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Samsung Galaxy S7 vs. iPhone 6s
The iPhone vs. Galaxy dilemma lives on in 2016, as the dynamic between the two most popular brands in smartphones (by a longshot) has changed yet again, with the release of Samsung's latest models. Let's see how the new Galaxy S7 compares to Apple's iPhone 6s.
The Galaxy S7 is 4 percent taller and 5 percent wider than the iPhone 6s. The iPhone is 10 percent thinner and, curiously, both phones are a bit thicker than their respective predecessors.
Keep in mind that both handsets have bigger phablet siblings, the Galaxy S7 edge and iPhone 6s Plus, that we aren't including in this comparison (we'll get to them soon enough).
The iPhone 6s is 6 percent lighter.
You won't find many handsets with premium builds that are on par with these two (though the Nexus 6P and HTC's One lineup hold their own as well).
Like last year's Galaxy flagships, the S7 has a glass back and aluminum frame, but this year its back is curved – similar to the Note 5.
That asterisk is sitting next to the silver Galaxy S7 because US wireless carriers are up to their old shenanigans again, this time not offering the silver version of the standard GS7 (apparently silver is a Galaxy S7 edge exclusive in the US, at least for now).
Unless you're drawn towards the iPhone in other categories, then this could be one of the biggest reasons to go with the Galaxy. For only a little more size and weight, its screen is 18 percent bigger.
The Galaxy S7 also has a 77 percent sharper display, based on pixel density. The iPhone's display looks great in other ways (and 326 PPI still looks fairly sharp), but for this 4.7-inch model Apple is clinging to the same PPI that we saw on 2010's iPhone 4.
This is familiar ground, as Super AMOLED vs. IPS is par for the course in iPhone vs. Galaxy showdowns.
This year Samsung threw in an always-on display for the GS7, which lets you glance at the time, date and notifications without touching your phone.
Apple's 3D Touch lets you take some shortcuts around iOS by pressing your finger on the screen with a little (or a lot) force to pop up previews and bring up menu items.
We found 3D Touch to make the experience a little zippier, and it is more than a gimmick. With that said, we also aren't sold on it as a must-have game-changer (i.e. we don't miss it on other phones).
Both handsets have excellent touch-based fingerprint sensors on their home buttons.
You can use either phone as a sort of wallet replacement, with either Samsung Pay or Apple Pay. Samsung's advantage is that it can work at most regular credit card terminals, not requiring the NFC adapters that need to be installed for Apple Pay.
The Galaxy S7 has a much bigger (higher-capacity) battery, but we'll need to run some battery tests on a S7 review unit before we can jump to any conclusions here.
While nearly all high-end Android flagships these days have Quick Charge tech, Apple has yet to go that route with the iPhone.
The Galaxy S7 still supports wireless charging, as well as fast wireless charging, provided you throw down for a special US$70 Samsung charging pad.
Both phones' batteries are sealed shut. If you want to swap out for a fresh one on the go, you may want to look at the LG G5.
Samsung included a liquid cooling system in the Galaxy S7, which could help your phone chill out during lengthier gaming sessions (including the next category).
If you're interested in mobile VR as an entry-level alternative to high-end gear like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, then the Galaxy S7 is the far better choice, as the $99 Gear VR is far and away the best mobile VR right now. And if you pre-order the GS7, you get the Gear VR for free.
You can pick up third-party mobile VR headsets that will kinda work with the iPhone, but none of them come remotely close to the experience of the Gear. For starters, the iPhone's 4.7-inch screen makes for too narrow a field of view to provide high-quality VR, plus iOS' selection of VR content is extremely weak compared to the Oculus Store's.
Camera resolution is tied up – and both phones take terrific shots. Based on our brief hands-ons, we think the Galaxy S7 has a strong chance of beating the iPhone 6s as a camera, thanks to its incredible speed and low-light capabilities. Stay tuned.
Camera aperture (rear)
One part of the low-light equation is aperture, where the Galaxy S7 wins by a fair margin.
Physical camera shortcut
Samsung's handy home button double-tap shortcut is back, letting you fire up the camera app in record times.
For the iPhone, you'll still need to turn on the lock screen and then swipe the camera icon to jump from a sleeping phone to snapped pic.
Only Apple's larger (5.5-inch) iPhones have Optical Image Stabilization, which can help avoid blur in shaky-handed shots.
On paper, it looks like the Galaxy S7 trounces the iPhone, but you can never judge an Apple mobile chip based on its cores and clock speed alone. The A9 SoC is a speed demon, as is the Snapdragon 820 that you'll find in the US, China and Japan versions of the GS7 (the rest of the world gets an octa-core Samsung Exynos 8990 in its place).
The Galaxy S7 doubles the iPhone's RAM, though this is somewhat remedied by iOS' strong memory management.
We find it annoying that Apple is still selling 16 GB iPhones in 2015-16. With larger photo and video files, as well as bigger app sizes, that just doesn't cut it for many people anymore – at least not without a microSD slot.
Speaking of which, Samsung brought one of those back this year, to complement your internal storage.
Here's another feature Samsung brought back from the dead: like its 2014 flagship, the 2016 GS7 has built-in water resistance. Only this time it's an internal approach, not requiring the external port cover we saw on the GS5.
There have been reports that the iPhone 6s has some unofficial water resistance that Apple isn't advertising, though, so this may not be the huge advantage for the Galaxy that it appears to be.
The Galaxy S7 runs Android Marshmallow with Samsung's TouchWiz UI on top, while the iPhone runs iOS 9.
The Galaxy S7 launches in the US on March 11, while the iPhone 6s has been around for close to six months already.
Starting price (full retail)Starting price (full retail)
Base full retail prices are close (we're ballparking the Galaxy S7's number, as it varies a bit from carrier to carrier). And remember that most US shoppers will pay this total over the course of two years, rather than all at once.
Also keep in mind that the Galaxy S7 gives you double the internal storage in that entry-level tier, in addition to expandable storage. The entry-level iPhone's storage woes reek of an upselling trick, as the second-tier ($100 more expensive) iPhone 6s jumps all the way up to 64 GB.
For more, you can read our full reviews of the Galaxy S7 and iPhone 6s.
Samsung Galaxy S7 vs iPhone 6s: Which one is the best smartphone?
When we compared iPhone 6s with Samsung Galaxy S6 in September, it was difficult to pick a winner. Some said it was unfair to compare it with the Galaxy S6 as it was almost six months old, so now that Samsung unveiled its much-awaited Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge we thought we should compare it with the new Samsung flagship to see how it stacks up against Apple’s iPhone 6s.
Samsung certainly raised its game with the Galaxy S6 with an all-new design. The front had a familiar look and feel to it, but the metal frame with the shiny bezel, and glass back panel instead of cheap plastic that it has always been criticized for, made them the most visually stunning devices Samsung has ever made. So you can’t fault Samsung for not making any major changes in the design with the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. Instead Samsung added IP68 dust-proof and water resistant capabilities and an SD Card slot. The IP68 rating without the use of any port covers is quite a feat of engineering.
iPhone 6s comes with a unibody aluminum chassis and glass front panel that is curved around the edges of the display. Apple has used 7000 series aluminium for iPhone 6s’ chassis, which makes it stronger and less slippery than its predecessor.
It is difficult to pick between the iPhone 6s and Galaxy S7 when it comes to design, they’re probably the most good looking smartphones that are available in the market. I would give the Galaxy S7 an edge as I don’t like the ugly antenna bands at the back of the iPhone 6s.
iPhone 6s comes with a 4.7-inch Retina HD display with a 1334×740 resolution serving up to 326 PPI. It also comes with 3D Touch, one of the major new features of the device. 3D Touch introduces a completely new way with how you interact with your iPhone. Instead of just tap and gestures, the iPhone 6s is also capable of detecting how much pressure has been applied on the screen. You can check out our article on how 3D Touch in iPhone 6s works to know more about it. The glass screen of the new iPhone is manufactured from a new dual ion-exchange process, which involves replacing sodium ions in glass with potassium ions, which Apple says makes it the strongest glass ever used on a smartphone.
Galaxy S7 comes with a larger 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display with a 2560×1440 resolution serving up to 577 PPI. Display experts, DisplayMate, say that the newest smartphone from Samsung improves in every area that could be improved upon from the Galaxy S6, and even manages to earn the publication’s “Best Smartphone Display” award for all of its improvements.
Processor and RAM
iPhone 6s is powered by Apple’s new 1.85 GHz A9 chip, which comes with an embedded coprocessor and 2GB RAM.
Galaxy S7 is powered by Samsung’s Exynos 8890 chip comprising of 4 x Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.5GHz and 4x custom M1 cores clocked at 2.4GHz.
On paper, Galaxy S7 seems far superior, but we will have to wait for the benchmark scores to find out if it outperforms the iPhone 6s. Despite having just a dual-core 1.85GHz processor, iPhone 6s had outperformed the Galaxy S6 in single-core performance in benchmark tests with a score of 2488 compared to Galaxy S6’s score of 1213. iPhone 6 had offered similar multi-core performance as the Galaxy S6. Leaked benchmarks have revealed that the Galaxy S7 GPU performance will be better than iPhone 6s/iPhone 6s Plus.
Single-core performance is arguably the most important performance metric for smartphones. Every app benefits from improved single-core performance while only specialized applications will benefit from improved multi-core performance.
iPhone 6s and Galaxy S7 both ship with terrific smartphone cameras. Galaxy S6’s camera got rave reviews, and according to some experts, it was better than the iPhone 6s especially in low-light conditions. Samsung has upped the ante even further with the Galaxy S7. It comes with a 12.7-megapixel camera, which is a downgrade in terms of resolution compared to Galaxy S6’s 16MP camera but with larger 1.4µ pixels. Galaxy S7 also features a large f/1.7 aperture and OIS, which when combined with the large 1.4u pixels should make the Galaxy S7’s camera even better for low-light shooting.
S7’s camera sensor comes with a bigger aperture so it has an edge over the iPhone 6s (f/2.2) when it comes to taking photos in low-light. It also has Optical Image Stabalization (OIS), which is available only on the iPhone 6s Plus.
Samsung has also included a breakthrough ‘dual pixel’ technology, which allows the Galaxy S7 camera to focus almost instantly. No, we are not even talking about 0.25 seconds focus time here, we are talking about almost instantaneous focus, irrespective of the lighting condition. ‘Dual pixel’ sensor technology is usually seen in DSLRs, and this is the first time that this technology has been employed in a smartphone camera sensor.A dual pixel sensor uses 100 percent of the pixels for phase-detection
A dual pixel sensor uses 100 percent of the pixels for phase-detection autofocus, while a traditional camera sensor with PDAF uses less than 5 percent of the pixels for this. The light being absorbed by the sensor is sent to two pixels — instead of one — which then allows the ISP to process it better and focus quickly.
iPhone 6s comes with a 12-megapixel camera with 1.22µ pixels. Apple has been renowned for the quality of its smartphone camera for years. The camera alone was a reason to recommend the iPhone over Android smartphones. However, things have changed in the last couple of years as Android OEMs have managed to catch up, and in some scenarios even outshine the iPhone.
Apple had introduced a new feature with the iPhone 6s called Live Photos, a way to bring photos to life, which is quite cool. It may seem gimmicky to some people, but people with children will immediately realize the value of the feature. Not surprisingly, Samsung has introduced its own take on the feature called Motion Photos.
One of the things that probably matters most when it comes to the smartphone is battery life. Galaxy S6 comes with a 3000 mAh battery, which is almost twice as big as iPhone 6s’ 1715 mAH battery. It remains to be seen how the Galaxy S7 performs in real world situations. Despite Samsung claims that Galaxy S6 offers better battery than the iPhone 6, the general feedback has been largely negative, with some users struggling to get more than 3 hours of screen-on time on their Galaxy S6.
On Verizon, the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge have been priced at $672 and $792, respectively, with monthly instalment plans starting from $28 and $33/month. On T-Mobile, you can buy Samsung’s latest Galaxies for $669 and $779. AT&T is charging the highest for the retail variant of the handsets: $695 and $795; though under its Next plan you can get the handsets for $23.17 and $26.50 monthly payments. Sprint is charging the lowest at $650 and $750 for the full retail variants of the handset. Please note these prices are for the entry-level 32GB model.
But if you’re planning to buy the Galaxy S7 then it may be a good idea to wait for sometime, as unlike Apple, Samsung ends up slashing prices after a month or two. When Samsung launched the Galaxy S6, it was priced at $672, but since then prices have dropped, and you were able to get it for as low as $576 for the entry-level 32GB model in couple of months.
iPhone 6s starts at $649 for the 16GB model, however unlike Samsung, don’t expect Apple to drop prices anytime soon.
So if you wait for sometime, you can not only get the Galaxy S7 for a lower price, you also get twice the storage space for that amount.
Samsung Galaxy S7 vs iPhone 6s Tech Specs
Here’s a more detailed comparison of the two flagship smartphones.
Click on this link to see a larger version of the comparison
Samsung made a strategic mistake by following Apple’s footsteps by forgoing features such as removable battery, microSD card slot and waterproofing. It didn’t do down too well with their ardent followers, as those were the primary reasons to buy their smartphones over the iPhone. But Samsung seems to have learnt its lesson and responded by including a microSD card slot, waterproofing, a bigger battery along with more RAM.
iPhone 6s Pros
- 3D Touch
- Tight software and hardware integration
- App Ecosystem
Samsung Galaxy S6 Pros
- Low-light photos and OIS
- Wireless Charging
- Fast Charging
Some of the key advantages of the iPhone 6s over the Samsung Galaxy S7 are 3D Touch, ease of use due to the tight integration of hardware, software and services, the quality of apps, and support, which is probably one of the most underrated aspects that people consider while buying a device. On the flip side, Android is a lot more tweakable, which makes it a compelling option for power users.
In case of the Galaxy S7, it comes with a better camera when it comes to taking photos in low-light, and comes with innovative features that are not available on the iPhone like Wireless Charging and Fast Charging, which allows you to charge your device without needing a chord, and allows the Galaxy S7 to be charged from 0-50% in just over 30 minutes, and to 100% in just over 100 minutes (iPhone 6s takes 3 hours or 180 minutes to charge). The fact that it is dust and water resistance is another advantage. Samsung is also giving its Gear VR virtual reality headset to those who pre-order Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. Taking everything into consideration, Samsung Galaxy S7 seems like the better smartphone, however, it remains to be seen if people will leave the ease of use of the iPhone 6s and the app ecosystem to switch to an Android smartphone.
I hope I have been fair in my comparison and haven’t sounded biased towards Apple. Feel free to rip it apart in the comments below, and I will be happy to update the post with your inputs if you have a valid argument.
You may also like to check:
- iPhone 6s Review
- iPhone 6s Plus Review
- Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Review
Samsung Galaxy S7 vs iPhone 6s hands on comparison
Samsung and Apple are undeniably the two dominant forces in the smartphone world, and every time one of them launches their latest and greatest, there’s naturally a lot of curiosity with regards to how it stacks up against its biggest competition. Well, Samsung just took the wraps off their latest Galaxy S series flagship at MWC 2016, and so we pit it against the current best from Apple, in this quick look at the Samsung Galaxy S7 vs iPhone 6s!
- Samsung Galaxy S7 hands on
- iPhone 6s vs Samsung Galaxy S6
Both smartphones share a lot of the design language found on their respective predecessors. This is of course, not unexpected, given that this is an “s” iteration in the case of the Apple smartphone, and with Samsung having introduced a much appreciated and major overhaul to the design only last year. However, there are subtle improvements with both that help further enhance aspects like build quality and handling experience, but those looking for dramatic changes with either device will be left disappointed.
In the case of the Galaxy S7, the metal and glass unibody construction returns from last year, but the sides and corners are more rounded off this time around. The backing also comes with curves along the sides, similar to what was seen with the Galaxy Note 5, and even though the Galaxy S7 is quite compact already, this design change makes for a much improved handling experience, with the device sitting far more comfortably in the palm of your hand. The camera protrusion on the back with last year’s devices is still to be seen, but is a lot more flush with the body this time around, which a lot more aesthetically pleasing. Compared to its predecessor, and the iPhone 6s, the Galaxy S7 also sees its advantages in the form of the return of expandable storage, and resistance to dust and water.
The changes are far less noticeable with the iPhone 6s, and while the design language remains largely the same, the latest iteration sees a difference in build quality, with the full metal device being built with a stronger 7000 series aluminium, likely done in order to avoid the “bendgate” issues its predecessor faced. This change resulted in the iPhone 6s also being marginally thicker, wider, taller, and heavier, than the iPhone 6, but certainly not enough for it to be noticeable. With a small 4.7-inch display, the iPhone 6s is noticeably smaller than almost all of its Android competition, but the very comfortable one-handed usability certainly has its positives.
Design has always come down to personal preference, but as we started to see last year, things continue to be closer than ever. The Galaxy S7 does make enough refinements to the design to avoid being confused with its predecessor, which is something that cannot be said for the iPhone 6s.
Things start to diverge quite significantly between these two smartphones as we continue through this comparison, starting with the display. While Galaxy S7 comes with a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with a Quad HD resolution, resulting in a pixel density of 577 ppi, the iPhone 6s features a 4.7-inch IPS LCD screen with a 1334 x 750 resolution, resulting in a pixel density of 326 ppi.
Despite significantly differing in size, resolution, and pixel densities, it has to be said that there isn’t a lot of difference in terms of clarity. The Quad HD screen does allow for more sharpness, but the iPhone’s display still manages to do a great job. However, the dissimilar underlying technologies do make a difference, with the Super AMOLED screen of the Galaxy S resulting in the vibrant and saturated colors, deep, inky blacks, and good viewing angles that we’re all used to. Granted, the display of the iPhone 6s is quite bright and vivid as well, and you will get an almost equally good display experience with it as well.
An interesting addition with the Galaxy S7 is the availability of an Always On display, letting you see the time, your notifications, the calendar, the weather information, and more, with a glance, and without needing to wake the phone.
Performance and hardware
The Galaxy S7 comes with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, backed by the Adreno 530 GPU and 4 GB of RAM, while some versions of the device will also be powered by the Exynos 8890. Meanwhile, the iPhone 6s Plus features a dual-core Apple A9 processor, clocked at 1.84 GHz, and backed by the PowerVR GT7600 GPU and 2 GB RAM. As always, a by the numbers comparison isn’t particularly fair, given the two very different ecosystems they cater to, and the fact that Apple’s control over both hardware and software allow levels of optimization that simply can’t be achieved by Android OEMs. This means that despite looking weak on-paper, the performance disparity between the two isn’t as significant as you’d expect.
We haven’t got to spend a lot of time with the Galaxy S7, but from what we’ve seen so far, things have been as smooth and snappy as expected, helped along by the even more streamlined software experience underneath. Performance on the iPhone 6s is really good as well, and while there have been some complaints of lag and stutter occasionally, things remain smooth for the most part. Both processing packages should be able to handle just about anything you throw at them, including intensive gaming.
In hardware, both devices come with fingerprint sensors embedded into the tactile home buttons up front. The functionality is the same with both, and both scanners are fast, accurate, and reliable, but we will have to test the scanner of the Galaxy S7 further to see if there’s been any improvements compared to the already impressive implementation from last year.
In terms of battery, the Galaxy S7 comes with a large 3,000 mAh battery, while the iPhone 6s packs a comparatively paltry 1,715 mAh unit. The iPhone 6s battery life certainly isn’t the best, and while it you may be able to squeeze out a full day of use with this device, you’ll certainly be running very low by the end of the day. The larger capacity of the Galaxy S7 should help improve battery life compared to the also average life of its predecessor, but more testing will be required before we can draw any conclusions. Wireless charging and fast charging capabilities also return with the Galaxy S7.
In additional hardware, the Galaxy S7 comes with a heart rate monitor, but also sees the triumphant return of expandable storage, up to an additional 200 GB via microSD card. Also coming back is resistance to dust and water, with an IP 68 rating, which means that the device can be submerged in up to 1.5 m of water for as long as 30 minutes, without any negative effects.
Additional hardware with the iPhone 6s comes in the form of 3D Touch, which uses a pressure-sensitive layer below the display, that allows for hidden menus to be shown when pressing on something like an app icon with a bit more force. This helps keep the menus and homescreens looking clean, while adding a lot of functionality, such as Peak and Pop, which allows for a preview of something like an email or an image, and using a little more force will then take you into the full image.
When it comes to the camera, the main story here is Apple’s enhancement to the camera package with the iPhone 6s, with the device now featuring a 12 MP rear camera, with a f/2.2 aperture and 5 MP front-facing unit. On the other hand, the Galaxy S7 also comes with a 12 MP rear camera with an f/1.7 aperture lens, and the sensor also sports a larger 1.4µm pixels, which should allow the camera to take in much more light, and make for far better performance in low light conditions.
We weren’t able to spend enough time with the Galaxy S7 camera to get a good idea of what it is capable of, but if previous generations are any indication, the camera should be great. Apple is also known for their camera prowess, and it’ll be interesting to pit these cameras against each other in a more in-depth comparison a bit further down the road.
Finally, on the software side of things, you get the latest iteration of TouchWiz on top of Android Marshmallow with the Galaxy S7, in an even more streamlined iteration. Perhaps the biggest change in the software is a new experimental feature, found in the Galaxy Labs section of the Settings menu, that allows you to turn off the app drawer altogether. The end result is an experience that looks a bit more akin to the iPhone’s UI, and could be indicative of what the future of Android looks like as well. Of course this remains an optional feature on the Galaxy S7 — the same can’t be said for the iPhone, where app drawers aren’t possible thanks to the locked down nature of the UI.
The software experience with the iPhone has been largely unchanged from generation to generation. The home screens remain grid of icons, with the only way to keep things somewhat free from getting too cluttered being folders. There have been a few additions over the last couple of years that have made a difference, such as the notification dropdown, with a secondary screen can bring up a few extra shortcuts and glances at some contextual information, and a swipe up from the bottom opens the Control Center, where a number of controls and toggles are easily accessible. Of course, there is also 3D Touch now, which brings in an extra layer of functionality where applicable, while maintaining the aesthetically simplicity overall.
Conclusion at a glance
So there you have it for this quick look at the Samsung Galaxy S7 vs iPhone 6s! Things were a lot closer between the two last year in terms of design, build quality, and hardware features, but with key elements like expandable storage and water and dust resistance making a return, there is actually more separation this time around. 3D Touch is a useful addition with the iPhone that can prove to be game changer over time, so it really comes down to what features are more important to you.
Stay tuned with Android Authority for more great coverage from MWC 2016!
Samsung Galaxy S7 vs iPhone 6S: Which is the best?
iPhone 6S vs Galaxy S7: Apple vs Samsung battle it out for mobile domination
The Samsung Galaxy S7 is now on the market, heralding the next round in the ongoing Samsung vs Apple smartphone grudge match.
Now that our review is in, we can confirm that the Galaxy S7 is a serious contender for the top smartphone crown. It might pack a familiar design, but a faster CPU, improved battery, and a stunning-looking camera could well be giving Apple more cold sweats than the FBI.
Of course, it wasn’t too long ago that Apple released its iPhone 6S flagship. Many saw that phone as one of Apple’s best ever ‘S’ devices, so it’s not like Samsung has the market all sown up right up until the launch of the iPhone 7.
Here’s a step-by-step breakdown of Samsung’s new handset and how it stacks up against Apple’s current iPhone. Watch our Galaxy S7 vs iPhone 6S comparison video
Samsung Galaxy S7 vs iPhone 6S: Design
Samsung Galaxy S7: 7.9mm thick, 152g, metal alloy, glass front and back, IP68 certified, Black/Gold iPhone 6S: 7.1mm thick, 143g, Series 7000 anodised aluminium back, Space Gray/Silver/Gold/Rose Gold
The Galaxy S6 was the prettiest phone Samsung’s ever made by quite some margin. It ditched the horrid plastic backs seen on past Galaxy phones, replacing them with a wonderfully luxurious mix of glass and metal. The design made the Galaxy S6 look and feel premium.
However, its design still didn’t completely beat Apple’s. While the iPhone 6S’s design doesn’t radically differ from its predecessor, the iPhone 6, it remains one of, if not the best put together phones on the market. true, it may not be as iconic as the iPhone 4 or iPhone 5, but it’s a much more pleasant phone to use day-to-day.
It’s curvier and somehow warmer than previous iPhones. What’s more, with Apple’s use of Series 7000 aluminium, it’s also tougher than before.
However, picking between it and the Galaxy S7 is tricky, as Samsung’s made a number of small but important design changes to its latest flagship. The camera sensor bump is gone and Samsung’s added a few millimetres to the thickness by adding a slight curvature to the back, reminiscent of the Galaxy Note 5.
This thickening is actually a considerable improvement, making it much more comfortable to hold and less prone to slipping out of your hand. It also means that the Galaxy S7 is a lot easier to pick up from a flat surface, which is an important attribute.
What’s more, Samsung somehow managed to make the gorgeous looking Galaxy S7 IP68 certified. This means that, unlike the iPhone 6S, the Galaxy S7 can survive an accidental aquatic encounter unscathed. That this has been achieved with no external signs of ‘ruggedisation’ – flaps, a thicker display etc. – is impressive.
Samsung’s design hasn’t really gotten any prettier this year, then, but it has become a lot more practically sound. That’s just as important as aesthetic considerations, if not more so, and it’s enough to give the Galaxy S7 a win over the iPhone 6S in this area.
Read also: iPhone 7 specs
Galaxy S7 vs iPhone 6S: Display
Samsung Galaxy S7: 5.1-inch Super AMOLED, 2,560 x 1,440, 577ppi iPhone 6S: 4.7-inch IPS LCD, 1334 x 750, 326ppi, 3D Touch
The Samsung Galaxy S7’s display is very similar indeed to the S6’s. This means that once again it is radically sharper than the iPhone 6S’s screen, and once again displays deeper blacks thanks to its Super AMOLED tech.
For those that don’t know, AMOLED screens display deeper and richer blacks by electrically charging each individual pixel when generating colours, letting them create blacks simply by turning off the relevant pixels. LCD technology lights up all pixels, even when they’re displaying black, making for a slightly washed out grey look. This means that the Galaxy S7, like the S6, has a more vibrant and sharp display than the iPhone 6S.
Of course, some will argue that AMOLED screens tend to be oversaturated, making films and pictures look false and other worldly. But Samsung, as always, offers a number of screen tone options so that you can attain a more naturalistic picture if you so wish.
Related: Galaxy S7 problems
That Galaxy S7 screen also has a cool new always-on feature. The feature is a low power screen mode that activates when the phone is put to sleep. It offers peek views of incoming notifications and alerts from certain services, meaning you can check who’s messaged you without having to fully power up the display.
However, we felt that this always-on feature was a little half-baked, with limited functionality and poor app support. It’s a nice idea, but it isn’t truly useful yet.
The Galaxy S7’s screen also doesn’t feature a competitor to Apple’s 3D Touch tech. 3D Touch is a nifty feature that lets the iPhone’s screen detect varying amounts of pressure. It can be used to enact a variety of tasks, like previewing emails and websites. For iPhone 6S owners familiar with 3D Touch, the lack of an equivalent feature on the Galaxy S7 could be a sticking point.
Galaxy S7 vs iPhone 6S: Performance
Samsung Galaxy S7: Exynos 8890 octa-core/Snapdragon 820 quad-core CPU, Adreno 530/Mali-T880 MP12 GPU, 4GB RAM iPhone 6S: Apple A9 64-bit dual-core CPU, 2GB RAM
The Galaxy S7 is powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 8890 processor in most territories, including here in the UK. Our US cousins get the more general, off-the-shelf (but still highly capable) Snapdragon 820.
Whichever chip you get, it will offer radically better performance than the Galaxy S6. Samsung claims that both will offer 30% better performance than the Galaxy S6’s Exynos 7420 64-bit octa-core CPU. The phone’s also got a memory upgrade, with Samsung having loaded the Galaxy S7 with a staggering 4GB of RAM.
Related: Galaxy S7 vs S7 Edge
Our own extensive hands-on time with the Galaxy S7 bears this performance boost out. Games in particular absolutely fly on this phone, whether it’s the fast-paced 3D racing thrills of Asphalt or the detailed 2D puzzling of Lara Croft Go.
The iPhone, meanwhile, has the dual-core A9 chip and 2GB of RAM. That combo matched the S6, and even exceeded it in general usage, but Samsung holds the advantage – at least until the iPhone 7 arrives.
Our multicore CPU benchmark tests showed that the Galaxy S7 had a clear lead over the iPhone 6S for high-end tasks.
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Galaxy S7 vs iPhone 6S: Camera
Samsung Galaxy S7: 12-megapixel, phase detection, Dual Pixels, OIS, f/1.7 lens, 1/2.6″ sensor, 1.4 µm pixel, 4K video, 5-megapixel front camera iPhone 6S: 12-megapixel rear camera, f/2.2 aperture, dual LED flash, 4K video recording, 5-megapixel front camera
The iPhone 6S is no slow poke when it comes to snapping photos. The phone’s automatic mode is one of the best we’ve seen on a smartphone and makes it quicker and easier to take great photos without having to get bogged down in complex settings.
It’s only drawback is its lack of optical image stabilisation (OIS), a factor that, combined with its lower f/2.2 aperture meant it struggled to compete with the Galaxy S6 in low light.
The Galaxy S7 widens the gulf in that respect, employing a number of techniques to help boost its low light performance.
For starters Samsung’s loaded the Galaxy S7 with a new 12-megapixel sensor – actually less than its predecessor – that’s been designed to capture bigger pixels, and as a consequence more light.
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The lens aperture has also been widened to f/1.7, meaning that much more light can physically enter the lens than with the iPhone 6S. Samsung claims the combination of factors mean the Galaxy S7 can capture 95 percent more light than its predecessor – which much equate to a whole heap more than the iPhone 6S.
Our own snaps seem to confirm this, with significantly better results in dark conditions for the Samsung phone.
But it’s not just in low-light performance that the Galaxy S7 camera betters the iPhone 6S. It also has the best autofocus system we’ve ever seen in a smartphone. It’s ridiculously quick and accurate.
The iPhone 6S camera remains one of the best in the business for general snaps in good lighting, in which the colour accuracy and general look is often preferable to the Galaxy S7 equivalent. But overall, the Galaxy S7 is the better photographic tool – especially when you factor in its handy home button shortcut and tweakable Pro mode.
Galaxy S7 vs iPhone 6S: Storage
Samsung Galaxy S7: 32GB, microSD iPhone 6S: 16GB / 64GB / 128GB
Samsung’s only loaded the Galaxy S7 with 32GB of internal storage. By comparison the iPhone 6S is currently available with 16GB, 64GB or 128GB of internal space.
So, a win to the iPhone, right? Not quite.
While the additional options are nice, and we wish Samsung had followed suit and offered more, the entry-level Apple offering is pretty much hopeless. 16GB is completely inadequate for a modern flagship phone.
Also, unlike last year’s Galaxy S6, the Galaxy S7 allows you to bolster its fixed storage with a microSD slot. Unfortunately, Samsung has shot itself in the foot somewhat by refusing to take up Google’s Adoptable Storage facility.
This feature effectively turns any inserted microSD card as part of the core system storage. As it is, you can shift photos, files, and some apps to the microSD card on the Galaxy S7, but you’re otherwise much more limited as to its usage.
Galaxy S7 vs iPhone 6S: Software
Samsung Galaxy S7: Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, TouchWiz UI iPhone 6S: iOS 9.3
Traditionally Samsung’s insistence on loading Android smartphones with Touchwiz has been a key issue hampering their ability to compete with Apple iPhones.
As well as making Android’s UI feel a little cluttered, the skin loaded past Galaxies with more bloatware than could easily be counted. What’s more, the skin also radically delayed how quickly Samsung’s phones could be upgraded to new versions of Android. This is because Samsung needs to tweak Touchwiz to work with Google’s code with every new release.
To this day many Galaxy S6 smartphones have not been upgraded to Google’s latest Android Marshmallow operating system.
Sadly (but predictably), Samsung doesn’t seem to have learned its lesson with the Galaxy S7. It’s better than before, but it still has TouchWiz and a stack of unnecessary extra apps. You still get two browsers and two music players, for example.
Some of Samsung’s additions are quite nifty, such as the new Game Launcher that organises your games and lets you record footage of your exploits. But they’re rarely essential additions to the core Android experience.
Say way you like about Apple’s closed management of iOS, but it has let the company ensure device owners are always able to get software updates – so long as the iPhone, or iPad’s hardware is able to run it. It also makes for a much cleaner, smoother, more consistent experience than Samsung can achieve with TouchWiz on the S7.
Samsung’s managed to do great work fixing the bloatware issue on the Galaxy S7 and should be applauded for preloading it with Android Marshmallow. However, we’re certain the upgrade issues will persist. From a pure software perspective, the iPhone 6S remains the better phone.
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Samsung Galaxy S7 VS iPhone 6S: Pricing
Samsung Galaxy S7: £569 iPhone 6S: £539 – £699
At first glance, it looks like the iPhone 6S is cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy S7, which plays against expectations somewhat. Prices for Apple’s phone start from £539, while Samsung’s latest will start from £569.
Look a little closer, though, and you’ll see that the entry-level iPhone 6S in question comes with a piddly 16GB of storage. Combined with a lack of expansion potential, it’s a bit of a lame duck. Samsung starts off with a much more reasonable 32GB of storage, not to mention a microSD slot of expansion.
The next phone up in the iPhone 6S range comes with 64GB of storage, and that costs a hefty £619.
Of course, at least Apple provides you with such fixed storage options, as we’ve mentioned above. But you’ll pay a hefty premium for the top model at £699.
The Galaxy S7 is an absolute beast of a smartphone that aces the smartphone holy trinity of design, performance, and camera. As such, it’s a more than worthy rival to the iPhone 6S.
Samsung’s phone features a much better display, a generally more capable processor, twice the memory, and a better camera. We’d still take iOS over Samsung’s fussy TouchWiz UI any day of the week, but in most other respects we’d have to give the nod to the Galaxy S7. However, this isn’t really a surprise. Apple’s iPhone 6S is already over halfway through its lifecycle as a flagship smartphone. Samsung’s real competition awaits six months down the line.
Thanks to Three for lending us the iPhone 6S used in this piece
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