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2016’s two best Android phones face off in a real-world speed test

Published May 18th, 2016 9:22AM EDT
Galaxy S7 Vs HTC 10
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The brand new HTC 10 is the most powerful phone in the world by a landslide. It’s not even close. And then you have Samsung’s Galaxy S7 edge, which is the most gorgeous phone ever, in addition to being fast and powerful. Oh how I wish I could ditch my iPhone 6s and switch to the S7 edge, but alas. If you purchase either of these two flagship Android phones, you can rest assured that you’ll posses one of the finest smartphones ever crafted. In fact, even when all is said and done in 2016, these could end up being the best Android phones of the year.

We know they’re both spectacular on paper, but which flagship Android is the fastest in real-world use?

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When YouTube user “PhoneBuff” isn’t busy torturing smartphones by dropping them repeatedly with a professional drop test machine until they’re destroyed, he’s putting handsets through the paces in real-world speed tests.

Benchmarks are a good way to compare phones when they’re being pushed to their limits, but that’s hardly an indication of how a phone will perform during normal everyday usage. In order to help gauge everyday performance, PhoneBuff has devised a smartphone race of sorts. It’s not perfect or scientific and human error is always an issue, but it’s still a better way to judge real-world performance than benchmark tests.

So what happened when the class-leading HTC 10 and the sleek and powerful Galaxy S7 edge were pitted against each other? We won’t spoil the ending but we will say that this was one of the closer races we’ve seen in recent history; it was a whole lot closer than the showdown between the Galaxy S7 and iPhone 6s, which left one phone shamed.

The full video is embedded below.

Zach Epstein
Zach Epstein Executive Editor

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.

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