The two best phones of 2017 head to head – iPhone 7 or Samsung Galaxy S8

It is a question on millions of phone lovers lips,which of 2017’s best phones is best in 2018? We compare the two phones and see which one is a great bargain!

Here we will compare iPhone and Samsung models and tell you if you should buy the iPhone 7 or Samsung Galaxy S8.

iPhone 7 or Samsung Galaxy S8
iPhone 7 or Samsung Galaxy S8


Best Display

Let’s just remember the fact that the Samsung S8 is a 2017 phone, while the iPhone 7 is a 2016 phone. However, there is a massive difference between these two flagships regarding display.


Samsung S8 –

  • 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display
  • 83.6% screen-to-body ratio
  • 2960 x 1440 pixels (570 ppi pixel density)
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5

iPhone 7 –

  • 4.7-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD
  • 65.6% screen-to-body ratio
  • 1334 x 750 pixels (326 ppi pixel density)

Quite spectacularly, Samsung’s new ‘Infinity Display’ is amazing, it’s in a different world compared to the iPhone 7’s screen. iPhone’s use of technology in their LCD Retina Display is phenomenal, the way they have added 3D touch and their own retina display to make, what people would say is an older screen, look bright and sharp! While it’s impressive at how good their screens are for using that technology, it’s still way behind compared to the new AMOLED screens on the market. Samsung’s display is nearly 20% bigger than iPhones, it is brighter, sharper and has HDR (high definition range) on its screen which offers better contrast by far. In short, there can only be one winner here.

iPhone 7 or Samsung Galaxy S8 display:

WINNER: Samsung Galaxy S8 has the best display; you can’t argue that their new screen is the best around.

Best Camera:


Samsung S8-

  • 12MP with f/1.7 aperture & 26mm lens (rear camera)
  • phase detection autofocus
  • 4K Video and auto HDR
  • Videos at 2160p@30fps / 1080p@60fps
  • 8MP with f/1.7 aperture (front camera)

iPhone 7 –

  • 12MP with f/1.8 aperture &  28mm lens (rear camera)
  • phase detection autofocus
  • 4K Video and HDR ready
  • Videos at 2160p@30fps / 1080p@30/60/120p
  • 7MP with f/2.2 aperture (front camera

Apple has been behind for a while in low light pictures, and they still haven’t caught up

Rear Camera: Both the Samsung and the iPhone have a 12-megapixel camera, with different apertures and software that makes the difference. The rear camera battle is a close one, and the Samsung S8 manages to over-saturate which is a bad thing, but the iPhone 7 washes out shots which ends up making the image look a bit dull. Praised for having a brilliant camera, I was quite disappointed at how many greys there was in the pictures of the iPhone 7. Apple has been behind for a while in low light photos, and they still haven’t caught up, the Samsung S8 impressed me a lot with the images I captured in low light.

Image Credit – Recombu

Front facing/Selfie camera: Selfies are here to stay, and many phone manufacturers have started to go for the front facing camera to keep people happy. While Samsung and Apple are not the greatest in this sector (Oppo has a 16MP front camera), I’m impressed with both! The Samsung camera has an 8MP sensor while the iPhone has a 7MP sensor, making selfies top notch. Samsung has added a cheeky feature which is a blatant copy of snap chat as it now has filters which allow you to put funny faces and styles over your face; which is a big crowd pleaser to everyone. The iPhone is still just behind the Samsung in quality though as the Samsung had more vivid and sharper shots. Not to mention that the Galaxy S8 now has iris scanning and facial recognition added to their front facing cameras.

iPhone 7 or Samsung Galaxy S8 camera:

WINNER: Samsung Galaxy S8 has the best camera; It’s a close race, but the Samsung S8 has all the added value needed for modern camera usage.

Battery Life:


Samsung S8 –

  • 3000 mAh battery (non-removable)
  • Up to 20 hours talk time (3G)
  • Up to 67 hours with music playing

iPhone 7 –

  • 1,960 mAh battery (non-removable)
  • Up to 14 hours talk time (3G)
  • Up to 40 hours with music playing

Samsung S8: Samsung is very inconsistent when it comes to their batteries. The Galaxy S5 had an impressive battery life, but then the S6 was a huge disappointment, where the S7 showed promise the S8 has struggled. You will not be able to get through a full day of heavy usage on the S8, but the main culprit is that massive new screen on its front. The S8 has used the same battery amount as the S7 (3000mAh) which you would have thought they would have improved due to the screen size increase. Never the less, Samsung charging is brilliant, it can go from 0-50% in under 20 odd minutes which is very fast, you can get a full charge done in little over an hour! The S8’s wireless charging is quicker than the iPhone 7’s bog standard, oops.

iPhone 7: You have to feel sorry for the regular size iPhones, the iPhone Plus delivers leading battery life while the smaller iPhones struggle with heavy usage such as gaming. Apple need to start putting bigger batteries in their iPhones, the iPhone 7 has a 1,960 mAh battery, which is just not enough. The iOS system is efficient, but it still is not sufficient. The charging times of the iPhone 7’s are nearly double that of the Samsung S8 which is embarrassing.

iPhone 7 or Samsung Galaxy S8 battery life:

WINNER: Samsung Galaxy S8 has the best battery life; Both have room for improvement, but the Samsung Galaxy S8 has increased charging speed and wireless charging.



Samsung S8 –

  • Weight: 155 grams
  • Dimensions: 148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0 mm
  • IP68 certified
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • MicroSD slot

iPhone 7 –

  • Weight: 138 grams
  • Dimensions: 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm
  • IP67 certified
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • No headphone jack

There is a stark contrast in designs when you put them both together, the Samsung Galaxy S8 has a very futuristic style while the iPhone has a traditional style. The iPhone 7 dimensions are 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm and it weighs 138 grams, it is lighter than the Galaxy S8 (155g) and smaller too (Samsung: 148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0 mm) This is great if you prefer a smaller phone that fits in your hand without being too heavy, however the Samsung does have a massive screen in comparison which is outstanding when you see how compact they have made that screen,it has a 5% larger display than the iPhone 7 plus! Furthermore, the Samsung is a lot more comfortable in your hand due to its ergonomics and curved edges but the major let down is where they’ve put the finger print scanner… right next to the camera, expect a smudged camera! The iPhone only has an IP67 rating which means that it is dust tight and is protected against water immersion, which is ok and good enough, however, the Samsung S8 has an IP68 rating which means that it is dust tight and is protected against complete and continuous submersion in water. I would not go swimming with the iPhone 7.

iPhone 7 or Samsung Galaxy S8 design:

iPhone 7 or Samsung Galaxy S8: Your choice, Samsung is the most innovative and Apple have stood still with their designs for years. However, people love that it’s the same and not everyone likes all of the curved design styles.


Phone specs (UK)

Samsung S8:

  • Exynos 8895 chipset (4x 2.3 GHz & 4x 1.7 GHz CPU’s)
  • ARM Mali-G71MP20 GPU
  • 4GB RAM

iPhone 7:

  • Apple A10 Fusion Chipset: Quad Core CPU (2.34 GHz – 2x Hurricane + 2x Zephyr)
  • Six Core PowerVR Series7XT Plus GPU
  • 2GB RAM

Apples greatest strength

Apple is well known for its brilliant and fast software, iPhone 7 offers a very smooth and sleek software experience. Samsung however still have work to do, Samsung S8’s ship with an older version of Android software and its phone is filled with copies of traditional android apps and bloatware which just ruins the experience. iOS is still the leader and while Android is catching up, Samsung still insist on making it their own which in fact just makes it worse. Bixby is potentially a good thing for Samsung but at this time, it’s not ready for the limelight and not up to scratch compared to Siri. Samsung does have aces up its sleeve though, due to it being a 2017 phone, it does include Bluetooth 5.0 which is 2x quicker and has a 4x range of the Bluetooth that iPhone 7 users will enjoy (Bluetooth 4.2) Furthermore, it has 4G speeds up to one gigabit which is very fast.

iPhone 7 or Samsung Galaxy S8:

WINNER: iPhone 7, even though it’s an older phone, its software is fantastic which gives it a quicker and smoother experience over the Galaxy S8.


iPhone 7 or Samsung Galaxy 8

While the Samsung Galaxy S8 is the winner of most of the categories, it is a tough job to call. People prefer Apple due to its sleek software and let’s be honest, it’s a trending fashion icon, you can’t beat that. It all depends on what you want out of a phone and which of these phones is to your taste. In my own opinion, I would rather have the S8 due to its screen and camera but that’s my own opinion. Hopefully, this post allows you to narrow down your choice and pick which one you believe is better.

Get the iPhone 7 

Get the Samsung Galaxy S8