Samsung and Apple are undeniably the two dominant forces in the smartphone world, and every time one of them launches their latest and greatest, there’s naturally a lot of curiosity with regards to how it stacks up against its biggest competition. Well, Samsung just took the wraps off their latest Galaxy S series flagship at MWC 2016, and so we pit it against the current best from Apple, in this quick look at the Samsung Galaxy S7 vs iPhone 6s!

Design

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Both smartphones share a lot of the design language found on their respective predecessors. This is of course, not unexpected, given that this is an “s” iteration in the case of the Apple smartphone, and with Samsung having introduced a much appreciated and major overhaul to the design only last year. However, there are subtle improvements with both that help further enhance aspects like build quality and handling experience, but those looking for dramatic changes with either device will be left disappointed.

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In the case of the Galaxy S7, the metal and glass unibody construction returns from last year, but the sides and corners are more rounded off this time around. The backing also comes with curves along the sides, similar to what was seen with the Galaxy Note 5, and even though the Galaxy S7 is quite compact already, this design change makes for a much improved handling experience, with the device sitting far more comfortably in the palm of your hand. The camera protrusion on the back with last year’s devices is still to be seen, but is a lot more flush with the body this time around, which a lot more aesthetically pleasing. Compared to its predecessor, and the iPhone 6s, the Galaxy S7 also sees its advantages in the form of the return of expandable storage, and resistance to dust and water.

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The changes are far less noticeable with the iPhone 6s, and while the design language remains largely the same, the latest iteration sees a difference in build quality, with the full metal device being built with a stronger 7000 series aluminium, likely done in order to avoid the “bendgate” issues its  predecessor faced. This change resulted in the iPhone 6s also being marginally thicker, wider, taller, and heavier, than the iPhone 6, but certainly not enough for it to be noticeable. With a small 4.7-inch display, the iPhone 6s is noticeably smaller than almost all of its Android competition, but the very comfortable one-handed usability certainly has its positives.

Design has always come down to personal preference, but as we started to see last year, things continue to be closer than ever. The Galaxy S7 does make enough refinements to the design to avoid being confused with its predecessor, which is something that cannot be said for the iPhone 6s.

Display

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Things start to diverge quite significantly between these two smartphones as we continue through this comparison, starting with the display. While Galaxy S7 comes with a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with a Quad HD resolution, resulting in a pixel density of 577 ppi, the iPhone 6s features a 4.7-inch IPS LCD screen with a 1334 x 750 resolution, resulting in a pixel density of 326 ppi.

Despite significantly differing in size, resolution, and pixel densities, it has to be said that there isn’t a lot of difference in terms of clarity. The Quad HD screen does allow for more sharpness, but the iPhone’s display still manages to do a great job. However, the dissimilar underlying technologies do make a difference, with the Super AMOLED screen of the Galaxy S resulting in the vibrant and saturated colors, deep, inky blacks, and good viewing angles that we’re all used to. Granted, the display of the iPhone 6s is quite bright and vivid as well, and you will get an almost equally good display experience with it as well.

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An interesting addition with the Galaxy S7 is the availability of an Always On display, letting you see the time, your notifications, the calendar, the weather information, and more, with a glance, and without needing to wake the phone.

Performance and hardware

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The Galaxy S7 comes with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, backed by the Adreno 530 GPU and 4 GB of RAM, while some versions of the device will also be powered by the Exynos 8890. Meanwhile, the iPhone 6s Plus features a dual-core Apple A9 processor, clocked at 1.84 GHz, and backed by the PowerVR GT7600 GPU and 2 GB RAM. As always, a by the numbers comparison isn’t particularly fair, given the two very different ecosystems they cater to, and the fact that Apple’s control over both hardware and software allow levels of optimization that simply can’t be achieved by Android OEMs. This means that despite looking weak on-paper, the performance disparity between the two isn’t as significant as you’d expect.

We haven’t got to spend a lot of time with the Galaxy S7, but from what we’ve seen so far, things have been as smooth and snappy as expected, helped along by the even more streamlined software experience underneath. Performance on the iPhone 6s is really good as well, and while there have been some complaints of lag and stutter occasionally, things remain smooth for the most part. Both processing packages should be able to handle just about anything you throw at them, including intensive gaming.

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In hardware, both devices come with fingerprint sensors embedded into the tactile home buttons up front. The functionality is the same with both, and both scanners are fast, accurate, and reliable, but we will have to test the scanner of the Galaxy S7 further to see if there’s been any improvements compared to the already impressive implementation from last year.

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In terms of battery, the Galaxy S7 comes with a large 3,000 mAh battery, while the iPhone 6s packs a comparatively paltry 1,715 mAh unit. The iPhone 6s battery life certainly isn’t the best, and while it you may be able to squeeze out a full day of use with this device, you’ll certainly be running very low by the end of the day. The larger capacity of the Galaxy S7 should help improve battery life compared to the also average life of its predecessor, but more testing will be required before we can draw any conclusions. Wireless charging and fast charging capabilities also return with the Galaxy S7.

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In additional hardware, the Galaxy S7 comes with a heart rate monitor, but also sees the triumphant return of expandable storage, up to an additional 200 GB via microSD card. Also coming back is resistance to dust and water, with an IP 68 rating, which means that the device can be submerged in up to 1.5 m of water for as long as 30 minutes, without any negative effects.

Additional hardware with the iPhone 6s comes in the form of 3D Touch, which uses a pressure-sensitive layer below the display, that allows for hidden menus to be shown when pressing on something like an app icon with a bit more force. This helps keep the menus and homescreens looking clean, while adding a lot of functionality, such as Peak and Pop, which allows for a preview of something like an email or an image, and using a little more force will then take you into the full image.

Camera

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When it comes to the camera, the main story here is Apple’s enhancement to the camera package with the iPhone 6s, with the device now featuring a 12 MP rear camera, with a f/2.2 aperture and 5 MP front-facing unit. On the other hand, the Galaxy S7 also comes with a 12 MP rear camera with an f/1.7 aperture lens, and the sensor also sports a larger 1.4µm pixels, which should allow the camera to take in much more light, and make for far better performance in low light conditions.

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We weren’t able to spend enough time with the Galaxy S7 camera to get a good idea of what it is capable of, but if previous generations are any indication, the camera should be great. Apple is also known for their camera prowess, and it’ll be interesting to pit these cameras against each other in a more in-depth comparison a bit further down the road.

Software

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Finally, on the software side of things, you get the latest iteration of TouchWiz on top of Android Marshmallow with the Galaxy S7, in an even more streamlined iteration. Perhaps the biggest change in the software is a new experimental feature, found in the Galaxy Labs section of the Settings menu, that allows you to turn off the app drawer altogether. The end result is an experience that looks a bit more akin to the iPhone’s UI, and could be indicative of what the future of Android looks like as well. Of course this remains an optional feature on the Galaxy S7 — the same can’t be said for the iPhone, where app drawers aren’t possible thanks to the locked down nature of the UI.

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The software experience with the iPhone has been largely unchanged from generation to generation. The home screens remain grid of icons, with the only way to keep things somewhat free from getting too cluttered being folders.  There have been a few additions over the last couple of years that have made a difference, such as the notification dropdown, with a secondary screen can bring up a few extra shortcuts and glances at some contextual information, and a swipe up from the bottom opens the Control Center, where a number of controls and toggles are easily accessible. Of course, there is also 3D Touch now, which brings in an extra layer of functionality where applicable, while maintaining the aesthetically simplicity overall.

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Conclusion at a glance

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So there you have it for this quick look at the Samsung Galaxy S7 vs iPhone 6s! Things were a lot closer between the two last year in terms of design, build quality, and hardware features, but with key elements like expandable storage and water and dust resistance making a return, there is actually more separation this time around. 3D Touch is a useful addition with the iPhone that can prove to be game changer over time, so it really comes down to what features are more important to you.

Stay tuned with Android Authority for more great coverage from MWC 2016!

  • Bob F

    As far as screen resolution, I can see the higher ppi being really useful with VR. Seeing as I’ll get a free setup with the S7, should be fun to find out.

    • Elhombree

      It is not exactly free because they bundle it and jack up the price, so you are paying for the Phone and some for the VR aswell, when the bundle is over then you Will see the being a bit cheapier.

      It feels like My english writing skill is horrible but it is not My native language, i Hope you Will understand it! :)

      • Bob F

        I see your point, but these phones are priced comparably to other flagships and all phones drop in price over time, anyway.

        • Elhombree

          Yes of course they are! I just mean within two weeks at tops the price Will be lower due to the end of the bundle. For instans in sweden the edge version costs about 900 dollars with the bundle the price Will be about 800 :) therefore tecknically the VR is not free!

  • charlie Jason

    Apple’s display technology isn’t even from the same era.
    750P, pathetic color gamut, awful contrast and uneven backlighting? No thanks.

    • Sayed ahamed

      Color Accuracy is very high . but S7 has the best display but check out display mate

    • Tim Davydov

      That is true =(

    • Knut Skallagrim

      1080p is useless unless you’re an eagle or watching the phone from dangerous distances for your eyes. Enjoy your double sized battery wasted on a brick that pushes way too many pixels. Bigger numbers are for dumb ppl who can’t understand them and don’t even know the definition of resolution which is about DISTANCE and capacity of distinguishing 2 separate dots, if you already cannot do that at 20 centimetees then why are you wasting gpu power cpu ram and battery to push way more pixels your retina can catch at that distance? Because NUMBERS + BRAIN = placebo effect

      • Josh

        Except when it comes to the VR, something apple will NEVER be able to do until they decide to actually remove themselves from 3 yrs in the past. Those big numbers for dumb people are the same people processing with technology while you stagnate in your arrogant fugue state.

        • Knut Skallagrim

          Yes vr i’ve a pc for that. Even a ps4 is thousands times better than a phone

          • Josh

            And yet my Note 5 or edge + is quite capable at the VR thing. As for your supposition about your PS4, they are already putting out articles about how phones are coming up on even keel with consoles and will soon surpass them. Well Androids will while Iphones stay stuck several years in the past.

          • Knut Skallagrim

            HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHSHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA

          • Josh

            I’m sorry reality is too much for you to handle. But it is good to know I’m dealing with a child instead of someone who would actually engage in discussion. Good to know, run along child Im done dealing with you.

          • Knut Skallagrim

            I was really gonna discuss all the teraflops and gigatexels of difference between a mobile gpu and a laptop (not even touching a desktop) when i though “am i gonna really explain this to a guy who thinks a phone can beat a gpu which is bigger than the phone itself and eats more than 50 times its energy?
            So, keep my laugh as answer because you don’t deserve anything more.
            And wait for the gtx 1080 so you can see that your brick is no use in vr and that you are comparing 2 cars on the ability to fly, they don’t have the engine by a long shot and they are not designed at all to do that thing and there are way better things to do that and the fact that a note 5 has a better screen than a iphone doesn’t make it decent at vr it just makes it less suckier. Both devices are meant for other use and are dwarfed by real gpu cards

            Got it? Judging a PHONE screen because of VR. Yes. Androidians. You just want to be a pole in the arse.

            So once again

            hahahahahahHahhshahahahahahahahahahahahahhHhahahahahah

            A note 5 better than a console!

            HahahahahahahhahahahahahahhahahahahHahhH

          • Josh

            Wow all that and you said absolutely nothing. First I didn’t say anything about your laptop but way to move the goal post 8n the middle of the discussion, again not unexpected from a child like you. As for the consoles, I see it being quite feasible that in the bear future our phones could start surpassing them, the only reason why you wouldn’t is because you are so limited on what to think about mobile devices because of your Apple phone. And its not just the screen and VR, you child, that makes my Note 5 and Edge+ better, that just one of the outcomes because of the better hardware. Now run along kid.

          • Knut Skallagrim

            I’m not a kid i’m 24 years old, my writing may be of poor language but it’s because my main tongue is not english. Anyways keep dumbing down the oppositors and you’ll be the one that will never grow. I’ve discussed about A laptop (not my laptop) as you’ve put the consoles into discussion like a dumbfuck (and i’ve not said a thing about that) “again not unexpected from a child like you” i could have said, like you, but instead i answered it (with a laugh, ok, but this is what that deserved). But nevermind have fun with your note 5 i’m not even gonna discuss anymore because it’s me the one who has no more interest since my only listener is someone who has too much time if he likes to hang with “kids”, i’ll try to sum up where you’re going wrong (at least in the main topic): you’re speaking of apple as if they weren’t able to do a leap in the next 3 years where the VR will actually mean a thing on phones while you’re giving too much credit to your device which may have enough pixels (which i still remark as useless in most situations) but lacks texture/pixel fillrate bandwith and in general does not have the technology to run on a battery and not drain it in some hours of uses (and also have a long lasting life in general) while also giving top notch graphics.

            Got it?

            “No my phone is just better”

            ok gbye

          • samhith srivatsa

            What’s even the use of vr on mobile hmm lemme guess play crysis 3 or even far cry 5

      • Dakoda Koziol

        I can easily see pixels at 1080p.

        • Knut Skallagrim

          then good for you, lies always make you right

          • Dakoda Koziol

            You probably can’t see through your screen to me, so I thought that I’d tell you that my eyes are rolling. Jeez, what a comment…

          • Knut Skallagrim

            Geez what a liar

          • Dakoda Koziol

            OK, stop making me laugh. XD

      • Linked Devices

        dude you’re just a troll pretending to be a ridiculous apple fanboy. this can’t be serious.

        • Knut Skallagrim

          wow your arguments are so thin that are invisible to human eyes

          • Linked Devices

            then you are serious? dude there’s absolutely no science behind the claim that 326 ppi is the limit of human vision, that’s ridiculous. why would you be so committed to some one else’s marketing ploy? anyone can see the difference between retina displays and higher resolution displays. just say you don’t want your displays to be any clearer for whatever reason but you can’t argue that it’s not clearer.

            i still think you’re honestly stringing us all along and are probably being paid to do this and I’ll admit it sounds like a pretty fun job.

          • Knut Skallagrim

            No ii’m just someone who happens to know the definition of resolution which is not the brute 1090p 2k 4k but it’s 1080P ON X” AT Y Distance. where X” is the diagonal of the object. Now you can say that you can “easily see 1080p” if you’re stretching them on a 42” TV and watching it on a distance lower than 8 meters. But you can’t see them if you’re putting them on a 5” phone used on 25 centimeters (i consider this to be the normal viewing distance), as you can’t fucking see Ganimede Satellite of the planet Jupiter, BECAUSE YOU’RE TOO MUCH DISTANT TO DISTINGUISH THOSE DOTS. Resolution is a part of the equation that encounters one bottleneck -> your retina

            And if you think that in 2016 medicine didn’t find which density we have in the so called fovea centralis which is the part that has the most density and sits practically on the center of the back of the eye, then you’re the one who’s putting his own sensations over real numbers that make sense.

            You all must just go to re learn the definiton of resolution CAPACITY which is defined as the ability to distinguish 2 dots on a given DISTANCE. It’s obvious that if you’re using the phone under the studied distance you can distinguish those dots. It’s simply that i’m never using that on lower than 25 centimeters because under those you’re using a reflex called reflex of convergence-accomodation, which is not actually good to do for the whole day. I can understand all the critics on apple, really, the whole 90% of the critics about price and hardware specs are right, but i still wish i could find someone who isn’t apple who doesn’t put 1080p on a fucking 5” phone, god. The only good thing is that 1080p phones are good for VR (only real occasion where you see the screen under 25 centimeters also using magnifying lenses). Too bad their gpu has not enough power in general to make good vr.
            Also trust me i wish i had free money from apple because in that moment i would try to convince you also on idiotic stuff, while instead i agree their premium price sucks and it’s actually a good enough reason to just throw their phone in the trash can, but on the display everyone becomes a sheep and claims he can see anything when if i put all you guys on my 2000mm telescope with 26mm ocular (2000/26mm roughly 78x magnifying power) you wouldn’t still be able to see that goddamn ganimedes and still claim your eagle eyes on 1080p 5” phones

            WELCOME TO PLACEBO EFFECT

            NEXT CHAPTER: FRAMING, OFTEN USED IN POLITICS

          • Linked Devices

            You’ve got to get your eyes checked dude. On AMOLED screens for instance you can tell the difference even by looking at white space alone. The more dense the pixels the cleaner the whites. As far as absolute PPI independent of distance etc the easiest test is to hold both phones side by side both set to view a web page in desktop mode fully zoomed out. Then look at the loop in the lower case letter ‘e’. You’ll notice that on 1080 you don’t actually see white in the loop but a gritty artifact of sub pixel rendering.

            I agree that it may not matter to a lot of people but if you handle text a lot and do a lot of full page editing it really cuts down on eye strain.

          • Ethan

            Definitely a troll

    • samhith srivatsa

      Uneven back light what are you taking do you even know how lcd panels work ?

    • samhith srivatsa

      Besides high dpi doesn’t mean a good display and if you can’t differentiate 2 pixels you are wasting precious processing power and battery life

  • Fernie

    Oh please Josh. I believe Apple is humiliated enough and they’re falling behind the specs department already. Even if they can release their next generation iPhone, I bet it’ll still be years behind the current standards on Android devices. This is just my opinion.

    • Ethan

      You couldn’t be more right!

    • cdm283813

      I’m getting a S7 Edge but I currently own a 6S. While the Apple device does not have the thrills and features of the S7 it does have the speed and there is no lag at all. It’s been my best performing device ever. I can also count on the device being updated but I still prefer Android over iOS.
      So it really depends what you want to do with your device. I will be going with Samsung at least for the next 6 to 7 months and then I will reevaluate my position. Can’t sit here and say that I’m going to be Android for life or know which phone I will be using by year end.

    • TheBagging Man

      The only one who should feel humiliated are the manufactures that build phones with 4gb ram 8 core processors yet they still lag compared to a dual core with 2 gb ram with no lag.
      If you are using any samsung or any android device without lag then you must be a low end user with not many apps.
      Former Android user here who saw the light and aint looking back for now.
      BTW was surprised Samsung didn’t re-badge 3d touch as something different and claim they invented it.

      • Andy Troyer

        Apple Fan Boy all the way! LOL.

        • TheBagging Man

          Maybe so but unlike most people who commentate I have used android longer than I have used ios. My last phone was a moto x gen 2.

          Maybe you should swallow your pride and use an iPhone as your daily driver for a month and see what you think.
          But then again you used a friends for 5 minutes and “got bored” so I guess your an expert…

          • Ethan

            When I use my friends iphone 6 plus it feels cheap and has bad softwere, and is super slow at focusing the camera.

            this is just my experience.

      • Dakoda Koziol

        I grew up on iPhone’s but I have been using an Android for the past six months. Now whenever I use any of my friends iPhone’s I just feel, limited. It’s like Tim Cook is leaning over my shoulder saying, “Don’t touch that! Woah, I didn’t say you could choose your own browser. C’mon! You can use your own wallpaper now- WHAT ELSE DO YOU WANT?”

  • Tester

    Wow. How about the lame fanboy matrch holds off until we have real benchmarks? We already know the iPhone 6s smokes the s7 in single core speed. S7 wins GPU and Multicore as long as we don’t end up having thermal issues again I also don’t see the battery being that much better on the s7 than the iPhone. The iPhone 6s CRUSHED the s6 in battery life.

    • Ethan

      I agree that the iphone 6s MIGHT crush the s7 in single core speed. oh and samsung has taken care of the heating problems with liquid cooling. But I completely disagree with you with the battery, the iphone 6 6s batteries are some of the worst out there, and samsung has made the batteries HUGE on the G7 G7 edge. IMO.

      • samhith srivatsa

        Idiot the ‘liquid cooling’ has no liquid in it next time when you try and talk android don’t talk shit

        • Ethan

          I know liquid cooling doesn’t use liquid. Liquid cooling is a technology similar to refrigerators they just call it liquid cooling.

          • samhith srivatsa

            Now you tell me there is i a fucking compressor in a phone next time you talk shit find someone who is a total noob

          • Ethan

            Yes it is a miniature compressor.

          • samhith srivatsa

            You ignorant dumb little shit do you know how much of current compressors need its a fucking heat pipe. Dumb shit and you are insulting apple what knowledge of Android do you have anyway, besides heat pipes are there on every type of electronic device that has heating issues lumia 950xl etc. Compressors would drain batteries in minutes

          • Ethan

            Yes I agree with you 100% LOL.

          • samhith srivatsa

            Wow if anyone hasn’t told you yet you are immature as fuck

          • Ethan

            And you’re not?

          • samhith srivatsa

            So people swear when they are immature………. :| not angry. Typical samsung fan good luck with your s7 “android geek” besides i use a nexus 6p

          • Ethan

            Does it matter?

            Yes I was wrong about the compressor in the phone, however there is gas in the “liquid cooling”
            It is either water or ethylene glycol which is passed through an evaporator leading up to the CPU or GPU. Being exposed to the heat generated by the CPU/GPU, this liquid then turns into vapor and makes its way to a diffusion plate (radiator). Eventually, this vapor turns itself back into liquid form and makes its way to the evaporator again. This is a constant process and ensures that the heat is evenly distributed and not concentrated towards a particular area. And that is how “liquid cooling” works and yes it uses liquid!!! Honestly please do some research.

      • samhith srivatsa

        You just must be one of those guys who says android is better than ios just to look geeky and Intelligent. Insufferable piece of shit

        • Ethan

          Well it is, The iPhone 6s is a joke with a screen that is at least 4 years behind any android screen, and an operating system that locks you to Apple and lets you do nothing.
          Have fun with the complete fail of a flagship called the iPhone 6ss or the iPhone 7!

          • samhith srivatsa

            And hence i conclude by saying that you know nothing about android or the s7. I have no idea why you need such high ppi unless you are viewing your phone at 3 cm you don’t need such a high res display. You are just one those dudes who bought the phone cuz it looked cool . You know what i am just wasting my time trying to explain this to you. You know nothing about the software or the hardware of your s7 and judge devices based on their specs.{cringe} [spoiler alert : your device has a locked bootloader] up the game fag stop being a hypocrite. I hope your next reply will have me think for at least a minute before i dismiss it

          • Ethan

            I know more than you think about android and Samsung. Why should phones have 4k displays? because of VR headsets! and so you can watch 4k video on your smartphone. 2k screens still look really bad when useing it with a VR headset. And yes I bought the s7 because it is the highest rated smartphone in the world, and yes because it looks cool. And no I do not judge phones on their specs. Please stop making pathetic assumptions.

          • samhith srivatsa

            Unless you use vr 24/7 an occasional use really doesn’t require such high ppi leads to shitty performance and battery. Moreover playing pc games is not possible. Again you just said you bought it beacause it is the highest rated phone not because you saw value and functionality in it. So you follow the crowd like sheep. Besides if you didn’t buy phones based on specs you wouldn’t talk about the high ppi and better specs in previous posts . I wouldn’t have insulted you if you just said you said the Samsung was a better phone for YOU, instead you say that you can move to aosp and shit which is bs so next time you get in an argument with someone don’t talk bs instead do research. Besides you are allowed to tell only if your experience was good. For eg: you are free to say that burgers don’t taste good but not that burgers don’t have buns

          • Ethan

            Yes I agree it makes the phone slower, it would be nice if you could switch between 2k and 4k.
            And no, that is one of the reasons I bought the phone, the true reason I bought it is because I wanted a Samsung phone that is not plastic covered like my old s5. I judge phones a little bit on specs and quality. High ppi (2k is good IMO) is something every phone should have IMO. And yes Samsung is a better phone for me and a LOT of other people. Yes I agree with telling no lies.

          • samhith srivatsa

            Yes completely agree with you but limited content on vr and health hazards are some things that should be in your mind when you use it . Sounds cool but….. Anyways comparing last year’s flagship with this year’s is not fair lets wait for iPhone 7. Comparing the s7 to s6 is very unfair so how can we compare the 6s to the s7

          • Ethan

            Samsung and Apple phones will never be fairly comparable because when the iPhone 7 comes out the Galaxy s7 will be half a year older than the iPhone 7.

            Very true, i’m just saying that Samsung has probably the best display on any device of 2016 and it will probably stay that way for a long time. The one MASSIVE problem with all Samsung phones is the updates, they take forever, but I heard that we might get android N a month after the public release this time!

          • samhith srivatsa

            A month you will get n after 6 of even 9 months my nexus 5 got marshmallow in oct update for m in samsung was only released a month ago see

    • bockscar

      Smokes in single core….not really…..the 6s smoked the S6…..but what did that give ya….they preformed pretty much the same in real world usage

    • SnakeSplitskin

      Oh gawd, please stop with the benchmark madness. Only idiots buy phones based on benchmark scores. What good is a benchmark score if a phone doesn’t deliver the features that a user wants. I’ll take my Note 5 and the features it offers over any phone whose benchmark scores are higher and it doesn’t matter how much higher those scores are.

  • Ethan

    After getting an ipad 2? for christmas 4 years ago when I was really into Apple, I hate to say I loved it, and could not even think of switching to android. But as the months went on I was getting bored of the design and the software of it, it felt to simple and boring. so I bought a Galaxy s5 and I REALLY loved it! So after that I said I would never go back to Apple, and I’m happy to say I NEVER will!

    Can’t wait to get the Galaxy s7 edge!

    • TheBagging Man

      Android tablets are still way underpowered.

    • Andy Troyer

      Exactly! Well said. Though iPads are still better Android phones are off the charts better than iPhones. We have to realize though that tablets though cool a few years ago are not nearly as popular as they once were… so the tablets are better idea has little value now.

  • KeyserSoze

    Who cares, nobody gives a sht about outdated ugly iPhone 6S and crappy iOS anymore.

    • HeatFan786

      Funny because Apple sold a ton of those between the release and now. It is a relevant phone that won’t go away for awhile.

    • Sayed ahamed

      I’m an Android guy but IOS is still better in terms of functionality and App availability

      • hoggleboggle

        App availability only very slightly but functionality? Not by a long shot. Minimal file management abilities, virtually zero customisation, limited sharing abilities and atrocious desktop sync abilities to name a few of the ios limitations

  • Jonathon Rios

    I want a Samsung phone that has the same graphics power as an iPhone at least once. It’s stupid that my old ipad 3 still pumps out better looking games than my note 5

    • LeVvE

      To be fair the iPhone only has to render like 3 pixels in total so it’s not hard to get high framerate. The iPhone only has to render around 1m pixels while the S7 have to render 3.6m, it needs to have almost 4 times as much power to have the same fps.

      • Jonathon Rios

        Yeah such a shame. I can’t use iOS on a phone though it’s just too limited and I haven’t bought an ipad since the second one which sucks cause I invested so heavily in the App Store. I just wish the level of polish on android games was a bit higher so I don’t feel like I’m still missing out.

  • HeatFan786

    I am upgrading from a 6S Plus to the S7 Edge. The iPhone 6S Plus is actually great. The 6S is a red headed step child in terms of specs.

  • Carl

    Why is a 750p lcd screen from 2011 on the iphone going up against a Qhd amoled screen high tech screen from 2016, the question should be why has apple got a pathetic 750p screen on a flagship phone.

  • Freak_ Aniket_

    And the winner is …. Galaxy S7..

    • The-Sailor-Man

      So the whole this article was in vain?
      You made then sad, sir.

  • The-Sailor-Man

    How to wright an Apple’s blog, and make iPhone still to look relevant- instructions:

    ‘Both smartphones share a lot of the design language found on their respective predecessors.’
    Only that S7 have design change , but iPhone 6s doesn’t at all.

    ‘with the full metal device being built with a stronger 7000 series aluminium’
    What is the metal in Galaxy S and A long before iPhone? LOL

    ‘Despite significantly differing in size, resolution, and pixel densities, it has to be said that there isn’t a lot of difference in terms of clarity…..Granted, the display of the iPhone 6S is quite bright and vivid as well, and you will get an almost equally good display experience with it as well.’
    Right!:)

    ‘and the fact that Apple’s control over both hardware and software allow levels of optimization that simply can’t be achieved by Android OEMs.’
    Of course:)

    ‘Additional hardware with the iPhone 6s comes in the form of 3D Touch, which uses a pressure-sensitive layer below the display, that allows for …’ blah, blah

    ‘Apple is also known for their camera prowess,,,’
    but not lately , and even worse than last Galaxy….of course you shouldn’t mention that there is not OIS .

    ‘Perhaps the biggest change in the software is a new experimental feature, found in the Galaxy Labs section of the Settings menu, that allows you to turn off the app drawer altogether. The end result is an experience that looks a bit more akin to the iPhone’s UI, ‘
    ROTFL !!! iWTF

    ‘ 3D Touch is a useful addition with the iPhone that can prove to be game changer over time’

    END OF THE STORY.

    • Sandy Sandy

      I agree The-Sailor-Man.
      3D touch is lousy. I used it, and unless you’re using your phone for designing (which MOST people don’t), it doesn’t make any sense to even have it. The screen is too tiny for that, and you need a separate stylus.
      The Galaxy S6 and S7 have almost 4 times the Resolution of the iPhone 6S, and yet they have similar screen look and feel. Even with OLED?
      Apple Cameras are Nowhere in the league of Samsung’s S and Note line. NOWHERE.

      I agree. For someone writing for a site called AndroidAuthority, there seems to be a Huge Bias in Favour of the iPhone.
      Not neutral, by any standard. Very Disappointing.

  • phatmanXXL

    I switched from my Gnote 5 to iPhone 6S Plus.
    I now also realise that specs don’t mean much. They mean nothing really.
    My Gnote 5 manages to keep less apps and chrome tabs open than my iPhone 6S Plus, while the 6S has 2GB of ram.

    My iPhone 6S Plus is faster too, while it’s processor’s specs shows the Gnote 5 has a better chip.

    Switching to iOS has been the best decision I’ve ever made. I will never go back to Android, unless maybe I would if android phone manufacturers start to make phones with the same or better build quality than iPhones.

    • Andreas Larsson

      Iphone has a better SoC than the gnote 5 :p both cpu and gpu is faster, and then you have to remember iPhones don’t have higher resolution than 1080p while note 5 pushes 1440p, so weaker processor and more pixels. They are both great thou, but for me display and camera is more important than speed of an already fast device

    • Nallaikumaran

      Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge more features. Samsung VR free for now. S7 is a perfect smartphone.

      S7 and S7 Edge- Best processor (“Thermal spreader” Water cooling technology to avoid the phones overheating), Best display, Best camera (Dual Pixels camera – A first in the smartphone world), Best battery life, Fast wireless charging, Water-resistant (IP68 rating), Hybrid dual-SIM or SD card. Samsung Pay (NFC + MST), Edge UX, Heart-rate sensor, Powerful Game Launcher and new Vulkan API and more. S7 and S7 Edge has the best in every single corner. And iPhone 6s and 6S plus still falls short against the S7 and S7 Edge on everything.

    • 1213 1213

      The note 5 just had a problem and was too aggressive with ram management.

      Also those phones are from different generations. The 6s is supposed to be faster

      • Andy Troyer

        From what I hear the Note 5 is light years faster than the iPHone 6S though once you have open like 8-10 apps at the same time the iPhone catches up and passes it. Thankfully this scenerio is rare making my Note 5 blazingly fast besides the fact the OS is actually interesting and customizable.

    • Nallaikumaran

      It’s only faster in single core stuff like texting (iPhones), gaming on the multicore level and the iPhone starts dropping frames. Samsung bests in multicore level.

      I like how you only compared the onscreen tests when you know the iPhone runs it in 750p and 1080p, the Android flagships are running it at 1440p! 77 percent more pixels to push! where the adreno 530 (Android Phones) is pushing 90fps and the power vr (Apple) is pushing 80 fps, that puts the GPUs at a level playing field! And as for geekbench you’re only showing the single core scores, off course the iPhone will perform better at the single core because iPhone uses two cores and iOS apps are optimized for single core usage. It’s the opposite for Android, their apps are optimized for multi-core usage, that’s why the multi-core score is always higher for Android flagships. In fact, Benchmark tests are made for OS (Big impact).

      The 32GB Samsung Note 5 device components cost more than $400, But 16GB Apple iPhone 6s plus device components cost only $220. Keep telling only half of the truth!

    • charlie Jason

      6S plus does have a faster chip. A9 has much faster single thread performance.
      Also Android phones have many more pixels to push. Don’t you find the display on iPhone dull and lifeless compared to Gnote5?

      • Andy Troyer

        I’ve got the Note 5 and used to be an Apple Fanboy. Could never go back. The hardware though manageable on IOS is boring and vanilla. The look of today’s iphone is basically what my old iPhone looked like years ago outside of the cartoonish icons. Not customizability and boring OS. If you want something vanilla and sameness from yesteryear go with iPhone.

    • cdm283813

      I also switched to a iPhone 6S as my daily driver and I have no issues with speed and the updates are fantastic. I went with the smaller version only because the plus model was ridiculously big. But I never felt truly at home with iOS and I hesitate to spend money in the App Store. Guess my heart is still with Android.
      So I pre-ordered the S7 edge even after cursing Samsung over the lack of updates. If Samsung could update their phones in a timely manner I wouldn’t have any problems. Nexus would be the obvious choice but I already own a Nexus 6 which is way to big to be a daily driver. The 6p is not much different software wise. Plus I actually like the current version of touchwiz, Gear VR and Samsung pay; features that Nexus and Apple won’t have. And hardware wise the S7 Edge is the best when you add it all up.
      But in 7 months I may curse Samsung yet again and jump on the iPhone 7 bandwagon. At least I narrowed my options down to Samsung, Apple and Nexus so it could be worse.

    • Ethan

      Samsung phones are better.

  • Nallaikumaran

    Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge more features. Samsung VR free for now. S7 is a perfect smartphone.

    S7 and S7 Edge- Best processor (“Thermal spreader” Water cooling technology to avoid the phones overheating), Best display, Best camera (Dual Pixels camera – A first in the smartphone world), Best battery life, Fast wireless charging, Water-resistant (IP68 rating), Hybrid dual-SIM or SD card. Samsung Pay (NFC + MST), Edge UX, Heart-rate sensor, Powerful Game Launcher and new Vulkan API and more. S7 and S7 Edge has the best in every single corner. And iPhone 6s and 6S plus still falls short against the S7 and S7 Edge on everything.

    • c0ppo

      How much does old sammy pay u? I hope it is significant amount ^^

  • Please use youtube for videos. This video provider buffers a lot, pixelated and cannot be chromecasted correctly.

  • Sandy Sandy

    Joshua Vergara, first the video preview on YouTube, and now this. Like Really?
    Can you PLEASE concentrate on what Innovations have been advertised about the S7, and Test THOSE (against the S6, or against some other phone manufacturers?), instead of random, inconsequential tests.
    1. Low Light photo and video quality (against the S6 and the iPhone 6S)
    2. Picture Sharpness.
    3. Focus Speed.
    4. 4k Video Quality.
    5. Gaming Experience (especially with High End Games).
    6. The VR experience with Gear 360 (which looked excellent in the presentation).
    7. The S6 had an excellent HDR mode in Photo and Video mode. Could you please test this on the S7.
    8. Water and Dust resistance compared to other phones (like the Sony Xperias, and the new Panasonic Tough Phone etc)

    The Samsungs already own the iPhone in terms of Photo Quality (tested by many of the Industry’s Leading Agencies like DXO Mark Labs). So, if Samsung says this betters the pics from the Samsung S6, and S6 Edge (and Note 5), then they have a superb camera. Definitely Class Leading, AGAIN.

  • HotelQuebec

    No contest. S7 wins across the board.

  • s2weden2000

    why not compare the galaxy against a real phone …

  • Chri$

    To each his own. Been a note fan forever and ain’t looking back.
    Note 5 now, just waiting for and hoping the note 6 is SD Card+ and dust proof+ and I go N 6!

  • Tom Ku

    ugly copy-cat phones

  • JOe

    both are U G L Y as hell

  • vahdyx

    iPhone is a killer platform in my opinion. No matter what people say it’s a great experience. Is it the platform for me!?!? Yes, is it an exclusive platform for me, certainly not and the same goes for Android!

    My S7 Edge will be at my house the 29th of February!!! I’m super excited.

  • Freak_ Aniket_

    Galaxy S7/edge and previous iterations and iphones all fall behind in speaker segment. Only few devices out there have front facing speakers, I don’t know why it is taking too long for OEM’s to include front facing speakers on all devices.

  • Gradi

    The iphone is like some simple childs toy that surfs the net and emails. But when it comes to the huge file share and and different ways i can send download and share files like a pc the iphone is useless.

  • samhith srivatsa

    S7 is a shame to android an iphone wannabe who needs a an android with a locked bootloader

  • Tate

    Wow, a phone that has a 750p screen from 2010 technology and no ois on its camera being compared the Galaxy S7 fully loaded with the latest and greatest in technology. The other phone could only be an iphone, as any other phone with these specs are called budget phones. The power of apple shares worldwide makes comparisions like this common stuff. Thats why many articles always say the iphones display is outclassed, BUT its a pretty display its ok and its ok not to have a better display its ok because the difference in quality is not that great its ok people so there you go its a tie.