Apple iPhone 7 Vs iPhone 7 Plus Vs Galaxy Note 7 Vs Galaxy S7 Vs Galaxy S7 Edge – Specification, Feature & Design Breakdown

Ramish Zafar
Posted Sep 7, 2016
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The big day is here folks. Apple’s launched the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus and its time to do a comparison post of the flagship devices. The big question on everyone’s mind after every Apple launch is how do the devices stack up against Samsung’s flagships. The rivalry between the two companies is well defined, with each company having its distinct offerings. So let’s take a look at the iPhone 7, the iPhone 7 Plus, the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge and the Galaxy e 7e 7, and decide which device takes the crown.

Performance

The iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus come with Apple’s A10 Fusion on board. The company’s promising 40% performance and 2 more battery hours of power over the Apple A9 for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Both the iPhones will offer similar performance when it comes to processing. Still, the iPhone 7 Plus does feature 3GB of RAM (allegedly), which gives the device an edge over its smaller cousin. The Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge and Note 7 feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820. All three also come with 4GB of RAM, double of what the iPhone 7 has to offer.

While the technical details of the A10 are yet to be revealed, it’s likely that the processor comes with two cores on board, following the A9. We’ve also heard quite a bit about TSMC’s InFO making it on the processor. This decreases the contact area between the PCB and chip. This should be the reason behind Apple’s claimed performance gains for today. The Snapdragon 820 features two sets of dual Kryo cores on board, clocked at 1.6 and 2.2GHz respectively. It hasn’t been performing as well as we’d hope it to. Samsung’s Exynos 8890 has topped it consistently in benchmarks. Single core performance should go in favor of the iPhones. We’re very interested in multi-core results too. The A10 fusion is Apple’s first Quad Core processor which will work similarly to big.LITTLE found in Android hardware.

Waterproof

Design

This year’s iPhone comes with a strong emphasis on design. Choosing to refine one of its strong suits, Apple claims to have manufactured the best iPhone up to date. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are manufactured using a seamless integration of glass and metal. The dual camera housing for the iPhone 7 Plus in particular is manufactured straight out of the enclosure. This airtight integration creates the first waterproof iPhones to date as well. The antenna is also embedded in the build, removing one more obstacle from a seamless form for the devices.

All five Samsung’s devices feature metal as the primary build material, combined with glass. While reducing their durability, it lends the devices a smooth look, that further boosts their high end features. The iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus on the other hand, are all metal devices. Apple’s made drastic changes this year in the form of redesigned antenna bands, no headphone jack and improved build quality. This boosts the iPhone’s minimalist look, as the device now offers very little break in the form even on its edges. They just might be the best designed iPhones so far and we don’t make that claim lightly.

iPhone 7 display

Display & Multimedia

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus do not upgrade display resolutions or materials over their predecessors. The iPhone 7 comes with a resolution of 1334×750, while the iPhone 7 Plus features 1920×1080 pixels. The pair does feature a wide color gamut and a 25% brightness increase, which will serve to keep users satisfied for another calendar year. Pixel density for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus stands at 326 and 401i respectively. Display resolutions for the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are QHD, with 1440×2560 pixels. Screen sizes are 5.1, 5.5 and 5.7 inches for the S7, S7 Edge and the Note 7. This lends the devices pixel densities of 576, 534 and 515ppi respectively.

Since Apple hasn’t upgraded display materials, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus feature standard IPS LCDs. Samsung’s devices on the other hand come with Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreens capable of displaying 16 million colors. On the multimedia end, all of Samsung’s devices support your standard MP3, MP4, DiVX, WAV, XviD and other formats. However, the Note 7 also features support for H.265, while the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are limited to H.264.

Galaxy Note 7 introductory videos

Photography

Moving towards photography, the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus have upgraded quite a bit here. While resolutions remain the same for their cameras, as expected, Apple has made other changes. These have in fact made Cupertino claim that the cameras on the pair are the best in the market at the moment. While we’ll be covering camera details later on, here’s a brief summary of all the changes. The iPhone 7 finally gets Optical Image Stabilization and sees the aperture size of f/1.8. Underneath, there’s a six element lens that is powered by Apple’s custom ISP. The camera is 60% faster and 30% more energy efficient when compared to its predecessors.

The dual camera on the iPhone 7 Plus achieves much more. Resolutions for both the lenses stand at 12MP. One of these is a wide angle 28mm lens, while the other is a telephoto 68mm lens. Together they’ll deliver quite a bit in the photography department. The primary highlight of the dual camera for the iPhone 7 Plus is user manipulation of focal length, which allows 2x manual zoom and 10x digital zoom. With the iPhone 7 Plus you’ll also be able to manipulate depth fields for images, similar to a DSLR. You also get a Quad LED true tone flash, 4K recording at 30fps and 1080p recording at 30 or 60fps.

Samsung’s Galaxy S7, S7 Edge and Note 7 are virtually identical when it comes to camera specifications. All three devices feature rear cameras with resolution of 12MP, aperture size f/1.7 and focal length 26mm. With them, you’ll also be able to record 4K videos and snap images with resolutions of 9MP. The usual host of face/smile detection, HDR and panorama are also present on the devices. For video, the trio record 720p at 240ps, 1080p at 60fps and 2160p at 30fps. Safe to say, you won’t be short at video recording for any of them.

Galaxy Note 7 dual SIM variant

Conclusion & Verdict

To sum it up, Apple’s changes on the iPhone this year are a blend of subtlety and prominence. While no major form upgrades took place, the strong emphasis on refinement and camera will entice a lot users to upgrade. In terms of design, the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus are vastly superior to their predecessors. We’re tempted to claim that they’ve got the superior design were it not for the Galaxy lineups edged screen and glass bodies. For performance, we’ll wait for benchmarks and usage tests to reach a definite conclusion. Apple is making some impressive claims for the A10 fusion, so fingers crossed.

In display, Samsung takes the clear edge due to its superior in-house manufacturing facilities. For camera, the iPhone is making some impressive claims, which have the full potential to beat any device out there. It all boils down to personal preference, just as always. Storage specifications see base storage boosted to 32GB, which puts both devices on par. Thoughts? Let us know what you think in the comments section below and stay tuned for the latest.

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