We compare Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7, one of the best mobile phones you can buy right now, with our other favourite premium handsets available in 2016. How does the Note 7 compare with the best iPhone, Sony’s awesome Xperia range, HTC’s flagship mobile, Google’s best Nexus hanset and other top Android blowers?
As you’ll know from our Galaxy Note 7 review, we rather like Samsung’s latest 5.7-inch phablet. Packing the very best camera tech of 2016, a beautifully designed S Pen stylus for accurate input and specs that make most other phones weep salty tears, the Note 7 is an absolute beast in every sense.
However, it also costs a rather wallet-draining £700 SIM free, and Note 7 contract prices aren’t too cheap either.
So we decided to pit the Note 7 against the best Android mobiles and iPhones out there, to see how Samsung’s phablet compares. We even made the Note do battle with the best Samsung phones out there, including the S7 and previous Notes.
Galaxy Note 7 vs Galaxy S7
The Galaxy S7 is one of the best phones of 2016 so far – or at least, it was until the Note 7 came along. Packing the same brilliant camera tech as the Note 7, these handsets can smash pretty much any rivals when it comes to shooting photos and video. They’re both nippy, they’re both gorgeous, and they make the most of your media thanks to the gorgeous Super AMOLED displays.
Of course, the S7’s main advantage over the Note 7 is its compact build, which makes it pleasingly portable and easy to grip and operate with one hand. Meanwhile, the Note 7 boasts that excellent S Pen stylus, which is perfect for creative input.
Check out our full Note 7 vs S7 comparison review.
Galaxy Note 7 vs Galaxy S7 Edge
These two massive mobiles are obvious siblings and could almost be twins. The 5.7-inch Note 7 is only a mite bigger than the 5.5-inch S7 Edge, but they both sport Samsung’s sexy edge-to-edge curved screen design. They’re also both fast, packed with cool features and equipped with the very best camera tech of 2016.
The biggest difference is the Note 7’s S Pen stylus, which makes it the better choice for creative and business users – but it comes at a price, of course.
Check out our full Note 7 vs S7 Edge comparison review.
Galaxy Note 7 vs Note 5 vs Note 4
If you already own a Note 4 or Note 5, you might be wondering whether to upgrade to the new 2016 model. Well, the Note 7 is far from a lazy upgrade, and adds a lot more to the old Note devices beyond bumping up the specs.
As well as added water resistance, which stretches to the S Pen usage, the Note 7 also packs a new iris scanner for boosted security. And then there’s a host of new stylus-based features, such as the ability to scribble notes on the screen when the phone is hibernating.
Check out our full Note 7 vs Note 5 vs Note 4 comparison review.
Galaxy Note 7 vs iPhone 6s Plus
The iPhone 6s Plus is another massive mobile and a bit of a handful, but besides the size, there’s a chasm of difference between Apple’s latest phablet and the Note 7.
Both mobiles impress when it comes to performance and can manage around a day of battery life, but their screen tech begins the divide, with the Note 7 boasting vibrant colours and the iPhone packing Apple’s 3D Touch tech.
The Note 7 is fully water resistant and sports a sexy curved display, which can be scribbled on even when it’s dripping wet. And of course that S Pen makes it the obvious choice if you want to sketch or edit documents on the go. Meanwhile the iPhone struggles to stand out with any particularly impressive features that the Note doesn’t at least replicate.
Check out our full Note 7 vs iPhone 6s Plus comparison review for our full analysis.
Galaxy Note 7 vs OnePlus 3
This might seem like an unfair fight as the OnePlus 3 is less than half the price of Samsung’s phablet, but there’s actually not such a wide gap between these phones.
The OnePlus 3 matches the Note 7 when it comes to benchmarking, to start with. Both handsets pack nippy processors and the OnePlus sports a mighty 6GB of RAM, compared with the Note 7’s 4GB. The OnePlus 3 has better battery life too, and can charge faster.
Of course, the Note 7 wins when it comes to the camera tech and is much better for creative input. But considering how much more expensive the Note is, many might be swayed by the OnePlus 3 instead.
Check out our full Note 7 vs OnePlus 3 comparison review.
Galaxy Note 7 vs Sony Xperia X
Sony’s Xperia X is a curious flagship, which gives users the features they demand and strips away the excess to provide a lean, enjoyable user experience. That also means a lower asking price, of just over £400, compared with the £700 Note 7.
Despite that cost gap, the Xperia X stands toe-to-toe with the Note 7 when it comes to camera tech, thanks to Sony’s dependable 23-megapixel sensor. Battery life is similar and the Xperia still runs Android and apps smoothly, despite benchmarking much lower than the Note 7.
The Xperia is also much easier to handle thanks to its compact design, although it isn’t water resistant and not quite as gorgeous as Samsung’s massive mobile.
Check out our full Note 7 vs Xperia X comparison review.
Galaxy Note 7 vs HTC 10
The HTC 10 is pretty much the definition of an all-round awesome smartphone. Battery life, performance, camera tech, gorgeous visuals – HTC’s 2016 flagship is brilliant in every area, while the metallic frame is rugged and pleasingly premium.
The Note 7 is bigger in size and bigger in style too, but matches the HTC 10 when it comes to the basics. However, the Note does come out on top for security features thanks to the iris scanner and Samsung’s Knox software. And if you want to doodle or edit docs on the move, the Note is the obvious choice.
Check out our full Note 7 vs HTC 10 review.
Galaxy Note 7 vs Nexus 6P
Google’s Nexus 6P, crafted by Huawei, is another enormous 5.7-inch handset just like the Note 7. However, while Samsung makes the most of those enlarged dimensions, packing in tons of great creative features and some nifty side-by-side multitasking with apps, the 6P falls sadly short. There’s no reason for it to be this big, aside from enjoying video on a good-sized screen.
Still, the Nexus 6P comes close to the Note 7 when it comes to the basics, such as performance and camera tech, while its battery life is actually better.
Check out our full Note 7 vs Nexus 6P comparison review.
Galaxy Note 7 vs Huawei P9 Plus
Last but not least is Huawei’s very cool 5.5-inch phablet, the P9 Plus. This bigger version of the P9 flagship phone boasts excellent battery life which beats the Note 7’s 24-ish hours no problem. Performance is solid too, while the funky dual-lens camera offers a solid everyday experience, capturing as much detail as the Note 7’s excellent 12-megapixel snapper.
However, the P9 Plus isn’t much cheaper than the Note 7, yet doesn’t offer nearly as many awesome features to justify that cost. There’s no iris scanner, no brilliantly accurate S Pen stylus. It isn’t water resistant and the screen isn’t as gorgeous as the Note’s beautiful Super AMOLED panel.
Head over to our Galaxy Note 7 hub for our full review, tips and tricks and other features.