In the smartphone wars, the two biggest players are Samsung and Apple. Samsung has had some problems lately, and the hype for the iPhone isn’t what it used to be. Electronics testers at Consumer Reports measure lots of features on every phone they test, including battery life, ease of use, and video and photo quality.
If a long-lasting battery is important to you, the Galaxy S7 beats the iPhone 7, with more than 20 hours of talk time. The iPhone 7 provides only 8 hours of talk time. You’ll get 13 hours with the larger iPhone 7 Plus.
In Consumer Reports’ camera testing, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus both did well. Apple had claimed there would be a performance improvement in low-light photography over the 6S, but testing didn’t find much difference. After all its testing, CR says the camera on the Galaxy S7 rated higher because it takes better images and videos.
Apple has gotten a lot of attention for dropping the iPhone headphone jack. That’s something you’ll still find on the Samsung Galaxy S7. Consumer Reports says don’t worry about losing sound quality with the iPhones’ new lightning-connected headphones or even the headphone adapter included in the box.