Stiftung Warentest: iPhone 7 Plus behind Samsung Galaxy S7 in the list of mobile phones in 2016

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The Stiftung Warentest has numerous smartphones and cell phones again tested, including the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. In first place, however, is the Samsung Galaxy S7. It almost shared the space with the Apple iPhone 7 Plus (32 GB) if it hadn't had a weaker battery. In addition, there is the price, which is the Samsung Galaxy S7 is significantly lower. But what do tests like this say about usability? Are objective system tests the measure of all things?

Stiftung Warentest: A total of 21 smartphone models rated "Good"

From the grade 1,9 to the grade 2,5, 21 models were found to be good. According to the Stiftung Warentest, the cheapest device costs 240 euros (Samsung Galaxy A3 2016); the most expensive was the iPhone 7 Plus with 32 GB of memory - at around 1.100 euros. At the top of the list is the Samsung Galaxy S7 for 585 euros with a grade of 1,9.

Test results of the Samsung Galaxy S7

  • Telephone: good
  • Internet and PC: very good
  • Camera: good
  • GPS and navigation: good
  • Music player: good
  • Handling: good
  • Stability: very good
  • Battery: good

Test results of the Apple iPhone 7 Plus

  • Telephone: good
  • Internet and PC: very good
  • Camera: good
  • GPS and navigation: good
  • Music player: good
  • Handling: very good
  • Stability: good
  • Battery: sufficient (with a note that this will lead to devaluation)

It is astonishing that the iPhone 7 (without "Plus") landed in 8th place. In the overview it becomes clear that there were deductions in handling compared to its big brother. The small model should basically sit better in the hand than the 5,5 inch phablet.

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The current top 3 smartphones from 2016 according to Stiftung Warentest: Samsung Galaxy S7, Apple iPhone 7 Plus and Huawei P9 Plus. But is a comparison of individual services enough for a purchase decision? (Image sources: pages of the manufacturer)

Stiftung Warentest as a source for purchasing decisions?

The Stiftung Warentest has its permanent place as an informing authority. However, in my opinion, prospective buyers who want to buy a smartphone should not follow these tests first. The main areas of application for the device should be in the foreground. For example, memory and camera quality are paramount for many users - which also leads to that iPhone 7 Plus finds its way into Sir Apfelot's house.

If you know your own needs, you can start looking for suitable devices. Of course, if you don't have a favorite yet, the question of Android or iOS has to be clarified. Beginners (as well as everyone else) should of course opt for iOS right away;) In addition to the innovative platform and user-friendliness, Apple's security and update-friendliness also play a role here.

Compare smartphones online for free

Granted, the data and test results listed above are from a chargeable PDF from Stiftung Warentest. If you more extensive information to all possible devices - and that free - then I recommend you take a look at If you look at the data sheets there (detailed down to the smallest detail), you will find a button "Compare mobile phones". With this you can compare the displayed model with others. There are also extensive tests on Apple, Android and other devices.

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2 comments on “Stiftung Warentest: iPhone 7 Plus behind Samsung Galaxy S7 in the list of mobile phones 2016”

  1. It is interesting that the battery of the iPhone 7 was only rated "sufficient" the reasons for this are unfortunately not given. The update policy and the security of the device are not included in the rating.

    The weighting of the evaluation criteria is unfortunately not visible.

    By eliminating evaluation criteria (update policy and security) and a different weighting, the testers can decide which device is declared the winner. The zoom range was also not rated, here the iPhone 7 Plus should score with the 2x optical zoom.

    1. Hi Michael! Yes you are right. Stiftung Warentest's smartphone tests have been hotly debated for years - precisely for the reason that you simply cannot ignore the operating system. Or the security aspects of the system and 100 other similar factors that are simply not considered in the tests. Samsung could come up with a smartphone that has a camera twice as good as the iPhone 7 - I still wouldn't buy it. Unfortunately it runs Android on it. ;-)

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