Wow 6s vs. S7

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Jetcat3, Mar 28, 2016.

  1. Jetcat3 macrumors 6502a

    May 3, 2015
    I just spent a couple of hours in the Verizon store looking at the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. I've been very tempted these past few years by these phones and was seriously considering selling my 6 Plus to get the S7 Edge. After 30 minutes of use and testing, I can confidently say there is no comparison to an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus. The S7 Edge felt very slow and clunky on 6.0.1. The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus feel like they are turbocharged. Just simple scrolling in Chrome wasn't even close to Safari in iOS 9 of multitasking for that matter. Fix the bezels on future iPhones and put in a nice AMOLED panel and watch out Samsung. That's all haha.
  2. fenderbass146 macrumors 65816


    Mar 11, 2009
    Northwest Indiana

    I agree, however I am impressed with the hardware on the S7 lineup. It def feels solid. If I wasn't in the Apple Ecosystem i.e. macbook pro, iPad, iPhone, and hopefully apple watch 2 I wouldn't be opposed to having a android phone.
  3. ARizz44 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 28, 2015
    Chicago, IL
    While being an iphone enthusiast it's initially nice to hear things like this, you have to remember that display units are poor examples of real life usage. A user could buy that phone and adjust anything from the launcher, to the animations, settings, etc and end up with an entirely different experience. Sure, the 6S and 6S Plus are no slouches at all......but to say there is no comparison with the S7 Edge being a slouch seems a bit of a stretch.
  4. shftoptk macrumors member


    Feb 25, 2016
    That's just all the bloatware samsung and carriers put on those things. If you can get all or most of that stuff off then it becomes a very good phone
  5. kupkakez macrumors 68000


    Apr 4, 2011
    I used an S7 for a week before selling it. I don't even LIKE Android and I have to say it was not slow and clunky... Do not use a demo unit at a carrier store that hundreds of people have messed around with to make your assessment. :rolleyes:
  6. Jetcat3 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 3, 2015
    Yeah, y'all do make a good point. I have used about 6 different demo units from a bunch of different retailers and they all feel the same though. It would be nice to use one without all of the bloat ware. It's also crazy how fast AMOLED panels get burn in. The demo 6s and 6s Plus were running iOS 9.0 too. If you're scrolling through Chrome and you try and stop immediately at a certain point, it's very hard to do. There's just not the same fluidity and optimization present.

    I do like the hardware in the S7 Edge too. It would be sweet to have an S7 Edge running iOS 9 and an A9 chip paired with 2GB DDR4.
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    Also, those S7 Edges have only been there a couple of weeks and I live in a very small town.
  7. jimbo1mcm macrumors 68000

    Mar 21, 2010
    Sold my 6S Plus for a Galaxy S7 Edge. I've used Android and Iphones a lot. S7 Edge is a great phone. I don't miss the 6S PLus at all.
  8. Jetcat3 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 3, 2015
    It's definitely a sweet phone. I was very close to getting one, but I just don't know if I could handle Android. Who knows, I might even like it but I was just so surprised with how fast and fluid the 6s iPhones felt.
  9. ABC5S Suspended


    Sep 10, 2013

    My S7Edge was not slow in the slightest. Only had it a few days before going back to the iPhone, but you cannot say its slow from one store model. Read the reviews first. My verizon store had the model and it was not slow.

  10. Smithwicks macrumors 6502

    Mar 21, 2011
    I think if you tried Samsung's browser instead of chrome you may have felt differently about browser performance. It's a night and day difference in the former's favor.
  11. Nikhil72 macrumors 65816

    Oct 21, 2005
    Having just sent my edge back, I think I can say it's the closest I've been to switching. But incredibly good hardware did not make up for the lackluster software for my purposes. Battery could be fantastic but unpredictable, with android system and play services randomly keeping the phone up even as a fresh install. Scrolling, like noted above, would get so awfully stuttery until a reboot. Headphone volume was abysmally low. But I just honestly missed my ecosystem at the end of the day, reliable 6s plus battery, my app grid, and clean software. And the smooth silky safari scrolling. I personally loved my widgets tucked away in the drop down, the organized grid. Different strokes for different folks.

    Things I'll miss? Ergonomics, screen, and camera. But at the end of the day for me, the hardware is largely a vehicle for delivery of good software and it just didn't click for me.
  12. Aditya_S macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2016
    The S7 may have been slow because the screen was on the whole time, which can cause a lot of heat and throttle the CPU to lower speeds and slow down performance. I haven't seen this with 6s and 6s Plus units at the Apple Store so the S7 may have heat problems if this occurred.
  13. Nikhil72 macrumors 65816

    Oct 21, 2005
    My slowdowns on my S7 edge could happen when the phone was cool to the touch. Maybe a throttling thing, who knows.
  14. Jetcat3 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 3, 2015
    It's not that it is slow, but that the hiccups and random stutters make it feel that way. Scrolling on Chrome just didn't react as fast. I just tried an S7 that has the displays off and it was noticeably better, but still not as smooth or quick as a 6s. S7 is my favorite Andriod phone now.
  15. rockitdog macrumors 68020

    Mar 25, 2013
    Both are great phones but feature for feature the S7 beats any iPhone. The intangibles are where the iPhone holds up.
  16. Quicklite macrumors regular

    Dec 1, 2011
    It's weird that for once S7 is half a step ahead of the iPhone - Samsung usually lags behind in midcycle refreshes.
  17. rockitdog macrumors 68020

    Mar 25, 2013
    Disagree, Samsung is always a few steps ahead of Apple. Samsung has been ahead on camera res and screen quality for a couple of years now. Samsung has offered 1080p screens going all the way back on the S4. Their picture quality has been great and on part with Apple's since at least then too.
  18. geoff5093 macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2014
    Dover, NH
    The opposite actually, Samsung has had some of the best cameras and displays out of any smartphone for several years now.

    Usually store models get loaded up with apps that people constantly open, which is why demo phones are usually slow. Apple doesn't have this problem because it doesn't have true multitasking, so there's no real harm in opening many apps as once you get out of that app it's not running anymore.
  19. Elisha macrumors 6502a


    Nov 21, 2006
    I think you're confusing image retention with burn-in. There's image retention because it's in demo mode or full brightness for extended periods of time.
    Also Samsung intentionally doesn't optimize Chrome as they push their own browser. It was the same with the S6. Chrome performed poorly compared to the Samsung Browser.
  20. off_piste macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2015
    I owned three AMOLED phones before the 6s and never had a trace of burn in. They were all great at the time. Sure, they're susceptible to burn in but no consumer uses a phone like a display model.
  21. Shanghaichica macrumors G4


    Apr 8, 2013
    In real life usage you won't get burn in. The store models are running a demo loop 24/7 and this is why they get burn in. I've used 4 Samsung flagships with amoled displays and none suffered from burn in.
  22. the caveman macrumors 6502

    Aug 21, 2007
    If anyone is thinking about trying galaxy s7, get the Tmobile version as tmobile has kept their bloat to a minimum. There are only three tmobile apps on s7 and of course there is a plethora of samsungs own garbage. I have the s7 and after spending hours disabling apps and packages, ive got to where it performs like a champ.
  23. macrumors regular

    Nov 25, 2015
    S7 definitely an amazing phone,hope iPhone 7 give us more surprises.
  24. Qbnkelt, Mar 29, 2016
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    Qbnkelt macrumors 65816


    Oct 15, 2015
    One of the developers in my team has an SGS7 Edge as a personal device. I played with it yesterday.
    In scrolling through CNN there was noticeable stutter. My iPhone 6s Plus, a six month old phone, was totally smooth scrolling through the same site. By no means a *performance test* but indicative of past history with all my Samsung devices.
    This was a new phone. Two weeks old.
    I can't imagine what will happen with the first OS upgrade. My Note 4 was a BEAST on KitKat and a complete mess on Lollipop.
  25. TrueBlou macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2014
    I tried a couple of times to switch from iOS. Tried a few android phones (still got a couple in a drawer) and a Nokia Windows phone.

    In the end though, despite sometimes great hardware, it's the overall experience that keeps me coming back to iOS.

    I'm not saying Android isn't good, it's just that using Android reminds me of why I switched to Mac from Windows all those years ago. I just prefer the Apple way of doing things, all of the power, none of the complexity.

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