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Apple iPhone 7 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: Which is best for me?

We compare Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus with the mighty Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge to see what the difference is between these two massive mobiles. Here’s how the iPhone 7 Plus and Galaxy S7 Edge stack up in terms of specs, camera tech and other features.

Apple has finally launched the iPhone 7 and unsurprisingly there’s a bigger model to go with it, known as the iPhone 7 Plus. Like the iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6s Plus before it, the 7 Plus sports a beefed-up 5.5-inch display. But how does the iPhone 7 Plus compare with one of the best Android phones of 2016 and fellow 5.5-inch handset, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge?

Here’s our full iPhone 7 Plus vs Galaxy S7 Edge comparison review to show you the differences between these two mighty mobiles. And check out our huge iPhone comparison feature to see how the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus stack up against existing iPhones.

iPhone 7 Plus vs Galaxy S7 Edge: Specs at a glance

Phone iPhone 7 Plus Galaxy S7 Edge
Screen size 5.5-inch 5.1-inch
Screen resolution 1920×1080 2560×1440
Water resistant? Yes Yes
Fingerprint sensor? Yes Yes
Processor Apple A10 Fusion Snapdragon 820/Exynos
Memory TBC 4GB
Storage 32GB, 128GB, 256GB 32/64GB
microSD? No Yes
Battery TBC 3600mAh

iPhone 7 Plus vs Galaxy S7 Edge: Design

The standard grey and rose gold iPhone 7 Plus models aren’t massively different from last year’s iPhone 6s Plus, sporting an instantly recognisable and attractive Apple finish. Those aerial bands have been exterminated and the phone is now a wee bit thinner, and that’s about it. But there’s also now a ‘Black’ colour choice (as well as ‘Jet Black’ if you’re feeling particularly emo), with a new glossy exterior.

The Galaxy S7 Edge is the same size as the 7 Plus, once again rocking a 5.5-inch screen packed inside a similarly slender frame. However, while the standard iPhone 7 Plus models sport a smart metallic finish that’s reassuringly rugged, the Galaxy S7 Edge goes for a gorgeous glossy design instead, like the new Black model of iPhone.

Those glossy surfaces are a bit of a magnet for finger grease and scuff marks sadly, although they’re just as resistant to scratches as the iPhone 7 Plus’ silver surfacing. And we’re hoping that the glossy Black iPhone 7 can hide scuffs and fend off ugly scars with the best of them.

Both the Samsung and the Apple handset sport a fingerprint sensor, so you can unlock them securely and safely. On the iPhone 7 Plus this is beneath the screen, built into the home button. On the S7 Edge it’s the same. In both cases, the sensor is impressively accurate and pretty speedy too. And the iPhone 7 Plus goes a further step by adding force sensitive feedback to the home button, adding another layer of input for iOS and apps.

The Galaxy S7 Edge is fully water resistant, surviving for up to half an hour when dunked in a metre of water. Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus is also water resistant, a first for Apple, so you can once again drop the handset in a sink or bath with no harm done.

iPhone 7 Plus vs Galaxy S7 Edge: Screen and media

Both of these phones might sport the same size of screen, but that’s pretty much the only thing those mighty 5.5-inch panels have in common.

Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge boasts a sharper Quad HD 2560×1440 resolution, compared with the iPhone 7 Plus’ 1334×750 resolution. Technically that means the Galaxy pumps out crisper, more detailed images, although in truth both phones makes the most of your high-def movies and photos. You won’t see any individual pixels, even if you push your face up to the glass and squint really hard.

The iPhone typically veers towards more realistic images but now sports a new ‘wide colour gamut’, while the S7 Edge uses a typically vibrant Super AMOLED screen which really makes colours pop. There’s an option to dial down that vibrancy however, if you’re not a fan.

The Galaxy S7 Edge has a serious advantage when it comes to carrying around lots of media, with support for expandable storage. The microSD memory card slot means you can easily expand the 32/64GB of built-in storage. Sadly this card slot is missing from the iPhone 7 Plus, so you’re stuck with whatever storage option you can afford. Still, at least the crappy 16GB model has been ditched, so you get a minimum of 32GB of space.

Apple has also removed the 3.5mm headphone jack from the iPhone 7 Plus, just like the standard iPhone 7. You can listen to music with Bluetooth headphones, or special ‘phones that plug straight into the Lightning port. However, if you really can’t ditch your favourite wired pair, you can buy an adapter from Apple that plugs into the Lightning port (and one should come bundled too).

iPhone 7 Plus vs Galaxy S7 Edge: Performance and battery life

Both the Galaxy S7 Edge and the iPhone 7 Plus will blast through the latest apps and games without breaking a sweat.

The Galaxy S7 comes with either a Snapdragon 820 or Exynos processor packed inside, matching the most powerful Android phones out there. Meanwhile the iPhone 7 Plus has Apple’s own A10 Fusion quad-core chipset crammed inside, which is a step up even from the super-charged Apple A9 processor from last year’s iPhone 6s Plus.

We haven’t had a chance to test out the iPhone 7 Plus’ battery life, but you can expect around a day of use from Apple’s new mega-sized mobile – Apple reckons it’ll sport the longest battery life of any iPhone, which means an extra hour or so per charge. Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge can also keep you going for a full 24 hours until it needs recharging. That’s not amazing compared with rivals such as the Huawei P9 Plus and OnePlus 3, sadly.

iPhone 7 Plus vs Galaxy S7 Edge: Cameras

Along with the smaller Galaxy S7 and the larger Galaxy Note 7, the Galaxy S7 Edge boasts the best smartphone camera of 2016. It’s a brain-free snapper, allowing you to simply point and shoot to get brilliant, sharp results in almost any conditions. Even when the lights go down, the S7 Edge can still capture detail-packed photos with limited grain.

Check out our in-depth Galaxy S7 Edge camera review for samples and more.

The iPhone 7 Plus boasts Apple’s best smartphone camera to date. You get a smart new imaging system, which can brighten up any low-light shot, as well as a cool new dual-lens setup with a secondary telephoto lens. Check out our iPhone 7 Plus camera feature for more info.

You can grab the iPhone 7 Plus from O2 right now, from just £48 per month.

You can also grab the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge from O2 right now, from £43 per month.

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