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Galaxy S7 vs. iPhone 6s: Real-world speed test leaves one phone shamed

Published Mar 16th, 2016 9:37AM EDT
Galaxy S7 Vs iPhone 6s

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Samsung’s new Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge flagship phones are now six days old. Apple’s iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are six months old. Is it fair to pit these two smartphones against each other in performance tests? After all, things progress so quickly in the tech world that the passing of six months can seem like six years… unless of course you’re talking about battery technology, in which case progress comes at a snail’s pace.

Regardless of age, a new video published on YouTube offers what is likely the best real-world performance testing we’ve seen so far for these two flagship phones, and the results may surprise you.

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YouTube user “PhoneBuff” has created a model that has become one of the better methods for testing real-world performance. It’s in no way scientific and we’ve explained the various issues with this methodology in the past, but it’s a good way to get a feel for the experience users can expect from a phone during actual everyday usage. As we all know by now, benchmark testing isn’t always a good representation of real-world performance.

In his new test, the vlogger pits the reigning champion iPhone 6s Plus against Samsung’s latest and greatest, the Galaxy S7 edge, which is my new favorite phone in the world despite the fact that I’ll never ditch my iPhone for one.

Since Samsung is one of the world’s top component makers in addition to being a smartphone vendor, its devices often are the first to feature exciting technological advancements across a number of key areas. Does all that great new tech add up to killer performance? Can the cutting-edge Snapdragon chipset make up for the fact that the S7 edge has far more pixels to power?

You’ll have to watch the video to find out, and I bet you’re going to be surprised at the results.

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.