Galaxy S7 Edge Vs. iPhone 6s Plus

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Both Apple and Samsung have managed to design a couple of beautiful and premium smartphones. Of course, aesthetics and other smart features comes down to personal preference, so it is up to you as to which look you prefer more.  Here is a look at the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Vs Apple iPhone 6s Plus. 

Design

The iPhone 6s Plus comes in a full metal unibody design which looks and feel great in the hand while the Galaxy S7 Edge comes with a metal frame, the rear backing is glass. The iPhone 6s Plus is significantly heavier than the Galaxy S7 Edge, with weights of 0.192kg and 0.157kg respectively.

The power button is on the right side on both devices, but while it is placed within easy reach at the middle in the case of the Samsung device, it sits very high up on the iPhone, making it quite uncomfortable to get to. The volume rockers are on the left side, but with the iPhone, you also get a very useful hardware toggle that lets you quickly and easily silence the phone. 

Display

The Galaxy S7 Edge sports a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with a Quad HD resolution, resulting in a pixel density of 534 ppi, while the iPhone 6s Plus sports a 5.5-inch IPS LCD screen with a Full HD resolution and resulting pixel density of 401 ppi.

The display of the Galaxy S7 Edge is admittedly sharper and clearer, but the real differences between the two can be seen courtesy of their contrasting underlying technologies. The Galaxy S7 Edge comes with Super AMOLED displays, with the deep inky blacks, vibrant and saturated colours, high brightness, and great viewing angles. The LCD display of the iPhone also gets brighter than the display of the Samsung phone, but outdoor visibility is not an issue with either device.

 Performance

Under the hood, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge packs a quad-coreQualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, clocked at 2.1 GHz, backed by the Adreno 530 GPU and 4 GB of RAM, while the iPhone 6s Plus comes with a dual-core Apple A9 processor, clocked at 1.84 GHz, and backed by the PowerVR GT7600 GPU and 2 GB of RAM.

When it comes to real world everyday performance, both seem as fast as the other. When opening applications, the Galaxy S7 Edge is a touch quicker, but as far as loading games is concerned, the iPhone 6s Plus is faster by quite a margin. 

Hardware

In hardware, both smartphones come with fingerprint scanners in a similar implementation, embedded into the physical home button up front. Both scanners are fast and accurate, and while the Galaxy S7 Edge requires a slightly longer press to unlock the device, the faster iPhone falls behind because of the slower unlocking animations.

The bottom of both devices look quite similar, with both coming with a single speaker unit on the right side, along with the charging port at the center. You get a microUSB port with the Samsung device, while the iPhone comes with a lightning port, which has an advantage over the former, with the charging cable being reversible. The speaker of the iPhone 6s Plus is also better, with it being louder, clearer, and offering a lot more bass.

While 32 GB is the only option when it comes to internal storage, you can expand it by an additional 200 GB via microSD card. 16 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB are the storage options available with the iPhone 6s Plus. The Galaxy S7 Edge is  dust and water resistance,  it  comes with an IP68 rating, which means that you can submerge the device in up to 1.5 metres of water for as long as 30 minutes, without a negative impact on performance.

When it comes to the battery, the Galaxy S7 Edge comes with a larger 3,600 mAh battery compared to the 2,750 mAh unit of the iPhone 6s Plus, but the battery life available with both is largely similar, which goes to show just how well Apple has optimised their software package.

Camera

Both phones come with  12MP unit,  but Samsung’s camera allows for better performance in low light conditions, and it also comes with a larger f/1.7 aperture, compared to the f/2.2 aperture of the iPhone 6s Plus. Both smartphone cameras also come with optical image stabilization and 4k video recording.

As far as the image quality is concerned, the general theme you will notice throughout is softer, darker images with less contrast with the iPhone 6s Plus,and more sharpening, contrast, and vibrant colours with the Galaxy S7 Edges.

Both phones take great 4k video, and thanks to OIS, video comes out very smooth. It has to be said though, the iPhone videos are much smoother, and while the Galaxy S7 Edge is not far behind, the software does warp the video a little more, and the OIS is not as good at removing any shakiness. The Galaxy S7 Edge has very bright and vibrant colours, which looks really good, although there is some trouble with exposure. One areas where the Galaxy S7 Edge has the iPhone clearly beat is when it comes to focus speeds, as the dual pixel technology instantly locks onto objects. 

Software

The iPhone 6s Plus runs iOS 9.3, while the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Screenshots

iOS is a good, albeit simplistic, operating system, but  its biggest  minus is with the notification system. On Android, a glance at the top left corner will show you what notifications you have missed, but on iOS, you will have to swipe the notification down and swipe left to see any pending notifications. Getting rid of these notifications also requires a few extra clicks.

Each device has its own unique software feature as well, namely 3D Touch in the case of the iPhone, and Edge panels with the Galaxy S7 Edge, with both of these features offering a way to add shortcuts without cluttering the interface.

3D Touch is pressure sensitive, and pressing down with more force on certain app icons opens up shortcuts. Edge Panels on the Galaxy S7 Edge allows you to swipe in from the curved edge of the display, and gives you access to apps, app actions, widgets, news, weather, and more.

Price

Galaxy S7 Edge: From N240,000

iPhone 6s Plus: From N280,000

Verdict

Now you have a thorough review of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and iPhone 6s Plus. Although, design, camera performance and Operating System (OS), still comes down to individual choices. In the long run, it is up to you to decide which phone to pick – the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge or the iPhone 6s Plus. But trust, you cannot go wrong with either of these killer phones.

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