Apple iPhone 8 vs Apple iPhone X vs Samsung Galaxy S8 – What to buy?

With Apple releasing the new iPhone 8 and iPhone X it has become a three way battle of what phone to buy. We are here to help you decide what phone you like more. These three phones are close competitors and represent the top performance phones at the moment. Samsung introduced S8 with its revolutionary design in April 2017. And here we are in September 2017 with releases of 2 iPhones that have amazing features available to buyers. So let’s look at them closer.

Apple iPhone 8

Apple iPhone X

Samsung Galaxy S8

Overview

The new generation iPhone from Apple has many new standing out features. These include Wireless Charging, new Retina Display featuring IPS technology, the new A11 bionic CPU chip, all new camera module and it is also water and dust resistant rated IP67.

This new flagship phone, is the next gen in smartphones from Apple. Featuring Wireless Charging, new AMOLED edge-to-edge display, the excellent A11 bionic chip, new dual camera module, Face ID and also has the water and dust resistance rated IP67

The Samsung Galaxy S8 has one of the most impressive and striking designs in a phone. This phone features an AMOLED edge-to-edge screen with very small bezels top and bottom, fast cpu using Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 8895, 4GB of RAM, excellent camera, wireless charging and many other features!

Features

  • iPhone 8 features a more advanced 12MP camera. With a larger, faster sensor. A new color filter. Deeper pixels. And optical image stabilization for photos and videos
  • New Exceptionally strong Glass front and back
  • Wireless Charging
  • Water and Dust Resistant
  • New 4.7‑inch and 5.5‑inch Retina HD displays.
  • New A11 Bionic CPU Chip. With four efficiency cores that are up to 70 percent faster than A10 Fusion. And two performance cores that are up to 25 percent faster.
  • New iOS 11
  • A larger and faster 12MP sensor. A new color filter. Deeper pixels. And a new telephoto camera with OIS
  • New Exceptionally strong Glass front and back
  • Wireless Charging
  • Water and Dust Resistant
  • New all screen design featuring 5.8-inch screen with AMOLED technology.
  • New A11 Bionic CPU Chip. With four efficiency cores that are up to 70 percent faster than A10 Fusion. And two performance cores that are up to 25 percent faster.
  • No Home Button
  • Face ID
  • New iOS 11
  • 12 MP dual pixel Camera
  • Infinity Display: a bezel-less, full-frontal, edge-to-edge screen
  • New 10nm process CPU
  • New 5.8-inch AMOLED screen, with a resolution of 2960 x 1440
  • Iris scanner including face recognition and fingerprint modes
  • New Faster Wi-fi and Cellular modes.
  • New Bixby Assistant
  • MicroSD memory card slot
  • Wireless Charging
  • Dust and water resistant

 

Camera

  • 12 MP rear-facing camera
  • 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras on the iPhone 8 Plus
  • 4K video recording at 60 fps, 1080HD at 240 fps
  • Optical Image Stabilisation

 

  • 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras
  • 4K video recording at 60 fps, 1080HD at 240 fps
  • Optical Image Stabilisation
  • Optical zoom
  • 12 MP rear-facing camera
  • 4K Video at 30 fps
  • Optical Image Stabilisation
  • 8 MP front-facing camera, with 1440p video capability

The cameras on all three phones are great, providing stunning details and excellent low light capabilities. The iPhone camera has a few more features than the Galaxy S8 and also the most improvements. Where the iPhone stands out is the video capabilities, it has the ability to record full 4K video at 60fps which gives it a big edge over the S8 which can only manage 30fps. It is also better at recording the slow motion videos too, with the ability to record at 1080HD resolution as compared to 720p.

The main difference between the iPhone 8 and iPhone X is the camera, however on the iPhone 8 Plus the camera is very similar to the one on the flagship phone, so it is hard to tell the difference between them right now.

The winner of this category goes to the Apple iPhone X as the one with superior video quality, more features and the dual camera setup.

Display

  • 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch IPS displays with a resolution of 1334 x 750 and 1920 x 1080
  • Multi-touch capable with 3D touch
  • True Tone with wide colour display
  • 5.8-inch all-screen OLED Multi-Touch display, with a resolution of 2436 x 1125
  • Multi-touch capable with 3D touch
  • True Tone with HDR and wide colour range
  • 5.8-inch Dual Edge super AMOLED Display
  • 2960 x 1440 resolution
  • Excellent colours

The display on the Samsung phone is by far superior to the Apple iPhone 8 which still uses the older IPS panels with a fairly low resolution. The iPhone X improves on that by using the new AMOLED displays that are also edge-to-edge, however the resolution is still a bit lacking, so for those that are interested in using the phone for VR headset it may not be the best phone around. It also has a somewhat strange resolution of 2436 x 1125, but it is still a stunning phone screen.

The winner in this one is the Samsung Galaxy S8.

Platform

  • iOS 11
  • A11 bionic CPU chip with new Apple designed GPU
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 64GB or 256GB capacity options
  • Weight: 5.22 ounces (148 grams) for iPhone 8 and 7.13 ounces (202 grams) for iPhone 8 Plus
  • Size: 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm (5.45 x 2.65 x 0.29 in) iPhone 8 and 158.4 x 78.1 x 7.5 mm (6.24 x 3.07 x 0.30 in) iPhone 8 Plus
  • Touch ID
  • iOS 11
  • A11 bionic CPU chip with new Apple designed GPU
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 64GB or 256GB capacity options
  • Weight: 6.14 ounces (174 grams)
  • Size: 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm (5.65 x 2.79 x 0.30 in)
  • Face ID
  • Android 7.0 (Nougat)
  • Exynos 8895 Octa-core (Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 for USA and China)
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64GB capacity, expandable by 256GB via MicroSD
  • Weight: 155 g (5.47 oz)
  • Size: 148.9 x 68.1 x 8 mm (5.86 x 2.68 x 0.31 in)
  • Iris Scanner, fingerprint scanner, face recognition

On paper the CPU from the new A11 bionic chip in the iPhones should be faster than the CPU used in the Galaxy S8 as Apple has a history of having faster chips than those used on Android, however it does not always come to real-world performance. One thing to note is that the iPhones have less RAM than the Galaxy S8 which may affect multitasking of the Apple iPhones.

The weight of the Galaxy S8 (155 grams) is also a bit less than that of the iPhone X (174 grams), however this may be a bit of a difference it will become less important as soon as you add a cover to the phone. The iPhone 8 is somewhat lighter than these two phones but by only a small fraction.

The iPhone comes with a few capacities however it does not have the microSD card slots so expect to run out of space at some point, especially if you are using the smaller 64GB model. The Galaxy S8 also has 64GB however this can be expanded via the microSD card slot by a whole 256GB which also turn out to be cheaper than the upgrade between the two iPhone versions.

There is no clear winner in this category so we will call it a draw.

The pro's

  • Excellent Camera
  • New iOS 11
  • Very fast and responsive
  • Excellent Camera
  • Stunning Screen
  • Fast and responsive
  • Excellent Camera
  • Stunning Design
  • Great Screen

The con's

  • Expensive
  • Similar Design
  • No MicroSD card slot
  • Battery life is low
  • Very Expensive
  • Battery life seems a bit low
  • Only Face ID for phone security
  • No MicroSD card slot
  • Bixby assistant is not that great
  • Iris scanner and Face recognition is not that reliable

The Price

£699 ($699) for the iPhone 8 and $799 for iPhone 8 Plus 64GB version

£849 ($849) for the iPhone 8 and $949 for iPhone 8 Plus 256GB version

 

£999 ($999) for the 64GB version

£1149 ($1149) for the 256GB version

 

Can get one for as low as $650 in the USA or £540 in the UK

This mobile has been seen to go as low as £519 on Amazon.

Verdict

While all the phones are excellent it seems that there is no clear winner. With the price of the Apple phones being very high in comparison to Samsung, it seems the Apple iPhone 8 is a better deal out of the Apple phone offerings if you are prepared to drop the Face ID and the edge-to-edge display.

While we think if you are looking for a great top range phone to buy, the Samsung Galaxy S8 wins the day with the current prices. If you love the iPhones however it is up to you if you want to spend that amount of money on a mobile phone.

We do agree that overall the iPhone X looks like it will become the new best phone on the market, we feel the price of it is not justified. There is a small feel that it is increased by the Face ID feature that they have put in, designing hardware especially to the task. This feature can also reduce the battery life of the device as it still has to do a large amount of processing in order to determine who is looking at the phone. Another point to make about the Face ID, during the presentation it has failed to unlock the phone once, and this is a trend that the iris scanner has of it sometimes being slow and not practical for day to day use, but only time will tell of how well the Face ID stands to the task.

Another contender that enters this competitions is the revival of the note series of Samsung. The new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 pits well against them and has its own standout features and as always a really impressive screen.

As of October, Google has added its own phones to the range with the Pixel 2, which features stock Android which may appeal to some users. With the price tag being slightly lower that the one on its rivals, and the rest of the spec fairly similar it does make it even harder to choose the next phone to get.

LG has also made a great entry with its LG V30 phone, featuring top spec, no bezels and a great camera. Although this phone is priced a bit too steep, it does fare well with rivals from the main brands.

Even after all these worthy additions, the discounts to Samsung S8 make it the phone to buy for a general consumer. So if you are not an Apple fan or want a phone with the best camera, this will provide to be the best value for money for a top spec phone.

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