What are some alternatives to the Apple iPhone 7 Plus?

Apple iPhone 7 Plus

With the recent (and spectacular) demise of the Samsung Note 7, a gap appeared in the world of high-end phones with large screens, especially those that were viewed as alternatives to the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. My curiosity drove me to take a closer look at other phones that could fill the void that the Note 7 left behind, and create a list of other, large display phones, at the higher end of the market.

Below is the list, in no particular order. Each phone is accompanied by its price and model availability in Canada, as well as details on its components and internals to be able to compare.

NOTE: Some of the tables below may not look great in portrait mode on mobile, but they're okay in landscape mode. So if the data looks weird, turn your phones horizontal!

Google Pixel XL

Google Pixel XL

Price Screen Size Dimensions Weight
32GB: $1,049 CAD
128GB: $1,179 CAD
5.5" 154.7mm x 75.mm7 x 8.6mm 168g
Resolution Processor Camera Battery
1440x2560, ~534ppi Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, 2.15Ghz 12.3-megapixel camera (f/2.0, 4K video) 3,450mAh

ASUS Zenfone 3 Deluxe

ASUS Zenfone 3 Deluxe

Price Screen Size Dimensions Weight
64GB: $669 CAD 5.7" 156.4mm x 77.4mm x 4.2~7.5mm 172g
Resolution Processor Camera Battery
1080x1920, ~386ppi Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, 2.4GHz 23-megapixel camera (f/2.0, 4K video) 3,000mAh

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Price Screen Size Dimensions Weight
32GB: $999 CAD 5.5" 150.9mm x 72.6mm x 7.7mm 157g
Resolution Processor Camera Battery
1440x2560, ~534ppi Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, 2.15GHz 12-megapixel camera (f/1.7, 4K video) 3,600mAh

OnePlus 3

OnePlus 3

Price Screen Size Dimensions Weight
64GB: $519 CAD 5.5" 152.7mm x 74.7mm x 7.4mm 158g
Resolution Processor Camera Battery
1080x1920, ~401ppi Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, 2.15GHz 16-megapixel camera (f/2.0, 4K video) 3,000mAh

Motorola Moto Z

Motorola Moto Z

Price Screen Size Dimensions Weight
32GB: $899 CAD 5.5" 153.3mm x 75.3mm x 5.2mm 136g
Resolution Processor Camera Battery
1440x2560, ~535ppi Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, 2.15GHz 13-megapixel camera (f/1.8, 4K video) 2,600mAh

LG V20

LG V20

Price Screen Size Dimensions Weight
64GB: $999 CAD 5.7" 159.7mm x 78.1mm x 7.6mm 174g
Resolution Processor Camera Battery
1440x2560, ~513ppi Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, 2.15GHz 16-megapixel camera (f/1.8, 4K video) 3,200mAh

Personal Opinions / Thoughts

While this was largely an exercise in satisfying my curiosity, it's great to see that there are plenty of phones that are capable of stepping up to fill the void left behind by the Samsung Note 7.

Based on just these (mostly technical) details alone, my pick for best alternative to the iPhone 7 Plus would probably be the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. It has a high resolution and high pixel density screen, is thin and light for such a large phone, has the largest aperture on its camera lens, and has quite the beefy battery to match.

However, that's just by the numbers. I'd definitely need to use them side-by-side to get a better sense of which phone is the best one.

Thanks for reading!