Summary: It’s that time of year when the two biggest players in the smart phone market unveil their newest products. So we’re taking the iPhone 7 and pitting it against the Galaxy S7 to figure out which one is better for plastic surgery. What does a phone have to do with plastic surgery? Probably a bit more than you might expect.

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The iPhone 7 or Galaxy S7? Not Just for Selfies Anymore

You say, a phone is not an instrument of plastic surgery. And that’s true—modern smart devices do not make incisions or sutures. But mobile devices certainly have the power to influence plastic surgery. So what exerts more influence? Which device is more powerful—the iPhone7 or the Galaxy s7?

The answer to that question often depends on what you’re using it for. That’s the one constant here: we’re going to be using our smart phone to get inspiration for our plastic surgery procedure, to plan the procedure, and to help us recover from the procedure.

As you might have noticed, we’re definitely taking a patient-centric approach here. So let’s take a look at what each device offers and try to determine whether the iPhone 7 or Galaxy S7 might be better.

The iPhone 7

The first thing you probably notice about the iPhone 7 is that one thing everybody’s been talking about: there’s no headphone jack. The headphones that are included with the iPhone 7 are Bluetooth headphones, meaning there is no cord. Sure, you can buy an adaptor and connect your 3.5mm headphones to the Lightning USB port. But that’s not ideal for all customers.

Whether the move to eliminate the 3.5mm headphone jack on the iPhone 7 will be seen as courage or folly will be decided in the years to come. If it’s not an important issue to you, the iPhone does boast some pretty impressive tech:

  • Superfast processor means your phone can probably do things your computer can’t
  • 4.7 inch screen is a pretty good size for this size of device
  • Stereo speakers is an improvement over the iPhone’s previous singular speaker
  • 12 megapixel camera enables you to take amazing pictures (the 7 megapixel backup camera is no slouch either
  • Fingerprint scanner for added (or lessened, depending on how you look at) security
  • Available in various colors
  • The iPhone 7 Plus offers a full 1080 HD resolution—meaning the resolution is just as good as it is on your HDTV

The iPhone 7 is an excellent device for many of the things we’re looking at. The camera and the speed of the processor make it a great way to share things on social media. The display also makes the iPhone fantastic for activities such as looking at before and after photos while researching your plastic surgery procedure.

Samsung Galaxy S7

So, there are a few different versions of the Samsung Galaxy. You’ve probably most recently heard of the Galaxy Note—this version of the device has been newsworthy lately due to its tendency to start on fire or explore (there were likely battery issues—Samsung has issued a full recall). However, the Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge have been largely free from those issues.

Like the iPhone 7, the Galaxy has a pretty fast processor with lots of memory. The screen size is a bit bigger (closer to five inches and a little over on the Edge). The other specs include:

  • A 12 megapixel front camera and 5 megapixel rear camera; great for taking pictures, less great for taking selfies
  • Between 16 and 66 hours of battery time, depending on what you’re doing with it
  • Quick charging capabilities
  • 32GB of standard memory
  • The Samsung phones do include a 3.5mm headphone jack, so your earbuds will work

Which Smart Phone is the Best Choice for You?

I wonder if we would be having this conversation so often if the operating systems on each phone were more compatible. As it stands, it can sometimes be difficult and time consuming to switch between Android phones (such as the Galaxy S7) and iOS devices (such as the iPhone 7).

However, these devices are relatively comparable. What it really comes down to for many users is preference over the operating system. It’s true that for some users, performance or software compatibility might be an issue. But for most people, it’s going to come down to what “feels” better in your hand.

I would recommend taking each device for a test drive (most retail outlets will have display models you can try). But don’t just type a few words and call it a day. See how the device handles posting to social media or sending a text. Hold the device up to your ear in case you have to make an actual phone call with your, you know, phone.

Whatever you decide, it will be a tough choice between the iPhone 7 and the Galaxy S7 when it comes which smart phone is better for you.