The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has been discontinued following numerous reports of units catching fire or exploding. In the interest of safety, users who still have a Note 7 in their possession must return the unit to Samsung.

Introduction


Apple may have well come up with the blueprint of the modern smartphone, but when it comes to extra-large devices—or what we've come to begrudgingly refer to as 'phablets'—Samsung led the charge. The Galaxy Note, released in 2011, is that original phablet, while Apple waited until 2014 to come up with one.

But phablets sell. Pretty well, in fact. And so the iPhone Plus line was born, with the iPhone 6s Plus its latest—and now kind of aged—member. Put against the newly-announced Note 7, it has the unenviable task of holding the front until Apple gets around to refreshing on its own recipe come in just a month's or so time.

Let's see if it stands a chance.

Design



Tepid reception to the Galaxy S and Note lines, as far as their design game is concerned, has for years bugged Samsung. This level of self-awareness, in retrospect, has played a vital role in its decision to revamp its flagship vision, with the Galaxy S6 paving the way for more premium-looking and feeling materials. The Note 7 is no exception, and this time around comes only in a 'dual curved' display flavor.

With an aluminum frame sandwiched between two sheets of Gorilla Glass 5, the phone has the building blocks of a fancy-looking smartphone down. But to exclude the display from the equation would be a mistake. The sloping glass up front is, without a doubt, the highlight of Samsung's designwork, lending the phone a rather futuristic look.

In comparison, Apple is continuing its legacy of conservative, but exquisite design play. In comparison, it almost feels like the iPhone 6s Plus sees no reason to seek out the spotlight. That said, when it comes to questions of practical engineering, Samsung is miles ahead.

Indeed, despite its larger display, the Note 7 is narrower, shorter, and noticeably lighter. Put next to it, the iPhone 6s Plus feels a bit like a simple display bump work rather than a thoroughly considered device that will be used by humans with finite hand sizes.


Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Dimensions

6.04 x 2.91 x 0.31 inches

153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9 mm

Weight

5.96 oz (169 g)

Apple iPhone 6s Plus

Apple iPhone 6s Plus

Dimensions

6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches

158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm

Weight

6.77 oz (192 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Dimensions

6.04 x 2.91 x 0.31 inches

153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9 mm

Weight

5.96 oz (169 g)

Apple iPhone 6s Plus

Apple iPhone 6s Plus

Dimensions

6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches

158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm

Weight

6.77 oz (192 g)

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



Display

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At 5.7-inches, the dual-curved Super AMOLED display on the Note 7 offers slightly more screen real estate than the iPhone 6s Plus' 5.5-inch glass.

As for the quality of the panels in question, it's an interesting interaction. All iPhone 6s Plus displays come factory-calibrated and there's no way for you to meddle with this, unlike with the Note 7. By default, then, the iPhone 6s Plus offers an excellent color accuracy for the standard sRGB gamut. With the exception of its slightly colder color temperature, the 6s Plus is one excellent IPS display, with peak brightness of nearly 600 nits, and a low of 5 nits—very good for night owls.

Turning to the Note 7, things aren't quite so simple. The phone ships with the overly saturated and visibly color-incorrect Adaptive Display profile on, most useful for unfavorable outside conditions in terms of visibility. Of course, you can always switch to the Basic display profile, which is aimed at representing that same sRGB color space. Unfortunately, the balance between red, green, and blue (RGB) is off on our international unit, with the former being seriously underrepresented. In result, shades of grey and even whites are marred by an unfortunate blue-green cast, which is easily visible when put next to our callibrated work monitors, and indeed, next to the iPhone 6s Plus. Interestingly, we also have the US version of the Note 7, with the Snapdragon processor, and it exhibits a considerably better color balance, in line with the 6s Plus, so obviously display quality with the Note 7 is going to vary from unit to unit.

Finally, on the brightness front, the Note 7 does splendidly, with over 570 nits peak brightness when in Auto mode. In fact, when it comes to minimum brightness, the Note 7 is capable of producing just 1 nit of brightness, which is very convenient for night reading.



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66 Comments

1. dubaiboy78

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Iphone 6s plus kills note 7 (sarcasm)!!! Wtf comparison

5. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Bigger screen, bigger battery, better in almost every aspect but smaller size than the iPhone...

6. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Forgot to mention that it's even lighter.......

14. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Off topic : the article's writer is Chris P. You can also call him CRISPY....

47. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

I had to thumbs up this. LOL!

16. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

i was eating dinner with my colleague, i have edge 7 he has iphone plus same 5.5 screens i put them side by side guy had nothing to say, just that stupid looking face. if IOS is preference ok i dont understand that since its boring as f.

54. sgodsell

Posts: 7466; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I am amazed that iphonearena has managed to make the iPhone plus brighter than the Note 7's display. When others have tested it and could get 1000 nits out of the Note 7 display. Not to mention Phonearena has made no mention of the Note 7 HDR screen. Which is a first on any smartphone. The Note 7 display eats the iPhone 6s plus display for lunch. If AMOLED is so bad or not comparable to the iPhones IPS display, then why is Apple switching to AMOLED displays? Phonearena why are you so biased towards Apple? They must pay you guys a lot of money.

13. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 969; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Bigger battery means nothing. Check the battery life comparison. 6S Plus does far better in lasting more than 1 day, whereas the S7 Edge/Note 7 might last an entire day.

15. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

It would be better to wait for the battery test....

19. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Not really. Both are better than 6s plus. When you also consider they are pushing much more pixels you realize how bad battery life is on 6s+.

20. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Hey no offence bro.... But these type of justifications are just stupid. You cannot change the PPI on a display after purchase. "iPhone is good because of lower PPI." "Note 7 almost beats iPhone even with far more PPI." These type of comments are really annoying. Only thing matters is that How does the final product performs. And I know that Note 7 is a great all-rounder.

25. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Then same logic apply when you go compare 1080p with 1440p device on battery life and framerates.

52. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

It's just an excuse......

23. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 969; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

When you factor in QHD having no visible benefit: (http://www.phonearena.com/news/Quad-HD-vs-1080p-vs-720p-comparison-heres-whats-the-difference_id55697 ) and having to have a huge battery to support it, while still having less than one day of battery life, then you realise how bad battery life is on S7 Edge/Note 7.

24. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Too bad thats just phonearena. By that logic S7 is not worth the buy cause phonearena said it. Here are some actual experts on the same case:http://www.displaymate.com/iPhone_4_ShootOut.htm (Under Retina Display Acuity)http://www.clarkvision.com/articles/printer-ppi/ Battery life is better on S7E and N7 as well as faster charging times. Good luck waiting 2 hours for full recharge.

29. Konsento

Posts: 139; Member since: Apr 10, 2015

ROFL bad battery life on the S7 Edge/Note 7 you say?

61. SmartFix

Posts: 32; Member since: Aug 05, 2016

oh yeah no visible benefit.. all sudden it is no needed right ? u pathetic/naive iphone defender.. so why next iphone will have qhd? tell apple not do it then it has no benefit..

27. Macready

Posts: 1825; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Or we just look at actual real life tests where browsing times are similar, call times almost twice as long on the Note, video 30% longer, never mind scaling the output to 1080p too where the Note destroys the iPhone. The standby time only makes a difference if you leave the always on function running, otherwise the Note performs excellent here too. Don't take my word for it, see Gsmarena for example. Cool thing is that the optimizations work better over time, meaning that after ypur pattern and app usage has been calibrated for, the Note will improve here still.

53. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

That's only on iPhonearena, who up till today refuses to reveal how they do their battery test. Other sites ( http://goo.gl/WI8x6m | http://goo.gl/xuUjcp | http://goo.gl/mNTt6t ) and videos ( https://goo.gl/JKTUHW ) say the opposite, but believe what you want to believe.

56. TerryTerius unregistered

Honestly, as someone who owns both I can say that I've noticed no difference between the two, not really. If anything it depends on what I'm doing that day. Sometimes my iPhone will die before my S7, or vice versa. That aside, I can't wait to get my hands on a note 7.

60. SmartFix

Posts: 32; Member since: Aug 05, 2016

yeah ONLY when u leave it on table without touching ! as soon as you start using it battery life going drastically down ! THAT's the TRUTH .. why many ppl replacing iphones with samsungs s7 or this note then ? Lieees lies and lies..

64. ColinW

Posts: 412; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

This is very true Apple has good standby times, but that is not as important as in use performance or recharge time and iPhones have always sucked in these areas. I know from bitter experience.

11. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Note7 destroys the iPhone 6s Plus. Hands down!

59. SmartFix

Posts: 32; Member since: Aug 05, 2016

Bhahahaha PArena are bunch of jokers .. :DD Everybody not taking your VS's seriously anymore, anyway, espec. when u put that ancient boring same iphone outdated and for sake of apple won't shut down your site you have to praising to it ..:DD Lying about display.. HOw can be old IPS better than newest amoled.. u pathetic /naive you are for LAUGH .. year old iphone is better than latest Note 7 ??? BHAHAHAHAAH :DDDDD I feel so sorry for you .. that you are sold to devil and you just servant losers

2. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

No way iPhone has a brighter screen than the note 7. DisplayMate stated it had the brightest screen of any smartphone.

4. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

55. sgodsell

Posts: 7466; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Also Phonearena mentioned nothing in regards to the new HDR screen on the Note 7. Phonearena is proving that they are biased, or they don't know what they are doing.

12. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

But the iPhone's display is LCD, so it's reflective panel nullifies it's brightness advantage when outdoors. Super AMOLED has proven to be better.

3. kiko007

Posts: 7518; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Seriously? We've ent over this already.....DON'T COMPARE ANDROID PHONES TO IPHONES, THEY FILL SEPARATE SPACES!!!! Good God, this isn't rocket science gentleman.

51. guests

Posts: 196; Member since: Jun 19, 2016

Stop whining you little kid. You're just afraid iphone will look s**t (iphone is s**t btw) when compared to the greatest. p/s: It's not like they care about your stupid and baseless comment anyway. Iphone still look s**t even when compared to Nokia 3310.

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