The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ have received a lot of media buzz since their release date in mid-April of this year. The iPhone 7 which was released seven months prior did not receive a lot of attention. Why not? Because there were not significant changes from the iPhone 6 to 7.
This all being said; the iPhone 8 is expected to debut next month and the Galaxy S9 is projected to hit the market in April 2018. Therefore, a corporate rental may be your best option for the next several months to a year in order to take advantage of new product offerings.
If you are assessing which phone should become your company standard as you retire certain phones and add others, below is a good synopsis of what features are available today from each provider. I have highlighted in italics the winner in each bulleted category, based on the features known about each product.
Samsung Galaxy S8
- Display is 5.8" with Quad HD+ Super Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode (AMOLED). This adds a layer of semiconducting film behind the OLED panel which allows it to more quickly activate each pixel. That increased speed makes it ideal for larger, higher definition displays with a lot of pixels.
- 2960 x 1440 resolution, with 570 Pixels Per Inch (PPI).
42% better resolution than iPhone 7
- Battery life: 12-44 hours
- Cyber Security
- 10nm processor which is 27% faster and consumes 40% less power than earlier Samsung Galaxy models.
- Android 7.0 Nougat Operating System
- Number of Apps: 2.8 million
Up to more than 600,000 apps over iPhone
- Bixby personal assistant understands talk, text, and taps
Two other modes to gain the information you need
- Storage capacity: 128 GB
- Works with Samsung Gear Virtual Reality rental units
- Retina HD display which is 5.5” LED-backlit widescreen
- 1920 x 1080 resolution with 401 Pixels Per Inch (PPI)
- Battery life: 14-60 hours
Up to 36% longer battery life over Samsung
- No cyber security due to closed operating system
- A10 Fusion features 4-core architecture, providing speeds 2x faster than the iPhone 6 and consumes 20% of the power of previous high-performance cores. This feature saves significant battery life by directing simple tasks to the low-power cores.
- iOS 10 Operating System
- Number of Apps: 2.2 Million
- Siri personal assistant uses your voice to send messages and set reminders
- Storage capacity: 32-256 GB
Twice the capacity over the Samsung
- 3D Multi-Touch which allows developers to enrich their functionality
As I stated in Tuesday’s iPad versus Samsung tablet post, much of your decision criteria should rest on what employees will do with the phones, the native apps that will support these devices, the storage required to run them and the amount of security you need on each phone.
Both phones are fast and have decent battery life. The Samsung Galaxy 8 has better screen resolution and a better personal assistant than the iPhone…at least for the moment.