Samsung Galaxy S7 edge vs Apple iPhone 6s Plus
Galaxy S7 this year. The new phone has been substantially overhauled on the inside when stacked against the Galaxy S6, but on the outside, it looks more or less identical. The situation with the Galaxy S7 edge is a bit different, primarily because it has grown in size compared to the Galaxy S6 edge. This makes it a potentially fearsome competitor to the iPhone 6s Plus, which happens to be in the same display size category.
The iPhone 6s Plus is undoubtedly the most advanced iPhone Apple has ever made, pairing the good-ol' design of the iPhone 6 Plus with overhauled hardware and exciting new functionality like 3D Touch. And even though it is six months old by now, we're pretty sure that it will give the Galaxy S7 edge a run for its money. Let's see how the two phones compare.
The Galaxy S7 edge won us over with its more compact size and slick aesthetics. And it is water-resistant!
It's safe to say that the Galaxy S7 edge is the more attractive of the two phones. It's not necessarily the more beautiful, as that's a subjective matter, but Samsung's new phone easily draws attention from afar. Large part of this is due to the dual-curved 'edge' display at the front – it not only looks fancy, but also gives the impression of having no side bezels due to the way the glass edge wraps around the sides. The glass-on-metal construction further contributes to the device's sci-fi look. In contrast, the iPhone 6s Plus sticks to a more traditional design, revolving around pleasing aesthetics, symmetry, and coherency. Its no-frills aluminum unibody and curved sides are conservative in comparison, but the resulting looks and feel of the phone have their fair share of fans.
From a purely practical standpoint, we are struck by how bulkier the iPhone 6s Plus is in comparison with the much lighter and more compact Galaxy S7 edge – undeniably a win for Samsung's new pride and joy. Samsung's curvy phone is leaps and bounds ahead of the 6s Plus in terms of screen-to-body size distribution, as both phones have 5.5 inches of display up front, but the Galaxy S7 edge fits it into a smaller footprint. This is why the latter is a bit easier to handle and more comfortable to use.
Speaking of practicality, neither of the two designs is perfect; they both have their strengths and weaknesses. For example, being dust- and water-resistant is a key design advantage for the Galaxy S7 edge – even if you dip it in water or spill a drink all over it, the phone will live to tell the tale. Better yet, no ugly flaps cover any of the phone's ports. The iPhone 6s Plus, on the other hand, has a lesser chance of surviving such an encounter. But we're disappointed to see that fingerprints stick to the Galaxy S7 edge's glass surface like paperclips to a magnet. On the other hand, the iPhone 6s Plus holds virtually no fingerprint smudges onto its metal surface.
Although it's hard to discern a clear winner, the Galaxy S7 edge gets in the lead
At 5.5 inches, both the Galaxy S7 edge and the iPhone 6s Plus give an identical allowance of screen real estate. Where the two differ is in the number of pixels packed within their respective panels, with the Galaxy S7 edge winning the race with its 1440 x 2560 (vs 1080 x 1920) resolution. In the real world, however, this supposed advantage has more to do with bragging rights than actual user experience benefits – the screens are just too small for a regular Joe to appreciate the difference.
But how do the displays of the two compare in other areas? Well, the Galaxy S7 edge in its Basic display mode has the upper hand in the color accuracy department, meeting more targets on the sRGB color gamut chart. That's mostly visible with the various cyan, blue, and purple hues. However, there's a catch. Basic display mode, despite being more color-accurate, is not enabled by default. Out of the box, the Galaxy S7 edge is set to Adaptive screen mode, which trades color accuracy for vividness and saturation. Similar is the case with the AMOLED Cinema and AMOLED Photo modes. Whether you'll be bothered by the color infidelity is another story, but that's unlikely. We don't have different display modes on the iPhone 6s Plus, but that's hardly an issue, as its color reproduction is great as it is.
The iPhone is able to hit a greater peak brightness than the S7 edge, 593 vs 493 nits, with automatic brightness enabled. This should give the former the upper hand when it comes to outdoor visibility, although the Galaxy S7 edge also fares well in this respect. And when it comes to minimum brightness, both screens go pretty low – 2 nits for the Galaxy S7 edge and 5 nits for the iPhone 6s Plus – meaning that both will go easy on your eyes in the dark before bedtime. Viewing angles are excellent with both phones, in case you're wondering.
Lastly, the iPhone is more consistent in its gamma reproduction. It exhibits excellent gamma values across all points of the grayscale, which are rather close to the perfect gamma reading of 2.2 at all times. On the contrary, the S7 edge tends to display the various shades of a tad more brightly than they have to be.
Display measurements and quality
|Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better||Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better||Contrast Higher is better||Color temperature (Kelvins)||Gamma||Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better||Delta E grayscale Lower is better|
|Apple iPhone 6s Plus||593
|Samsung Galaxy S7 edge||493
The numbers below represent the amount of deviation in the respective property, observed when a display is viewed from a 45-degree angle as opposed to direct viewing.
|Maximum brightness Lower is better||Minimum brightness Lower is better||Contrast Lower is better||Color temperature Lower is better||Gamma Lower is better||Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better||Delta E grayscale Lower is better|
|Samsung Galaxy S7 edge||68.6%
|Apple iPhone 6s Plus||84.7%
The CIE 1931 xy color gamut chart represents the set (area) of colors that a display can reproduce, with the sRGB colorspace (the highlighted triangle) serving as reference. The chart also provides a visual representation of a display's color accuracy. The small squares across the boundaries of the triangle are the reference points for the various colors, while the small dots are the actual measurements. Ideally, each dot should be positioned on top of its respective square. The 'x: CIE31' and 'y: CIE31' values in the table below the chart indicate the position of each measurement on the chart. 'Y' shows the luminance (in nits) of each measured color, while 'Target Y' is the desired luminance level for that color. Finally, 'ΔE 2000' is the Delta E value of the measured color. Delta E values of below 2 are ideal.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
The Color accuracy chart gives an idea of how close a display's measured colors are to their referential values. The first line holds the measured (actual) colors, while the second line holds the reference (target) colors. The closer the actual colors are to the target ones, the better.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
The Grayscale accuracy chart shows whether a display has a correct white balance (balance between red, green and blue) across different levels of grey (from dark to bright). The closer the Actual colors are to the Target ones, the better.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
1. thegeneral7010 (Posts: 326; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)
Samsung have beated apple in almost everything in the phone except in software that the only reason why apple is still selling more iphones than samsung.
18. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8890; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)
No. I wouldn't say the software is why Apple sells more phones. More of marketing prowess and the fact it's a USA company.
Apple jump out first and created a sizable based, while it took the Galaxy Saturday 3 years to appear on seen and make a splash.
Even though the S sold more devices if it's first 2 models compared to Apple, Apple had already established itself as the leader.
The S has been better than the iPhone in so many ways it's hard to list. Samsung has proven that bigger is better and they don't better by making it bigger yet be smaller than the competition.
Samsung is the Android sells eager having sold over 430M phones in a single year, with 50% of those sales just being from the S and Note.
IOS to me is boring, not intuitive. After maybe watching youtube on the iPhone and playing a few games, there is nothing else to do with the phone. Compare to the S, the S offers its own benefits and features you can enjoy without launching a single app. This is a huge advantage to me.
It's isn't better. It's less secire, it's smoother because it doesn't offer anything. No full multitasking, no splitscreen and many other things the South offers.
Considering the S does way more and is equally as fast or faster than the iPhone shows how powerful it really is.
45. htcisthebest (Posts: 165; Member since: 15 Nov 2011)
Quote from TechieXP1969: "It's isn't better. It's less secire, it's smoother because it doesn't offer anything. No full multitasking, no splitscreen and many other things the South offers."
Well said! The iPhone only has a small number of features and most of these features are not as technologically advanced as in the Galaxies. If the iPhone had as many features as the Galaxy, it would most likely run much slower than the Galaxy.
49. darkkjedii (Posts: 20044; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Same s**t, different day. You post all this crap to say the same crap, you said in your last post.
54. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8890; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)
Let me ask you Darkk, what do you consider yourself to be when it comes to tech. Are you a basic consumer or are you a tech nerd?
Since you're always trying to call out my posts, explain what you are. What do you look for in a phone.
See I'm a tech nerd and let me explain to you why the iPhone is boring to me.
When I shop for a phone, being a tech nerd; I look for the things computers/phone DON'T have in commom.
First all all phones have a least common denominator. In other words, no matter what brand you choose, there are factors to where these options are identical. What I look at are the things a phone can do that another.
When you compare the iPhone to the Galaxy S, they both have functions that are fairly identical and are expected on nearly every phone.
What I find boring about iOS is the exact same things I find boring about phones that use Vanilla Android. This is why I don't buy phones by LG, Sony or the Nexus. All 3 of them do make great devices, but not devices I want.
Since I am a tech nerd, I want a phone that actually has advanced features. The iPhone doesn't have one single advanced feature, yet it is priced like one.
Example, the camera. Apple has basically dumb down a DSLR camera to a mode where you have no control whatsoever. For a person who just wants to point ans shot, I have no issue with having typical things already set in auto-mode. But having advanced features in the same UI for those that want them is a plus and in fact SHOULD be there whether you think your user base will use them or not. The benefit of having advanced features, is to teach people what they do know. Se I personally knew nothing about cameras because I've never own a fancy DSLR. But thanks to the S and Note, what I did is open the advanced mode, I looked up the terms of what those things do and I learn how to create my own custom settings to take photos the way I want them, not the way Samsung says I should.
If you dumb everything down and just make it simple, you leave out people like me who don't want everything dumbed down.
Force Touch could be an advanced feature, but Apple rushed to make it available; but didnt make it do anything worthy of it implementation. I based this on 2 factors. 1st, I bought an iPhone 6S Plus and I had it for a week tryign it out. I even stated more than once, the only plus I saw is with the camera I could choose record and photo before actually opening the camera app. However because the S6/7/Note5 all have a double tap of the home to open the camera, I can still open the camera and choose photo or video faster than what Force Touch does. Peek and Pop is stupid because I can already do this with my SPen. I hover my pen over any HTML link and I can get an idea what information is there without opening the link, just like I can from a PC. A quick tap and I can see even more. 2nd - I based my conclusion on looking at a demo of how Synaptics shows it could be applied and found the demo to be far...
60. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8890; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)
more useful vs Apple rush to beat everyone else and make a useless poor implementation of something I think is gimmicky and useless anyways.
When I first bought a Droid Charge which was basically the Android version of a then Windows Phone device they made, I hated it. I still don't like TouchWiz. What I do like about TW is Samsung brought added functions to Android that arent native to the Android code like Splitscreen, like being able to have a video window open on top of other apps and more.
This for me is a huge plus vs waiting on Google or Apple to bring such capabilities that already existed in Apple's case, in their own desktop operating system. And the fact the iPad because of its size never even had split-screen from day one is pure Apple BS and trying to milk people for money. Now that is how I choose to see it, you can see however you want.
Apple is doing right now with the iPad and iPhone as the video game industry tried to do in the 80's and 90's which almost killed it. Trying to piece-mill capabilities on console at a time vs making a better console with better tech which existed.
Example, how is it my PC had an awesome 64bit gaming GPU, get video games started with 8Bit? Then each machine simply double this one at a time. That is BS.
If I am goign to pay $700 for a phone, I want it to have what YOU woudl consider useless gimmicky features. Why? Because why shoudl I pay $700 for a phone that doesn't have them. And since the iPhone doesn't have ANY advanced features IMO, why should I buy it?
When I bought 2 iPhone for me specifically, I bought them because they contained advanced features compared to other offerings. This is no longer the case so I moved to what I consider a better option for my money.
I have nothign against Apple's iPhone, I still like the iPhone. It is "one" of the best phones I have ever had. Today it is not the best phone and hasn't been for at least 3 years and running.
What I hate is the constant comparing of the iPhone on a basic level to a phone that is beyond basic. The Galaxy S can be made to function and be as boring as an iPhone or any Vanilla Android toting phone. Samsung chose to make it more than this. Every time someone claims the iPhone is better at something I say be specific. The only think any phone can be better at vs another is to, one have a feature that the other doesnt have or do a similar feature better.
TBH and fair, the iPhone does do a few things better than what Samsung offers, I simply feel it is not enough things based on my needs. When the iPhone offers those things I will get an iPhone again.
My 3 must haves
1. I MUST HAVE USB STORAGE
2. I MUST BE ABLE TO TRANSFER ANY FILE VIA BLUETOOTH
3. I MUST HAVE BETTER WAYS TO SHARE DATA, THAT DOESN'T REQUIRE ME TO DO SOME STUPID WORKAROUND VS DOING THINGS IN A NORMAL STRAIGHTFORWARD PROCESS.
Storing my personal files on my device and not the cloud, because i go to places where I dont have wifi or internt
61. darkkjedii (Posts: 20044; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
You said all that in post 18. If the iPhone doesn't have a single advanced feature, then just don't buy one. Problem solved whiner.
63. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8890; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)
Fair enough. But again dude...look at the price. Now look at the spec cheer. I am not talking just having specs to brag, what I am talking about are 2 phones that cost the same and why one is spec'd considerably less.
No phone needs an octacore CPU. But the technology exists, so if I can buy a phone with it, it provides some benefit, then I buy it.
We dont need 1440p...we dont need 1080p on a phone. But the S comes with 1440p, why could I pay the same price for an iPhone and only get 1080p?
Just liek PA in their BS articles say 1440p is nothign more than bragging right, was it only bragging right when Apple at the time with the iPhone 4 for example, was it also just braggign rights?
No, the iPhoen was considered better simply because they had a display that had a higher resolution and PPI vs the competition. But now that not the case, now its only just a bragging right because Apple no longer leads in this regard.
Same about quality for the display. The IPS display Apple chose was very sharp, very bright in colors even to the poitn some colors were a bit saturate. It wa snever talked about in a bad way. Now Samsung has this and oh god PA especially makes it a point to talk about it, even though you can change the default mode to a more accurate color tone. SOmethign they rarely ever bring up to educate their readers.
Because the point of PA isnt education. It to promote clicks by purposely bring in many cases half-assed truths, lied and to promote fighting in the posts to get more clicks. They dont care if you leave him as dumb as you came. Because fact is, you can't make money off smart people, you make money off dumb people. ASK THE BANKS. ASK MADOFF how he made-off with peoples life savings.
96. EnjoyDeath (Posts: 3; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)
By the way There is a massive advantage of having a 2k screen even better 4k and everybody dreams of 8k this is for vr of course virtual reality, my s7 edge came yesterday, the vr set came for free, let me tell you this, the vr experience is unique and amazing i think its the future of our consumer technology, just browsing, watching videos and playing games made the simplest of things amazing, but due to 2k i could see the pixels, although small, they are annoying and the resolution is equivalent to about 480p when you look around. hence the dream of a 4k/8k display. So stop it with the bulls**t that 1080p is just as good as 2k, it simply isn't.
i tried an apple display with my gear vr the display looked like one of those old 100 by 100 pixel displays you know, first gen pokemon but worse...
65. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8890; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)
And I don't. When it did, I did buy them.
Let me ask you this.
Would you go to a car brand and by a base model car, for the same price as a car that has lots of bells and whistles? Ok, take whatever car you like and comsider its price with the fetures you have vs its price if it was a stripped down basic car.
Let's take an example. Lets take a Merceded Benz C300 for roughly $35,000. Now would you for and buy a car from another brand for teh same $35,000 and yet it didnt have any of the features beyond the basic stripped down car for the same price?
If no, then why do the same for a phone?
Consider, it costs Apple $250 to make an iPhone. It cost Samsung $280 to make a Galaxy S. Compare feature for feature and look how much MORE I get for their extra $50.00. Yet on retail both phones cost pretty much the same.
I am not saying don't buy an iPhone. I am saying, when you spend your money, is you are goign to spend the same, how is a device that does more somehow a less attractive option?
That si why I used the car example. If you saw a Ford Focus for $35,000 and a Mercedes Benz for $35,000 and you know a Focus doesnt offer what the Benz has, why would you still be willing to pay $35,000 for the Focus?
I am not saying they need to match spec for spec with phones. I am saying that if your phone has a V4 engine and mine has a v12, your car shouldn't cost as much as mine.
105. riteshrkm (Posts: 47; Member since: 15 Apr 2015)
Dude i agree with evrythng with what u said bt abt the comparison of cars....Here if ur talking of brand i guess its the other way round. Mercedes is iphone here and ford is Samsung. Samsung may have all the features which iphone doesn't... But apple is a bigger brand than samsung . it is.....n it will stay for sometym now...Till people stop buying it completely
114. jack63 (Posts: 2; Member since: 21 Mar 2016)
Got that backwards DUDE!
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge = Mercedes
iPhone 6s plus = Ford
I know... I have the Samsung, my wife has the iPhone.
I play with both... Samsung is the easy winner.
BTW, iPhone/Apple isn't USA anymore... EVERYTHING is made and shipped from China where they make "cheap" stuff. Samsung isn't from China, but South Korea where they have been making phones long before China.
113. EnjoyDeath (Posts: 3; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)
I agree with all your posts on this subject, I go with the greatest bang for the buck, so far Samsung has offered the best there is at the best price, and the brand, to a certain extent are showing loyalty to their customers, I got the waterproof, the SD card, the camera, USB c is a shame it wasn't included but I'm sure they'll have it next year, and best of all the devices are compatible with everything, even iOS lol. On the other hand apple, if you go with apple you need everything to be apple otherwise things will get complicated and stop working, like using an iPhone with a pc, (bad idea unless u know what it doing and are ready to sacrifice more time and money). If you want an iPhone u need a mabook and everyothe apple gadget to make it compatible, if u have a Samsung device that runs android... U need a USB port :) and an SD card reader and an HDMI port, compatible with everything, and as u said the specs are on a whole different level.
52. VVayne (Posts: 82; Member since: 01 Oct 2015)
"No full multitasking"
Dude, you can have 10 tabs open in Safari and come back to them anytime. They won't drain battery, they won't dissapear when closing app, or rebooting. They will be still there. Even incognito chrome tabs. Sure, it does not reload in background, but you know still what you were watching. The 3D touch press on the side is very intuitive and when you get used to back swipe for a step back, you'll find the back button clunky and not very ergonomic.
Talk about non existent multitasking.
It is boring for you because you don't know how to use it.
I bet you did not even try.
62. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8890; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)
Dude, when a device doesn't have multi-tasking, in a browser window you can still have multiple tabs showing different forms of data. You dont need multi-tasking for this. I can take any operating system and create a way for multiple tabs or windows to be open inside one application without multi-tasking.
Windows for example, handles multiple tabs in IE, but simply loading a new Internet Explorer.exe file into RAM and simply displaying that page in the same window. But this isnt the only way.
Force Touch is a good idea. However the way Apple chose to implement it was rush to be first convoluted concept. If you go an look at Synaptic own Demo of Force Touch, you can see ways it can be used which are far advanced and useful vs Apple's childish convoluted boring half-assed version of it.
I know how to use it because i have an iPad. I compare it to what I can do on my Galaxy Note and my Note is more advanced vs the iPad and the iPhone combined. After all the iPhone and IPad both use the exact same iPhone OS as it has been which makes own both an iPhone and iPad dumb.
The same can be said of Samsung. I bought a 10" Tab and a 12" Note. Niether device offered any benefit beyond size. They didnt offer any factor that I couldnt do On my Note.
So first I had an iPhone 4S with my Tab 10.1. The big problem was tryign to share data beteen the 2. CANT. Then I did the reverse and got a Note phone and an iPad, again sharing certain forms of data is not possible. Having a small Not/iPhone or a big Note/iPad together still has the same issues. In fact even sharing data with an iPhone and a iPad at the time wasnt as straightforward as it is now. But it is still much easier to share data with even an older Samsung with a new one with no issue vs even sharing data between to brand new IOS devices. THIS IS FACT!
2 simple example. If I want to share a photo deom one iOS device to another, yes I can use AirDrop. It works very well. It si however no different vs WiFi Direct on Samsung deices. But here is the plus. With WiFi Direct I can share ANY file type that doesnt have to be sopecific to any app. I can share an Excel sheet and even if the device does have Microsoft Office, I can still use Google Doc or Hacom office which comes on thair tablets. When I share, that file is available to the app i chose, not a pre-determine default.
Default apps is also a big deal to me. Apple forces you to open every http address in Safari. If I click on a link where I know the site contains media that Safari wont load, I have to copy the link and then manually open the browser that I know works with it like Chrome for example. But if I could set that as my default, it would never require me to copy and paste first.
If I want to store a doc not in the cloud, I have to install some stupid wifi app and transfer the file to an iPhone using an IP address, then I cant access that file unless I again open this stupid app. That's dumb.
92. phonearenarocks (Posts: 312; Member since: 26 Mar 2015)
Man! many people troll you but the above post makes total sense! Absolutely!
111. jack63 (Posts: 2; Member since: 21 Mar 2016)
Apple is not really USA... everything is made in China. Samsung is not made in China but Korea.
115. ZackZL (Posts: 10; Member since: 01 Mar 2015)
Well said. Cant agree more with you. I had problem explaining "which one is better? Apple or Samsung" to regular people. All they know is Iphone can take beautiful photos. *facepalm
29. Macready (Posts: 859; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)
You greatly underestimate the "me too" factor. Most people buying iPhones don't know the difference between the latest TW and iOS versions.
67. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8890; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)
Exactly! Which is the problem.
When the iPhone first came out, it was the best in its class of device, so buying one made sense. But this is no longer the case.
I am not saying you shouldn't stick to what you are use too.
But what I do see is this and tell me if I am right.
For years I watched iPhone users say how they want an open file system, they want larger screens, they want more features, and yet Apple had basically not listened. But did these people switch? Most didn't, they just kept buying whatever new iPhone appeared.
Brand loyalty is good for Apple, but bad for you. You should only be loyal to a brand if they are being loyal to you. If you want something and the brand you are buying doesn't offer it, then why keep buying it? To me that is dumb.
All these OEM's give us the option to come to their site and give them direct feedback out their devices. They do this to get an idea what they should bring to the table. Apple has watch its users ask for larger screens for years and they fialed to bring it until 2 years ago. But peopel kept buying them. So Apple thinks, well a big screen can't be improtant because they keep buying them small and even now they have a big screen and 50% of the people still own older iPhone models.
What made Apple go big? Because Samsung after 2 years drove every OEM to make a bigger phone and the year before Apple made the iPhone 6, 75% of the phone sold in the previous year were all above 4.5". Apple knew that big screens were a money make and as soon as they made one, 75M people bought it the very first year.
Now Apple has played their last ACE...what now? All they can do now is bring to the table what others had for years and those stubborn users who always wanted Android features, will now get them on some level on an iPhone so Apple will get the majority to stay.
But if you ask a company personal year after year after year to bring something an they dont, how many times do they have to ignore you before you decide they aren't worth your money? There is one way to ensure they listen, make them have a bad sales year and they will give you what you want or they will die. Ask RIM, ask Palm, Ask Nokia ask IBM, ask Microsoft. These are all guys who felt they were to big to fail in something, until they did.
if this is what it takes for Apple to become #1 again, then I say let them fail. Either they will wake up or end up just like Nokia and RIM or where HTC is headed now.
108. riteshrkm (Posts: 47; Member since: 15 Apr 2015)
@ TechieXP1969 ... Tell u somethng u r tech nerd and i completely respect that bt der z a large group of people in the world who doesnt think lyk the way u thnk or doesnt go with every new tech phone that comes in market.... There are more people who want to stick to their phone for 3-4 yrs... dey dont c 4k recording ....dey dont bother QHD display or big phablet . i am no apple fanboy bt i tell u when it comes to durability and performance as in for long Apple always had an age over android . Just tell me how many people buys "S" starting line phone now or still using phones lyk S3 or S4 which came around 3-4 yrs ago.....most of them didnt evn get a kitkat update .....either people upgraded to other brands or to S5 or S6......but u compare that to Apple ther are still a lot who uses the 5 and 5S which came around the same tym.... and mind u m nt saying here abt Tech m talking abt durability.
My mom gt 5s which she got around Nov 2013.....and its still an awsme device . it is crisp with ios 9 and it can easily go on till 2017 with ios 10 support. it handles almost every applicatn nicely can play normal to heavy game which a mid to high end android phone can handle.... and still a decent shooter , may not compete with any high end ....can give run for money to any mid ranger.
so my point is someone who is not a techy and want to remain stable with his device whats wrong with apple.
And evn i dont thnk paying a 600-650$ for a phone is not worth it if u know ur phone can go 3-4yrs easily without any hiccups
ya i believe techno wise samsung has gone far ahead than apple.
50. robcar (Posts: 109; Member since: 18 Jan 2011)
The brand is almost everything for Apple's sales.
The software is different but not better.
90. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8890; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)
The S7 certainly is a beast hidden in beauty.
The iPhone isn't any lesser. It's a beast in its own rank. But I would take an S over it any day.
Out of all the Android phones that compete against the iPhone, the Galaxy Saturday is the only one that has remained close to its roots and has shown great potential.
Other OEMs have basically stopped competing with the iPhone and are trying to establish their own customer base, but I don't think it's working.
Samsung is doing well considering what it's up against. They Varela fighting to battles. Trying to stay on top of all these Android OEM, whom it also sells components too and compete against Apple who is also a business partner.
93. MSi_GS70 (unregistered)
what a stupid nonsense comment
3. maherk (Posts: 3473; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
PA still don't want to admit that their battery test system is flawed.
Go check XDA, people are getting an average of 7hrs of sot, some are even getting 9+ hrs. I ll report my average by the end of next week, and I am sure it will be a different result to the ones posted by PA.
8. Ray.S (Posts: 319; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)
We'd like to point out that our custom battery test is specifically designed to engage the device's chipset, not just light up the display. It doesn't just reflect screen-on time, but instead, it aims to replicate the power consumption of typical smartphone usage that involves loading data through a network, and using the processor to process that data. Combining all these factors naturally results in a different result in comparison to simply testing screen-on time.
10. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1204; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)
So, are you telling us that people on xda just turn on their phone's screen and do nothing?
21. Ruturaj (Posts: 1294; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)
I guess anandtech also just turns on phone's screen and do nothing, those stupid guys need to learn somethings about technology.
12. Tarox (Posts: 103; Member since: 17 Feb 2015)
please finally check pretty much every other newssite worldwide. If all beside you report great and awesome battery life, and your site is the only one that came up with a test where battery life is poor.... Is this not making you think that just PROBABLY something went wrong in your test???????? At least for a second???
Please give yourself a push and think about it for a second.
Mistakes can happen. But denying of mistakes and don't countercheck is a mentality that realy gives me headache.
24. Subie (Posts: 539; Member since: 01 Aug 2015)
Or maybe PA test results were accurate, but the battery in their test unit had a defect.
31. submar (Posts: 406; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)
Hey Ray, what does camspeed score means, it seems like s7 is faster.
34. maherk (Posts: 3473; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
And again, your method is obviously flawed and clearly doesn't replicate the real life usage.
When every other reviewer is showering the S7 and S7 Edge with complements about it's fantastic battery life, then we got every right to question your test.
CNet and The Verge, are pro Apple and anti everything that isn't American, found it very difficult to not praise the S7. They both gave the S7 and S7 Edge their highest marks for a smartphone, EVER! They made sure to talk about the battery life, and that even a heavy user wouldn't be able to kill the phone in one day.
37. Kumar123 (limited) (Posts: 559; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)
I believe you Phonearena. Its not just you people engadget and WSJ also said that S7 and S7 edge battery life is disappointing.
Next time instead of being so nice towards them just banned these guys or limit their account for few weeks that will teach them some lesson. Specially this guy maherk who has a history of ferociously attacking people and their family. You people are too tender-hearted towards these samsung fans.
39. maherk (Posts: 3473; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
Oh the irony lol
I can't remember when was the last time I commented on an Apple article. But I do know that you won't skip a chance to cry on the comment section of every Samsung article.
40. Kumar123 (limited) (Posts: 559; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)
If I commented on every samsung articles then I would have more than 2000 comments instead of just 358 comments over the course of 1 year. And talking about crying and whinning the performance of butthurt Samsung fans are impressive over a single site battery life test. They are bitching about this site battery life test not just in this site but also all around the web.
91. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1204; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)
So you want those who says anything negative to Apple be banned, but not those who troll other companies?
You are also a known extremely biased Apple fanboy/troll here, so don't go pointing fingers, hypocrite.
42. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)
If you want to engage the chipset, just run the geekbench battery test. I honestly think there's some bug that you are not figuring out.
Also anandtech made a test stressing the chipset and the S7 edge came all time 2nd.
I would love to test the script you are using, and would love to help debug it, given my programming background. You guys know my E-mail.
76. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8890; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)
Maybe, but hwre is what we don't know.
Lets compare. PA rode Samsung ass about when Samsung used a script that whitelist when a user used certain bench marking apps. It made the phone push the CPU to its full clock speed which gave the device on average a 20% higher score vs when the phone didn't use that script. Right?
So, how do we know that YOUR script doesn't somehow bog down the Samsung device to make it perform worse vs the iPhone doing the exact same task, so that you can make the iPhone seem better?
So since we have seen PA outright just lie in their articles, we are all just suppose to believe you?
Sorry I don't.
The facts show that everyone shows the S7 has better battery life.
Also I will give you another example of how your test is flawed.
The iPhone 6S Plus has a 2715Mah battery while the Note 5 has a 3000Mah battery. Your test says the both phones had 100% identical battery-life. That would be mathematically impossible based on several factor. First off the iPhone CPU is only dual core while the Samsung can only use 1 set of its quads at a time. Though both will be efficient, they arent going to be equally efficient.
The Galaxy S6 Edge had a 2600mah battery and the S7 Edge has a 2600mah battery, and you test claims the battery only last 4 minutes on the S7 longer.
Again this is mathematically impossible because the new battery is a full 1000MAH larger in size.
It has already been determine that a certain amount of MAH equals a certain time it will last.
For example, based on doing some quick math and I'm not perfect, it seems every 500mah of battery size, should add at the very least an additional 20min of minimum more usage time.
There is no way possible that the SD820 is sucking up so much power vs the Exynos 7420, that a full 1000mah battery that is larger in size over a previous model, only adds up to 4 extra minutes.
Also tests of the Exynos version also shows it last longer than the SD820 model, but the gap was still more believable than yours.
You are missing a full 2 hours of usage based on everyone elses numbers.
You script needs to be updated to consider new hardware or soemthing. Even for example...I watched a video on YouTube where the guy was at the S7 release event. He ran Antutu on the Exynos S7. He got a score of 131,000+. I posted that video before. You Antutu score you claim was far less at I think it was 121,000 or so.
if you are using the exact same device and you ran the exact same test, what made your test be so low, yet everyone else has consistently gotten 130,000+ on Antutu?
That fact show you are testing it wrong. I do understand everyone tests a different way and results will be different. But your tests are even lower than what users are getting which makes you suspect.
I honest think you all at PA have found a way to bog down Samsung devices to perform like sh!t so you have something to make it seem the iPhone is better
15. bucky (Posts: 2472; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
While i cant speak for PA's battery test, I do know that people often post "7 hours of on screen time!!!!!" while android OS is at the top rather than any real usage.
That said, im sure this phone has much improved battery life over the predecessor.
77. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8890; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)
Considering the previous model has a 2600MAH battery and the new model has a 3600MAH battery, I would say the battery life has to be more than just improved.
30. DerryAhmad (Posts: 275; Member since: 05 May 2012)
The result is interesting indeed, especially considering how the S7 Edge has worse the battery life than the S6 Edge.
Their testing system probably use a certain scenario that doesn't necessarily reflect the true average cosumers usage. All of the reviews I've read stated the battery life is better than S6 (Edge). While most reported astonishing result, some reported great but not too much -still better than S6/Edge).
I'm waiting for GSMArena battery test cause they have the test system which user can customize variants of usage to calculate the results.
4. Carbo (Posts: 26; Member since: 07 Aug 2015)
I agree with maherk, there is a problem with the battery benchmark, all other benchmark test i could read (DigitalVersus, AnandTech, and many others), showed that the S7 Edge was much better with battery life.
11. Wiencon (Posts: 1816; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)
How the hell is this a problem when all phones are getting through the same benchmark, it's fair
13. Tarox (Posts: 103; Member since: 17 Feb 2015)
probably they have a unit with a damaged battery? Or something went wrong during test? Or there was something happening like appupdates in the background, or hell I don't know.
The thing is, if every other person is getting the opposit result, you can't take this one result serious without counterchecking the result.
85. Coconut00 (Posts: 471; Member since: 13 Jan 2015)
According to PA, the Galaxy S6's battery is virtually the same as the one on the S7 edge (7hrs 14 min vs. 7hrs 18 min), which has 3600 mAh vs the 2550 mAh on the S6 and Android Marshmallow battery optimizations.
Also according to PA, the battery on the S6 Edge beats the S6 by almost one hour(8hrs 11 min vs. 7hr 14 min), despite being almost identical devices.
Again showing the battery life tests are wrong, the Galaxy Note 5 scores 2 and a half hours more on the battery test than the S7(9 hrs and 11 minutes vs 6 hrs 37 min) even though their batteries are the same size and the S7 has Marshmallow.
Finally, the Galaxy S6 Active scored 5 hours more than the S7 Edge(12 hrs 9 min vs 7 hrs 18 min) even though it has a slightly smaller battery (3500 mAh vs 3600 mAh) and Lollipop instead of Marshmallow.
80. Coconut00 (Posts: 471; Member since: 13 Jan 2015)
Because the benchmark is flawed. Just look at iPhone 6s v. 6 v. 6 Plus v. 6s Plus
6: 5 hours 22 minutes
6s: 8 hours 15 minutes
6 Plus: 6 hours 32 minutes
6s Plus:9 hours 11 minutes
So, from a slightly smaller battery and some software and chipset optimizations the 6s family got around 3 hours more than the 6 family? Also does this mean the 6 Plus' battery is worse than the 6s one? A friend has the 6 Plus, and the battery on that thing is insane, no way the 6s beats it.
88. ibend (Posts: 3816; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)
because of magic :D
just look zenfone max vs 6s plus battery test (youtube stream test).. 6s plus die at 5hour, and zenfone die at 9hour
5. saif2711 (Posts: 69; Member since: 22 Feb 2016)
Looks a tie to me..looking forward to iPhone 7 plus/pro from an iPhone 6s plus user.
53. robcar (Posts: 109; Member since: 18 Jan 2011)
One could almost believe that these phones are from different eras based on the design.
6. wando77 (Posts: 813; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)
Firstly, everybody else is raving about the battery. Second, yet again you have failed to mention the 800+ nits of the samsung in auto mode. Yes it only goes to that when you need it but then isn't that the point?
14. fancollo (Posts: 41; Member since: 30 Dec 2015)
i don't own any of the two, can't make any statements of which one fares better, the only part where i can determine - when reading this review - the difference, is in the camera. and while everybody loves the iphone 6s plus camera, i have to say, those pictures shown in the review are simply horrible.
17. davidsmith (Posts: 51; Member since: 09 Mar 2016)
I got my 7 Edge on Monday and found it to have an awesome camera, display, long battery life and smooth. That being said I'm going to return it and wait for the Note 6, I find the s-pen more useful for me than the edge panel. Job well done though Samsung. It's time to step up your game Apple.
28. nctx77 (Posts: 1765; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)
Apple sales have slowed, but not declined. Samsung flagships have been tanking since after the S4. Coming out with the same phone from last year with S5 add ins are hardly anything for Apple to worry about. If anybody needs to be worrying is Samsung and that iPhone 7. Phone Arena and Sammy goals should not be to beat the 6s plus.