iPhone 7 v. Galaxy Note 7; Which is better?


Reported Galaxy Note 7 (left) explosions drives potential buyers to iPhone 7 (right).

By Emily Wissemes, Editor in Chief

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are full of tune ups, not complete structural upgrades, just like past models. Yet, it certainly surpasses Samsung’s disasters with their exploding Galaxy Note 7.

The iPhone 7 has two cameras which give you 2x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom.

Optical zoom means you can zoom without altering the image too much. Digital zoom alters the image, causing you to see more pixels.

Apple promises to have more consistent updates than the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and has finally made multitasking on your phone possible.

They have a track record of keeping older devices up-to-date with new versions of iOS.

In the past, the standard storage for iPhones was 16 GB. Now, each iPhone comes in 32 GB, 128 GB, and 256 GB of storage.

As a whole, all the new upgrades are basically invisible.

The phone has no headphone jack. But Apple is selling their new AirPods that can easily sync up to the iPhone and can access to Siri. They cost an upwards of $159.

The phone comes with the same exact headphones, except, they plug into the Lightning port, which is found only on Apple devices.

While listening to music through Lightning or Bluetooth headphones is child’s play on the iPhone 7, Apple has ignored the fact that the rest of the world is using the original headphone jack, which forces you to carry around two pairs of headphones But, Apple has included a headphone jack adaptor for those that don’t want to transition between two types of headphones.

On the other hand, Samsung had to recall its Galaxy Note 7 phones because of a battery that has reportedly caused dozens of fires.

According to Forbes, the phones come with lithium-ion batteries – as do most smartphones – that went up from 3000 mAh to a 3500 mAh battery.

The cause of the combustion was found to be a problem with the battery management system. Because Samsung converted to a wireless charging system, the phone monitors the electrical current and normally tells a chip inside to stop the current once a battery is fully charged. If either the system or chip is faulty, a battery can enter a state of “overcharge.”

Because the liquid swimming around inside most lithium ion batteries is highly flammable it becomes unstable and eventually burst into flames. After 35 reported incidents of overheating smartphones worldwide, Samsung made the decision to recall every Galaxy Note 7 sold.

According to Livescience, the electronic industry has known for years that these types of batteries pose a risk, yet they continue to manufacture and use them in devices because they are so much smaller and lighter.

According to CNN Samsung official, the Note 7 manufacturing defect affects less than 0.01 percent of all Note 7’s sold.

The phone does have updates that are very revolutionary.

For more security, the Note 7 has a new iris scanner to keep your phone even more secure. It has an IP68 water resistant rating, so you can do more talking, texting and picture taking without worrying about splashes. It comes with more storage. You can hold more pictures, songs, and apps with the new microSD card. It expands the memory up to 256 GB.

Unless you want a phone that could possibly blow up, the iPhone 7 is the better choice. Apple makes changes where they matter most – unlike Samsung that takes too much on at one time.