Call quality



As you’d expect from modern smartphones, both the Galaxy S7 and the Pixel excel in terms of call quality. Both are able to convey voices that sound clear, crisp and sufficiently loud.

On the other end of the line, callers also report recognizing our voice easily and in its natural tonality.

Battery life

The Pixel’s smaller battery actual delivers longer battery life.


Battery capacity is a good starting point when we talk about battery life, but it’s not the end point. This is clearly emphasized once again with this comparison: the Pixel features a 2,770 mAh battery, while the Galaxy S7 sports a 3,000 mAh cell.

Does this automatically mean that the Galaxy S7 last longer in real life, though?

The answer is: not really. In fact, our custom battery test, where we tune both phones to 200-nit brightness and run them through the same typical usage scenario, shows that the Pixel outperforms the S7. The larger-battery Galaxy S7 actually scores 6 hours and 37 minutes, while the smaller-battery Pixel sports 7 hours and 45 minutes of battery life.

In real life, both phones are able to get you through a full day of use, but it is the Pixel that lasts longer in the second day, and with scarcer use you can get two days on a single charge here.

Both phones have quick charging, a great option if you need to quickly top up your battery. Here, the Galaxy S7 is faster: it takes just slightly short of an hour and a half to get re-charged fully from 0 to 100%, while the Pixel achieves the same task for slightly less than two hours.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Google Pixel 7h 45 min (Average)
Samsung Galaxy S7 6h 37 min (Average)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Google Pixel 119
Samsung Galaxy S7 88

Conclusion



At the end of the day, it’s clear that the Google Pixel is a surprisingly solid phone, especially considering that it’s a first-generation product.

The Galaxy S7, though, has both this and a much more affordable price tag. In the months since it launched in April 2016, its price has dropped to $500, while the Google Pixel is much pricier at $650 for the base version.

Even if we take the price advantage away, though, the Galaxy S7 is clearly on par with the Pixel in many areas. While design is a subjective matter (the Galaxy S7 is more impressive, but less practical), the Pixel wins in the performance department with its fluid movement. It’s also got the promise for quick updates, something that Samsung phones have never had: you are guaranteed your Pixel will get updated to the newest version of Android right after it’s launched, while with Samsungs you’d have to wait months on end, if your phone is even eligible. The Pixel also wins in terms of battery life.

In terms of camera, the Pixel wins in terms of quality, but the Galaxy S7 still impresses with its extremely fast focusing. We also like having that water-proof design on the S7 and the option to expand the storage via microSD cards.

So which one should you get? It all depends on your priorities! What we can assure you is that neither phone disappoints.

Google Pixel

Pros

  • Solid design
  • Latest version of Android on board, promise to get updates on day one
  • Well-optimized, smooth-performing Android
  • Camera captures great stills and video, excellent dynamics
  • Very good battery life

Samsung Galaxy S7

Pros

  • Premium eye-catching glass design
  • Water resistance is a nice extra
  • The fastest focusing smartphone camera
  • More affordable
  • Expandable storage
  • Wireless charging






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