Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Apple iPhone 6s
Galaxy S7 flagship, and Apple's finest, the iPhone 6s. The phones are in roughly the same size category, they both sport great 12 MP cameras, finger scanners, premium design materials, and are offered at very similar pricing.
Thus, deciding whether to get one or the other, especially if you are platform-agnostic, and not a sick die-hard Android or iOS fan, is not going to be an easy task. Fret not, though, we are here to help and ease your potential dilemma by clashing the venerable iPhone 6s against Samsung's freshest puppy, the Galaxy S7. Shall we?
Easier to handle? iPhone 6s. Bigger screen, waterproof body and expandable storage? That's the Samsung.
Looking at the rounded Samsung Galaxy S7 and iPhone 6s side by side, it is not easy to pick a favorite. Both please the eye with their appearance, but do it in their own distinct way. Samsung's new flagship, in particular, scores solid view points with its metal alloy frame, sandwiched between two layered reinforced glass pieces for a shiny finish that smudges really quickly with finger grease. Sure, it hasn't changed much compared to its predecessor, yet design changes are introduced where they count. The Galaxy S7 now has a tapered back instead of sharp edges, which makes it more comfortable to grip. There's also IP68 waterproofing certification that lets you dunk it in up to five feet of water for half an hour.
That being said, the instantly recognizable iPhone 6s is the smaller, slimmer and lighter of the two, so it still sits better in the palm. Glass may be shiny to look at, but the iPhone's all-metal design is a bit more practical when it comes to inadvertent drops. Besides, its matte metal back doesn't get covered in fingerprints as the S7's glass plate does in no time.
Both the Galaxy S7 and iPhone 6s have 360-degree fingerprint readers embedded in their physical home buttons, but Apple is using its signature round shape for the key, while Samsung went elliptical, allowing it to squish the bottom bezel thinner than that of the iPhone. The top and side bezels are also slimmer, so Samsung managed to fit a larger screen in a chassis that is not that much larger than the one of the iPhone.
Granted, the screen-to-body ratio metric doesn't matter as much with smaller phones as it does with big phablets, yet 70% for the S7 against 65% for the iPhone 6s is a pretty significant difference to pass up on as a positive, not to mention the waterproof nature of the Galaxy's chassis. What the iPhone has against those formidable advantages of the S7, is a slimmer, lighter, and more comfortable to operate handset that would be less prone to cracks when dropped. If you like it, then you should've put a case on it, as Beyonce never said.
The bigger AMOLED display pleases the eyes with its Always On feature and robust calibration management modes.
The 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display gracing the Galaxy S7's front draws attention from afar with the oft vivid, saturated colors that it displays in its default Adaptive mode. The higher pixel count – 1440 x 2560 vs 750 x 1336 pixels for the 4.7” iPhone – lets it display images in greater detail, though for all practical purposes the difference is pretty negligible to the naked eye.
Not to be forgotten as an advantage is Samsung's new Always On Display feature, which allows the Galaxy S7 to show basic info at all times – the current time and date, status updates, or the number of missed calls and unread texts you have, for instance. All of this is delivered with supposedly minimal impact on battery life, and can be themed pretty as well.
Even though it is smaller and with less pixel density, the display on the iPhone 6s is pleasing to the eye. And it has one clever trick up its sleeve, namely its 3D Touch functionality, which allows the screen to detect various levels of physical pressure. This is used to enable new ways of interaction with the user interface – to peek into messages, to preview live photos, or access menus and modes within apps straight from the home screen by simply applying a little push on the screen. If our own polls are any indication, it's not something iPhone users are reaching for every day, but it may come handy at times, just like Samsung's Always On display function.
When it comes to quality, both screens look vibrant and have great viewing angles, plus their peak brightness numbers sit pretty close – 484 nits for the S7 against 550 nits for the iPhone. Given the low screen reflectance and good contrast ratios of the panels, outdoor visibility is good and roughly on par, with a slight advantage for the iPhone.
Color representation is not something AMOLED screens used to boast with until not that long ago, as they displayed very cold, oversaturated colors. While this phenomenon often still stands in the S7's default Adaptive regime, when you choose the Basic mode, Samsung's calibration shifts to cover the standard sRGB color gamut almost perfectly, like on the iPhone 6s, as you can see in our color chart below. That's the mode you should use when you go shoe-shopping on your Galaxy, if you don't want to get the red instead of the pink ones you thought you are ordering.
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||554
|Samsung Galaxy S7||484
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||55.2%
|Apple iPhone 6s||82.9%
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.
3. Rafishant (Posts: 210; Member since: 13 Oct 2015)
Could you comment with useful words better than trolling?
9. bachir8k (Posts: 148; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)
Just today I received a message from my operator in Qatar for the S7 SD820 pre-order, honestly, and as I am always in the pre-order list since the S3, I don't feel very excited about the S7, despite that I really like the water-proof and SD-Card features, but the SD820 results are really disappointing at least regarding the heat, body endurance and battery life, it will be the first time that i will skip pre-ordering the newest Samsung flagship and i will wait until the results of the exynox version, hopefully it will be better. Also, can anyone tell me how the SD808 is doing in the Lumia 950? I am not sure why i am so attracted to this phone now, but most probably because of Windows 10, any feedback?
14. eli577 (Posts: 84; Member since: 29 Jun 2010)
The SD820 results are desappointing? In which universe?
31. bachir8k (Posts: 148; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)
ok let me re-phrase my statement, the results of the SD820 on S7 are disappointing regarding heat and battery life, even they use the latest samsung 14nm technology which should increase battery life and reduce the cpu temp. i thought that extra 17% of battery will add extra 2 or 3 hours with the help of the extra optimizations, but it shows that the S6 with its smaller battery is doing much better, that's why i am blaming the sd820 because both phones sport almost the same hardware except of the cpu.
10. GreenMan (Posts: 927; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)
@Rafishant: Don't waste your energy, lad... He's seemingly oblivious of any wisdom and manners...
18. MSi_GS70 (unregistered)
How can iphone have pros perfect design ? it is horrible design .. S7 has futuristic design for god sake PA .. stop playing iphone game already.. u are truly pathetic and naive..
When I look at S6 edge or S7 edge I see future .. when I look at iphone it is like history subject in school..
3D touch ?? who uses it ? Make pool please... how many ppl percentage uses it!
Premier app ecosystem .. you really believe this nonsense ??
34. bachir8k (Posts: 148; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)
Pros that i can see for 6s against S7
1- hold its price better
2- more durable design (drop tests)
3- still less lag but that's only because of the low resolution screen.
4- 3d touch, it's somehow a nice features and you will see all the others will add it on their phones.
everything else are for the S7
2. Rafishant (Posts: 210; Member since: 13 Oct 2015)
Good and marginal improvement Samsung, but I guess the next iPhone will crush the S7 in many aspects.
4. Chuck007 (Posts: 1041; Member since: 02 Mar 2014)
..and so will the S8 vs. iPhone 7 half a year later. The cycle never ends lol
7. Podrick (Posts: 457; Member since: 19 Aug 2015)
Thats too much. Next iPhone will beat S7 in graphics(obviously) and processing power. iPhone camera won't stand a chance as always. Gaming ecosystem as always Apple holds the advantage. Battery life would be poorer than S7 maybe more or less on par. And iOS is too much of a walled garden and pain(thats just my preference) so Android has absolute advantage on that. Also its not a "S' model and as history has shown a non S model always has some major hardware defect like bendgate, antennagate so I'm expecting a major hardware defect this time too. Good if it comes without a major defect. Sorry for bad grammar(before a grammar Nazi strikes)
20. MrHate (Posts: 219; Member since: 09 Feb 2015)
I mean the iPhone 7 will have a new design so maybe ... maybe this time Apple will make the phone a little bit thicker and add a better battery...Oh wait who am I kidding.
5. Landon (Posts: 396; Member since: 07 May 2015)
I'm surprised with the battery performance of the S7's. How are they not better than the Note 5, especially the S7 Edge with a 3600mAh battery?
12. Clars123 (Posts: 600; Member since: 16 Mar 2015)
PA's crap battery test..check other reviews
6. sergiobr (Posts: 694; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)
Keeping my Note 5 for social networks and RX100 for the rest. No cameraphone (yes I have Nokia 1020, and I had a 808 (the best !) ) is close to those 1" sensors pocket cameras. Maybe Panasonic DMC-CM1. Low light photos aren't good enough , for me.
32. elitewolverine (Posts: 5085; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)
if I'm lugging around a camera might as well take the dslr for a ride
8. saif2711 (Posts: 69; Member since: 22 Feb 2016)
Very much similar points between the two except the camera.The camera is one hell of a beast I have to say.
11. oozz009 (Posts: 517; Member since: 22 Jun 2015)
Hmmm. One thing is for sure, Apple won't have to put that much effort to beat the S7 with their iPhone 7 since the differences between iPhone 6s and GS7 are so small. Both come with their up's and downs and both have some unique features to be proud of. I'm surprised though that the iPhone 6s actually ends to have a better battery, albeit it recharges much slower though.
28. marorun (Posts: 3151; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)
Based on what i saw the S7 beat the 6S all around.
the camera result of the 6S compared to the S7 look like comparing htc m9 camera to samsung S6..
All of the iphone picture look like there is a filter on them and are crappy.
13. eli577 (Posts: 84; Member since: 29 Jun 2010)
"The higher pixel count – 1440 x 2560 vs 750 x 1336 pixels for the 4.7” iPhone – lets it display images in greater detail, though for all practical purposes the difference is pretty negligible to the naked eye."
The difference is negligable??? Really? Come on, it is very clear that the S7 has the superior screen, why can't you write it down PA?
15. eli577 (Posts: 84; Member since: 29 Jun 2010)
Oh yeah, forgot one thing: please PA, if you post the "On screen" results of the GFX Bench, then post the "Off screen" results as well. In this comparison one could think that the GPU in the Iphone is much better.....NO. If you compare results then make sure that they are comparable. I wouldn't say that the results int the two phones' native resolution are comparable, because one of the phones need to run the benchmark in 4 times the resolution than the other. It's not so fair.
23. oozz009 (Posts: 517; Member since: 22 Jun 2015)
I agree with this one! +1
Although, keep in mind that Samsung still decreased the maximum brightness which helps enjoy the display even more. So even though it's crazy good it could still have been a little better.
16. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8379; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)
Everything about the latest Galaxy S is so much better than the iPhone 6S. Yes its bigger and thus with size comes weight. But most of the weight is the much larger battery and the water proofing.
The physical appearance of the S7 is better, the display is brighter and the colors are better too. The UI of the S7 is so much better as it doesn't have you do things backwards. The huge benefits of USB Storage, can transfer any file over bluetooth/wifi direct and more under the hood.
The phone simply offers better features considering the price.
The iPhone is flat and boring. As far as durability, neither is anymore or less durable than the other. If you drop either phone without protection they can equally break. The only thing is with a dual glass design the S7 is more fragile. But considering drop tests, it took dropping the phone several times before it broke. It is fairly durable for its design.
A 1440p display offers double the screen resolution for 750p. We are talking more than 2M more pixels. You claim that the difference is negligible is complete bullsh!t. The difference of 1080p vs 1440p with a similar screen size would still show some difference though it would be small. but 750p vs 1440p? I mean seriously dude. I dont give a crap how much biased you have for the iPhone, not relaying facts makes everything you say suspect.
Your reviews are sh!t dude.
17. saif2711 (Posts: 69; Member since: 22 Feb 2016)
This is the most one-sided comment I have ever read.typical shamesung boy
21. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2033; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)
S7 is better than 6s but idk if the S7 Edge is better than the 6s plus.
24. Skimshaddy (Posts: 32; Member since: 23 Feb 2016)
IMO: Both the 7 Edge and 6 Plus looks great but I like the feel of S7 edge in my hand better. Waterproof is a win for Samsung side. No more worry again when rain comes down in the middle of my kids soccer games.
29. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2033; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)
The 6s,6s plus and S6 might as well be waterproof with how long they can last under water. I bet the feel of the S7 edge is better looks like it would be.
25. marorun (Posts: 3151; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)
Funny how they omit important benchmark (offscreen) test so the iphone 6S sound as performing.
26. PhoneCritic (Posts: 667; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
I never take PA reviews serious any more as they really show favoritism toward Apple inc. No matter how much better the competition device is Apple will always get the win. Be it LG, SONY, LENOVO, or SAMSUNG. I have yet to see were PA has rated higher or given the win to any other device beside APPLE inc.
1. When is a 750p screen better or negligently minor to a 1440p screen ? When is a 4.7
2. better then a 5,5 size screen on a device that takes less space then the 4.7 screen does?
3.When is Touch 3d such and advantage but the S pen air gestures were a gimmick?
4. When is a 32gb standard with expandable storage not better the 16gb standard and no expandable storage better?
5. When are large ugly antenna bands on the back compared to no antenna lines the perfect design? We could go on and on? Come on PA, Apple will answer with the iPhone 7 but right now Samsung has clearly won this shootout.
33. elitewolverine (Posts: 5085; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)
1) when human normal eyes can hardly see a difference at proper viewing distance. Not saying it is better, just normal people don't care. No one says ohhhh 1440p unless you're a tech nerd, for about 70% of the normal population you just spouted a stat that means nothing to their eyes.
2) no clue what this means, not everyone is obsessed with thinner bezels.
3) when I don't loose my freaking hand at night and it rolls under the bed and I don't notice till I am at work and don't have it to use. Basically 3d touch requires nothing but you...spen...requires you, not to mention the note 5 has a design flaw of breaking the darn thing.
4) when you have options all the way to 128GB, of memory that is faster than any SD card you can come by in a phone...
5) design is personal preference, I lul androids and iphones icons...yet here they are, I lul samsungs square camera, yet here it is, I hate phones with speakers on the back...yet they outdo the rest...design is just purely perspective, and probably why I would find your wife simply 'meh'. Not ragging on your wife...probably amazing...but it's there to prove a point.