iPhone X Iphone x vs Galaxy s8 plus

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Gaprofitt, Oct 8, 2017.

  1. Gaprofitt macrumors 6502

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    Hey all,

    So I recently made the decision to sell my Iphone 7 Plus and pickup a Galaxy s8 Plus over buying the Iphone X. I thought my thoughts might help some people who are swayed one way or the other. I think both phones will be good phones, but I think Apple is trending downward in the technology arena. I work as a virtualization engineer in IT and they have grown very stagnant..

    Here are my thoughts and observations:

    The recent keynote was underwhelming, like the last few have been. The big announcement was facial recognition, marketed as Face ID, which Samsung has had for quite some time. Sure the phone is a smaller form factor, which is a move in the right direction, but it's otherwise lackluster and an extremely minor leap in technology.

    I love imessage and facetime, but recently my testing of Google Duo showed it outperformed facetime during my testing.

    The Iphone X is $999 to start, that's insane..

    The screen is smaller than the Galaxy S8 plus, and has a much smaller battery.

    The device while supporting wireless charging, does not support fast charging.

    I'm a much bigger fan of the Google ecosystem, google maps, google music, google photos with free unlimited photo storage.

    After using both Android Auto and Carplay, Carplay isn't close to Android Auto.

    One con of the Samsung would be they don't update the OS as frequent, but given that I can't of any IOS enhancements the last few years that were game changers..

    I got the S8 plus out the door for $699 plus tax.

    I'm not one of those notch complainers, but sure it's not great, especially in landscape mode.

    I admit I have been a fan of Apple products, but the lack of innovation and just plain stupidity in design made me switch. The prime example is the Macbook 12 inch, with the one port, basically rendering the device useless for business users. I get that's not the target audience perhaps, but I'd love a small lightweight, ultra portable laptop for traveling.

    Don't get me started on the Apple watch. :)

    Anyway I could go on and on, I get Samsung had the battery issues, but they are making 4 billion off Apple for OLED panels that Apple couldn't pull off, so I'm willing to bet the quality control is through the roof given the Note 7 issues.

    I company the size of Apple should be able to innovate with the best, look at Apple Pay vs Samsung Pay. I just wave my phone near the terminal, any terminal and it completes the transaction. Apple instead locks you down, disabling NFC or all but Apple pay, and restricts you where you can use it. Come on..

    Apple really went down the hill when Jobs died, look at the apple pencil and how you can charge it.. Ridiculous.
     
  2. Relentless Power macrumors Core

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    I think you made a fair analysis on what you find value in with Samsung versus Apple. Ultimately you have to use what works best for your situation.

    I think the S8/Note 8 are great devices with some compelling features. Ultimately, iOS is my strong point and Apples ecosystem. It it's works for me and I can't abandon iOS just for the sake of competitor hardware. But I also like Apples customer service, which is a large part of why I like Apple.
     
  3. OneMike macrumors 603

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  4. jamesrick80 macrumors 68020

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    This was fair and totally unbiased. Good job on your new phone OP.
     
  5. Gathomblipoob macrumors 601

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    It was a good comparison, but I'm tired of "Samsung had Face ID first." While technically true, Apple's implementation is significantly different from Samsung's.
     
  6. iPhoneJoe macrumors member

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    I my experience is exact opposite. I have been rocking an s8 for the last month and can’t wait for the iPhone X to release. Prefer CarPlay to Android auto - hate that I can’t easily use my phone when connected. The phone is nice but the software sucks
     
  7. Knowimagination macrumors 68000

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    I sold my S8+ to be ready to preorder the iPhone X. It was fine as a phone but there were plenty of things I missed about my iPhone that I just couldn't replicate the experience on android in a way that was good enough to justify it when I really like the X.
     
  8. jamesrick80 macrumors 68020

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    Still technically first.....even if Apple does work better...some people actually have use cases for Samsung's implementation of facial recognition.
     
  9. pika2000 macrumors 68040

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    I have not used Carplay, but Android auto is pure crap. For one, it is not stable, and capable of force closing in the middle of the road. Maps is less intuitive than the actual Google Maps app. Audio is crapshoot if you use 3rd party apps. Voice commands are fine for basic commands and commercial, but it broke when I simply ask to navigate to my friend's place.

    These things are still at its infancy. For me, it is easier to just use Google Maps on its own.

    As for Samsung, there's no point paying $$$ just to get the brans Samsung. I can buy a Xiaomi twice a year, run all the same apps (except for Bixby, but who wants Bixby?) and I am still saving money and not having to worry about updates. Samsung themselves now are losing marketshare in many Asian countries. Add on Samsung's snobbish attitude towards support. At Samsung's price, might as well get iPhone with its international warranty.
     
  10. Technarchy macrumors 604

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    Wrong parallel.

    The iPhone X is the equivalent of the Galaxy S8.

    Apple has no answer to S8+ currently.

    I have the S8+ and iPhone 8+.
     
  11. Marshall73 macrumors 65816

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    If you are a fan of the google ecosystem then you need to stick to android, get a Pixel 2 and a chrome book, then never look back.
     
  12. xxray macrumors 6502a

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    I've been tempted by the S8+ because I truly think it's the most beautiful mobile phone ever made. But I don't like Samsung's skin on top of Android, I don't like Bixby, and the fingerprint placement would really bother me over time. Not to mention, I'm not a fan of Google's stance on privacy, and I always seem to gravitate back to Apple and Apple's operating systems. I've switched to Android a few times and I always end up staying with iOS/my iPhones longer than I stay with the Androids. So while it is tempting, I know I'd regret the purchase.
     
  13. Gathomblipoob macrumors 601

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    As I'm sure that people will have use cases for Apple's Face ID - when it becomes available.
     
  14. Downhilltenago macrumors regular

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    I hope people understand it all comes down to user preference. It's so silly now! Most phones can do the same thing. They all have advantages over each other in certain ways. You have to look at all those things and decide what is best for you. As others have said congrats on their new phone. I'm excited and can't wait for the X.
     
  15. macfacts macrumors 68020

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    Apple's implementation is just using a better camera, nothing special especially since it is a camera bought from a different company and that company can sell to anyone. It is using a 3d image vs a 2d image to unlock.
     
  16. Relentless Power macrumors Core

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    This. It only matters what somebody prefers in terms of software and hardware. All these phones really do the same thing, it's just in different ways and different forms of technology how they execute some of the same security features. But what it really comes down to, is which platform does somebody want, android or iOS. The user experience is the most important thing.
     
  17. rasputin1969 macrumors 6502

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    I bought the S8 a couple of weeks back. It’s a great phone, the design is smiles ahead of the 8. It’s fast, the camera is amazing in low light. It has incredibly fast auto focus which results in a far greater success rate in getting the shots I want. All the same, I may well switch back to an iPhone as I seem to be locked in to the eco system too deep. It’s 50/50 at the moment.
     
  18. macfacts macrumors 68020

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    Your warranty is only as good as the consumer laws in your country. If the laws allow it, Apple will ignore you. (Example default 2 yr warranty in Europe vs 1 yr in usa)

    Recently there were stories of batteries expanding in iPhone 8's. One was in China from someone who bought from JD.com instead of directly from Apple. Apple didn't do anything to help the customer.

    "In this particular case, the Chinese report indicates that the person who received the phone is not very happy with the customer service he has received so far. Liu bought the device from JD.com which means Apple itself will not help him out (according to the paper)."

    Source: https://9to5mac.com/2017/10/06/iphone-8-separated-chassis-battery-incident/
     
  19. Gathomblipoob macrumors 601

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    Like I said - significantly different.
     
  20. macfacts macrumors 68020

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    You can just not use bixy and have the bixy button set to do nothing. I don't think Apple will let people disable the Siri button on the iPhone X.
     
  21. Gathomblipoob macrumors 601

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    I imagine you'll be able to disable Siri in Settings, just as you can do now.
     
  22. Bane-Thunder macrumors 6502

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    I had the S8 for 3 months now we all know the positives so just to note the things I didn’t like. The basic apps like podcast an news app on iOS just wasn’t easy to replicate on android.

    The edge screen causing accidental clicks.

    I look forward to the iPhone X cause it takes the best thing about the S8 that oled screen an places it infront of iOS with a even better bezel less design than every iPhone before it.

    I just cannot wait!!!
     
  23. Oliveira46 macrumors member

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    No, Apple implement the only way that's legit way of doing this kind of security stuff. Samsungs "face-ID" unlocks the phone with a bloody PICTURE of you!! And doesn't work in the dark either...

    Samsun'gs face-ID is a gimmick, it's the usual Android way of doing things in a rushed way to say they did it first
     
  24. geraldem macrumors regular

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    that is the problem I struggle with (first world problem of course). I have the Note 8 and the iPhone 8+. The hardware on the Note 8 is superior...hands down. but the ecosystem of apple...just too hard to stay away. I might finally make a decision and drop the Note...I am sure with regret.
     
  25. DNichter macrumors 603

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    It's just your opinion, so no problem with your post. There are others that will disagree, but what's the point? Enjoy your phone.
     

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