WE RECENTLY published our in-depth review of the Galaxy S7 Edge, and thanks to its gorgeous display and powerful innards, were quick to name it the Android king of 2016.
We thought it only fitting to pit it against Apple’s iPhone 6S to see which comes out on top.
Galaxy S7 Edge: Octa-core Exynos 8890 chipset (four 2.6GHz cores and four 1.59GHz cores), ARM Mali-T880 GPU, 4GB RAM
iPhone 6S: Dual-core 1.85GHz A9 chip with 64-bit architecture, embedded M9 motion coprocessor, PowerVR GT7600 six-core GPU, 2GB RAM.
The performance was mixed across the board. The Galaxy S7 Edge pushed ahead in the multicore gaming tests, but Apple excelled with single-core.
The iPhone came out on top we ran Sunspider and Kraken. In both of these tests, a lower score is better.
Sunspider: 219.9ms iPhone, 316.2 Galaxy
Kraken: 1,743.4ms iPhone, 2557.5 Galaxy
Apple has maintained that, despite the lower clock number on its Ax chips and lower RAM count, they still equal, or in some cases better, the performance of its rivals. This is down to the chips having been designed to maximise efficiency across the iOS platform, something that Android certainly can’t boast.
Galaxy S7 Edge: 5.5in Super AMOLED with a QHD resolution of 2560×1440 at 534ppi.
iPhone 6S: 4.7in LED-backlit IPS LCD with 1,334×750 resolution at 326ppi, 3D Touch.
OK, so the difference in screen size is considerable (and the numbers back this up). The What’s more, the iPhone’s 4.7in display lacks the QHD resolution of the S7 Edge, resulting in a lack of sharpness when it comes to placing the two phones side-by-side.
We noted in our S7 Edge review that the wraparound nature of the screen sometimes affected viewing angles, and that colours are so vivid they have a tendency to dazzle. The iPhone 6S fared better in this regard, offering a bright, vibrant viewing experience which isn’t affected by the sun or harsh lighting.
Those with small hands were never going to struggle to get their fingers around the iPhone’s 4.7in display. But the Galaxy S7/S7 Edge has a useful mode for one-handed operation, meaning those fearful of larger screens shouldn’t be fazed by the boost in inches.
Winner: Galaxy S7 Edge
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