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Apple’s introduction of its latest 4-inch smartphone, the iPhone SE, which happened few days ago was good news for a lot of Apple fans. Similarly, Samsung unveiled the 2016 version of its “S” series one of which is the S7 at the Mobile World Congress which took place at the Spanish capital, Barcelona.
iPhone SE vs Samsung S7

The S7 might pack a design similar to previous “S” series, but a faster CPU, improved battery, and a stunning camera could be giving Apple more goosebumps than the FBI’s battle with the tech giant. The 4-inch iPhone SE in the other hand, is supposed to have the same chip-set in terms of CPU and GPU that is currently in the iPhone 6S. Put simply, the performance is supposed to be in par, if not better than the iPhone 6S.

The first “not-so-visually-noticable” drawback of the iPhone SE as against the iPhone 6S is that the resolution has been narrowed down. The iPhone SE features a resolution of 640 x 1136 pixels (@326 ppi pixel density), down from a previous 750 x 1334 pixels (@326 ppi pixel density) on its 6s copycat. Samsung S7 in the other hand does well to go above the 750 x 1334 pixels resolution Tim Cook was so happy to show the door. The S7 prides itself with a 1440×2560 pixels resolution, a resolution we can almost conveniently say is twice of what Apple can offer in the SE.

Still on the Display, Samsung chipped in the “Allways On” display feature on the S7. This is not Samsung’s first use of the feature, but by using it on AMOLED, it gets the most straightforward implementation – only the required pixels need to be lit up. The Samsung S7 lets you have a clock, a calendar, an image of choice, or a combination of those, always displayed during standby. Basic notifications like missed calls and new texts will also show up, but nothing more. However, this feature is generous enough to loot 1 hour of the S7’s battery life. This means you should probably write off listening to that Donald Trump’s racist rants or reading those batshit rubbish comments by his supporters for an extra hour. Nonetheless, if you are a Trump supporter and think trading off an extra hour of “America shal be great again” speeches is a lot to ask for, Samsung has got you covered with an impressive battery.
Samsung S7 always on display
Image : the S7 features an always on display

Samsung S7 key specifications

Display
5.1″
1440×2560 pixels

Camera
12MP
2160p

CPU
2.3GHz
Exynos 8890 Octa

Memory
4GB RAM
32/64GB memory

Battery
3000mAh
Li-Po

Perharps one of the best received changes over the previous generation is the S7’s increased battery capacity, at 3,000mAh. Though the power pack is “for the last time I hope” not user-replaceable, but Samsung hopes that the more electric juice on board, coupled with the existing fast wired and wireless charging, will make that less of a pain in the ass.

Apple’s iPhone SE’s selling point apart from its generally impressive specs has been its battery. The SE packs a significantly better battery when compared to its predecessors. The SE proves that bigger doesn’t always have to mean better, unless of course when the bigger is referring to the battery capacity. The battery pack, just like the S7 is unremovable, battery life is 2 hours longer than the 6S copycat and boast about 1642mAh of electric juice. But unfortunately, that isn’t enough juice to beat the Samsung S7. The S7 beat the crap out of the iPhone SE with an almost double battery capacity of 3000mAh.

iPhone SE key specifications

Display
4.0″
640 x 1136 pixels

Camera
12MP
2160p

CPU
1.84GHz
Apple A9 Dual-core

Memory
2GB RAM
16/64GB memory

Battery
1642mAh
Li-Po

iPhone speakers are generally average performers, at least in my own opinion. The iPhone SE’s speakers is not too different from that of the 6s or 6s plus, it falls in between the 5c and the 6s, though different units of the same models do sometimes have different performance.


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Samsung Galaxy S7

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Premium design and build quality

The Good
*An impressive 5.1-inch QHD AMOLED display
*packs a powerful chipset with a great performance
*impressive camera output both stills and video
*very good battery life, fast charging, both wired and wireless

The Bad
– A fragile Glass that easily accumulates fingerprints
– A not so generally accepted non-removable battvery.

So, yes, the Samsung S7 edge sure looks, feels, and handles like a true flagship smartphone, but how does it sound? The Samsung S7 produces quality output with no distortions but its loud speaker volume is nothing Samsung can boast of boast of, if it decides to pay Cupertino a courtesy visit. It uses only a single driver too, so it isn’t getting a Nobel price for stereo speakers. However, the S7’s audio output through the 3.5mm jack is excellently clean and above average, slightly better than the iPhone SE. In a scale of 1 to 10, I’ll readily rank the S7’s audio at a 5.8 and Apple’s iPhone SE at a 6.8 scale point.


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iPhone SE

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Sleek and miniaturized design and excellent quality

The Good
*packs a powerful A9 chipset with a super fast speed / great performance
*impressive camera output both stills and video
*Acceptably good battery life

The Bad
– Lacks Originality, basically a miniaturized 6s clone
– Follows Apple tradition of non-removable batteries.
– A not so encouraging display size

If you had earlier owned an iPhone 5s before getting the copycat iPhone SE, one thing you will almost immediately notice is the significantly improved camera. The iPhone SE’s rear camera has the same capabilities as its costlier 6s counterpart. Not only does it pack the new 12MP sensor with 1.22µ pixels that comes with the 6s, it also tags along the same f/2.2 lens “that has become the de facto compromise
between sharpness, depth of field, and low-light capabilies throughout Apple’s iPhone lineup”.

Thanks to the A9’s improved Image Signal Processor, there is an increased resolution, improved autofocus speed, and better noise reduction. However, probably due to a greater number of pixels packed into the same amount of space, low-light photography actually dipped slightly in the SE. But this won’t be easily noticeable by apple fans who are porting from the iPhone 5s.

The
12MP shooter has dual-pixel technology –
there’s a phase-detection agent at every pixel,
while competitors only have one at about 5%
of photosites.
The Galaxy S7 also spots a feature-rich camcorder, capable of high-res 4k/30fps video, high frame rate 1080p/60fps, and slow motion at 720p/240fps, among others.

At about 152g, the Galaxy S7 is about 25% heavier than the iPhone SE which weighs in at about 113g. This however may not be significant, if the S7 user is coming from a smartphone like the galaxy S6 that weighs just 10% less than the S7. Nonetheless, you have to give it up for the iPhone SE which weighs almost just 4 oz despite packing start of the art hatdwares. For a four inch smartphone, the SE is simply the best in its class.

Samsung’s S7 is pIP68 certified for water resistance up to 1.5m deep for up to half an hour, and it’s also reportedly dust-proof.

Full specs of the iPhone SE;

Announced
2016, March
Status
Released 2016, March 31
BODY
Dimensions
123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm (4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 in)
Weight
113 g (3.99 oz)
SIM
Nano-SIM
Apple Pay Support — (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX
certified)
DISPLAY
Type
LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen,
16M colors
Size
4.0 inches
Resolution
640 x 1136 pixels
Multitouch
Yes
PLATFORM
OS
iOS 9.3
Chipset
Apple A9
CPU
Dual-core 1.84 GHz Twister
GPU
PowerVR GT7600 (six-core graphics)
MEMORY
Card slot —No
Internal — 16 to 64 GB, with 2 GB RAM
CAMERA
*Primary
12 MP, f/2.2, 29mm, phase detection
autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
Features
1/3″ sensor size, 1.22 µm pixel size, geo-
tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 8MP
image recording, touch focus, face/smile
detection, HDR (photo/panorama)
Video
2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps, 1080p@
120fps, 720p@240fps
*Secondary
1.2 MP, f/2.4, 31mm, 720p@30fps, face
detection, HDR, FaceTime over Wi-Fi or
Cellular
SOUND
Alert types
Vibration, proprietary ringtones
Loudspeaker
Yes
3.5mm jack
Yes
COMMS
WLAN
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, hotspot
Bluetooth
v4.2, A2DP, LE
GPS
Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
NFC
Yes (Apple Pay only)
Radio
No
USB
v2.0, reversible connector
FEATURES
Sensors
Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity,
compass
Messaging
iMessage, SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email,
Push Email
Browser
HTML5 (Safari)
Java
No
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– Siri natural language commands and
dictation
– iCloud cloud service
– MP3/WAV/AAX+/AIFF/Apple Lossless player
– MP4/H.264 player
– Audio/video/photo editor
– Document editor
BATTERY
Non-removable Li-Po 1642 mAh battery
Stand-by
Up to 240 h (2G) / Up to 240 h (3G)
Talk time
Up to 14 h (3G)
Music play
Up to 50 h
MISC
Colors
Space Gray, Silver, Gold, Rose Gold
Price
$399

iPhone SE

The Galaxy S7 is powered by either by the menacing in-house Exynos 8890, or the Snapdragon 820 (depending on region). Both processors pack the respective GPU, Mali-T880 MP12 in the Exynos and Adreno 530 in the Snapdragon. This is supported by a conveniently large 4GB of RAM.

Full Specs Of The Samsung Galaxy S7

Announced
2016, February
Status
Available. Released 2016, March
BODY
Dimensions
142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm (5.61 x 2.74 x 0.31 in)
Weight
152 g (5.36 oz)
Build
Corning Gorilla Glass 4 back panel

SIM
Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM,
dual stand-by)
– Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)
– IP68 certified – dust proof and water
resistant over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes

DISPLAY
Type
Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M
colors
Size
5.1 inches (~72.1% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution
1440 x 2560 pixels (~577 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch
Yes
Protection
Corning Gorilla Glass 4
– Always-on display
– TouchWiz UI
PLATFORM

OS
Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)
Chipset
Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820
Exynos 8890 Octa
CPU
Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz
Kryo
Quad-core 2.3 GHz Mongoose + quad-core 1.6
GHz Cortex-A53
GPU
Adreno 530
Mali-T880 MP12

MEMORY
Card slot
microSD, up to 200 GB (dedicated slot) –
single-SIM model
microSD, up to 200 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) – dual-
SIM model
Internal
32/64 GB
4 GB RAM

CAMERA
Primary
12 MP, f/1.7, 26mm, phase detection
autofocus, OIS, LED flash, check quality

Features
1/2.6″ sensor size, 1.4 µm pixel size, geo-
tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 9MP
image recording, touch focus, face/smile
detection, Auto HDR, panorama
Video
2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 720p@240fps,
HDR, dual-video rec., check quality
Secondary
5 MP, f/1.7, 22mm, dual video call, Auto HD

SOUND
Alert types
Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker
Yes
3.5mm jack
Yes

COMMS
WLAN
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi
Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth
v4.2, A2DP, LE, apt-X
GPS
Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
NFC
Yes
Radio
No

USB – Yes
microUSB v2.0, USB Host

FEATURES
Sensors
Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity,
compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2
Messaging
SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail,
IM
Browser
HTML5
Java
No

– Fast battery charging: 60% in 30 min ( using Quick Charge 2.0)
– Wireless charging (Qi/PMA) – market dependent
– ANT+ support
– S-Voice natural language commands and dictation
– OneDrive (up to 115 GB cloud storage)
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264 player
– MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+/FLAC player
– Photo/video editor
– Document editor

BATTERY
Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery

Talk time
Up to 22 h (3G)

Music play
Up to 62 h

Colors
Black, White, Gold, Silver

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