Interface



In many ways, to speak of Samsung's custom TouchWiz software as built on top of Android can be kind of misleading. Sure, the foundation is there, but the company has gone to great lengths to influence the user experience—whether through interface design or the breadth of the feature set. As importantly, this is TouchWiz like you've never seen it before in some key areas, as the Note 7 brings yet another notable update to the company's controversial UI.

Case in point: the root Settings menu is completely different from what you may be used to, offering a more uniform look with fewer options. These are still there, of course, but they're hidden a level deep into more general-sounding menus, helping reduce the clutter. Whether you'll appreciate having to go digging even further than before, however, is questionable.


The iconography with the Note 7 has also seen some slight changes, now trying to offer a more standardized vision. Overall, though, the Note 7 is familiar—just tidier than ever.

Visually, the iPhone 6s Plus' seems to already be where Samsung is only now going, with a very clean and minimalist approach to GUI. It's biggest virues are in its simplicity and fluidity – qualities that make it very easy and efficient to use. However, with iOS being more and more open these days, it doesn't sacrifice much flexibility over Android, with features such as support for third-party keyboards or a battery saving mode of its own. Plus, it has that added level of interaction with 3D Touch.


In all, these are just two drops in the sea when it comes to comparing TouchWiz with iOS. They're vastly different.

Functionality


Samsung has always been bullish on new, sci-fi like technology, and the Note 7 is no exception: it's got a fancy iris scanner. Just wake up the screen, swipe up, and wait for the front-facing infrared camera to illuminate and scan your irides for authorization. Sounds pretty cool, but the reality is that the phone's fingerprint scanner is simply superior if you're looking for reliability and speed. Not only don't you have to face/adjust your phone to capture your eyes, but you don't have to do anything past just clicking the Home button to get in securely with a fingerprint. And if you're into sunglasses, the iris scanner is even less useful.


Quite frankly, at this point it definitely feels like most Note 7 users will take a swipe at the new, hot feature, show off for a while, and then go back to relying on their fingerprints—just like iPhone owners.

Speaking of the iPhone, its own fingerprint scanner simply feels superior. Perhaps this is mostly owed to its circular shape, which is far more forgiving in terms of your placement accuracy. Often, with the Note 7, it would feel like we just didn't place our finger square in the middle. This almost never happens with the iPhone.


Finally, and this is really one of few features of the Note 7 that are unique, Samsung's phablet is literally the last stylus device standing after the mass extinction event years ago. And for those of you into the S Pen, the good news is that it's been improved across the board. We can confirm first hand that the smaller ballpoint, the longer body, and the relocated button all are fantastic upgrades.

So if it's a stylus you're after, the Note 7 it is, hands down. Then again, you're likely already a Note user and so you're not even considering the iPhone 6s Plus.... Moving on!

Performance and memory


Just like it did with the Galaxy S7 family, Samsung is sticking to a Qualcomm/Exynos split for the Note 7's processor. More specifically, buyers within the United States will get the quad-core Snapdragon 820 chipset, while users elsewhere will be using the home-grown, octa-core Exynos 8890 powerhouse. We've seen what both of these chips can do, and coupled with 4G of RAM, you can rest assured that you're getting leading performance.

In the Apple camp, things are simpler. The iPhone 6s Plus relies on an incredibly powerful, dual-core A9 processor, supplemented with 2GB of RAM. A less impressive configuration in numbers terms, but more than capable enough to deliver world-class performance, even more consistent and fluid than what we get on the Note 7.

Finally, we commend Samsung on its choice to deliver the Note 7 with the whopping 64GB of storage standard, plus it supports microSD cards. Over in Apple's camp, the iPhone 6s Plus starts at 16GB of internal memory, but at about the same price at which the Note 7 comes, you can get the 6s Plus with 64 GB storage as well. However, no further memory expansion with Apple's gadget.

AnTuTu Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 116036.33
Apple iPhone 6s Plus 58664
JetStream Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 47.411
Apple iPhone 6s Plus 120.14
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 53
Apple iPhone 6s Plus 59
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 15
Apple iPhone 6s Plus 38.4
Basemark OS II Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 2496
Apple iPhone 6s Plus 2032
Geekbench 3 single-core Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 2067.66
Apple iPhone 6s Plus 2526
Geekbench 3 multi-core Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 6095.33
Apple iPhone 6s Plus 4404


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66 Comments

1. dubaiboy78

Posts: 442; 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: 7028; 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: 965; 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: 965; 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: 1813; 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: 7028; 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: 7493; 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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