I recently decided to look at my aging iPhone 6 and after checking the website for my carrier seeing of I was eligible for an upgrade I decided to buy a new phone. After checking online I liked the fact that the Galaxy S7 was waterproof and offered a headphone jack still. I know there has been lots of controversy over the whole iPhone headphone jack which for me was not a breaking point in my decision to go Android but was a plus I like my headphone jack without an extra cable needed.
The first very attractive part of the Galaxy S7 was the screen 5.1in Super AMOLED 2560×1440 pixels (QHD), 577ppi compared to iPhone 7 which has 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch 3D Touch, 1334×750 and 1920×1080 pixel resolutions. When using the Galaxy S7 I felt that the videos were much clearer than on the iPhone do to the higher resolution.
The next thing I looked at was the processor specs for both phones. The Galaxy S7 has Qualcomm Snapdragon 820/Samsung Exynos 8890 processor (region dependent), 4GB RAM where the iPhone has a A10 Fusion processor, 3GB RAM. Apple should have learned from the Macintosh you can never have too much RAM.
The cameras are where Apple really shines. The one rear camera on the Galaxy S7 is only 12.2MP, f/1.7 aperture, 1.4um pixels, dual-pixel with 100% phase detection sensor. The iPhone 7 has Dual-lens 12MP – telephoto and wide-angle (for the Plus model), 4K video recording, optical image stabilization, /1.8 aperture, new 6-element lens, new image signal processor, quad-LED flash with flicker sensor. The front camera on the Galaxy S7 is 5MP where the iPhones is 7MP. Apple completely dominates on the camera front and back.
The storage piece is kind different Apple does not allow for external storage so I would have to buy the 256gig model of iPhone 7 which is $849.99. Since Samsung allows for external storage the 32GB model of the Galaxy S7 will work just fine for me at $679.99 saving me about $170 dollars. A 256 gig micro sd card is about $150 dollars so I am still saving about $20 dollars. Which is not a lot of money. If I go with 128 gig card it would be cheaper and I could expand over time if I wanted. The costs are about the same when you factor in the SD card.
One thing I liked more about the Galaxy S7 is the better battery at 3000mAh where the iPhone only has 1960mAh battery. I am on the go a lot so the battery was a big factor for me in making my decision to go with the Galaxy S7 over the iPhone.
The last and final determining factor was all the native app support for Google. I spend the majority of my day using Google services so the fact they run a little better and integrate better on Android being Google’s product was another part of my decision plus the integration with my new Chromebook.
I am really enjoying my new Galaxy S7 and think it’s a great phone. I am glad I went from iPhone to a Galaxy S7 it was the right move for me but may not be the right move for everyone. A phone is a large purchase please make it wisely.