iPhone 7 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 7 & S7: How Do They Compare?

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How does the Samsung Galaxy line compare to the iPhone 7? (Getty)

The iPhone 7 has just been announced, and people are already wondering how it stacks up against one of its biggest competitors, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and the Galaxy S7. The competition between these two phone giants isn’t nearly as fierce anymore, since Samsung had to recall its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone last week due to reports of exploding batteries. The recall came less than a month after the phone debuted. If you’re still interested in getting a Galaxy Note 7 once it’s back on the market. you might be wondering how it compares to the iPhone 7. How do they compare in terms of GB, processor speed, camera, and other features?

The iPhone 7 Plus and the Galaxy Note 7 weigh about the same, but the iPhone 7 Plus’s internal battery has much greater storage. However, the Galaxy Note can be expanded. The Note has slightly higher resolution, Gorilla Glass 5, and always-on technology that works with a stylus. Both phones now can brag that they are water resistant, but Samsung’s may have the edge since it can last over an hour in over one meter of water. You’ll have to pay a couple hundred dollars more for the Samsung Galaxy Note, however, and the iPhone 7 Plus boasts a dual-camera that the Samsung doesn’t have. The Samsung also features an Iris scanner while the iPhone 7 has a fingerprint sensor. The Iris scanner may or may not be an advantage, depending on if you mind having to take off your glasses to use it. In general, both can be great options, provided that Samsung is able to fix its exploding battery issue and get the phone back on the market.

Here are the details on the phones that you need to know:


iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus Specs

Size: 4.7-inch display in the iPhone 7 and a 5.5-inch display in the iPhone 7 Plus. The iPhone 7 Plus is 6.23 inches high and 3.07 inches wide. The iPhone 7 is 5.44 inches high and 2.64 inches wide.

Weight: 6.63 ounces for the iPhone 7 Plus and 4.87 ounces for the iPhone 7

Capacity: 32, 128, and 256 GB. (Black and Jet Black only come in 128 and 256.)

Resolution: 1920-by-1080 pixel resolution at 401 ppi for the iPhone 7 Plus, and 1334-by-750 pixel at 326 ppi for the iPhone 7

Chip: New generation chip called A10 Fusion. It’s a 64-bit four-core processor. Two high-performance cores that run 40 percent faster than A9 chip in iPhone 6s or 6 Plus. Also has a new graphics chip that’s 240 times faster than the original iPhone.

Camera & Video Recording: The iPhone 7 has a 12 MP camera that is vastly improved over previous models, with a wider color range, image stabilization, and new capture and editing APIs. The iPhone 7 Plus features a dual camera, both 12 MP. One is a wide-angle lens and one is a telephoto lens. The cameras will feature 4k video recording.

FaceTime Camera: 7 MP for both the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus

Battery/Talk Time:  The 7 and 7 Plus will have 14 and 15 hours of battery life for Wifi browsing and up to 21 hours of wireless talk time for the Plus and 14 hours for the 7. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will have the longest battery life of any iPhone. The iPhone 7 Plus delivers about an hour longer of battery life than the iPhone 6s Plus.

iOS: iOS 10

Colors: Black, Jet Black, Rose Gold, Gold, Silver

Other Features: Water resistant and dust resistant. A headphone jack adapter will be included, as will earpods.

Cost: iPhone 7 is just $649. The iPhone 7 Plus is $100 more than the iPhone 7. On the installment plan the iPhone 7 is $27 a month.


Galaxy Note 7 Specs

Size: 6.04 x 2.91 x .31 inches

Weight: 5.96 oz

Capacity: 4 GB RAM; 64GB internal storage, expandable with microSD

Display & Resolution: Dual curved screen of the Galaxy S7 Edge.  5.7-inch curved panel, 2560 x 1440 pixels (518 ppi). Super AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 5. Features an Always On display that works with a stylus.

Processing & Internals: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 (dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual core 1.6 GHz Kryo CPU)   

Camera & Video Recording: Rear camera: 12 megapixel Sony IMX260 F1.7 sensor, LED FLash, 4k video; Front-facing camera: 5 megapixel with 1080p video.

Battery/Talk Time: 3500mAh

Software: Expanded S Pen support, including making gifs, translations, and an Always-On display. Supports Edge software features.

Cost: Contract free, $850 

Colors: Blue Coral with rose gold aluminum finish; black onyx; gold platinum

Other Features: IP68 water resistance (can survive up to an hour in 1.5 meters of water.) MicroSD expandable storage. This is the first phone to use Gorilla Glass 5, which survives drops better than Gorilla Glass 4.

Features a new Iris Scanner that is 100 times more secure than the S7’s fingerprint sensor. Samsung claims the phone is more secure than any other on the market. But you’ll have to remove your glasses to make the scanner work, Forbes reported.


Galaxy S7 Specs

Size: 5.61 x 2.74 x .31 inches

Weight: 5.36 oz

Capacity: 4 GB RAM; max 32GB internal storage, expandable with microSD

Display & Resolution:  5.1-inch flat panel; 2560 x 1440 pixels (577 ppi); Super AMOLED Display with Gorilla Glass 4. Features an Always On display that works with a stylus.

Processing & Internals: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 (dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual core 1.6 GHz Kryo CPU)  

Camera & Video Recording: Rear camera: 12 megapixel Sony IMX260 F1.7 sensor, LED FLash, 4k video; Front-facing camera: 5 megapixel 51.7 camera with 1080p video

Battery/Talk Time: 3000mAh

Cost: Contract free, $750 

Color: Black onyx; gold platinum

Other Features: IP68 water resistance (can survive up to an hour in 1.5 meters of water.) MicroSD expandable storage. Gorilla Glass 4. Fingerprint sensor for security.

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