On Wednesday Apple announced its latest big-screen handset, the iPhone 7 Plus, and it’s no surprise that the tech giant is already referring to it as the best iPhone it has ever created. So with its dual-camera technology and new Jet Black and Black color variants, I am going to take a look at how it compares to the latest Android phones.
iPhone 7 Plus vs. Galaxy Note 7 vs. LG V20 vs. Nexus 6P vs. OnePlus 3
In this article, I will be looking at how each handset compares on the design front and then take a brief look at their specs with a chart.
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iPhone 7 Plus design
Relatively similar in design to its predecessors, the iPhone 6s Plus and 6s, the iPhone 7 Plus has nothing much new to offer where design is concerned. Yes, there are two new colors to choose from as Black and Jet Black have been added and Space Gray has been relegated to the past. But nothing much else has changed other than the introduction of a dual-camera lens on the rear and the moving of antenna lines to a more desirable position.
Oh and one last thing: the headphone jack has gone; Apple has replaced it with a multi-functional Lightning cable. However, if you still want to use your old headphones, you can because Apple is including an adapter in the handset’s box.
Galaxy Note 7 design
The latest phone from Samsung, the Note 7, can be considered a hybrid where design is concerned. With this handset, the South Korean manufacturer took cues from its previous big hitter, the S7 Edge. What it came up with keeps the large frame of the Note series and also incorporates curves and the quality of finish seen on the older handset.
Compared to the iPhone 7 Plus, the Note 7 has similar build quality, and both offer a unibody design and smooth glass-like finishes. However, the Note 7 offers something different that is not a repeat of the past, which you do not get with the 7 Plus.
LG V20 design
The latest handset from LG has been designed to be good-looking but also tough. Apple has apparently already come out and said that its new iPhones are both susceptible to scratching, which is not great news for Apple fans, although it enables the LG V20 to score a point on the iPhone 7 Plus.
With the LG V20, LG has created a handset that is a super smartphone but also something that can withstand a drop, knock, and kick or two. To prove this, the company has produced some stats to show that its aircraft-grade aluminum body with silicon-based material for extra protection is up to the job. Apparently the handset has passed the military-level MIL-STD 810G Drop Test.
Nexus 6P design
The P in this handsets name stands for “premium,” and to be honest, Huawei has done an excellent job of creating a handset that looks good. However, it is when you hold it in your hand that the illusions shatter.
With its all metal design and heavily chamfered edges, the Nexus 6P is no iPhone 7 Plus. While its Gorilla Glass 4 protected display may prevent scratches, it is no way competition for the latest iPhone where design is concerned.
Like with most other modern smartphones, the OnePlus 3 is built using a single piece of aluminium and has an attractive anodized finish with a slightly curved back. In the hand, it feels much like the Motorola Moto X Style and offers a comfortable grip due to its slender 7.35mm figure.
The material makes this handset look almost identical to the Space Gray iPhone 6s, which to me means it seems a little dated. Comparing this handset to the iPhone 7 Plus is a non-starter; yes, it’s a great Android handset, but it just can’t compete in quality of build or how it feels in the hand.