Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs. Apple iPhone 7 Plus – 8 Things Samsung Got Right


Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has been around for a while, but it has finally met an equal competitor in the shape of Apple iPhone 7 Plus, at least according to some.

There is no doubt that the iPhone 7 Plus is a device every Apple lover would want to buy, however, if you have come across the Galaxy Note 7 (save for the recall issue), you will agree that Samsung got quite a number of things right as opposed to Apple. While still on the same, here are 8 things that Samsung got right with the Galaxy Note 7 in comparison to Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus.


Fast charging

With almost every Android flagship shipping with fast charging capabilities, it was a huge surprise that Apple still did not consider adding this feature to the iPhone 7 Plus. This is one thing that will for sure drag the flagship behind the Galaxy Note 7 and a bunch of other Android devices.

Wireless charging

In addition to fast charging, the Apple iPhone 7 Plus also comes with no support for wireless charging. The use of glass and metal has enabled Samsung to include fast wireless charging on the Galaxy Note 7, but the trust in an all-metal design for Apple means this technology remains a dream, probably to be realized with the release of the all-glass iPhone 8.

Display quality

Apple kept faith in the Full HD IPS LCD 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution for the display panel of the iPhone 7 Plus, something you only find in the mid-range family of Samsung devices. As for the Galaxy Note 7, it boasts a QHD Super AMOLED panel with 2560 x 1440 pixels of resolution, giving you a much better display than its Apple counterpart. However, this is not noticeable to the naked human eye. Still, the Galaxy Note 7 gets a better screen to phone ratio and has no bezels on the size, something that gives it a new feel. Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus can never match this experience.

Water resistance

Samsung has had water resistance capabilities on its handsets for quite some time now. However, Apple finally made the move with an IP67 rating. Although is still offers decent protection, you will be a lot safer with the IP68 rating on the Galaxy Note 7.

S Pen

The Galaxy Note series has remained unique thanks to the S Pen. This tool has been improving with the release of each Note and it has gotten even better with the Galaxy Note 7. It’s just amazing to be able to use a pen to write on a screen of a phone whenever a quick thought crosses your mind.

3.5mm headphone jack

Almost every headphone in town has a 3.5mm pin. This requires a phone with a 3.5mm headphone port, but this is nowhere to be found on the iPhone 7 Plus. Instead, Apple is once again forcing buyers of the phones to stick with its own proprietary Lightning-based EarPods. Samsung still has this traditional headphone jack on its flagship. To use this earphones on an iPhone 7 Plus, you will need to get an adapter, but luckily enough, the package includes this gadget.

Virtual Reality

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 comes with a USB-C-based Gear VR headset – a device that provides an amazing VR experience like never before. Even though content is still limited, there are developers working on more and more content for use with this gadget. Apple has yet to make the jump to VR.

Samsung Pay

Apple and Samsung continue their rivalry to the mobile payment platforms with Apple Pay and Samsung Pay, respectively. Each service is exclusive to each device, but Samsung Pay gets the better of Apple Pay thanks to the fact that it can be used in more locations, including those with a magnetic strip reader.

samsung galaxy note 7

Despite the many wins, Apple may just have gotten it right this year with the iPhone 7 Plus camera. It packs a dual-lens 12MP snapper that takes an almost similar direction like LG G5, but it uses a different approach to help you get the best shots possible. Although the Galaxy Note 7 has a great camera, it might struggle to match what Apple has equipped in the iPhone 7 Plus. But remember, this is just on-paper specs because Apple’s phone does not ship until September 16th.

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