September 18, 2016

Battle of the Phablet Kings: iPhone 7 Plus vs Samsung Note 7

We take two of the best phablets in the market today: the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. Which of the two has the right to be the “Ultimate Phablet King”?

Smartphones have undergone a lot of changes in the past years. Back in the days, people were looking for phones that can fit the palm of their hands and can use as discreetly as possible. Today’s generation of smartphones beg to differ, though. It seems that in the current digital world, bigger is better.

Enter the phablets.

Phablets are a cross between your typical smartphone and a tablet. These have the same set, or possibly improved, features of a smartphone, but with the size of a tablet device. With tech companies stepping up their game and adapting to the demands of the current market, phablets have become a flagship device for some. Among these devices, iPhone 7 Plus and Samsung Galaxy Note 7 stand at the top.

The big question is, “Which of the two should be hailed as the ‘Ultimate Phablet King’?

Let us roundup the features of each device for better comparison:

iPhone 7 Plus


iPhone 7 Plus has certain similarities with the previous iPhone 6S, but there are also tweaks here and there. It is bigger and heavier than the Note 7, with its dual-lens technology and bigger battery. The most notable change in this phablet is its Lightning port. This makes it compatible for Apple’s new AirPods. The iPhone 7 Plus comes in different colors: Black, Jet Black, Silver, Rose Gold, and Gold.


While the iPhone 7 is the larger one between the two phablets, it has a smaller screen. This does not compromise the quality of the screen display, though. In fact, Apple has developed a wider color range, which makes the display screen as vibrant as ever. Moreover, Apple is enhancing the 3D touch technology it developed for the iPhone 6S.

Features and Performance

The iPhone 7 Plus remain true to its promise when it comes to features and performance. The iPhone 7 has a second camera on the rear. The dual-lens camera has a wide angle that can capture 12 megapixel images.

The device runs on iOS 10, which provides it with maximum performance and app support. With all the improved features, the iPhone 7 has redefined upgrades for today’s phablet battles.

Samsung Note 7


When it comes to design, Samsung Note 7 wins. It is almost identical to the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, which is the favorite phablet in today’s market. The unit is a couple of inches smaller than the iPhone 7, though. It also comes in a range of colors: Black Onyx, Silver Titanium, Gold, and Coral Blue.


One of the advantages of the new Note 7 is its 4K resolution. The display also provides users with vibrant colors and sharp details. The inclusion of the mobile High Dynamic Response (HDR) is also a plus for this unit, as it provides high contrast for your video content.

Features and Performance

One of the most notable additions in Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is the S Pen Stylus. This provides you with a swift way of taking down notes. The device also has double the RAM storage capacity compared to the iPhone 7.

Note 7 runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, which is a bit outdated as compared to the iOS of the iPhone 7. Nonetheless, users can expect updates in the OS in the coming months. In the meantime, they can rely on Samsung’s TouchWiz UI for added functionality.

The Final Say

There are quite a lot of differences to pit the two devices against each other, as both have their own special quirks that make them fascinating to today’s users. When it comes to design and screen quality, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is the definite winner. But, if we’re talking about OS and durability, the iPhone 7 makes a worthy contender. Each device make them a king in their own right. And as always, it’s up to the user to decide which the ultimate king of phablets is.