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Samsung Galaxy S7 vs iPhone 7

Samsung galaxy S7 vs iPhone 7



 Samsung Galaxy S7 VS iPhone 7  

Its 2016 and it has brought the biggest ever flagship smartphone battle in the world- Samsung Galaxy S7 vs iPhone 7. Samsung which with its galaxy S7 had stolen the smartphone supremacy crown from Apple met its match in the iPhone 7 released quite recently. Here we shall compare the phones under several categories and show you which phone is best and why.

SAMSUNG GALAXY S7 VS IPHONE 7 BODY DESIGN -


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samsung galaxy s7 vs iphone 7 design
With stunning design, both phones are a beauty

Both the phones look stunning and their build are equally eye catching - one of the best looking devices in the market. The iPhone 7 again features its’ stunningly svelte design that it first introduced in the 2014 iPhone 6. The S7 however is only a small design update on previous year's S6’s grand design.


The iPhone isn't however a complete copy. Quite some changes have been introduced in this model. Some have been met with positive reviews, others, well, not so much. In the former category, Apple has cut back on those antenna lines while keeping the similar curved metal body. On the negative side, it's goodbye for the traditional 3.5mm headphone port. Apple instead forces people to either make do with an ugly adaptor, buy a pair of Bluetooth headphones or use the basic pair of Lightening Ear Pods that is included with the phone in-box. Although the good-looking factor that the iPhone possesses, Apple's move to kill the headphone port will be a serious reason for many to dodge it and dive for the S7. It even pissed me off XD.


SAMSUNG GALAXY S7 VS IPHONE STURDINESS


The iPhone is made of metal and the Samsung Galaxy S7 is made of Gorilla Glass 4- front and back, which is not only much more resistant to cracks and damages, but also possesses an unique factor - even after HUGE DAMAGE to the phone the glass doesnt break apart! It may crack but the glass pieces stay together. The thing is that this new Gorilla Glass makes sure that even after cracking the individual glass particles stick together.

The iPhone 7 has a metal back but apparently is more prone to damage than the Samsung galaxy S7. But the S7 is more prone to finger marks on its surface.

Also for the first time in history Apple has produced an iPhone which is dust and water resistant- IP67 certified, which is a big welcome move for iPhone lovers but the Samsung Galaxy S7 is IP68 water resistant which means it is resistant to water under a depth of 1.5 m for 30 mins at least. 

But anyhow, Apple has made it’s iPhone safe to water while Samsung has made it’s phone great for all those underwater selfies you always wanted!

SAMSUNG GALAXY S7 VS IPHONE 7 DISPLAY

  • Samsung Galaxy S7: 5.1 inch screen; 1440 x 2560 pixels; 577 ppi pixel density; 72% screen to body ratio; Super AMOLED display; Gorilla Glass 4 protected glass
  • iPhone 7: 1334 × 750 pixels; LCD display; 326 ppi pixel density; Ion strengthened glass; 65.6% screen to body ratio
The iPhone 7 possesses the best "LCD" display any phone ever had, but it's 1334 x 750 pixel resolution is quite old-school and is not at all suitable for VR. Agreed, resolution isn't everything, but the S7's stunning QHD AMOLED display boasting a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixel(577 ppi pixel density) beats the iPhone, and almost all the other phones in the market.


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Samsung Galaxy S7 playing Marvel Contest of Champions

The iPhone 7 has made quite a number of improvements in other areas. While it hasn't paid heed to the hopes of a 1080p Full HD, Apple has widened the phone's colour gamut. This makes the iPhone 7 display much richer than its predecessor. It has also increased the phone’s brightness by 25% to a whooping 603 nits. 


To make up for its low resolution and 1:1400 contrast ratio, Apple has added DCI-P3, a tech that is only available in very expensive televisions, so as to make the iPhone 7 render an amazing display.

As for the Galaxy S7, it packs a QHD resolution in a 5.1 inch screen, combined with a Super AMOLED display which is just great for VR. It also has released an update for the "Always On" display feature which renders the screen always on consuming very low power. 

Apart from that a benefit of the AMOLED display is that it can shut down individual pixels giving truest black colours and theoretically infinite contrast ratio. However this contrast ratio isn't practically possible because of light reflection from other sources. Apart from that the AMOLED displays consume much low power than the LCD counterparts.


SAMSUNG GALAXY S7 VS IPHONE 7 STORAGE AND FEATURES -



Both the phones feature a speedy and secure fingerprint scanner. Of them Samsung's fingerprint scanner is faster. Both have decent speakers and the iPhone also has a stereo. Samsung Galaxy S7 boasts an Always On feature on its display and the Multi-window on its Touchwiz skin, which the iPhone doesn't have.

The S7 on the other hand has an upper hand with the Galaxy S7 on the storage segment. The iPhone and the S7 both start at models with 32 GB storage, however unlike the iPhone, the S7 features a MicroSD storage so after some months when the iPhone’s storage will be over you will have to delete things or save things on cloud so an unlimited and fast net pack is required while in the S7 you can just pop a SD card. 

This will obviously not be a problem if you buy the iPhone models with higher internal storage but the price jump of each of their model seems quite unreasonable.

However if you have or are willing to buy an unlimited, fast net pack and cloud storage, then the iPhone's storage won't pose a problem.

The S7 also boasts a wireless charging and fast charging mode, which the iPhone doesn't offer.


SAMSUNG GALAXY S7 VS IPHONE PERFORMANCE -

  • Samsung Galaxy S7: 4GB RAM; Adreno 530 or Mali-T880 Graphics Card; Fingerprint Scanner, Heart Rate Scanner; Micro USB with fast charging technology and wireless charging; Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor(2.15 GHz Quad-Core) or Exynos 8890 processor(2.30 GHz Octa-Core)
  • iPhone 7: 2GB RAM; Micro USB charging with no fast charge or wireless charging capacity; A10 Fusion processor 


➤ Samsung goes for raw power, and packs the phone with high end specs while Apple goes for fine-tuning it’s software and hardware finesse giving the iPhone ability to work slightly faster as its counterpart. 

Both these smartphones being so fast, it is unlikely in real world usage, you are going to notice any difference in their speed. 

Whichever phone you opt for, you're going to get a device that will not lag and give optimum performance no matter how GPU heavy the games be or how much of multitasking that you throw at it.


Samsung Galaxy S7 is sold with two different processors, depending on the place where you buy it. In the United Kingdom (and other select regions), Samsung’s S7 is sold with it’s custom-built Exynos 8890 processor with 2.3GHz processing power each. It has eight cores and features a Mali-T880 MP12 Graphics card. 

In the US (and other select regions), you get Qualcomm’s top-end Snapdragon 820 processor, with four cores and an Adreno 530 graphics card. Both chips are considered top-of-the-range, so the Galaxy S7 holds the top in terms of computing power.

The Galaxy S7 features 4GB RAM, 32GB or 64GB of storage, and a microSD slot that supports cards up to 256GB.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus feature Apple’s new A10 Fusion processor. It’s a 64-bit, quad-core processor that is 40% faster than the A9 processor, according to Apple and 2x faster than the A8.

Two of the A10 Fusion’s cores are high-performance, and will handle the most demanding tasks that you throw at it. It also has two high-efficiency cores that run at ⅕th of the power, which are used for more smaller tasks. Apple has designed a new performance controller that decides which processor cores the phone will use in a given process.


According to Apple the graphics performance given by the A10 Fusion is 50% faster than that of the its predecessor, and three times faster the A8. The iPhone 7 has a GPU with 6 cores that uses ⅔ of the A9’s energy consumption and ½ that of the A8’s. The iPhone 7 has 2GB of RAM, which is the same as Iphone 6.


As is always the case with Apple's iPhones, the iPhone 7 throws specs out of the window when it comes to performance and according to benchmarks is faster than the Samsung S7, and the speed difference is somewhat noticeable if you use both side by side.

But a point to be noted which I came across in PCWorld is that A10 fusion's GPU doesn't sustain its peak performance that you see in benchmarks, and dips down after some minutes of playing heavy graphics consuming games, dip down because it will overheat.

SAMSUNG GALAXY S7 VS IPHONE 7 CAMERA



Samsung Galaxy S7 has one of the best phone cameras among all the smartphones in the market.



  • Samsung Galaxy S7: Primary Camera- 12 megapixel with dual Pixel technology; f/1.7; 1/2.5 inch sensor; 1.4 micrometre pixel size; Phase Detection Autofocus; OIS; Secondary Camera- 5 megapixel; f/1.7; Auto HDR
  • Apple iPhone 7: Primary Camera- 12 MP, f/1.8, 5X zoom; Secondary Camera- 7 MP, f/2.2, Retina Flash
Samsung Galaxy S7 has dropped it’s rear camera megapixel count from 16MP to 12MP. However don't think it’s camera has worsened! It is quite the contrary.

The Galaxy S7's camera features a larger sensor that utilises bigger pixels. It means more light can enter the camera lens, and that enables amazing lowlight shots. It complements this with integrated optical image stabilisation (OIS) resulting in the fastest auto-focus in the smartphone market for sharper shots that never fail to impress, even in extreme lowlight scenarios.  

Adding to that the Galaxy S7 camera possesses a very innovative Dual Pixel technology. This feature is one of the most game changing camera feature that I have seen. Due to this every pixel on the Galaxy S7’s image sensor contains two photo-diodes instead of one. It’s advantage is faster focus and better low-light pictures. When a photo is being taken with an iPhone 6S, 5% to 10% of the pixels are being used for focusing. With the Galaxy S7, however, every single pixel is in being used.

The wider lens in Samsung Galaxy S7 camera helps in absorbing more light than its counterpart resulting in better, sharper, more detailed pictures with bolder colours, and of course, better low light photos. 
Both the phones support 4K video capture.

The iPhone 7 has put in OIS for a change, which was present only in the iPhone 6S Plus. It’s sensor allows more light complemented with the new six-piece f/1.8 lens, and is 60% faster than its the previous Iphone. Even after the iPhone's improvement, the Galaxy S7's focusing capacity is so fast that the iPhone actually feels clunky in comparison. 

Though iPhone's camera performance is impressive, but the Samsung Galaxy S7 still reigns the camera section.

For a photo comparison between the two, check out this post by Business Insider


SAMSUNG GALAXY S7 VS IPHONE 7 BATTERY

This part of the comparison actually is the easiest.
Samsung Galaxy S7 possesses a 3000 MAH battery that easily wins over the Iphone’s 1960 mAh battery that is supposed to last 2 more hours than the 6s.

Samsung S7's processor is quite battery efficient. However, Apple's A10 processor is even more power efficient, thus extending iPhone's minuscule battery reserve.

Samsung's QHD display uses much more resolution, so it should consume more power. But S7's AMOLED display helps balance the power consumption on display with the iPhone.


The Samsung’s S7 can easily make it through a day while the iPhone 7 does not have quite that chance. With a mixture of video playing and gaming the iPhone 7 managed 6 hours while the S7 held on for 8 hours.
(Must Read: Android Nougat vs iOS 10: 2017 Comparison

SAMSUNG GALAXY S7 VS IPHONE 7 VERDICT


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TBH Samsung’s S7 won this battle quite comfortably. Though the iPhone came back with it’s water resistance, new looks and 3D touch, the S7 pushed the tables on its side with its display, battery and camera.


However if you are a hardcore Apple fan then i guess Apple’s diversion to simplicity will keep you on their side.

Buy Samsung Galaxy S7-

  • For US Citizens. And here is a link for a refurbished model at 100$ less
  • For UK Citizens
  • For French Citizens
  • For German Citizens

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