Apple and Samsung announce new smartphones each and every year. For smartphone enthusiasts, the question is always the same whenever the new devices come in – should I upgrade to the new iPhone or Galaxy device?
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge was released about a week ago while Apple’s iPhone 6S Plus was announced last September. Before Apple releases the iPhone 7 Plus in September, here is a closer look at the two phablets – iPhone 6S Plus and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.
Design and build quality
If you are in the market for a magnificently-looking smartphone, the Galaxy S7 Edge is probably what you should go for. The phone has a curved edge display that also features rounded edges on the rear and a sleek finish that gives it a design character that looks more refined as compared to the S6 Edge.
On the other hand, Apple’s iPhone 6S Plus is with no doubt a premium-looking phone. In fact, it has been said Samsung borrowed some of its design language from Apple, which uses aluminum and glass to cover the phone.
These two devices are with no doubt in a league of their own when it comes to design and build quality, which makes putting them apart a little problematic. Still, the Galaxy S7 Edge appears to be on top.
When it comes to displays, you will agree that Samsung’s latest devices have outshined Apple’s. The former uses Super AMOLED technology that promises better viewing experience and has QHD resolution as well as a massive pixel density of 534ppi. The phone also comes with glossy edges on each side, something that makes this screen more immersive and extremely rewarding as well.
On the other hand, the iPhone 6S Plus still relies on LCD technology, has a 1080p resolution and only manages a pixel density of 401ppi. Apple equipped this device’s screen with 3D Touch technology that detects different amounts of pressure exerted to the screen to perform varied functionalities.
Both devices have a screen size of 5.5-inches and with the higher pixel density of Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, it means the view is sharper than the iPhone 6S Plus. Other than the pressure-sensitive technology, Apple’s device has little to offer in terms of display quality.
Processor and storage
Samsung went for Snapdragon 820 and Exynos 8890 chipsets for its Galaxy S7 Edge U.S. and European variants respectively. While the former chipset carries four cores, the latter is equipped with eight cores, just like last year’s Exynos 7. Gamers and those with lots of multitasking to do will enjoy the powerful Adreno 530 GPU that comes with the S7 Edge in addition to the massive 4GB of RAM.
Onboard storage stands at 32GB and 64GB, but the latter model will not be sold in the U.S. If the provided storage is not enough, you can add a microSD card of up to 200GB.
On the other hand, the iPhone 6S Plus looks marginal with its specs. The phone comes with a dual-core A9 chipset clocked at 1.84GHz and a RAM of 2GB. This is way lower than what the quad-core Snapdragon 820 houses, which is a 2.15GHz and 1.6GHz processor. Latest benchmarks indicate that Apple’s A9 is trailing Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 in actually every aspect, but still, this device should not be underrated when placed against the S7 Edge.
Onboard storage of the 6S Plus is 16GB for the base model and two other variants of 64GB and 128GB for the space-hungry users. There is no microSD card support for all iPhone users. On paper, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge looks a clear winner here, but iPhone 6S Plus day-to-day performance cannot be overlooked.
Camera technology keeps changing each year and this year, Samsung has made some wholesale changes to the S7 Edge’s snapper. There is a new 12MP sensor with f/1.7 aperture and phase detection autofocus that ensures focusing is achieved in the fastest time possible. This phone can shoot 4K videos too. The front has a 5MP sensor with the same aperture, which ensures the best ever selfies you can have.
iPhone 6S Plus also rocks a 12MP sensor but has a poorer aperture of f/2.2. However, it also includes phase detection autofocus and ability to shoot 4K videos, just like the S7 Edge. The front-facing camera is also of 5MP with a similar aperture of f/2.2.
These two are actually the best in the market. Whether you have the iPhone 6S Plus or Galaxy S7 Edge, you will be guaranteed of the best photos. However, the latter seems to have an edge when it comes to low-light conditions.
None of these phones will give you more than a day of battery life thanks to the huge displays they come with, however, battery life issues are common to every smartphone owner and not just Samsung Galaxy S7 and iPhone 6S Plus.
Nonetheless, you will be better off with the Galaxy S7 Edge thanks to the 3600mAh unit it packs as well as the Doze feature of Android Marshmallow that helps with battery saving. The iPhone 6S Plus is a little behind with the 2750mAh unit it carries.
As far as the software debate is concerned, it will very much depend on you. Apple fans can never concede defeat and neither can Android fans. One thing for sure is that you will be getting a great device in any of these two – iPhone 6S Plus or Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. But for now, you may want to try out the Galaxy S7 Edge.