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Apple iPhone 7 vs Samsung Galaxy S7

Introduction


There are only two phone companies that can sell $600+ flagships in the millions of units, and that is why the comparisons between the new Apple iPhone 7 and Samsung's top-shelf Galaxy S7 is bound to be intriguing.

Apple upgraded the iPhone 7 with more features than rumored or expected this year, like a wide color screen, new optically-stabilized sensor, and a waterproof chassis. The IP67 rating itself negates one of the advantages that Samsung had with the Galaxy S7 before previous iPhones, but there is plenty more for the iPhone 7 to throw around.

The Galaxy S7 still has a laundry list of top-notch features that should give it a leg in the race against the newest iPhone, at least on paper. So, can the iPhone, released six months after the S7, make you pause and think even if you are an Android aficionado? Let's see...

Design

The iPhone 7 is a hero of palm and pocket, while the glass chassis of the S7 feels nice in the sea of metal contemporaries.

Apple iPhone 7 vs Samsung Galaxy S7
Apple iPhone 7 vs Samsung Galaxy S7
Apple iPhone 7 vs Samsung Galaxy S7
Apple iPhone 7 vs Samsung Galaxy S7
Apple iPhone 7 vs Samsung Galaxy S7

Both the iPhone 7 and Galaxy S7 aren't thorough redesigns, and yet can hardly be confused with their predecessors. Apple, for instance, moved the iPhone 7 antenna bands to the edges, ditched the physical home key for a pressure-sensitive one, dispensed with the audio jack, waterproofed the chassis, slapped stereo speakers, put a bigger lens on the back, and issued its bread-and-butter device in two new dark hues – matte Black and Jet Black. That's almost enough of a redesign for it to feel like a completely different phone compared to its predecessor.

What stayed with the two 2016 editions, however, are the premium materials, the pocketability and manageability in the palm, as they are equipped with fairly reasonable for today's standards screen diagonals. Still, the S7 is larger and feels a bit heavier. Its thicker chassis contributes to that notion when held concurrently with the iPhone.

Apple ditched the physical home key for a pressure-sensitive one that has an adjustable haptic feedback when pressed, while Samsung kept its elliptical button clickable. The home key of the S7 is protruding, and the finish easy to scuff and scratch with everyday wear, while the iPhone 7's key is much harder to damage. The haptic key on the iPhone 7 takes some getting used to, both if you are coming from Android, and if you are upgrading from an older iPhone, but overall the uptake period is pretty short.


Apple iPhone 7

Apple iPhone 7

Dimensions

5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 inches

138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm

Weight

4.87 oz (138 g)

Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung Galaxy S7

Dimensions

5.61 x 2.74 x 0.31 inches

142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm

Weight

5.36 oz (152 g)

Apple iPhone 7

Apple iPhone 7

Dimensions

5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 inches

138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm

Weight

4.87 oz (138 g)

Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung Galaxy S7

Dimensions

5.61 x 2.74 x 0.31 inches

142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm

Weight

5.36 oz (152 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page



Display

The first phone with wide color display and active color management has also one of the best screens for outdoor activities.

Apple iPhone 7 vs Samsung Galaxy S7

A 4.7” 750 x 1334 pixels LCD display on the iPhone 7, against a 5.1” 1440x2650 AMOLED screen on the S7 – this seems like unfair fight when it comes to pixel density, but the “HD” resolution on the iPhone is perfectly adequate for the diagonal, while the Quad HD panel is a bit of an overkill on a 5-incher, and has a much higher power draw.

Speaking of power draw, the S7 can reach just under 500 nits max in brightness, while the iPhone 7 can exceed 600 nits in bright scenarios, making it a bit easier to see under the sun..

The color representation round is in the iPhone's camp. It is the first phone with active color management that covers the cinematic DCI-P3, or, as Apple calls it, “wide color” gamut, making it futureproof for whatever is thrown at it in the next few years. With the Galaxy S7, you have to deliberately choose a “Basic” color mode so that the display covers the widespread sRGB gamut, whereas in the default Adaptive display regime, it shows pretty cold and oversaturated colors. Apple, on the other hand, has had active color management since iOS 9, so when an image is tagged sRGB internally, it gets displayed credibly as such on the iPhone 7 display, while if it is taken with a richer color gamut like P3, it is automatically shown in full bloom on the new “wide color” display. It doesn't get any easier for the user than that, and there is no need to fumble with screen modes.

When it comes to viewing angles, both phones perform pretty well, though the AMOLED screen, even in Basic mode, becomes colder and blueish with the slightest tilt of the phone. As for extra display perks, the iPhone is equipped with the so-called 3D Touch tech that can recognize between a slight push or a hard press of the screen's surface, and react accordingly. Apple, as well as third-party devs, are finding more and more uses for this feature, though it hasn't proven an everyday necessity just yet. Samsung, in its turn, takes advantage of the OLED technology to offer the so-called Always-on screen that can display time, date, notifications and so on, when the phone is locked – neat, but quite a power drain.



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89 Comments

Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3920; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

TBH it's a tough decision(only if you like both iOS and Android that is), unless of course your main concern is camera in which case the S7 is the only choice here.

GreenMan

Posts: 2658; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Well, if talking about OS and OS alone, they're similar yet couldn't be more different...! Kinda like Apples to Oranges... Nah, more like Apples to Androids... But at the end of the day; they both provide 'roughly' the same functionality... Checking mail, listening to music, playing pokemons, surfing the internet and... Taking those selfish selfies... I'd slightly prefer iOS, but that's just me... G'Day!

LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

I completely agree that they provide very similar functionality. However, I like Android a bit more because of file management. I am able to download and use whatever files I'd like without needing to use a computer. I'm sure there are workarounds with iOS, but android for me feels much more computer-like. Not to mention, I will never buy a phone without a damn headphone jack lol.

Leo_MC

Posts: 5740; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Oh, yeah, it's a joy to use .dll files in the file managers of Android, I even used some .ssj and some .ocx; how did I use them, you say? I just looked at them, because they have no place on a phone; but that was great! You say I can manage .jpeg or .mp3 files - files that serve a purpose on the phone - using the same file manager? sure, but I can also manage them on the iPhone, using specific managing tools... Not to mention that I have not used a wired headphone during my exercises since I used my first wireless pair.

iosForDayz

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 22, 2017

Well, I hate to break it to you but the reason it doesn't have a headphone jack is because, 1 it's a lot thinner without a headphone jack 2 it comes with an adapter and a pair of headphones that plug into the charging port 3 most people Bluetooth headphones iOS is so much better, you can even text games

BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 896; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Pretty sure the Pokemon fad is over....

TerryTerius unregistered

Depends on how you define over. It's still one of the most popular games in the world and is pulling down millions.

TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Well when you look at the "most common denominator", then yes you would be right. But when you get down to the real deal, the S7 offers so much more. 750p vs 1440p. Sure, 1440p probablyuses a bit more power vs 750p, but in honest battery rundown tests, the S7 kills the iPhone and lasts longer. Havign a larger battery helps too. 4 cores is still better than too. Especially when 4 cores all use the same amount of power as if it was just one core. The S7's cameras still take a more consistently better picture, and the allowance of being able to change the settings is cool. The most important setting to me is, being able to change the resolution for the photo, and not being forced to take it at the highest resolution all the time. Set it and forget it with default apps is a huge thing. Sure iOS does offer you the choice to pick your favor app, but you have to do it each and every time. If I pick Chrome on iOS to open web-links, then I want that to be my choice all the time unless I change it. Mass Storage is very important to me as I need the ability to have direct access to my files, and the added benefit of my ***FREE*** 256GB, which holds all 128GB of my movies and music in all types of lossless formats which iOS doesn't support like FLAC and WAV. If that doesn't matter to you and you own an iPhone, that's cool. If the iPhone offered at least mass storage, I could deal with it not having default apps and some other pluses, but my job requires me to have mass storage. I storage 1000's of projects on my remote server and I need direct access to be able ot download all types of files like Visio, PDF and more. he iPhone can't do this unless I install an FTP app and even then offloading it from the iPhone is impossible. If none of that matters, then enjoy your choice as I will mine. You dont have to crap over others choice and make false claims of being better just because you can do one or 2 things better when my choice does 30 things better.

techlover2017

Posts: 65; Member since: Aug 22, 2016

Everybody knows iPhone displays are joke in front of galaxy. Even the 250$ recently announced on8 in India has better display than 900$ iPhone 7 plus.

Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3920; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I don't think I believe that.

omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

It is a joke, do a side by side and try to be objective and you will see how lopsided it is. It's like a nice TV vs a bestbuy brand type of difference. Or a great high res monitor vs a low res one type of a difference.

Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3920; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Please, I'm always objective and the color reproduction is very good on iPhones and that is what I like, color accurate screens with the right amount of saturation. I want argue the fact that Samsung phones have the best screens but that doesn't mean other phones aren't just as good, it's like making a 100 vs 99.

TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

In general I agree. But a 750p display is not 100 to 99 vs 1440p. In your own example, the iPhone being at 750p and a Samsung at 800p would fit your analogy. But a 1440p Samsung at 100, would be an iPhone of 750p at 50. Granted, many don't like over-saturated colors. Sometimes I don't and I can switch to a more natural color mode. But when I do, I think colors look to washed out and boring. Sure it is more natural, but I like bursting with color. However when I take photos I do prefer a more natural look which the iPhone does offer, but at the same time I like the fact the Galaxy offers more punchier colors when I am taking photos of things outdoors. Especially scenes with grass and trees. But when Apple goes AMOLED next year, and finally offer 1080p on the small iPhone and 1440p on the Plus, we will see what you all be saying. Then likely you could say, the iPhoen is 99 while the Galaxy si 100 and you would likely be more accurate.

Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3920; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

His OP was about the 1080p iPhone 7 plus, even I disagree with the whole 750p s**t Apple uses for the 4.7in model. I agree with what you just said as well.

trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

But, them fanatics downplay the significant sharpness of QHD, and claim 750p is sharp enough for 4.7 inches. The HTC One M7 has disproved such theory. 4K vidoes shot with the iSight camera are downscaled and rendered at 750p when watching on the iPhone 7... Quad HD rules!

Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3920; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

750p is unacceptable after 4in if you ask me.

omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

I say it's more like 100 vs 50 and that's being extremely generous.

Zeeya

Posts: 327; Member since: Mar 17, 2013

Haha... good one.

AlbertAribe

Posts: 168; Member since: Jun 21, 2014

Are you f*cking joke. If you think iPhone 7 is a mid-range phone in Apple then bring all the f*cking mid-range in android and let's start how they perform in real life performance. Even high-end can't beats the iPhone 7. If you think 750p can't compare the 1440p than we don't need to talk about it because this is the way it is.

omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Not tough at all to be honest, unless you hate Android or Samsung. Either way, it's easy.

therealestmc

Posts: 678; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Actually the iPhone is better at video and slightly behind in photo.

dufis

Posts: 79; Member since: Jun 27, 2014

samsung s7 is beter!

DavMor0069

Posts: 266; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

Galaxy is screen is .4 bigger,yet nearly the same size as the iPhone

omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

The GS7 absolutely crushes the iPhone 7. PA makes it sound like the display favours the iPhone 7 but it really doesn't. I have both and the GS6 display destroys the iPhone display and the iPhone display is in a serious need of an update. It looks pixelated now that our eyes are so used to higher res displays. Ray S, the iphonearena leader, wrote this article though so you knew how it would turn out

Iodine

Posts: 1468; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Crushes in What ? You can't see things on the Retina display or what ?

omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

In everything. Display, camera, ergonomics, etc. You can see things on the Retina display but they just look bad.

c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

I you like the over-saturated cartoonish displays like you see at Best Buy, go for the Samsung. If you want to see an accurate display that looks like real life and doesn't wash out in sunlight, get the iPhone.

Darkkracker

Posts: 255; Member since: Jun 11, 2016

you are a moron. so next year when iphone 8 comes out with their revolutionary amoled display, what will you say then? f in hippicrits. all of you isheep. make me sick.

wando77

Posts: 1166; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

How biased is this? Display mate has the screen better on the s7, the camera has just creamed the iPhone on your blind test, the 2hrs 20 mins charging time is unacceptable in this day and age and how can you not even mention the fact that they are nearly the same size despite the iPhone having a MUCH smaller screen. Or the fact that the high resolution screen of the samsung is great for vr (something users are clearly interested in)

Iodine

Posts: 1468; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Where DM said that 7's screen is better ? And the 7 may take great pictures, but still the 7's camera has it's own strenghts (like wide color - how cool is that ?) If 2:20 minutes is unaceptable to you, then you have a simple solution - Charge faster. The screen size on the galaxy is some 18% bigger, the device size is also som 18% bigger Even if there was a difference in screen to body ratio, it's nowhere near significant to an average Joe. What matters to him is that iPhone 7 is a smaller device, so it's got a smaller screen. And VR ? A 1440p PenTile OLED with it's not so great active area is not any better then a 1080p RGB display. If you want VR, don't you want it to be wide color btw. ?

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