Interface

Samsung's overlay may not run as smoothly, but it hits it out of the park with Cross App multitasking and Game Launcher options.

Samsung's TouchWiz has reached new heights with the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow that is on the S7 - it is smoother, color-coordinated, and with a brand new fast browser to boot. Samsung is known for throwing tons of features into its smartphone UIs, and the Galaxy S7 follows the trend. Pretty much all of the features we knew from the Galaxy S6 have made their way into the new model – from the side-by-side multitasking and the Flipboard-powered news feed to the built-in support for themes and S Health, along with its health and fitness tracking abilities. But even with all of this in stock, the Galaxy S7 ran smoothly most of the time, thanks to the more powerful specs and whatever under-the-hood optimizing Samsung did to the new TouchWiz.

A couple of fresh features make the Galaxy S7 interface truly stand out, though – the Cross App multi-window mode for your chat sessions, and the built-in Game Launcher. Cross App lets you start a browser window in the bottom display half without leaving your chat thread, or you play videos directly in the chat window, which is pretty helpful considering how much chatting we now do from out phones. Game Launcher is a set of tools for the hardcore players out there. Gamers can record videos of their gaming sessions, limit notifications shown while playing, disable buttons when certain games are running, and more.


Apple tends to strive for sense and simplicity when designing its products, and that applies to the iPhone UI experience as well. The iOS 9.x edition that is currently running on the iPhone 6s is clean, streamlined, and easy to get the hang of. Sure, there are no fancy gaming tools at your disposal, and there's no side-by-side multitasking, but there's also nothing getting in the way of a smooth user experience. In other words, less could be more, and iOS proves it. Besides, it serves as a gateway to a vast, quality-driven library of games and applications. The 3D Touch functionality of the screen adds a new level of app interaction, too, as you can quickly start song recognition by deep-pressing the Shazam icon, for instance, instead of waiting for the clunky app to load, neat.


Processor and memory


The processors ticking inside the Galaxy S7 and iPhone 6s are two very different beasts, so comparing them solely by listing specs side by side would be pointless. What you do need to know, on the other hand, is that both chips – the Snapdragon 820 or Exynos 8890 in the S7, and the Apple A9 – are powerful and efficient. And we doubt that either of the two phones would have troubles running any of the latest apps and games.

With 4GB of RAM, the Galaxy S7 should excel when it comes to multitasking, and indeed we saw that you can line up tens of apps open in memory for whenever you might need them back quickly. RAM amount is one thing, RAM management another, though, so the iPhone 6s handles multitasking pretty well, too, despite having less RAM to work with.

There are 32GB of storage inside the Galaxy S7, and if you do need extra gigs, you may throw in a microSD card of up to 200GB. The iPhone 6s does not support expandable storage, but it comes with 16, 64, or 128 gigs on board, for a price. The advantage of the Galaxy S7's approach is that microSD cards are less expensive per gigabyte, though not as fast and reliable as embedded memory.

AnTuTu Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S7 136695
Apple iPhone 6s 59075
Sunspider Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy S7 612.2
Apple iPhone 6s 217.7
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S7 53
Apple iPhone 6s 59.1
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S7 29
Apple iPhone 6s 56.1
Basemark OS II Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S7 1943
Apple iPhone 6s 2139
Geekbench 3 single-core Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S7 2327
Apple iPhone 6s 2539
Geekbench 3 multi-core Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S7 5455
Apple iPhone 6s 4421

Browser and connectivity


Samsung coded a brand new Internet 4.0 browser for its Marshmallow update, and the Galaxy S7 is taking advantage. It has a completely overhauled rendering engine, and extra features, like full compatibility with the latest web standards, and back-end access to the OS for background syncing and push notifications. Moreover, it adds a new Secret mode that doesn't record browsing history, cookies, passwords, auto-fill data and the like, and is accessible with a fingerprint only.

The TouchWiz browsing machine was powerful before, with one of the best synthetic benchmarking scores we've encountered while reviewing mobile browsers, but now it truly flies with websites and video. Apple's Safari browser, on the other hand, renders pages very quickly, too, and has a handy Reading mode that strips articles of pictures, ads, formatting and the like, leaving you with the barebones text only, without unnecessary distractions.


As for connectivity – well, the handsets are loaded with network compatibility and support for most Wi-Fi, Bluetooh, GPS or NFC wireless radio standards under the sun. When it comes to 4G LTE, though, the iPhone has the upper hand, as it flaunts a record 23 bands, letting you connect to local 4G networks almost everywhere you go with it.

Samsung strikes back with a Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) radio for its mobile payment system transactions that mimics the signal from the magnetic stripe credit cards you have in your wallet. Thus, merchants don't have to retool their existing equipment in order to accept Samsung Pay, while Apple Pay requires that they purchase additional terminals or add-ons.

For wired connectivity Apple uses its proprietary Lightning connector, while Samsung passed on the trendy Type-C one, and equipped the S7 with the good ol' microUSB port, which now has a moisture detector inside that shuts off power to the handset if you try to charge it after you have taken the phone for a swim.

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34 Comments

1. Dr.SamX

Posts: 245; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

May the battle begin: iPhone is crap!

3. Rafishant

Posts: 401; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

Could you comment with useful words better than trolling?

9. bachir8k

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Just today I received a message from my operator in Qatar for the S7 SD820 pre-order, honestly, and as I am always in the pre-order list since the S3, I don't feel very excited about the S7, despite that I really like the water-proof and SD-Card features, but the SD820 results are really disappointing at least regarding the heat, body endurance and battery life, it will be the first time that i will skip pre-ordering the newest Samsung flagship and i will wait until the results of the exynox version, hopefully it will be better. Also, can anyone tell me how the SD808 is doing in the Lumia 950? I am not sure why i am so attracted to this phone now, but most probably because of Windows 10, any feedback?

14. eli577

Posts: 142; Member since: Jun 29, 2010

The SD820 results are desappointing? In which universe?

31. bachir8k

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

ok let me re-phrase my statement, the results of the SD820 on S7 are disappointing regarding heat and battery life, even they use the latest samsung 14nm technology which should increase battery life and reduce the cpu temp. i thought that extra 17% of battery will add extra 2 or 3 hours with the help of the extra optimizations, but it shows that the S6 with its smaller battery is doing much better, that's why i am blaming the sd820 because both phones sport almost the same hardware except of the cpu.

10. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

@Rafishant: Don't waste your energy, lad... He's seemingly oblivious of any wisdom and manners...

22. Kratos7

Posts: 62; Member since: May 15, 2015

That's asking a lot for people like this.

18. MSi_GS70 unregistered

How can iphone have pros perfect design ? it is horrible design .. S7 has futuristic design for god sake PA .. stop playing iphone game already.. u are truly pathetic and naive.. When I look at S6 edge or S7 edge I see future .. when I look at iphone it is like history subject in school.. 3D touch ?? who uses it ? Make pool please... how many ppl percentage uses it! Premier app ecosystem .. you really believe this nonsense ?? FacePalm ....

27. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Ahem in your opinion.

34. bachir8k

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Pros that i can see for 6s against S7 1- hold its price better 2- more durable design (drop tests) 3- still less lag but that's only because of the low resolution screen. 4- 3d touch, it's somehow a nice features and you will see all the others will add it on their phones. everything else are for the S7

2. Rafishant

Posts: 401; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

Good and marginal improvement Samsung, but I guess the next iPhone will crush the S7 in many aspects.

4. Chuck007

Posts: 1412; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

..and so will the S8 vs. iPhone 7 half a year later. The cycle never ends lol

7. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Thats too much. Next iPhone will beat S7 in graphics(obviously) and processing power. iPhone camera won't stand a chance as always. Gaming ecosystem as always Apple holds the advantage. Battery life would be poorer than S7 maybe more or less on par. And iOS is too much of a walled garden and pain(thats just my preference) so Android has absolute advantage on that. Also its not a "S' model and as history has shown a non S model always has some major hardware defect like bendgate, antennagate so I'm expecting a major hardware defect this time too. Good if it comes without a major defect. Sorry for bad grammar(before a grammar Nazi strikes)

20. MrHate

Posts: 318; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

I mean the iPhone 7 will have a new design so maybe ... maybe this time Apple will make the phone a little bit thicker and add a better battery...Oh wait who am I kidding.

5. Landon

Posts: 1247; Member since: May 07, 2015

I'm surprised with the battery performance of the S7's. How are they not better than the Note 5, especially the S7 Edge with a 3600mAh battery?

12. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

PA's crap battery test..check other reviews

6. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Keeping my Note 5 for social networks and RX100 for the rest. No cameraphone (yes I have Nokia 1020, and I had a 808 (the best !) ) is close to those 1" sensors pocket cameras. Maybe Panasonic DMC-CM1. Low light photos aren't good enough , for me.

32. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

if I'm lugging around a camera might as well take the dslr for a ride

8. saif2711

Posts: 105; Member since: Feb 22, 2016

Very much similar points between the two except the camera.The camera is one hell of a beast I have to say.

11. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Hmmm. One thing is for sure, Apple won't have to put that much effort to beat the S7 with their iPhone 7 since the differences between iPhone 6s and GS7 are so small. Both come with their up's and downs and both have some unique features to be proud of. I'm surprised though that the iPhone 6s actually ends to have a better battery, albeit it recharges much slower though.

28. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

oozz009. Based on what i saw the S7 beat the 6S all around. the camera result of the 6S compared to the S7 look like comparing htc m9 camera to samsung S6.. All of the iphone picture look like there is a filter on them and are crappy.

13. eli577

Posts: 142; Member since: Jun 29, 2010

"The higher pixel count – 1440 x 2560 vs 750 x 1336 pixels for the 4.7” iPhone – lets it display images in greater detail, though for all practical purposes the difference is pretty negligible to the naked eye." The difference is negligable??? Really? Come on, it is very clear that the S7 has the superior screen, why can't you write it down PA?

15. eli577

Posts: 142; Member since: Jun 29, 2010

Oh yeah, forgot one thing: please PA, if you post the "On screen" results of the GFX Bench, then post the "Off screen" results as well. In this comparison one could think that the GPU in the Iphone is much better.....NO. If you compare results then make sure that they are comparable. I wouldn't say that the results int the two phones' native resolution are comparable, because one of the phones need to run the benchmark in 4 times the resolution than the other. It's not so fair.

23. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

I agree with this one! +1 Although, keep in mind that Samsung still decreased the maximum brightness which helps enjoy the display even more. So even though it's crazy good it could still have been a little better.

16. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Everything about the latest Galaxy S is so much better than the iPhone 6S. Yes its bigger and thus with size comes weight. But most of the weight is the much larger battery and the water proofing. The physical appearance of the S7 is better, the display is brighter and the colors are better too. The UI of the S7 is so much better as it doesn't have you do things backwards. The huge benefits of USB Storage, can transfer any file over bluetooth/wifi direct and more under the hood. The phone simply offers better features considering the price. The iPhone is flat and boring. As far as durability, neither is anymore or less durable than the other. If you drop either phone without protection they can equally break. The only thing is with a dual glass design the S7 is more fragile. But considering drop tests, it took dropping the phone several times before it broke. It is fairly durable for its design. A 1440p display offers double the screen resolution for 750p. We are talking more than 2M more pixels. You claim that the difference is negligible is complete bullsh!t. The difference of 1080p vs 1440p with a similar screen size would still show some difference though it would be small. but 750p vs 1440p? I mean seriously dude. I dont give a crap how much biased you have for the iPhone, not relaying facts makes everything you say suspect. Your reviews are sh!t dude.

17. saif2711

Posts: 105; Member since: Feb 22, 2016

This is the most one-sided comment I have ever read.typical shamesung boy

21. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

S7 is better than 6s but idk if the S7 Edge is better than the 6s plus.

24. Skimshaddy

Posts: 126; Member since: Feb 23, 2016

IMO: Both the 7 Edge and 6 Plus looks great but I like the feel of S7 edge in my hand better. Waterproof is a win for Samsung side. No more worry again when rain comes down in the middle of my kids soccer games.

29. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

The 6s,6s plus and S6 might as well be waterproof with how long they can last under water. I bet the feel of the S7 edge is better looks like it would be.

25. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Funny how they omit important benchmark (offscreen) test so the iphone 6S sound as performing.

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