After comparing it with its successor and with what can be called a smaller variant of it, it’s time to see how the newly launched Samsung Galaxy Note 7 stacks up against one of its biggest competitors, the iPhone 6s Plus. However, before starting this, there’s a very important aspect we need to mention. We’re talking about two different platforms here, both phones being optimized to get the best out of Android, respectively iOS. Remember, the specs might differ a lot from some points of view, but they’re both high-end devices, ready to satisfy even the most demanding users.
Since we’re talking about two different manufacturers, it’s more than obvious that you won’t see any resemblances between these two phones. OK, maybe the fact that they’re both made on a metallic frame and have a fingerprint scanner hidden in a physical home button, but otherwise, they’re completely different.
Sporting a bigger display automatically makes the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 bulkier (but not that much). However, it’s lighter that the iPhone 6s Plus and it also has an IP68 certification, making it water and dust resistant, a feature Apple fans are craving for. Oh, and let’s not forget that Samsung’s phablet also includes the S Pen stylus!
Like mentioned above, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is the bigger phone, with a 5.7″ Super AMOLED display and a QHD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, resulting a density of 518 ppi. It’s covered in scratch-resistant glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 5), protecting it against keys, coins or other things you’re keeping in your pockets.
The iPhone 6s Plus features a smaller IPS LCD panel, measuring 5.5 inches. It has a resolution of just 1920 x 1080 pixels, but this doesn’t mean that it’s not able to deliver some spectacular images! It’s also pressure-sensitive, making use of the 3D Touch technology, and oleophobic coated. Like the Note 7, the display is protected by scratch-resistant glass.
Like mentioned above, the two handsets are very different after a look under the hood. Even though the iPhone 6s Plus might seem way less powerful, it’s processing power is enough to run iOS without any issues. As for the Galaxy Note 7, is by far one of the most powerful smartphones of the moment!
To be more specific, Samsung’s device is powered by an Exynos 8890 chipset, with eight cores clocked at 2.15 GHz, running alongside a Mali-T880 MP12 GPU and 4 GB of RAM. The storage capacity reaches 64 GB and it can be expanded with up to 128 more, using a microSD card slot.
Moving on to the iPhone 6s Plus, it’s running on the Apple A9 chip, with a dual-core configuration, running at 1,84 GHz. The GPU is a PowerVR GT7600, while the spec sheet is completed by 2 GB of RAM and a maximum of 128 GB of internal storage, without the possibility of expanding it, as the phone has a sealed back.
This is an aspect in which both devices perform beautifully. We already know that the iPhone 6s has one of the best cameras on the market, but the 6s Plus is taking photography to a whole new level, thanks to the optical image stabilization feature. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 isn’t that bad either. Actually, we can say that it’s excellent, even though we still haven’t seen any image samples, but we know that it’s using the same camera as the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, launched a few months ago.
So, an in-depth analysis reveals that the Galaxy Note 7 is using a 12 MP sensor, with f/1.7 aperture, optical image stabilization and phase detection auto focus. It’s able to shoot 4K videos at 30 fps and it comes with various software features, like RAW image capture, face detection, voice activation, self-timer, digital zoom and geo tagging.
The iPhone 6s Plus is using a camera with the same megapixel count, 12, but with an f/2.2 aperture, optical image stabilization, as mentioned above, auto focus, a back-illuminated sensor and finally, sapphire crystal lens cover. The menu contains 4K video shooting at 30 fps and several other features, like touch to focus, face detection, self-timer and geo tagging.
Both phones have a 5 MP front-facing camera.
Phablets require big batteries and both manufacturers are aware of this. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is powered by a 3500 mAh unit, with built-in wireless charging, being enough for a full day.
iPhones are well known for their battery life problems: they tend to drain way too fast. However, the 6s Plus comes with a 2750 mAh power pack, just enough for most users.
When it comes to connectivity, the Galaxy Note 7 has a slight advantage, considering that it comes with a USB Type-C port, being the first Samsung to use it, while the iPhone 6s Plus is relying on the already classic Lightning port.
Otherwise, both phones have Bluetooth 4.2, support for Samsung or Apple Pay, GPS, NFC and many more.
Or, the main difference between these two phones. Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is running Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, customized with the manufacturer’s TouchWiz interface. An upgrade to 7.0 Nougat should be happening later this fall, after Google officially launches the new dessert.
The iPhone 6s Plus is running iOS 9 and it will be among the first devices to receive the new iOS 10, announced at this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference, as soon as Apple will release the consumer edition of the operating system.
It’s pretty hard to pick the best phone, as both Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and iPhone 6s Plus have their advantages. If you ask us, in the end, it’s just a matter of personal preferences!