Our Opinion

The Apple iPhone 6S 32GB is a slightly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy A7 (4GB RAM, 64GB, 2018), and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Apple iPhone 6S 32GB!

Apple iPhone 6S 32GB  Samsung Galaxy A7 (4GB RAM, 64GB, 2018) 
Apple iPhone 6S Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)
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Excellence Score
28.0
26.7
Value for Money Score
48.1
47.7
Price ₹ 24,999 onwards ₹ 23,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2016 Sep, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Apple iOS 9, Upgradeable to 13Expected update to next Apple iOS version Android 8.0 Oreo, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 4.7 inches 6 inches
Screen Resolution 750x1334 pixels (~ 326 pixels per inch) 1080x2280 pixels (~ 420 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Type IPS LCD AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features Retina HD display with 3D Touch, LED-backlit widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology, Full sRGB standard, Fingerprint-Resistant oleophobic coating on front Super AMOLED, Always-on display, Infinity display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.84 GHz 2.2 GHz
Processor Type Dual Core Octa Core
Processor Name A9 chip with 64-bit architecture Embedded M9 motion coprocessorRanked #50 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Exynos 7885Ranked #47 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU PowerVR GT7600 (six-core graphics) Mali-G71 MP2
RAM 2 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port Lightning microUSB
Primary Camera 12.0MP 24MP + 8MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 1.22um Pixel Size, F/2.2 Aperture, Live Photos, Local Tone Mapping, Noise Reduction, Crystal Lens Cover, True Tone Flash, Backside illumination Sensor, Five-element Lens, Hybrid IR Filter, Tap to Focus with Focus Pixels, Exposure Control, Auto HDR for Photos, Face Detection, Panorama (up to 63 megapixels), Auto Image Stabilization, Burst Mode, Timer Mode, Photo Geo-tagging, Slo-motion Video Support, Time-lapse Video with Stabilization, Cinematic Video Stabilization, Continuous Auto Focus Video, Take 8MP still photos while recording 4K video, Playback Zoom, 3x Zoom, Video Geo-tagging 24MP: F/1.7 Aperture, 8MP: F/2.4 Aperture; 13mm Focal Length (120° Ultra Wide), 5MP: F/2.2 Aperture, PDAF, Panorama, HDR, Live Focus, AR Emoji
Secondary Camera 5.0MP 24.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, Retina Flash, HD Video Recording, Auto HDR for Photos and Videos, Backside illumination Sensor, Face Detection, Burst Mode, Exposure Control, Timer Mode F/2.0 Aperture, HDR
Internal Memory 32 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.1 mmSlim 7.5 mmSlim
Weight 143 gmLight 168 gmMedium
Width 67.1 mmComfortable for one-handed use 76.8 mmInconvenient for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 1810 mAh 3300 mAh
Battery Standby 240 hrs N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) 14.00 hrs 19.00 hrs
Fast Charging Support
Included Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters Web Browsing Time (3G): 10 hrs, Web Browsing Time (4G): 10 hrs, Web Browsing Time (WiFi): 11 hrs, HD Video Playback Time: 11 hrs, Audio Playback Time: 50 hrs Internet Usage Time (3G): upto 12 hrs, Internet Usage Time (4G): upto 14 hrs, Internet Usage Time (WiFi): upto 14 hrs, Video Playback Time: upto 17 hrs, Audio Playback Time: upto 48 hrs, Audio Playback Time: (Always On Display Off): upto 74 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features NFC; TV Out; iBeacon Microlocation; Noise Filtration; AirDrop; AirPlay; AirPrint; Control Center; Notifcation Center; Siri; Spotlight Search; iCloud; iCloud Keychain; Multitasking; Wallet Samsung Pay; ANT+ support; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Excellent build quality, with Apple's famed attention to detail
  • Beautiful design, premium materials (unibody aluminium frame), and iconic looks
  • Relatively compact and easy to grasp compared to similar sized flagship phones of other brands
  • Rounded sides make it comfortable to hold
  • The Touch ID biometric touch sensor is the still the most accurate and responsive fingerprint sensor around
  • Brilliant display with potent brightness levels, wide viewing angles, and superb color accuracy
  • The glass screen is now stronger and more shatter-resistant than iPhone 6
  • The most powerful and distinctive feature in the new interface is the 3D-touch functionality, which adds new layers of interaction to the touch display, and opens up various possibilities
  • 3D-touch lets you perform quick actions for the app on the homescreen without actually opening the app
  • Buttery smooth, slick performance all-round - arguably one of the fastest performing phone to date
  • Excellent rear camera - camera takes realistic photos in virtually every situation - no other phone comes close
  • The front camera is a big improvement over the previous iterations - images are realistic and detailed
  • Live photo feature records 1.5 seconds of action before and after your shot - and the shots animate as you swipe through the camera roll
  • Very good loudspeaker
  • Excellent audio quality
  • Decent call quality
  • Very good battery life
  • Stronger 7000 series aluminum gives it greater strength and durability as compared to iPhone 6
  • iOS 9 is both beautiful and simple, and brings in tons of functionality upgrades
  • Premium design and build quality - features an all-glass design with Gorilla Glass 3 protection on the front and back - one of the best looking phones in this price bracket
  • Great to hold in the hand thanks to its 2.5D curved glass coupled with its 7.5mm thin form factor.
  • Impressive 6-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity display with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio and no notch - vibrant, punchy colors, with deep blacks that make the smartphone ideal for content consumption - the display gets bright enough for it to be visible even in direct sunlight and the viewing angles are also pretty great
  • Samsung's Experience UI is one of the better Android UIs, with some useful features, and not too much bloatware
  • Good, solid performance with a Exynos 7885 SoC – one of Samsung’s own processors that lies somewhere between the Snapdragon 636 and the Snapdragon 660 in terms of performance - will reliably handle most things you throw at it, except the most heavy games - in case you’re looking for a smartphone to play a lot of games on, then you should probably consider the Poco F1 (Snapdragon 845) or the Vivo V11 Pro (Snapdragon 660)
  • Very good set of triple cameras (24MP+8MP+5MP) on the rear - the first mainstream phone to feature a triple camera set - the device performs very well in most scenarios and would definitely appeal to people who’re looking for a mid-range smartphone with a strong camera - takes very good images in good lighting conditions, delivering detailed shots with great color reproduction and high dynamic range - and low light shots are decent too
  • The Galaxy A7 makes use of its 5MP lens for depth perception and the smartphone is capable of delivering some very good portrait images, especially in good lighting conditions - Samsung has also included a few cool portrait mode features, like the new Portrait Dolly feature, that further enhance portrait shots captured using the device
  • The 8MP 120-degree ultra-wide angle lens on the Galaxy A7 also allows users to click some unique wide-angle photos
  • The 24MP selfie shooter is good too, capturing a good amount of detail in good lighting conditions - the device also includes a software-enabled portrait mode feature on the front camera, which works more or less like the portrait mode implementation on the rear camera
  • Overall, the camera performance of the Galaxy A7 is pretty solid, and especially with the slew of software features it offers, puts it right on par with the 2 best camera phones in the upper mid-range - the Poco F1 and the Vivo V11 Pro
  • Decent, single downward firing speaker - gets reasonably loud at max volume
  • Audio output from the 3.5mm headphone jack is pretty decent too, with the device featuring some great software optimisations - though you should probably use your own earphones - the ones that are included in the box are not very good
  • Good call quality
  • Good battery life with a 3300mAh battery - lasts a full day, even with heavy use
  • Overall, the Galaxy A7 is one of the better mid-range phones from Samsung in a long time - the highlights are an impressive 6-inch Super AMOLED display, a very good triple camera setup and premium design and build quality - if these features appeal to you then the Galaxy A7 is a solid choice - but in case you’re looking for the best price to performance ratio, then you should probably consider getting the Poco F1 which is powered by a flagship Snapdragon 845 chip
2-minute Review [Negatives]

No Major Negatives!

  • The fingerprint scanner is embedded in the power button - while this placement is pretty ergonomic (if you are right handed) - the authentication speed of the scanner is a bit on the slow side
  • Face unlock, too, is a bit slow and not the most accurate
  • Relatively thick bezels for a tall aspect ratio phone
  • No fast charging support - takes about 2 hours and 10 minutes to charge the device up to 100 percent
  • Uses the old micro USB port for charging, instead of a modern USB-C port
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  1. In the end, the Galaxy A7 (2018) has a lot going for it...However, it's handicapped in key areas that make it hard to wholeheartedly recommend
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. One of the best multimedia phones in this price bracket...the only trade-off is with performance
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  3. A great mid-ranger
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  4. If you are looking for a phone with versatile cameras, then the Galaxy A7 (2018) is worth considering for the price
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  5. A decent mid-range smartphone
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  6. The Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) is for someone looking to maximise the smartphone imaging capabilties...otherwise it's not the best performer in this price bracket
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  7. If you hold an affinity towards Samsung devices then, by all means, you can opt for this device, as it is the best by the company in this price range
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  8. A better than average mid-range device
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