We recently published our in-depth review of the Galaxy S7 Edge, one of Samsung's two new models for 2016. We thought it only fitting to pit it against Apple's iPhone 6S to see which comes out on top.
S7 Edge: Our UK review model came with Samsung's Exynos 8890 chipset with four cores running at 2.6GHz and four at 1.59GHz. If you're buying the S7 Edge anywhere else the Snapdragon 820 will take care of things. The ARM Mali-T880 provides graphics, and there's 4GB of RAM onboard.
iPhone 6S: Apple's handset uses the firm's dual-core 1.85GHz A9 chip with 64-bit architecture, embedded M9 motion coprocessor, PowerVR GT7600 six-core GPU and 2GB of RAM.
Performance was mixed across the board. The Galaxy pushed ahead in the multicore gaming tests, but Apple excelled with single core.
The iPhone won the day when 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 the Ax chips and lower RAM count, they still equal (or in some cases) better the performance of its rivals. This is down to chips being designed to maximise efficiency across the iOS platform, something that Android certainly can't boast.
Winner: Draw. Performance-wise you won't notice much of a difference between the two phones in day-to-day use.
S7 Edge: 5.5in Super AMOLED with a QHD resolution of 2,560x1,440 at 534ppi.
iPhone 6s: 4.7in LED-backlit IPS LCD with 1,334x750 resolution at 326ppi. 3D Touch.
OK so the difference in screen size is considerable (and the numbers back this up). The iPhone's 4.7in display lacks the quad HD resolution, 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: S7 Edge
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