Both considered smartphones are flagships. Recently iPhone 6S Plus and Galaxy S7 Edge were the best devices – everyone in its model line. But iPhone 7 is already on sale and the Galaxy S8 came out a few days ago, so S7 and iPhone 6S look a little outdated, but not forgotten. Even now, not everyone can buy these smartphones. We will compare these two phones and determine which one is better.
Compare in table
iPhone 6S Plus
Galaxy S7 Edge
Retina, 5.5 inches, FullHD
SuperAMOLED, 5.5 inches, 2560х1440
MALI T880 MP12
12 Mp, f/2.2, optical stab
12 Mp, f/1.7, optical stab
24 hours of speaking
Protection against water and dust (IP68)
The table shows that both phones are different. Let’s stop on the essential differences.
Both Apple and Samsung are famous for their cool screens. In iPhone almost always uses steep Retina displays with the correct color rendition and maximum viewing angles. Samsung displays with AMOLED technology other manufacturers are trying to get to use it in their smartphones. It shows first of all on the fact that technology is really good.
Both phones use 5.5-inch matrix with different resolutions. In particular, the Galaxy S7 Edge boasts a QHD resolution with Always On technology. The screen is covered with glass Corning Gorilla Glass 4. Today the display of this smartphone is the best in the world (of course, after the Galaxy S8 screen): it is contrast, bright, you can read text in the sun, there is even a polarization filter, through which user can see the content on screen even in sunglasses with polarization.
The Always On function deserves special attention: even on the locked screen, important information is displayed: time, date, missed calls or received messages. The function uses 1-2% of the battery.
Screen iPhone 6s Retina is also very good in its own way. Brightness, natural colors and maximum viewing angles are self-evident advantages. But there are also some unusual technologies. In particular, 3D Touch is a technology that allows a smartphone to respond on the force of pressing the screen. Depending on the force of pressing, user can choose one or another option.
The FullHD resolution is ideal for a screen diagonal of 5.5 inches. QHD in Galaxy S7 Edge looks like a marketing idea, because the difference between FullHD and QHD on the display diagonal of 5.5 inches cannot be seen. It’s not clear to the logic of developers to use matrices with such a huge resolution with such a diagonal. Unless in terms of marketing. Technically, such a resolution makes phone worse: it requires more CPU and battery resources.
Performance: Apple A9 vs Exynos 8890
Let’s start with Apple and its CPU A9. This is a 64-bit chip that works together with the M9 coprocessor. Its work is noticeable immediately at the first minutes of using the flagship: there are no brakes or friezes, all applications run smoothly and quickly. Compared to its predecessors, Apple A9 added significantly, and this is well noticeable.
According to Antutu, the iPhone 6S Plus based on Apple A9 became the leader in performance by the end of 2015.
The result of 132000 points is good even for the flagship.
We should start with the fact that the flagship Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge can have either an Exynos processor or a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset. In Samsung decided to abandon the CPUs of the Qualcomm company, after which the shares fell heavily and a series of layoffs followed (but that’s another story). Most countries have received the S7 Edge flagships with the Exynos 8890 CPU, which is a little inferior in performance.
Exynos 8890 made in 14-nm process technology, has 8 cores and a new graphics MALI T880 MP12, which is 80% more productive than the previous MALI-T760.
In the synthetic test Antutu Exynos 8890 shows decent results – 127000 points.
Conclusion: as evidenced by the Antutu benchmark data the processors in the flagships are equal to each other. The Apple A9 has a slight advantage, but it is so minimal that it’s hard to notice the difference on practice.
We can talk about the technical possibilities of cameras: the number of megapixels and so on. But in fact, image quality is the most important sing and it can be seen only for example. Therefore, below we will give examples of photos on the camera iPhone 6S Plus and Galaxy S7 Edge.
Photos on iPhone 6s Plus
Photos on Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
Subjectively: the quality of photos made on the S7 EDGE camera is better. Increase the image and try to find where is the less noise and blur.
Galaxy S7 Edge is cheaper, there is more RAM, a more capacious battery that will provide high autonomy, good hardware, nice camera and an amazing body, there is protection from water and dust. The iPhone 6S is traditionally expensive, with cool iOS 10 software and high performance. Both phones are great, but we will give preference to Korean Samsung.