Why the Samsung Galaxy S7 is better than the iPhone 6S

Samsung's newest flagships have been unveiled in the UAE.

Meryl D'Souza March 3, 2016

Let’s make it clear once and for all, the quest for making the best smartphone is a two horse race.

It used to be dominated by Apple up until last year with everyone else fighting for the second spot, but Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge took the fight to Apple (even if they were basically iPhones made by Samsung).

This year they’ve gone ahead and thrown in a few more features (not all of them new) to cement its dominance over Apple… at least until the iPhone 7 comes out.

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge by numbers

  • Operating System: Android 6.0 Marshmallow

  • Camera: Rear 12MP and front 5MP

  • Display: 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED screen; S7 Edge: 5.5-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED screen

  • Resolution: 2560x1440 (577ppi); S7 Edge: 2560x1440 (534ppi)

  • Battery:  3,000mAh; S7 Edge: 3,600mAh

  • Price: AED 2,499; S7 Edge: AED 2,799

  • Release date: March 12

Here are three things the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge do better that the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6Splus:


Low-light photography

Many tech experts swore by the S6 camera. Some even went on to say that it was better than the iPhone 6s camera in low light. The S7 builds on that. For the S7 Samsung have dived into dual pixel technology. That tech essentially uses pixels on the sensor differently.

Where traditional cameras use only five per cent of the total number of pixels for autofocus, the S7 uses 100 per cent of its pixels to focus. This makes every picture crisp and bright no matter what the conditions.


External storage

The South Korean tech giant probably figured out that the 32GB internal storage it provides doesn’t count for anything. Especially if the system apps and the Smasung TouchWiz take away upwards of 8GB. Throw in its 4K video recording capabilities and you’d have no choice but to keep deleting memories from your phone.

Luckily, the S7 comes with a memory card slot up to 200GB. You can even move your apps to the SD card. Apple comes with none of that. There is the cloud-based storage, but that comes with dire repercussions à la hacks and leaks.


Water and dust resistance

It’s funny what passes off for new in our world. People tend to forget that the water proofing tech was available on the Sony Xperia Z and on the last Samsung phone with a plastic body: the Samsung Galaxy S5.

In the case of the S7, it’s water and dust proof with an IP68 rating and can be submerged in 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes — that’s 30 minutes more than an iPhone. What’s more, unlike the S5 or the Xperia Z – though remarkably similar to the z5 – the S7 doesn’t need flaps for the charger and jack ports.

If you needed an added incentive to pick up your S7, Samsung Gulf Electronics has announced the launch of the Galaxy Entertainer app. The app will offer more than a thousand ‘buy 1 get 1 free’ offers for services like restaurants, premium spas, luxury hotels and more.

The combined value of the offers (which includes international locations) is estimated at over AED 390,000. That’s a neat way to get more customers in the Gulf, Samsung.