Apple iPhone 7 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: Clash of the Titans
This year Samsung has already come out with its flagship device, Galaxy S7 and it is without a doubt one of the best smartphones in the handset market as of now. With this handset, Samsung has finally managed to perfect its flagship combining the beautiful design of Galaxy S6 Edge and bringing back the expandable storage option and minus rear camera bump. However, Apple too launched the newest devices iPhone 7 and 7 Plus lately, which are pitted directly against Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. While, these smartphone makers dabble in two completely different OS and hence different experience, they are always at loggerheads with each other every year. This year is no exception and we bring to you the comparison between the two.
Design: Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge wins hands down
When Samsung came out with Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge last year, many exclaimed that this is it and Samsung has finally broken the curse of bad design. This year, Samsung has carried forward the same design but with more curved back panel and support for expandable storage. With a perfect blend of a beautiful Glass and metal chassis, where the glass seamlessly integrates into the sides of the device, Galaxy S7 Edge is quite a beauty. Apple iPhone 7, on the other hand, has kept the same dimensions and form factor from the last year's iPhone 6s. Only difference is that Antenna bands have been moved to the top and bottom edge of the handsets to give a more clean and elegant look to the phone. However, rest of the design remains the same as that of last year, which is not quite innovative. Samsung clearly wins in the looks department with a design that happens to be the most premium in the handset market right now.
Performance: iPhone 7 is smoother but Galaxy S7 Edge is not far behind
When it comes to performance and smoothness, it goes without saying that Apple iPhones are the best among all. The harmony between software and hardware in the iPhone 7 is so impeccable that the handset never faces a single moment of lag despite having a lower A10 Quad-core processor and 2 GB of RAM. On the other hand, Samsung has launched Galaxy S7 Edge with Exynos 8890 processor (Snapdragon 820 in some parts of the world), which is Octa-core and has been equipped with 4 GB of RAM. Samsung has also trimmed down the Touchwiz UI, which has significantly improved the whole performance of the device. The difference in spec is simply on paper as in real life, both smartphones perform quite at par with each other.
Samsung Galaxy S7 beast Retina HD with Super AMOLED Quad HD
This is one aspect where Samsung easily takes and walks away with the whole cake as the display on its is simply brilliant. Apple has fitted iPhone 7 with a 4.7-inch Retina HD display, which offers 1,334 x 750 pixels resolution and is nowhere near Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. Apple has retained the size and resolution from the last year but widened the color gamut, which along with the smaller size looks very crisp and bright. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, on the flip side, comes with 5.5-inch display, which is a Super AMOLED panel with a resolution of 1,440 x 2,560 pixel. This translates into a stunning pixel density of 535 ppi and makes for a brilliant viewing. To top that, dual curved edges of the display not only brings new features to the handset but also reduces the body to display ratio.
Camera: Samsung has a slight edge over Apple in this department
In this aspect, Samsung manages to snatch the victory from the mouth of Apple but just by a whisker. It is a known fact that camera on an Apple iPhone is always brilliant to the extent that many established photographers use it as their secondary camera. However, Samsung has been improving the camera year after year since the Galaxy S5 and went for a dramatic change this year. Galaxy S7 Edge comes with a smaller 12 Megapixels snapper with Dual Pixel technology, which takes in more light and produces more details in images. It also has a wide f/1.7 aperture, which further improves the light intake by the module. Apple iPhone 7 too comes with a 12 Megapixels snapper on rear panel with improved six-element lens and f/1.8 aperture. It misses out a little on the aperture and does not have dual pixel technology as well. On the front though, iPhone 7 trumps Galaxy S7 Edge with an 8 Megapixels snapper over 5 Megapixels.
Samsung again rules and lasts longer
This is the most important aspect of any handset and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge wins again in this aspect yet again. Samsung has equipped its latest smartphone with a massive 3000 mAh battery, which can see through a day's worth of usage on a full charge. Moreover, it comes with support for wireless charging as well as Quick Charging, which makes it extremely convenient to charge this handset. Apple iPhone 7, on the other hand, comes with a puny 1960 mAh battery, which is an improvement from last year but nothing on Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. Moreover, it is also missing out on the wireless as well as quick charging.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge or Apple iPhone 7: Verdict
It is now pretty evident that it is a landslide in the favor of Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge as it demolishes iPhone 7 in every aspect. From its extremely premium design to the brilliant display as well as performance, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is the handset that promises good value for money even at this price tag. However, those who are Apple and iOS loyalist are sure to go for the newest iPhone, however, please bear in mind that if you are on iPhone 6S, it does not make any sense to upgrade.
Now as we have chalked down all major features one look in a smartphone before buying one. But one of the most affecting factors hampering any buying decision is its cost. At what price, you are getting one. If we compare both devices mentioned above, then Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is a more wise choice. Apple iPhone 7 is in pre-order stage (especially in India) and its pricing starts from Rs 60000 for a 32GB model. On the cheaper side, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is available on several online selling portals. Samsung mobile price list has always been one of the talked about feature of the phone. In case of flagship smartphones, Samsung do have a very apt price tag with regular price drops. Samsung has got better display, slightly better camera and bigger battery at cheaper price.