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3 Reasons Why Samsung Is Better Than Apple

Just take a look at the new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.

BY Patrick Chew | Feb 23, 2016 | Technology

It’s that time of the year again—when mobile phone companies start releasing teaser videos and technical specifications of their upcoming flagship models to get you all excited.  

Hell, you’re probably reading this on your phone right now—you know, last year’s flagship model that you just had to have, the very same one that’s all dinged up now with scratches, dents and that crack across the screen from the time you dropped it in the toilet (ever wondered why mobile phones don’t last as long as they did in the past?)—and relishing the opportunity to replace it with a newer, better phone that you’ll promise to cherish and protect with your life. 

Only one question remains: Samsung or Apple? It’s been a decade-long debate with no resolution in sight. But Samsung’s new range-topping Galaxy smartphones (S7 and S7 Edge) might have just ended it once and for all. 

Here’s why:

1 | It’s got the best phone camera in the market
We are in a selfie age. Cameras on mobile phones couldn’t be more important. The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge introduce the first Dual Pixel camera on a smartphone, delivering brighter and sharper images. At first glance, the camera’s 12MP feature seems like a bit of a downgrade as compared to its predecessor’s 16MP one. But what Dual Pixel means is that the camera utilises two photodiodes for every pixel site. The pixels make use of a superior phase detection system (in layman’s terms, it’s a sort of overlapping action) that focuses much quicker and more accurately in live view and recording mode. Capturing your hand gliding experience in the Alps? No problem. Want to photograph Lewis Hamilton as he races past? Sure thing. Thinking of filming a POV video in the bedroom? You got it. The world is your movie set to film and photograph. 

2 | It comes with VR capabilities
Virtual reality is proving to be one of the most disruptive technologies of late. It has been said to be the closest thing to teleportation and the future of how consumers capture, share and experience memories. On the heels of Samsung’s Gear VR headset comes Gear 360—a camera for shooting virtual reality videos. Equipped with dual fisheye lenses with 15MP image sensors, users can capture high resolution (3840 x 1920) 360-degree video that also supports 30MP still images. When synced with the Gear 360, the Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge allows users to preview content in del time while recording, as well as upload filmed content directly on to social channels such as Google Street View. It is the first step for user-generated virtual reality content. 

3 | It can be dunked in water 
There have been phones in the past that were marketed as being waterproof but could only stand streams of water being sprayed in its direction. That’s because there are different levels as to how dust and water-proof your phone is. And the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge is completely dust and water-proof. The phones have been given an IP (Ingress Protection) rating of 68, which means that it has proven to be totally dust tight and resistant to prolonged effects of water immersion under pressure. 

Preorders available from 10AM on February 26 at telcos and all Samsung Experience Stores. All successful perorder customers will receive a complimentary Samsung Gear VR headset worth SGD148 on March 11.