Samsung Galaxy S6 vs Apple iPhone 6

Samsung-Galaxy-S6-vs-Apple-iPhone-6The two heavyweights of the smartphone world go head to head.

The Apple iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy are the Coke and Pepsi of the smartphone world -- fierce rivals, each with a healthy marketshare and their own fervent admirers.

In 2015, the flagship models are the iPhone 6 for Apple and the Galaxy S6 for Samsung. So how do they compare on specs?

Samsung Galaxy S6 vs Apple iPhone 6 at a glance

iPhone 6 Samsung Galaxy S6
Price $999 (16GB) $999 (32GB)
Screen Size 4.7 inch display 5.1 inch display
PPI (pixels per inch) 326 ppi 577 ppi
Screen Protection None Gorilla Glass 4
Weight 129g 138g
Speed 1.4GHz 2.1 GHz quad-core and 1.5 GHz quad-core
Processor A8 Octa-core Exynos 7420
Storage 16GB, 64GB, 128GB 32GB, 64GB, 128GB
Camera 8MP, FaceTime 1.2MP 16MP BACK, 5MP front
Battery 1,810mAh 2,550 mAh
NFC Yes Yes
Operating System iOS 8 Android 5.0 Lollipop
Health Focus Health – smartwatch, fitness tracker, distance, elevation S Health – smartwatch, fitness tracker, heart rate sensor
Fingerprint Scanner Yes Yes
Waterproofing No No
Wireless Charging No Yes
Dimensions 138.1 x 67 x 6.9mm 143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8mm
Display Resolution 1334 x 750 1440 x 2560
Top-spec Model iPhone 6 Plus: 5.5 inch display, 7.1mm thick, 1920 x 1080 resolution, Galaxy S6 Edge: Curved panel display, 132g, dimensions of 142.1 x 70.1 x 7 mm
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What’s new on the iPhone 6?

Clearly the most noticeable new feature on the iPhone 6 is the much larger screen when compared to the iPhone 5 (4.7 inches as opposed to 4 inches). The resolution is also much clearer.

Next to receive a boost is the processor (up to 1.4GHz), while the camera and battery life also received notable improvements. The smooth metal surface and streamline design of the iPhone 6 look wonderfully sleek and, at only 6.9mm thick, it will easily fit into your pocket.

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What’s new on the Samsung Galaxy S6?

The Galaxy S6 is 13g lighter and 1.2mm thinner than the S5 which, though it may not sound like a huge difference, is something you can definitely feel as soon as you pick up the phone.

While the 5.1-inch display size is the same as the previous model, the biggest design news is the shift from plastic finishes to a very slick combination of aluminium and glass. As a result, certain features of the S5, such as expandable storage, removable batteries and waterproofing, have gone by the wayside.

Other major changes include an increase in display resolution (from 432 ppi to 577 ppi), new hardware (Snapdragon 801 is gone, replaced by Exynos 7420, Quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A53 and quad-core 1.9 GHz Cortex-A57 CPUs), Optical Image Stabilisation and a faster camera.

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What are the major differences between the Apple iPhone 6 and the Samsung Galaxy S6?

There are a few key areas where these two models perform differently. The Galaxy S6 beats the iPhone 6 in terms of display, with a larger screen, more colour and better resolution.

The Galaxy S6 also has better raw specifications in the camera department, boasting a 16MP camera versus Apple’s 8MP unit. Having said that, the iPhone is well-regarded for its impressive photographic performance even with lower specs.

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