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The iPhone 7 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 edge: which is better value?

Published 16 October 2016 by

There's nothing quite like the build up to a new Apple iPhone – we saw the same familiar queues and eager fans with the launch of the iPhone 7. But does the hype really live up to the name?

To help you get an unbiased view of how the iPhone 7 compares to other smartphones, we're comparing it to its closest rival the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. We're going to take you through the main features of both handsets and compare them like for like.

So whether you're considering swapping your old handset, ordering a new one or trying out a new tech brand, we're going to take you through the basics.

Specs and features        

Main specs and features

iPhone 7

Samsung Galaxy  S7 edge

Display size

5.5 inches

5.5 inches

Display type

Retina display HD

Wide colour display

(P3)

Quad HD

Screen resolution

1920x1080

401 ppi

2560x1440

534 ppi

Processor

Apple A10 Fusion

Quad-core with M10 motion coprocessor

Octa –Core

2.3GHz Exynos

8890 or

Quad-Core

2.15GHz

Snapdragon 820

Colour options of phone carcass

Jet black

Black

Silver

Gold

Rose gold

Black onyx

Gold platinum

Silver titanium

White pearl

Water resistant capability

Yes IP67

Yes IP68

Heart rate sensor

No

Yes

Mobile payment

Yes Apple Pay

Yes Samsung Pay

3.5mm headphone jack

No

Yes

Stereo speakers

Yes

No

Front camera

7 MP

5 MP

Rear camera

X2 12MP

Dual-lens

(Wide angle  and Telephoto)

12 MP

Single lens

Battery time

Talk time – 21 hours

Talk time – 27 hours

Thickness

7.3mm

7.9mm

Weight

188g

157g

Internal storage

32/128/256 GB

32/64 GB

 

How do they weigh up?                              

Glancing over the 16 features we’ve picked out, it’s probably difficult to separate the two phones. The big noise from Apple during the launch of the iPhone 7 came from introducing several new features such as the removal of the headphone jack, the new dual camera and its waterproof capability.

Interestingly, Samsung’s Galaxy S7 edge (released a year ago) is already waterproof. In fact, on paper, the Galaxy S7 edge would endure deeper waters for slightly longer than its competitor, but they’re both likely to survive a drop in the toilet or splashes in the bathroom. Similarly, though Apple’s new phone has a dual camera, both gadgets have 12 megapixel cameras giving you enough crispness to snap great pictures.

One feature that has returned to Apple is the introduction of two new colour finishes. You can now get a jet black, or a regular black casing, while Samsung offers a colour called Black Onyx . Apple has also added stereo speakers, not available on the Samsung, and made the handset slightly bigger, which in turn also makes it heavier than its rival. For fitness lovers, Samsung has included an integrated heart rate monitor. For those who like to shop on the go, both phones enable you to make payments for goods on their mobile pay features – Apple Pay and Samsung Pay.

Perhaps most importantly, the Samsung’s battery – at least on paper – enables you to talk 6 hours longer than the iPhone.

So which to choose?

Ultimately, no matter if you decide to opt for the iPhone or Galaxy, they are both likely to please their fans and new purchasers alike. It’s very much down to preference and the type of operating system you prefer. For example, if you’re an Apple user and have a MacBook, Apple Watch or iPad - the new phone will link seamlessly with the products you already own.

On the other hand, if you're ready to try something new – such as a curved screen – then the newest Samsung could be right up your street. 

Affordability and cost

Be sure to shop around for the best deals, especially if you’re not buying the handset outright. Many of us can’t afford to do this, and will often buy our phones on 24 month contracts. As Samsung was released a year ago, there may be some better deals available. For Apple lovers, if you can wait for the iphone7, it might be better to hold on a little while until the fan frenzy dies down, to see if the deals become more competitive.

Alternatively, you could look into how Apple's iPhone Payments works.

Don't forget

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