iPhone 7 Vs Galaxy S7

iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 standing on table

Over the years, the battle for smartphone supremacy has largely become a two-way fight between Apple and Samsung. It’s true that, occasionally, other manufacturers produce devices which outdo both of the giants, but which never seem to catch the public’s imagination. Two of the biggest selling models in history, the iPhone 7 and the Galaxy S7 have a long and illustrious heritage. But which has benefited most from the evolution of those who have come before?

Here, we take a look at how they match up in a straight fight.

Comparing Samsung S7 and iPhone 7

Left to right: iPhone 7, Samsung Galaxy S7

A Quick Review

Oddly, until you realize that there never actually was an iPhone 2, we are looking at the 6th iPhone and the 7th Galaxy S, both flagship smartphones within their respective catalogs. Each has taken its cues both from its previous incarnations and, of course, from the industry at large. Features have a tendency to appear almost in tandem or, in the case of actual innovation by one or the other, a year apart.

The Table of Facts

Samsung Galaxy S7iPhone 7
Size (inches)5.61 x 2.74 x 0.31

5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28

Weight (ounces)

5.364.87
RuggedIP68

IP67

Display Size (inches)

5.14.7
Display Resolution (px)1440 x 2560

750 x 1334

Pixel Density (PPI)

576326
Display TypeSuper AMOLED

IPS LCD

Rear Camera

12MP12MP
Video Rec. (Max Res px)3840 x 2160 (4K)

3840 x 2160 (4K)

Front Camera

5MP7MP
ProcessorQuad-Core 2200MHz

Quad-Core 2340MHz

Memory

4GB2GB
Storage32GB

Upto 256GB

MicroSD

YesNo
Battery3000mAh

1960mAh

Talk Time (Hours)

2814
Standby (Hours)Not Specified

240

Bluetooth

4.24.2
Wi-Fi802.11 b/g/n/ac

802.11 b/g/n/ac

NFC

Yes

Yes

Hand holding Samsung Galaxy S7 near texture

Samsung Galaxy S7

What It Looks Like

Taking the above table, only, into account, it looks like there’s no real comparison, with the S7 seemingly offering more bang for your very similarly priced buck, but that would be to do Apple a little bit of a disservice. Samsung has really little control over what Google put into its Android operating system. Unlike Samsung, Apple can integrate both hardware and software to the 9th degree, it means they can use it all that much more efficiently and so don’t have the same requirements for raw power that Samsung do.

However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t glaring disparities between the two devices.

Apart from Samsung’s Super AMOLED display being better than Apple’s IPS LCD display anyway, the much lower resolution on the iPhone 7 is a real issue. Although still good in and of itself, it doesn’t come out well in a side-by-side comparison with the S7 and, unfortunately for Apple, the display is where most attention is focused with modern smartphones, primarily due to what they are used for. No longer are smartphones simply extensions of an office, they are now fully developed devices which command more hours of attention than our TVs.

Hand holding iPhone 7

iPhone 7

The battery life is also an issue for Apple. Although Samsung would likely have had to include a bigger battery just to keep pace with Apple, one which is a third higher capacity was always going to outrun the much lower capacity of the iPhone battery.

Summary

People often wonder if comparisons between Apple and Samsung smartphones is worthwhile, given the widespread that many users seem to be invested in one or the other and aren’t about to change their minds any time soon. But, as time goes on, the numbers of people who have used both is growing quickly. This means money previously spent on apps is no longer the write-off it once was, and manufacturers have to be aware that we consumers aren’t the locked-in, captive audience we might once have been.

And that means we’ll all win in the end.

Rachel C.
Rachel C.
Rachel is the researcher and blog writer for the Mr Aberthon website. She grew up in Brooklyn, New York and eventually made her way to Connecticut in order to become a part of the Mr Aberthon Team. She is passionate about technology and electronics, and nothing gives her more pleasure than discovering insights into the latest gadgets to hit the electronics market.