 8 uses an Apple Lightning connector. Samsung has a 3.5mm headphone jack, no iPhone 8.


There are no dual cameras on the iPhone 8 and S8, like on the iPhone 8 Plus and Galaxy Note 8. More traditional single cameras are used, but their quality is at the highest level.

The resolution in both cases is 12 MP, but there is a difference in specifications. The S8 has a larger sensor with a wider aperture . This allows you to produce slightly better photos, especially in low light.

IPhone 8 Camera Interface

In daylight, the pictures look similar. The S8 offers slightly more detail, the iPhone 8 has more natural colors. Auto HDR on the iPhone 8 handles dynamic shooting better.

Galaxy S8 camera interface

The S8 has a stunning camera, but the software tries to artificially enhance clarity and keep colors warm. Reducing the amount of software processing could produce better results. Despite this, the Samsung smartphone is the leader in low light shooting.

iPhone 8 on the left, Galaxy S8 on the right

The iPhone 8 is capable of recording video at resolutions up to 4K at 60 frames / s, while the S8 produces only 30 frames / s at the same resolution. As a result, the video quality on the iPhone 8 seems to be higher, with less twitching and artifacts. But the sound when shooting video seems muffled, which is not on the S8.


This section consists of two: video and audio. In terms of video, thanks to quality screens, both smartphones work perfectly. The iPhone 8 has better compatibility with standard YouTube video, the S8 handles widescreen formats like music videos using a 2: 1 aspect ratio. The larger variants of these two smartphones make it even more convenient to watch the video, but you won't even call these screens small.

In terms of sound, the fight has not worked. The iPhone 8 has stereo speakers, which is a plus. They sound great for a smartphone, you can hear even low frequencies. The volume and clarity of the sound are also at a high level, the S8 speaker is not able to reach such indicators. The same goes for the included headphones. The S8 offers AKG-branded headphones, but it's less comfortable to wear and sounds worse than on EarPods. There is no classic headphone jack on the iPhone 8, but there is an adapter for it.

Apple Music, Google Play Music, Spotify, and more are available on both platforms. As you move from one platform to another, you will be able to bring along a music library.

Call quality

During phone calls, the earbuds of both smartphones produce normal sound, but on the iPhone 8 you can hear some clicks. The developers have acknowledged the problem with a limited number of devices and are working on a software solution. The sound quality on the S8 cannot be called perfect either, but there are no such problems. It can be said that in many respects telephone calls depend on the quality and load of the operators' networks.

Battery life

If something on the smartphone still requires improvements, so is autonomy. The current flagships are able to issue a day and a half with average load. This also applies to these two smartphones. The battery capacity of the S8 is 3000 mAh versus 1821 mAh on the iPhone 8, but the running time is about the same.

In terms of recharging, the Samsung smartphone is superior. From zero to maximum, it charges in 1 hour 40 minutes versus 2 hours 27 minutes on the iPhone 8. The iPhone received wireless charging for the first time, it also has a S8, but there is also fast wireless charging here. Later it is expected to appear on the iPhone after the release of the software update, but the timeline is not specified.


Apple and Samsung continue to be major competitors in the smartphone market. Apple no longer tries to offer mid-range devices, instead relying on the most advanced technology in the most advanced design. The company has premium services in an attractive, yet conservative building.

Those wishing to get a bolder solution should choose the S8. Samsung has released a bezel-less screen, glass sheath and fast wireless charging. This year, Samsung has never before set the direction for the development of smartphone design. Of course, its smartphones cannot yet be called perfect, but the company is boldly experimenting and taking risks. Sometimes the risks pay off, as in the case of the S8.

iPhone 8 is a good device, reliable purchase in the price range of about 60,000 rubles. However, reliability and inspiration are often not combined. iPhone 8 can be called an improved iPhone 6, so it is not easy to buy such a device. The S8 has no such problem.

Pros of the iPhone 8

  • Powerful hardware components and a rich software ecosystem
  • Highest performance
  • Great speakers and headphones

The pros of the Galaxy S8

  • Inspirational design
  • More capable camera
  • More screen resolution


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