With the latest Note 7 being discontinued, the Samsung Galaxy S7 & S7 Edge and iPhone 7 remain the top tier-1 branded flagships, offering the best smartphone experience money can buy. Let’s pitch them against one another to help you decide which of the two is the better-suited option for your individual needs.
Key Specifications of Samsung Galaxy S7 and iPhone 7:
|Model||Samsung Galaxy S7||iPhone 7|
|Display||5.1 inch Quad HD Super AMOLED always-on display||4.7 inch (1334 x 750 pixels) IPS display|
|Processor||Octa-Core Exynos 8890 SoC||64 bit Quad core A10 Fusion processor|
|Camera||12 MP rear and 5 MP front camera||12 MP rear and 7MP front camera|
|Internal Memory||32GB / 64GB||32GB / 128GB / 256GB|
|Dimensions and Weight||150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7mm and 157 grams||138.3x 67.1×7.1 mm and 138 grams|
|Software||Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS||iOS 10|
|Dual SIM||Hybrid Dual SIM||No|
|Price||Starts At 42,000 INR||Starts at 60,000 INR|
Design and Display
The iPhone 7 comes with a more compact 4.7-inch IPS LCD display with quite beefy bezels surrounding it. The Samsung Galax S7, on the other hand, offers a bigger 5.1-inch AMOLED panel in a marginally bigger body.
Samsung Galaxy S7 has glass on front and back, which looks premium but attracts a ton of smudges, something a case can fix. The smudge problem is even bigger on iPhone 7 but only in Jet Black Edition.
The iPhone 7 with a metallic back offers a pressure sensitive 3D touch display which isn’t as sharp as the 2K panel on Samsung Galaxy S7, but as long as you are not viewing it through a VR headset, you won’t notice much difference.
Quality wise, both displays are excellent, but the Galaxy S7 offers a tad better color calibration. Overall, if you want a bigger and better display, Galaxy S7 should be your choice. Both smartphones are also dust and water resistant.
Performance and Software
The iPhone 7 is powered by Apple A10 Fusion quad-core chipset which is perhaps the most powerful smartphone SoC around. The Samsung Galaxy S7, on the other hand, employs custom build Exynos 8890 octa-core processor, which is no slouch either.
You won’t be disappointed by performance on any of the two, even if you are a heavy user. Both the devices can handle heavy multitasking and gaming without any issues. No matter which one you pick, you will get great performance.
On the software front, the iPhone 7 is running iOS 10.1 OS and will most certainly be updated to future OS versions. The Samsung Galaxy S7 features Android Marshmallow based TouchWiz UI. Both software experiences are very different but neither of the two is bad.
Both of these phones offer excellent camera hardware. The Samsung Galaxy S7 has dual pixel AF which makes it significantly faster than the iPhone 7 at locking focus. With relatively larger pixel size, the Galaxy S7 also has slightly better low light performance.
The iPhone 7 camera, on the other hand, is a bit more consistent and the clicked images show more accurate color temperatures at times.
Both of the smartphone cameras are remarkable. The Samsung Galaxy S7, however, scores better in our books thanks to its robust manual mode.
Battery backup and Other Features
The iPhone 7 houses a modest 1960mAh battery and can last for around 10 hours of mixed usage. The Samsung Galaxy S7, on the other hand, offers a bigger 3000mAh battery that can last longer. As far as battery backup goes, the S7 wins.
The iPhone 7 offers stereo speakers, which gives it an edge over Galaxy S7 that manages with a mono speaker. The Samsung Galaxy S7, however, has a 3.5mm audio jack. The future might be wireless, but as of today, this is a clear cut advantage for Galaxy S7.
The competition is very tight here. The main point to decide is whether you want to be a part of Apple’s iOS ecosystem or Googles more open Android ecosystem. But if you want a bigger display and a better camera than you can opt for Samsung Galaxy S7.