The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Apple iPhone 7 are two of the top phones on the market. Both provide some of the best experiences available on mobile today, but how does one choose between two great phones? Below we go over some of the pros and cons of each device and make our recommendation based on phone specifications and the type of user each mobile device is suited for.
This section will focus mainly on the physical construction of the phone.
- iPhone 7 – 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm and 138 g
- Galaxy S7 – 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm and 152g
With these recent releases, Samsung and Apple have listened to users who desire both a practical and durable phone in addition to great style. Both the Galaxy S7 and the iPhone 7 are built to take a beating, with a Series 7000 aluminum chassis in addition to water and dust resistance. Samsung left out the water and dust resistance in the Galaxy S6 for some odd reason, but it’s back in the S7, and this is the first phone from Apple that won’t give you serious issues if you get it wet. Apple also had to remove a headphone jack to achieve this resistance, something they’re touting as a feature but feels an awful lot like an annoying omission.
The “home button” on the Apple iPhone 7 feels higher quality and features vibration feedback that the Galaxy S7 is lacking. Apple also wins in the phone speaker department, with better audio quality for media played through the iPhone 7.
The lightning port on the iPhone is proprietary and doesn’t play well with the more universal micro usb devices. This may add unnecessary costs for those making the switch from Android to Apple, as they’ll have to replace all of their chargers with new Apple devices. The lightning port also requires a Digital to Analog converter in any headphones plugged in, which adds yet another cost to the switch.