Date published: 15 Sep 2014
How does the iPhone 6 stack up against the competition?
Before you sign up for a two year contract, take a look at how the iPhone 6 compares to the major competition out there: the Galaxy S5, the HTC One M8, and the Lumia 930.
It’s easy to get carried away in iPhone 6 fever, but take a step back for a moment and assess which smartphone is right for you.
|iPhone 6||iPhone 6 Plus||Galaxy S5||HTC One M8||Lumia 930|
|Buy this phone||Buy this phone||Buy this phone||Buy this phone||Buy this phone|
|Price||$869 (16GB)||$999 (16GB)||$900||$850||$729|
|Screen Size||4.7 inch display, 326 ppi||5.5 inch, 401 ppi||5.1 inch screen, 432 ppi||5 inches||5 inches|
|PPI (pixels per inch)||326||401||432||441||441|
|Screen Protection?||None||None||Gorilla Glass||None||None|
|Processor||A8||A8||Qualcomm Snapdragon 801||Qualcomm Snapdragon 801||Qualcomm Snapdragon 800|
|Storage||16GB, 64GB, 128GB||16GB, 64GB, 128GB||16GB, can increase with a microSD up to 128GB||16GB, can increase with a microSD up to 128GB||32GB, no card slot|
|Camera||8MP, FaceTime 1.2MP||8MP, FaceTime camera 1.2MO||16MP, front camera, 5MP||4MP, front camera 5MP||20MP, front camera 1.2MO|
|Battery||TBD, but Apple suggests up to 12 hours of 4G browsing||TBD, but Apple suggests up to 12 hours of 4G browsing||2800mAh||2600mAh||2300mAh|
|Operating System||iOS 8||iOS 8||Android 4.4.2||Android 4.4.2||Windows Phone 8.1|
|Health Focus?||Health – smartwatch, fitness tracker, distance, elevation||Health – smartwatch, fitness tracker, distance, elevation||S Health – smartwatch, fitness tracker, heart rate sensor||No||No|
|Waterproof||No||No||Yes, up to 1m deep||No||No|
What is NFC?
NFC stands for Near Field Communication, which is the technology that allows you to use your smartphone to make payments at a contactless reader. The Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, and Lumia 930 have had this technology for quite some time; Apple is releasing this with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, calling it Apple Pay.
Which smartphone has the best camera?
For many of us, the quality of our photos is one of the main decisions behind which smartphone to buy. Apple announced that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus would come with 8MP cameras that feature with exposure control, improved face detection, focus pixels, and a video camera that allows for time-lapse videos and continuous autofocus. Higher quality images are now easier than ever.
Opinions are divided as to which smartphone has the better camera. It’s widely regarded that the Galaxy S5 has a superior camera to anything on the market, yet it is often noted that it takes too long to focus. One M8 has a few features the iPhone doesn’t, like a depth sensor for 3D images, yet doesn’t quite match the iPhone’s for image quality.
What is the iPhone 6’s battery life compared to old models?
One of the biggest complaints with the iPhone 5 was the short battery life, with many people unable to get through their day without charging. Apple hasn’t yet released the exact battery specs yet, but has given us a few estimates: 12 hours of browsing time, 24 hours of talk time, and up to 384 hours of standby. We’ll keep you updated as Apple releases more information.
Which is the best smartphone currently on the market?
Like most things in life, people have differing opinions. With that in mind, it all depends on what you're looking for. There's no doubt that the Samsung Galaxy is a powerful phone, but the Nokia Lumia is easier on the wallet and equal in many ways. We can rest assured that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will change the game, but it might be a case of wait-and-see until it comes out to truly test it's capabilities.
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