The Google Pixel, iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 in compact or phablet form are vying for the top spot on the high-end smartphone market. If you’re an Android or iOS fan and are in the market for a new model, here are a few tips, reviews and specs to help you choose from 6 flagship handsets.
Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL
Goodbye Nexus, hello Pixel and Pixel XL. With these new smartphones, Google is raising the bar with a high-end model that could outshine Apple’s latest offerings, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7Plus.
Rather than bending over backwards to come up with a thinner, lighter phone, Google has focused on artificial intelligence by introducing its new assistant. Google Pixel is pragmatic, practical and effective with some handy functionalities that will appeal to users who like to get straight to the point. The Pixel also has first-rate photo, video and virtual reality features. The first European countries it will go on sale in are Germany and the UK.
- Google Pixel – 138g – 5-inch AMOLED full HD display – size in mm 143.8 x 69.5 x 8.5 – storage from 32GB – price around €759
- Google Pixel XL – 168g –5.5-inch AMOLED QHD display - size in mm - 154.7 x 75.7 x 8.5 - storage from 32GB - price around €899
- Operating system: Android 7.1 Nougat, the latest version of Google’s OS
- Those who love it say: “Packing the same attractive design, blistering performance and capable camera of the smaller Pixel phone is just the start.” Recombu
- A more lukewarm response: “The Pixel is a pretty conventional smartphone.’’ CnetFrance
Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
Despite the experts’ predictions, the design of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus is hardly ground-breaking. For the 7 and 7 Plus, Apple has focused more on improving performance (battery life, power, image) and added a few major changes such as introducing a pressure-sensitive home button and ditching the headphone jack to ensure total waterproofing.
- iPhone 7 – 138g –4.7-inch Retina HD display – size in mm 671 x 138 x 7 – storage from 32 GB. Price: €769
- iPhone 7 Plus – 188g – 5.5-inch Retina Full HD display – size in mm 158 x 78 x 7 – storage from 32GB. Price: around €909
- Operating system: iOS 10
- Those who love it say: “The dual cameras on the iPhone 7 Plus promise to usher in a new era in mobile photography.” The Verge
- A more lukewarm response: “How good can a phone be if the battery doesn't last even a day?” The Guardian
Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge
After the Note 7 battery fiasco, the Korean giant has managed to come out on top with its two new models, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy 7 Edge.
Fast, wireless charging, a curved display ensuring easy access to the most frequently-used apps, (for the S7 Edge), long battery life, the ‘Always-on’ Display which allows users to check the time and notifications simply by looking at their phone’s display even when it’s turned off, optimal virtual reality display, preinstalled apps (S-Health, Office, WhatsApp, OneDrive, etc.), good multitasking capabilities and a beautiful, sleek design: the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have received rave reviews from testers. The Galaxy S7 Edge was even voted Phone of the Year in the UK (Mobile Choice Consumer Awards).
- Samsung Galaxy S7 - 152g - 5.2-inch Super AMOLED QHD display - size in mm 4 x 69.6 x 7.9 - storage from 32 GB, expandable with a memory card. Price: €699 at the initial launch, see current offers.
- Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge – 157g –5.5-inch Super AMOLED QHD display– size in mm 9 x 72.6 x 7.7 - storage from 32 GB, extendable with a memory card. Price: €799 at the initial launch, see current offers.
- Operating system: OS Android 6 Marshmallow, Nougat update coming soon.
- Those who love it say: Galaxy S7 Edge: “It's now a refined, sophisticated and highly desirable piece of technology […] Right now, this is the best smartphone money can buy.” PCAdvisor
- A more lukewarm response: "One of the most expensive phones around.” Techradar