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Grow Your Business Technology

Galaxy S8 vs. iPhone 8: Which Is Better for Business?

Galaxy S8 and iPhone 8

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Apple iPhone 8 are in close competition for business users' attention. If you're a professional in the market for a new phone, you're probably considering both, in which case this guide is for you.

Entrepreneurs tend to be more price-sensitive than typical consumers, which is why price is the first category we're reviewing here. The Samsung Galaxy S8 currently retails for $724.99, while the new Apple iPhone 8 starts at $649 (64GB) and goes up to $849 (256GB). Based on the entry-level price, the iPhone 8 wins the cost category.

Winner: iPhone 8

For business users, ports and slots can be a deal breaker. Of course, you can always invest in dongles and carry adapters with you, but for the sake of this comparison, we'll look only at what each phone brings to the table on its own.

The Galaxy S8 has a SIM card slot, microSD card slot, earphone jack and USB Type-C port, while the iPhone 8 has just one lightning connector. There's no doubt that when it comes to ports and slots, the Galaxy S8 is the clear winner.

Winner: Galaxy S8

Battery life is a major concern for business users, as is charging. Both the Galaxy S8 and iPhone 8 support wireless charging. The Galaxy S8 has a tested battery life of 10 hours and 39 minutes, while the iPhone 8 has a tested battery life of 9 hours and 54 minutes (continuous browsing over Wi-Fi). The Samsung wins by a half-hour hair.

Winner: Galaxy S8

Both the Galaxy S8 and iPhone 8 have fingerprint scanners, but only the Galaxy S8 has facial recognition for hands-free unlocking. The iPhone X has Apple's answer to facial scanning, called Face ID, and it may well be technologically superior, but it's not available on the iPhone 8, so the Galaxy wins the biometrics category.

Winner: Galaxy S8

When it comes to display, there are three basic factors to consider: size, resolution and screen type. Of course, you can also test the brightness of a screen, the color quality and more, but for basic business usage, looking at the three factors previously mentioned should be sufficient.

The Galaxy S8 has a 5.8-inch Super AMOLED HD screen, while the iPhone 8 has a 4.7-inch Retina display. Clearly, the Galaxy has the larger of the two screens, but there's also a quality difference in terms of resolution. The Galaxy S8 has significantly better resolution (2960 x 1440 pixels) than the iPhone 8 (1334 x 750 pixels). When it comes to both size and quality, the Galaxy S8 comes out ahead.

Winner: Galaxy S8

The cameras on the Galaxy S8 and iPhone 8 are similar. The Galaxy S8 has a 12MP (f/1.7) rear-facing camera and an 8MP (f/1.7) front camera, while the iPhone 8 has a 12MP (f/1.8) rear camera and a 7MP (f/2.2) front-facing camera. Many people overlook the focal length of smartphone lenses, but it's one of the most impactful specs when it comes to taking snapshots on a mobile device. The slightly narrower aperture on the iPhone's cameras give the Apple device a definite edge in terms of turning out snapshots with a wider depth of field and fewer blown-out colors (though some of this is also attributable to Apple's superior software in this area).

Winner: iPhone 8

It's a close call. Both phones have speedy processors and attractive features, and neither one is inexpensive. In the end, it depends on which features you'll use the most, but for most business users, the Galaxy S8 is probably the better purchase. Samsung's phone offers the ports and slots business users need with reliable battery life, comprehensive biometrics and a quality display. Unless photography is a major part of your job, and you rely heavily on taking photos on your phone for work, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is the phone for you.

Mona Bushnell

Mona Bushnell is a New York City-based Staff Writer for Tom’s IT Pro, Business.com and Business News Daily. She has a B.A. in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College and has previously worked as an IT Technician, a Copywriter, a Software Administrator, a Scheduling Manager and an Editorial Writer. Mona began freelance writing full-time in 2014 and joined the Purch team in 2017.