When Honor 7 was launched in India last month, we were sure that it would create a wave in the country with its great combination of specs and pricing. And might we say it has been doing something like that. The Honor brand is not yet big in the country, but it has been making its name, not just in India but other regions as well. It is a big part of Huawei when it comes to sales figure in the mid-range segment. The Honor device has been previously compared with high-end smartphones like Samsung Galaxy S6. The reason for such comparison is to see how the mid-range flagship devices pans against premium flagship handsets. And that’s one of the reasons for picking up the fight against Apple iPhone 6s.
Both of these devices are quite different when it comes to the talk of the design, despite there unibody metal designs. They both have the compact form factors but iPhone certainly have a slimmer size at 7.1mm thickness while Honor 7 has 8.5mm thickness. Meanwhile, the Honor 7 is relatively quite heavier than iPhone. But does that slimness and heavy weight matter if a device is compact and light enough for its size? Hopefully not. Because Honor 7 is probably the best-designed handset among affordable flagship devices launched this year.
They both have a very limited bezel space on sides but are quite different when it comes to navigating buttons. Honor 7 doesn’t have capacitive or physical buttons when compared with a physical home button on Apple iPhone 6s, in spite it has on-screen buttons. The Fingerprint sensor on the Honor device is present on the back side under camera module while the Fingerprint sensor on iPhone is housed inside the Home button on the front, which is called as Touch ID. Here, there is no clear winner but I would definitely go with a fingerprint on the front option if given the choice.
The Honor 7 has a display screen size of 5.2-inch while the iPhone 6s is relatively low at 4.7-inch. They both have a different resolution as well while the first one comes with 1080p display the latter one has a display resolution of slightly more than 720p. In terms of the pixel density, the clear winner is Honor 7 at 424 PPI against the 326 PPI on iPhone. Both the devices sports LCD panels, but the highlight is that there is a new 3D Touch feature, which is supposed to be the next generation Multitouch technology. AKA force touch, this new technology is only useful if the app provides that option. And it would certainly take time for developers to adopt this feature on their apps. When it comes to such feature, there is nothing similar available on Honor 7, but Honor Mate S seems to be the first Android device to sport such functionality on its display.
More than force touch features, there is a need for higher resolution display if your users are more into the media consumption. I wouldn’t say the display on iPhone 6s is bad for media viewing, but you won’t be able to view full HD videos on it. On the other hand, Honor 7 supports viewing up to 1080p, and that’s good news if you like to surf YouTube on-the-go.
These devices are the most possibly apart concerning the software and yet possess some similar constraints as well. The Honor 7 is running on Android Lollipop 5.0.2 while iPhone 6s is powered by iOS 9, which is also upgradeable to 9.1. The debate between Android and iOS UIs had been going on since when both came into existence. And despite all these generations it is still going on and it will. So, putting aside that debate we clear out the basic parts of the experience that one needs while operating the smartphone.
There is no app drawer on either interface, that’s one similarity, and moreover, the whole EMUI on Honor 7 resembles the iOS 9. So, you’re getting iOS experience on the Android skin with Emotion UI. The major difference being the apps ecosystem, you get different navigation system as well. There is no easy way to differentiate between these two devices in the software part; it’s all based on personal choices when the OS is completely different. Unlike having a different version of same OS.
Hardware & Performance
The Honor 7 is powered by an Octa-core processor while the iPhone 6s is powered by a Dual-core chipset. The main difference being the number of cores, other than that one can hardly differentiate them in performance. The Dual-core might not be as powerful as Octa-core in an Android phone, but The A9 chipset that Apple claims is a there latest beast is good enough to offer swift performance on an iPhone. The chipset on Honor 7 is Kirin 935, which is the slight but considerable upgrade from Honor 6 in terms of performance.
Full Specs Comparison: Honor 7 vs Apple iPhone 6s
It is the first time that Apple has offered 2GB of RAM on their iPhone while the 3GB of RAM could easily be a good amount for an Android phone, which is the case with Honor device here. The Cupertino giant has managed to put DDR4 RAM while the Chinese mobile giant has put DDR3 RAM on its handset here. We have been testing these handsets alongside, and you could hardly notice a difference, except for multitasking. I have mentioned in the review of Honor 7; the multitasking is not as swift as it should be on the Honor device while Apple iPhone users might be happy with the current setup.
The camera capabilities on these handsets are pretty much different, and that can be understood by the resolution difference. The Honor 7 comes with a 20MP image sensor on the rear while the iPhone 6s is packed with 12MP camera module on the rear, which claimed to a big step in iPhone photography. But we don’t really think so. Yes, it does offer a lot of new features such as 4K Video Recording and Live Photos.
Although, what has been kept same is the aperture number, which is still same at f/2.2. Most of the Android smartphones these days are now packing f/2.0 aperture and Honor device is one of them. If you’d like to see the camera samples of the Honor 7, then head over to our detailed camera review of the same while you can also check out the Apple iPhone 6s Camera samples.
The front facing camera module is also quite different on both of these handsets. The Honor 7 sports an 8-megapixel resolution camera on the rear while the iPhone 6s has a 5-megapixel resolution camera. The front cam on an Apple product has increased a lot from 1.2MP on iPhone 6 to 5MP on the latest generation. The selfie cam on iPhone isn’t a wide-angle camera while the Honor 7 has a 26mm wide angle lens camera on the front.
The battery life is where you wouldn’t be surprised to know who should be the winner. The Honor 7 packs 3100mAh battery and Apple iPhone 6s has a 1715mAh battery, which is said to be smaller than its previous generation iPhone. We have reviewed the Honor 7 and in their we have talked a lot about battery capability of the device. It might be one of the best features of the Honor device while I can’t say same for the iPhone. Reducing the battery from 1810 to 1715mAh might not be a good decision after all.
The super affordable flagship segment is a new thing; we have been seeing movements in this segment since last two years only. The smartphones like Honor 7 gives hard competition to premium handsets in the smartphone market. The Apple iPhone 6s present strong case in many aspects while some aspects as software can’t be argued with. But the ultimate deciding factors here were the Battery life and Camera capabilities, if you’re looking for two such things in your next smartphone and isn’t particularly caring about investing a lot on iPhone just for the software part, and thus we recommend Honor 7 to you.
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