iPhone 8 vs Samsung Galaxy S8.
The iPhone 8, unveiled in September 2017, is the 4.7in edition of Apple’s newest smartphone generation, and while it lacks the more drastic design changes of the soon-to-launch iPhone X it boasts a range of new features and spec upgrades. The Samsung Galaxy S8, meanwhile, came out in March 2017 and has been one of the dominant Android handsets on the market ever since.
We decided to put the 8 and the S8 head-to-head, and help you decide which offers the best combination of design, features, tech specs and value for money. If we are able to help you reach a decision, we’ve got articles rounding up the best iPhone 8 deals and the best Samsung Galaxy S8 deals.
Whenever we discuss the iPhone 8’s design, we find ourselves talking about the past. This is because it is, essentially, a backward-looking design, one that is in many ways unchanged from the iPhone 6 launched in 2014.
Changes have been gradually added over those years, such as the Home button switching from a moving to a solid-state component in 2016, and the new glass back this year. But it’s all moved at a rather glacial rate.
The S8 is another matter altogether. Our colleagues on TechAdvisor said it “makes its predecessor [the Galaxy S7], and other phones, look dated”. It has minimal bezels, with a screen-to-body ratio of more than 93 percent and a pressure-sensitive Home button built into the screen.
The 8 is smaller than the S8, although the S8 has a significantly bigger screen (5.8in to the iPhone’s 4.7in) so this is to be expected. Samsung’s phone is about 10mm longer, 1mm wider and 0.7mm thicker. The iPhone is also 7g lighter – hardly noticeable.
(Note that the iPhone 8 is very slightly thicker and heavier than its predecessor the iPhone 7, so if that’s your priority you might like to consider saving some money and getting last year’s model.)
- iPhone 8: 138.4mm x 67.3mm 7.3mm; 148g
- Samsung Galaxy S8: 148.9mm x 68.1mm x 8.0mm; 155g
Note that the iPhone 8, like the 7-generation headsets last year, hasn’t got a headphone port. On the plus side, it comes with a pair of Lightning headphones and an adaptor so you can use older headphones with it. The S8, on the other hand, does have a headphone port.
iPhone 8 in pictures
Here are some pictures of the two phone so you can make up your own mind about their aesthetic qualities.
The Galaxy S8 is available in five colours: Midnight Black, Orchid Grey, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue and Maple Gold. But you may not be able to find them all in the UK. Only black, grey and silver were launched here initially, and gold still isn’t available if you buythrough Samsung.
The iPhone 8 and S8 each offer wireless charging. (In both cases, however, you’ll have to buy the charger separately.)
The 8 is compatible with Qi-certified charging accessories, and Apple has pledged to bring out its own AirPower charging kit next year. The S8 works with Qi and AirFuel Inductive standards.
Siri vs Bixby
In terms of voice/AI assistants, the iPhone gets Siri. We’re quite fond of Siri and it’s always getting better, but users have their fair share of issues with it. It’s probably fair to say that Siri – and Apple – despite their efforts in this direction are not presently at the cutting edge of AI.
Samsung has Bixby, the company’s take on the more ambitious Google Assistant type of helper. The idea is you can talk to it without worrying what you can and can’t say: it will understand context. But much of the functionality is available via Google Assistant (which is on the phone) and it’s compatible with a smaller range of apps. We think Google Now is a much better alternative and probably always will be.