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Galaxy Note 7 vs iPhone 6S speed test video doesn’t accurately reflect real-world performance

A video is making the rounds online showing a speed test between the iPhone 6S and the Galaxy Note 7. Samsung’s latest flagship is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB RAM whereas the iPhone 6S has a year-old processor and only 2GB of RAM. On paper, it should not be able to match the Galaxy Note 7 but the video shows that the Note 7 gets obliterated by the iPhone in this speed test. However, the video is not exactly an accurate representation of the Galaxy Note 7’s performance.

Granted that the Galaxy Note 7 isn’t as snappy as some of the other Android flagships but do bear in mind that Apple does a lot of work to optimize its hardware and software so that they work together almost perfectly. That’s not the case with Android devices so they are already at an inherent disadvantage when it comes to overall system optimization.

This speed test doesn’t cover some of Samsung’s genuinely useful features like split-screen multitasking or the S Pen’s Glance feature which are great for productivity as they enable users to use two apps side-by-side. The speed test doesn’t indicate the handset’s real-world performance as nobody is going to open 14 apps and render a video in the same exact sequence. What it does show is that performance is not a numbers game, optimization of software and hardware is much more important than the additional gigs of RAM a smartphone might boast.

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LIVEFRMNYC
LIVEFRMNYC

I’ve had plenty of phones in the last several years. All of them open apps instantly. The difference in app loading times between flagship phones is minimal. Why doesn’t anyone do performance tests within the apps itself? There are games that run smoother on the Note 7 and there are games that run smoother on the iPhone 6S plus. Opening a ton of apps for no reason, is anything but real world, and doesn’t show the actual performance within the app.

nuclearemp
nuclearemp

App optimization plays a huge roll here too, there are always shortcuts being taken when it comes to Android apps and this can not be ignored. Also try this on an iPhone with twice the resolution and see how well it does.

SenorSjon
SenorSjon

This is tested on other Android phones as well. See the XDA article.

TheSparda
TheSparda

I love samsung phones, but some of you fanboys should quit defending them and laughing off this speed tests that highlights the problems. It’s obvious that they always fail to optimize their phones, and the RAM management is bad. Even the exynos version has RAM management issues. Go watch C4ETECH vids on youtube showing the exynos version struggling just as bad. Using the same specs as the S7, but adding tons of features + bloatware + poor optimization = Recipe for disaster. It does affect real world usage. You type a message on instagram/facebook with some apps open in the… Read more »

kike
kike

i love my exynos blue note7 for splendid photos , vivid display for movie,top build quality and design ,ip68 ,s pen and so on..but in terms of speed my work phone oneplus 3 sweep the floor with him ! a lot of people tell that 6gb ram is overkill …i think that 6gb its all that he need for fluid software and ram management

BriMonster
BriMonster

This test comes around all the time when a new phone is released and Samsung will never win it, not because of Android or bad ram management, it’s simply because Sammy limits the number of apps that can run in the background. They do this so performance stays smooth for the apps that people are ACTUALLY USING. The test is total bs as it’s designed for an iPhone win, because frankly that’s the only way it can win. It in no way reflects how people use their phones in the real world. It’s like comparing apples to basketballs and saying… Read more »

slyphnier
slyphnier

LOL the article is pointing the root of issue… that i believe samsung aware of it too iphone fans going laugh hard when reading this also for most people that dont know much about tech, will think iphone is just superior in performance just because it run much faster despite a year older, that actual spec-wise not true yet samsung, rather than polishing their software, the keep adding bloatware software in their phones… i mean if they want, they can change how pre-load works, instead preinstall many apps that cant be removed, why not just put link to galaxy-store in… Read more »

SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

As far as I can see it’s just one particular app that causes the Note 7 to slow down considerably which could be very badly optimised for Android, until that point both phones were running practically neck and neck. Apple has the advantage of a clean stock UI, lower resolution and smaller screen against Note 7 with a feature rich touchwiz on top of stock android, higher resolution and a slightly bigger screen and who knows which carrier this particular Note 7 is from and the amount of additional bloatware it might have. Despite the result I would easily take… Read more »

warlockba
warlockba

All this actually proves that Android is slow, and that most applications for Android (and lately Android too unfortunately) are programmed with a moneky’s behind, and in places where software development is very cheap. It is outrageous that simple apps take arround 100mb memory (at bare minimum, including the dialer app on the shiny new Note7) to run, and almost any downloaded app is way more than 10-20mb (not including add heavy apps). And even more outrageous is, if you connect your android phone to ADB (debug interface), and just look at the pouring out debug / error output –… Read more »

altenae
altenae

Get a life.
Stupidity

Hoggington
Hoggington

Bottom line is Samsung & Google need to work together to optimize the software, WAY more than they are now. I have a Note 7 SD820….and there is no reason with this much horsepower…that memory management is still so incredibly bad with Sammy devices. Bunch of other phones blow my N7 and other Sammy flagships…out of the water. Night and day in regards to memory management.

billywongwashere
billywongwashere

The other issue is the snapdragon 820, pit it against the international model you will see the difference between the note 7s

https://youtu.be/233f0ewFWGk

S7 snapdragon vs exynos and the time difference is like 40 secs.

Comparing with the s7 test it appears that the s7 snapdragon 820 is actually faster than the note7

Blackikus
Blackikus

Every year the same argument, get whatever phone you like the most. If you want a fast smartphone that does basic smartphone task, get a iphone. If you want a slightly slower smartphone that does more complex task, as well as those basic smartphone tasks, get a android, with the nod going to samsung. It’s that easy, no argument necessary. I prefer android, and the crazy part with the apple fanboys is that they fail to realize that android preferably samsung, are the one innovating new productive features, that Apple has been slowly but surely implementing in their OS, not… Read more »

unknowndreams
unknowndreams

They still are with the 5c, 5s and SE…

preime101
preime101

utterly pointless comparison. All it shows is that gameloft and rovio games are really badly optimised.

j2001m
j2001m

can we see the same test with the Samsung CPU please

waseem jaas
waseem jaas

Developers need to optimize their apps better for Android especially games, that’s why the iphone always wins in the phonebuff speedtests. The android phone takes the advantage and the start with the regular apps but then the iphone closes the gap and surpass the android phone in the game portion of the test so the gap is really big in the favor of apple so it wins. It’s not an excuse props to apple for the optimization but i thin it’s the apps developers for android to blame and not google

NotReallySamsungFan
NotReallySamsungFan

It does however prove that a phone with 2GB of ram can keep more in memory than a phone with 4GB of ram. That transfers to real world performance.

mouzy
mouzy

Do not forget we are talking about different operating systems Android vs iOS with different approach to the RAM.

sagarsiddhpura
sagarsiddhpura

Its really dumb to say “This speed test doesn’t cover some of Samsung’s genuinely useful features like split-screen multitasking or the S Pen’s Glance feature which are great for productivity as they enable users to use two apps side-by-side.”.

Speed test as name suggests is for speed of smartphone. The video does not say “S7 vs iPhone comparison”.

In the same way benchmarks and such tests alteast show some reference numbers. Every phone review has benchmark numbers which never represent real world scenario. But they are still included for a reason.

Article seems completely childish lol.

agyawusu2012
agyawusu2012

Galaxy s7 to me is the best android phone to date. Period

agyawusu2012
agyawusu2012

Seems android as an OS needs serious optimization in terms of apps. Lets be objective here. Though am a proud android fan, look at how snappy the iphone was in terms of loading of apps. In my experience, apps that require data connection in order to load are normally very sluggish on android phones, samsung inclusive. On any day i will go for the note 7 over 6s but in terms of speed the iphone 6s will always win. Even with all the high ram and quad core processor, a dual core iphone performs better. Its not because the iphone… Read more »

SinvalPinheiro
SinvalPinheiro

This only shows that the applications are not well optimized for Android. Mostly the Games. Hardware any android is superior to the apple.

Hoggington
Hoggington

It also shows that Android and Samsung need to really step up their game, in terms of memory management. Especially Samsung…which is notorious for horrid memory management.

0verspeed
0verspeed

I guess it is time to move to iPhone.

Sendoh05
Sendoh05

I’m so fucking tired of this kind of comparison. Two different OS’s compared… Note7 should be compared to another Android Flagships and not with iPhones… there’s so much to have in consideration here: screen resolution, OS limitations, etc. Seriously… a resourceful OS like Android shouldn’t be compared to the shitty iOS, it’s like comparing apples to bananas. Hah

mouzy
mouzy

Did you check the article about note 7 in xda-developers, they compare note 7 with HTC 10and OnePlus3?

eHoolie
eHoolie

Well…that sucks ball sacks.

BessaEUA
BessaEUA

simple math lesson
Note 7 = 3686400 pixel
Iphone 6s =1000500 pixel
3.7 times more pixels for Note 7 to process
1:21 min X3.7 = about 5 mins
Now who is the winner

NotReallySamsungFan
NotReallySamsungFan

You Samsung fanboys sure love to talk about pixels as if it has any bearing on loading times. iPhone 6S plus renders at 1242×2208 and is just as speedy as the 6S. Just take it for what it is and that’s software optimisation. Most of the time comes from the ram management of the Note 7 causing it to reload apps so that little calculation you did with the times also makes no sense.

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

If ever there comes a time to switch between 20 apps in the space of a minute, I’ll be sure to set my sights on an iPhone. What do I REALLY need to open quickly, in real world what matters that speed is necessary? The camera. The camera on my S6 edge+ launches super fast even after a year of use. Apps launch quickly, and don’t lag. What does it matter if it’s a second slower than an iPhone? I don’t give much thought to any phone speed tests because in the real world, they’re irrelevant. IPhones will always be… Read more »

xhustler
xhustler

I will always be a Samsung fan (despite some disappointments) and by extension Android. That said … we need to give credit where credit is due. Apple has done a marvelous job of optimizing iOS and they should get credit for that. Correct me if am wrong but technically, Android will never be as fast as iOS ‘coz of the crappy java platform on which it is built VS iOS built with objective C and no intermediate layers (ART et cetera). As a ‘fanboy’ it is hard to swallow the fact that a device with 2 GB RAM can go… Read more »