is the Galaxy S 7 a real threat to iPhone ? how many here would switch ?

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  1. Subu macrumors regular

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    Hi folks

    is the Galaxy S 7 a real threat to iPhone ? how many here would switch ? could I request some one who has really studied the S7 features etc, to reply. Thanks in advance. regards. Subu
     
  2. Hal~9000 macrumors 68000

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    No.

    See: http://appleinsider.com/articles/15...its-selling-just-145-percent-of-total-volumes
    Hard to have any sort of threat to your business when demand for your product is off the charts and you're making 94% of the available profits in the industry.
     
  3. Subu thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks Hal~9000 : But the Galaxy S 7 was launched in most countries after September 2015 IF I remember right ..so my questions is specific to Galaxy S 7 ...
     
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    The same question was asked last year with the S6 and look what happened.

    Your question of "is the XYZ android phone a threat to the iPhone?" has been answered countless times over the years by Android manufacturers making next to zero profit margin and not a good long term business outlook.

    No, it's not a threat whatsoever imo. No Android phone is or will be.
     
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    Hal~9000 is missing the point I think, Subu is basically asking if the S7 is a good phone compared to the latest iPhones?
     
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    Hi, maybe I'll try to have Galaxy 7 when I buy a new phone but as for the moment I'm contented with my iPhone.
     
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    No Android phone is a threat to the iPhone, just as no iPhone is any threat to any Android phone. Everyone has their own software preference and hardware specs probably won't do much to change it.

    That said, the S7 looks great and has some awesome specs but, like many other Android phones, it's hampered by bloated Samsung and Carrier software. If Samsung saw fit to release an unlocked, pure Android version of that phone, I'd definitely be in for one!
     
  9. pojo1806 macrumors 68000

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    If the S7 Edge ran stock android like the Nexus phones do I would be all over it like a hot flannel.
     
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    I haven't been able to play around with an Edge at stores yet and am worried that the curved edges would make it a little difficult to use certain apps and games. Do you know if that holds true?
     
  11. Dave245 macrumors 601

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    I don't think any Samsung phone has been a threat to the iPhone, i think Samsung likes to imitate and copy Apple in certain areas. The S7 Edge does look like a nice phone, but i wouldn't buy one because I'm not a fan of Android plus Samsung has Touchwiz on top.
     
  12. GadgetSN macrumors 6502

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    The S7 should be compared to tbe iPhone 7. Most will wait till the release of the iPhone 7 before deciding. Samsungs S series has always been the first mover advantage type phone for Samsung in competing with the iPhone.

    The iPhone 6/6s proved more popular than the S5/S6.

    Samsung has been upping its game of late but when the iPhone 7 arrives, its newness from a design point of view, will alone be enough for most iPhone fans imo.

    The S7 edge hype is already dying.
    The standard S7 will probably be a poor seller.
     
  13. yui4 macrumors 6502

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    Samsung hardware + stock android= customer for life!
     
  14. throAU macrumors 601

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    Have tried a few android phones. I hate it. The UI is clunky, a bunch of apps I rely on either don't exist or are not feature complete and as per the linux world, having a thousand different options for the basic apps when 95% of them suck isn't really an advantage.

    And as far as security goes, Android is the Windows of the smart phone world.
     
  15. bchreng macrumors 65816

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    Samsung is making really tempting this time around. Not only are they giving away free VR sets and apps this time around, but stores are also bundling them with stuff like memory cards and gift cards as well.
     
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    I've had the following Samsung phones in my time:

    Galaxy S2, S3 and S5
    Note 2 and 3

    I loved the hardware but their touchwiz software and (more importantly) their ridiculous release schedules for updates (or rather, lack of them) drove me away and the only way I'd ever consider a Samsung phone again is if it ran stock Android
     
  17. Mildredop macrumors 68020

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    I said the same. Been stock Android for a few years and always scoffed at Samsung.

    The sizes of pure high specced pure Android phones were just too much for me, so I thought I'd give the S7 a go. Absolutely awesome and touch wiz is actually better than stock Android by a long way.
     
  18. Subu, Mar 11, 2016
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    this reply was posted B4 reading MILDredOP's reply
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    * thanks everyone who answered. many ppl have complained about the bloat ware... does the android marshmellow, better processor, 32 GB storage (on base model), metallic body, half an hour under water etc change the equation ...
    * mildredop has answered one question ...hmm..
     
  19. jamezr macrumors G4

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    I have a Galaxy S7 edge and a 6s+ and Nexus 6P and a Note 5. I like them all. They all have different features and pros and cons.
    The features the S7 has
    1) I think it has the best camera in low light i have used.
    2) It is pretty much waterproof. If you use your phone outdoors or around water then that a big plus. It can be under 5 feet of water for 30 minutes
    3) It has expandable storage. You can add a 200 GB SD Card and apps will install there.
    4) Best display on a smartphone yet.

    They all have great features. It just comes down to your preferences and what you like. You can't go wrong with an iphone or the S7.

    Oh and my T-Mobile model only has a couple TMO software. So it has very little if any bloatware.
     
  20. Subu thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks Jamezr. Very balanced view !

    By the way your S 7 is that a standard S 7 or is that something you configured to have very little bloatware ?
     
  21. jamezr macrumors G4

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    I have the T-Mobile Galaxy S7 Edge. TMO has very little bloatware on their phones. It comes with a few TMO utilities like TMO hotspot and TMO caller ID software. But only a handful and they are easy to disable so they don't run in the background anymore. But some carriers like Verizon and AT&T have a lot of extra games and such on their phones. So I can't speak to that.
     
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    Are the newer Galaxy's comparable devices to the latest iPhones? I'd say they are the Android equivalent---and by that I mean they are the best hardware available running Android. I'm an iPhone user and big fan of both the iPhone hardware and iOS but even I can acknowledge the hardware itself is better on the Galaxy (battery size, display, camera, display size/overall size, waterproof, plus it offers expandable memory).

    All that being said, I don't think the latest Galaxies are a 'threat' to the iPhone, because in the vast majority of cases, it comes down to OS preference. Samsung has arguably offered better hardware specs for a few years now and that hasn't significantly moved the needle. If last year's camera wasn't enough to make you switch, this year's model isn't offering any revolutionary changes that'll make you switch either. Same goes for the display, etc. I think OS preference is a bigger factor than hardware specs. If people are going to move away from the iPhone or iOS, it's going to take some revolutionary element in ANDROID that people feel they must have and can't live without. That isn't there presently, IMO.

    And to be clear, I'd apply this same argument in the other direction. There is nothing 'revolutionary' in iOS 9 (and doubtful in iOS 10) that will likely sway Android fans to move to the iPhone.

    The biggest threat to the iPhone (and ironically to the Galaxy/Note lines) are not each other but rather influx of much higher quality 'mid-range/mid-priced' smartphones. When it comes down to it, in most cases the greatest factor in the buying decision is price and now that consumers have a very good smartphone experience available at a significantly lower price, I think you'll see the largest growth in this segment of the market, at the expense of traditional high priced flagships.
     
  23. mountain macrumors 6502

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    it's a nice phone but still has touchwiz and horrible updates.
     
  24. Qbnkelt macrumors 65816

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    I read the features and they are impressive on paper, but I've had enough experience with Samsung devices to know that no purrty and ooooo shiny Samsung device will have any worth for me, other than as a trash bin filler, after the first major update. Each Samsung I've had has turned into trash bin material after having its first major update.

    No, I would not switch. I use all major U.S. platforms and for my next Android device I'll get a Nexus. I'll do without Android for the time being. So speaking as a user, no, for me, it's not a threat. As far as the market in general, since I don't have the gift of predicting the future, I would not know.
     
  25. Closingracer macrumors 68020

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    Honestly I wouldn't trust an apple biased site .... Just my opinion
    --- Post Merged, Mar 11, 2016 ---

    How when at the SAME time the iPhone 6S and 6s Plus sales is supposedly slipping compared to previous versions. Articles all over the place stating how it "might" be stale or etc.
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    Honestly if I didn't have a Macbook pro I would seriously consider it. I have been a Samsung user in the past and liked their phones. As of today I am perfectly happy with my iPhone 6 Plus and don't foresee myself getting an Android device but I have another year to see if that changes which would be for the S8 should they make one.
     
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