Call quality


The Galaxy S7 earpiece sounds improved over its predecessor, with an emphasis on clarity. Adopting yet another feature first presented to us by the Note 5, the S7 now offers an ‘extra volume’ mode for those times when it’s noisy around. Without it enabled, the volume is still plenty loud for our liking, more than capable of accentuating every word and syllable uttered by our caller. Appropriately so, the addition of the ‘extra volume’ mode is there if you’re somehow hard of hearing.

Voices thankfully pack a lot of substance through the earpiece, clean and without any distortion. It’s actually an improvement over last year’s quality with the S6, so we’re elated by this. The good fortune extends to the other end of the line as well, where the microphones in the phone help to produce voices to our callers that are audible and distinctive.

Moving onto the final piece of the puzzle, the speakerphone’s quality is that proverbial chink in the armor. Sure, the ‘extra’ volume’ is at our disposal even with the speakerphone, but it doesn’t seem to do a whole lot to amplify the speaker’s initially weak output. Voices are discernible nonetheless, however, it only becomes problematic when there’s a ton of ambient background noise – where it then starts to fade.

The iPhone, on the other hand, has never been known to be the best of the best when it comes to call quality, but for the most part, it does well in handling conversations. The iPhone 6s delivers an acceptable performance through its earpiece, which happens to deliver reasonably loud tones. Voices come in a relatively natural and dynamic way, so we don't have complaints in this regard. The microphone does a similarly good job at transferring our voice to our callers, with a mostly clean and defined sound quality.

Battery

Disappointing battery life figures for the S7 can't be offset by its fast wireless charging tech.

Despite having a much larger, 3000 mAh battery, the Galaxy S7 managed to eke out less battery endurance in our test – 6 hours and 37 minutes – than the 8 hours and 15 minutes of screen-on time for the iPhone 6s with its 1715 mAh pack. Granted, this would get you through a heavy workday, and even day and a half with moderate usage, yet that's what you are able to get from the S6, too, so there isn't much progress in that regard.

The charging times, for that matter, are very quick on the S7 – it goes from zero to hero in about an hour and a half, and offers wireless charging that does the same for about two hours, which is extremely fast for wireless, though you'd have to purchase a separate accessory to take advantage.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S7 6h 37 min (Average)
Apple iPhone 6s 8h 15 min (Excellent)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy S7 88
Apple iPhone 6s 150

Conclusion


Released half a year after the iPhone 6s, the Samsung Galaxy S7 has many superior features, as can be expected. While looks are subjective, it does sport a larger screen in a chassis that is not much bigger than the iPhone, though the latter is still easier to handle. Moreover, this chassis is waterproof and supports expandable storage – two features you rarely get in high-end smartphones these days.

Strike three is the camera, as there is currently no phone with better focusing technology than what we have on the Galaxy S7, and it also often excels in low-light scenarios, which are the ultimate test for any phone cam, against the iPhone 6s. Samsung's interface is more abundant in features, too, like Cross App multitasking or the dedicated Game Launcher, though Apple offers an extra input method with its 3D Touch functionality, plus a faster, more reliable and intuitive user experience.

The Galaxy S7 is slightly more expensive than the basic iPhone 6s, but offers more internal storage, so pricing is more or less on equal footing. Samsung's Galaxy S7 comes with tons of features, it's easily one of the most versatile smartphones out there, and that counts for something. While it may not be on quite the same level as the iPhone 6s when it comes to quality of design and user experience, the troves of functionality it offers make it a worthy alternative for the tech-savvy nation.

Samsung Galaxy S7

Pros

  • Rapid auto-focusing camera technology
  • Premium waterproof chassis
  • Tons of built-in functionality

Apple iPhone 6s

Pros

  • Perfected design and user experience
  • 3D Touch input
  • Premier app ecosystem






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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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