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Samsung Galaxy S9 Vs. iPhone 8

iPhone 8 or the Samsung Galaxy S9: Which is better? Find out in this guide

Samsung Galaxy S9 Vs. iPhone 8

Apple and Samsung have been butting heads in the battle of the flagship for years, trying to one-up each other at every annual release. With the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S9, the fan squabble over the better phone starts all over again. So which is it: the iPhone 8 or the Samsung Galaxy S9?

Samsung Galaxy S9 vs iPhone 8: Design

Both the iPhone 8 and Samsung Galaxy S9 look almost identical to their predecessors, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as both are among the best-looking you can buy. This does make it a tricky contest to judge, however.

It shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise to hear that the Galaxy S9 takes the crown in the design department. That’s because it’s armed with a stunning edge-to-edge screen. The iPhone 8, on the other hand, touts a standard 16:9 panel that’s sandwiched in between some sizeable bezel; dead space occupies the top and bottom, and either side, of the 4.7-inch high-resolution LCD screen.

For starters, both phones are pretty fragile, having delicate front and backs made out of glass. The iPhone 8 comes in Space Grey, Silver and Gold. The S9 on the other hand, comes in some more adventurous colours: Midnight Black, Lilac Purple and Coral Blue.

There is definitely more screen over bezel on the S9 compared to the iPhone 8, which looks a bit more stylish, but that means no physical home button on the S9, with the fingerprint scanner relegated to the back side.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Vs. iPhone 8

The Samsung Galaxy S9 is IP68 dust and water-resistant, while the iPhone 8 is IP67 rated. Both phones can resist the elements, but while the iPhone 8 can be submerged for half an hour in one metre of water, the Galaxy S9 can be submerged in 1.5 metres of water for the same amount of time. There’s not really much setting that apart, since we wouldn’t recommend swimming with either phones

As for wireless charging, Samsung’s Galaxy phones have had the feature for years, and that’s no different for the Samsung Galaxy S9. Thankfully, Apple has finally introduced it into the iPhone 8, so that’s an important step towards parity.

The one thing that might be a deal breaker for some of you is that beloved 3.5mm headphone jack. While Apple seems to have done away with the headphone jack on its iPhones for good, including the iPhone 8, lots of people will be pleased to hear that the Galaxy S9 still has one. The Galaxy S9 is a true contrarian here, as the nearly every other Android flagship seems to have already killed it, or be in the process of doing so.

They both look beautiful, but the extra screen and headphone jack gives Samsung the edge.

Samsung Galaxy S9 vs iPhone 8: Display

The Samsung Galaxy S9’s display is stupendous, and is one of the best screens on the market, making it difficult for the iPhone 8 to really compete.

The S9 has a 5.8in Quad-HD AMOLED (2,960 x 1,440 resolution) display with 567.5ppi. It’s pretty much the same as the Galaxy S8. The only difference being that the bezels on the top and bottom have been reduced very slightly, so there’s even more screen real estate.

The iPhone 8 display is smaller than the S9 and, unfortunately, isn’t OLED like the iPhone X. Boasting a 4.7in (1,334 x 750 resolution) IPS display with 326ppi, it might not sound as spectacular as the Galaxy S9, but it certainly manages to hold its own. The iPhone 8 is the first iPhone to take advantage of Apple’s TrueTone technology (first found on the iPad Pro), meaning the colours blend in with the environment and are more natural to look at. There’s just a lot more adjustable display settings on the S9 – from colour profiles to the screen resolution itself, which pushes it over the edge.

As for brightness, with the Galaxy S9, we recorded an impressive automatic maximum brightness of 992cd/m2, with a peak manual brightness of 465cd/m2. While with the iPhone 8, we recorded a maximum brightness of 577cd/m2.

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Battery Life and Performance

The Galaxy S9 is armed with Samsung’s much-anticipated state-of-the-art Exynos 9810 CPU in Europe and Qualcomm’s brand new Snapdragon 845 CPU in North Amerca. The iPhone 8, meanwhile, has Apple’s five-month-old A11 Bionic CPU. That comes with 4GB of RAM on the former and 2GB on the latter. The Galaxy S9 also has a dedicated Mali-G72 MP18 GPU, overpowering Apple’s all-in-one solution.

The iPhone 8 uses Apple’s six-core A11 Bionic processor, with an M11 co-processor and neural engine.

The Samsung Galaxy S9’s battery capacity hasn’t changed from the S8. At 3,000mAh capacity, it will last for just over a day, which is slightly disappointing. While the iPhone 8’s 1,821mAh battery is considerably smaller, the phone seems to manage a decent show of it, and usually managed to clear the day.

Samsung Galaxy S9 vs iPhone 8: Camera

This is where the Galaxy S9 really shines. It’s got a 12-megapixel rear camera with an aperture of f/1.5, making it the brightest camera on any smartphone ever. The iPhone 8 isn’t too far behind, also boasting a 12-megapixel rear camera, but instead with a slightly narrower aperture of f/1.8.

The S9 also has a nifty new aperture adjustment feature. When there’s enough light, the camera will automatically shift to f/2.4, giving photos a touch more detail.

As for camera features, Both the S9 and iPhone 8 have optical image stabilisation, but other than that, there’ nothing that really makes the iPhone 8 stand out like the Galaxy S9’s automatic aperture shift, or its super slow-motion video recording.

iPhone 8 Vs. Samsung Galaxy S9

The S9’s fancy new super slow-motion video recording capabilities means that it can record 720p footage at an insane 960fps. With that, it can drag out 0.2 seconds of footage to a whole six seconds. Both phones can record in 4K resolution, however, but the slow-motion video capabilities really blow the iPhone 8 out of the water.

As for the phones’ front-facing cameras, the iPhone 8 has a 7-megapixel camera, while the Galaxy S9 has an 8-megapixel one. With the new handsets, Samsung has introduced AR Emoji. While this feels like it may be inspired by the success of Apple’s Animoji, these are exclusive to the iPhone X, so aren’t part of this comparison. While AR Emoji themselves are a bit hit and miss, at least the S9 has the functionality, whereas with Apple, it’s exclusive to the iPhone X.

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Storage

The Samsung Galaxy S9 also allows you to expand the standard 64GB internal storage, supporting micro-SD sizes up to 400GB. As expected, Apple has not relaxed its longstanding objection to expandable storage, so you’re stuck with either 64 or 256GB of space, depending on the model you buy.

iPhone 8 has half the RAM of the S9, but out performance tests still gave the iPhone 8 a very slight edge. In real world conditions, 99% of people would not notice a difference.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 also allows you to expand the standard 64GB internal storage, supporting micro-SD sizes up to 400GB. As expected, Apple has not relaxed its longstanding objection to expandable storage, so you’re stuck with either 64 or 256GB of space, depending on the model you buy.

Price

Pricing for the Galaxy S9 is set at £739 for the standard 5.8-inch variant and £869 for the 6.2-inch Plus model. The iPhone 8, on the other hand, starts at £699. That’s £40 less than Samsung’s, but for the extra cash, you get an awful lot more bang for your buck.

Summary

Design: The Galaxy S9 is the winner here with its futuristic edge-to-edge Infinity Display. The iPhone 8, for comparison, has a traditional 16:9 screen with considerable bezels either side. Both are constructed from a combination of aluminium and heavy-duty glass.

Specs: Samsung’s latest smartphone is armed with its state-of-the-art Exynos 9810 CPU in Europe and Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 CPU in North America, trumping Apple’s A11 Bionic CPU. It also has a better camera and expandable storage (via microSD).

Price: The Galaxy S9 starts at £739 for the standard 5.8-inch variant and £869 for the 6.2-inch Plus model. The Galaxy S7, however, can be had for £699.

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