iPhone 7 vs. Galaxy Note 7: Water-Resistance, Durability And Speed Tests

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 has been around for more than a month. Now that Apple’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have hit the store shelves, experts are comparing the new iPhones with the Galaxy Note 7. The iPhone 7 and its bigger sibling come with an IP67 waterproof rating, while the Note 7 boasts of IP68 rating. Folks at gadget warranty firm SquareTrade conducted a series of tests to see how the new iPhones stack up against the Galaxy Note 7.

Both Apple and Samsung need to make screens sturdier

In waterproofing tests, all the three smartphones lived up their respective claims. But they all experienced some audio muffling afterward. When it comes to durability, the new iPhones handily beat Samsung’s flagship phablet. SquareTrade subjected all the three devices to pressure to see if they bend. The 4.7-inch iPhone 7 started bending at 170 pounds of pressure.

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The 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus held its ground very well under 180 pounds of pressure. But Samsung’s Note 7 cracked and bricked under 180 pounds of pressure. In drop tests, all three phones shattered the very first time they were dropped on the pavement. SquareTrade chairman Steve Abernethy said both Apple and Samsung still have a lot of work to do to overcome the issue of broken screens.

SquareTrade gave the iPhone 7 a breakability score of 5. The 7 Plus got a score of 6 and the Galaxy Note 7 earned a 6.5. Here, a higher score indicates a higher risk of breaking due to accidents. It means the Note 7 is most vulnerable to breaking among the three.

iPhone 7 way ahead of Note 7 in speed tests

Separately, David Rahimi of YouTube channel PhoneBuff conducted a speed test of the iPhone 7 and Galaxy Note 7 to see which device could open and run different apps faster. The iPhone 7, powered by A10 Fusion processor, was way ahead of the Note 7. It was able to finish loading every app twice even before the Note 7 could even complete the first round. However, most users are unlikely to notice any lags in the Note 7.