With Samsung’s Galaxy S8 now unveiled, Apple’s iPhone 7 finally has a true competitor. With the iPhone 8 still almost six months away from its official unveiling, you really should reconsider your decision of buying the iPhone 7 now that the Samsung Galaxy S8 has been released.
The Galaxy S8 has a six months ‘technological’ edge over the iPhone 7. But is it necessarily better? Let’s find out.
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In terms of design, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is the clear winner. The handset’s bezel-less design with its Infinity Display at the front gives it a very futuristic look, which the iPhone 7 is simply not able to match with its three-year-old design now. The bezel-less design also ensures that the Galaxy S8 is more compact than its 5.8-inch screen size would suggest. The handset features an all-glass design with a metallic chassis, which gives it a premium look and feel. The design is the same as the one that Samsung debuted with the Galaxy S6 in 2015, but it has been tweaked by the company to make it more ergonomic friendly. Plus, the new color options that Samsung has launched the phone in further helps freshen things up.
Both phones are dust and water-resistant, though the Galaxy S8 has a better IP certification than the iPhone 7. The former’s IP68 rating means that it can be submerged in up to 30mins of fresh water for up to 1.5m depth, while the iPhone 7’s IP67 certification means that it can only be submerged in fresh water for 15mins with a maximum depth of 1m.
The bezel-less design and the Infinity Display also allow the Galaxy S8 to pack in a larger and superior display than the iPhone 7. The handset comes with a 5.8-inch curved Super AMOLED panel with (2960 x 1440) QHD+ resolution and an 18.5:9 aspect ratio. This new aspect ratio is better suited for multitasking and aids one-handed use as well. As for the display quality, Display Mate rated the Infinity Display as A+ — the highest rating ever awarded by them to any display panel. And as if the high resolution, brightness, and contrast levels of the display were not already impressive enough, the Galaxy S8’s Infinity Display is also the first smartphone display to be Dolby Vision and HDR-10 certified.
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