Some of Samsung’s older models, like the Galaxy S7, are superior to Apple’s newly released iPhone 8, according to Consumer Reports.
The nonprofit ranked the Galaxy S8, as well as its bigger brother the Galaxy S8 Plus, as the first and second highest performing smartphones on the market, reports the New York Post. The iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 8 were rated fourth and fifth, respectively. Right in the middle of the top five, ahead of Apple’s eagerly-introduced products, is the Samsung Galaxy S7, which was released in March 2016.
Sales for the iPhone 8 have so far been off to a relatively slow start. While it is possible that would-be customers are waiting for the highly-anticipated, nearly $1,000 iPhone X, it’s also quite conceivable that iPhones are losing their luster in comparison to other companies. Even as Samsung dealt with a scandal that involved the fall of the president of South Korea, and was forced to manage a hardware disaster which saw smartphones overheating and exploding, it still was able to succeed and continue to carve out a large stake in the smartphone market.
Apple has had problems of its own, even more recent than Samsung’s. Many consumers have complained about a “crackling” or “static” noise emitting from the iPhone 8 when connected to an earpiece. Apple later confirmed that it is addressing the technical debacle. Its inherent makeup and embedded features have also raised eyebrows, as Democratic Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota sent a letter to Apple voicing his concerns of the new iPhone X’s “Face ID” technology.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 comes in sixth, so not all of Samsung’s products are deemed better by the consumer-oriented organization. The study also did not include the iPhone X, which is set to be released Nov. 3.
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