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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs Apple iPhone 6s Plus

For years, Samsung has led the megapixel race, with snappers seemingly vastly superior to Apple's in terms of detail. It took a while, but Samsung has finally settled on something less insane, with an excellent, 12-megapixel camera that debuted with the Galaxy S7 family. The unit is optically stabilized for them smooth pans during video capture, and has an extremely wide, F1.7 aperture lens to help siphon as much light from the scene as possible.

In the opposite corner, we have a near equal proposition, with the iPhone 6s Plus packing a 12-megapixel unit as well, and one that is also optically stabilized. The lens aperture, at F2.2, is narrower, however, and the unit is physically smaller than the Note 7's (1/3'' vs 1/2.5'' for the latter).

On the software front, Samsung has further simplified its interface, now seriously rivaling the iPhone in terms of ease of use. That said, it remains the more versatile one, with a bunch of shooting modes on top of the ones offered by the iPhone as well.

Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 - Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs Apple iPhone 6s Plus
Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 - Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs Apple iPhone 6s Plus
Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 - Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs Apple iPhone 6s Plus

Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7


Camera interface of the Apple iPhone 6s Plus - Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs Apple iPhone 6s Plus
Camera interface of the Apple iPhone 6s Plus - Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs Apple iPhone 6s Plus
Camera interface of the Apple iPhone 6s Plus - Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs Apple iPhone 6s Plus
Camera interface of the Apple iPhone 6s Plus - Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs Apple iPhone 6s Plus

Camera interface of the Apple iPhone 6s Plus


Turning to image quality, both are amazing, but we tend to favor the Note 7 slightly... though it does come with its own drawbacks. The Note 7 camera snaps sharp, vibrant photos that are a tinge too warm, but very pleasant and eye-catching on the whole. The iPhone is much the same, though it offers a slightly expanded dynamic range, which is always welcome, but the white balance is even more aggressively warm.

What we're certainly no fans of is the post-processing done by the Note 7. Images are over-sharpened and colors boosted, whereas Apple has kept things more sane. In short, it's a trade-off between slightly more realistic colors (Note 7), and not as heavily post processed images overall (iPhone 6s Plus).

Moving to nighttime photography, the Note 7 is clearly ahead, and capable of soaking enough light to bring more brightness to a shot. The iPhone 6s Plus is none too shabby in this regard, too, but is unable to match that level of detail at night.



Taking a pic Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec) Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 1.7
1.75
405
334
Apple iPhone 6s Plus 1.6
1.9
485
285

Finally, video-wise, the phones are evenly matched. Both are capable of recording 4K video at 30 frames per second, or 1080p at 30 fps or 60 fps.

Both devices offer more creative shooting modes such as slow motion and time lapse, though the Note 7 takes it a bit farther with Hyperlapse—a time-lapse like mode that is well stabilized.



Multimedia


While we're not big on the warping effect created by the curved screen of the Note 7 (and any other Samsung Edge device), the 5.7-inch panel is obviously a blast for video watching. In addition, the display is coupled with a new chip on the inside, capable of decoding HEVC-encoded, HDR10 video, which has been trending up lately. Content in this format is still scarce, but it's growing, with Amazon and Netflix offering a number of appropriate titles. In short, HDR10 video provides a noticeably more dynamic image, though keep in mind that you'll want to be in the AMOLED Cinema display profile to enjoy it at its fullest.

Apple offers no such perks, but as we said, this isn't really putting the iPhone 6s Plus at a disadvantage for the time being. And, with a great and vibrant screen of its own, it does benefit from being tightly integrated with the complete media center that the iTunes store is.

As for the bottom-facing loudspeakers of both handsets: they sound in a pretty similar way. Loudness is about the same, while the one on the iPhone 6s Plus tends to sound a bit cleaner and slightly fuller, but the difference isn't very significant.

Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 0.75
Apple iPhone 6s Plus 0.986
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 72
Apple iPhone 6s Plus 69.1


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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: 7004; 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: 7004; 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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