iPhone 6s vs Galaxy Note 7: Real World Speed Test [VIDEO]


Samsung is back at it again with a new smartphone, the Galaxy Note 7, which comes with a stylus, slightly smaller battery, 64GB of onboard storage and higher price, as its main differences versus the S7 Edge.

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Just how does this new phone compare in a real-world speed test versus Apple’s iPhone 6s? YouTube channel PhoneBuff has released another one of their classic tests, and Apple’s iPhone 6s demolished the Galaxy Note 7, despite the latter having higher specs on paper.

How these tests work is each device launches apps and performs tasks in order, then re-visits each app again a second time to test multi-tasking, before stopping the stopwatch.

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As you can see in the video below, the iPhone 6s and Galaxy Note 7 start off at about the same pace, but shortly afterwards Apple’s smartphone pushes further ahead of Samsung’s device in the tests. iOS 9 optimization is so good (coupled with Samsung’s Android bloatware?), the iPhone 6s laps the Galaxy Note 7 before it can even finish its first round of opening apps.

While the Galaxy Note 7 is powering a higher resolution display versus the iPhone 6s, it still could not win despite have double the RAM of the latter. Phone Buff noted the iPhone 6s has gone undefeated in its real-world speed tests during its life cycle on the channel, an impressive feat (last fall, the iPhone 6s also beat the Note 5).

PS – Oh, if you’re into drop tests—here’s the Galaxy Note 7 versus the iPhone 6s, also performed by PhoneBuff (the iPhone lost, as expected):


  • Tim

    Yeah, but you can’t deny the note 7 (and Galaxy s7 edge) are far advanced in terms of look and feel. The 6s plus is huge in comparison and we have another whole year of the same effing design.

  • Shameer Mulji

    What good is all that fancy looks if it the Note 7 can’t even perform as well as Apple’s one year old iPhone. And really, if you think about it, the Note 7’s true competition will be the iPhone 7 coming out next month.

    If the 6s Plus is already faster than the Note 7, imagine how much faster the iP7 will be.

  • SOB

    The advantage Apple has is being able to customize the hardware and software to run better and more efficiently then Android phones. You have to look beyond the specs.

  • Dan M

    Personally I think Note 7’s camera is pretty fugly. And the so called shiny blue color is too toyish.

  • sdfds

    wtf r u talking about? You can’t even compare these two. Look at the difference in resolution. Note7 is twice the IP6. Also, iOS is missing user customization. It’s so closed.

  • Tim Mobile

    What’s the point of having a smartphone that can’t even play gif, avi, mpeg, mp3 and so on without the iTunes? So inconvenient…

  • FragilityG4

    Yup Androids are a hackers dream!

  • Nuser

    Does that mean android should close the system so they can finally produce faster phones.

  • Shameer Mulji

    so how do you explain the poor performance of One Plus 3 vs iPhone 6s? One Plus 3 has a 1080p screen. Higher than iPhone 6S but much lower than Note 7

  • Geoffrey Spencer

    There are several apps, free and paid, that play other video and audio formats besides m4v and mpg.

  • Nuser

    But this open system cause your phone slow down or hang more often. Besides most of what you say doesn’t happen as much any more. There are apps and cloud

  • Brad Fortin

    One advantage is that iOS is much better when it comes to memory management, notably that it uses ARC instead of relying on garbage collection.

    Another advantage is that Apple isn’t playing the “who can have the highest-resolution screen” game other manufacturers are playing, therefore iOS and its apps don’t need as much RAM because the assets (graphics) aren’t as large.

    Another important factor is that Apple uses faster flash storage, allowing apps to load faster.

    So it’s not just one factor, it’s a combination of factors.

  • Brad Fortin

    One complaint that I’ve heard about Samsung’s Edge phones, that I don’t hear about Apple’s phones, is they’re pretty bad at accidental touch rejection, as in there’s a lot of accidental presses near the edges of the screen. Keeping those “huge” bezels helps avoid accidental presses.

  • Wall Man

    I’d like to see how the Exynos chipset performs in the Note7 as that is what we are getting. Previous tests have shown that this it is faster than the Snapdragon 820.

    Was it any surprise that the Note 7 with the Snapdragon 820 would lose? The past videos have shown the 6s to beat all 820 devices. I think the closest was the OnePlus3 and it did actually beat the 6s on the reload time. Just lost out on the initial run.

    It would be great to see a 6s vs 6s+ and then the 7 vs the 6s.

    Again, it is all based on what you want out of your phone.