There is no doubt that the two big smartphone releases of 2016 will be the iPhone 7 and Galaxy S7. Apple and Samsung remain the market-leaders by a considerable distance in the mobile niche, and the Galaxy S range and iPhone series are the flagship devices of the two mega-corporations. Both companies are constantly battling to outdo one another, but which one will deliver the more impressive device in 2016?
iPhone 7 vs Galaxy S7 – Design
The design of the iPhone series is almost legendary, and this is set to continue with the iPhone 7. It is the combination of the outstanding design parameters that Apple typically arms its products with, coupled with the slickness of utilizing the iPhone that has ensured that it is at the apex of the industry. It is reasonable to assume that the iPhone 7 will retain this mantel.
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Nonetheless, the curved screen technology that Samsung has included in the Galaxy S range and the Galaxy Note series has been popular with consumers, and it will be interesting to see whether Apple decides to produce its own curved screen variant in the future. Apple has already had a patient approved for this technology, and thus it could conceivably emerged in the iPhone 7. Regardless of this, the iPhone 7 is likely to remain the most attractive and recognizable smartphone on the market.
Samsung has become associated with outstanding display technology over the last few years, particularly since it became the world’s leading seller of television sets back in 2008. So we can reasonably expect the Galaxy S7 to to lead the way in this department, particularly considering the fact that the Galaxy S6 had an edge over its Apple rival.
But it is largely anticipated that Samsung will freeze the display quality of the Galaxy S7 when it is released in what is anticipated to be March. This means that Apple will close the gap on the quad HD Samsung device, releasing a quad HD phablet and a full HD smartphone.
Both the Galaxy S7 and and iPhone 7 have been linked with some revolutionary camera technology. The latest reports on Apple suggest that the consumer electronics giant will include a dual-camera setup with the iPhone 7. Meanwhile, Samsung has been developing its BRITECELL technology recently, with the intention of ensuring improved shooting in low-light conditions. Perhaps the technology linked with the iPhone 7 is a little more impressive and revolutionary, but this will remain a significant battleground in 2016.
This is one area in which Apple has been criticized in recent years, as the iPhone tends to fail to deliver a satisfactory battery life. Despite improving power saving functionality in recent iOS releases, this remains a challenge for Apple, and thus the corporation will be under pressure to significantly increase the battery size in the iPhone 7.
But considering that the battery in the Galaxy S6 was around 50 per cent larger than its Apple rival, it seems almost a certainty that the Galaxy S7 will have an edge in this department. Some reports have suggested that Samsung could slim down the battery in its flagship smartphone in order to ensure that the device is thinner. Apple may well close the gap on the Galaxy S7 with the iPhone 7, but we should still reasonably expect the battery life of the Samsung handset to be superior.
There was a 1GB gap between the iPhone 6S and Galaxy S6 in 2015, and it is likely that both corporations will increase the memory of the device by similar quotients in 2016. Samsung will retain the edge in this department, but Apple relies on its unique combination of proprietary hardware and software in order to get results.
There is no doubt that Samsung has an edge in this department in pure spec terms. The quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2.1 GHz Cortex-A57 Included in the Galaxy S7 dwarfs the dual-core 1.84 GHz Twister included in the iPhone 6S. Apple will have a new A10 processor for the iPhone 7, while the Western marketplace is expected to receive a Galaxy S7 armed with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. The clock speed of the Galaxy S7 is highly likely to be superior once again, although this doesn’t necessarily translate into improved performance. But in pure spec terms, one must give the advantage to Samsung once again in this area.
When the iPhone 7 is released, analysts expect Apple to offer a premium model with 256GB of storage. This is anticipated to be double that of the most expensive Galaxy S7 variants, and thus we can hand the advantage to Apple here.
The perennial argument over operating systems will go on indefinitely, but it will nonetheless remain an important aspect of the 2016 releases from Apple and Samsung. Many people believe that the customization of Android ensures that the Galaxy S series is preferable, while other consumers will opt for the iPhone range due to its slickness and simplicity. This will not change with the Galaxy S7 and iPhone 7, and choosing an OS from the two will largely be dependent on personal preference.
Apple is expected to deliver an iPhone 7 that is dustproof and waterproof, while also introducing wireless charging for the first time. A USB Type-C port is also mooted, and Apple is expected to introduce the more durable sapphire glass into the iPhone mix as well. Samsung has been working on its own pressure-sensitive technology to rival the 3D Touch system of the iPhone 7, and this could debut in the Galaxy S7.
Apple remains the king of the smartphone niche, and this is extremely unlikely to change in 2016. The iPhone has become a hugely iconic device, almost transcending the consumer electronics industry. iPhone isn’t quite a replacement word for smartphone or mobile yet, but the two are intrinsically linked, and the chances of Samsung seriously challenging Apple’s market dominance is minimal.
Nonetheless, conversely the spec list associated with the Galaxy S7 is highly likely to be superior to that of the iPhone 7. Apple may close the gap with the iPhone 7 as Samsung focuses on other aspects of its smartphone, but the California-based company will continue to trail the Korean manufacturer in this smartphone generation, at least in specs.