With the Galaxy S6 Samsung has taken a big step forward but how does it compare to the iPhone 6?
One look at the phone and you’ll see some similarities between the pair but where Samsung phones of the past were mostly plastic on the GS6 we’re looking at an all glass and aluminum body. I don’t think it’s a bad thing that Samsung kind of took a radical change, that they kind of stepped outside their box because it was getting a little repetitive and boring but they’re both relatively slippery phones and I think if I had to choose between the two I’d say the Galaxy S6 feels better but it’s really close. Personally I think the Galaxy S6 edge looks even better than the normal S6 but regardless when put beside the iPhone I think Samsung has delivered a much nicer looking and feeling package. If you’re buying a high end smartphone in 2015 it had better have a great display and thankfully both the iPhone and Galaxy deliver here. The GS6 has a bigger 5.1 inch screen with a massive resolution of 2560 by 1440 compared to the iPhone which measures in at 4.7 inches at 1334 by 750. While the Galaxy S6 on paper has a screen that’s nearly twice as sharp the difference isn’t anywhere near as noticeable in real usage. If you get close yes you can see pixels on the iPhone and there’s no doubt that the AMOLED screen on the Galaxy S6 is superior but it’s a narrow victory to be sure. If specs are your thing the Galaxy S6 is rocking an eight core processor, three gigabytes of RAM and up to 128 gigabytes of memory. The iPhone 6 has the awesome Apple A8 which while down on paper is a serious powerhouse, a less impressive one gig of RAM and options up to 128 gigabytes of storage as well. Benchmarks show a respectable multi-core lead for the S6 with a smaller but still substantial lead in graphics. On the flip side the Galaxy S6 has to push over three times as many pixels so it needs all the power it can get. Side by side it’s hard to say that one is significantly faster than the other, I think we got to this point in smartphones where nothing really sucks or is terrible anymore, if you’re going to browse through basic apps and email and web browsing they’re both really snappy phones. Both phones are loaded up on features as well. On the iPhone you’ve got Apple Pay which is a very cool way of paying for things however in a few months the Galaxy S6 should get Samsung Pay which promises to do much the same thing. They’re also sporting fingerprint readers and unlike on the Galaxy S5 Samsung has made an actually usable setup here. Touch ID is one of those features that doesn’t seem like a big deal until you don’t have it and thankfully Samsung’s implementation is almost indistinguishable from the iPhone. You also get a heart rate monitor on the back of the S6 compared to the reversible Lighting port on the iPhone. No matter which way you go you’re getting feature packed phones. The Galaxy S6 battery hasn’t been too impressive, at the end of a work day I end up finding myself having to charge it, luckily it charges pretty quickly but it hasn’t been too impressive so far. The iPhone 6 battery is not great. I think it’s subpar and from my initial experience with the Galaxy S6 that’s not great as well I know they actually brought the battery down slightly from last year’s Galaxy S5 so really if you’re a powerhouse user I don’t think either phone is really going to get you through a full day. On one hand you’ve got iOS, a thin if a bit slippery design and a camera that’s hard to beat. On the other you’ve got all the customizability of Android, a classy glass and metal build and an absolute ton of features. In the end it’s going to come down to your own taste but for my money it’s hard to pass up the Galaxy S6.