Apple and Samsung were the two top-selling smartphone brands in 2017. Between them, they sold over 250 million units.
To put that into perspective, it is roughly the same number of phones as there are adults in the USA. The other smartphone manufacturers can only dream of those numbers.
And whilst the iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy S9 are the flagship phones from each company, the iPhone 8 and Galaxy Note 8 are both proving to be highly popular models in their own right. They are both great smartphones with some serious specs, but what are the pros and cons of each?
Read on as we compare the Note 8 vs. iPhone 8.
The first thing you'll notice if you put these phones side-by-side is the difference in size.
The Note 8 is a significantly larger phone than the iPhone 8. The iPhone 8 is 5.45 inches tall and 2.65 inches wide. In comparison, the Note 8 is 6.4 inches tall and 2.94 inches wide. As you can see, the Note 8 is nearly an inch taller than the iPhone 8.
And the Note 8 makes better use of its real estate too. With its curved infinity display, it packs in a whopping 6.3-inch display. In comparison, with its large bezels, the display is just 4.7 inches on the iPhone 8. So if you're looking for a big screen, the Note 8 wins hands down.
In terms of resolution, the Note 8 comes out the winner too. It crams in 521 pixels-per-inch, compared to only 326 ppi on the iPhone 8.
Size isn't everything. When it comes to the iPhone 8 vs. Note 8, which one looks the sexiest?
The iPhone is barely distinguishable from the iPhone 7. Which is barely distinguishable from the iPhone 6s. Which is barely distinguishable from the iPhone 6. You see where we're going with this.
The Note 8 however, is noticeably different from the Note 7. The most obvious difference is that the home button has been completely removed, allowing for even smaller bezels above and below the screen which makes the Note 8 look way sleeker. The downside of this is that the fingerprint scanner has been moved to the back of the phone which is just downright awkward.
If you liked the look of the iPhone 6, then you'll love the iPhone 8 because it looks exactly the same. But if you're looking for sleek sexy curves, the Note 8 is probably your choice.
Looks aren't everything either. Let's look at the iPhone 8 vs. Galaxy Note 8 when it comes to raw power.
The Note 8 boasts a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip whilst the iPhone 8 introduced us to the A11 bionic processor. Both processors pack a serious punch, but which phone is fastest?
Well, it turns out that when put through their paces, the iPhone 8 won hands down. On one speed test, it completed the tasks more than four times faster than the Note 8. In this department, it seems there really is only one winner.
The best camera is the one you have with you. And the one most of us have with us most of the time is on our smartphone.
There's little to choose between the front-facing cameras when comparing the iPhone 8 vs. Note 8. The Note 8 boasts 8MP whilst the iPhone 8 has 7MP.
On the rear, both the iPhone 8 and the Note 8 pack a 12 MP camera. But the key difference is that the Note 8 utilizes a dual camera, which is only available on the larger, more expensive iPhone 8 Plus. The dual camera means that the Note 8 is able to take photos with that narrow depth-of-field that makes portraits really pop.
In addition, the Note 8 has a camera with a larger aperture, so it can take in more light. When it comes to cameras, Note 8 comes out the winner.
A phone is only as a good as its battery. So which has the best?
The Note 8 is a bigger phone so naturally, it has a bigger battery. It boasts a 3300 mAh battery compared to only 1821 mAh in the iPhone 8. However, that battery has to power a much larger screen.
In real life battery tests, the iPhone 8 came out a good way ahead of the Note 8, with more than three-quarters of an hour of extra battery time under heavy use. It seems that keeping that big screen going eats up a lot of power.
If you want a phone that's going to last you the whole day, the iPhone 8 is more likely to be your choice.
Who comes out on top between the iPhone 8 vs. Galaxy Note 8 when it comes to memory?
Both have a fixed amount of RAM. The Note 8 packs 6GB compared to just 4GB on the iPhone 8. But as we have seen earlier, the iPhone 8 still comes out way on top when it comes to speed.
Internal memory is a different matter. This is where these two smartphone giants take a different view of things. Apple has always stuck to the idea of a fixed internal memory that cannot be upgraded. If you want more storage space, you need to buy a more expensive phone.
Samsung has always been happy to allow owners to upgrade their internal storage by means of an SD card, and the cost of these is way cheaper than the bump in price between different capacities of iPhone.
So if you're planning on storing a lot of photos, video or apps on your phone, the Note 8 is the best choice to give you the option to upgrade.
For many, the final decision on what phone to choose comes down to price.
The Galaxy Note 8 is available through Samsung for $850. This is for a model with 64GB of memory, but expandable via an SD card up to 256GB. The iPhone 8 comes in two different sizes. The 64GB model is available through Apple for $699. If you want to upgrade to 256GB it will set you back $849.
As you can see, even the larger capacity iPhone 8 is cheaper than the Note 8, and that's without shelling out around $100 for the sd card. So when it comes to price, the iPhone 8 gives you more bang for your buck.
We've compared all the key areas of the Note 8 vs. iPhone 8. Now all that's left is for you to decide which one you want to go for.
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