I really tried, but there’s just no way I can live with Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S7

“Earlier this month I penned an article about the one thing preventing me from ditching my iPhone and switching to a Galaxy S7 edge,” Zach Epstein reports for BGR. “There’s little doubt that Samsung’s S6 and S7 designs took inspiration from Apple’s iPhone lineup, but in my opinion Samsung managed to surpass Apple with the Galaxy S7 edge.”

“The large 5.5-inch display is a clear class leader, but the phone is still compact — it’s barely wider than the 4.7-inch iPhone 6s,” Epstein reports. “The glass and aluminum construction looks and feels amazing. The camera is, hands down, the best the world has ever seen on a smartphone. But the software is still Android even though it’s hiding beneath TouchWiz, and I explained in my piece that it simply doesn’t afford a user experience that can approach iOS.”

“I received quite a bit of feedback via email regarding that post,” Epstein reports. “So, I decided to take the advice of several readers who emailed me and use the Galaxy S7 edge as my main smartphone for a week. It didn’t change my mind.”

“Android is also a wonderfully capable and versatile platform with a massive ecosystem that surrounds it. If you can imagine it, odds are good there’s an Android app that can do it. But the experience Android provides, and the experiences those apps provide, just isn’t on the same level as the iPhone,” Epstein reports. “It’s a bit difficult to fully grasp unless you’ve spent a fair amount of time comparing the two platforms side by side, but there is an attention to detail and a level of craftsmanship in iOS that simply isn’t equalled in Android.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Like difference between using Mac and Windows, there are innumerable differences in fit-and-finish, in the level of thoughtfulness from the user’s perspective. It’s like driving a Kia versus a BMW. Both will generally get you from A to B, but only one will be a joy to drive.

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Judge Bork” and “Brawndo Drinker” for the heads up.]


    1. Jimb366 and I were commenting about that last week. I can’t fault Samsung for pushing their own version of camera quality. Whether it’s actually better, I’m not going to be able to lay down a valid argument just from specs. Hopefully, there will be some decent comparison articles with actual images to compare. Maybe there is one! Anyone know?

        1. My quick summary from viewing the article’s photos:

          1) iMore picked some awful subjects. That didn’t help.

          2) Overall, the iPhone 6 & 6S series pulled off the best color balance and color quality throughout, from dark to light to HDR.

          3) But I’m impressed with most of the Samsung Galaxy S7 images, despite the color laziness. I say this because I’m used to seeing photo comparisons from two or three years ago where the differences were far more blatant. It’s fun to see where at the point where comparisons are coming down to more minor differences.

          ∑ = As a color freak, I choose the Apple cameras. But the Samsung cameras are certainly reasonable and worth using. Keep working on the color quality Samsung, especially in your HDR tech.

  1. I had an Android phone (Google Nexus for pure Android) for a little over a year alongside my iPhone and had the equivalent Google Play downloaded apps as on my iPhone and they both ran on the AT&T network. There is no way on it’s best day that any Android device matches up against iOS.

    The Android versions of the very same apps on iOS were pale in comparison and performance.
    Android is a cheap knockoff and iOS is The Real Thing™®.

  2. Let’s hope that Apple can finally up their game one Sept and reduce the frame thickness and more importantly the horrible overhangs top and bottom which to my eye have looked dated for at least 2 years and have never even been disguised like some Android phones particularly the HTC before their more recent physical reductions. The rear of iPhones have always looked great but the fronts have always jarred with me and of course it’s the latter that we see especially as most phones are in a case. Please Apple let’s see something special in design.

  3. Fragmandroid remains a core problem with most Android devices. If the device cannot be immediately updated to the latest security fix of Android, run-the-hell-away. I know Samsung has been lagging in their Android OS updates, although there are Android device manufacturers who don’t bother at all, which is abominable. Android is constantly suffering from in-the-wild security exploits, making in the currently most dangerous OS to run on any device. If fragmandroid ended, which it damned well should, that would significantly change.

    The other big PITA with Android is the lousy vetting of apps by Google. I know they say they ‘are’ vetting. But the Trojan malware keeps being foisted and Android users keep falling for it and Google keeps cleaning up the mess AFTER the mass infections have already occurred. Not acceptable.

    1. It’s never going to be fixed.
      Each manufacturer makes changes to Android. Every new version that Google releases has to be tested and engineered to work with those changes.
      The manufacturer is only going to do this if it makes monetary sense.
      For older phones it doesn’t make sense.
      The majority of users are on a 2 year old version of the OS.
      The latest version has 2% of users with another version being released in a few months.

  4. Use what you like. Like what you use.

    I used an Android phone. I didn’t die, my friends didn’t leave, my girlfriend didn’t leave me.

    I left Android.

    The things I use my device for were more convenient on iOS.

    I used a Windows computer running Windows 10 this morning.

    It ran great with only 4 GB RAM. It didn’t crash. It did not get attaccked by viruses. My Photoshop document was indistinguishable from that which my Mac produced.

    I stay with Apple because of Final Cut Pro, Logic Pro X and Motion.

    If they disappeared I would have no trouble using Windows.

    The only thing I don’t
    like is the Control Key.

  5. So Mr Epstein, you are saying you wrote about something that you knew nothing about, in fact.

    Thanks a lot ! …from all those who read your first article, but not your follow-up.

  6. I just wish Apple would introduce True multitasking….split screen multitasking. on the next phone like Android has had for years!

    They added it to ipad I’d like to see it on iPhone!

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