Apple iPhone X VS Verizon Wireless Samsung Galaxy S8

The iPhone X is here and it's great! But is it as great as the latest from Samsung? Luckily we have done the test and can tell you the definitive answer. Kick the tires and light the fires — here we go!

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The Good

The iPhone X delivers a great blend of handheld comfort and a big, gorgeous 5.8-inch OLED screen. The rear-facing telephoto camera outshoots the iPhone 8 Plus in low light, and the front-facing camera snaps impressive portrait mode selfies. Face ID generally works fine.

The Bad

The iPhone X is nearly certain to be replaced by a newer, better model in less than 3 months, but remains hella expensive in the meantime. The all-glass body means a case and an insurance plan are musts. Shorter battery life than iPhone 8 Plus.

The Bottom Line

iPhone X remains a winning evolution of the iPhone, but at this point, you’re better off waiting for what Apple has on deck in September.

Overview

The Good

The best-looking phone around crushes it in performance, battery life, water-resistance and wireless charging. An external storage slot lets you keep more photos, videos and music.

The Bad

Its awkwardly placed fingerprint reader leads to camera smears and longer unlock times, which is aggravating when you use it to unlock your phone dozens of times a day.

The Bottom Line

The Samsung Galaxy S8's fast speeds and fantastic curved screen make it a top phone for 2017, but the annoying fingerprint reader could sour your experience.

Ratings

Camera

Performance

Design

Features

Battery

Overall

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Videos / Photos

model 64GB, Space Gray
  • Apple iPhone X (256GB, Space Gray)
    Apple iPhone X - 256GB, Space Gray mqcv2llaus $1,100
  • Apple iPhone X (256GB, Silver)
    Apple iPhone X - 256GB, Silver mqcp2llaus $850
  • Apple iPhone X (64GB, Silver)
    Apple iPhone X - 64GB, Silver mqad2ba $1,050

Specs / Prices

model 64GB, Orchid Gray
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 (64GB, Coral Blue)
    Samsung Galaxy S8 - 64GB, Coral Blue smg950uzbzvzw $450
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 (64GB, Arctic Silver)
    Samsung Galaxy S8 - 64GB, Arctic Silver 610214653246 $655
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 (64GB, Midnight Black)
    Samsung Galaxy S8 - 64GB, Midnight Black 8260388 $599
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Phone Features
Speakerphone, voice control, call timer, conference call, flight mode, voice dialing, vibrating alert Phone Functions Speakerphone, voice control, call timer, conference call, flight mode, voice dialing, vibrating alert
Accelerometer, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, three-axis gyro sensor, digital compass, barometer Sensors Accelerometer, proximity sensor, barometer, gyro sensor, hall sensor, RGB sensor, heart rate, pressure sensor, geomagnetic sensor
Multitasking, FaceTime, AirPrint wireless printing, iCloud Photo Sharing, AirDrop function, MIMO technology, Wi-Fi Calling, iBeacon microlocation, CarPlay function, QuickType keyboard, Handoff, HomeKit, Apple TV support (2nd or later), Fast Charging, AirPlay 2 wireless streaming, M11 motion coprocessor, Neural Engine Additional Features Wi-Fi Miracast, HD Voice, Wi-Fi Calling, MU-MIMO technology, Fast Charging, Samsung KNOX
Face ID Security Devices Fingerprint reader, eye scan
Cellular
WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM Technology CDMA2000 1X / GSM / WCDMA (UMTS) / TD-SCDMA
Smartphone Type smartphone (Android OS)
digital player, dual front-facing camera, dual rear-facing camera, navigation, stereo speakers, voice recorder Integrated Components audio player, front-facing camera, heart rate sensor, navigation, rear-facing camera, voice recorder
A-GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS Navigation A-GPS, BeiDou, GLONASS, GPS, Galileo
WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900 Band WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900 / CDMA2000 1X 1900/800 / TD-SCDMA 1880/2010
4G Mobile Broadband Generation 4G
touch Phone Form Factor touch
AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, Unlocked, Cricket Wireless Service Provider Verizon Wireless
iOS Operating System Family Android
iOS 11 Operating System Android 7.0 Nougat
Apple Pay Payment Technology Samsung Pay
Siri Intelligent Assistant Bixby
nano SIM SIM Card Type nano SIM
single-SIM SIM Card Slot Qty single-SIM
3D Touch, capacitive Input Device Multi-touch, capacitive
Details
1.17 W/kg (body) / 1.08 W/kg (head), 0,95 W/kg (body) / 0,92 W/kg (head) SAR Value 1.52 W/kg (body) / 1.25 W/kg (head)
Voice recorder, stereo speakers, navigation, dual rear-facing camera, dual front-facing camera, digital player Integrated Components Rear-facing camera, front-facing camera, audio player, voice recorder, heart rate sensor, navigation
Space gray Body Color Orchid gray
Messaging & Internet
MMS, SMS Messaging Services MMS, SMS
Yes Supported Social Networks and Blogs Yes
Miscellaneous
accelerometer, ambient light sensor, barometer, digital compass, proximity sensor, three-axis gyro sensor Sensors RGB sensor, accelerometer, barometer, geomagnetic sensor, gyro sensor, hall sensor, heart rate, pressure sensor, proximity sensor
Processor
Apple Manufacturer QUALCOMM
Hexagon Processor Core Qty 8-core
Yes 64-bit Architecture Yes
Communications
DC-HSDPA, EDGE, FDD-LTE, GPRS, HSDPA, HSPA+, HSUPA, LTE, LTE Advanced, TDD-LTE, VoLTE, VoWiFi Data Transmission EDGE, EV-DO, FDD-LTE, GPRS, HSDPA, HSPA+, HSUPA, TDD-LTE
Bluetooth 5.0, IEEE 802.11ac, NFC Wireless Interface ANT+/ANT, Bluetooth 5.0 LE, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, NFC
Display
Super Retina HD Technology Quad HD+ Super AMOLED
2436 x 1125 pixels Display Resolution 2960 x 1440 pixels
458 Pixel Density (ppi) 571
5.8 in Diagonal Size 5.8 in
14.7 cm Diagonal Size (metric) 14.7 cm
5.8 in Smartphone Diagonal Size 5.8 in
color Color Support color
Dolby Vision, HDR10, True Tone display Features Always-on display
Media Player
M-JPEG, H.264, HEVC, MPEG-4 Part 2, HEIF Supported Digital Video Standards MKV, FLV, AVI, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, 3GP, M4V, WebM, 3G2
Audible, MP3, FLAC, Apple Lossless, AC-3, AAC-LC, LPCM, HE-AAC, Audible AAX, Audible AAX+, protected AAC, EAC3, HE-AAC v2 Supported Digital Audio Standards WAV, WMA, PCM, AMR, MP3, FLAC, XMF, OGG, MIDI, M4A, apt-X, DSF, DSD, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, DFF, MID
Battery
Talk: up to 1260 min ¦ Active online usage: up to 12 hrs ¦ Playback (wireless video): up to 13 hrs ¦ Playback (wireless audio): up to 60 hrs Run Time Details Talk: up to 1980 min ¦ Standby: up to 326.4 hrs
Yes Wireless Charging Yes
Header
Apple Brand Samsung
Apple iPhone Product Line Samsung Galaxy
X Model S8
1 Packaged Quantity 1
CE Input Device
touch sensitive screen (3D Touch) Type touch sensitive screen (multi-touch)
capacitive Touchscreen Technology capacitive
Features
accelerometer, ambient light sensor, barometer, digital compass, proximity sensor, three-axis gyro sensor Sensors RGB sensor, accelerometer, barometer, geomagnetic sensor, gyro sensor, hall sensor, heart rate, pressure sensor, proximity sensor
call timer, conference call, flight mode, speakerphone, vibrating alert, voice control, voice dialing Phone Functions call timer, conference call, flight mode, speakerphone, vibrating alert, voice control, voice dialing
Face ID Security Devices eye scan, fingerprint reader
AirDrop function, AirPlay 2 wireless streaming, AirPrint wireless printing, Apple TV support (2nd or later), CarPlay function, FaceTime, Fast Charging, Handoff, HomeKit, M11 motion coprocessor, MIMO technology, Neural Engine, QuickType keyboard, Wi-Fi Calling, iBeacon microlocation, iCloud Photo Sharing, multitasking Additional Features Fast Charging, HD Voice, MU-MIMO technology, Samsung KNOX, Wi-Fi Calling, Wi-Fi Miracast
Digital Player (Recorder)
AAC-LC, AC-3, Apple Lossless, Audible, Audible AAX, EAC3, FLAC, HE-AAC, HE-AAC v2, LPCM, MP3, protected AAC Supported Digital Audio Standards AMR, DFF, DSD, DSF, FLAC, IMY, M4A, MID, MIDI, MP3, MXMF, OGG, OTA, PCM, RTTTL, RTX, WAV, WMA, XMF, apt-X
H.264, HEIF, HEVC, M-JPEG, MPEG-4 Part 2 Supported Digital Video Standards 3G2, 3GP, ASF, AVI, FLV, M4V, MKV, MPEG-4, WMV, WebM
Flash Memory
64 GB Internal Memory Capacity 64 GB
Front-facing Camera
7 Megapixel Sensor Resolution 8 Megapixel
f/2.2 Lens Aperture f/1.7

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