Samsung Galaxy S8 Vs. Apple iPhone 8: Clash of The Smartphone Titans 2017

July 26, 2017 Samsung Galaxy S8 Vs Apple iPhone 8 @TheRoyaleIndia 811 0 0

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The mere mention of the words Apple and Android sets off debates so vehement that they can make Arnab Goswami’s monologues seem calm and composed. The Android versus iOS debate rivals the Science versus Religion arguments of old, with both sides armed to the teeth with their own strengths and the opponent’s flaws. The fact that Apple can take on an entire generation of Android smartphones single handed, and still more than hold its ground is testament to how loved and widely accepted the brand is.

Ever since the advent of the Android generation, there has been one company that has consistently broken new ground and pushed the envelope when it comes to design and features. It has been the flagbearer for Android, and its rivalry with Apple over the past decade is one that has captured the imagination of techies and the general public alike. This company is Samsung!

The fact that both companies have similar ambitions has put them at loggerheads from the very beginning. While Samsung does have a slightly more inclusive mindset, which is evident from their range of products catering to people across all shopping sensibilities, its offerings in the premium smartphone segment are more than competitive. In recent years, their premium offerings have more than given Apple a run for their money, and in some quarters even surpassed them, both in terms of critical acclaim and actual sales.

Within the tide of conformism and blind acceptance of every product that Apple releases, recent years have seen more open dissent. Several users have questioned several of Apple’s less popular features that have irked users for years. Generic justifications such as “That’s how Apple is” and “Security concerns” have been dismissed, and users have begun to demand more from their phones.

Clash of Viewpoints

In a market flooded with cheap and powerful devices that guarantee performance and quality, several users have begun to question why they should pay so much for an iPhone when they can get the same levels of performance for a fraction of the price. These budget smartphones come without the constraints that iOS generally lays on its users. The gradual rise of this anti-Apple sentiment has played right into Samsung’s hands.

Samsung’s range of premium smartphones not only guarantees quality which is on par with Apple, but also the prestige quotient and admiring glances that an iPhone owner gets. Coupled with the user-friendly and customizable Android UI, Samsung has gradually been able to eat into Apple’s share with its incisive and focussed forays into the market. This is especially evident in the overwhelming reaction to its recent premium smartphone models.

The well-documented Note 7 debacle, which was preceded by Apple Inc. successfully winning a plagiarism lawsuit against them had been a setback of gargantuan proportions for Samsung. But the hallmark of any successful enterprise is to take any pitfall, no matter how bad, in its stride and come back stronger. After the literal meltdown caused by Note 7 last year, Samsung had to deal with the fact that their products had caused harm to life and property. The news was dominated by headlines stating that Note 7 devices were banned on airplanes and that Samsung recalled them by the million, desperately aiming to salvage something from the mess. The negative attention and subsequent perception of Samsung as an unsafe and unreliable brand could have ended most enterprises. But Samsung dealt with it as gracefully as they possibly could have. Details of their internal investigations were made public, and every individual who had faced any inconvenience due to this technical anomaly was adequately and visibly compensated. Samsung has gone a long way towards rebuilding credibility with the S8. This display of guts and honesty was appreciated by customers, even though Samsung incurred millions in losses and damage limitation. And if the reaction to the latest offering Samsung Galaxy S8 is anything to go by, Samsung’s woes are well and truly behind them!

Samsung Galaxy S8: Class REDEFINED

The Samsung Galaxy S8 has been unanimously labelled as “the most beautiful smartphone on the planet” by several revered and respected names in the technology industry. Considering the sheer volume of good looking smartphones in today’s industry, that definitely is saying something. But do not be fooled, the S8 isn’t just another pretty boy. It packs monstrous performance under the hood. Given below is the list of major specs of the S8:

  • Display: 5.8 and 6.2in 2960×1440 Super AMOLED Display

  • Storage: 64GB internal, 256GB expandable

  • CPU and RAM: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Samsung Exynos 8895 Processor, 4GB RAM

  • Front Camera: 8MP with autofocus

  • Rear Camera: 12MP, 4K video recording, optical image stabilization.

  • Iris scanner

  • Wireless charging

Several smartphones have released in recent years which have looked impressive on paper, but absolute damp squibs when it came to actual performance. But within just a few weeks of its release in April, the absolute outpouring of positive feedback dispelled any lingering apprehensions. Both the S8 and its larger sibling the S8 Plus pack 4 GB of RAM, and the Indian version has the Exynos 8895 processor, which is an absolute beast! Even graphic heavy games such as Asphalt 8 run seamlessly on it, with the processor ensuring an optimum balance between performance and battery consumption.

The smaller S8 boasts a massive 5.8-inch screen, while its larger counterpart boasts 6.2 inches of super AMOLED viewing pleasure. Colors and hues are displayed in such exquisite detail and perfection, with the Samsung trademark “Infinity Display” well and truly living up to its pre-release hype. Samsung had earmarked the new display as a key point of differentiation from all its rivals, and looking at it, it is obvious why! The rest of the body is all clean lines and curves, with the glass body enhancing aesthetics while making it easy to hold and non-slippery.

The S8 comes with a 3000 maH battery while the S8+ has a 3500 maH power source. Both these phones come with both wireless charging and quick charging inbuilt, with charging cycles from 0 to 100% consistently less than 2 hours.

What the 12 MP back camera and 8 MP front camera lack in terms of number of megapixels, they certainly make up for with performance. The cameras in both the devices are good, if not better than, the iPhone 7 and Google Pixel cameras. They adapt quickly to changes in light, and focus almost instantaneously, allowing even newbie photographers to click pics worthy of pros.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Vs. Apple iPhone 8: Clash of The Smartphone Titans 2017

Apple’s Reply to the Samsung Behemoth

It’s almost September and techies all over the globe are already drooling at the prospect of the new iPhone. Being the tenth anniversary of the inaugural iPhone, Apple is expected to leave no stone unturned to ensure that this iteration of the iPhone is revolutionary. There is also an additional pressure on Apple to blow its competition out of the water due to the sheer number of brands now encroaching on what was once undisputed Apple territory. The i8 is expected to have the following features

5.8″ OLED display

Faster A11 processor

Glass body

Edge-to-edge display

Facial Recognition, perhaps replacing Touch ID

No Home button

Wireless charging

Three models – One OLED, two standard

These purported design changes, coupled with the incorporation of several pending hardware elements, have Apple fans on edge, with several industry insiders claiming that the i8 is going to redefine smartphones. The wireless charging factor in particular has set online discussion forums on fire. This feature was expected on iPhones much sooner though, with the iWatch boasting this feature way back in 2014.

Where the S8 Holds The Edge

While much fanfare is being made over the features of the iPhone 8 even before it is released, it must be noted that no official confirmation regarding the features has been forthcoming from Apple. Several rumors that Apple is struggling to get the iPhone ready on time for the launch have also been doing the rounds. Seamless integration of these new features is purported to be more challenging than Apple expected, and the launch may even be delayed by a few weeks or months.

A lot of the positive perception Apple enjoys is down to its superior build quality and reliability. But it does go without saying that Samsung is eons ahead in terms of incorporation of new hardware. Wireless charging has been around since the launch of the s5, and now with the launch of the S8, wireless charging technology is an expected feature rather than a surprise inclusion.

Facial and iris recognition have also been included, and it works perfectly. This is again a testament to the level of technical expertise Samsung possesses. A quick glance through all the expected features that the iPhone 8 will reportedly possess and all the features of the Galaxy S8 is self-explanatory! Each feature that Apple is supposedly struggling to integrate into its device, Samsung already has with aplomb! And the processor in the S8 has shown itself to be capable of handling anything and everything thrown at it without breaking a sweat! The level of sophistication and finesse in the OS and general user experience, are identical to, if not better than, the very best Apple devices.

The fact that Apple will reportedly offer OLED displays and glass bodies only on its most premium i8 models again reflects positively on Samsung. Samsung AMOLED screens have been around for quite some time, and they are now considered the benchmark on display screens. Most iterations of the i8 will most probably contain retina screens, which are a huge step down from the picture quality and detail on the AMOLEDs.

The Gear VR devices, in association with Oculus, are redefining the Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality experience. It is by far the best virtual reality experience currently offered on a smartphone, and it will take a Herculean effort from Apple to match, let alone surpass it.

And the most obvious advantage, S8 still offers a 3.5mm audio jack. You are free to use your favorite headphones with this device, allowing you to tailor the music or general audio experience to your preference. Several users have seen Apple’s decision to do away with the jack as restrictive and inconsiderate of user preferences. This gives the S8 a clear edge!

The Final Verdict …Or Is It?

Both these stalwarts of the smartphone industry initially had clear strengths and differences, which largely shaped buying patterns. But in recent years, their weaknesses have diminished, and quality has seen an almost exponential increase. This might spell bad news for competitors, but it is definitely awesome news for the consumer!

The only thing left to do is leave this world of hypothesis and conjecture and wait for the release of the iPhone 8! One thing is for sure, the future of smartphones sure looks good

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