Look and Feel
The Galaxy S8 display is 5.8 inches and has a noticeable curvature to the sides of the form factor. The S8 has bezels on the top and bottom, with glass panels on both the phone’s front and back. The Galaxy S8 has a headphone jack and a microSD for increased memory. Between the Galaxy S8 and iPhone 8, the Galaxy is a bit larger in size.
The iPhone 8 showcases a 4.7-inch screen with a home button, which includes Apple’s touch ID capabilities. There is a more pronounced bezel on the top and bottom than what’s found on the S8. The iPhone 8 sports aluminum sides to its form factor and glass panels on the front and back but lacks a few features of the S8. There is no headphone jack or microSD included on the iPhone 8.
Resolution, Color, and Display Features
The Galaxy S8 offers a 2960 x 1440 resolution with 570ppi. This means that images and text are very sharp, providing extra detail. The S8 has an OLED display that provides a much richer looking color pallet with deeper blacks. Another great feature is Samsung’s Active Display, which helps preserve battery life. The Active Display will show things like the time, date, play, and pause buttons if you’re listing to music or video. However, only those necessary pixels light up instead of the entire display.
The iPhone 8, conversely, has a 1334 x 750 HD display with a 326ppi pixel density. So much less resolution and pixel density than the Galaxy S8. Apple has incorporated their True Tone color for improved contrast, but the images and text aren’t nearly as clear as they are on the Samsung.
The Galaxy S8 utilizes the Snapdragon 835 chip, which sadly doesn’t hold a candle to what the iPhone 8 is packing. While performance is comparable to other android devices, the iPhone A11 Bionic chipset is a game-changer.
Not only can the iPhone 8’s processor defeat every previous android device, but it beats out every previous Apple device as well. With the increase in processing power, the iPhone 8 can multi-task in a way that the Samsung Galaxy S8 can’t.
The S8 sports an excellent rear camera that shoots at 12 megapixels. There are some additional features that Samsung’s camera comes equipped with. First, the camera can showcase more detail than the iPhone 8 and shoot in very low light conditions. Not only that, but it allows for manual and precise control of the focus, shutter speed, and white balance.
Apple iPhone 8 also has a rear camera that shoots in 12 megapixels. This camera includes image stabilization and quad-LED True Tone flash for more accurate representations of color. Although the iPhone 8 doesn’t include manual controls, it does integrate into Apple’s ARKit application for post-processing features.
Both smartphones are a convenient size that will fit your pocket and make one-handed operation accessible. They both include wireless charging and provide resistance toward dust and water. Samsung and Apple support Bluetooth 5.0 technology, allowing multiple people to stream audio simultaneously. Price point and battery life are nearly identical, and both provide enough brightness to use outside without viewing difficulty.
However, what sets them apart is the display resolution, processor performance, and certain features found in the camera. For someone who has multiple Apple products and wants to stay in the iOS environment, the iPhone 8 is the obvious choice. The iPhone has better performance and allows for greater multi-tasking ability. Conversely, the Galaxy has a better display, more features including a headphone jack, manual camera controls, and a stronger performing camera.