The two of the smartphones ruling the world with their features. Samsung finally launched a smartphones which is a way better than any other smartphone currently available including our very own feature king iphone, and choosing between the two is matter of hard work.
Let’s not be coy about this, Samsung has pulled a blinder out of the bag with the Galaxy S6. Together with the very similar Galaxy S6 Edge we have two of the best smartphones you can buy right now.
Samsung has taken a very different tack with the design and features of the S6 – in some ways they’ve out-Appled Apple. That’s what makes a comparison with the iPhone 6 so interesting. These aren’t just the most popular phones at the moment, they are two of the very best.
This makes choosing between them tricky. We’ve been using these phones on a day to day basis for weeks and months now to give you the information you need to know. There can only be one winner and unlike the last year’s shootout of the S5 vs iPhone 6, it’s not as clear cut.
So heres the comparison between
Apple iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S6
Samsung Galaxy S6 vs iPhone 6: Design
Samsung Galaxy S6: 6.9mm thick, 138g, aluminium unibody and glass panel, White Pearl/Black Sapphire/Gold Platinum/Blue Topaz
iPhone 6: 6.9mm thick, 129g, anodised aluminium back, Space Grey/Silver/Gold
Both the iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6 mark a radical rethink of the design philosophies for their flagship phones. The iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus, show a delayed decision to follow the trend of phones with larger screens. Samsung’s changes are even more of a departure from previous phones. Following years of dubious design and material decisions aimed at its preference for using plastic made to look like something else on top-end phones, it’s finally decided to deliver something that feels worth its cost. The S6 is the luxuriously-made phone many have been clamouring for.
As a result, it’s made choosing between the two more difficult than ever.
With the Galaxy S6 Samsung has delivered a phone that can finally rival the iPhone in terms of design, build-quality and materials used. From the front, the S6 could be mistaken for the S5 or even the S4. Closer inspection shows some big changes, though. The physical home button has grown to accommodate the improved fingerprint sensor, the screen bezel has narrowed significantly down the sides, while the top and bottom edges of the phone elegantly curve to create the more attractive look.
Samsung Galaxy S6 vs iPhone 6: Screen
Samsung Galaxy S6: 5.1-inch, QHD ‘2K’ Super AMOLED, 577 ppi, 536 nits brightness
iPhone 6: 4.7-inch, 1334 x 750 IPS LCD, 326 ppi, 504 nits brightness
Size is the first big difference when comparing screens. The S6 packing a significantly larger screen, which means more room for enjoying your videos and browsing the web.
The next is resolution. The S6 also benefits from the same resolution upgrade as the Note 4 and as a result is sharper than the iPhone 6’s display. There’s still a debate about how useful 2K displays are on a small screen and most will probably not appreciate the differences. If your desperate for cutting-edge tech then the S6 is the winner here. Unless you look very closely, though, you won’t notice the difference in sharpness.
There’s differences in the display technologies as well, and these have a bigger impact. While Apple uses LCD, Samsung opts for OLED and as a result the S6 delivers perfect black levels and impressive contrast ratio that make it more suitable for watching films. The slightly over saturated colours you get with the S5 is not as problematic this time round on the S6, particularly when you choose a more tasteful colour setting. The iPhone 6 on the other hand delivers strong viewing angles and good colour accuracy.
So yes, the iPhone 6 has a great screen, but the S6 is offering something new level with its 2K display and wins this round as well.
Samsung Galaxy S6 vs iPhone 6: Performance
Samsung Galaxy S6: Exynos 7420 64-bit octa-core, Mali T760 GPU, 3GB RAM
iPhone 6: Apple A8 64-bit dual-core 1.4GHz, PowerVR GX6450 GPU, 1GB RAM
The iPhone 6 features Apple’s punchy A8 CPU, a dual-core 64-bit chip with a seriously swift GPU attached and backed by 1GB of RAM. This is a different approach to that taken by Android chip makers, who typically go for a quad-core GPU and at least 2GB of RAM.
For the S6 Samsung opted against using the Snapdragon 810 processor found inside the LG Flex 2 and HTC One M9 in favour for its custom chip. The 64-bit Exynos 7420 chip offers a very similar octa-core set-up to the aforementioned Snapdragon 810 and delivers a slick, overall performance.
Elsewhere, the Samsung Galaxy S6 features 3GB of RAM – that’s three times the amount found in the iPhone 6. More important here, however, is the speed of that RAM. The Galaxy S6 is the first phone to feature DDR4 memory, which is 80 percent faster than the iPhone 6’s DDR3.
When you compare the Geekbench 3 multi-core benchmark tests, the S6 comes out on top but numbers only tells half the story. In day-to-day performance both are extremely quick and slick and our usual complaints of TouchWiz slowing things down isn’t apparent on the more streamlined version Samsung has adopted for the S6.
Geekbench 3 multi-core scores
Samsung Galaxy S6 – 4116
iPhone 6 – 2933
We’d call it a draw. You should have no real complaints with either phone.
Samsung Galaxy S6 vs iPhone 6: Camera
Samsung Galaxy S6: 16-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front camera, single LED flash, optical image stabilisation
iPhone 6: 8 megapixel, phase detection, dual LED ‘True Tone’ flash
Having a good phone camera means a great deal for most when buying a phone and thankfully both Samsung and Apple do a fantastic job with their cameras. They both take great photos and are easy to pick up and start shooting.
The S5 had one of our favourite cameras last year but there was certainly room for improvement. Samsung has taken slightly tweaked the setup used for the Note 4 and dropped it into the S6. As a result you can still take sharp, vibrant images quickly and then get them shared on Twitter and Facebook in no time. HDR is still a standout feature here as well, while the addition of optical image stabilisation means you get a helping hand in low-light conditions. While it doesn’t entirely eradicate the image noise, you can grab clearer, more rewarding results.
On paper, some will compare Apple’s 8-megapixels to Samsung’s 16-megapixels, but in reality that doesn’t give you a true insight into the iPhone 6’s performance. Apple makes the very best of its setup and you can still get great, natural photos with many of the same qualities you’d associate with the S6. It does lose out to the S6 for low-light shooting, sadly because it lacks the optical image stabilisation the iPhone 6 Plus did get.
On the whole, these are two fantastic cameras. If taking photos in more challenging lighting conditions is something you value more, the S6 is for you. For a combination of simplicity and image quality, the iPhone 6 is the one to go for. Either way, these are two phone cameras that won’t let you down.
The S6 also has the better front-facing camera, if you’re into selfies.
Samsung Galaxy S6 vs iPhone 6:Battery Life
Samsung Galaxy S6: 2550 mAh non-removable battery, wireless charging
iPhone 6: 1810 mAh non-removable battery
When you compare the Galaxy S5 with the iPhone 6, there was only one winner and that was the S5. It had the bigger battery and the benchmark tests proved it had the capability of going much longer than Apple’s smartphone. That being said, the iPhone 6 has made big improvements thanks to a more efficient setup.
Living day-to-day with them, the S6’s stamina levels are nowhere near as good as the S5, but compared to the iPhone 6 it just about beats it. There’s not much in it though. You can get a normal working day (8am to 6-7pm) out of them both but it’ll be a hard push keeping either alive if you stayed out for the night. Samsung does offer a very useful power saving mode that restricts the battery draining features but will still let you make calls and can push things a little further.
The S6 and the iPhone 6 can see noticeable drop offs when you’re streaming music, watching video or browsing the web for 20-30 minutes. In standby modes, though they reserve those battery powers well.
When the battery is dead, the S6 is a quicker to get back up to 100%. That’s down to Samsung’s rapid charging technology, which works in a similar fashion to Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology found on the LG G Flex 2. It takes an hour and twenty minutes to go from 0%-100 while the iPhone takes around 3 to 3.5 hours. There’s a workaround to getting that down to 2 hours if you use a 2.1-amp charging cable that comes bundled with Apple’s iPad.
Samsung additionally offers wireless charging, something Apple has yet to embrace for its smartphone range. The S6 will work with all wireless charging formats including the more common QI, letting you use other third party charging devices. The problem here is that you don’t get the same level of charging speed as you do from the mains.
So, do you go S6 or iPhone 6? This is the closest it has ever between the two flagship phones. Where Samsung has made striking changes with design, Apple has slightly underwhelmed with the transformation from iPhone 5S to iPhone 6. For screen quality, the S6 wins but 2K over a Retina display won’t matter to most. Both offer slick performances, significant software improvements and have two of the best smartphone cameras you can lay your hands on.
Price does becomes a factor here though. Go for the most expensive S6 SIM-free and you are paying more than you would for the most expensive iPhone 6. A look at contract deals suggest you’ll pay £4-5 a month extra for the S6 if you were choosing between the smallest storage options.
When you count up the little wins, the S6 comes out on top. It’s the most attractive Samsung flagship and has all of the cutting edge features to back up its metal look. If you want the best, then Samsung in our eyes, is the one to go for right now. The iPhone 6 is still fantastic phone in our book, but Samsung may have just raised the bar.