Later this week, Apple will be launching the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in the United States, and 10+ other markets. The handsets already went up for pre-order late last week and as it is usually the case with new iPhones, the high demand saw the shipping estimate of the handsets slipping to more than a month in less than 10 minutes.
The new iPhones from Apple take on Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, which have been highly praised this year for their excellent displays, battery life, and camera. So, how does the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus stack against Samsung’s flagship offering? Let’s find out.
Since the iPhone 7 directly competes with the Galaxy S7 and the iPhone 7 Plus competes with the Galaxy S7 edge, you will find separate specs comparison of both devices below.
iPhone 7 vs. Samsung Galaxy S7
If you will look closely, the Galaxy S7 is just marginally bigger than the iPhone 7 but comes with a substantially bigger and higher resolution screen than it. The iPhone 7 does feature 3D Touch, which the Galaxy S7 lacks. The Galaxy S7 also comes with IP68 water-resistance vs. the IP67 certification of the iPhone 7. And while the battery life of both handsets might just be the same in regular usage despite the huge difference in their battery capacities, I’d consider the Galaxy S7 to be a winner in this department thanks to fast charging.
iPhone 7 Plus vs. Galaxy S7 edge
Things get a lot more interesting when you compare the iPhone 7 Plus to the Galaxy S7 edge. While both phones feature a 5.5-inch display, the one on the Galaxy S7 edge is curved from both sides. Besides the coolness factor, this also helps in making the Galaxy S7 edge more compact – It is 8mm shorter than the iPhone 7 Plus and 5mm narrow. The iPhone 7 Plus makes up for its larger dimension with its secondary telephoto lens that allows it to offer 2x optical zoom which the Galaxy S7 edge lacks.
In terms of connectivity, a single SKU of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge supports all GSM and CDMA networks in the US. This is not the case with the new iPhones which have 2 different SKUs, with only one supporting CDMA networks like Verizon and Sprint.
Which one do you think is the best flagship smartphone of 2016? Which one do you plan on buying? Drop a comment below and do let us know!