The Battle of the 7’s

-In the mind of most American consumers, there exists only two OEM’s. These two giants who go by the names of Apple and Samsung, or IPhone and galaxy, control the mobile market. Which in my opinion is, in one aspect unfortunate for the common consumer, and in another, beneficial. One might think it feeding the fire to write a blog about these two giants and their respective flagships and one would be right. Fueling the fire creates the proverbial dinner that nourishes innovation. Not only between the two giants, but also the forgotten OEM’s who are forced to do things different to set themselves apart (Motorola, LG) etc.
Introductions not forthcoming……. Let’s start the show as some might anxiously say.

-Subtitle “IPhone 7 plus vs. Galaxy Note 7”-

-To be fair Apples’ IPhone 7 plus has not hit the market. Samsung’s  Galaxy Note 7 in contrast has been out for three weeks. Unfortunately the Note 7 hasn’t been available the whole time due to the recall I’m sure you’re aware of. If not, to put simply, the Note 7 might explode! Quality control issues aside, let’s look past those two factors (fanboys obviously excluded) and take the pro’s and the con’s of these respective flagships and Weigh them against one another to tell you which one to buy. If you’re not a fanboy this might come in handy. If you are….. buy the one that belongs to your camp. This is for the non affiliated consumer.

Screen/display

-To cut to the chase, the Note 7 is the undisputed winner here. With it’s 2k, Quad HD, super AMOLED, ultra high-definition, Gorilla glass 5, Curved display, one might see the antiquated 1080P flat LCD panel of the 7 plus as nostalgic. It is smaller, dimmer and more battery efficient. Moving on…….

Camera

-With each iteration of these enemies of old, this category becomes harder and harder to decide a winner. As with each category, Apple seems to do more and more with what seems like less. That being said, This year it looks like I’ll have to give it to the 7 Plus. It decided to take a chance on a dual camera setup. A feature few have tried, and none have succeeded. That alone merits some courage and confidence. The Note 7 is no slouch mind you, with more features and modes it is a close second.

Battery life

-This is a tie, in all honesty. With a slight edge to the IPhone for optimization. Something Android can never have, nay for the Nexus line. Thus far one of these batteries is known to catch on fire and or explode! Thankfully a new shipment of exploding free batteries is soon to hit the stores and retailers near you. More on this after the IPhone 7 launch day.

Build Quality

-This category as with every category at this stage, is preliminary. We can only go on what we’ve seen during the keynote/Apple event. Considering that, and everyone knowing Apple makes premium devices with marvelous build quality, let’s go forward. In my humble opinion this award goes to The Galaxy Note 7. Mainly due to the higher IP68 certification, the symmetrical curved back and front (with the curved display), and the fact that despite having a larger display the Note 7 has a smaller footprint. All this and they managed to keep the headphone jack. However the craftsmanship put into the Jet Black version of the 7 plus, is simply beautiful, to say the least.

Features and Software

-Another category hard to determine mainly due to the IPhone 7 plus not yet available for purchase. However we know it has gotten rid of the headphone jack and clickable home button. (the Note 7 kept both). And replaced the button with a miniaturized force touch/3d touch pad. An interesting move. The Airpods have features that are unique, such as swiping on them to skip songs. However those are accessories thus meaning more money is needing to be spent. I do give an edge to the Note 7 for that one feature that has always set it apart from others in the phablet category, a category it originally pioneered. The almighty “SPen”. The functionality and content creation possibilities are endless with this novel tool.                                -The Iris scanner adds a feature straight out of science fiction novels and movies into the palm of your hand. To be able to unlock your phone even through shades via infra red optic technology with your eye is, well…….awesome. As far as software is concerned, this as always is due to personal preference. I myself prefer the more feature packed customizable native aspect of Android. As you may well know. However I enjoy my Imac, and the simplistic beauty of Ios.

And the winner, by a nose, is the Note 7           -In conclusion if you are leaning more towards one or the other go with it. If not I say buy the Note 7 as soon as there are non exploding ones available to purchase. It is the more cutting edge phone, and with the Spen and split screen multitasking aspect combined with the superior screen give it the lead. Throw in an iris scanner and you’ve got yourself a winner.

As always, sleeping with one eye open, this is the PhabletGuru wishing all y’all a Happy Hallogivingmas.

-John Phillips-

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