You may have heard that Samsung released the newest version of its flagship phone, the Samsung Galaxy S8 last month. I am a big Samsung fan, and have been happily using my Samsung Galaxy S6 for a couple of years. But it is going to be time to upgrade soon, but the variety of smartphones can feel overwhelming. I headed into my local The Mobile Shop to check out one of the newest (and hottest) devices on the market, the Samsung Galaxy S8. Here is a comparison of the latest Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S7 to look at the differences and similarities between these two phones.
Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Comparison – Should You Upgrade?
If you have seen the Samsung Galaxy Edge phones before, this feature has been brought to all of the Samsung Galaxy S8 phones. The Samsung Galaxy S8 is a little bit taller and narrower (5.86×2.68x.0.31 inches) compared to the S7 (5.61×2.74×0.31 inches). That means that if you are already maxing out the height of your cell phone pocket in your purse or diaper bag, you are going to want to do a quick double check that the Samsung Galaxy S8 is going to fit. Or you could always use it as a great excuse to buy a new purse or bag! I was worried that with the longer phone it would feel awkward to hold, but the design of the Samsung Galaxy S8 fits perfectly in my hands. The edges of the S8 are smooth for a comfortable feel in your hand.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 has reduced the bezels (the area at the top and bottom of the phone that are not screen) so that the Samsung Galaxy S8 is almost all screen. The Home button on the S8 is still there, but rather than being a button you can see, it is a “soft key” located at the same location as the S7. There is a pressure sensor under it that vibrates slightly when it is pressed so you know you have the right spot. By changing the design of this they are able to use that area as part of the screen as well.
This is where you will see the biggest outward changes in the Samsung Galaxy S8 compared to the Galaxy S7. The Samsung Galaxy S7 offered a 5.1 inch flat screen, whereas the Samsung Galaxy S8 showcases a 5.8 inch screen with curved edges at the side. With the Samsung Galaxy S8 you get a significantly larger screen without having to increase the footprint of the phone that much compared to the S7 due to the design features mentioned before. Unlike the Samsung Galaxy S7, the S8 supports HDR content for brighter more vivid picture and video experience.
The software on the Samsung Galaxy S8 allows for your favourite apps to be accessed with a swipe to bring up the menu from the side which I found great for one handed use.
I know as a mom this is one of the most important features I look for in a smart phone. I take tons of videos and photos to share with friends and family (and on the blog of course!). While I do have a “fancy” DSLR it is not my everyday camera. Now when comparing cameras on the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S8 it is important to remember that the S7 has one of the best cameras on any cell phone.. so why mess with a good thing? The hardware for the main camera did not change between the S7 and S8 so you will get a great 12MP camera with f/1.7 aperture on both phones. There have been some software updates on the S8 in regards to the processing of photo which has improved the clarity and sharpness. The is a jump in the front facing camera from 5 MP in the Samsung Galaxy S7 to 8 MP in the Samsung Galaxy S8 so the quality of selfies is better on the S8 if you (or your kids) shoot a lot of selfies.
Battery and Charging
When it comes to cell phones having a good battery is key so you don’t end up with a dead phone by dinner time. The battery in the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S8 are comparable with both phones offering a 3000 mAh lithium ion battery. Given the larger display size people were worried about battery life with the Samsung Galaxy S8. However the consensus seems to be that one change will get you through the day with normal use, and if you do need to top up part way through the day charging is very quick on the Samsung Galaxy S8.
The charging port has changed in the Samsung Galaxy S8 to USB Type C connector. Bonuses to this connector is that it fits in both sides, so not more flipping the connector around to trying to get it into the port, and it is FAST at charging. However if you need more than 1 power cord you will need to pick up a some new cables as it is not compatible with the micro USB connectors. that were found on the previous versions of the Samsung Galaxy phones including S7.
Storage & Hardware
The built in storage space has doubled from 32 GB in the Samsung Galaxy S7 to 64 GB in the Samsung Galaxy S8. That way you won’t be stuck running out of space and having to delete phones just before your child’s dance recital or soccer game. Both phones allow for expandable memory to be added via an SD card to give you even MORE space, so if you have a lot of apps and photos/videos on your phone you can add extra space if required. Both phones have 4GB of RAM and there have been some processor upgrades on the Samsung Galaxy S8.
Both the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S8 are water and dust resistant And don’t worry about your headphones, both the S7 and S8 still have an audio jack to connect headphones to.
So what does this mean at the end of the day when you are looking to buy a new smart phone? Both the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S8 are great phones. If you want a phone that maximizes the display area and love having the newest tech, then the Samsung Galaxy S8 is for you. If you want a top of the line phone with great camera, but don’t want to spend as much then the Samsung Galaxy S7 is a good bet. In any case I would recommend heading into your local The Mobile Shop where you can get your hands on the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S8 to test them out. With over 175 locations across Canada located in your local Loblaws, Superstore, and Zehrs, you can see, explore and test out the newest flagship phones from Samsung Galaxy, iPhone, LG and more in person to decide which one is right for you. And it doesn’t matter what carrier you are with, as The Mobile Shop can offer expert advice on all of Canada’s major cellular carriers (Bell, Telus, Rogers, Fido, Koodo, Virgin Mobile and more The Mobile Shop has you covered). Don’t forget they also have a Price Match Guarantee and trade in program for your old devices as well so you always get the best value.