Not all smartphone or gadget users may agree with Time’s assessment of the 50 Most Influential Gadgets Of All Time, but the magazine has picked Apple’s iPhone as the most influential gadget ever. There’s no doubt that the iPhone has revolutionized the smartphone business and has disrupted the market for personal computing as well. Time editors believe this single device was more influential than any other recent technological innovation.
“Apple was the first company to put a truly powerful computer in the pockets of millions when it launched the iPhone in 2007,” Time wrote. “Smartphones had technically existed for years, but none came together as accessibly and beautifully as the iPhone.”
Apple’s upcoming iPhone 7 is one of the most anticipated smartphones of the year. While the iPhone SE has received some criticism due to the lack of real innovation, the iPhone 7 is expected to bring exciting new features. Last year’s iPhone 6S and 6S Plus were slightly thicker than their predecessors, apparently due to 3D Touch display technology. But the upcoming iPhone is rumored to be ultra-thin.
There is no doubt that the Galaxy S7 and iPhone 6S are the two biggest smartphone competitors currently available on the market. Both offer phablet variants as well, with the Galaxy S7 Edge competing directly against the iPhone 6S Plus. So how do these two premium smartphone contenders stack up? Here is a rundown of the relative qualities of the two devices.