Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs iPhone 6S Plus: operating system
Ah, the age old Android vs iOS debate. We're going to refrain from giving either one the win and starting World War 3, but there are a few things to keep in mind. Generally, iOS is aimed at being super easy to use, and while Android has focused a little more on ease-of-use lately, the OS is often more targeted at giving users control over personalization.
It's also important to note that the Note 7 features Samsung's TouchWiz over the top of Android. Some argue that TouchWiz is a little too bloated with Samsung's services, however Samsung has been a little better about allowing users to hide those extra services of late.
The basic gist of things is this – unless you're willing to majorly overhaul your data, stick to what you already have. Previous iPhone owner? Stick with the iPhone 6S Plus. Android lover? The Note 7 is a great choice for you.
Note 7 vs iPhone 6S Plus: price
These big phones come with the biggest prices you'll find. The Note 7 costs £749 in the UK and in the US, the full retail price is $849.99, at least through T-Mobile. It's a little more on Verizon at $864.
T-Mobile is trying to lure everyone in by breaking up the price into monthly payments: $32.50 a month for 24 months after an initial $69.99 down. Verizon has it for $36 a month over the same two years, but that more expensive price forgues the upfront fee. AT&T has it for $36.
and Sprint have yet to announce the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 price.
Apple sells the iPhone 6S Plus more and less vs the Note 7 depending on how you slice it. The iPhone 6S Plus costs £619 in the UK at 16GB and £699 for the 32GB tier. It's £789 for the big 128GB configuration.
In the US, the entry-level iPhone 6S Plus costs $749 when bought outright, but that's not the 16GB model. The real equivalent is the 64GB iPhone that costs $849. So they're technically the same price in the US.
Note 7 vs iPhone 6S Plus: release date
While the launch was on August 2, that's not actually when you can get this phone in your hand. Pre-orders start on August 3 in the US, and the delivery date is August 19.
In the UK, the release date is a little later: September 2, with an August 16 release date. But at least the UK is getting this phone (the Note 5 didn't come to many countries outside of North America).
The iPhone 6S Plus launched almost 11 months ago. Simple and done analysis, right? Well, not really, because you have to consider that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are right around the corner. You may want to wait until mid-September to get the latest and greatest Apple specs.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs iPhone 6S Plus: verdict
Let's make something very clear – both of these phones are excellent devices, and while the Note 7 is the newer device, the iPhone 6S Plus most certainly holds its own against the Note 7. As mentioned, you'll probably want to stick with the operating system you already have, however, if you're willing to make the switch, then all of the aforementioned specs should be considered.
In terms of hard specs, the Galaxy Note 7 wins. It has a better display, more RAM, the S Pen, and the best camera in a smartphone. The rest is generally down to personal preference: operating system, design, and so on.
In reality, you can't go wrong with either of these phones -- they're both top of the line. If you're a specs person, however, then the new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is the perfect new phablet for you. It has a bigger screen without feeling any bigger in the hand, and it has an awesome camera. Those are all big wins.
- When is it coming? See the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 release date
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Christian is a writer who's covered technology for many years, for sites including Tom's Guide, Android Central, iMore, CNN, Business Insider and BGR, as well as TechRadar.