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|
|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|
|Operating System||iOS 8||Android 5.0 Lollipop|
|Health Focus||Health – smartwatch, fitness tracker, distance, elevation||S Health – smartwatch, fitness tracker, heart rate sensor|
|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.Back to top
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.Back to top
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.
Frequently asked questions
Does the Galaxy S6 still have a Micro SD card slot?
No, this feature has been scrapped from the new model.
I don’t like Apple’s operating system and I want an Android phone - is the Samsung Galaxy S6 my best option?
The Galaxy is certainly the most popular competitor for Apple, but other options worth considering include the Sony Xperia Z3, the HTC One and the LG G3.
What is the difference between the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge?
The Edge is the top-of-the line model from Samsung. The main difference is that it features a curved display, providing an additional area for notifications, instead of the standard model’s flat display.
Where should I buy my phone?
All the major phone providers in Australia offer competitively priced plans for both the Apple and the Samsung. You can also buy your phone outright if you wish, so start your search for the best deal here at finder.com.au.