Buyer's guide. Compare iPhone 7 and Galaxy S8

Back in the summer, a comparison of the iPhone 7 and Galaxy S8 appeared on our channel, but both in the comments and in letters the question is often asked, what to choose from these devices. For at least another year, such a comparison will not lose relevance, and Apple's new strategy involves extending the life of older models, so given the falling cost, the comparison may come in handy even in 2019.

At the very beginning, I want to make a reservation that if a person has a certain conviction that brand A is noticeably better than B, or vice versa, then there is no point in convincing him of the opposite, this is a waste of time. And this material is not intended to convince you of anything, and it is impossible. Each of you has your own scenarios for using devices, and what is important to one is completely unimportant to another. And no one will prioritize correctly for you. Consider this Buyer's Guide, as before, as a guide that shows the strengths and weaknesses of each device, but only you can put all the pros and cons into a single picture of the world. This is your choice, and also what is important only for you. Let's go!

Content

The issue price is the gray and white markets

In the official Apple store, the iPhone 7 costs 43,990 and 51,990 rubles for the 32 and 128 GB versions, respectively.

But note that many Apple partners sell these devices much cheaper, they can be found at 39,990 and 48,990 rubles, which is close enough to the prices of the gray market, which is a couple of thousand rubles lower. Federal retail competes with the gray market and therefore reduces the cost of the iPhone 7 quite aggressively. The next price cut will take place in the spring of 2018, until then prices will be stable.

In Russia, only one 64 GB version of the Galaxy S8 is sold, the price in the official retail and the company's store is 49,990 rubles. But on the market the same device can be found at prices almost 10 thousand rubles lower, in particular, this price almost constantly appears in MTS, the operator holds sales. During periods of sales from MTS, prices for other players also fall. On the gray market, the model costs about 40 thousand rubles. The next official price reduction can be expected before the New Year in the form of promotions, in February - as a permanent decrease in the cost of the device.

Retail sales dynamics, gray market

To estimate the demand for these models, let's take a look at retail sales in official channels, for this I took the sales figures for the previous 8 weeks and calculated the average weekly value. To remove the error of sales during Black Friday, when sales of the Galaxy S8 increased by 2.5 times, and for the iPhone 7, on the contrary, decreased, I did not take into account this week. In the end, the discount of 8,000 rubles for the S8 is significant, but there were no such discounts for the iPhone, now the prices have returned to the previous level, they are indicated above.

Average weekly sales of iPhone 7 32GB/128GB and Galaxy S8 64GB
iPhone 7 32GB< /td> iPhone 7 128GB Galaxy S8 64GB
Average sales per week*, pieces 1350 3700 5700
Share in % of the market in pieces 0.3 0.8 1.2
Share in % of the market in money 0.9 2.5 3.6
Gray market in % of official sales 4% 9% 14%
* average of 8 weeks in October and November
Source: Mobile Research Group

At the end of 2017, the iPhone 7 is the company's best-selling device in the segment above 40 thousand rubles. Sales in unit terms are close to those of the Galaxy S8, they are quite comparable in their impact on the market, they act on equal terms. For comparison, iPhone 8 sales are more than two times lower, this device is not popular. Those wishing to verify this data in an independent source can look at the panel from GFK Rus for eight weeks, including October and November, up to the Black Friday week, the data will be as close as possible.

Design, dimensions, device features

The appearance of any device is a matter of taste, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I will only note that the iPhone 7 has a rather ancient design, it began in the iPhone 6, that is, it has been in operation for three years, so for many it is familiar and to some extent boring. The Galaxy S8 has a new infinity display (that's a model-specific marketing term, not a screen specification) that looks a little different than previous models and is pretty easy to tell apart, especially by the missing button on the front.

Let's compare the sizes and weights of the phones and other features.

Dimensions and other features of compared smartphones
iPhone 7 Galaxy S8
Case material Metal Glass
Dimensions, mm 138.3x67.1x7.1 148.9x68.1x8
Weight, grams 138< /td> 155
Water resistant IP67 IP68

I like the metal case of the iPhone, it is more practical, it does not leave traces of hands (but you can’t implement wireless charging, but more on that below). Due to the smaller diagonal of the screen, the iPhone is more compact and at the same time weighs less. But in the hands of the iPhone, on the contrary, it feels more weighty, due to the smaller case. Due to the rounding of the case in the S8, both on the front and rear panels, it fits perfectly in the hand, like a glove. The iPhone 7 has no problem holding it, it's just a little less comfortable. But you will understand this only with a direct comparison, the devices must be held in your hands (and, of course, a lot also depends on the size of your hands, the smaller your hands, the faster you will notice the difference).

But in any case, it is impossible to assume that there is some striking difference in the ergonomics of these devices based on their dimensions. They are approximately the same and in this aspect are perceived plus or minus equal.

The branded lever on the iPhone 7 on the left side allows you to turn off all sounds and notifications on the device in one movement, which is convenient, there is nothing like this in Samsung. On the side of the S8 there is a Bixby button that cannot be reassigned, and the voice assistant itself is still raw and not in Russian, but you can call up a screen with a prompt tape (a sluggish analogue of Google Now, which most consumers do not need, the button will disappear idle for now).< /p>

The speakers in the devices are approximately the same, there is no difference in sound level or quality, they are quite comparable.

Biometrics - phone access

The iPhone has a traditional fingerprint sensor, it is located on the front panel and is extremely convenient: touch it - the phone is unlocked. There are no false clicks, vibration imitates a button - a great solution.

In the Galaxy S8, the sensor is inconvenient for those who are used to the company's previous devices, it was also located on the front surface, but now it has moved to the camera on the back side.

Unusual. But due to the size of the S8, it is not difficult to find the sensor and click on it, a matter of habit. Hair Beauty in Central Region is not as comfortable as on iPhone, that's a fact. You have to get used to it. Alternatively, there is a face unlock (fast or as secure as possible). Hacking this unlocking method is difficult or almost impossible, and it works quickly. In complete darkness, this method does not work. The phone learns and unlocks faster and faster over time. Those who are very worried about safety can use the iris scanner, it works even in complete darkness, it has IR illumination. In my opinion, this is unnecessary and enough face unlock (at the same time, a fingerprint is used for banking programs, it’s more convenient and easier).

Detailed analysis of the screen of each smartphone from DisplayMate:

Now a few comments about screens. As for me, the iPhone 7 has an excellent IPS-matrix, which produces a very good picture. In the bright sun, the screen becomes blind, there's nothing to be done. Those who want to try VR should forget about the iPhone: neither the resolution nor the screen size will allow you to enjoy it. In Samsung, the resolution is such that it can be considered the minimum convenient for this. Considering that the Galaxy S8 has a noticeably better sensor than the iPhone X, whose screen is so praised by many today, I think it can be logically concluded that the iPhone 7 is inferior in screen (remembering that many claim that there was nothing like it before the iPhone X there was no iPhone and this screen is the ultimate dream).

For me, it is important to have the AlwaysOn Display mode, you do not have to turn on the phone to see the time and notifications. However, you can disable this option if you consider it unnecessary, the device traditionally has an LED indicator (the iPhone also traditionally does not).

In S8, you can find the maximum number of settings for the screen to make it work the way you want. The iPhone 7 does not have anything like this, and True Tone appears in the next generation and, in my opinion, works noticeably worse than the “Adaptive Mode” on the S8. It is enough to compare the screens in real life to make a judgment, I believe that high resolution, large diagonal do their job, it is more comfortable to watch movies, read news on websites, scroll through Twitter on the S8.

But it's possible that your use cases suggest that a small screen is better. Here everyone chooses his own and for himself.

Battery

A head-to-head comparison of battery capacity will give us absolutely nothing, since smartphones have different operating systems and they behave differently in different scenarios. I tried to alternate two fresh smartphones, one day I went out with one device, the second day with another - it lasted a couple of weeks. My day starts at 8 am, when the smartphone is removed from the charger. On average, the S8 sat down with my fairly heavy load by 4 pm, but the iPhone lasted until 6-7 pm. If you give smartphones to children and they start playing, then the devices will “die” in about 4 hours, there are no differences.

It is necessary to take into account the scenarios of how the devices are used. If I'm in a car, I use wireless charging, just automatically put the phone in the place allotted for it by the automaker. Depending on the duration of the road, the device is charged from 10 to 50%. I have never had a situation where the S8 needed to be charged urgently somewhere in the city. Another important point is the presence of fast charging, in 15 minutes you can get about 35% of the battery charge, the device is fully charged in an hour with a penny. The iPhone takes just over two hours to fully charge.

Unfortunately, the iPhone 7 is a very "ancient" device in terms of how it works with the battery, no additional and really working power saving modes (the one that is, does not help much). In the Galaxy S8, the power saving mode significantly extends the battery life.

Music and 3.5 mm jack

The iPhone does not have a standard 3.5 mm jack, which, in my opinion, is bad and forces you to use an adapter.

I see it as a real collective farm, and I'm not going to throw out high-quality, expensive headphones just because of Apple's desire to promote its proprietary connector. Therefore, the presence of a 3.5 mm jack is a strong argument in favor of the Galaxy S8. Both devices play music well, on the Android side it supports any format, while on the iPhone it's not so simple and easy.

Memory and second SIM

The 32 GB version of the iPhone is suitable for anyone who takes little pictures, does not watch TV shows for the seasons, and mostly uses the phone for calls, as well as communication. The inability to expand the memory makes your choice limited, you need to immediately decide how much to purchase. The Galaxy S8 has 64 GB of internal storage, which is the best option, especially considering that you can install a memory card of any size at any time, up to 256 GB. This approach is closer to me, since you are free to choose later the amount of memory that you need, or put a second SIM card instead of microSD, which is still fantastic for the iPhone.

Camera

Traditionally, the iPhone camera works on the principle of "point and shoot", while in Galaxy, in addition to this mode, there are many settings that allow you to take pictures in difficult conditions, if, of course, you love and know how to take pictures. It's still the same approach where the Galaxy out of the box gives all the same as the iPhone, but upon closer examination it offers much more.

Below you can look at sample shots, I want to note that when shooting macro at night, the Galaxy S8 wins. If you shoot moving kids, sports (in normal mode, not "Sports", in which everything is fine), then the victory is for the iPhone 7. Each device has its pros and cons, I like the camera in S8, as it turns out more the number of high-quality photos with less effort. But to say that cameras differ very much in the eyes of the average consumer is impossible.

iPhone 7 / Galaxy S8

Comment by Roman Belykh:

Daytime. Detailing is approximately the same on both gadgets. However, Samsung applies the contour sharpening and high saturation values. Therefore, purely visually, the photograph becomes more like a colorful picture. For an ordinary user - good, for a person who decides to process a photo - no, since everything has already been twisted to the limit.

Samsung has better edge sharpness. It’s hard to say here: the stained peephole of the iPhone camera or really such a shooting. Sometimes Samsung does not cope well with backlight or the camera lens was dirty at that moment.

Low Light. The smartphone from Apple almost does not “fight” with noise, which is why the photo, although it becomes noisy and with artifacts, looks more or less natural. The device from Samsung strongly "presses" the noise, which makes the photo look a little plasticine.

Night. The undisputed leader is the Samsung S8: a fairly bright image, without noise and with a lot of details.

Total: I found the S8 camera to be more versatile, because it immediately makes the image so that you can admire it and “share” it on social networks without processing.

Performance

All iPhones have averaged animations, they work the same and noticeably slower in standard menus than Android flagships, including the Galaxy S8. Stereotypes in people's heads are still talking about some kind of mythical brakes, microlags on the flagships from Samsung, there is nothing of this in real life. Some problems may arise on exotic, little-spread software, but the curvature of programs has nothing to do with the system. With the release of iOS11, working with the iPhone 7 has become more problematic, there are too many errors and problems.

A short afterword

It's interesting how competition forces companies to develop and offer more and more new features. Despite the same cost of the iPhone 7 and Galaxy S8, these are products of different classes, the direct competitor for the S8 in almost all characteristics is the iPhone X, but it costs almost twice as much. Some strange competition is coming out. On the other hand, the image perception of the iPhone is still at a high level, and today the iPhone 7 is one of the best-selling models in the segment above 40 thousand rubles.

In our comparison, we touched on the main functions, but did not talk about the comparison of software platforms at all, this is a separate and rich topic. I will only note that the complexity of Android is imaginary, and all services are available both on one and on the other system. Therefore, choose based on your needs and what you like, what you want to use. The sales statistics this year are interesting and show that the majority of buyers in Russia are starting to choose. What choice you make does not depend on these statistics, but on your needs, and here no one advises you. Good luck.

Buyer's guide. Compare iPhone 7 and Galaxy S8

Back in the summer, a comparison of the iPhone 7 and Galaxy S8 appeared on our channel, but both in the comments and in letters the question is often asked, what to choose from these devices. For at least another year, such a comparison will not lose relevance, and Apple's new strategy involves extending the life of older models, so given the falling cost, the comparison may come in handy even in 2019.

At the very beginning, I want to make a reservation that if a person has a certain conviction that brand A is noticeably better than B, or vice versa, then there is no point in convincing him of the opposite, this is a waste of time. And this material is not intended to convince you of anything, and it is impossible. Each of you has your own scenarios for using devices, and what is important to one is completely unimportant to another. And no one will prioritize correctly for you. Consider this Buyer's Guide, as before, as a guide that shows the strengths and weaknesses of each device, but only you can put all the pros and cons into a single picture of the world. This is your choice, and also what is important only for you. Let's go!

Content

The issue price is the gray and white markets

In the official Apple store, the iPhone 7 costs 43,990 and 51,990 rubles for the 32 and 128 GB versions, respectively.

But note that many Apple partners sell these devices much cheaper, they can be found at 39,990 and 48,990 rubles, which is close enough to the prices of the gray market, which is a couple of thousand rubles lower. Federal retail competes with the gray market and therefore reduces the cost of the iPhone 7 quite aggressively. The next price cut will take place in the spring of 2018, until then prices will be stable.

In Russia, only one 64 GB version of the Galaxy S8 is sold, the price in the official retail and the company's store is 49,990 rubles. But on the market the same device can be found at prices almost 10 thousand rubles lower, in particular, this price almost constantly appears in MTS, the operator holds sales. During periods of sales from MTS, prices for other players also fall. On the gray market, the model costs about 40 thousand rubles. The next official price reduction can be expected before the New Year in the form of promotions, in February - as a permanent decrease in the cost of the device.

Retail sales dynamics, gray market

To estimate the demand for these models, let's take a look at retail sales in official channels, for this I took the sales figures for the previous 8 weeks and calculated the average weekly value. To remove the error of sales during Black Friday, when sales of the Galaxy S8 increased by 2.5 times, and for the iPhone 7, on the contrary, decreased, I did not take into account this week. In the end, the discount of 8,000 rubles for the S8 is significant, but there were no such discounts for the iPhone, now the prices have returned to the previous level, they are indicated above.

Average weekly sales of iPhone 7 32GB/128GB and Galaxy S8 64GB
iPhone 7 32GB< /td> iPhone 7 128GB Galaxy S8 64GB
Average sales per week*, pieces 1350 3700 5700
Share in % of the market in pieces 0.3 0.8 1.2
Share in % of the market in money 0.9 2.5 3.6
Gray market in % of official sales 4% 9% 14%
* average of 8 weeks in October and November
Source: Mobile Research Group

At the end of 2017, the iPhone 7 is the company's best-selling device in the segment above 40 thousand rubles. Sales in unit terms are close to those of the Galaxy S8, they are quite comparable in their impact on the market, they act on equal terms. For comparison, iPhone 8 sales are more than two times lower, this device is not popular. Those wishing to verify this data in an independent source can look at the panel from GFK Rus for eight weeks, including October and November, up to the Black Friday week, the data will be as close as possible.

Design, dimensions, device features

The appearance of any device is a matter of taste, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I will only note that the iPhone 7 has a rather ancient design, it began in the iPhone 6, that is, it has been in operation for three years, so for many it is familiar and to some extent boring. The Galaxy S8 has a new infinity display (that's a model-specific marketing term, not a screen specification) that looks a little different than previous models and is pretty easy to tell apart, especially by the missing button on the front.

Let's compare the sizes and weights of the phones and other features.

Dimensions and other features of compared smartphones
iPhone 7 Galaxy S8
Case material Metal Glass
Dimensions, mm 138.3x67.1x7.1 148.9x68.1x8
Weight, grams 138< /td> 155
Water resistant IP67 IP68

I like the metal case of the iPhone, it is more practical, it does not leave traces of hands (but you can’t implement wireless charging, but more on that below). Due to the smaller diagonal of the screen, the iPhone is more compact and at the same time weighs less. But in the hands of the iPhone, on the contrary, it feels more weighty, due to the smaller case. Due to the rounding of the case in the S8, both on the front and rear panels, it fits perfectly in the hand, like a glove. The iPhone 7 has no problem holding it, it's just a little less comfortable. But you will understand this only with a direct comparison, the devices must be held in your hands (and, of course, a lot also depends on the size of your hands, the smaller your hands, the faster you will notice the difference).

But in any case, it is impossible to assume that there is some striking difference in the ergonomics of these devices based on their dimensions. They are approximately the same and in this aspect are perceived plus or minus equal.

The branded lever on the iPhone 7 on the left side allows you to turn off all sounds and notifications on the device in one movement, which is convenient, there is nothing like this in Samsung. On the side of the S8 there is a Bixby button that cannot be reassigned, and the voice assistant itself is still raw and not in Russian, but you can call up a screen with a prompt tape (a sluggish analogue of Google Now, which most consumers do not need, the button will disappear idle for now).< /p>

The speakers in the devices are approximately the same, there is no difference in sound level or quality, they are quite comparable.

Biometrics - phone access

The iPhone has a traditional fingerprint sensor, it is located on the front panel and is extremely convenient: touch it - the phone is unlocked. There are no false clicks, vibration imitates a button - a great solution.

In the Galaxy S8, the sensor is inconvenient for those who are used to the company's previous devices, it was also located on the front surface, but now it has moved to the camera on the back side.

Unusual. But due to the size of the S8, it is not difficult to find the sensor and click on it, a matter of habit. Hair Beauty in Central Region is not as comfortable as on iPhone, that's a fact. You have to get used to it. Alternatively, there is a face unlock (fast or as secure as possible). Hacking this unlocking method is difficult or almost impossible, and it works quickly. In complete darkness, this method does not work. The phone learns and unlocks faster and faster over time. Those who are very worried about safety can use the iris scanner, it works even in complete darkness, it has IR illumination. In my opinion, this is unnecessary and enough face unlock (at the same time, a fingerprint is used for banking programs, it’s more convenient and easier).

Which is more convenient? The issue is your habits. For the first month, I got so used to unlocking the device with my face that now I can’t imagine another option, this one is as convenient as possible. But not everyone thinks the same way, someone likes it the old fashioned way, with a finger, and then discomfort arises. Decide for yourself what is closer to you.

Display

With great pleasure I re-read the Buyer's Guide from a year ago, in which I compared the iPhone 7 and S7 EDGE, every third comment from an iPhone fan about the fact that AMOLED screens are bad, they have terrible colors and how good it is in Apple will never use such matrices. For some commentators, I even did a little work and saw how their opinion changed after the release of the iPhone X - it became diametrically opposed. What does marketing do with people and their beliefs…

But let's look at the table of screen characteristics and evaluate their capabilities, at least at first glance.

Comparison of iPhone 7 and Galaxy S8 displays
iPhone 7 Galaxy S8
Screen type IPS AMOLED
Diagonal, inches 4.7 5.8
Resolution, dots 1334x750 2960x1440 (possibility to lower screen resolution)
PPI 326 571
Screen geometry 16:9 18.5:9
Maximum Brightness Auto Nit 705 1000
Night mode Yes Yes
Additional modes No Adaptive screen and several image adjustment modes
Light sensor Front panel Two sensors, front and back panels (second for harsh environments)
Supports HDR content No Yes (first smartphone to support HDR)< /td>
Standby screen No Yes, AlwaysOn Display with notifications and the ability to set custom screensavers/clocks

Detailed analysis of the screen of each smartphone from DisplayMate:

Now a few comments about screens. As for me, the iPhone 7 has an excellent IPS-matrix, which produces a very good picture. In the bright sun, the screen becomes blind, there's nothing to be done. Those who want to try VR should forget about the iPhone: neither the resolution nor the screen size will allow you to enjoy it. In Samsung, the resolution is such that it can be considered the minimum convenient for this. Considering that the Galaxy S8 has a noticeably better sensor than the iPhone X, whose screen is so praised by many today, I think it can be logically concluded that the iPhone 7 is inferior in screen (remembering that many claim that there was nothing like it before the iPhone X there was no iPhone and this screen is the ultimate dream).

For me, it is important to have the AlwaysOn Display mode, you do not have to turn on the phone to see the time and notifications. However, you can disable this option if you consider it unnecessary, the device traditionally has an LED indicator (the iPhone also traditionally does not).

In S8, you can find the maximum number of settings for the screen to make it work the way you want. The iPhone 7 does not have anything like this, and True Tone appears in the next generation and, in my opinion, works noticeably worse than the “Adaptive Mode” on the S8. It is enough to compare the screens in real life to make a judgment, I believe that high resolution, large diagonal do their job, it is more comfortable to watch movies, read news on websites, scroll through Twitter on the S8.

But it's possible that your use cases suggest that a small screen is better. Here everyone chooses his own and for himself.

Battery

A head-to-head comparison of battery capacity will give us absolutely nothing, since smartphones have different operating systems and they behave differently in different scenarios. I tried to alternate two fresh smartphones, one day I went out with one device, the second day with another - it lasted a couple of weeks. My day starts at 8 am when the smartphone is removed from the charger. On average, the S8 sat down with my fairly heavy load by 4 pm, but the iPhone lasted until 6-7 pm. If you give smartphones to children and they start playing, then the devices will “die” in about 4 hours, there are no differences.

It is necessary to take into account the scenarios of how the devices are used. If I'm in a car, I use wireless charging, just automatically put the phone in the place allotted for it by the automaker. Depending on the duration of the road, the device is charged from 10 to 50%. I have never had a situation where the S8 needed to be charged urgently somewhere in the city. Another important point is the presence of fast charging, in 15 minutes you can get about 35% of the battery charge, the device is fully charged in an hour with a penny. The iPhone takes just over two hours to fully charge.

Unfortunately, the iPhone 7 is a very "ancient" device in terms of how it works with the battery, no additional and really working power saving modes (the one that is, does not help much). In the Galaxy S8, the power saving mode significantly extends the battery life.

Music and 3.5 mm jack

The iPhone does not have a standard 3.5 mm jack, which, in my opinion, is bad and forces you to use an adapter.

I see it as a real collective farm, and I'm not going to throw out high-quality, expensive headphones just because of Apple's desire to promote its proprietary connector. Therefore, the presence of a 3.5 mm jack is a strong argument in favor of the Galaxy S8. Both devices play music well, on the Android side it supports any format, while on the iPhone it's not so simple and easy.

Memory and second SIM

The 32 GB version of the iPhone is suitable for anyone who takes little pictures, does not watch TV shows for the seasons, and mostly uses the phone for calls, as well as communication. The inability to expand the memory makes your choice limited, you need to immediately decide how much to purchase. The Galaxy S8 has 64 GB of internal storage, which is the best option, especially considering that you can install a memory card of any size at any time, up to 256 GB. This approach is closer to me, since you are free to choose later the amount of memory that you need, or put a second SIM card instead of microSD, which is still fantastic for the iPhone.

Camera

Traditionally, the iPhone camera works on the principle of "point and shoot", while in Galaxy, in addition to this mode, there are many settings that allow you to take pictures in difficult conditions, if, of course, you love and know how to take pictures. It's still the same approach where the Galaxy out of the box gives all the same as the iPhone, but upon closer examination it offers much more.

Below you can look at sample shots, I want to note that when shooting macro at night, the Galaxy S8 wins. If you shoot moving kids, sports (in normal mode, not "Sports", in which everything is fine), then the victory is for the iPhone 7. Each device has its pros and cons, I like the camera in S8, as it turns out more the number of high-quality photos with less effort. But to say that cameras differ very much in the eyes of the average consumer is impossible.

iPhone 7 / Galaxy S8

Comment by Roman Belykh:

Daytime. Detailing is approximately the same on both gadgets. However, Samsung applies the contour sharpening and high saturation values. Therefore, purely visually, the photograph becomes more like a colorful picture. For an ordinary user - good, for a person who decides to process a photo - no, since everything has already been twisted to the limit.

Samsung has better edge sharpness. It’s hard to say here: the stained eye of the iPhone camera or really such a shooting. Sometimes Samsung does not cope well with backlight or the camera lens was dirty at that moment.

Low Light. The smartphone from Apple almost does not “fight” with noise, which is why the photo, although it becomes noisy and with artifacts, looks more or less natural. The device from Samsung strongly "presses" the noise, which makes the photo look a little plasticine.

Night. The undisputed leader is the Samsung S8: a fairly bright image, without noise and with a lot of details.

Total: I found the S8 camera to be more versatile, because it immediately makes the image so that you can admire it and “share” it on social networks without processing.

Performance

All iPhones have averaged animations, they work the same and noticeably slower in standard menus than Android flagships, including the Galaxy S8. Stereotypes in people's heads are still talking about some kind of mythical brakes, microlags on the flagships from Samsung, there is nothing of this in real life. Some problems may arise on exotic, little-spread software, but the curvature of programs has nothing to do with the system. With the release of iOS11, working with the iPhone 7 has become more problematic, there are too many errors and problems.

A short afterword

It's interesting how competition forces companies to develop and offer more and more new features. Despite the same cost of the iPhone 7 and Galaxy S8, these are products of different classes, the direct competitor for the S8 in almost all characteristics is the iPhone X, but it costs almost twice as much. Some strange competition is coming out. On the other hand, the image perception of the iPhone is still at a high level, and today the iPhone 7 is one of the best-selling models in the segment above 40 thousand rubles.

In our comparison, we touched on the main functions, but did not talk about the comparison of software platforms at all, this is a separate and rich topic. I will only note that the complexity of Android is imaginary, and all services are available both on one and on the other system. Therefore, choose based on your needs and what you like, what you want to use. The sales statistics this year are interesting and show that the majority of buyers in Russia are starting to choose. What choice you make does not depend on these statistics, but on your needs, and here no one advises you. Good luck.

Buyer's guide. Compare iPhone 7 and Galaxy S8

Back in the summer, a comparison of the iPhone 7 and Galaxy S8 appeared on our channel, but both in the comments and in letters the question is often asked, what to choose from these devices. For at least another year, such a comparison will not lose relevance, and Apple's new strategy involves extending the life of older models, so given the falling cost, the comparison may come in handy even in 2019.

At the very beginning, I want to make a reservation that if a person has a certain conviction that brand A is noticeably better than B, or vice versa, then there is no point in convincing him of the opposite, this is a waste of time. And this material is not intended to convince you of anything, and it is impossible. Each of you has your own scenarios for using devices, and what is important to one is completely unimportant to another. And no one will prioritize correctly for you. Consider this Buyer's Guide, as before, as a guide that shows the strengths and weaknesses of each device, but only you can put all the pros and cons into a single picture of the world. This is your choice, and also what is important only for you. Let's go!

Content

The issue price is the gray and white markets

In the official Apple store, the iPhone 7 costs 43,990 and 51,990 rubles for the 32 and 128 GB versions, respectively.

But note that many Apple partners sell these devices much cheaper, they can be found at 39,990 and 48,990 rubles, which is close enough to the prices of the gray market, which is a couple of thousand rubles lower. Federal retail competes with the gray market and therefore reduces the cost of the iPhone 7 quite aggressively. The next price cut will take place in the spring of 2018, until then prices will be stable.

In Russia, only one 64 GB version of the Galaxy S8 is sold, the price in the official retail and the company's store is 49,990 rubles. But on the market the same device can be found at prices almost 10 thousand rubles lower, in particular, this price almost constantly appears in MTS, the operator holds sales. During periods of sales from MTS, prices for other players also fall. On the gray market, the model costs about 40 thousand rubles. The next official price reduction can be expected before the New Year in the form of promotions, in February - as a permanent decrease in the cost of the device.

Retail sales dynamics, gray market

To estimate the demand for these models, let's take a look at retail sales in official channels, for this I took the sales figures for the previous 8 weeks and calculated the average weekly value. To remove the error of sales during Black Friday, when sales of the Galaxy S8 increased by 2.5 times, and for the iPhone 7, on the contrary, decreased, I did not take into account this week. In the end, the discount of 8,000 rubles for the S8 is significant, but there were no such discounts for the iPhone, now the prices have returned to the previous level, they are indicated above.

Average weekly sales of iPhone 7 32GB/128GB and Galaxy S8 64GB
iPhone 7 32GB< /td> iPhone 7 128GB Galaxy S8 64GB
Average sales per week*, pieces 1350 3700 5700
Share in % of the market in pieces 0.3 0.8 1.2
Share in % of the market in money 0.9 2.5 3.6
Gray market in % of official sales 4% 9% 14%
* average of 8 weeks in October and November
Source: Mobile Research Group

At the end of 2017, the iPhone 7 is the company's best-selling device in the segment above 40 thousand rubles. Sales in unit terms are close to those of the Galaxy S8, they are quite comparable in their impact on the market, they act on equal terms. For comparison, iPhone 8 sales are more than two times lower, this device is not popular. Those wishing to verify this data in an independent source can look at the panel from GFK Rus for eight weeks, including October and November, up to the Black Friday week, the data will be as close as possible.

Design, dimensions, device features

The appearance of any device is a matter of taste, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I will only note that the iPhone 7 has a rather ancient design, it began in the iPhone 6, that is, it has been in operation for three years, so for many it is familiar and to some extent boring. The Galaxy S8 has a new infinity display (that's a model-specific marketing term, not a screen specification) that looks a little different than previous models and is pretty easy to tell apart, especially by the missing button on the front.

Let's compare the sizes and weights of the phones and other features.

Dimensions and other features of compared smartphones
iPhone 7 Galaxy S8
Case material Metal Glass
Dimensions, mm 138.3x67.1x7.1 148.9x68.1x8
Weight, grams 138< /td> 155
Water resistant IP67 IP68

I like the metal case of the iPhone, it is more practical, it does not leave traces of hands (but you can’t implement wireless charging, but more on that below). Due to the smaller diagonal of the screen, the iPhone is more compact and at the same time weighs less. But in the hands of the iPhone, on the contrary, it feels more weighty, due to the smaller case. Due to the rounding of the case in the S8, both on the front and rear panels, it fits perfectly in the hand, like a glove. The iPhone 7 has no problem holding it, it's just a little less comfortable. But you will understand this only with a direct comparison, the devices must be held in your hands (and, of course, a lot also depends on the size of your hands, the smaller your hands, the faster you will notice the difference).

But in any case, it is impossible to assume that there is some striking difference in the ergonomics of these devices based on their dimensions. They are approximately the same and in this aspect are perceived plus or minus equal.

The branded lever on the iPhone 7 on the left side allows you to turn off all sounds and notifications on the device in one movement, which is convenient, there is nothing like this in Samsung. On the side of the S8 there is a Bixby button that cannot be reassigned, and the voice assistant itself is still raw and not in Russian, but you can call up a screen with a prompt tape (a sluggish analogue of Google Now, which most consumers do not need, the button will disappear idle for now).< /p>

The speakers in the devices are approximately the same, there is no difference in sound level or quality, they are quite comparable.

Biometrics - phone access

The iPhone has a traditional fingerprint sensor, it is located on the front panel and is extremely convenient: touch it - the phone is unlocked. There are no false clicks, vibration imitates a button - a great solution.

In the Galaxy S8, the sensor is inconvenient for those who are used to the company's previous devices, it was also located on the front surface, but now it has moved to the camera on the back side.

Unusual. But due to the size of the S8, it is not difficult to find the sensor and click on it, a matter of habit. Hair Beauty in Central Region is not as comfortable as on iPhone, that's a fact. You have to get used to it. Alternatively, there is a face unlock (fast or as secure as possible). Hacking this unlocking method is difficult or almost impossible, and it works quickly. In complete darkness, this method does not work. The phone learns and unlocks faster and faster over time. Those who are very worried about safety can use the iris scanner, it works even in complete darkness, it has IR illumination. In my opinion, this is unnecessary and enough face unlock (at the same time, a fingerprint is used for banking programs, it’s more convenient and easier).

Which is more convenient? The issue is your habits. For the first month, I got so used to unlocking the device with my face that now I can’t imagine another option, this one is as convenient as possible. But not everyone thinks the same way, someone likes it the old fashioned way, with a finger, and then discomfort arises. Decide for yourself what is closer to you.

Display

With great pleasure I re-read the Buyer's Guide from a year ago, in which I compared the iPhone 7 and S7 EDGE, every third comment from an iPhone fan about the fact that AMOLED screens are bad, they have terrible colors and how good it is in Apple will never use such matrices. For some commentators, I even did a little work and saw how their opinion changed after the release of the iPhone X - it became diametrically opposed. What does marketing do with people and their beliefs…

But let's look at the table of screen characteristics and evaluate their capabilities, at least at first glance.

Comparison of iPhone 7 and Galaxy S8 displays
iPhone 7 Galaxy S8
Screen type IPS AMOLED
Diagonal, inches 4.7 5.8
Resolution, dots 1334x750 2960x1440 (possibility to lower screen resolution)
PPI 326 571
Screen geometry 16:9 18.5:9
Maximum Brightness Auto Nit 705 1000
Night mode Yes Yes
Additional modes No Adaptive screen and several image adjustment modes
Light sensor Front panel Two sensors, front and back panels (second for harsh environments)
Supports HDR content No Yes (first smartphone to support HDR)< /td>
Standby screen No Yes, AlwaysOn Display with notifications and the ability to set custom screensavers/clocks

Detailed analysis of the screen of each smartphone from DisplayMate:

Now a few comments about screens. As for me, the iPhone 7 has an excellent IPS-matrix, which produces a very good picture. In the bright sun, the screen becomes blind, there's nothing to be done. Those who want to try VR should forget about the iPhone: neither the resolution nor the screen size will allow you to enjoy it. In Samsung, the resolution is such that it can be considered the minimum convenient for this. Considering that the Galaxy S8 has a noticeably better sensor than the iPhone X, whose screen is so praised by many today, I think it can be logically concluded that the iPhone 7 is inferior in screen (remembering that many claim that there was nothing like it before the iPhone X there was no iPhone and this screen is the ultimate dream).

For me, it is important to have the AlwaysOn Display mode, you do not have to turn on the phone to see the time and notifications. However, you can disable this option if you consider it unnecessary, the device traditionally has an LED indicator (the iPhone also traditionally does not).

In S8, you can find the maximum number of settings for the screen to make it work the way you want. The iPhone 7 does not have anything like this, and True Tone appears in the next generation and, in my opinion, works noticeably worse than the “Adaptive Mode” on the S8. It is enough to compare the screens in real life to make a judgment, I believe that high resolution, large diagonal do their job, it is more comfortable to watch movies, read news on websites, scroll through Twitter on the S8.

But it's possible that your use cases suggest that a small screen is better. Here everyone chooses his own and for himself.

Battery

A head-to-head comparison of battery capacity will give us absolutely nothing, since smartphones have different operating systems and they behave differently in different scenarios. I tried to alternate two fresh smartphones, one day I went out with one device, the second day with another - it lasted a couple of weeks. My day starts at 8 am, when the smartphone is removed from the charger. On average, the S8 sat down with my fairly heavy load by 4 pm, but the iPhone lasted until 6-7 pm. If you give smartphones to children and they start playing, then the devices will “die” in about 4 hours, there are no differences.

It is necessary to take into account the scenarios of how the devices are used. If I'm in a car, I use wireless charging, just automatically put the phone in the place allotted for it by the automaker. Depending on the duration of the road, the device is charged from 10 to 50%. I have never had a situation where the S8 needed to be charged urgently somewhere in the city. Another important point is the presence of fast charging, in 15 minutes you can get about 35% of the battery charge, the device is fully charged in an hour with a penny. The iPhone takes just over two hours to fully charge.

Unfortunately, the iPhone 7 is a very "ancient" device in terms of how it works with the battery, no additional and really working power saving modes (the one that is, does not help much). In the Galaxy S8, the power saving mode significantly extends the battery life.

Music and 3.5 mm jack

The iPhone does not have a standard 3.5 mm jack, which, in my opinion, is bad and forces you to use an adapter.

I see it as a real collective farm, and I'm not going to throw out high-quality, expensive headphones just because of Apple's desire to promote its proprietary connector. Therefore, the presence of a 3.5 mm jack is a strong argument in favor of the Galaxy S8. Both devices play music well, on the Android side it supports any format, while on the iPhone it's not so simple and easy.

Memory and second SIM

The 32 GB version of the iPhone is suitable for anyone who takes little pictures, does not watch TV shows for the seasons, and mostly uses the phone for calls, as well as communication. The inability to expand the memory makes your choice limited, you need to immediately decide how much to purchase. The Galaxy S8 has 64 GB of internal storage, which is the best option, especially considering that you can install a memory card of any size at any time, up to 256 GB. This approach is closer to me, since you are free to choose later the amount of memory that you need, or put a second SIM card instead of microSD, which is still fantastic for the iPhone.

Camera

Traditionally, the iPhone camera works on the principle of "point and shoot", while in Galaxy, in addition to this mode, there are many settings that allow you to take pictures in difficult conditions, if, of course, you love and know how to take pictures. It's still the same approach where the Galaxy out of the box gives all the same as the iPhone, but upon closer examination it offers much more.

Below you can look at sample shots, I want to note that when shooting macro at night, the Galaxy S8 wins. If you shoot moving kids, sports (in normal mode, not "Sports", in which everything is fine), then the victory is for the iPhone 7. Each device has its pros and cons, I like the camera in S8, as it turns out more the number of high-quality photos with less effort. But to say that cameras differ very much in the eyes of the average consumer is impossible.

iPhone 7 / Galaxy S8

Comment by Roman Belykh:

Daytime. Detailing is approximately the same on both gadgets. However, Samsung applies the contour sharpening and high saturation values. Therefore, purely visually, the photograph becomes more like a colorful picture. For an ordinary user - good, for a person who decides to process a photo - no, since everything has already been twisted to the limit.

Samsung has better edge sharpness. It’s hard to say here: the stained peephole of the iPhone camera or really such a shooting. Sometimes Samsung does not cope well with backlight or the camera lens was dirty at that moment.

Low Light. The smartphone from Apple almost does not “fight” with noise, which is why the photo, although it becomes noisy and with artifacts, looks more or less natural. The device from Samsung strongly "presses" the noise, which makes the photo look a little plasticine.

Night. The undisputed leader is the Samsung S8: a fairly bright image, without noise and with a lot of details.

Total: I found the S8 camera to be more versatile, because it immediately makes the image so that you can admire it and “share” it on social networks without processing.

Performance

All iPhones have averaged animations, they work the same and noticeably slower in standard menus than Android flagships, including the Galaxy S8. Stereotypes in people's heads are still talking about some kind of mythical brakes, microlags on the flagships from Samsung, there is nothing of this in real life. Some problems may arise on exotic, little-spread software, but the curvature of programs has nothing to do with the system. With the release of iOS11, working with the iPhone 7 has become more problematic, there are too many errors and problems.

A short afterword

It's interesting how competition forces companies to develop and offer more and more new features. Despite the same cost of the iPhone 7 and Galaxy S8, these are products of different classes, the direct competitor for the S8 in almost all characteristics is the iPhone X, but it costs almost twice as much. Some strange competition is coming out. On the other hand, the image perception of the iPhone is still at a high level, and today the iPhone 7 is one of the best-selling models in the segment above 40 thousand rubles.

In our comparison, we touched on the main functions, but did not talk about the comparison of software platforms at all, this is a separate and rich topic. I will only note that the complexity of Android is imaginary, and all services are available both on one and on the other system. Therefore, choose based on your needs and what you like, what you want to use. The sales statistics this year are interesting and show that the majority of buyers in Russia are starting to choose. What choice you make does not depend on these statistics, but on your needs, and here no one advises you. Good luck.

Buyer's guide. Compare iPhone 7 and Galaxy S8

Back in the summer, a comparison of the iPhone 7 and Galaxy S8 appeared on our channel, but both in the comments and in letters the question is often asked, what to choose from these devices. For at least another year, such a comparison will not lose relevance, and Apple's new strategy involves extending the life of older models, so given the falling cost, the comparison may come in handy even in 2019.

At the very beginning, I want to make a reservation that if a person has a certain conviction that brand A is noticeably better than B, or vice versa, then there is no point in convincing him of the opposite, this is a waste of time. And this material is not intended to convince you of anything, and it is impossible. Each of you has your own scenarios for using devices, and what is important to one is completely unimportant to another. And no one will prioritize correctly for you. Consider this Buyer's Guide, as before, as a guide that shows the strengths and weaknesses of each device, but only you can put all the pros and cons into a single picture of the world. This is your choice, and also what is important only for you. Let's go!

Content

The issue price is the gray and white markets

In the official Apple store, the iPhone 7 costs 43,990 and 51,990 rubles for the 32 and 128 GB versions, respectively.

But note that many Apple partners sell these devices much cheaper, they can be found at 39,990 and 48,990 rubles, which is close enough to the prices of the gray market, which is a couple of thousand rubles lower. Federal retail competes with the gray market and therefore reduces the cost of the iPhone 7 quite aggressively. The next price cut will take place in the spring of 2018, until then prices will be stable.

In Russia, only one 64 GB version of the Galaxy S8 is sold, the price in the official retail and the company's store is 49,990 rubles. But on the market the same device can be found at prices almost 10 thousand rubles lower, in particular, this price almost constantly appears in MTS, the operator holds sales. During periods of sales from MTS, prices for other players also fall. On the gray market, the model costs about 40 thousand rubles. The next official price reduction can be expected before the New Year in the form of promotions, in February - as a permanent decrease in the cost of the device.

Retail sales dynamics, gray market

To estimate the demand for these models, let's take a look at retail sales in official channels, for this I took the sales figures for the previous 8 weeks and calculated the average weekly value. To remove the error of sales during Black Friday, when sales of the Galaxy S8 increased by 2.5 times, and for the iPhone 7, on the contrary, decreased, I did not take into account this week. In the end, the discount of 8,000 rubles for the S8 is significant, but there were no such discounts for the iPhone, now the prices have returned to the previous level, they are indicated above.

Average weekly sales of iPhone 7 32GB/128GB and Galaxy S8 64GB iPhone 7 32GB iPhone 7 128GB Galaxy S8 64GB Average weekly sales*, pieces 1350 3700 5700 Share in % of the market in pieces 0.3 0.8 1.2 Share in % of the market in money 0.9 2.5 3.6 Gray market in % of official sales 4% 9% 14% * average for 8 weeks in October and November Source: Mobile Research Group

At the end of 2017, the iPhone 7 is the company's best-selling device in the segment above 40 thousand rubles. Sales in unit terms are close to those of the Galaxy S8, they are quite comparable in their impact on the market, they act on equal terms. For comparison, iPhone 8 sales are more than two times lower, this device is not popular. Those wishing to verify this data in an independent source can look at the panel from GFK Rus for eight weeks, including October and November, up to the Black Friday week, the data will be as close as possible.

Design, dimensions, device features

The appearance of any device is a matter of taste, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I will only note that the iPhone 7 has a rather ancient design, it began in the iPhone 6, that is, it has been in operation for three years, so for many it is familiar and to some extent boring. The Galaxy S8 has a new infinity display (that's a model-specific marketing term, not a screen specification) that looks a little different than previous models and is pretty easy to tell apart, especially by the missing button on the front.

Let's compare the sizes and weights of the phones and other features.

Dimensions and other features of compared smartphones iPhone 7 Galaxy S8 Case material Metal Glass Dimensions, mm 138.3x67.1x7.1 148.9x68.1x8 Weight, grams 138 155 Water protection IP67 IP68

I like the metal case of the iPhone, it is more practical, it does not leave traces of hands (but you can’t implement wireless charging, but more on that below). Due to the smaller diagonal of the screen, the iPhone is more compact and at the same time weighs less. But in the hands of the iPhone, on the contrary, it feels more weighty, due to the smaller case. Due to the rounding of the case in the S8, both on the front and rear panels, it fits perfectly in the hand, like a glove. The iPhone 7 has no problem holding it, it's just a little less comfortable. But you will understand this only with a direct comparison, the devices must be held in your hands (and, of course, a lot also depends on the size of your hands, the smaller your hands, the faster you will notice the difference).

But in any case, it is impossible to assume that there is some striking difference in the ergonomics of these devices based on their dimensions. They are approximately the same and in this aspect are perceived plus or minus equal.

The branded lever on the iPhone 7 on the left side allows you to turn off all sounds and notifications on the device in one movement, which is convenient, there is nothing like this in Samsung. On the side of the S8 there is a Bixby button that cannot be reassigned, and the voice assistant itself is still raw and not in Russian, but you can call up a screen with a prompt tape (a sluggish analogue of Google Now, which most consumers do not need, the button will disappear idle for now).< /p>

The speakers in the devices are approximately the same, there is no difference in sound level or quality, they are quite comparable.

Biometrics - phone access

The iPhone has a traditional fingerprint sensor, it is located on the front panel and is extremely convenient: touch it - the phone is unlocked. There are no false clicks, vibration imitates a button - a great solution.

In the Galaxy S8, the sensor is inconvenient for those who are used to the company's previous devices, it was also located on the front surface, but now it has moved to the camera on the back side.

Unusual. But due to the size of the S8, it is not difficult to find the sensor and click on it, a matter of habit. Hair Beauty in Central Region is not as convenient as on the iPhone, that's a fact. You have to get used to it. Alternatively, there is a face unlock (fast or as secure as possible). Hacking this unlocking method is difficult or almost impossible, and it works quickly. In complete darkness, this method does not work. The phone learns and unlocks faster and faster over time. Those who are very worried about safety can use the iris scanner, it works even in complete darkness, it has IR illumination. In my opinion, this is unnecessary and enough face unlock (at the same time, a fingerprint is used for banking programs, it’s more convenient and easier).

Unusual. But due to the size of the S8, it is not difficult to find the sensor and click on it, a matter of habit. Not Hair Beauty in Central Region Hair Beauty Central Region as convenient as on the iPhone, that's a fact. You have to get used to it. Alternatively, there is a face unlock (fast or as secure as possible). Hacking this unlocking method is difficult or almost impossible, and it works quickly. In complete darkness, this method does not work. The phone learns and unlocks faster and faster over time. Those who are very worried about safety can use the iris scanner, it works even in complete darkness, it has IR illumination. In my opinion, this is unnecessary and face unlock is enough (at the same time, a fingerprint is used for banking programs, it’s more convenient and easier).

Which is more convenient? The issue is your habits. For the first month, I got so used to unlocking the device with my face that now I can’t imagine another option, this one is as convenient as possible. But not everyone thinks the same way, someone likes it the old fashioned way, with a finger, and then discomfort arises. Decide for yourself what is closer to you.

Display

With great pleasure I re-read the Buyer's Guide from a year ago, in which I compared the iPhone 7 and S7 EDGE, every third comment from an iPhone fan about the fact that AMOLED screens are bad, they have terrible colors and how good it is in Apple will never use such matrices. For some commentators, I even did a little work and saw how their opinion changed after the release of the iPhone X - it became diametrically opposed. What does marketing do with people and their beliefs…

But let's look at the table of screen characteristics and evaluate their capabilities, at least at first glance.

Comparison of iPhone 7 and Galaxy S8 displays iPhone 7 Galaxy S8 Screen type IPS AMOLED Diagonal, inches 4.7 5.8 Resolution, pixels 1334x750 2960x1440 (possibility to lower screen resolution) PPI 326 571 Screen geometry 16:9 18.5:9 Maximum brightness, auto mode , nits 705 1000 Night mode Yes Yes Additional modes No Adaptive screen and multiple picture adjustment modes Ambient sensor Front panel Two sensors, front and rear (second for working in difficult conditions) Support for HDR content No Yes (the first smartphone to support HDR ) Screen operation in standby mode No Yes, AlwaysOn Display with notifications and the ability to set your screen savers / clock

Detailed analysis of the screen of each smartphone from DisplayMate:

Now a few comments about screens. As for me, the iPhone 7 has an excellent IPS-matrix, which produces a very good picture. In the bright sun, the screen becomes blind, there's nothing to be done. Those who want to try VR should forget about the iPhone: neither the resolution nor the screen size will allow you to enjoy it. In Samsung, the resolution is such that it can be considered the minimum convenient for this. Considering that the Galaxy S8 has a noticeably better sensor than the iPhone X, whose screen is so praised by many today, I think it can be logically concluded that the iPhone 7 is inferior in screen (remembering that many claim that there was nothing like it before the iPhone X there was no iPhone and this screen is the ultimate dream).

For me, it is important to have the AlwaysOn Display mode, you do not have to turn on the phone to see the time and notifications. However, you can disable this option if you consider it unnecessary, the device traditionally has an LED indicator (the iPhone also traditionally does not).

In S8, you can find the maximum number of settings for the screen to make it work the way you want. The iPhone 7 does not have anything like this, and True Tone appears in the next generation and, in my opinion, works noticeably worse than the “Adaptive Mode” on the S8. It is enough to compare the screens in real life to make a judgment, I believe that high resolution, large diagonal do their job, it is more comfortable to watch movies, read news on websites, scroll through Twitter on the S8.

But it's possible that your use cases suggest that a small screen is better. Here everyone chooses his own and for himself.

Battery

A head-to-head comparison of battery capacity will give us absolutely nothing, since smartphones have different operating systems and they behave differently in different scenarios. I tried to alternate two fresh smartphones, one day I went out with one device, the second day with another - it lasted a couple of weeks. My day starts at 8 am, when the smartphone is removed from the charger. On average, the S8 sat down with my fairly heavy load by 4 pm, but the iPhone lasted until 6-7 pm. If you give smartphones to children and they start playing, then the devices will “die” in about 4 hours, there are no differences.

It is necessary to take into account the scenarios of how the devices are used. If I'm in a car, I use wireless charging, just automatically put the phone in the place allotted for it by the automaker. Depending on the duration of the road, the device is charged from 10 to 50%. I have never had a situation where the S8 needed to be charged urgently somewhere in the city. Another important point is the presence of fast charging, in 15 minutes you can get about 35% of the battery charge, the device is fully charged in an hour with a penny. The iPhone takes just over two hours to fully charge.

Unfortunately, the iPhone 7 is a very "ancient" device in terms of how it works with the battery, no additional and really working power saving modes (the one that is, does not help much). In the Galaxy S8, the power saving mode significantly extends the battery life.

Music and 3.5 mm jack

The iPhone does not have a standard 3.5 mm jack, which, in my opinion, is bad and forces you to use an adapter.

I see it as a real collective farm, and I'm not going to throw out high-quality, expensive headphones just because of Apple's desire to promote its proprietary connector. Therefore, the presence of a 3.5 mm jack is a strong argument in favor of the Galaxy S8. Both devices play music well, on the Android side it supports any format, while on the iPhone it's not so simple and easy.

Memory and second SIM

The 32 GB version of the iPhone is suitable for anyone who takes little pictures, does not watch TV shows for the seasons, and mostly uses the phone for calls, as well as communication. The inability to expand the memory makes your choice limited, you need to immediately decide how much to purchase. The Galaxy S8 has 64 GB of internal storage, which is the best option, especially considering that you can install a memory card of any size at any time, up to 256 GB. This approach is closer to me, since you are free to choose later the amount of memory that you need, or put a second SIM card instead of microSD, which is still fantastic for the iPhone.

Camera

Traditionally, the iPhone camera works on the principle of "point and shoot", while in Galaxy, in addition to this mode, there are many settings that allow you to take pictures in difficult conditions, if, of course, you love and know how to take pictures. It's still the same approach where the Galaxy out of the box gives all the same as the iPhone, but upon closer examination it offers much more.

Below you can look at sample shots, I want to note that when shooting macro at night, the Galaxy S8 wins. If you shoot moving kids, sports (in normal mode, not "Sports", in which everything is fine), then the victory is for the iPhone 7. Each device has its pros and cons, I like the camera in S8, as it turns out more the number of high-quality photos with less effort. But to say that cameras differ very much in the eyes of the average consumer is impossible.

iPhone 7 / Galaxy S8

Comment by Roman Belykh:

Daytime. Detailing is approximately the same on both gadgets. However, Samsung applies the contour sharpening and high saturation values. Therefore, purely visually, the photograph becomes more like a colorful picture. For an ordinary user - good, for a person who decides to process a photo - no, since everything has already been twisted to the limit.

Samsung has better edge sharpness. It’s hard to say here: the stained peephole of the iPhone camera or really such a shooting. Sometimes Samsung does not cope well with backlight or the camera lens was dirty at that moment.

Weak lighting. The smartphone from Apple almost does not “fight” with noise, which is why the photo, although it becomes noisy and with artifacts, looks more or less natural. The device from Samsung strongly "presses" the noise, which makes the photo look a little plasticine.

Night. The undisputed leader is the Samsung S8: a fairly bright image, without noise and with a lot of details.

Total: the S8 camera seemed to me more versatile, because it immediately makes the image so that you can admire it and “share” it on social networks without processing.

Performance

All iPhones have averaged animations, they work the same and noticeably slower in standard menus than Android flagships, including the Galaxy S8. Stereotypes in people's heads are still talking about some kind of mythical brakes, microlags on the flagships from Samsung, there is nothing of this in real life. Some problems may arise on exotic, little-spread software, but the curvature of programs has nothing to do with the system. With the release of iOS11, working with the iPhone 7 has become more problematic, there are too many errors and problems.

A short afterword

It's interesting how competition forces companies to develop and offer more and more new features. Despite the same cost of the iPhone 7 and Galaxy S8, these are products of different classes, the direct competitor for the S8 in almost all characteristics is the iPhone X, but it costs almost twice as much. Some strange competition is coming out. On the other hand, the image perception of the iPhone is still at a high level, and today the iPhone 7 is one of the best-selling models in the segment above 40 thousand rubles.

In our comparison, we touched on the main functions, but did not talk about the comparison of software platforms at all, this is a separate and rich topic. I will only note that the complexity of Android is imaginary, and all services are available both on one and on the other system. Therefore, choose based on your needs and what you like, what you want to use. The sales statistics this year are interesting and show that the majority of buyers in Russia are starting to choose. What choice you make does not depend on these statistics, but on your needs, and here no one advises you. Good luck.