Samsung Galaxy S8 vs iPhone 7: Which one should you Choose?

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Confused whether to go for Samsung Galaxy S8 or iPhone 7? Here is a comprehensive review of both the smartphones to help you choose your next.

Samsung Galaxy S8 vs iPhone 7: Design & Dimensions

Samsung Galaxy S8 is way ahead when it comes to design. It flaunts a curvy ‘Edge’-style screen that wraps around the sides of the phone which give it a symmetrical look making it comfortable to hold in the hand. While iPhone 7 comes with a fine, slim, stylish, recognizable design, with the fingerprint sensor below the screen in the home button. Both phones are dust and water-resistant, though the Galaxy S8 has a better IP certification than the iPhone 7.

iPhone 7 dimensions

  • 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1mm
  • 138g

Samsung Galaxy S8 dimensions

  • 148.9 x 68.1 x 8mm
  • 152g

Display: Galaxy S8 vs iPhone 7

The Galaxy S8 has an incredibly sharp screen, with a resolution of 1440 x 2960 along with a 5.8-inch curved Super AMOLED panel with (2960 x 1440) QHD+ resolution and an 18.5:9 aspect ratio. Having the AMOLED screen means you can see the time, calendar and so on without switching on the entire screen. Besides looking cool, it’s a real battery saver if you check the time on your phone a lot.

The iPhone 7 uses a 4.7-inch Retina HD IPS LCD panel with 1334 x 750 resolution. It also supports wide gamut DCI-P3 color space for better vibrancy. However, the 4.7-inch panel on the iPhone 7 simply cannot hold its own against the Galaxy S8’s excellent QHD+ Super AMOLED panel when it comes to sharpness, brightness, color accuracy, and other aspects.


Both the phones are capable of recording videos in 4K resolution, take Live Photos/Motion Photos and more. The phones come with a 12MP shooter at their rear, but the 12MP shooter on the iPhone 7 features a f/1.8 aperture, OIS, and 1.22u pixels whereas the Galaxy S8 has 12MP f/1.7 shooter with 1.4um pixels, OIS, and Dual Pixel. The iPhone 7 features a 7MP f/2.2 shooter at the front with Retina Flash, while the Galaxy S8 features an 8MP f/1.7 aperture shooter with autofocus.

The Dual Pixel autofocus technology & slightly wider aperture helps give the Galaxy S8 an advantage over the iPhone 7 in low-light scenarios. The Galaxy S8 is also equipped to take 3 photos in quick succession and merge them into one for better dynamic range, lower noise and more details.

Processor & Storage

The Galaxy S8 is the first flagship Android phone to launch with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset. Framed on the 10nm fabrication process to pack in as much power as possible into a tiny chip. This octa-core chip has been clocked at 2.35GHz and paired with the excellent Adreno 540 GPU.

On the contrary, the iPhone 7 features Apple’s A10 Fusion chip. It has been a benchmark-slayer, beating every Android on the market at the time and improving upon the iPhone 6s’ CPU scores by 40% since its debut.

Here is another important thing to consider that Samsung devices are known for their performance deteriorating with time. While iPhones also slow down gradually, that usually happens after a year or two. But with Samsung, if you go by history paired up with my personal experience, the Galaxy S8 will start feeling sluggish within a few months itself.

When it comes to multitasking, the Galaxy S8 is ahead of iPhone 7 by holding more apps in its RAM. Speaking of storage, the Galaxy S8 is available with 64GB of built-in storage only, while the iPhone 7 is available in 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB storage options. The iPhone 7 uses a faster custom PCIE-based storage solution that is counted among the fastest in the market. The NAND storage solution of Galaxy S8 is also among the fastest among Android devices however it still remains slower than Apple’s custom solution on the iPhone 7.

The Galaxy S8 offers a microSD card slot along with 64GB of storage space. This means that users can upgrade the storage on their device on the cheap to up to 1TB. Whereas iPhone 7 does not offer this feature.

Facial Recognition & Iris Scanner

The Samsung Galaxy S8 comes with a number of sensors which the iPhone 7 lacks such as accelerometer, proximity sensor, gyro and fingerprint scanner. The Galaxy S8 is also equipped with an iris scanner at the front and features facial recognition which is lacking in iPhone 7.

Battery Life

Both the phones are fitted with non-removable batteries. The Samsung Galaxy S8 comes with a 3000mAh battery, whereas the iPhone 7 comes with a 1960mAh battery. The Galaxy S8 also features fast wireless charging, while the iPhone 7 does not offer any kind of wireless charging technology.

Samsung Galaxy S8 & iPhone 7 have their own set of pros and cons. Galaxy S8 offers a superior design, display, storage, battery charging. Whereas iPhone7 provides you a much better software experience, security, privacy, and performance. It’s tough to differentiate camera and performance, but battery life is almost the same.

So which handset would you like to go with: Samsung Galaxy S8 or iPhone 7? And why? Drop a comment and let us know!

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