Comparative review of Apple iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy Note 8

In this article, we will analyze in detail what to expect from the two most expensive smartphones: released in the summer Galaxy Note 8 and on sale November 3 iPhone X.


Modern smartphones are available as ever before. For $ 100 or less, you can take a new apparatus, which is able to provide you with access to the Internet from everywhere, exit to social networks, even photos of good quality.

These budget devices are well suited for poor buyers, but there is no shortage of more expensive devices, where more widely functionality is offered on large screens with high resolution, there are advanced cameras, more Smooth performance and an attractive appearance.

At the very top of the price range, we see extremely expensive smartphones, which relate to luxury subjects. There are premium materials like skin, gold, even precious stones. In this case, such devices usually from the process point are nothing remarkable.

You are reading the review of the portal, Original material was published on November 13, 2017.


In 2017, we waited for mass smartphones that stepped over the mark of $ 1000. Let them not transfix diamonds as the luxurious models of past years, but their appearance attracts the look, and the advanced technologies are located inside.

When you spend such money on a smartphone, then we are waiting for perfection, but even at such a level there is both the dignity and disadvantages that the smartphone can make not so attractive as its competitor.

In this article, we will discern what pluses and minuses have two most popular flagship : Galaxy Note 8 from samsung and Apple iPhone X.


2017 will enter the history of smartphones, since their appearance became rapid Change due to extended screens without frames. This made it possible to increase the size of the displays without increasing the size of the housing themselves. In the spring, this trend started after the appearance of flagship models LG G6 and SAMSUNG GALAXY S8. After that, Samsung has released a new frameless apparatus, Galaxy Note 8. iPhone X can also be classified as the second wave of frameless flagships.

Of them Note 8 is larger: long, wide, it is thicker and harder. In terms of appearance, the Apple smartphone is more like Galaxy S8 than the new smartphone Samsung itself. Someone can disappoint this, especially in terms of price. Note 8 comparable to the iPhone X in its approximate cost, while S8 is just 75% of the price of the iPhone X.

If you continue the conversation about the appearance, it is impossible not to pay attention to the height of Note 8. Wider The screen of both smartphones does not interfere with one edge to another finger, but the Galaxy needs to make more effort to get to the top. It is necessary to access quick settings and notifications, the size of this device makes this gesture.

On the lower edge of both devices, speakers and a connector for recharging and data transfer are located, but there is also a connector on Galaxy For headphones. Here Samsung engineers were able to find a storage space S-PEN. On the right edge there are power buttons, which on the iPhone X thus rose in size. The volume control is on the left, on the iPhone there is also a button "Do not disturb", on the Galaxy button to start the assistant Bixby.

Behind you will see double cameras, the appearance of which is noticeably different. On the Galaxy Cameras barely protrude beyond the body, whereas on the iPhone x protrusion is pretty obvious.

On both smartphones there are no familiar physical buttons Home. On Note 8 Fingerprint Scanner moved to the back to release the place for the front screen. This is not the most convenient place because the scanner is too high and you need to reach it. Apple also refused the Home button, but did not look for a new place for the print scanner and removed it at all. Instead, a facial recognition system is used to enter the device.


seems to That between the screens on these two smartphones is much in common, but in fact even more between them differences. Both are very wide, the aspect ratio is 18.5: 9 in Samsung and 19.5: 9 from Apple.

In both cases, panels OLED, Apple does it for the first time. Each screen has rounded corners, which is familiar to superwater screens.

Despite such similarities, there are many ways to stand out. Samsung has provided its screen with curved edges, as a result of which the frame is completely absent. On the iPhone X, the minimum frames on the edges are saved.

On the other hand, Apple has a much smaller frame from below and from above. In many ways it was possible to achieve thanks to the cut at the top of the screen, where the front camera is located, ear sink, sensors for Face ID. Even with this cut, we can say that Apple is leading in terms of aesthetics, since the framework from all sides of the screen is about the same. The effect turns out quite impressive: the device does not look like a smartphone with a screen on it, but as a device that is built around the screen. Such a design has consequences, rounded angles have a larger radius than Note 8, as a result of which part of the screen area is lost.

Each smartphone provides high color reproduction accuracy, Samsung gets additional points for the ability to adjust the screen. You can choose not only between predetermined profiles, but also manually change the color balance. The Apple True Tone system is designed to automate the color setting depending on the surrounding lighting, so that the user has less control.

Apple wins the brightness plan of the screen, the maximum value is much higher than on the Galaxy Note 8, even with manual settings.

Interface and functionality

When a comparison of devices on Android and iOS is compared to avoid Disputes about the advantages and disadvantages of these platforms. It can be fascinating reading, but you can skip the unique elements of specific devices. We better talk about how these smartphones stand out in terms of interaction with the user.

A distinctive feature of Note 8 is the presence of of the stylus. It is based on the same model that was in Galaxy Note 7, new functionality received AIR COMMAND commands, users can quickly write notes, including on the screen off.

Interface Galaxy Note 8

There is a button to turn on the Samsung Bixby assistant. The assistant has many interesting opportunities, especially when using the camera to recognize items through the Bixby Vision, but the popularity of users is not too big to buy a smartphone for this. Most conversations are kept on how to avoid accidental clicking on this button, which now has become possible after the software update is released.

On iPhone X, the uniqueness lies in the navigation method without the Home button. It will take some time addictive: gesture from below opens the home screen, the gesture to the middle of the screen starts a list of open applications. It is necessary to adapt to this gesture to be accurate.

You should also talk about biometric safety on these smartphones. Apple abandoned the Touch ID scanner in favor of the Face ID Face Recognition System, which uses the TrueDepth chamber and the infrared projector in the Xbox Kinect style to mark the user's head circuits. Samsung has its own biometric system, there is here and the fingerprint scanner, the scanning of the iris, even facial recognition, although not so complicated as on iPhone X.

iPhone X

Face ID works excellent: systems Fast, accurate and seems pretty reliable. The only complaint is that after unlocking the smartphone you need to make a gesture up the lock screen to access the home screen. It seems unnecessary extra step, you will have to get used to it.

The facial recognition on Samsung immediately starts the home screen, but the system is not as high-quality as Apple, it is easier to cheat. It is slower and less reliable, so it is recommended to avoid it at all.

Scanning a rainbow shell is more reliable, but there are problems here. You can configure the operation directly on the lock screen, without the need for further interaction, but there are difficulties when wearing glasses. The system also works quite slowly and capriciously. Scanning fingerprint continues to be the fastest and most reliable method, but this time the scanner is not too comfortable behind, reach it not easy.

Processor and Memory

Naturally, at a price of $ 1000, the device works on the most modern components. This means the processor Snapdragon 835 for Note 8, the international version works on Samsung Exynos 8895. iPhone X uses A11 BIONIC.

It seems that these processors are capable of solving any task that can be put in front of the mobile device. They act extremely quickly and provide smooth and responsive interaction with the smartphone.

If you look more detail, Apple has a solid advantage in all tests. Although the victory of the American manufacturer is obvious, it is difficult to find the situation at which Note 8 would be slow.

Samsung is leading in volume of RAM, which is 6 GB against 3 GB in iPhone X. Operating systems are distinguished in terms of the requirements for the amount of memory, they Multitasking work in different ways, so the direct comparison is impossible. We can say that each smartphone is enough of them.

Basic models received 64 GB of flash memory, Samsung has support for memory cards MicroSD.


In Note 8 Samsung first introduced Double chamber, on the iPhone X, it is also double and contains a number of innovative features.

They have a lot of common: two sensors of 12 megapixel are used, one wide-angle, other telephoto, each chamber has optical stabilization of the image. The dimensions of the aperture are also comparable. However, these similarities do not mean that the quality of the photos will be the same, since the process of image processing also plays a big role.


IPhone X camera interface (left) and Note 8 (right)

Front cameras are more stronger, Samsung uses an 8 megapixel sensor with autofocus, Apple is a TrueDepth camera with a resolution of 7 megapixel. The latter applies Face ID technology with an analysis of the image depth information.

Image quality

The terms "wide-angle" and "telephoto" from different manufacturers can mean different things, but in this case the angle of view of these lenses Comparable, frames are similar. This simplifies the comparison process.

In the mode of automatic shooting, the photos on Note 8 have less contrast compared to iPhone X, the colors are leaned and natural. On the iPhone X color more bold, but the main difference is in the contrast, the edges of the image on Galaxy look more delineated. Everything may depend on the taste of a specific user, but in this case we will give preference note 8.

Automatic HDR on both smartphones is also working normally, iPhone x shows a little higher detail on bright plots when note 8 better manifests itself in the shade.

Snapshots with iPhone X (left) and Note 8 (right)

Double chambers are used to create bokeh effect. The basic mode works on smartphones equally, but each has its own methods of improving quality. Apple offers in portrait mode Effects of lighting, including the ability to remove the background, Samsung allows you to switch between wide-angle chamber and telephoto.

Front Apple also offers a portrait shooting that is still quite rare. The first attempt was successful, although how the Pixel 2 has a problem with the detection of the edge of the object. If everything works, the quality is at a high level. Samsung has a selective focus on the front chamber, but Apple option seems best.

Record Video

On Note 8 There are many shooting modes, including the usual video and optimized for a wide smartphone screen. Apple choice is less, but there is support for the 4K recording at the speed of 60 frames / s.

Smartphones have similar limitations, they allow you to switch between chambers when shooting at a low resolution with low frame frequency, but cannot be done at higher values. Changing the focus in video easier occurs on Galaxy, at least it concerns close objects. iPhone X preferences further further shooting. Sound is clean in both cases, but it is louder on Galaxy.


Excellent screens do not have problems displaying high-quality color video. As for sound, there is a shortage of balance.

The Note 8 speaker sounds normally, but stereo speakers iPhone X are superior to it. Here the sound is richer and has the best chalk.

But Galaxy has greater flexibility in terms of using headphones, since there remained an analog connector 3.5 mm. Many users are pleased with the supplied headphones, for them, Apple has Lightning Earpods, which sound no worse than analog and convenient to work. Samsung makes it easy to use other headphones without having to carry adapter with you. This is the slight advantage of her smartphone.

Call quality

Recently, a number of expensive smartphones had problems with telephone calls. In the original review, it was said that there were no problems, but in a couple of days the news appeared that in the dynamics of iPhone X, risks and buzzings are heard. This happens at high volume, including when listening to audio.

on iPhone 8 and 8 PLUS The similar problem was also closed in updating iOS 11.0.2. Since now sounds are heard not only when conversations, the reason may be different. The victims write that Apple has replaced their smartphones, so the problem can be a hardware.

For long telephone conversations, the iPhone X use a little simpler thanks to a narrower body.

Autonomous operation

Optimization of power consumption has always been a challenge for smartphone manufacturers, in the case of large powerful devices, this problem becomes even more acute.

Apple has long been able to manage a smaller battery, so happened this time. Battery capacity iPhone x 2700 mAh against 3300 mAh on Note 8. It is also necessary to take into account the difference in the size of screens, processors and other components in order to understand the causes of differences in autonomy.

In the tests with the on-screen screen, the iPhone X worked 8 and a half hours, Note 8 just about 8 hours. The difference was 51 minutes, which cannot be called a big discrepancy. In addition, from different users, they may differ depending on the brightness of the screen and scripts of use.

Both smartphones support wireless recharging, which was not before the iPhone. However, it is more interesting about things with conventional wired recharging, because Galaxy fully charges the battery for 87 minutes faster than the iPhone X. The latter is required for more than three hours when using the supplied adapter. It would seem, after the ignition of the batteries, Note 7 Samsung should have been particularly careful, the more value its advantage in this aspect.


When we spend 70-90 thousand rubles per smartphone, they should There are many advantages, and in this case they are. The devices offer better gaming performance, the highest quality cameras, attractive appearance and software.

However, despite all the external beauty, call these purchases are not a good deal turns the language. We'll have to overpay for large screens, shiny bends, stylus and TrueDepth chamber. If you are an Apple or Samsung fan, cheaper iPhone 8 and Galaxy S8 may be quite sufficient.

The models in question are devices for the most tary technology enthusiasts. They are for those who want to be on the edge of technical progress and will not stand for the sake of this price.

For many, the decisive factor of choice will be the preference of the operating system based on previous smartphones. Note 8 has an advantage in the form of a stylus, more natural photos, less recharging time. iPhone X is more convenient to wear and hold in your hand, as well as its performance above.

Perhaps both of these smartphones are not for you and their exclusive capabilities do not justify a high price in your eyes. If this is not the case, any of the two options offers the best thing that is in smartphones at the moment.

Pros of iPhone X

  • Performance
  • Quality of Dynamics
  • Ease of operation with one hand
  • more developed software
Pluses of Galaxy Note 8
  • Stylus
  • Rechart speed
  • Support for memory cards
  • Headphone connector