Apple, Samsung - Still not sure: iPhone 8 or Galaxy S8
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The thread title says it all: I'm still not sure whether or not I should go for the Galaxy S8 or the iPhone 8.
First some history and why I am undecided. I've had an iPhone since 2009 (the 3GS, 4, 5, 6 Plus and 6S). For about a year now, I've owned a Galaxy S7 Edge.
So, why am I undecided? There are some features I absolutely love about the Galaxy S7 Edge: its AMOLED display, compact body & awesome modern design, wireless charging, waterproof, NFC (apple pay is not supported in my country) and the always-on display. Yet there are a few reasons why I am considering going back to the iPhone 8:
- New design, almost without bezels with an AMOLED display
- Better security
- More privacy-friendly
- Consistent software design
- Frequent software updates, available for all devices at the same time
- Siri (the S7 Edge doesn't have a voice assistant, at least not in my region)
As you can read, software is the biggest reason why I would consider going back to iPhone. The S7 Edge software is not bad at all! But software updates always lag behind... a new Android version? We must wait for months and months. Security updates? They're there every month, but even those updates usually lag behind one or two months.
One thing I also like more about iOS is that design is consistent across the OS and across apps. On Android, it's sometimes a bit inconsistent.
Last but not least regarding the OS: it's more easy to maintain privacy. On iOS everything is baked off and (at least up until iOS 9) it's always been very clear what information you are sharing with app developers and Apple. On Android, apps want access to the craziest amounts of personal data - and sometimes they won't even install if you don't give access upfront!
Finally, what I somehow manage to miss a lot is Siri. I have discovered that I used Siri much more than I originally thought, especially when driving in a car.
So what to expect from the 'iPhone 8'?
Currently, I am expecting a design with extremely slimmed down bezels. An AMOLED display. And I am hoping for built-in Touch ID beneath the display. I also expect the 'iPhone 8' to cost at least €100 more than what the iPhone 7 Plus costs now.
I also expect wireless charging and always-on display functionality.
The iPhone 7 Plus costs €909, so that would mean the iPhone 8 would go for €1009. That's too much!
So why the Galaxy S8?
The Galaxy S8 won't fix the problems with Android. But since it's a newer model, it's bound to receive updates faster than the S7 Edge. Samsung's voice assistant, Bixby, might be good enough too.
The design is absolutely fantastic. I've seen it in real a few times now and I absolutely love it.
And than there's the display. Just wow. Absolute wow. Love it.
Last, but not least, I simply like new gadgets.
Difference in price
As I said, I expect the iPhone 8 to cost at least €100 more than the iPhone 7 Plus. That would mean the price would be at least €1009. The Galaxy S8, however, is available for just €649.
€1009 is too much. It's €360 more than the S8 and I fear that my €1009 estimate is a conservative estimate...
So why not an iPhone 7 if you want iOS but don't want to spend too much money?
An iPhone 7, at this point, is just as expensive as the S8. Additionally, it's an out-dated design. I don't like it. An old aluminum rear, huge bezels on the front, old LCD display, no wireless charging, no always-on.
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So... long story short: I am undecided as to whether I should wait for the iPhone 8, or if I should simply get the S8. The S8 won't fix all the shortcomings the S7 Edge (my current device) has, but it's an awesome device for a very fair price (€649). The iPhone 8 will, hopefully, fix a lot of shortcomings the S7 Edge has... but the price will likely go beyond €1000.
A huge difference in price is not worth it for me.