Why does he want a Galaxy Note 7 when he already has an iPhone 6s Plus, and Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program which will get him an iPhone 7 Plus or Pro sometime late next month? In a word, it’s all about specifications and that’s where Samsung excels.
Do Numbers Matter?
Samsung and Apple have been playing leapfrog in recent years with one slightly outdoing the other with each new model of their flagship devices. Samsung, though, has more premium Galaxy phones than Apple has iPhone models.
The latest is the Galaxy Note 7 which bristles with everything you won’t find in an iPhone. In the tech world, among techies, specifications rule, and Samsung knows that as well as any manufacturer. Jessica Doulcourt compared today’s premium smartphones and created a handy table which displays most– but not all– of the obvious differences between the devices.
The Galaxy Note 7 is Samsung’s biggest smartphone but gets compared to Apple’s somewhat diminutive by comparison iPhone 6s (why not the iPhone 6s Plus, Jessica?). Compare Samsung’s Note 7 pixel resolution of 2,560×1,440 to the iPhone 6s at 1,334×750.
See? iPhone loses big time. Even pixel density is a paltry 326 to 518. The iPhone 6s Plus weighs more than Samsung’s Note 7, but has better than iPhone 6s screen resolution and pixel density above 400 (that’s up there high enough that average users cannot tell the difference).
Apple tends to avoid disclosing specifications that make their products seem paltry to the competition but imagine a potential customer comparing the Note 7’s 3,500 mAh battery to the iPhone 6s at 1,715 mAh. See? Me Hulk. Samsung big. Apple not big.
Paying For Product Placement
Comparing the iPhone 6s to larger models seems like a paid oversight, a situation whereby competitors pay journalists to display their biggest competitor in the worst light. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7, S7 Edge, Motorola Moto Z, OnePlus 3 all have 5.5-inch displays but they get compared to the iPhone 6s which has a measly 4.7-inch display. Ditto for screen pixel density. Apple loses.
Thankfully, such specifications don’t matter much to the average smartphone customer these days, which may explain why the iPhone line’s revenue and profits run rings around Samsung, Motorola, OnePlus, and everything else that doesn’t have an Apple logo on it.
What is interesting about such comparisons is why Apple doesn’t bother to play that game. Why not? The company easily could afford to have the most RAM, the largest storage options, the most pixels in a screen, and every bell and whistle that underpaid Chinese laborers could throw into the aluminum case, but they don’t. Instead, Apple focuses on the all important premium user experience vs. specifications. Why? We use our devices in ways where mere specifications do not matter might be the reasoning. After all, does an onto-core CPU with triple the iPhone’s RAM perform graphics and games better? No. That’s why product specifications as a point of comparison should be a thing of the past.