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CNET Tech Review
Galaxy S8 vs. OnePlus 5We pit the premium Galaxy S8 against the affordable OnePlus 5 to find out which one is the better buy.
For years Samsung has dominated the Android phone industry, with it's latest Galaxy S8 it delivered another top tier phone with gorgeous looks and a super fast, reliable performance. But it's not the only top choice available, OnePlus has been clawing it's way up the industry, too, and it's recent OnePlus 5 not only looks and works great. But is hundreds of dollars less than its high end competition. So, how do they stack up against one another? We compared the two and see. [MUSIC] With its bare leader bezels and its slim silhouette, the S8 is smaller than the one plus, but has a bigger display. It's edge to edge screen and glossy back adds to the sleek esthetic. But it's biggest advantage is that it's water-resistant. And you can submerge in up to four feet of water for 30 minutes. The One Plus can handle a few drops here and there, but don't dunk it for any significant amount of time and expect it to keep ticking. As for its design, the One Plus does look similar to years past Past, but it has a solid build and its fingerprint reader is not right next to the camera lens, like it is on the S8, which is a good thing. [MUSIC] Both the review units pack a Snapdragon 835 chipset from [UNKNOWN]. The phones are speed demons and day to day tasks work smoothly. The benchmarks we ran also reflect this as the phones are in similarly high mark. But when it came to battery life, the One Plus 5 surpassed the Galaxy S8. Clocking in nearly 18 hours of continuous video playback against the S8's 16 hours. [MUSIC] Both phones take bright, vibrant photos and crisp close up shots. But the One Plus takes better low light pictures and the dual camera and telephoto setup Takes smoother, more dramatic portrait shots, with a blurry background. The S8 takes sharper pictures with more details, at full resolution. And we preferred the white balance on the S8 too, as the OnePlus turned some pictures a little too warm for our tastes. If you're a no mess, no fuss type of person, you'll prefer the OnePlus's cool minimalism. It features no bloatware and a clean interface that comes pretty close to pure Android. Right. But while the S8 has a higher learning curve it can do a lot more stuff and touch whiz is a lot easier to navigate now than years past. You'll get expandable memory and Samsung's digital assistant Bixby. It still hasn't reached its full attention yet but when it does you can bet your S8 it will be capable of even more things. [MUSIC] The ONEPLUS starts out at $479. While the S8 cost upwards from $700. This one's a no brainer, at over $200 cheaper the Oneplus is a better friend to your wallet. So which one should you get? The answer to that depends on your budget. If you can afford to pay the $700 you'll be satisfied with the S8's sleek looks, durable water resistant design and feature packed software. But if you wanna save a lot more dough, the One Plus is the way to go. With features like a dual camera, a longer battery life, and premium hardware, you'll take a smaller hit on your wallet without feeling like you've compromised.