We have been spoiled by smartphones and we will continue to be in the coming years. Every time we hear a new model coming out, we expect it to be better than those that come before it, especially in terms of features. These days, we have mobile devices equipped with new technologies that change the way we interact with them. Of the newest models that have hit the market in 2016, this article will focus on three: Apple iPhone 7, Samsung Galaxy S7 and HTC 10.
All three devices bear similarities to the ones that preceded them, but in the case of the HTC 10: it still looks like every other device HTC has released. While all three look good, the HTC 10 is the only one that’s not waterproof or water resistant.
One of the biggest changes – and one that caused a lot of noise – was the iPhone 7’s lack of a headphone jack. Rumors are also spreading that the next Galaxy model might follow suit.
Samsung’s displays may have the edge over Apple’s but the S7 essentially looks like S6’s clone: 5.1-inch display, quad HD and Super AMOLED. Even the materials, shape and design are the same, but it is a bit heavier and thicker.
Apple, on the other hand, improved upon their display. It may not be as intense as the displays on Samsung devices but it is sharp and bright. That said, the range of colors it can show is more evident when viewing the pictures you’ve taken.
Although HTC has a 5.2-inch quad HD display, it’s still not as sharp and bright as Samsung’s.
Processors, Graphics Cards & RAM
The iPhone 7 is equipped with a new A10 Fusion chip which is a new design with four cores: two high-performance ones and two low-power ones that don’t eat up battery life when used for everyday tasks.
Samsung also made sure their S7 was equipped with a new processor: Qualcomm will be used on US market phones while others will get the Samsung Exynos chip. The processor is also paired with 4GB of RAM and as such, has no problem with multi-tasking.
The internal design of the HTC 10 is familiar: a Snapdragon 820 processor and 4GB of RAM. Paired together, they ensure the phone is fast and responsive.
This is where Apple is better than its competitors: it offers a range of storage options. For iPhone 7, the smallest capacity is 32GB and the largest stands at 26GB.
Despite the Galaxy S7 and HTC 10 only offering 32GB as its biggest capacity, they have slots to expand storage.
iPhone cameras have dominated mobile photography, but they have serious competition from the Galaxy S7. The camera for Apple’s latest phone has a faster f/1.8 lens, wider color capture, optical image stabilization and four-color True Tone flash.
Compared to the S6, the S7 actually has a lower resolution but the larger pixels and brighter lens improves its low-light performance. The camera still comes with image stabilization and can record 4K video as well.
The camera of the HTC 10 is more or less the same: 12MP with f/1.8 lens with optical stabilization and laser autofocus. While it does take good photos, it still can’t compete with those offered by Apple and Samsung.
One of the reasons Apple got rid of the headphone jack for iPhone 7 was so they could put a bigger battery into the device. A combination of this, a new processor and other improvements aid in extending battery life.
The Galaxy S7 also has improved battery life. Samsung used a larger battery to do so: it is equipped with a 3,000mAh cell (but this pales in comparison to the S7 Edge which has a 3,600mAh cell). Together with improvements made in Marshmallow, the S7 is capable of lasting a whole day.
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