Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Apple iPhone 7: flagship phone shootout

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Battery life

  iPhone 7 Galaxy S8
Battery life 13hrs 2mins 16hrs 45mins
Charging port Lightning USB-C
Wireless charging No Yes
Fast Charging No Yes

For many of us, battery life is the most common bugbear we have about our smartphones, and having your device die on you midway through the day can be a real irritation. Thankfully, both the iPhone 7 and Galaxy S8 have rather impressive battery lives, and both phones will easily be able to see you through a full working day with juice to spare.

In our battery tests, the iPhone 7 lasted for 13 hours 2 minutes, which is nothing to be sniffed at. The Galaxy S8 still managed to blaze past it by well over three hours however, clocking in a final score of 16 hours and 45 minutes.

The S8 also has some added advantages up its sleeve in the battery department, given that it comes with both wireless and adaptive fast-charging. It's also compatible with the USB-C charging standard, meaning there's a much wider variety of adapters and accessories to fit it.

Winner, battery life: Samsung Galaxy S8
 

Features

  iPhone 7 Galaxy S8
Ports Lightning USB-C, 3.5mm
headphone jack
Waterproofing IP67 IP68
Biometric security Fingerprint recognition Fingerprint, facial,
iris recognition
Cameras 12MP f/1.8 rear,
MP front
12MP f/1.7 rear,
MP front 

With the iPhone 7, Apple finally listened to customers and added one of the most long-awaited features: waterproofing. This will be old hat to Samsung fans, who have had waterproof phones for several years now – and the S8 is still a little ahead with IP68 specification compared to the iPhone's IP67. That  

Unfortunately, while it's added waterproofing, the iPhone 7 has also removed a much-loved feature in the form of the 3.5mm headphone jack. Apple giveth and Apple taketh away.

Samsung, meanwhile has added a slew of new features to its flagship line. First up is Bixby, the company's answer to Siri and Cortana. The digital assistant can do all the standard tasks like setting reminders and answering questions (though voice capabilities haven't landed in the UK yet), but can also use the camera to let you search for information on objects just by photographing them.

The Galaxy S8 also features new biometric authentication technology. Aside from the now rear-mounted fingerprint sensor seen in previous devices, Samsung has also brought over the iris-scanning tech seen in the ill-fated Note 7, as well as facial recognition capabilities.

The iPhone 7 continued Apple’s tradition of offering excellent rear cameras but with the Galaxy S7, Samsung caught up and, although the S8 isn’t a huge improvement, its camera has an edge overall. 

Lastly, there's support for Gigabit Wi-Fi and LTE networking, ensuring speedy browsing and download speeds. Samsung has also released a new desktop dock peripheral, called the DeX, which allows you to use the S8 with a monitor, mouse and keyboard in a desktop-like environment, similar to Windows Continuum.

Winner, features: Samsung Galaxy S8
 

Final verdict

In past head-to-head comparison, Apple's handsets used to be a cert to win most of the categories. Now, however, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is a more accomplished device than the iPhone 7 in terms of its design, display, features and battery life. The only area in which Apple still retains its edge is in performance – but even that's only a narrow lead.

The truth is that there's simply no reason to buy an iPhone 7 over the Galaxy S8. More importantly, there's a pretty compelling argument for iPhone users to upgrade to Samsung's new flagship. The next iPhone later this year could change all this, of course, but for now, the Galaxy S8 is better.

Perhaps if you want to buy outright, the iPhone 7 has an edge at $1,079, compared to the $1,199 for the Galaxy S8. But on a contract, there’s little in it – in fact the S8’s lowest 2GB plan (from Virgin) is, at $75 per month, a little cheaper than the iPhone’s equivalent plan at $81.

With a gorgeous design, a stunning display and more features than you can shake a stick at, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is simply the best smartphone on the market.

Overall winner: Samsung Galaxy S8

This article originally appeared at IT Pro.

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