The biggest battle in the mobile world as of late has been that of Android versus Apple. Both operating systems make up the majority of the smartphone industry, with Samsung leading the Android pack. With Samsung and Apple both recently releasing new flagship devices – the Galaxy Note 7 and the iPhone 7 family respectively – customers in the market for a new phone have a lot to think about. If you are considering an upgrade, this guide will take a look at how the two new devices are stacking up against one another.
Apple have always taken the lead when it comes to style and aesthetics. As a brand, the iPhone has always maintained an ethos of solid hardware built beautifully. The iPhone 7 makes not effort to change this. An evolution – rather than a revolution – of 2015’s iPhone 6S, the new model ditches the 3.5mm headphone jack and adjusts the lines of the antenna. The colours have also received a shake-up – goodbye Space Grey, and welcome back to black, available in both glossy and matte finishes. The iPhone 7 Plus Singapore also receives a unique, enhanced 12MP dual-lens camera, providing enhanced optical zoom.
Samsung have followed a similar path in their design by keeping things, by and large, untouched. Expect a style similar to the Note 5, but with a more slim and refined look. The new model will also feature a dual edged display, similar to their other flagship device, the S6 Edge.
Samsung have really beefed up the software and hardware in the Note 7. The biggest draw will be a new chipset, dubbed Snapdragon 821. Without getting into the nitty-gritty, this new chip will make everything much faster and more efficient on the battery. All of this leads to a much more reliable, stable and versatile smartphone.
Apple have disappointed users looking for screens to match the ludicrous pixel density of some 4K-enabled phones on the market, using the same panels as last year’s models. The new A10 chip standard across the family delivers a 30 per cent increase in performance over the 6S family’s A9, putting it near the very top of the mobile performance ladder
One of the biggest surprises for Apple fans was not the addition of a second lens for the iPhone 7 Plus. Rather, it was the removal of the 3.5mm jack, instead opting to route media output through the Lightning connector. This small change not only slims the phone down; it opens the door to new possibilities for audiophiles. Noise cancelling headphones can now draw power directly from the device, doing away with clumsy internal batteries. What’s more, moving the digital-to-analogue converter (DAC) from the device to the headphones means manufacturers are no longer constrained by underpowered, space-conscious circuitry inside the phone.
Samsung are reportedly going to keep their standard, single rear camera at a very reasonable 12MP. However, rumours are also pointing to the introduction of Super OIS Plus, which could revolutionise how the Note 7 will take pictures.