Which is the best flagship phone? Is Apple’s new smartphone worth the upgrade from the iPhone 6s? We compare the heavyweight contenders.
UPDATED: There’s no doubt that Apple and Samsung are the dominant forces in the smartphone market, so with the release of the new iPhones, it’s logical to compare them against Samsung’s flagships.
There’s a lot at stake, because as it happens, the Samsung Galaxy S7 is our favourite Android smartphone.
So how do the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus compare to Samsung’s top-shelf phones? Or, if you have an iPhone 6s, are you better off skipping this upgrade?
In this feature, we’ll help you with your upgrade path with our head-to-head comparisons: Apple iPhone 7 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 and Apple iPhone 7 vs Apple iPhone 6s. Unfortunately, the Galaxy Note 7’s recall means that this Android phablet is no longer an option, although our Apple iPhone 7 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 7 comparison might be instructive for those considering the large-screen Apple phone.
|Apple and Samsung flagship phones at a glance|
|iPhone 7||iPhone 7 Plus||Galaxy S7||iPhone 6s|
|Current outright price||From $1,079 (32GB)||From $1,269 (32GB)||$1,150||From $929 (32GB)|
|Cheapest 1GB plan (per month)||$66 Virgin, $68 Optus||$73 Virgin, $75 Optus||$55 (Virgin)||$62 (Optus)|
|Display size and type||4.7in LED-backlit IPS LCD||5.5in LED-backlit IPS LCD||5.1in Super AMOLED||4.7in LED-backlit IPS LCD|
|Display pixel density||326 ppi||401 ppi||577 ppi||326 ppi|
|Processor||Quad-core A10 Fusion||Quad-core A10 Fusion||Eight-core Exynos 8890 Octa||Dual-core A9|
|Built-in storage||32, 128 or 256GB||32, 128 or 256GB||32GB||16, 32 or 128GB|
|Rear camera||12MP, f/1.8||12MP, dual
|12MP, f/1.7||12MP, f/2.2|
|Front camera||7MP, ƒ/2.2||7MP, ƒ/2.2||5MP, f/1.7||5MP, f/2.2|
|Water and dust resistance||IP67||IP67||IP68||No|
* The iPhone 7 Plus’ rear camera has wide-angle (ƒ/1.8) and telephoto (ƒ/2.8, 2x optical zoom) lenses.