This week Samsung introduced two models of its latest flagship: the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. While both can be said to be only modest iterations over the previous Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, they’ll more readily draw staunch comparisons to Apple’s two flagships -- the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus -- as they'll be the iPhones main rivals in the mobile space. Samsung is also the world's biggest phone maker and Apple is the world's biggest tech brand -- comparisons are always going to be made, regardless of the two companies back history.
We’ve already taken a look at the smaller flagships —the Galaxy S7 versus the iPhone 6s. Here we’re going to look at the Plus and the Edge and see how these two phablet phones compare against each other. Like their junior counterparts, given that the Galaxy S7 Edge is brand spanking new and the iPhone 6s Plus is already almost 6 months old (Apple should be releasing its iPhone 7 Plus flagship in September) it might be assumed that the Galaxy S7 edge is better in every way. But is that really the case? Let’s take a look to find out.
iPhone 6s Plus vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: Specs
Here’s the specs for the iPhone 6s Plus:
Display: 5.5-inch Retina HD display with 1920x1080 resolution at 401 ppi, 3D Touch enabled
Dimensions: 158.2mm x 77.9 mm x 7.3 mm
Weight: 192 grams
Storage: 16, 64, or 128GB
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Processors: A9 chip with 64-bit architecture and M9 motion coprocessor
Front camera: 5 MP
Rear camera: 12 MP photos. ƒ/2.2 aperture. 4k video
Colors: Silver, Space Grey, Gold, or Rose Gold
And here’s the specs for the Galaxy S7 Edge:
Display: 5.5-inch display with a 2560×1440-pixel resolution at 534 ppi
Dimensions: 150.9mm x 72.6 mm x 7.7 mm
Weight: 157 grams
Storage: 32 or 64, plus support for microSD cards up to 200GB
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Processors: Samsung Exynos 8890
Front camera: 5 MP
Rear camera: 12 MP, f/1.7 aperture, 4K video
Battery life: 3600 mAh
Colors: Dark Grey, Silver, or Gold
When it comes to spec vs spec, the Edge has some things going for it over the Plus—especially when it comes to storage. Like it’s smaller sibling the Edge starts at 32GB storage and also comes in a 64GB version too. Even better, it’s expandable by another 200GBs thanks to its new microSD card slot. That compares to the iPhone 6s Plus’s PATHETIC for 2016 16GB entry option. Why Apple,WHY give a massive phablet a teeny tiny 16GB of storage???
Still, it must be said that the iPhone 6s Plus comes in a 64GB and 128GB option as well. Samsung again also got the RAM right, doubling what the 6s Plus has with 4GB total.
As for processors, the raw specs don’t tell an easy story. Both the Plus and the Edge have the exact same processors of their smaller siblings. The iPhone gets that INSANELY powerful A9 chip, while the S7 gets Samsung’s own custom Exynos 8890 or the Snapdragon 820, depending on where you live. Of course, as Apple knows, raw specs don’t solely make a fast phone. It also depends how the software can utilize the RAM and processors. So we’re very interested in seeing real world benchmark tests between the two devices.
iPhone 6s Plus vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: Design & Build
The S7 Edge — as with the iPhone 6s Plus — kept, mostly, the same look as its predecessor. Both feature metal bodies with glass screens. On the Edge that glass screen curves around the side. That curve makes it, arguably, a more comfortable phone to hold in your hand, important given their large sizes.
The iPhone 6s Plus comes in four colours, while the Edge comes in three. The colour the Edge lacks that the Plus has is a rose gold/pink offering.
Samsung also was able to make the S7 edge IP68 dust and water proof—something the iPhone 6s Plus is not. You can submerge the S7 Edge for up to 20 minutes and it will work just fine when you take it out.
As for size and weight the iPhone is still the thinner and one coming in at 7.3mm thin versus the S7 Edge’s 7.7mm thickness. However, the Edge is MUCH lighter than the Plus, weighing just 157 grams versus the Plus’ 192 grams.
iPhone 6s Plus vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: Display and Battery
As for displays, both feature a 5.5-inch screen. And each offer something different. for the Edge, it’s the curved display. For the Plus, it’s Apple’s 3D Touch pressure sensitive touchscreen. But Samsung takes the clear lead when it comes to screen resolution. It features a 2560×1440 pixel display at 534 ppi versus the iPhone 6s’ 1334x750 pixel resolution at 401 ppi.
When we get to battery, the S7 Edge’s 3600 mAh battery is fairly larger than the iPhone’s 2750 mAh pack. However—just as with RAM and processors—how long a phone’s battery lasts has as much to do with the size of the pack as it does with how well the software works to conserve power.
iPhone 6s Plus vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: Cameras
Both phones have a 5MP front and 12MP rear camera. However, the S7 Edge features a f/1.7 aperture versus the iPhone 6s Plus’ f/2.2 aperture. This means the Edge can take much better night shots. So it wins, hands down. The Edge also wins in the camera design department too. Samsung has managed to reduce the camera bump on the rear of the phone significantly.
iPhone 6s Plus vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: Verdict
Let’s be honest, despite the differences between the Plus and the Edge—just as with this smaller siblings—most people will choose a phone based on the OS they like. So are you an Android person or an iOS person? That’s going to be the real choice here because, though these phones each have slight differences, the software dictates the user experience more than anything else. Beyond this there are other potential options just over the horizon as well, namely the LG G5, Google's 2016 Nexus handsets, the Galaxy Note 6 and of course Apple's iPhone 7.
For me, personally, neither of these handsets really "does it for me" -- but perhaps this is because they're just updates on last year's model. To be honest, I'm much more interested in the LG G5, Note 6 and Google's 2016 Nexus phones.