Battery life

Despite its slightly larger size, the Note 7 features a battery with a capacity of 3,500mAh—identical to that found in the S7 edge. While this came across as a disappointment in the eyes of some fans, it's fair considering the space sacrificed to fit the S Pen. As for Apple's giant iPhone, it does its thing using a 2,750mAh juicer—a significant difference considering its much larger body.

Due to both hardware and software disparities between the two, however, cell capacity is highly misleading in this case. First, the Note 7 exhibits worse stand-by time. Then, we found it good for about 1 day of moderate usage, while the iPhone 6s Plus kept going beyond that, up to about a day and a half or slightly more.

Charging times for Samsung's darling are considerably better, however, and again despite the larger battery. For a full, zero-to-hero recharge, you'll need 96 minutes, whereas Apple's big hitter needs some 165 minutes—a lot of time to sit around and wait.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 9h 49 min (Excellent)
Apple iPhone 6s Plus 9h 11 min (Excellent)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 96
Apple iPhone 6s Plus 165


Right off the bat, if we compare the Note 7 to a 64GB iPhone 6s Plus, their prices are about the same (though you do have the option for a 16 GB 6s Plus at $100 less). However, with the latter scheduled for an the update come September, its price will likely drop by $100 very soon.

Overall, however, things are quite complicted. Design-wise, the Note 7 has more sensible dimensions and better one-handed experience. Both come off as exquisite, though the 6s Plus appers to be more considered, with cleaner lines and more symmetric look all-around. On the display front, if you're fortunate enough to get a Note 7 unit with a well-balanced display (we assume this means most units in the US, but we can't be fully certain), then things would be pretty much on par (provided you're using the Basic screen mode on the Note). In case you're not so lucky, however, and get a Note 7 with a display that is way off (such as one of the two Note 7 units we got; probably most international ones), then the iPhone 6s Plus will consistently deliver the better viewing experience.

In terms of OS and functionality, it is pretty much a choice between iOS and Android, or rather iOS and TouchWiz. Both have pros and cons, but performance tends to be more consistent with the 6s Plus. As for their cameras, we already said we have a slight preference for the Note 7's shooter, though the difference between the two isn't so big. Then, there's battery life, which is better with Apple's phone, but if you don't mind nightly charging, then we guess the Note 7 and its quick charging capabilities would seem almost equally enticing.

In the end, the iPhone 6s Plus, now an aging device, is obviously at a disadvantage, although as we've seen from this comparison, it feels by no means dated, compared to Samsung's new phablet. Provided you don't necessarily need the S Pen stylus and the handful of features it adds, then the choice obviously boils down to iOS vs Android, since this dilemma is much more fundamental than the other, mostly negligible differences between the two phablets. So, which one would you prefer?

Samsung Galaxy Note 7


  • More ergonomic
  • S Pen stylus
  • Water-resistant

Apple iPhone 6s Plus


  • More intuitive
  • Consistent performance
  • Better battery life



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: ( ) 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: (Under Retina Display Acuity) 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 ( | | ) and videos ( ) 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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