The debate between iOS and Android usually never ends, but it seems this time around Apple’s iPhone 7 (and iOS 10) is the go-to phone when compared to top Android dogs, among them Samsung Galaxy S7, Google Pixel, HTC 10, LG G5 as well as Sony Xperia XZ.
There is no arguing against the fact that 2016 has been great when it comes to the smartphone world. Samsung Galaxy S7 was launched earlier in the year and throughout its existence, the phone has been labeled as the best not just in the Android niche, but the entire smartphone industry. However, this was before Google and Apple came in with the Pixel and iPhone 7, respectively.
These phones have some of the best hardware specs, battery life, amazing displays as well as world-class cameras, but how do they compare when it comes to raw power? Folks at Tech Radar took matters into their own hands in what has been dubbed “the ultimate speed test” and for sure, iPhone lovers won’t be surprised with the results.
The test took into account the best smartphones there are right now. When compared to Android flagships, the Apple iPhone 7 is the fastest smartphone you can buy right now. What the Tech Radar team did was to put the phones through a vigorous test of twice opening and closing several resource-intensive apps and games in order to determine which phone handles these tasks the fastest.
According to the tests, the Apple iPhone 7 beat its closest Android rival by over a minute. As mentioned earlier, this is not a surprise for many Apple fans, especially since Cupertino is known for its great software and hardware optimizations that deliver the right balance between power and productivity or rather efficiency. However, many Android users will be surprised at how the Samsung Galaxy S7 was overtaken by the new kid in town – the Google Pixel. This means that the former made it as third overall despite having led many other tests that have been carried out prior to this.
Another shocker was Sony’s Xperia XZ, which came in last with a difference of about two minutes when compared to the iPhone 7. The fourth and fifth spots were occupied by HTC 10 and LG G5, respectively. Still, it is important to note that this test is not something many people would do in real life. It is also important to note that having more hardware power doesn’t translate to super speeds when it comes to performance, rather, it is down to software and hardware optimizations – something Apple has always had an edge over its Android counterparts. With the on-racing Google Pixel, however, this lead might not last forever.