Consumer Reports Rates Galaxy S8 Over iPhone 7 as 'iPhone 8' Rumored to Address Most Shortcomings

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The newest smartphone ratings from Consumer Reports have been shared this week, and the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ have beaten out its smartphone competitors, including Apple's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, in categories related to design, battery life, camera, and more. Apple's current generation of iPhone (launched September 2016) is older than the Galaxy S8 family (launched April 2017), so it makes sense that Consumer Reports' ratings would end up favoring the newer devices.

    Still, this week's report has some interesting points to make about why the Galaxy S8+ in particular received top marks, and how the upcoming "iPhone 8," as well as the "iPhone 7s" and "iPhone 7s Plus," might address the iPhone 7's shortcomings. Namely, Consumer Reports points out that the Galaxy S8 devices "have no bezels on the side," and only limited bars at the top and bottom. The testers particularly liked the S8's 5.8-inch screen.

    Richard Fisco, Consumer Reports' lead phone tester, said that the S8 is comfortable to hold, while pointing out that one-handed operation becomes difficult on the devices, particularly the S8+'s 6.2-inch display. Even though the fingerprint scanner on the back of the S8 worked well, the report also described it as "awkwardly placed," explaining that they had to constantly poke around to find it and normally smudged the camera lens while doing so.

    Following last year's Galaxy Note7 battery-related issues, Consumer Reports now described the newest Galaxy smartphones as being more reliable and having "some of the best smartphone battery life we've seen," throughout a range of tests related to Wi-Fi, cellular, and talk-time usage. The testers explained that the beefier battery life on the S8+ is the main reason why the larger phone ranks above the smaller S8.

    In terms of the camera, Consumer Reports said that the S8's photo-taking abilities produce colors that are rich even in low-light environments, and particularly excels in reducing the over-sharpening produced by the camera. The site also called out the iPhone 7 in this section, and its perceived advantage over the S8 in this category for having a dual rear-facing camera system. Despite the S8 and S8+ lacking this kind of set-up, Consumer Reports doesn't think the Samsung phones are at a disadvantage at all.
    Consumer Reports pointed towards water resistance as an advantage of the S8 line -- up to at least 5 feet of water for around 30 minutes -- while one major disappointment was found in Samsung's smart assistant Bixby. The AI helper hasn't rolled out wide yet, so it makes sense that the early version tested might have been unreliable, with the testers saying that Bixby "just isn't there yet."

    Although the Galaxy S8 and S8+ might have won over iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in these ratings, essentially all of the categories are related to improvements that Apple is rumored to be adding into the 2017 line of iPhones. For Apple's tablet devices, a reduction of bezels and bigger display area have already been seen in the newest iPad Pros that just launched last week during WWDC.

    The iPhone 8 specifically is predicted to include greatly reduced bezels, likely with a bar across the top to hold the front-facing camera and other optical sensors, a 5.8-inch OLED screen in a form factor close to the size of the current iPhone 7, Touch ID under the display, a stacked logic board design that will support longer battery life, improved vertically-aligned dual cameras with advanced AR abilities, IP68 waterproofing to rival the Galaxy S8, and an "enhanced Siri."

    One of the cons related to the Galaxy S8 and S8+ is the price of Samsung's latest smartphones, starting at around $750 and $850 for 64GB carrier unlocked models, respectively. The iPhone 8 isn't expected to beat Samsung in this category, with rumors pointing towards a premium-priced iPhone that could cost more than $1,000. Some analysts disagree with that price and suggest an iPhone 8 that will have competitive pricing with the Galaxy S8+, potentially selling a 64GB iPhone 8 for $850 to $900 and a higher-end 256GB model for $950 to $1,000.

    Article Link: Consumer Reports Rates Galaxy S8 Over iPhone 7 as 'iPhone 8' Rumored to Address Most Shortcomings
  2. Sunny1990, Jun 14, 2017
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2017

    Sunny1990 macrumors 65816


    Feb 13, 2015
    Galaxy s8 is a fabulous device, Apple better have a good answer to this September.
  3. supremedesigner macrumors 6502a


    Dec 9, 2005
    Gainesville, Fl
    I have no comment on this one. I have lost my trust on Consumer Report. I missed the good ol' Consumer Report back in the 90's...
  4. macplay macrumors member


    Sep 7, 2012
  5. WalterTizzano macrumors member


    Mar 6, 2014
    The funny thing is that the iPhone 8 will be what the iPhone 7 should have been, but one year later and probably overpriced as it's technology all the other manufacturers have been selling for almost a year already at a more reasonable price.
  6. grkm3 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 12, 2013
    Article needs correction.the Galaxy S7 or any galaxy never had battery issues.even the link you go to when pressing Galaxy S7 battery brings you to a nite 7 post.
  7. bbplayer5 macrumors 68030

    Apr 13, 2007
    I own both. I am so dependent on iMessage it isn't even funny :(
  8. Rogifan macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2011
    So a new phone beats out a phone that's due to be updated in 2 months. How is this newsworthy?
  9. DakotaGuy macrumors 68040


    Jan 14, 2002
    South Dakota, USA
    No taste? Put a Galaxy S8 or S8+ next to an iPhone 7 (especially a 7 Plus) and you tell me which one has a more "tasteful" design. Sorry but the iPhone 7 looks outdated and not very stylish next to the S8.
  10. fakejobs macrumors newbie


    Jan 12, 2016
    S8 is a beautiful device, but the usability is terrible due to the slim remote-like design and the curved display. It has a good palm rejection software, but it could be better.
  11. BlairMALL macrumors newbie

    Jan 7, 2002
    Chesapeake, VA
    I agree. How do you even do any proper one-to-one comparison of phone with the current release strategies?
  12. Red Oak macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2011
    "Even though the fingerprint scanner on the back of the S8 worked well, the report also described it as "awkwardly placed," explaining that they had to constantly poke around to find it and normally smudged the camera lens while doing so."


    And a tent-pole feature, Bixby, is not even working! And they put a button on the phone for it!

    And what about all the duplicate carrier and Samsung apps trying to compete with the standard Google apps. What a mess

    CR is a joke
  13. penajmz macrumors 68030


    Sep 11, 2008
    New York City
    Good. Hit apple where it hurts, we need something fresh come September.
  14. earthTOmitchel Contributing Editor


    Mar 6, 2015
    Yep, meant Note7 there. Thanks:)
  15. SteveNoJobs macrumors newbie

    Nov 18, 2014
    At least they try! Apple keeps killing ports for margins and profit #dongles
  16. MNJohn macrumors regular

    May 16, 2014

    As a iPhone user since the very beginning, in my opinion, the poor stability of iOS and virtually useless Siri voice recognition sets the bar to beat the iPhone pretty low these days.....
  17. barkomatic macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    This is unsurprising due to the different release cycles of the two phones so they'll generally leapfrog each other depending upon the timing of a particular review.

    What would be more significant is if the S8 somehow holds onto its lead even after the next iPhone is out or vice versa. Apple's under the screen fingerprint reader alone would put them back in the lead--unless Samsung can get a reliable reader under the screen of their next Note.
  18. Sunny1990, Jun 14, 2017
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2017

    Sunny1990 macrumors 65816


    Feb 13, 2015
    Later is always better than previous models,how does this comparison make sence.
  19. Rogifan macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2011
    So long as iPhone is released in the fall while others are released in the spring you don't.
  20. KazKam macrumors regular


    Oct 25, 2011
    Am I the only one that thinks no bezels and rounded screen corners are terrible ideas from any practical standpoint. Sure, they look kinda cool, but that's it. Functionally they are chock full of compromises.

    I seriously, truly hope Apple doesn't fall victim to the mob-trend mentality on those features in particular.
  21. Avieshek macrumors 6502


    Dec 7, 2013
    But the price doesn't change for an old device.
  22. Rogifan macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2011
    Poor stability of iOS? Can you explain further?
  23. nfl46 macrumors 603

    Oct 5, 2008
    No, thanks. The device looks great (arguably, the best looking device out right now), but the software is It really just kills the experience.
  24. samcraig macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
    The same way reviews of a new iPhone beats out reviews of older Android phones?
  25. Candykane75 macrumors newbie


    Jun 14, 2017
    It looks great is very slippry super easy to break and costs a arm and a leg to repair... Service and easy acces is apples strong point .

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