Apple iPhone 7 vs Google Pixel camera shootout

We’ve already shared over 100 sample images that were captured by the Google Pixel, but we wanted to see for ourselves if the new device is as good as its DxO Mark score claims it is.

With a score of 89, the new Pixel phones have the highest rated smartphones camera ever tested by DxO Mark, placing the Pixel and Pixel XL three points above the iPhone 7 and one point above the HTC 10, Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge.

To see if the Pixel’s camera is better than that of the iPhone 7, we snapped a handful of shots at the launch event. While the lighting wasn’t the best, the images give us some insight into how the cameras on the two phones compare.

Check out the video for an in-depth look at each shot or browse the gallery below to view the full resolution images captured by the Pixel and iPhone 7.

Since we only have a small sample of photos to go by, we’re not quite ready to declare a winner, but we’ve love to hear your thoughts on the Pixels camera in the comments.

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Apple iPhone 7 vs Google Pixel camera shootout Video Here


Apple iPhone 7 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs LG V20 4K video stabilization comparison

Apple’s iPhone 7 features an improved camera system with optical image stabilization (OIS) in addition to Apple’s excellent digital stabilization, so we were curious to see whether it managed to record smoother and more stable video than some of the best-rated camera phones on the market right now.

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The two phones that we have chosen for a pair of 1v1 stabilization comparisons are the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and the LG V20. The Galaxy S7 Edge features a 12-megapixel camera that has found a loyal following and many people appreciate the quality out of that shooter. The real highlight of Samsung’s system is a new Dual Pixel focusing system that is currently the fastest on the market and works for both still images and videos.

On the other hand, there is the LG V20 that continues on LG’s great camera traditions. It features a 16-megapixel main rear camera along with a secondary, super wide angle camera also on the back. It also features optical stabilization, but its special sauce is nifty manual controls for both image stills and video.

Apple iPhone 7 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge 4K video stabilization comparison Video Here

So with all this in mind, we were curious to test the video stabilization of all these phones in real-life conditions. Which one does best? It’s up to you to decide, we provide the factual evidence to support your case right below.

Apple iPhone 7 vs LG V20 4K video stabilization comparison Video Here

Apple iPad Pro vs iPad Air 2 Bigger Faster More Productive

It seems a long time ago now, but back before 2010 was, at least for mass consumers, the time before tablets; that year the iPad lurched unexpectedly onto the scene and completely changed the game. Apple’s then CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs boldly stated (as he so often did) that the 9.7in display was the perfect size, insinuating that there would never be a need to tweak the design or introduce different sized iPads.

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But, as we’ve often observed with Apple over the years, such statements don’t always stick, and it wasn’t too long before the 7.9in iPad Mini appeared. Perhaps you’d thought it would end with a shrunken iPad? You’d have been wrong, however. iPad (and tablet sales in general) started tanking–iPad sales have been declining 20% year over year as most people find that, unlike iPhones, there’s not a lot of point in getting a new tablet each year.

The reason for this is simple: people use phones and tablets very differently and the latter degrade nowwhere near as quickly as the former. For instance, you’re less likely to drop a tablet while walking around town and with a phone you’re constantly hammering the battery with applications, texts, push email, calls, games and music. Tablets get it far easier and, therefore, usually last much, much longer — especially if all you’re using it for is the odd bit of browsing on the sofa in between episodes of Narcos.

For a detailed breakdown of the iPad Air 2’s specs, hardware and performance be sure to check out what our sister site Expert Reviews made of Apple’s tablet.

And this might sound like a good thing — which it actually is, obviously – but for Apple it STINKS. Apple wants you buying new gear every year. This is why it releases new iPad models every year — it wants you to buy them and start building a collection of dusty iPads in your office drawer. But in order to shock and awe people Apple needed something, well, BIG. That’s when Apple rolled out the big one – the 12.9in iPad Pro. It is an iPad, the company hopes, that will bring life back into the iPad line and convert the all-important enterprise and creative people from laptops to tablets.

Apple changed things up again in 2016. At the firm’s big media event on March 21 it not only unveiled a 4in iPhone SE, but also a new iPad Pro. The new model is again simply called the iPad Pro, but is smaller than the original 12.9in model, instead being the same scale as the iPad Air 2 with a 9.7in display. On the whole the iPad Pro 9.7in shares a broadly similar design with the iPad Air 2, while spec-wise incorporating the majoriy of the larger 12.9in iPad Pro’s hardware. There are one or two important distinctions, however, and we’ll fill them into the sections below.

iPad Air 2 vs iPad Pro: Design and Specs

iPad Air 2

  • Display: 9.7-inch 2048×1536 pixel at 264 pixels per inch
  • Colors: Silver, Space Grey, Gold
  • Storage: 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB
  • Processors: 64-bit A8X and M8
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Touch ID: yes
  • Cameras: front 1.2MP 720p HD camera and a rear 8MP 1080p HD camera
  • Connectivity: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, optional 4G
  • Size: 238.8 mm × 167.6 mm × 6.1 mm
  • Weight: 437 grams

iPad Pro (12.9in)

  • Display: 12.9-inch 2732×2048 pixel at 264 pixels per inch
  • Colors: Silver, Space Grey, Gold
  • Storage: 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB
  • Processors: 64-bit A9X and M9
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Touch ID: yes
  • Cameras: front 1.2MP 720p HD camera and a rear 8MP 1080p HD camera
  • Connectivity: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, optional 4G
  • Size: 305 mm × 220 mm × 7 mm
  • Weight: 710 grams

iPad Pro (9.7in)

  • Display: 9.7-inch 1536×2048 pixel at 264 pixels per inch
  • Colors: Silver, Space Grey, Gold, Rose Gold
  • Storage: 32, 128GB, and 256GB
  • Processors: 64-bit A9X and M9
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Touch ID: yes
  • Cameras: front 5MP 720p HD camera and a rear 12MP 4K HD camera
  • Connectivity: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, optional 4G
  • Size: 240 x 169.5 x 6.1 mm
  • Weight: 437 grams

We’ll get to the big difference (the display) in just a bit. But first let’s take a look at the some of the major internal differences between these tablets. The biggest differences are in the RAM and CPU department. Apple has packed 4GB of RAM into the iPad Pro models–the most RAM Apple has ever used and TWICE as much as the 2GB of RAM found in the iPad Air 2. That extra RAM combined with the A9X processor found in the Pro models means these things will wipe the floor for the Air when it comes to processing power. Apple says the A9X chip has 1.8 times the CPU performance and 2 times the GPU performance of the A8X chip found in the Air.

But besides the RAM and CPU, many of the internal specs of the tablets are the same. The iPad Air 2 and iPad Pro 12.9 have the exact same cameras. Each features a paltry 1.2MP 720p HD camera front FaceTime camera and a slightly more powerful 8MP 1080p HD rear iSight camera. Each iPad also includes the same Wi-Fi connectivity as well as Touch ID and Bluetooth (though the iPad Pro has slightly newer Bluetooth 4.2, but you won’t notice a difference).

However, the new iPad Pro 9.7in has quite an impressive camera setup, borrowing the same refined module from the iPhone SE. This includes a 12MP sensor for the primary with a wide f/2.2 aperture and 1/3″ senor size, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED two-tone flash, simultaneous 8MP still and 4K video capture. The secondary camera is also uprated with a 5MP sensor.

“Let’s go over the basics first: Geekbench reports that the A9X is a dual-core chip running at about 2.25GHz. The A8X used three CPU cores to boost performance, but the A9’s “Twister” CPU architecture and the big boosts in clock speed that Apple is squeezing out of it (up from 1.84GHz in the iPad Air 2) both apparently made that third core unnecessary,” notes Ars Technica.

The report added: “The A9X can’t quite get up to the level of a modern U-series Core i5 based on Broadwell or Skylake (see the 2015 MacBook Air and Surface Pro 4 results), but it’s roughly on the same level as a Core i5 from 2013 or so and it’s well ahead of Core M. And despite the fact that it lacks a fan, the A9X shows little sign of throttling in the Geekbench thermal test, which bodes well for the iPad Pro’s ability to run professional-caliber apps for extended periods of time.”

As far as storage goes, the iPad Pro 12.9 in came in two models to begin with: 32GB or 128GB, but with the introduction of the iPad Pro 9.7in this has been expanded. The 9.7in model adds a 256GB upper-tier model to the mix, and Apple has added this storage option to the 12.9in variant too. Meanwhile, the iPad Air 2 comes in three models: 16GB, 64GB, or 128 GB. It’s also worth noting both iPad Pro types have four internal speakers, so the sound quality of audio should be much improved over the Air.

On the design front, all the iPads feature the same aluminum body and both come in Space Grey, Gold, or Silver – the iPad Pro 9.7in also comes in Rose Gold. The iPad Air 2 is still the thinner than the 12.9in iPad Pro at 6.1mm thick, but the iPad Pro 9.7in has closed this gap and is the same proportions as the iPad Air 2.

iPad Air 2 vs iPad Pro: Display

Of course the most noticeable difference between the iPad Pro 12.9in and the other two iPads is the size of their displays. The iPad Air 2 and iPad Pro 9.7in both feature a 9.7-inch display of 2732×2048 pixel at 264 pixels per inch. The iPad Pro features a 12.9-inch 2732×2048 pixel display at 264 pixels per inch. You’ll note that their PPIs are the same, meaning the displays look identical to the naked eye–the bigger iPad Pro’s is just larger.

The logic behind the iPad Pro 12.9in larger display is simple: by giving you more screen room you can be more productive and do more work. This is helped in part by iOS 9’s split screen mode, whereby you can run two applications side by side, say Safari and Pages, for instance.

Apple wants you to use the iPad Air 2 as a consumption device and the iPad Pro as a work tool. In order to do this Apple has developed a keyboard and stylus for the iPad Pro, borrowing heavily from Microsoft and Samsung in the process.

Apple’s Grand Plan is to make people question WHY they need a PC. The iPad Pro 12.9in is designed to replace MacBooks, but, oddly, Apple is still selling MacBooks. And the reason? Again, simple: Apple wants people to question what they want from a computer too and REALLY push the boundaries with its PC line as well and basically confuse the hell out of everybody as to which product they actually need to do the stuff they’ve been doing for years on things like tablets and PCs anyway.

The iPad Pro 9.7in has a few key differences from the others, though. While the iPad Pro 12.9in features Apple’s pressure-sensitive 3D Touch, this is absent on the 9.7in iPad Pro (and the iPad Air 2, in fact), however, the iPad Pro 9.7in instead features a much more advanced display using an oxde TFT “True Tone” panel; Apple says it is considerably brighter and less reflective than previous iPads and in fact any other tablet on the market, while the “True Tone” label refers to the display ability to use on-board sensors to measure the ambient light colour in the room and adjust the display colour gamut accordingly.

iPad Air 2 vs iPad Pro: Key Features

But of course the iPad Pro isn’t just called the Pro because it has faster specs and a bigger display. It also has a few advanced features that the iPad Air two doesn’t have. These features, however, come in the form of optional accessories. The iPad Pro works with the new Apple Pencil, an advanced stylus that allows artists to work on the iPad as never before. The reason the Pencil only works with the iPad Pro is because of a new Multi‑Touch subsystem built directly into the iPad Pro’s display.

The less cool unique feature is the optional iPad Pro Smart Keyboard accessory. This is essentially an Apple-made keyboard cover for the iPad. I say this feature is less cool because there are plenty of third-party keyboard covers.

The iPad Pro 9.7in also features Apple Pen support and its own smaller Smart Keyboard accessory.

iPad Air 2 vs iPad Pro: Price

Here’s the rundown of the various costs for the different models of each iPad:

iPad Pro: Wi-Fi 32 GB $799, Wi-Fi 128 GB $949, Wi-Fi + Cellular 128 GB $1079.

iPad Air 2: Wi-Fi 16 GB $499, 64 GB $599, 128 GB $699; Wi-Fi + Cellular 16 GB $629, 64 GB $729, 128 GB $829.

As you can see, the iPad Pro is significantly more expensive than the iPad Air for the comparable storage size.

iPhone 7 vs Samsung Galaxy S7: The BIG Flagship Fight

Apple’s iPhone 7 has now been officially unveiled; after what seemed like an eternity of leaks, rumours, and speculation, the new model is here at last. So what’s it like? Well as per usual, the rumours were pretty much spot on, and indeed it does seem like the major changes are being saved for 2017’s 10th anniversary iPhone! However, there is still just about enough that Apple has tweaked aboard the iPhone 7 that may be of interest to fans – a significantly more sophisticated camera, enhanced audio features, and, for the first time ever; waterproofing!

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Of course, Apple’s biggest rival is Samsung, and it’s true that the Galaxy S7 has remained the best flagship for pretty much the whole of 2016. Does the iPhone 7 best Samsung’s hero phone? Or can the Galaxy S7 maintain its lead? Let’s have a look at how the two stack up.

Samsung Galaxy S7 vs iPhone 7: Major Specs

Samsung Galaxy S7

  • Display: 5.1in Super AMOLED 2560×1440 pixels (QHD), 577ppi (Galaxy S7 edge: 5.5in, 534ppi)
  • Storage: 32GB/64GB onboard , microSD slot
  • CPU and RAM: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820/Samsung Exynos 8890 processor (region dependent), 4GB RAM
  • Front Camera: 5MP
  • Rear Camera: 12.2MP, f/1.7 aperture, 1.4um pixels, dual-pixel 100% phase detection sensor
  • IP68 water and dust proofing (1.5m submersion up to 30 minutes)
  • Battery: 3,000mAh (Galaxy S7 edge: 3,600mAh) NON-removable

iPhone 7

  • Display: 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch 3D Touch, 1334×750 and 1920×1080 pixel resolutions, wide colour gamut
  • Storage: 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB
  • CPU and RAM: A10 Fusion processor, 3GB RAM
  • Front Camera: 7MP with wide angle lens
  • Rear Camera: 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
  • NO headphone jack, Lightning port, Stereo speakers
  • IP67 water and dust proofing
  • Capacitive Home key with Haptic engine

Samsung muddied the waters somewhat at launch by taking a leaf out of Apple’s playbook and not disclosing much information about the processor hardware. We already knew from earlier rumours that both the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and Samsung Exynos 8890 SoC’s would be inside various iterations of each Galaxy S7 model, and we knew 4GB of RAM was rumoured too. However, all Samsung said on launch day is that the Galaxy S7 has a 30% CPU performance uplift over the previous generation, and a 64% speed enhancement to the GPU, along with the introduction of a liquid-cooled heatpipe and heatsink setup to help in high-performance situations.

With the passage of time, of course, we now have a clearer picture. For the European, UK, and North American markets we know we’re looking at Samsung’s Exynos chipset; although it’s pretty much a moot point as the two SoCs are more or less comparable.

Apple’s iPhone 7 uses the new A10 Fusion chipset with a boosted 3GB of RAM – the most inside any iPhone to date. The firm is promising one fifth of the battery consumption for around a 40% increase in power over the previous generation A9 chip.

On the storage side of things, Samsung hasn’t exactly pushed the boat out with only 32GB and 64GB options, though each does support microSD card expansion. Apple’s re-jigged its storage variety with a 32GB base model, skipping 64GB entirely and going straight to 128GB and 256GB higher tiers. As usual though, there’s no microSD support at all.

As far as the battery is concerned, Samsung’s gone for a sizeable 3000mAh in the Galaxy S7 and 3600mAh in the Galaxy S7 EDGE – both should provide plenty of juice on a single charge, and we found in our review testing that you will indeed get a lot of mileage out of the Galaxy S7 series. Apple hasn’t revealed much about its battery tech, other than to state that you will get an hour or two more out of your daily charge than the iPhone 6s series.

Samsung Galaxy S7 vs  iPhone 7: Design & Display

The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 EDGE design hasn’t changed a great deal from the Galaxy S6 series, but then, why should it? The existing design language is bloody marvelous with a pleasing shape fashioned from metal and glass. Samsung did reintroduce water and dust proofing for the Galaxy S7 series, however, making it even better than its predecessor. On the display side of things, Samsung remains the undisputed king of smartphone screens with its universally acclaimed Super AMOLED tech. The current crop of devices offer a fantastic range of features, including an excellent colour gamut, superb contrast and brightness, and some of the sharpest visuals you’ll find on a mobile to date.

The iPhone 7 design isn’t massively different from the iPhone 6s either; the antenna bands have been moved to a more discrete location, and the physical Home key has been swapped for a capacitive Haptic touch one. However, the BIG change here is that this is the first iPhone generation with water an dust proofing – at last an iPhone where a dunk in the bath isn’t a death sentence. Apple’s iPhone 7 series re-uses the same size and resolution IPS LCD Retina displays we’ve seen before, which are decent quality. But it has also upgraded the brightness levels by 25% and dropped in a super wide colour gamut for more pop.

Samsung Galaxy S7 vs  iPhone 7: Camera

Samsung’s camera tech is pretty impressive and capable, while also being extremely easy to use and get good results for even the most inexperienced and non-camera-savvy users. It features a 12MP sensor with an f/1.7 aperture size, an optical image stabilisation (OIS) module, dual-LED two-tone flash, and Samsung’s amazing dual-pixel phase detection autofocus.

It remains to be seen how well Apple’s camera tech performs, but this is where the most advanced changes on the iPhone 7 series have taken place. The standard iPhone 7 model features a 12MP sensor with an f/1.8 aperture, OIS, an updated 6-element lens, a quad-LED TrueTone LED flash with flicker sensor (for capture in artificial lighting), and a new image signal processor. For the larger iPhone 7 Plus model things get even more involved as it has two 12MP sensors in a dual-sensor setup; one sensor has a telephoto lens and the other a wide-angle lens; combining all the image data for a much more detailed image as standard, but also allowing for a x2 optical zoom and 10x software zoom, and Bokeh depth-of-field effects.

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Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge last night – Sunday 21 February – and lo and behold much of what we’d been seeing from the rumour mill for months and months turned out to be correct. Meanwhile, the iPhone 7 is a long way off being launched, but what happened with the Galaxy S7 proves that the rumour mill is so far reaching, thorough and accurate these days, that when we consistently hear a particular buzz from particular sources often enough, then these are things to be paid attention to, and are likely on the money.

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The iPhone 7 will almost certainly launch in its usual bracket of September, but we’ve been hearing rumours now for a good long while, with many of them coming from repeatedly reliable sources such as KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Samsung Galaxy S7 vs iPhone 7: Major Specs

Samsung Galaxy S7

Display: 5.1in Super AMOLED 2560×1440 pixels (QHD), 577ppi (Galaxy S7 edge: 5.5in, 534ppi)
Storage: 32GB onboard (larger capacity models MAY be available), microSD slot
CPU and RAM: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820/Samsung Exynos 8890 processor (region dependent), 4GB RAM
Front Camera: 5MP
Rear Camera: 12.2MP, f/1.7 aperture, 1.4um pixels, dual-pixel 100% phase detection sensor
IP68 water and dust proofing (1.5m submersion up to 30 minutes)
Battery: 3,000mAh (Galaxy S7 edge: 3,600mAh) NON-removable

iPhone 7

Display: 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch Force Touch, but likely with a QHD display of 2560 x 1440 resolution
Storage: 32GB/64GB/128GB/256GB
CPU and RAM: A10 processor, 3GB RAM
Front Camera: 5MP with wide angle lens
Rear Camera: 12MP, 4K video recording, optical image stabilization
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Samsung’s muddied the waters somewhat by taking a leaf out of Apple’s playbook and not disclosing much information about the processor hardware at launch. We already know from earlier rumours that both the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and Samsung Exynos 8890 SoC’s are inside various iterations of each Galaxy S7 model, and we know 4GB of RAM was rumoured too. However, all Samsung has said is that the Galaxy S7 has a 30% CPU performance uplift over the previous generation, and a 64% speed enhancement to the GPU, along with the introduction of a liquid-cooled heatpipe and heatsink setup to help in high-performance situations.

The iPhone 7 will run Apple’s next-generation A10 mobile chipset and, if previous versions are anything to go by, it should be an alarmingly powerful chipset. Apple’s A8 and A9 chipsets dominated the mobile space in 2014/15 showcasing just what was possible with processing power when you have complete control over specs, hardware and software. And this is no doubt the reason Samsung invested so heavily in its Exynos solution — it wants more control over its devices’ performance and capabilities.

However, this year’s iPhone will likely be the most spec-heavy release Apple has ever pushed to market, providing it features a QHD panel. How much RAM Apple uses is also a deciding factor in the spec battle between the two handsets as well, but mostly this is just academic — the A10 and new Exynos will be super fast, regardless for whether they’re paired with 2GB or 4GB. Apple has consistently shown it can get plenty of performance out of very little memory, so the addition of more inside the iPhone 7, alongside the A10 chip makes for a pretty monstrous phone.

One thing that can be expected for sure is that the iPhone 7 will likely come in 32, 64, and 128GB models. Thankfully Apple should drop the 16GB iPhone version this time around. However there are rumors the iPhone 7 could also come in a 256GB model…something that seems far too good to be true at present. Nevertheless, should Apple get rid of the 16GB version — something it really needs to do, as 16GB is just pathetic these days — then it stands to reason it will have to replace it with something at the top-end to bump everything down a peg and make 32GB the standard model, before 64GB and then 128GB and finally 256GB.

Again, Samsung has sort of glossed over storage capabilities, aside from the microSD slot, and even then it hasn’t disclosed how big the cards can be. We believe, based on earlier benchmarks and leaks, that the Galaxy S7 series starts at 32GB onboard, and may have 64GB and 128GB models too, but Samsung is yet to confirm this.

What we do know is each Samsung model packs a hefty battery pack, either a 3000mAh cell inside the Galaxy S7 or a 3600mAh setup in the Galaxy S7 edge – both should provide plenty of juice on a single charge. There’s little info about Apple’s battery hardware at this stage.

Samsung Galaxy S7 vs iPhone 7: Design
At this stage information on the iPhone 7’s possible design is fairly limited. Given Apple’s usual MO we’re fairly confident it will be a significant overhaul, as the firm tends to keep things incremental on the ‘S’ models (like 2015’s iPhone 6s) and then puts in big changes on the lone number models, with the iPhone 7 of course being one of the latter. On top of this we’ve heard rumours Apple plans on making the handset incredibly thin, thin enough to warrant the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack and the adoption of built-in stereo speakers and a proprietary set of headphones (Bluetooth and/or Lightning connector compatible, allegedly), if the rumours are true.

There’s also strong hints that Apple is working on doing away with the physical home button and embedding a virtual home button and Touch ID in the screen itself, but that might not come until the iPhone 8. The iPhone 7 will almost certainly retain the same size display as this year’s models with 4.7in and 5.5in models to choose from – although there is talk of a 4in iPhone 6c dropping in April.

Other whispers say we’ll see a “streamlined” design with fewer obvious antennae bands, a thinner bezel around the display, and the absence of any camera bump whatsoever – the sensor will reportedly fit flush. There are also some murmurings about waterproofing.

Generally though we’re expecting an extremely sleek and distinguished new iPhone that’s super-thin and entirely made out of metal.

Although different from their predecessors in some ways, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge are, on the whole, quite similar to the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge in terms of design. The overall shape, build quality, and materials (metal and glass) are all pretty much a repeat of last year – not that this is a bad thing of course, as last year’s Galaxy S6 series was gorgeous. The most notable improvements include the addition of IP68 waterproofing and a microSD card slot. It’s also worth noting that while the Galaxy S7 is pretty much the same size as the Galaxy S6, the Galaxy S7 edge is not only distinguished by its unique curved edge display, but also by being much larger than both the Galaxy S7 and the last-gen flagships, with a 5.5in display.

Samsung Galaxy S7 vs iPhone 7: Display
The big news for iPhone fans is the iPhone 7 will probably get a higher resolution display, specifically a QHD one with a resolution of 2560 x 1440—as many Android handsets already have. This will match the resolution of the Galaxy S7. As far as sizes, the iPhone 7 should come in the standard 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch (Plus) models.

Both Samsung’s Galaxy S7 handsets to indeed have QHD display resolutions for their Super AMOLED panels. For the 5.1in Galaxy S7 this results in a pixel density of 577ppi, and for the larger 5.5in Galaxy S7 edge an ever-so-slightly lower, but nonetheless sharp, 534ppi. Both also feature Samsung’s new Always On Display (AOD) capabilities, which is where the OLED display selectively powers on a few specific pixels to show certain information while in a sleep state. This is a low power solution and allows it to show the time, date, and a few notifications.

The Galaxy S7 edge naturally has the curved display edges we’ve seen on a few Samsung phones now. With Android Marshmallow and the new TouchWiz build Samsung has literally expanded how much of the edge of the screen utilises the edge functions for things like shortcuts and widgets. It has also allowed you to store more applications in the hotbar.

Samsung Galaxy S7 vs iPhone 7: Camera
The iPhone 6s received a major camera upgrade over the iPhone 6—getting a 12MP rear camera and 5MP front one. Don’t expect any megapixel boosts in the iPhone 7 since Apple usually holds the MP-rating for a few years. However, year-on-year Apple has consistently tweaked other parts of the camera setup to incrementally improve imaging performance, and that’s not something we expect it to stop.

There aren’t many rumours at this stage about the iPhone 7’s camera hardware, but we can perhaps expect things which seem to be trending in the industry such as wider apertures, larger pixel sizes, and more complex sensors with higher-quality lenses. One rumoured feature though is the introduction of optical image stabilisation (OIS). If the rumours of a flush-fitting camera sensor are true, what we may see is Apple simply keeping its camera hardware similar to the current-gen, but making it thinner to fit in with the new design.

Samsung has made some big changes to the Galaxy S7 camera. For one thing, the megapixel rating has actually gone DOWN to 12MP, but this is a deliberate choice and Samsung is instead focusing on other areas of the hardware to improve image quality. Things like a wider f/1.7 aperture, a larger 1.4um pixel size, and the world’s first dual-pixel sensor with 100% phase detection autofocus. Correspondents at MWC are raving about this new camera setup, and the low-light performance as well as focusing speed is reportedly quite remarkable.

Apple iPhone SE vs. iPhone 6s Price Size

Featuring a 4-inch Retina display and starting price of $399, the newly unveiled Apple iPhone SE is noticeably smaller and cheaper than the 4.7-inch iPhone 6s. However, despite obvious differences in size, there are a great deal of similarities under the hood between the two. Here’s a closer look at how well the iPhone SE competes with its big brother based on price, hardware and intended use.

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The iPhone SE, while more like the 5s in design, offers similar hardware to that of the larger, more expensive 6s. However, there’s no 128GB storage option, the phone features an old Touch ID sensor, and it’s missing LTE Advanced, which ultimately warrants its lower $399 entry price. On the other hand, for those already used to a smaller screen and looking for a budget-friendly iPhone that can capture 4K video and take Live Photos, the SE may be the right fit.

Design and Size

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Small pockets? Not a problem. Tired of one-handed typing? Two hands are fine. The iPhone SE’s small size goes back to basics — but does its resemblance to the 5s hurt its overall appeal?

If you’re a fan of chamfered edges and a boxy appearance that dates back a few years, then no.

For those hoping for more visually appealing characteristics found in the 6s, the SE seems like a step backwards. To delve further into the size differences between the SE and 6s, the smaller SE weighs in at just under four ounces and is 7.6mm thick, while the 6s tips the scales at 5.04 ounces but is half a millimeter thinner at 7.1mm.

Color options are identical between the two devices – each is available in Silver, Space Gray, Gold and Rose Gold.

Processor

To gloss over the hardware similarities between the iPhone SE and 6s would be doing the SE a huge injustice. With a starting price of $399, which is 39 percent lower than the base 6s, the SE wins the affordability round.

But while the SE is more like the 5s from a design perspective, the hardware is very similar to that of the 6s. Both feature an A9 64-bit chip, which Apple states is twice as fast as the iPhone 5s in CPU performance and three times as fast in GPU capability. The embedded M9 motion coprocessor found in the A9 also allows for “Hey, Siri” functionality in both phones.

The iPhone SE is missing the 6s’ barometer, which allows it to count the number of floors climbed with its step tracker, among other capabilities. That omission may prove frustrating for fitness and outdoor enthusiasts.

Overall, though, preliminary benchmarks do pin the SE right up there with the 6s in performance.

Display

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As far as resolution goes, the SE’s small, 4-inch display outputs at 1136×640, while the 6s has a larger 4.7-inch screen that runs at 1334×750.

Keep in mind, though, that while both devices have the same pixel density (326 pixels per inch), the SE has a far lower contrast ratio (800:1) compared to the 6s (1400:1).

Let’s just say the $399 entry price helps make the SE’s lack of screen real estate easier to bear, especially if you’re looking to upgrade from a 5s. If you’re already used to a bigger screen, it’s tough to downsize.

Camera

Featuring the same 12-megapixel (MP) camera as the 6s, the iPhone SE seems like a clear winner in this category due the lower price point.

However, there’s a big different between the two devices when it comes to the front-facing camera. The SE has an older 1.2MP front-facing camera, while the 6s comes with a higher resolution (5MP) version. The result? Crisper selfies when using an iPhone 6s.

Both smartphones do support Live Photos, however.

Storage

When it comes to storage options, the iPhone SE offers two capacities: 16GB and 64GB. The lack of a third 128GB option, which can only be found in the 6s and 6s Plus, definitely limits the SE’s appeal.

If you back up photos and videos to the cloud regularly, sure, 64GB may be enough space. But for many, the lack of a 128GB option is a deal breaker and keeps sales of the 6s churning.

Touch ID

Another difference between the iPhone SE and 6s comes in the form of Touch ID. The SE utilizes the same first-generation Touch ID fingerprint sensor found in the 5s, while the 6s features a second-generation Touch ID sensor.

The difference between the two? Speed. On the bright side, the SE does support Apple Pay even with its first-gen Touch ID sensor.

No comparison between the iPhone SE and 6s is complete without going over differences in cellular technology. Plain and simple, the SE doesn’t support LTE Advanced technology, which is at least three times as fast as regular LTE.

However, carriers haven’t exactly rolled out LTE-A technology across the United States in a speedy manner, and many users can only utilize LTE-A in major cities using select carriers. The lack of LTE-A support does make the SE less future proof, but with Verizon already announcing plans to test 5G service, this could be a moot point depending on your geographic location.

Conclusion

The iPhone SE packs a lot of features into a device that’s competitively priced.

Users looking to upgrade from a 5s shouldn’t have nearly as much trouble handling the 4-inch screen as those who have grown accustomed to a larger display. The lack of LTE Advanced technology and a 128GB storage option aren’t future proof, but if you’re sticking to a budget, the SE is a great way to get into a iPhone without breaking the bank.

iPhone 6S vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Two of the most popular smartphones have been pitted against one another in the ultimate speed test – and there is a very clear winner. iPhone 6S vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

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But the big question is – how does the latest from Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge compare to the iPhone 6S?

A video clip posted on YouTube has revealed the major difference in speed. And the results might surprise you.

The popular video shows the Galaxy S7 Edge and iPhone 6S Plus cold-booting and then launching a selection common smartphone apps, including viral hit Angry Birds and high-speed racing simulator, Asphalt 8.

Each of the flagship smartphones has to start-up and open and close the apps twice before the clock is stopped.

And despite being almost six months older than the latest flagship smartphone from Samsung, the iPhone 6S Plus sped through the test.

The YouTube clip reveals the iPhone is a colossal 40 seconds faster than the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.

But while the Galaxy S7 Edge managed to open and close the handful of popular apps in 2 minutes 35 seconds, the iPhone blitzed through the same speed test in a nippy 1 minute 54 seconds.

Samsung has previously struggled with how aggressively its smartphones manage their RAM.

While the Apple iPhone 6S Plus can be seen to resume frozen iOS apps during the second round of the speed test, Samsung’s cutting-edge device will reload apps from scratch – losing valuable time.

That could account for the majority of the time between these two flagship smartphones.

Either way, the Galaxy S7 Edge can not be called sluggish. And even though it is a little slower than its main rival, it’s not all bad news.

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In side-by-side comparisons, the Galaxy S7 Edge appears to beat the Apple iPhone shooter – especially in low light.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro

As MWC 2016 fades into the distance, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro stand out as two headline performers, but which smartphone comes out on top when it comes to specs and design? Read on for our comparison between the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro: design and build quality
The world knew what Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge would look like quite a while before its eventual unveiling in Barcelona this year, but even so the wait to see the smartphone up close was worth it.

Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge is bigger than the S6 Edge but feels nice and compact still, boasting a gorgeous aluminum body protected by Gorilla Glass 4. We were impressed with the handset’s curves during our full hands-on review, and Samsung has certainly crafted a premium piece of kit here.

The camera on the back of the Galaxy S7 Edge now protrudes less than it did on previous models, which means there’s less of a rocking motion when the smartphone is placed down on a flat surface. The Galaxy S7 Edge’s outline looks elegant in metal and the smartphone is a joy to hold as a result.

Water resistance has been added to the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge’s list of tricks, much to the relief of clumsy phone owners the world over.

The Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro is the most expensive version of Xiaomi’s new handset, and the price hike is justified by a slightly different design instead offering up a 3D ceramic back with rounded edges.

Whilst the ceramic finish is guilty of attracting plenty of fingerprints as you’re playing with it, the material gives the smartphone a particularly unique look and feel. Despite the minor fingerprint issue, the Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro is very comfortable to hold.

Xiaomi fans will be pleased to hear that the material is scratch-resistant, which ultimately means it’s easier to keep the ceramic build of the Mi 5 Pro looking fresh.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro: display
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge’s iconic AMOLED display is a 5.5-inch treat, and colors pop beautifully on the smartphone’s screen.

Arriving with a 2,560 x 1,440 pixel resolution and density of 510 dpi, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge appears to have hit the sweet spot when it comes to screen size. Whilst we’ll admit the screen isn’t the smallest, Samsung hasn’t stepped into phablet territory with its new release either.

Brightness levels are top-notch and viewing angles have proved impressive throughout our time with the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, but we’re looking forward to getting detailed in our full review of the smartphone.

Xiaomi’s premium-looking Mi 5 Pro stars a 5.15-inch IPS display, which you’ll notice from the pictures comes rather close to the edges of the front of the smartphone. Whilst it’s a stylish look, grabbing the phone tightly can sometimes see a user’s palm obscuring the edges of the display.

A pixel resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 is on offer at 427 ppi, and the Mi 5 Pro’s backlighting configurations copes well with different lighting situations.

As we found at MWC, Xiaomi’s latest release has an excellent body-to-screen ratio, making pictures and videos a treat for the eyes.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro: processor and storage
Samsung’s latest gadget is powered by the Snapdragon 820 chipset, also equipped with 4 GB of RAM. Our hands-on session saw us treated to a particularly nippy experience exploring the smartphone’s menus. Samsung has really impressed when it comes to performance, we’re pleased to report.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge offers up either 32 GB or 64 GB of internal storage for owners to fill up, expandable via microSD all the way up to 200 GB.

On the other side of the fence, the Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro is also powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 chipset, again starring 4 GB of RAM. The base storage figure knocks the Galaxy S7 Edge out of the park though, including a whopping 128 GB of internal space.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro: camera
We want to play around with the Galaxy S7 Edge’s cameras even more than we already have, but so far things are looking good. The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge’s main 12 MP camera has an f/1.7 aperture and dual-pixel technology, whilst the front facing shooter rocks a 5 MP sensor.

We’re told than the focus speed of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is four times faster in low-light conditions than on the S6, and the result is a delightfully fast shooting experience.

Selfie fanatics may be left slightly disappointed by the Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro’s 4 MP front camera, although the smartphone’s main snapper really impresses.

The rear camera of the Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro is a 16 MP offering working alongside a 4-axis OIS system that guarantees clearer pictures for experienced photographers and newbies alike. On top of that, the main camera comes with a Sony IMX 298 sensor and an aperture of f/2.0.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro: software
Both the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and Galaxy S7 come with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow pre-installed, with the OS complimented by Samsung’s own TouchWiz UI.

Whilst there’s no major improvements to this latest build of TouchWiz compared to previous entries, the system still runs smoothly and offers a solid experience. Admittedly, TouchWiz hasn’t undergone much of a transformation since its time on the S6 Edge+, but this isn’t a deal breaker.

The Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro runs MIUI built upon Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and a key feature of the OS is the freedom it brings in terms of customization. Menus are quick to navigate, performance is impressive and updates to the OS itself are substantial and released on a regular basis. All in all, there’s not too much to complain about.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro: battery
A mighty 3,600 mAh battery keeps the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge chugging along, which is better than the Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro’s 3,000 mAh equivalent.

According to the folk over at Xiaomi, the Mi 5 Pro can be juiced up to 80-90 percent within an hour thanks to Quick Charge 3.0. We’re looking forward to putting this claim to the test.

A Samsung spokesperson told us that the company has managed to tuck a hefty battery into the Galaxy S7 Edge without adding much bulk, thanks to self-made, malleable components. Apparently, this allows Samsung to take advantage of gaps inside the phone. Clever.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro: specs
Still on the fence when it comes to picking a winner? Take a look at the table below for a more detailed comparison between the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and Xiaomi Mi 5.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro: verdict
Whilst it’s fair to say that the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has turned more heads upon its arrival, the Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro still puts up a great fight.

Both the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro offer up some solid specs in stylish, premium shells. Whilst the Galaxy S7 Edge may be lagging behind when it comes to its main camera, the smartphone brings an improved screen resolution to the table. On the other side of the fence, The Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro’s ceramic finish and 128 GB of internal storage are both hard to ignore.

Battle of Tablets Apple iPad Pro vs Microsoft Surface Pro 4 vs Google Pixel C

Every big company seems to be betting on the huge tablet/laptop convertible for the future of personal computing. Whether we look at the newest offering from Apple, Microsoft or Google, what we see is a big tablet, by big I mean bigger than the 10-inch standard ‘large’ tablet size, with a keyboard accessory that can be bought separately. Now it’s a tablet, now it’s not! The magic trick is getting a bit old now but only now have the devices reached the kind of polish that can make consumers ditch their real laptop notebooks and buy a hybrid one.
Before we begin, one thing I don’t understand here is that if you are pitching a device as a laptop/tablet hybrid then at least ship the keyboard in the package; instead we get an ‘optional’ keyboard accessory at a price of around 150 bucks. So very uncool!! With that out of the way let us compare the ‘surfaces’ from the biggest tech companies and find out which one is the best buy.

1. Apple iPad Pro:

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* 12.9″ Retina Display (2732×2048 resolution ~ 264ppi)
* Apple A9X processor
* 8 MP iSight camera at the back
* 1.2 MP FaceTime/Selfie camera
* Touch ID fingerprint technology
* iOS 9.1
* 9-10 hour battery life
* ~ 710 gm
* $169 Keyboard accessory
* $99 Apple Pencil
* $799 for 32GB model
* $949 for 128GB model

2. Microsoft Surface Pro 4:

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* 12.3″ PixelSense Display (2736×1824 resolution ~ 267 ppi)
* Intel Core m3, i5, i7
* 8 MP at the back
* 5 MP on the front
* Fingerprint ID built into keyboard accessory
* Windows 10
* 9-hour battery life
* ~780 grams
* $129 for keyboard accessory ($149 for the one with fingerprint reader)
* Surface Pen included in package
* $899 Core M3, 128 GB SSD, 4GB RAM
* $999 Core i5, 128 GB SSD, 4 GB RAM
* $1599 Core i7, 128 GB SSD, 4 GB RAM

3. Google Pixel C:

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* 10.2″ Display(2560×1800 resolution ~ 308ppi)
* Nvidia Tegra X1
* No Info on Cameras or fingerprint reader
* Android 6.0 Marshmallow
* 10-hour battery life
* $149 for keyboard accessory
* $499 for 32 GB
* $599 for 64 GB

The devices we have here for comparison are vastly different from each other, probably the only thing common between them is the touchscreen is big and high resolution and all are wannabe laptops.

Google’s Pixel C has me least convinced to replace my laptop with it. Android is not yet ready to provide the level of functionality a user desires from a laptop. The keyboard technology that Google has built for it is commendable, but most users would like to use a 10″ tablet as a tablet rather than a laptop. Even with Marshmallow the operating system is not for the laptop format. Also, the hardware is nearly not as powerful as one would like to have on a laptop to get some decent productivity. It is cheaper than the rest but considering that it is more of a tablet and less of a laptop, shelling out $750 for a tablet is not advisable.

iPad Pro and Surface Pro 4 are worthy competitors. Even though it is Apple’s first attempt in the convertible market, they learned from the mistakes of their enemies and have built a great device. On the other hand, Surface Pro 4 has seen iterative development over the years and is now at the peak of its growth. Windows phone is no match for iOS but to compete with full Windows 10, Apple knew it had to pull many bunnies out of its hat. Hence, iOS 9. The newest iOS has adapted (read copied windows features) to the needs of the laptop environment by providing multiple apps on screen and app in app functionality. Also, the performance of the new A9X chip is ‘desktop class’ according to Apple which they proved by editing four streams of 4k videos simultaneously on the new iPad.

Surface Pro 4 is the laptop/tablet hybrid Microsoft had dreamed when it launched the first surface. The keyboard is fantastic, the pen is much better, the OS is a pleasure to use on a touch screen, everything is smooth and slick. It is pretty much the perfect windows device for on the go needs. Be sure to buy the i5 version at least to get decent performance. This will set you back for $1150 because of course you will have to buy the keyboard separately. In comparison, iPad Pro 128 GB model with keyboard and pencil will cost the same. On another note, Microsoft was onstage at the iPad Pro unveiling to say how good the tablet is for using its Office Suite. So if you mostly use Microsoft Office you can’t go wrong either way. Also, I am not comparing the main snappers because if the camera on a > 12″ tablet affects your buying decision then I cannot help you.

The Verdict:

So, in the end it all boils down to a clash between Windows desktop vs iOS and I am giving this one to Windows. If any device replaces my laptop it should be able to do everything I did on my laptop exactly the same. This is the most important thing when looking for a replacement, you want the other thing to work the same that your original device did. If I get additional touch screen goodness with it then it is a plus. On the other hand if I get a whole bunch of touch screen goodness and then have to compromise on my laptop productivity; Sorry I am not interested. I will just buy a tablet instead. iOS could be the ‘most advanced’ mobile operating system but on a notebook I would like a desktop operating system. Had there been OS X when you needed a laptop and iOS in touchscreen mode, Apple would have taken the crown. Perhaps, sometime in the future.

iPhone 6 VS Galaxy S6 Edge TEST COMPARATIF EN VIDÉO

Avec leur processeur Exynos 7420 gravé en 14 nanomètres, le tout associé à 3 Go de Ram LPDDR4 qui se trouve être la plus rapide du marché, sans oublier les nouveaux modules de mémoire flash UFS 2.0 de Samsung, les Galaxy S6 et S6 Edge s’annoncent déjà comme de véritables monstres de puissance. Mais que valent-il face à un iPhone 6 et à son processeur Apple A8 ? La réponse avec un premier test vidéo.

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Alors que son score sur AnTuTu avoisine les 70 000 points, une tendance qu’on retrouve sur l’ensemble des benchmarks multi core, le Galaxy S6 Edge se place déjà comme l’un des meilleurs du marché. De son côté, l’iPhone 6 parvient à tirer son épingle du jeu seulement sur les tests single core. Mais comment chacun des deux flagships se comporte dans la vie réelle ?

Afin de répondre à cette question, l’équipe du site Phonearena a testé les deux simultanément, en direct des stands du MWC 2015.

Comme vous le verrez, dans la vidéo, les applications les plus couramment utilisées (Contacts, Messages, Appareil Photo,…) sont lancées simultanément sur chacun des deux smartphones et, en termes de rapidité de chargement, aucun des deux ne semble vraiment surclasser l’autre. Les applications se lancent très vite et on n’observe pas le moindre lag.

On ne pourra bien sûr que souligner les efforts effectués par les deux constructeurs. Par ailleurs en dépit du fait que les deux derniers Samsung s’équipent tous deux d’un écran Quad HD, la nouvelle version de la surcouche TouchWiz semble très fluide, conformément aux dernières déclarations de Samsung qui semble avoir réalisé un énorme travail en amont pour optimiser son interface « au niveau de celle du Nexus 6 ».

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