Samsung recently won its patent battle with Apple and this is not the only issue they are competing over. For years, these two tech giants have been fighting over the spot on being the best when it comes to smartphones. This is very much apparent with the handsets they come up with to win the hearts of smartphone fans.
Here, we will look at the two models from the two players: the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and the iPhone 7 Plus. These two devices were released this year to vie for the spot of which is the better option.
While the body of the iPhone 7 Plus and its appearance is the same as the iPhone 6, the Galaxy Edge took it up one notch with its new curved screen and a bigger size than its predecessor, the Galaxy S6 Edge. Moreover, the S7 has an IP68 certification as opposed to the 7 Plus’ IP67. This means that the Samsung phone can be submerged 1.5 meters deep while the iPhone model can only withstand 1 meter. Also, even if the S7 is thicker than the iPhone, it is lighter by 31 grams. It also has a smaller footprint than its competitor.
In terms of color, the iPhone 7 Plus added two more options, aside from the previous Silver, Gold and Rose Gold variety, with the Jet Black and Black choices. Conversely, the S7 Edge comes in White, Gold, Black, Silver and Pink Gold.
Other physical features of these two units include the Lightning connection for audio, charging and data for the Plus while the Edge has the conventional microUSB v2.0 instead of the newer Type-C USB.
The Galaxy S7 Edge comes with a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display with 2,560 x 1,440 resolution at 534 ppi and the iPhone 7 Plus sports a 5.5-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD with 1,920 x 1,080 at 401 ppi. While the S7 Edge wins over the 7 Plus in detail and color, the latter is better than the 6 Plus with a 25% added screen brightness. The display is covered by a Gorilla Glass 4 for the S7 and the 7 Plus has the ion-strengthened oleophobic coating.
Galaxy S7 Edge runs on Android 6.0.2 Marshmallow and its counterpart has the iOS 10. Since the Android phone was released before the launch of Android 7.0 Nougat, the TouchWiz UI gives an extra layer of functionality. The iOS 10, on the other hand, improves the functionality of the dual cameras and givers more depth of field in effects.
The model from Samsung is powered by a Samsung Exynos 8890, quad-core 1.6Ghz chipset or the quad-core 2.3 Ghz with 4GB of RAM while the device from Apple has the Apple A10 Fusion chip, quad-core 2.23Ghz with 3GB RAM.
The Galaxy S7 Edge has a 12MP rear camera, capable of 4K video and a 5MP front camera while the iPhone 7 Plus comes with a Dual 12MP rear cameras with apertures of f/1.8 and f2/8 and a 7MP front camera. The dual camera set-up of this iPhone gives it an edge over the S7 since it has 28mm lens and a 56mm telephoto lens, not to forget the flash and OIS. However, the S7 Edge does not fall behind with its lens aperture of f/1.7.
Other features of both phones include a 3,600mAh battery for the Edge and 2,900mAh for the Plus, storage capacity of 32GB or 64GB and external storage of up to 256GB for the Samsung and 32GB/128GB/256GB for the Apple, upgraded Home button for the 7 Plus and the fingerprint sensor for the S7 Edge and the Touch ID sensor for the Apple.
Both the Galaxy S7 Edge and the 7 Plus have excellent features with the former clearly winning in some aspects like the display and battery-life. However, it can’t win over the dual camera set-up of its competitor.