While smartphone companies like Sony, HTC, BlackBerry and Motorola continue to recede further into the background, Apple and Samsung remain undisputed titans of this industry, growing stronger year after year. Both the brands have recently unveiled their latest models of smartphones – Apple introduced the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus on 7th September, while Samsung has re-launched its controversial Galaxy Note 7 that earlier saw a rocky start in August this year. Due to manufacturing defect in the battery and consequent explosions, the sale of Galaxy Note 7 was stopped and the handsets were recalled by Samsung. Though the new handsets are here and will be available for purchase from 7th October onwards, the incident however has left a bad taste in people's mouths.
But come what may, loyal fans will continue to support their brand of preference which is why the world is yet again divided into two – team Apple and team Samsung. The big contest between their latest phablets iPhone 7 Plus and Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is worth following. Let us take a look at the specifications of both the products.
The design of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 dwells much on the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. It has a dual-curve display with a complete glass back that is curved. The device comes in a glossy finish.
The iPhone 7 Plus looks pretty much like the iPhone 6S Plus, with only a few slight changes. Apple has removed the 3.5 mm headphone jack from the new phone. There is good news in terms of colors as there are two new colors introduced this time – Black and Jet Black. Again, the body is resistant to regular scratches, dust and water. Samsung’s new design, however, seems more prone to scratches, despite the usage of Gorilla Glass 5.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is IP 68 certified, whereas iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are IP 67 certified.
The display of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 consists of a 5.7 inch QHD Super Active Matrix OLED display. The Quad HD resolution is the same for 518 ppi pixel density. Samsung has included Mobile HDR, leading to more vivid, high-contrast graphics in videos.
Apple, on the other hand, has not taken much risk with its mobile display technology. The iPhone 7 has the unchanged 4.7 inches display with 326 ppi pixel density, and a 5.5 inches display with 401 ppi pixel density for iPhone 7 Plus. It uses IPS LCD panel and has undergone major improvement in terms of a wider color gamut.
The Galaxy Note 7 offers the exclusive S Pen stylus that pops out from the bottom of the phone, giving you up to 4,096 levels in pressure sensitivity. The iPhone 7 has gone ahead and developed on the 3D Touch technology front. It offers a series of vibrations and lets you access more UI elements by pressing harder on the screen.
When it comes to the sound, the Samsung device is stuck with mono sound from an individual speaker whereas the iPhone 7 phablet has a second speaker in the hearing section of the phone. This offers proper stereo sound for music, gaming and videos in landscape mode.
Apple is known to make the best smartphone cameras that are easy to use and are consistent. iPhone 7 Plus boasts of a second camera at the back of the phablet. This dual lens system offers a telephoto lens and a wide angle lens (12 megapixel each) to build an optical zoom condition. There is a wider aperture at f/1.8, allowing for better photography in low lighting.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 offers the same camera in 12 megapixel with phase detection, an f/1.7 aperture, OIS and a 1/2.6 inch sensor. The iPhone 7 Plus here is a true winner with its enhanced True Tone system that increases the number of LED flashes by twice the amount for more natural yet illuminated night shots.
The two phablets provide you with a varied set of storage options. Samsung Galaxy Note 7 offers a fixed memory allowance with 64 GB that is fortunately backed by a micro SD card slot for as much as 256 GB expansion.
Apple does not support micro SD card functionality with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. It does, however, offer three options in fixed storage models and we are happy they have been increased the storage capacity this year. There is no more a 16 GB phone option and the company has begun its units with 32 GB as the entry-level option. This version is followed by sizeable 128 GB and 256 GB in fixed storage.
Quick Comparison of Specs
iPhone 7 Plus
Display - 5.5 inches IPS with LCD Retina, Wide Color Gamut, 3D Touch,
Resolution - 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution, 401ppi
Storage Options - 32 GB, 128 GB and 256GB
CPU - A10 Fusion processor
RAM - 3 GB
Camera (Front) - 7 MP with wide angle lens
Camera (Rear) - Dual lens 12 MP, OIS, f/1.8 aperture, wide-angle and telephoto lens
Other - IP 67 waterproof, capacitive fingerprint touch ID home button
Samsung Galaxy Note 7
Display - 5.7 inches with Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Resolution - 2560 x 1440 pixel QHD, 518 ppi
Storage Options - 64 GB plus expansion through Micros SD card for extra 256 GB
CPU - Samsung Exynos Octa 8890 (64 bit), Quad-Core 2.3 GHz Exynos M1 ‘Mongoose’ + Quad-Core 1.6 GHz ARM Cortex-A53
RAM - 4 GB
Camera (Front) - 5 MP
Camera (Rear) - 12 MP with OIS, f/1.7 aperture, dual-pixel phase detection and autofocus
Other - Capacitive S-Pen stylus, IP 68 water and dust proof, iris scanner, fingerprint scanner
At present, Samsung is fighting hard to overcome the ghost of its former technical glitches and present a revamped phablet that performs smoothly and goes down well on the expectations of its fans. With iPhone 7, Apple is already sitting pretty on the throne for now, but for how long?
We think the never ending Samsung-Apple debate will continue for a while. Both companies move shoulder to shoulder, at least this time. But then again, iPhone won’t burst mid-air and risk burning down the plane you are travelling on.