Finally. After years of pleading, it seems Apple and Samsung have finally grasped that customers want smartphones that are as practical as they are stylish and both companies have gone big on durability in 2016.
Consequently you’ll find the Galaxy S7 and iPhone 7 each sport tough Series 7000 aluminium chassis as well as water and dust resistance – Samsung bringing it back to the range after it bizarrely went missing on the Galaxy S6, Apple adding it for the first time.
Differences? Technically Samsung has achieved the slightly higher rating (IP68 vs IP67) which means it can survive submersion for up to 30 minutes in 1.5 metres of water while the iPhone 7 also survives 30 minutes but at a depth of 1 metre. It’s not a game changing difference, but if your phone falls into a swimming pool the Galaxy S7 has a fractionally better chance of survival.