iPhone 7 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 7: Flagship Face Off

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Now that both Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 and Apple’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are finally out, the big question pops up, ‘Which is the better of the two?’.

So we compare Galaxy Note 7 and iPhone 7 Plus and see who comes out on top when these two flagships face off. We will be considering the Design, Display, Performance, Camera and Price in this comparison. So let’s get this show on the road.

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Design:

The Apple iPhone 7 Plus has the same design as its predecessor, iPhone 6S Plus albeit minor changes. The antenna lines on the 7 Plus is now more discrete. Also, there is an additional camera on the rear. Another change is the missing headphone jack. Apple has decided to take this ‘courageous’ step and replace wired headphones with wireless Air Pods, resulting in the elimination of Headphone jack.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has a very strong resemblance to S7 Edge, although it isn’t as curvy as the S7 edge. It flaunts a glass body with a metal border and slightly thicker than Apple at 7.9mm, which the iPhone 7 Plus os 7.3mm.

iPhone 7 Plus is IP67 certified water and dust resistant while the Galaxy Note 7 has a slight edge with IP68 certified rating.

Display: 

Apple ‘s iPhone 7 Plus comes with a 5.5inch 1080×1920 resolution display, it was the same in iPhone 6S Plus. It supports 3D touch and has a Retina HD display.

On the other hand, Galaxy Note 7 comes with a slightly bigger 5.7 inch AMOLED Quad HD 2560×1440 display. It flaunts the Corning Gorilla Glass 5, which is a step ahead of Apple’s oleophobic ion-strengthened glass. Another feature of the Galaxy Note 7 which takes the cake for it, is the S-Pen. This stylus enables you draw and write on the go.

On paper, Galaxy Note 7’s display is ahead of the curve.

Performance:

One feature that had me mesmerized during the launch of iPhone 7 Plus was it processor, the A10 Fusion. Boy, does it pack a punch! This Quad Core chip seems to be a beast, Two of it cores runs the show while the other two cores help conserve the battery. We were impressed with iPhone 6S Plus’s A9 chip, Apple promised A10 to be 30% faster than the A9.

On the other hand, Samsung uses an Exynos 8890 octa-core processor on the Galaxy Note 7. Although it isn’t much of a powerhouse, it fares well.

Although the Note 7 has 4GB RAM compare to iPhone 7’s 3GB, Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus hit a homerun with its A10 core.

Camera: 

Apple has been consistent throughout the years when it comes to camera quality and has delivered yet again this year by adding dual camera.

The key feature of this year’s iPhone is the dual camera on the 7 Plus. These two 12MP sensors enable users to take a superior picture quality and allows for 2x optical zoom. The aperture has been widened to f/1.8 for amazing low light images. Also, Optical image stabilization (OIS) has finally found its into Apple through iPhone 7 Plus.

Samsung retains the same camera as seen on the Galaxy S7. It is a 12MP lens with and aperture of f/1.7 and supports OIS. And Samsung’s this camera has also proved itself. Low-light photography is awesome.

Although Samsung has proved itself time and again, its single camera does fall short and I’d bet my boots on iPhone 7 Plus’ camera in this regard.

Price: 

The iPhone 7 Plus will cost $769, $869, and $969 for 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB respectively. While Samsung has a fixed internal storage of 64GB it offers a micro SD slot for up tp 256GB of expandable space and costs just under $800.

We’ll let the numbers speak for itself in this case.

Verdict: 

The iPhone 7 Plus is a powerhouse and offers great camera and sound output. However, its display and design elements have failed to impress me. While the removing the headphone jack was a welcome change, paying extra bucks for the adapter seems to be a bad move.

Samsung fared well ahead of Apple here and was miles ahead of Apple in the display department but could fell on its face when it came to performance. Although Samsung Galaxy Note 7 finishes on the top, we will know the true potential of Apple iPhone 7 Plus once it hits the market.


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Ashish Augustine
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