iPhone 6s Bests Samsung's New Galaxy Note 7 in App Speed Test
Aug 22, 2016 12:51 pm PDT by Juli Clover
Earlier this month, Samsung introduced the Galaxy Note 7, its newest smartphone with a 14-nanometer Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad-core 64-bit processor, 4GB RAM, a 12-megapixel camera, waterproofing, and wireless charging.

Spec wise, the Galaxy Note 7 seems to best the dual-core A9 processor and the 2GB RAM of the iPhone 6s, but based on a new speed test, it's clear raw hardware can't quite match superior hardware and software integration when it comes to real world usage.

In the performance comparison in which the two phones simultaneously launched the same apps, Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 was thoroughly defeated by the iPhone 6s, despite the Note 7's cutting edge hardware and the fact that it's a year newer than Apple's latest iPhone.


The iPhone was able to launch apps in succession at a much faster rate than the Galaxy Note 7, launching 14 apps (including rendering a video) in one minute and 21 seconds and eventually lapping the Galaxy Note 7, which took two minutes and four seconds to complete the same tasks. The iPhone was able to cycle through two laps of the app test in one minute and 51 seconds, while the Note 7 took two minutes and 49 seconds, almost a full minute longer.

This is just a single test that compares an unusual usage scenario, but it does suggest Apple's efforts to deeply integrate hardware and software give the iPhone some significant benefits compared to even the latest Android devices.

Apple will be announcing a new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in the near future with improved hardware that includes a faster, more efficient A10 processor and perhaps more RAM, at least in the larger device. The new phones are expected to debut in early September with a launch coming later in the month.

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8 months ago
inb4 "but it's not scientific"

keep in mind that an average user probably cares more about this test than a Geekbench test.
Rating: 60 Votes
8 months ago
This comparison will be even more fun in a month or so after the iPhone 7 is launched.
Rating: 52 Votes
8 months ago
The fact the iPhone 6s is one year old, that's ridiculous. And as spiderman0616 said above, the 6s only has 2GB of RAM. Apple's chip architecture is outstanding. The A10 chip will blow everything out of the water.
Rating: 48 Votes
8 months ago
With half the RAM too.
Rating: 46 Votes
8 months ago
XDA Developers had a pretty condemning report of the Note 7. For an $850+ device, that is pathetic.
Rating: 40 Votes
8 months ago
Double the cores. Double the RAM. Nearly double the clockspeed.

Still gets spanked when it comes to running an OS smoothly. That's optimisation for you.
Rating: 33 Votes
8 months ago
Apple is going to destroy everyone with the A10. Their advantage is so huge it's not even funny anymore.

This said, the performance of the Note 7 is an embarrassement for Samsung; and for sites like The Verge that kindly overlook every problem in exchange for a fat advertising cheque.
Rating: 31 Votes
8 months ago
To rub it in:

http://www.anandtech.com/show/10559/the-samsung-galaxy-note7-s820-review/4

Look at the top FOUR screenshots...
Rating: 29 Votes
8 months ago
Also XDA has an in depth performance review corroborating the findings in the video above. Yet, heavily funded sites like the Verge give it a 9/10 performance score....
Rating: 29 Votes
8 months ago
Not surprising at all. I had an S7 Edge and although the phone was beautiful and had the best screen I've ever seen in my life, I could not stand the constant lag, sluggishness, and choppy animations. Gave it a try for over a month and had to go back to the 6S Plus.

No comparison between iPhone and Samsung devices, the iPhone blows them away in terms of real world speed.

(This is a Samsung problem, not an Android one. I also tried a Nexus 6P and the phone was smooth as butter, though still not quite as fast as a 6S.)
Rating: 24 Votes

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