Once again Samsung and Apple go head to head – this time with Samsung Galaxy S7 and the iPhone 7. So lets take a look at which one we think is best – looks wise. We’ll look at the design and display of both models and wrap everything up with a quick summary.
Samsung Galaxy S7 v iPhone 7 – Design.
So starting with the super sexy Samsung Galaxy S7 handset – which boasts a svelte 142 x 70 x 8mm chassis and a weight of just 152g. You can currently get the Galaxy S7 in a variety of colours including: Black, White, Gold, Silver, Pink and Gold. Overall, it’s easily the most attractive Samsung smartphone to date.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 features a glass front and back, and the edges of the device are framed in metal. The glass is definitely attractive, but in our opinion can be fragile. The Galaxy S7 glass is very easy to crack. There have been a number of Galaxy S7 Handsets tested since its release – and more than half of them have suffered with a cracks to the rear of the handset.
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Now over to the iPhone 7 – which, may I say is also a very good looking mobile phone indeed. And is possibly the most attractive Apple handset they’ve released. That said, the basic design is somewhat similar to that of the iPhone 6.
The magnificent iPhone 7 is available in 5 superb colours: Gold, Silver, Rose Gold, Black, and the all new Jet Black. All come in matte finish apart from the glossy new Jet Black. The iPhone 7 has a slim 7.1mm chassis with antenna banding – which is less prominent than it was on the iPhone 6S. The phone is lightweight – it only weighs 138g, and is a tad smaller than the Galaxy S7.
If you’re after a handset that stands out from the crowd we would definitely recommend one of the two black models. We personally prefer the matte black version – only because the Jet Black is a fingerprint magnet and even minor scratches stick out like a sore thumb.
Both handsets are to some degree resistant to water – which is a useful safety feature. The iPhone 7 is IP67-rated, which means it can withstand rain or a shower. The Galaxy S7 is IP68-certified which makes it slightly more water resistant. However, neither handset is completely waterproof so we would advise against taking them for swim.
Samsung Galaxy S7 v iPhone 7 – Display.
Head to head, the Samsung Galaxy S7 v iPhone 7 it’s the S7 that really stands out in the display department. You get a rich, colourful 5.1-inch display that leaves other Android phones a million miles behind. Also its’ high-resolution 1440 x 2560 pixel screen offers a 577ppi pixel density. It also has a very impressive 72.1% screen to body ratio.
A very important feature of the Galaxy S7 for us is the screen protection. The display is coated in Corning Gorilla Glass 4, which should help prevent any damage if you were to accidentally drop it.
With the Galaxy S7, Samsung provides an always on display setting. A small portion of the display shows the time, date, and notifications. It’s a minor feature that we think is fantastic as you don’t have to constantly activate the display to check on items.
The iPhone 7 comes with the Retina HD display that measures 4.7 inches from corner to corner. Even though you get a lower resolution of 1334 x 750 pixels compared to the hi-res Galaxy S7, it’s spread over a smaller screen, therefore the disparity isn’t noticeable as it is on a 5.1-inch screen.
So taking all this into consideration, in my personal opinion the Samsung Galaxy S7 is the clear winner. Due to it having a much bigger screen to body ratio, therefore you get a much bigger display for the size of the handset. Personally with find the glass design very sexy. The iPhone 7 is also a very attractive handset but brand constraints have limited its evolution.