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Samsung Galaxy S6 edge vs iPhone 6: a real-life speed comparison

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge vs iPhone 6: a real-life speed comparison
The introduction of UFS 2.0 memory to Samsung's high-end mobile devices - at the time, we could only speculate it was the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge - certainly piqued our interest. There was no way those speed improvements wouldn't impact their performance across all usage scenarios - especially when it comes down to app and file load times! Add to these the 3 GB of top-notch DDR4 RAM, and we just might have a winner.

That is why, at MWC 2015, we managed to pit a pre-release Galaxy S6 edge against Apple's iPhone 6 with its blazing A8 chipset and tight software optimization. While the Exynos 7420 in the Galaxy S6 edge kills it in the multicore benchies, the A8 is still on top when it comes to one-on-one processor core power, at least in synthetic tests. What we tested, however, is real-life experience when it comes to opening the most used stock apps on a phone, like the contacts, messaging, camera and so on, with their app loading times directly on display. 

As you can see in the video below, the two phones are almost neck-and-neck when it comes to app launching speeds, which is more of a tribute to the top-shelf RAM and storage tech in the S6 edge, since Samsung's TouchWiz overlay is usually quite heavy to push around, especially on a Quad HD display like the one in the S6 edge. What do you think, does it seem like a tie to you?


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posted on 05 Mar 2015, 13:03 53

1. shaineql (Posts: 346; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


All i see is Samsungs Fully Featured contacts app with detailed Pictures and menus VS Black And white contacts app on Iphone . My 3310 has better contacts app and can open it faster.

posted on 05 Mar 2015, 13:09 18

9. Kishin (Posts: 704; Member since: 30 May 2013)


Samsung impoving this much I almost couldn't except it.

posted on 05 Mar 2015, 14:31 7

60. LebronJamesFanboy (Posts: 165; Member since: 23 Mar 2013)


While I love the improvement, and certain do notice it, I still wish touchwiz just completely vanished.

The features touchwiz offers are INCREDIBLE. However, it really holds back the power of Samsung phones. Like the Author said, the UI feels heavy at times.

But all in all, I think Samsung is understanding what improvements need to be made.

posted on 05 Mar 2015, 15:03 12

78. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10438; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Funny because every reviewer on the yet has said the opposite. :(

posted on 05 Mar 2015, 15:12 2

84. LebronJamesFanboy (Posts: 165; Member since: 23 Mar 2013)


Every reviewer has said exactly the opposite of what I said?

Not true. Especially considering some of what I stated is in the article above.

posted on 05 Mar 2015, 15:16 16

85. TreyTreyTaylor (Posts: 612; Member since: 21 Dec 2010)


Completely vanish? Stock is blazing fast but it's boring as fock. You gotta xposed the heck outta stock to make it close to touchwiz. Why don't everyone get that touchwiz was sluggish at times because it was busting at the seams with features that even lollipop still doesn't have. Face it you'll always have options for aosp android. But Samsung flagships are not among them.

posted on 05 Mar 2015, 15:34 7

92. LebronJamesFanboy (Posts: 165; Member since: 23 Mar 2013)


Lol stock isn't that boring. I did fine using that with my nexus 5. But you're probably right, it's a matter of preference.

But I just hate that touchwiz limits the beasts that use it. My note 4 was only blazing fast for me after making tweaks around touchwiz.

posted on 05 Mar 2015, 17:18 4

104. TreyTreyTaylor (Posts: 612; Member since: 21 Dec 2010)


You sir are absolutely correct. It pretty much boils down to preference. I will also admit that I did have to spruce it up a bit. But TW on Note 4 and S6 is fantastic.

When I had Note 3. I used both Touchwiz and AOSP Roms. AOSP was always very very fast. Like M8 fast. But Touchwiz has tons of stuff I always had to come back for. Like video codecs, working WiFi direct, floating videos, s pen functionality, one handed mode and on and on.

posted on 06 Mar 2015, 15:36

148. waelnd (Posts: 5; Member since: 03 May 2013)


Hi. Can you please advise what are these TW tweaks you did. I would love to do the same on my Note 4 :). Thanks.

posted on 06 Mar 2015, 09:53

141. sgodsell (Posts: 3260; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


LebronJamesFanboy it's called loading another launcher. If you don't like touchwiz. It's just that easy. But if you actually used Android in the first place then you would know this.

posted on 05 Mar 2015, 13:16 6

21. nctx77 (Posts: 1721; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


Dude, if you have to say all that, it just proves that spec don't mean nothing. It's about real world experience. You are splitting hairs at this point.

posted on 05 Mar 2015, 13:29 20

34. shaineql (Posts: 346; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Well we can see the speed , at this point it no longer matters.
What matters now is real life expirience you are talking about.

And id rather have fully blown contacts phone app that has contacts pics and tons of other features with ease of use than have sketchbook black and white text as my contacts app.

posted on 05 Mar 2015, 14:49 3

70. LebronJamesFanboy (Posts: 165; Member since: 23 Mar 2013)


That's subjective. I would rather look at the black and white text. I prefer the simpler layout.

However, my gf would definately prefer the other. But enough with comparing which app is better. Let's agree both phones are just as fast in the test and be done.

posted on 06 Mar 2015, 10:09

142. sgodsell (Posts: 3260; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Wrong. Both phones are not just as fast. The S6 has the fastest 3 GB 1552 Mhz DDR4 ram used on any mobile device, instead of the iPhones 1 GB 800 Mhz DDR3 ram. The S6 also has the fastest emmc 5.1 storage. Plus the 64 bit octa core running at 2.1 Ghz is superior to the dual core 1.4 Ghz CPU. But since specs don't matter to you iFools. Then what about real multitasking or multi-windows support. Oh, that's right you can't experience any of that since you don't have real multitasking or multi-windows support. I guess you have to experience it though. I wonder if that's why Apple is putting 2 GB of ram in their next model iPhone 6s?

posted on 05 Mar 2015, 13:34 27

38. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10438; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I'm still trying to figure out where Nick found "lag" on the very first test. I wonder how the Samsung haters are going to react when the S6 matches/excels the 6 in speed.

posted on 05 Mar 2015, 14:29 9

58. LebronJamesFanboy (Posts: 165; Member since: 23 Mar 2013)


No offense, but the S6 should pretty much destroy the 6-month old iPhone 6. Also, do yourself a favor and care less about what Samsung haters think.

Also, the very slight lag/delay has been a common touchwiz issue for a long time now in terms of opening apps, but it does look like it's improving. . But hey, from the looks of the video the Galaxy 6 edge bested the iPhone in terms of returning to the home screen.

posted on 05 Mar 2015, 14:31 18

59. AppleCultist (banned) (Posts: 335; Member since: 18 Feb 2015)


What the f**k are you looking at?

The S6 opened the apps faster than the iPhone 6 did.

posted on 05 Mar 2015, 14:37 6

63. LebronJamesFanboy (Posts: 165; Member since: 23 Mar 2013)


1. Was the use of profanity really necessary?

2. Obviously, if you watched the video, there was no clear winner in terms of opening the apps.

posted on 05 Mar 2015, 15:01 7

75. You_Dont_Say (Posts: 69; Member since: 26 Jan 2015)


@Lebron

You are seriously needed on this blog. Some people are so driven by their bias that they can't even think straight.

I hate Apple with a passion, but even I can admit that the phones are just as fast.

posted on 05 Mar 2015, 15:03 7

79. AppleCultist (banned) (Posts: 335; Member since: 18 Feb 2015)


https://imgflip.com/gif/ih3w6

posted on 05 Mar 2015, 15:24 2

87. You_Dont_Say (Posts: 69; Member since: 26 Jan 2015)


https://imgflip.com/gif/ih57v

posted on 05 Mar 2015, 18:25 9

113. bachir8k (Posts: 148; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


A delay in opening an app in IPhone is loading and transition effect, but in Samsung it's a lag.

posted on 05 Mar 2015, 19:55 4

117. Chuck007 (Posts: 1043; Member since: 02 Mar 2014)


I can't see the lag either? And most of the times when iPhone won it's because of the needlessly long animations on the GS6.

Regardless, it's great to see Samsung getting back on track. Where Samsung dominates for half a year then Apple the next (I assume).

posted on 05 Mar 2015, 13:03 17

2. Simona (unregistered)


iphon looks so ancient next to edge.. but doesn't nxt to horrible S6

anyway only STUPID will do such comparsion .. like which will open app faster jeesus christ!

posted on 05 Mar 2015, 13:14 12

16. frankg (Posts: 152; Member since: 14 May 2014)


No, the iPhone 6 does not look ancient next to the S6, just because it has curves glass...

I'm a Note 4 user, but the iPhone 6 plus is better looking. The reason I own the Note is that I choose substance over style. If Android would run on an iPhone, I would never buy anything else.

posted on 05 Mar 2015, 13:39 27

41. AppleCultist (banned) (Posts: 335; Member since: 18 Feb 2015)


The iPhone 6/6+ look like dogs**t.
The S6 Edge is the best-looking smartphone I've ever seen, and this is coming from someone critical of Samsung's designs.

No need to fap over Apple's garbage design skills.

posted on 05 Mar 2015, 13:43 10

42. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10438; Member since: 14 May 2012)


LOL funny you mention "garbage design skills" because even as an avid Samsung fan for over 10 years , Samsung copied the bottom of the iPhone completely besides repositioning the microphone. You're trying way too hard to earn those green thumbs you fool.

posted on 05 Mar 2015, 13:45 21

43. AppleCultist (banned) (Posts: 335; Member since: 18 Feb 2015)


http://www.gsmnation.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/1.-Samsung-Ativ-S-Review-Image-Courtesy-Anand-Tech.jpg

GG Apple, copying Samsung's design.

posted on 05 Mar 2015, 15:09 3

82. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10438; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Mhmm. Spot on.

http://goo.gl/DR78XU
http://goo.gl/6IiYHT
http://goo.gl/qiXHe1

posted on 05 Mar 2015, 16:30 7

98. cheetah2k (Posts: 1508; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


Wow look at that!! If Apple come out and try to sue Samsung over the S6, I think they'll have massive issues.. I'm surprised Samsung haven't said anything about the striking resemblance to the Ativ!

posted on 05 Mar 2015, 23:24 1

131. Iodine (Posts: 1306; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


Samsung can't say anything about the iPhone 6, because first that image is photoshoped (probably samsungs promotional shot), and because they use ther biggest patent hoard in the industry just to cover their buts, when they steal something from the other company.

And if samsung is a market leader like all iHaters claim, why they have urge to desperatelly explaining how much the galaxy is better right on the stage ? Why they have urge to copy many design elemnts of the iPhone if they push "next is now" when iPhone 6 is already here ?

posted on 06 Mar 2015, 03:06 1

137. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3820; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


So if Apple is the greatest, why do they always take shots at Android OEMS when they start their announcements? Both of them do it. It's called trying to show why their product is better than the competition's. Everyone does it, Ford & Chevy, Coke and Pepsi, McDonalds & Burger King, Microsoft and Apple. All of them have taken shots at each other during announcements and advertising. Hell they even do it in politics, ever seen an ad where one politician shows the shortcomings of their rival? It's nothing new and isn't specific to any one side or industry.

And just like you say Samsung takes from Apple, so does Apple take from Samsung. And so does every company in regards to their competition. When one company comes out with something, their competition follows suit to be competitive and try to get their piece of the pie.

posted on 10 Mar 2015, 09:46

151. KRONeage (Posts: 142; Member since: 17 Apr 2011)


hahaha.... Oh really.... you mean you think the Apple invented placing speakers on the bottom of a phone with a USB charging port, headset port, microphones, etc on device placement all together? That's all functional placement and in case you never graduated from college, studying Industrial Design Concepts, "Form Follows Function" not the other way around!

USB port has been at the bottom of all smartphones since 90's smartphone antiquity and before that corded phones were attached at the bottom. There are so many phone makers that have put speakers at the bottom it's pathetic and Samsung happens to be one of them. Headphone Ports on the bottom? Are you kidding me? lol.... I guess you think microphones should be anywhere else on a phone, except on the bottom. Where you'd logically speak into them. Is that functional placement therefore owned by Apple? To go with their headphone jack. Which they also moved to the bottom for functional reasons too! haha.... Dude you are one hella jerkwad Appleholic to think Samsung copied anything from iPhones for their S6 and Edge model phones!

Now though.... it seems to me, Apple copied Samsung's placement of power button on the right side, for easy thumb reach on larger screened devices they also copied from Samsung by your logic. Apple also stole the single round Home Button beneath the screen, placement from Samsung's January 2006 introduced SGH-Z610 3.5" touchscreen only (no physical keyboard) Multimedia Smartphone. Actually the first fully functional 3.5" Touchscreen phone combining of a iPod like Multimedia Player with a smartphone ever. Yeah.... it was Samsung that came out with the first iPhone Lol.... in all actuality... not Apple!

These are all unique functionality features. Like placing of microphones and charging ports on the bottom of the phone, in design choices that can't be patented and therefore never copied in the first place. You should knock off drinking so much RDF'd spiked Koolaide and understand that placement follows function. Even more so than form, therefore your accusations are just that... lame retarded 5yo's screaming about being 1st to comment on YouTube. Truth for you is; neither Apple nor Samsung owns the placement of functional features or the forms that follow them (like in round vs rectangular buttons)! So... Get REAL and is that all you got? And if you can't understand this concept, I'm afraid you most likely think Apple invented placing a 3.5" screen on front of a smartphone IBM invented first too! ;-P

posted on 05 Mar 2015, 13:59

53. johntheone (Posts: 24; Member since: 22 Jan 2015)


Despite the ignorance displayed here, remember, design is subjective.

posted on 05 Mar 2015, 13:51 19

48. tedkord (Posts: 10340; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I disagree. For the first time, the Samsung phones look better than the current iPhone's. The Note 4 is better looking than the 6+. That's not because the current iPhone's are so ugly than the Note 4 being beautiful (though it is attractive).

posted on 05 Mar 2015, 13:55 13

51. AppleCultist (banned) (Posts: 335; Member since: 18 Feb 2015)


Agree, tedkord. The Applesexuals are in denial over how good the S6 Edge looks.

As per the speed test, look at 1:07. TW is also now faster than iOS.

It's like Apple and Samsung has switched places. Samsung now has the killer design and fast OS while Apple has the dogs**t design and slow OS. LOL

posted on 05 Mar 2015, 14:41 7

66. LebronJamesFanboy (Posts: 165; Member since: 23 Mar 2013)


I got a very simple idea. Let's just agree that both phones look great.

posted on 05 Mar 2015, 17:07 3

100. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2721; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


meh... too simple ;)

posted on 05 Mar 2015, 17:29 2

107. LebronJamesFanboy (Posts: 165; Member since: 23 Mar 2013)


Agreed haha

posted on 05 Mar 2015, 16:16 1

94. darkkjedii (Posts: 19835; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


that's your opinion. Although I think the N4 is the best phablet, I think the 6/6 plus look better. That's my opinion.

posted on 05 Mar 2015, 17:16 3

102. tedkord (Posts: 10340; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Of course it's my opinion. But I do remember LOTS of iPhone fans on these forums stating that the leaked pictures of the iPhone 6 prior to release were fake, because Apple would never release anything this ugly.

Now, the iPhone 4 -that was a good looking phone. The 5 also, just a smidge behind the 4.

posted on 05 Mar 2015, 20:46 2

123. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


The antenna lines are not cute, luckily there's more to a design than antenna lines and a camera hump. Also, recall that when the fully assembled iPhone 6 was leaked, jaws dropped.

As for the S6 Edge, if they had just curved only the display and front plate, they would have had a winner. Personally, I can't get into the curved shape of the entire phone. And while all the colors are really nice (especially the emerald green), I could never see myself rocking a super shiny phone. The iPhone 6 looks a bit more mature IMO.

posted on 05 Mar 2015, 23:22

130. phichart (Posts: 251; Member since: 03 May 2014)


Iphone 6/6plus look very ugly... for me Iphone 5s is the best looking...

posted on 05 Mar 2015, 13:04 5

3. nctx77 (Posts: 1721; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


You see, this is why I don't pay attention to all these Samsung and Android fanboys when they are talking about specs. Unless you can prove to me the benifit in the real or that it is actually way faster, I don't want to hear about it!

posted on 05 Mar 2015, 13:07 26

6. maherk (Posts: 3424; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Just like the Note 4 ended up crushing the iPhone 6+ in speed tests after it received it's final version, i have no doubt about the S6 doing so to the iPhone 6.

posted on 05 Mar 2015, 14:40 6

64. LebronJamesFanboy (Posts: 165; Member since: 23 Mar 2013)


Can we be fair here?

The note 4 and iPhone 6 perform relatively similar in real world use. I use both phones daily.

posted on 05 Mar 2015, 15:31 8

90. gynorm (Posts: 18; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)


The thing that everyone overlooks though is that the Note 4 and most android phones for that matter are doing alot more than iOS within the OS. Like processing data, running widgets ect... all while having better battery life and matching or beating its speed. Think about that for a minute.

posted on 05 Mar 2015, 20:43

121. j2001m (Posts: 2791; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Also,all apps in the test on the iPhone are all preloaded I.e. We need downloaded apps to be tested

posted on 24 Mar 2015, 18:05

158. 99nights (Posts: 1152; Member since: 10 Mar 2015)


Wow this website is ultra buggy today, would not let me reply on desktop version. Took me 20 mins just to reply to you lol. I agree with everything you said and that's what I tell others, apple is just a big phone really where Android is like having a mini PC in your pocket which does do a lot more than apple but they both do essentially the same thing, it just ends up with preference - simple user interface or a PC like experience with Android. I much prefer windows OS and I have them all so I'm completely unbiased. Also the note 4 pushes qhd screen compared to 750 and 1080 on the 6+ so the note should take longer to load the pixels.

posted on 05 Mar 2015, 13:07 8

8. Ninetysix (Posts: 2339; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Best in the tech industry specs vs 2012 specs.

Results = neck to neck

zzzzZZZzzz

posted on 05 Mar 2015, 13:15 24

18. tech2 (Posts: 3369; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Do a comparison with Nokia 3300 and it will beat both.....So by your logic 2000 vs 2015 specs. Results = neck to neck.

My gawd ppl on this site are getting stupid by the day !!

Its not just miliseconds of speed difference but how it does it. GS6 is pushing a QHD display and running widgets in the background. That makes a big difference.

posted on 05 Mar 2015, 13:16 7

23. tedkord (Posts: 10340; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Not really. Watch. Ties, he called in favour of the iPhone. Wins for the S6 he called ties.

Regardless, either device is more than fast enough.

posted on 05 Mar 2015, 13:17 2

24. AppleCultist (banned) (Posts: 335; Member since: 18 Feb 2015)


Well, the iPhone is noticeably slower. It takes a few seconds for it to load the content while the S6 loads both the frame and content in one go.

posted on 05 Mar 2015, 13:17 7

25. shaineql (Posts: 346; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Black and White msg app and contacts , that look exactly like my 3310 nokia contacts app vs Fully featured contact/msg apps with dosens of different UI elements , contact pictures etc. What do you think is better and requires more power to load , dips**t ?

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 16:41

152. miket1737 (Posts: 2369; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


Lmao pushing a few small pictures and some colored ui elements shouldnt be taxing really at all espcially on such cutting edge hardware. I think your just making lame excuses

posted on 05 Mar 2015, 13:18 11

27. sipha (Posts: 434; Member since: 12 May 2012)


and I don't trust these sort of tests, just way too much variables... & never mind the fact that the chances of a human to actually be pressing at the exact same time is so rare, it's almost impossible!!!

posted on 05 Mar 2015, 13:52 6

50. tedkord (Posts: 10340; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Of course, the test is useless. But you've got to understand, his agenda was to make the iPhone look faster.

posted on 05 Mar 2015, 14:58 2

73. TAMARETTE (Posts: 182; Member since: 15 Jun 2014)


That much was obvious.

posted on 05 Mar 2015, 20:48

124. j2001m (Posts: 2791; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Also if he is right handed it will be 100% iphome getting hit 1st

posted on 05 Mar 2015, 13:16 21

20. HomerS (Posts: 169; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)


The S6 pushes nearly 4 times the pixels of the iphone 6 and in some apps there werent even any pics but just plain text on the iphone, while there were pics on the S6.

And the iphone is fast when it comes to stock apps but not fast when it comes to third party apps like facebook, twitter and co. There should be another comparison with third party apps aswell.

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