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Galaxy S8 Plus Vs Galaxy S7 Edge: What's The Difference?

Think the Galaxy S8 is a deal big? Well Samsung has an even bigger one in the shape of the eye-popping Galaxy S8 Plus. I’ve already explored how these two new smartphones differ, but is the Galaxy S8 Plus a good upgrade to the Galaxy S7 Edge which it replaces? Or is the older phone now a bargain you should look to instead?

Let’s take a look...

Displays - Beauty And The Beast  

Like the Galaxy S8, it is impossible to discuss the Galaxy S8 Plus without starting with the display because Samsung’s 2017 smartphone screens have got a lot bigger...

  • Galaxy S8 Plus - 6.2-inch Super AMOLED, 2960 x 1440(570 ppi pixel density), 84% screen-to-body ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • Galaxy S7 Edge - 5.5-inch Super AMOLED, 2560 x 1440 pixels (577 ppi pixel density), 76.1% screen-to-body ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 4

Galaxy S8 Plus (left) vs Galaxy S7 Edge (right)

Samsung

Yes, the Galaxy S8 Plus panel is a massive 0.7-inches larger than its predecessor. It also covers a class leading 84% of the front of the phone (marginally more than the 83.6% of the Galaxy S8) which creates a truly stunning looking device (the iPhone 7 Plus has 67%). The display is stronger too with Gorilla Glass 5 surviving falls better than Gorilla Glass 4 (though resistance to scratches is similar).

Aside from size and strength, the Galaxy S8 Plus has gained Mobile HDR Premium certification which means increased brightness and contrast levels that make it ideal for mobile HDR content coming to Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

The Galaxy S8 Plus display is stunning for watching video

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That said both phones default to 1080p, lower than their native resolutions. The Galaxy S8 Plus runs at 2220 x 1080 (due to its longer 18.5:9 aspect ratio) while Samsung dropped the Galaxy S7 Edge to 1920 x 1080 with the update to Android 7.0. The latter benefits from an increase to its already excellent battery life, but seeing the latter ship at a lower resolution on day one poses more concerning questions in this area (more on this later).

Design - How Big Is Too Big?

While the Galaxy S8 (155g) weighs almost the same as the Galaxy S7 (152g) despite a jump from 5.1-inches to 5.7-inches, the same cannot be said about the Galaxy S8 Plus:

  • Galaxy S8 Plus - 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm (6.00 x 3.09 x 0.31-inch), 173g (6.10 oz)
  • Galaxy S7 Edge - 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm  (5.94 x 2.86 x 0.30-inch) and 157g (5.54 oz)

Samsung’s new smartphone is significantly larger than its predecessor and there’s a notable weight increase as well. It’s still remarkably compact for its screen size - the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus measures 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm (6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 in) and weighs 188g (6.63 oz) - but this is not a small phone.

Even compared to the 5.8-inch Galaxy S8 (left), the Galaxy S8 Plus is significantly larger

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The smaller bezels also see the home button removed and replaced by on-screen navigation keys with the fingerprint sensor moved to the back. This position is contentious as it is up high to the right of the rear camera, making it a big stretch and you’ll almost inevitably smudge the camera lens each time you unlock. So here the Galaxy S7 Edge holds the advantage.

To compensate for this the Galaxy S8 Plus matches the Galaxy S8 with the introduction of iris and facial recognition. Ignore the latter as it can be fooled by a photo (Samsung accepts the flaw), but the former is fast and very secure - though having to point your phone at your face each time makes it a conspicuous method and a pain to use when walking.

Galaxy S8 Plus (left) and Galaxy S7 Edge (right) look a lot more similar from the back

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Despite this the Galaxy S8 retains key practical parts of the Galaxy S7 Edge: microSD remains (crammed inside the sim card slot), as does IP68 dust and water resistance allowing for 30 minutes of full submersion in up to 1.5 meters of water. There’s also a common sense shift to USB Type-C as the new connector continues its honourable mission to replace all other USB form factors.

Both Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus squeeze a microSD slot into the sim card tray

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Like the Galaxy S8 you’ll only get the Galaxy S8 Plus in Midnight black, Orchid Grey and Arctic Silver at launch but with the Galaxy S7 Edge available in many more colours, expect Samsung to add new options right until the Galaxy S9 is with us.

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Cameras - Same Old, Same Old

Don’t upgrade to the Galaxy S8 Plus expecting a major camera upgrade from the Galaxy S7 Edge. Somewhat surprisingly, the Galaxy S8 Plus shares its rear camera module.

Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus cameras use the same hardware as their 2016 predecessors

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This isn’t the end of the world as the 12 megapixel, f/1.7 aperture shooter is still excellent (if not top of the class) and you’ll still get optical image stabilisation (OIS) and 4K video recording. Samsung says Galaxy S8 Plus improvements instead come from new multi-shot image processing software (multiple shots are taken and combined into a single image).

A pre-release version of the Galaxy S8 Plus I used still found it lagging behind the Google Pixel (sample below). This should improve, but remember Samsung may well also bring this new image processing to the Galaxy S7 Edge in a future software update.

Galaxy S8 (left) vs Google Pixel XL (right) shows the latter coming out on top, but more testing is needed

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Where you can expect a significant step up, however, is the front facing camera. Out goes the Galaxy S7 Edge’s mediocre 5MP camera in favour of a new 8MP module. You’ll also get Snapchat-style filters, though again expect these to come to the Galaxy S7 Edge eventually.

Performance - Incremental Improvements

Each year smartphones get faster, but the Galaxy S8 Plus is not dramatically faster than the Galaxy S7 Edge. Samsung says you can expect 10% more CPU performance and 21% more GPU performance, which isn’t a big step up given the Galaxy S7 Edge (Snapdragon 820/Exynos 8890) had a 30% faster CPU and 64% faster GPU than the Galaxy S6. Still, neither phone will be slow.

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 chipset will feature on U.S.-sold Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus

Qualcomm

Note Samsung is still delivering a different chipset to the US than the rest of the world but promising very similar performance:

  • Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus (US) - Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core chipset (4x 2.35GHz and 4x 1.9GHz Kryo CPUs), Adreno 540 GPU; 4GB of RAM
  • Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus (Europe and Asia) - Exynos 8895 (4x 2.3 GHz & 4x 1.7 GHz CPUs), ARM Mali-G71 MP20 GPU; 4GB of RAM

Where there are more significant upgrades is connectivity. Both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus upgrade the Galaxy S7 Edge’s Bluetooth 4.2 to Bluetooth 5.0 (2x speed, 4x range) and support one gigabit (1,000-megabit) 4G, even if carriers may never offer these speeds until long after this phone is retired.

Software - More Refined, More Bloated

TouchWiz continues to get more attractive as Samsung evolves its polarising Android skin. I still prefer stock Android, but there’s no denying Samsung is making more cohesive software than ever before. Sadly it’s also more bloated.

The new features will come to the Galaxy S7 Edge in time, but at launch the new Galaxies will have exclusive access to Bixby (a Google Now/Assistant/Goggles hybrid which gets its own hardware button below the volume rocker) and Samsung Connect (a Google Home-style IoT hub), plus all the other bloatware you don’t really need but accepted a long time ago.

Bixby's information screen is a clear copy of Google Now

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Unfortunately, the Galaxy S8 Plus still ships with Android 7.0 when Android 7.1 is a) nearly six months old, and b) a huge advance. Again, despite Samsung’s promises, if you buy a Galaxy smartphone one of the things you have to accept is software updates will be slow.

The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus do have a neat trick up their sleeves though, which the Galaxy S7 Edge cannot do: turn into a barebones PC. Spend $150 on Samsung’s optional DeX dock and you can connect a monitor (via HDMI), keyboard and mouse (via USB) and use a desktop-style interface with Android apps and Citrix and Amazon Workspaces compatibility.

When paired with the DeX dock, users can create a basic multi-window desktop environment which runs Android apps

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It’s not quite as advanced as Chrome OS (and you could just buy a Chromebox for $150) and you can’t use your phone at the same time, but it remains a tantalizing peak at the future of smartphones.

Battery Life - The Big Backwards Step?

But now we come to an area where I expect the Galaxy S7 Edge to beat its successor. The reason for this is Samsung has retained the same 3500 mAh capacity battery in the Galaxy S8 Plus, despite its much larger display. Displays are the biggest single factor in battery drain, so I very much doubt you’ll find the Galaxy S8 Plus lasting as long as the Galaxy S7 Edge.

The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus are very thin, but should they have been thicker with bigger batteries?

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On the flip side, the Galaxy S8 Plus battery will age better as it has improved cycle longevity losing just 5% of its capacity after one year versus 20% with the Galaxy S7 Edge. Its wired and wireless charging is also slightly faster (though Samsung didn’t say by how much), but brace yourself for the cost of replacing all your micro USB charging cables.

At least Samsung’s new ‘8 Point Quality Check’ means it shouldn’t explode.

Price And Storage

At this stage it is time to decide how impressed you are by the Galaxy S8 Plus, because both it and the Galaxy S8 have had $100 increases compared to the launch prices of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge:

  • Galaxy S8 - 64GB - $750 / €799 / £689
  • Galaxy S8 Plus - 64GB - $850 / €899 / £779

Perhaps more important than this $100 increase, however, is the fact that these days you can pick up a Galaxy S7 Edge for little more than half that price and there are plenty of second-hand models floating around for less than that. You won’t get the $99-valued AKG headphones Samsung bundles with the Galaxy S8 Plus, but you may not need them?

The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus may not be massive upgrades internally, but those stunning displays will win over a lot of customers

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Early Verdict

Just like the Galaxy S8, the Galaxy S8 Plus looks truly stunning. Unlike its smaller stablemate, however, it is a much larger and heavier phone than its predecessor. This is worth bearing in mind in particular when it comes to reaching for that badly placed fingerprint sensor.

It is also worth noting that the Galaxy S8 Plus has the same camera and battery capacity as the Galaxy S7 Edge and is only marginally faster. So that increased price tag needs careful consideration.

There’s no doubt every Galaxy S8 Plus owner will attract envious glances from others, but it isn’t perhaps as big an upgrade over the Galaxy S7 Edge as many may have assumed based on looks alone. The 2016 phone is also clearly better value one year on, but if you still opted for that stunning 6.2-inch display I wouldn’t blame you in the slightest.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs iPhone 6s Plus

For a lot of people, the only comparison worth making in the smartphone world is between the latest and greatest from Samsung and Apple, and with their respective flagship release cycles out of sync, we have a new comparison to make every six months.

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 review
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge review

It’s Samsung with a new device on offer this time around, and while the latest large display iPhone is an “s” iteration, Apple introduced some key features and upgrades that aren’t usually seen with these versions. How do these smartphones compare? We find out, as we take a comprehensive look at the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs Apple iPhone 6s Plus!

Design

Both smartphones retain a lot of the design language from their respective previous iterations, even more so in the case of the iPhone 6s Plus, but with subtle improvements being made to further enhance the experience. In the case of the Apple flagship, that involves the use of a higher grade aluminium for the build to help avoid any “bendgate” issues, but apart from being a touch thicker, the iPhone 6s Plus is otherwise identical to its predecessor.

The Galaxy S7 Edge is also slightly thicker than the Galaxy S6 Edge, but that helps reduce the camera protrusion on the back significantly. Borrowing a design element from the Galaxy Note 5, there are also curves along the sides of the back, to help the device nestle nicely in the palm of the hand, which makes for a better handling experience.

Both the iPhone 6s Plus and the Galaxy S7 Edge come with 5.5-inch displays, but the former does have a larger overall footprint compared to the latter. The larger bezels along the sides of the display and the top and bottom portions of the iPhone contribute to its size, while in the case of the Samsung flagship, the side bezels are almost non-existent. Both devices are large and don’t offer the most comfortable one-handed experience, but the iPhone 6s Plus definitely requires a lot more of stretch, and its extra width makes for a less secure grip in the hand as well.

The iPhone 6s Plus comes with a full metal unibody design which looks and feels great in the hand, and while the Galaxy S7 Edge comes with a metal frame, the rear backing is glass. The glass reflects a lot of light, and makes the phone look fantastic, but it does have its disadvantages as well. For starters, despite the glass panel being of the Corning Gorilla Glass 4 variety, a hard enough fall will cause some damage. Secondly, the glass backing is a big fingerprint magnet, which takes away from the great look of the device.

The iPhone 6s Plus is significantly heavier than the Galaxy S7 Edge, with weights of 192 grams and 157 grams respectively. The difference in thickness between in the two is negligible, and even though that isn’t actually the case, the Galaxy S7 Edge appears to be the thinner of the two, courtesy of the curved edges on the front and back.

The power button is on the right side on both devices, but while it is placed within easy reach at the middle in the case of the Samsung device, it sits pretty high up on the iPhone, making it quite uncomfortable to get to. The volume rockers are on the left side, but with the iPhone, you also get a very useful hardware toggle that lets you quickly and easily silence the phone.

We may have different build materials on show here, but both Apple and Samsung have managed to design a couple of beautiful and premium smartphones. Of course, aesthetics comes down to personal preference, so it is up to you as to which look you prefer more. However, it has to be said that when it comes to ease of use and the overall handling experience, the Galaxy S7 Edge does have the leg up over its Apple competition.

Display

The Galaxy S7 Edge comes with a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with a Quad HD resolution, resulting in a pixel density of 534 ppi, while the iPhone 6s Plus features a 5.5-inch IPS LCD screen with a Full HD resolution and resulting pixel density of 401 ppi. When comparing the two displays on paper, it is easy to dismiss the iPhone display as “just” 1080p, but 1080p more than gets the job done at this screen size.

The display of the Galaxy S7 Edge is admittedly sharper and clearer, but the real differences between the two can be seen courtesy of their contrasting underlying technologies. The Galaxy S7 Edge comes with all that we’ve come to expect from, and love about, Super AMOLED displays, with the deep inky blacks, vibrant and saturated colors, high brightness, and great viewing angles. The colors are a lot more vibrant on the Galaxy S7 Edge display when compared to the iPhone 6s Plus, but you do have an option to tone it down in the Settings menu for a more natural color reproduction. The LCD display of the iPhone also gets brighter than the display of the Samsung phone, but outdoor visibility isn’t an issue with either device.

As mentioned, the display of the iPhone 6s Plus definitely allows for a good viewing experience, but when comparing two, I do prefer the extra sharpness, more vibrant colors, and overall nicer image that is possible with the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.

Performance

Under the hood, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge comes with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, clocked at 2.1 GHz, backed by the Adreno 530 GPU and 4 GB of RAM, while the iPhone 6s Plus comes with a dual-core Apple A9 processor, clocked at 1.84 GHz, and backed by the PowerVR GT7600 GPU and 2 GB of RAM. While a by the numbers comparison is obviously in favor of the Samsung device, it isn’t really fair in this case, given the completely different ecosystems that are being catered to.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge iPhone 6s Plus

When it comes to real world everyday performance, both seem as fast as the other. When opening applications, the Galaxy S7 Edge is a touch quicker, but as far as loading games is concerned, the iPhone 6s Plus is faster by quite a margin. While gaming, frame rates are great with both devices, which is particularly impressive in the case of the Samsung phone, given that it has a lot more pixels to push. Performance is one aspect where you won’t have anything to complain about with either smartphone, which is the least we can expect from the latest and greatest from both these companies.

Hardware

In hardware, both smartphones come with fingerprint scanners in a similar implementation, embedded into the physical home button up front. While this is great for unlocking the device when placed on a flat surface, some may prefer the rear placement of the scanner seen with other competing smartphones. Both scanners are fast and accurate, and while the Galaxy S7 Edge requires a slightly longer press to unlock the device, the faster iPhone falls behind because of the slower unlocking animations.

The bottom of both devices look quite similar, with both coming with a single speaker unit on the right side, along with the charging port at the center. You get a microUSB port with the Samsung device, while the iPhone comes with a lightning port, which has an advantage over the former, with the charging cable being reversible. The speaker of the iPhone 6s Plus is also better, with it being louder, clearer, and offering a lot more bass. However, the placement of the speakers are not ideal, and are easy to cover up when holding the phones in the landscape orientation.

While things were a lot more even between Samsung’s 2015 flagships and iPhone, the return of a couple of key features swings things in favor of the Galaxy S7 Edge this time around. First up is the vaunted return of expandable storage, which a lot of Samsung fans were happy to see, and while 32 GB is the only option when it comes to internal storage, you can expand it by an additional 200 GB via microSD card. 16 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB are the storage options available with the iPhone 6s Plus, but without expandable storage available, you will have to fork up quite a hefty premium to pick up one of the higher storage options.

The second returning feature with the Samsung device that is much appreciated is dust and water resistance. The Galaxy S7 Edge comes with an IP68 rating, which means that you can submerge the device in up to 1.5 meters of water for as long as 30 minutes, without a negative impact on performance.

When it comes to the battery, the Galaxy S7 Edge comes with a larger 3,600 mAh battery compared to the 2,750 mAh unit of the iPhone 6s Plus, but the battery life available with both is largely similar, which goes to show just how well Apple has optimized their software package. The Galaxy S7 Edge does have the slight leg up though, but both phones can comfortably last through a full day with moderate use.

The Galaxy S7 Edge extends its advantage in other aspects of the battery, such as the availability of fast charging, that lets you charge the device fully in about 75 minutes, compared to the nearly 2 hours it takes to fully charge the smaller battery of the iPhone 6s Plus. The Galaxy S7 Edge comes with fast wireless charging capabilities as well.

Camera

Over the years, Samsung may have made a lot of fun of Apple for their phone cameras having lower megapixel counts, but this year things are an even field on paper, with Samsung “downgrading” their camera to a 12 MP unit, while Apple upgraded theirs to a 12 MP camera as well. However, what the Samsung camera features is a larger pixel size, that allows for better performance in low light conditions, and it also comes with a larger f/1.7 aperture, compared to the f/2.2 aperture of the iPhone 6s Plus. Both smartphone cameras also come with optical image stabilization and 4k video recording.

Both camera applications are easy to launch, but it is much easier and faster with the Galaxy S7 Edge, courtesy of the very useful double tap of the home button shortcut. In the case of the iPhone, you have to wake the device, and at the lock screen, slide up the camera shortcut. However, the very fast fingerprint scanner is actually a disadvantage here, as the device goes past the lock screen in less than a second, making this shortcut almost impossible to get to at times.

As far as the image quality is concerned, the general theme you will notice throughout is softer, darker images with less contrast with the iPhone 6s Plus,and more sharpening, contrast, and vibrant colors with the Galaxy S7 Edges. To see the differences between the two, we’ll be doing a more in-depth comparison now to see whether one camera outperforms the other.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge iPhone 6s Plus

In the images above of the bench, you will immediately see the more toned down colors of the iPhone 6s Plus, with the Galaxy S7 Edge giving a boost to these colors to create a more yellow shot. The Galaxy S7 Edge may impress at first glance because of the vibrancy of the colors, but the iPhone 6s Plus does a better job with exposing the photo, and the softness gives it a more natural look. When zooming into the branches, you will also see the oversharpening that the Galaxy S7 Edge is prone to, that allows for more clarity. Choosing between the two images is a toss up, and comes down to personal preference.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge iPhone 6s Plus

In the second set of images, you can see that the lens of the Galaxy S7 Edge comes with a wider angle, allowing for information to be in the shot. This is without HDR on and you can see that the iPhone 6s Plus does a better job at exposing the shot, keeping the blue sky present, while still having the subject bright. When zooming into the bolts above these rocks, you’ll see that a lot more post process sharpening is being done by the Galaxy S7 Edge, making for a sharper image. Colors also pop a bit more here, but what I did enjoy more is the deeper blue sky that is seen with the iPhone 6s Plus camera.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge iPhone 6s Plus

In the images of the flags, HDR mode is turned on. Looking at the picture taken with the iPhone, the sky looks great, and the main subject is bright. We get a brighter image with the Galaxy S7 Edge, but that does hurt the colors of the sky. You’ll notice a huge boost in the colors, especially in the glass, and you can see the extra sharpening as well.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge – HDR off Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge – HDR on iPhone 6s Plus – HDR off iPhone 6s Plus – HDR on

When taking a picture of the traffic cones, I really put HDR mode to the test. HDR on the iPhone 6s Plus is very subtle, and you can pretty much leave it on and depend on it to take a decent picture. On the other hand, with the Galaxy S7 Edge, HDR can hurt the photo in some cases and you have to be wary about using this mode. In the case of the above images however, HDR makes for a much nicer photo. The shot is also much brighter, and you can actually see the trees in the background, which are mostly blacked out in the shot taken with the iPhone.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge iPhone 6s Plus

In the images of the flowers, we will see the difference in focal lengths, and also how the larger aperture of the Galaxy S7 Edge camera comes into play. The iPhone 6s Plus can’t get as close to objects as the Galaxy S7 Edge, and there is also less of bokeh effect with the former, with the larger aperture of the Galaxy S7 Edge allowing for the background to be more blurred, which looks really nice. The Samsung camera app also comes with a robust manual mode, with granular control over aspects like white balance, ISO, and more, to really get the shot to look exactly the way you want it.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge iPhone 6s Plus

In what we’ve seen so far, the larger pixel size of the Galaxy S7 Edge doesn’t make much of a difference, but a significant separation is seen as we move on to shots taken in low light conditions. In low-light areas, the iPhone 6s Plus image will appear to almost have a haze over the photo. The Galaxy S7 Edge also creates much brighter images, with more punchy colors, and lots of detail. The extra boost in colors take the low light shots taken with the Galaxy S7 Edge to a whole new level, and when zooming into small objects, a lot more detail is available. The layer of haze is always seen with the iPhone 6s Plus pictures, and the Galaxy S7 Edge is the clear winner here.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge iPhone 6s Plus

When taking group selfies with the iPhone, you never get enough information into the shot to really provide any context as to where the image was taken, but that isn’t the case with the Galaxy S7 Edge, courtesy of its wide angle front-facing camera. You can get a lot more people into the shot a lot, even if the post processing seems to soften the faces a little.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge camera samples

Both phones take great 4k video, and thanks to OIS, video comes out very smooth. It has to be said though, the iPhone videos are much smoother, and while the Galaxy S7 Edge isn’t far behind, the software does warp the video a little more, and the OIS isn’t as good at removing any shakiness. In terms of quality though, it’s the same theme we’ve been use to. The Galaxy S7 Edge has very bright and vibrant colors, which looks really good, although there is some trouble with exposure. One areas where the Galaxy S7 Edge has the iPhone clearly beat is when it comes to focus speeds, as the dual pixel technology instantly locks onto objects.

iPhone 6s Plus camera samples

When deciding which camera is better, it depends on how often you take photos in low-lit areas. When it comes to day time shots, both cameras are phenomenal, and the best that can currently be found. However, when it comes to low-light situations, the Galaxy S7 Edge definitely has the advantage.

Software

On the software side of things, the iPhone 6s Plus is running iOS 9.3, while the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box. What is great about the iPhone is that when Apple releases a new version of their software, you will receive the update almost immediately, while in the Android ecosystem, official updates can take a disappointingly long time, unless you have a Nexus smartphone.

iPhone 6s Plus screenshots

iOS remains quite limited in its functionality however, and there is a lot more you can do with Android, such as place apps wherever you want, add widgets on the home screens, download icon packs, change launchers, create gestures, and more. iOS is a good, albeit simplistic, operating system, but my biggest gripe with it is with regards to the notification system. On Android, a glance at the top left corner will show you what notifications you’ve missed, but on iOS, you’ll have to swipe the notification down and swipe left to see any pending notifications. Getting rid of these notifications also requires a few extra clicks.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge screenshots

Each device has its own unique software feature as well, namely 3D Touch in the case of the iPhone, and Edge panels with the Galaxy S7 Edge, with both of these features offering a way to add shortcuts without cluttering the interface. 3D Touch is pressure sensitive, and pressing down with more force on certain app icons opens up shortcuts. Edge Panels on the Galaxy S7 Edge allows you to swipe in from the curved edge of the display, and gives you access to apps, app actions, widgets, news, weather, and more.

Specs comparison

 Samsung Galaxy S7 EdgeiPhone 6s Plus
Display5.7-inch Super AMOLED display Quad HD resolution, 518 ppi5.5-inch IPS LCD display Full HD resolution, 401 ppi
Processor2.1 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Adreno 530 GPU1.8 GHz dual-core Apple A9 PowerVR GT7600 GPU
RAM4 GB2 GB
Storage32 GB expandable via microSD card16/64/128 GB no expansion
Camera12 MP rear camera with OIS 5 MP front-facing wide angle lens camera12 MP rear camera with OIS 5 MP front-facing camera
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Bluetooth 4.2 GPS + GLONASS NFC

USB 2.0

a/b/g/n/ac Bluetooth 4.2 GPS + GLONASS NFC ( with Apple Pay only)

USB 2.0

SoftwareAndroid 6.0 MarshmallowiOS 9
Battery3,600 mAh2,750 mAh
Dimensions150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm 157 grams158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm 192 grams

So, there you have it for this in-depth look at the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs iPhone 6s Plus! While aspects like design, camera performance, and of course, the operating system, comes down to personal preference, the Galaxy S7 Edge does have a lot of advantages over its competitor here.

A better display, better battery life with fast charging and wireless charging capabilities, and better handling experience. The return of expandable storage and dust and water resistance only makes the deal sweeter as well. While adamant fans of either will have a hard time making the switch to the other, the Galaxy S7 Edge is likely to be the clear winner for anyone who’s not set on either of these particular devices.

What do you think of the Galaxy S7 Edge and the iPhone 6S Plus and which would you rather have? Vote in the poll above and let us know your views in the comments below!

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus spec shootout

21 Feb 2016

I know the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus was only just released a few months ago, but, yikes, Samsung has really made it difficult to resist upgrading. While the Galaxy S7 Edge isn’t quite as large as the S6 Edge Plus, its specs and improvements are hard to ignore. There’s the small matter of expandable storage, a dual pixel camera, 3,600mAh battery and IP68 certification. Oh, and an always-on display, making it easier to quickly glance at notifications. I know, I know, the S6 Edge is still very good. But I do not envy the people who are faced with the decision to upgrade to the S7 Edge.

Samsung - Galaxy S7 edge Samsung - Galaxy S6 edge Plus
Display Size 5.5-inch, 1440 x 2560 pixel display (534 ppi) 5.7-inch, 1440 x 2560 pixel display (515 ppi)
Resolution X 1440 1440
Resolution Y 2560 2560
Display Type QuadHD Super AMOLED Super AMOLED
Operating System Android 6.0 (at launch) Android 5.1 (at launch)
Processor Quad-core 2.15GHz + 1.6GHz processor Exynos 7420 Octa-core
RAM 4GB 4GB
Storage
External Storage Yes No
External Storage Specs
Main Camera (Back) 12MP 16MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 5MP 5MP
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.2 LE Bluetooth 4.2 LE
Battery 3600mAh 3000mAh
NFC Yes Yes
Connectivity
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Micro USB
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Fingerprint
  • Geomagnetic
  • Gyroscope
  • Hall
  • HRM
  • Proximity
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Fingerprint
  • Geo-magnetic
  • Gyro
  • Hall
  • HRM
Height 150.9 mm (5.94 inches) 154.4 mm (6.08 inches)
Width 72.6 mm (2.86 inches) 75.8 mm (2.98 inches)
Depth 7.7 mm (0.30 inches) 6.9 mm (0.27 inches)
Weight 157 g (5.54 oz) 153 g (5.40 oz)
Colors Black Onyx, Gold Platinum, Silver Titanium Black, Gold
Supported Audio Formats MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA
Supported Video Formats MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM
In The Box N/A N/A
  • Phones
  • Galaxy S6 Edge Plus

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iPhone 6s Plus crushes Galaxy S7 edge in side-by-side speed test

The Galaxy S7 is Samsung’s best smartphone to date and it’s performed well in stress tests, including water resistance tests and extensive drop tests. Now for the first time, someone has done a side-by-side speed test of the Galaxy S7 and the iPhone 6s and it shows that Apple’s flagship phone is still king when it comes to real-world performance.

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Specifically, YouTube user Jerome Ortega ran a performance test across various top devices, including the Moto X Pure Edition, the Nexus 6P, the Galaxy S7 edge, and the iPhone 6s Plus.

All devices are running freshly installed operating systems, have no SIM cards, and all have the same apps installed. The point of the test is to see how fast each phone runs a sequence of apps. We’ve seen this sort of comparison done before between iPhones and other Samsung phones and the iPhone has traditionally come out on top despite having inferior hardware specifications.

In this case, the iPhone 6S Plus has 2GB of RAM and a dual-core A9 chip, while the Galaxy S7 edge has 4GB of RAM and an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. Recent tests have shown that the new Snapdragon 820 CPU barely outperforms the A9.

Those of you expecting the Galaxy S7 edge to come out the faster device will be surprised to see the iPhone beating its new rival quite easily, as you can see in the scores in the image above. The iPhone 6s Plus ran through the test cycle with 17 seconds to spare compared to the Galaxy S7 edge.

The iPhone 6s is snappier than the Galaxy S7 edge, which is impressive. For the sake of the argument, we’ll note that the Nexus 6P almost matches the Galaxy S7 edge in speed, with the Moto X Pure coming in the last spot.

Check out the full video below.

Tags: Apple, Galaxy S7 edge, iPhone 6s Plus, Samsung

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