Samsung Galaxy S7 vs iPhone 6 comparison

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The Samsung Galaxy S7 has reviewed excellently, offering up a premium experience for buyers. Even so, does the gadget manage to topple Apple's iPhone 6? Read on for our comparison between the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Apple's iPhone 6.

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Is the Samsung Galaxy S7 an iPhone killer? / © ANDROIDPIT

Samsung Galaxy S7 vs iPhone 6 comparison: design and build quality

We'll admit that the Samsung Galaxy S7 looks like a minor update to its predecessor when it comes to design, but there's plenty of differences cementing this latest release as a worthy follow-up.

This gorgeous smartphone with its sleek metallic finish and aluminum sides feels top-quality in the hand, both easy to grip and comfortable to hold. Fans of the Samsung Galaxy S6 will feel right at home playing around with the S7, but there's enough to entice new Galaxy fans too.

In our full review of the Samsung Galaxy S7 we noted that the handset actually feels rather compact compared to other Android phones, although it's easier to protect thanks to an IP68 certification. Yes, the Samsung Galaxy S7 can survive a lengthy dip underwater, one of the headline features of the new arrival.

The Samsung Galaxy S7's dimensions come in at 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm, and the camera bulge present on the Galaxy S6 has been slimmed down for this model. Now, the rear snapper juts out in a more subtle fashion, out at just 0.46 mm.

On the front of the Samsung Galaxy S7 are proximity and light sensors, both found in the top-left corner of the device. The physical home button remains right below the display.

Have a chat with Siri. / © ANDROIDPIT

The iconic iPhone 6 arrives with an anodized aluminum back that, although slippy in the hand, feels very smooth and satisfying to grip.

Apple's decision to do away with the slightly sharper-cornered design of the previous iPhone's turned out to be a good move. The iPhone 6 is a very attractive product, make no mistake, and it's a thin one too at just 6.9 mm.

Build quality is top-notch, although the antennae lines on the back of the device have split opinion. Whilst some feel the unique marks compliment the shape of the smartphone, others have labeled it plain ugly. To add to the complaints, the antennae lines don't sit flush, rising ever so slightly up off the main body of the iPhone 6.

As is the case with the Samsung Galaxy S7, the iPhone 6's rear camera protrudes somewhat. Whilst the phone may wiggle very slightly on a flat surface, this is far from a deal breaker.

All in all, it will probably come as no surprise that Apple has crafted a desirable, luxury smartphone boasting fantastic build quality.

Samsung Galaxy S7 vs iPhone 6 comparison: display

The Samsung Galaxy S7 features a 5.1-inch QHD display with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels, and from our time putting together our full review we've come to the conclusion that the display is rather special.

Colors pop beautifully on the screen of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and this is certainly one of the brightest displays in the Android world.

The smartphone copes well in varying levels of light, and we've been impressed by the Samsung Galaxy S7's contrast and saturation display standard. Of course, screen brightness can be adjusted manually by the user too, so you should have no problem using the gadget on a sunny day.

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The Samsung Galaxy S7's screen is gorgeous. / © ANDROIDPIT

The iPhone 6 sports a brilliant 4.7-inch IPS LCD screen, running at a resolution of 1,334 x 750 pixels at 326 ppi.

Folk worried about not being able to use the iPhone 6 with one hand can try out Apple's neat screen sizing trick. Double-tapping the home button on the front of the smartphone will see the device's display reduced in size and pushed to a corner, making it simple to tap away with one hand.

Color accuracy on the iPhone 6's display is brilliant, and viewing angles are very solid too, helped by the fact that the screen itself isn't too reflective.

Samsung Galaxy S7 vs iPhone 6 comparison: processor and storage

Samsung's Galaxy S7 is powered by a Snapdragon 820 or Exynos 8890 chipset, backed by 4 GB of RAM that dishes out a lightning-fast experience.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 performs effectively under the pressure of high-intensity apps and multitasking, and we found that if you're upgrading from an older device, you'll notice the speed improvements on show right away. According to Samsung, the Galaxy S7 has around a 30 percent more powerful CPU and 64 percent more powerful GPU than the Galaxy S6.

If you're picking up the Samsung Galaxy S7 for yourself, you'll be able to choose between 32 GB or 64 GB of internal storage. Annoyingly, around 7 GB of the Galaxy S7's internal storage is taken up before you install anything.

On the other side of the battlefield, Apple's iPhone 6 is rocking a 64-bit A8 chip. Although the iPhone 6 has just 1 GB of RAM to its name, it does very well under heavy load, and lag-ridden experiences with iOS are far and few between.

Apple's fingerprint tech is surprisingly quick to identify a print and unlock, and sliding through the phone's menus and running top-tier games is a delight.

There's three storage options on offer here at 16 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB. Although we're pleased to see 128 GB as one of the choices, 16 GB won't get you too far these days. A 32 GB model would serve as a better entry point, we feel.

Samsung Galaxy S7 vs iPhone 6 comparison: camera

The back of the Samsung Galaxy S7 is equipped with a 12 MP rear camera complimented by OIS and dual-pixel technology.

It's early days for the Galaxy S7's camera, but we're already comfortable saying that it's one of the best snappers on a smartphone we've ever tested. In our full review of the Samsung Galaxy S7, we gave a big thumbs up to snappy focus and shutter time, along with a top, functional quick launch feature.

On the face of the Samsung Galaxy S7 is a 5 MP front shooter, starring wide-angle selfie performance (hooray) using an f/1.7 lens.

Under the intense scrutiny of the AndroidPIT squad, the front camera of the Samsung Galaxy S7 managed comfortably. Dynamic range was solid, and performance even in low lighting was good.

Apple's iPhone 6 takes great snaps. / © ANDROIDPIT

Apple's iPhone 6 comes with an 8 MP iSight camera, paired with a fresh iSight sensor said to provide 'double the speed' of its predecessor.

As mentioned previously, the back camera juts out slightly from the body of the handset, also bringing True Tone flash and f/2.2 aperture to the party. 

Photo exposure can be adjusted manually, which will give photography fans some tools to play around with. There's custom filters built into the core camera experience too, and autofocus and autoexposure can be activated with a long press.

The iPhone 6 performs well when it comes to taking pictures and shooting video. Although the iPhone 6 doesn't include OIS, the smartphone focuses on objects worlds quicker than the Apple family members before it.

Samsung Galaxy S7 vs iPhone 6 comparison: software

TouchWiz UI and Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow keep the Samsung Galaxy S7 chugging along, although we'll be the first to admit that this TouchWiz build feels almost identical to that featured on the Galaxy S6.

Bloatware haters will be delighted to learn that there's not much pre-installed content living inside the Samsung Galaxy S7, and regular software updates keep things running smoothly.

The iPhone 6 now runs on iOS 9, the best mobile build of iOS to date by a country mile. This latest edition of Apple's software has plenty of tricks up its sleeve, including a smarter Siri, improved search results listings and a faster overall user experience.

According to Apple, iOS 9 on the iPhone 6 brings faster scrolling, smoother animations, and quicker-rendering documents and file attachments.

Placed side by side with Samsung's TouchWiz UI, iOS 9 seems more polished, neater and generally easier to navigate.

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TouchWiz UI on the Samsung Galaxy S7 feels familiar. / © ANDROIDPIT

Samsung Galaxy S7 vs iPhone 6 comparison: battery

The Samsung Galaxy S7 features a 3,000 mAh battery, which brings an improvement to the 2,550 mAh component found inside the Galaxy S6.

Overall battery life is helped along by the Galaxy S7's Always On display, which saves juice by only powering up a small number of pixels to display notification information. Even through heavy use, we find that the Samsung Galaxy S7 will last the full day, and the supplied charger can have the smartphone fully-juiced in just 90 minutes.

Samsung has told us that the improved battery tucked into the Galaxy S7 has come about through molding technology allowing for curved batteries. Clever.

Meanwhile, a 1,810 mAh battery lives inside Apple's iPhone 6, said to be 25% longer lasting than that inside the iPhone 5S.

The thinness of the iPhone 6 doesn't do the battery life any favors, and in most cases the smartphone's due a daily charge every evening.

Whilst the battery life from the iPhone 6 is respectable overall, we reckon there's plenty of folk out there who would have preferred a thicker design making room for a bigger battery.

Samsung Galaxy S7 vs iPhone 6 comparison: specs

Fancy some more details on what separates these two smartphones? Take a look below at our specs comparison between the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Apple iPhone 6.

Samsung Galaxy S7 vs. Apple iPhone 6 technical specifications

  Samsung Galaxy S7 Apple iPhone 6
Dimensions: 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm 138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm
Weight: 152 g 129 g
Battery size: 3000 mAh 1810 mAh
Screen size: 5.1 in 4.7 in
Display technology: AMOLED LCD
Screen: 2560 x 1440 pixels (577 ppi) 1334 x 750 pixels (326 ppi)
Front camera: 5 megapixels 1.2 megapixels
Rear camera: 12 megapixels 8 megapixels
Flashlight: Dual-LED LED
Android version: 7.0 - Nougat Not available
User interface: TouchWiz Not available
RAM: 4 GB 1024 MB
Internal storage: 32 GB
64 GB
16 GB
64 GB
128 GB
Removable storage: microSD Not available
Chipset: Samsung Exynos 8890
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
Apple A8
Number of cores: 8
Max. clock speed: 2.6 GHz
2.15 GHz
1.4 GHz
Connectivity: HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2 HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0

Samsung Galaxy S7 vs iPhone 6 comparison: verdict

Whilst the Samsung Galaxy S7 is a new arrival, Apple's iPhone 6 still copes well when the pair of gadgets are placed head to head.

Although the Samsung Galaxy S7 can boast a truly stunning screen and hefty battery, using iOS 9 on the iPhone 6 remains a joy in a way that TouchWiz UI can't really match. Although this is the best build of TouchWiz to date, it's still a little 'busy'.

Which smartphone takes home the trophy? Has Samsung left Apple in the dust with the release of the Galaxy S7, or does Apple's smartphone still hold its own thanks to regular iOS updates? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  • Angela Hesley Apr 11, 2016 Link to comment

    This is not good to compare iPhone with Samsung company..iPhone is iPhone only

  • puremily Mar 15, 2016 Link to comment

    This years Galaxy S7 looks great. Here I will list 5 things that Samsung Galaxy S7 does better than iPhone 6S.

    1. The Galaxy S7 is water-resistant. It has an IP681 rating, which means it can go more than a meter under water for around 30 minutes.
    2. The camera is better. Samsung has turned every pixel in the image-capture chip into a focus pixel, a technology it calls “Dual Pixel.” Galaxy S7's camera can auto-focus faster than the iPhone 6s and takes better photos in the dark.
    3. Battery life is longer and charge wirelessly and quickly. According to Cnet, the S7 averaged 16 hours in three tests, which is longer than iPhone 6S' 10.5 hours on the exact same test.
    4. You can add more storage with a microSD card on Samsung Galaxy S7, while iPhone 6S does not support microSD card.
    5. Galaxy S7 has an "always-on" screen, which lets you glance at basic information like date, time, and basic information about your notifications without having to wake the phones.

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    Deactivated Account Mar 13, 2016 Link to comment

    Steve Jobs was hero & so was Apple but now no one is in Apple to set benchmarks so just relax and enjoy your life.

  • Hugo Libonati Mar 13, 2016 Link to comment

    I have to admit that when I first saw the title of this article, I got a little skeptical over the content, but I got surprised that the writer achieved a certain level of impartiality. Still, I feel that some points must be taken and I say this as an user of both Adnroid and IOS for many years.
    First thing is, Galaxy S7 is a 2016 phone while the iPhone 6 is a 2014 flagship. I mean, even if the comparison was made between S7 and iPhone 6S it would still be an "unfair" one for the time difference. It would be a much more suitable comparison if you waited for the iPhone 7 to see how it performs over the S7 and vice versa.
    Second thing is, even though iPhone 6 is a 2014 phone, it still beats the S7 in some aspects. It doesn't have a Snapdragon 820 nor a 4GB RAM, but you'll only need this as and Android user because Android is far from being so optimized as IOS. The proof is that the latest of Apple's widget (iPhone 6s) is a dual-core 2GB RAM phone that excels in performance. I can say this cause before I got my currently Galaxy S6, I had an iPhone 5s and it was WAY more fluid and lag free than the Galaxy. It's just that Apple's software and hardware are so well worked for each other that they don't need an extremely powerful processor nor 1TB of RAM to make things smooth.
    Design is a thing that can´t be compaired in any terms. Some people will feel more pleased by iPhone, some will be by Galaxy. I like both.
    The display. I still don't get it why are people so obsessed by pixels and ppi. Is there any real difference these days? I mean, of course there will be when it comes to 2000 phones, but for me, they are all beautiful enough and sharp enough. The higher the resolution and all that 4K crap it's just a way for manufacturers to say their product is the best. Again, higher numbers doesn't always mean they're better.
    Storage, Apple never allowed (and probably never will) you to use a microSD, that's not bad at all when you have an 128GB of internal storage option, even more when you don't have to pay some sweet cash to get a really good microSD (read expensive one), Android phones were always said the best when it comes to storage because of the possibility to use a microSD, but it is already known that not any chip will work well, meaning you'll have to pay the difference between the 128GB iphone and the 32GB galaxy in a good microSD. Also, there is always the cloud services, of course you'll need a good internet connection, and if you don't that's not anyone's fault but your carriers.
    Camera. Handos down to Samsung.No more.
    And as for battery, I'll tell you a experience I had myself. When I had the iPhone 5s, I always had about 65% by 2 pm (I used to take it off the charger at 7 am), now with the Galaxy S6, most of the time I can get the same. But wait, why do I have to struggle sometimes to make a 2550 Mah phone to achieve the same battery life that a 1570 Mah one? Specially when Android lets you do all kind of things to improve battery lifetime such as freezing and uninstalling most (or every) apps. It's again that hardware and software integration point poving that numbers not always wins.

    So, all in all, both OS have their goods and bads. Sometimes sacrifices must be made for the greater good and numbers doesn't mean anything at all. I'm not saying that as an Apple or Android fanboy, but as a customer of both. IOS will suit some needs and Android others. Apple will excel in some points (hardware and software integration and functionality) and Google in others (camera and system freedom). I think it's great the android is an open system and lets you customize it the way you want and mess with things as much as you want, but how great is that when it starts to impact your phone? I have to say that before my first iPhone that was the main reason I would refuse to have one. Now I think that's the main reason for me to use one. I think it's great that Apple has a strict system not giving you much control over it, but is it really worth it if we have to pay so much on a new phone or to fix one (and this I say as a brazilian person, believe me, if you think iphone is expensive, you have no idea)?

    There are a lot of other points I'd like to discuss over the two systems, but I feel that this post is already long enough and I think that few will read it all.

    Bye all.

    • Charlie M. Mar 14, 2016 Link to comment

      You've raised some interesting points here. Thanks very much for taking the time to write this up!

    • surya kumar Mar 15, 2016 Link to comment

      Very detailed comment.Thank you.

    • Sage Fletcher Apr 2, 2016 Link to comment

      Excellent post! I agree with you on everything except the comment on storage. I think a MicroSD is indispensable as an option, not only for storage expansion, but also for security, as well as ease and control of data transfer from a dead device to a new one. Cloud technology is great, but I have yet to embrace it as a worthy, dependable alternative to standard storage, especially since it not only depends on the speed of the network (cellular or WiFi), but also it's overall availability. So storage expansion via cloud is not a viable option. This is probably why Samsung decided to bring back the expansion slot after removing it from the S5.
      Bottom line: the Samsung Galaxy S7 is a much better phone on so many levels than the iPhone 6, but as you pointed out, the S7 being a 2016 flagship, has over two years of innovation and technological advances over the competitor's 2014 device. A comparison with the upcoming iPhone 7 (or current iPhone 6s Plus) would have better suited.

  • Andreas H Mar 13, 2016 Link to comment

    Seriously, how can these two smartphones even be compared to each other? Is it not obvious that the Samsung Galaxy S7 beats iPhone 6 in every field? Is there really anything that the iPhone 6 is better at?!

  • Ali Akhtar Mar 12, 2016 Link to comment

    Once again the giant samsung takes over the iPhone with his powerful and gigantic features..

  • Stacy Lestren Mar 12, 2016 Link to comment

    I personally love the iPhone 6s+ it's the one I'm more than likely going to stick to. I don't know so much about the samsung, but I will say the specs add up.

    Either way, I will say I wouldn't even use iPhones unless I got my at absolutely no cost at Apparently some company overstocked on iPhones and is giving them away as a publicity stunt.

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