Apple iPhone 6s Plus vs Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
The 5.5-inch iPhone 6s Plus comes to the scene as the second-generation phablet by Apple after the original 6 Plus. While there are almost no visible changes to the outside, under the hood, the iPhone 6s Plus has abundant upgrades: the new Apple A9 system chip, a 12-megapixel camera with 4K video, more megapixels for the selfie camera, and 3D Touch that allows the phone to sense how strong you press on the screen.
At the same time, Samsung has rushed to the finish line and released its new Galaxy S6 Edge+ phablet earlier this year; it offers a similarly rich set of features with an even bigger, 5.7-inch display with a fancy curve on both edges, a beautiful design that mixes glass and metal, as well as a powerful, in-house Samsung Exynos chip.
The battle of these two, however, is more than just a battle of devices: it’s a battle of platforms and ideas, the iPhone with iOS 9 and an outstanding selection of free first-party apps and a rich ecosystem, on one hand, and the Edge+ with the open Android with its endless customization options on the other. This year, the battle of both devices and ecosystem is more heated than ever, but is there a winner?
Both excel in terms of looks: Apple builds the iPhone with a unibody design, while the Galaxy S6 Edge+ is a stylish concoction of metal and glass.
With the ‘s’ series of phones, Apple traditionally makes little if any changes to the outwards appearance of phones, instead focusing on under-the-hood changes. The iPhone 6s Plus is also a part of that tradition: it’s practically impossible to tell it apart from its predecessor, both featuring a metal unibody with a sleek profile. Pick one up, though, and you can easily tell that the 6s Plus is heavier (it’s a hair thicker too). In fact, it’s noticeably heavier than most smartphones of its size.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+, on the other hand, is also a stylish affair with its metal frame sandwiched between two pieces of toughened glass. Despite its larger, 5.7-inch display, it somehow manages to be both narrower, shorter and thinner, which is quite important for the ease of use of a phablet. It’s also noticeably lighter (nearly 20% lighter than the iPhone!), another important advantage for such a large phone.
In terms of buttons, both phones come with metal keys that provide enough click and travel to be comfortable to press. There is a fingerprint scanner built in the home keys of both handsets, and in both cases we find them similarly fast and reliable in daily use.
The Galaxy S6 Edge+ comes with a 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display, while the iPhone 6s Plus sports a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD screen, and both look great in terms of colors. The iPhone’s 3D Touch, however, adds something that Samsung can’t match.
The big highlight of the iPhone 6s Plus is support for 3D Touch on its large, 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. 3D Touch opens up a new layer of interaction with your phone: you can now press harder on the screen to get additional options and the phone tells between a hard and a softer press.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ features a slightly bigger, 5.7-inch display that ups the resolution to 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD). Unlike the iPhone’s LCD screen, the S6 Edge+ features the latest of Samsung’s Super AMOLED displays and this means you get those typical perfect blacks and outstanding viewing angles.
When it comes to colors, both look great: everything looks lively on both, but there are some slight differences. The iPhone 6s has colors that look a bit bluish, on the cold side, while the S6 Edge+ has slightly more overwhelming greens, and you can take a look at the benchmarks below to see that both shy a bit from being perfectly natural, but the issues they have are rather minor niggles.
Brightness is a bit higher on the iPhone 6s Plus at 593 nits, while the S6 Edge+ clocks in at 502 nits, which makes the iPhone screen a bit more comfortable to read outside on a sunny day. At night, it’s the other way around: the Galaxy can fall down to 1 nit and with Android’s screen dimmers, you can dim the screen to very low levels for comfortable night reading, while the iPhone can only go down to 5 nits, which is fine, but still a tad stressful on the eyes for night use.
Display measurements and quality
|Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better||Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better||Contrast Higher is better||Color temperature (Kelvins)||Gamma||Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better||Delta E grayscale Lower is better|
|Apple iPhone 6s Plus||593
|Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+||502
The numbers below represent the amount of deviation in the respective property, observed when a display is viewed from a 45-degree angle as opposed to direct viewing.
|Maximum brightness Lower is better||Minimum brightness Lower is better||Contrast Lower is better||Color temperature Lower is better||Gamma Lower is better||Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better||Delta E grayscale Lower is better|
|Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+||73.5%
|Apple iPhone 6s Plus||84.7%
The CIE 1931 xy color gamut chart represents the set (area) of colors that a display can reproduce, with the sRGB colorspace (the highlighted triangle) serving as reference. The chart also provides a visual representation of a display's color accuracy. The small squares across the boundaries of the triangle are the reference points for the various colors, while the small dots are the actual measurements. Ideally, each dot should be positioned on top of its respective square. The 'x: CIE31' and 'y: CIE31' values in the table below the chart indicate the position of each measurement on the chart. 'Y' shows the luminance (in nits) of each measured color, while 'Target Y' is the desired luminance level for that color. Finally, 'ΔE 2000' is the Delta E value of the measured color. Delta E values of below 2 are ideal.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
The Color accuracy chart gives an idea of how close a display's measured colors are to their referential values. The first line holds the measured (actual) colors, while the second line holds the reference (target) colors. The closer the actual colors are to the target ones, the better.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
The Grayscale accuracy chart shows whether a display has a correct white balance (balance between red, green and blue) across different levels of grey (from dark to bright). The closer the Actual colors are to the Target ones, the better.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
1. aba71983 (Posts: 805; Member since: 24 Jul 2014)
Wahoo... Apple iPhone is getting better and better every year.
20. yann (Posts: 222; Member since: 15 Jul 2010)
John V. can I translate the pros on iPhone?
1. Display has great looking colorscolors - what about Samsung? Is it worst?
2. Long lasting battery - you wrote that Samsung beat iPhone. How is pro?
3. Fast and reliable camera - dxomark and other sites give pro to Edge, not to iPhone.
4. iOS 9 is improved.... Can you tell me that is better? Why pro then?
5. Apps made by Apple are outstanding - are you kidding me? How? Is there a app that couldn't do the same in Play store?
6. 3D touch is promising - yea, maybe. Will see.
And I'm not Android fan. I use windows.
Will suggest the following pros:
1. Design of the phone is more durable, maybe even more water resistant.
2. Better CPU/GPU performance.
3. Faster camera, but not more.
4. That's all folks.
Cheers and don't kill the messenger.
33. Nexus4lifes (Posts: 155; Member since: 13 Feb 2014)
Jon V reviewing an iphone 3g vs samsung galaxy s6 edge plus will say: Apple has a better display, faster processor, better camera and the conclusion will be the iphone 3g is just a better over all phone.
All sensible people can do is laugh at his reviews. and look elsewhere for a serious review.
35. xtremesv (Posts: 297; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)
1. Great-looking colors? And that's because they're less natural and more saturated and you're unable to tweak them? You know things PA always criticized about prior Galaxy S's.
3. Yeah camera is OK if you happen to like 4:3 photos in 2015!
I agree that the only thing where the iPhone 6S Plus is better than the Edge+ is in single-core CPU performance and that superb GPU for serious gaming.
45. matzusmc (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 May 2016)
I don't think you understand how pros and cons work. Those aren't advantages of one phone over the other. Pros are just the positives and the negatives of each phone. It has nothing to do with the phone he's comparing it to.
24. Acer_Predator (unregistered)
Oh how many times u gonna vs samsung and iphone.. sooo boooring..
41. pooma (Posts: 59; Member since: 01 Oct 2015)
and the good news is iphone 6s also wins blind comparison camera comparison on android authority:P
7. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1543; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)
Not anti-apple, but these biased comparisons are nuts.
16. maverick786us (Posts: 148; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)
My next purchase is an iPhone 6s Plus. But this time its proven that iPhone 6s Plus camera is great, but this time it simply failed to beat its Android rivals.
25. Acer_Predator (unregistered)
Better camera is in huawei nexus 6p
3. Biernot (unregistered)
It´s a battle between people with a lowlife
4. Talhamid (Posts: 35; Member since: 13 Jun 2009)
Standard PA: If a non-Apple product seems to win, pronounce it as 'a tie' and 'you can't go wrong with either' etc etc.
Galaxy S6 edge plus has a better deign, camera, battery life, memory, and screen. Yet it 'ties' with 6S plus.
Imagine if the specs and user experience on S6 edge plus had the brand name 'Apple' stamped on it: the conclusion would be a LANDSLIDE in Apple's favor.
And a public service announcement: 3D touch is little more than long press that Android users have had for years. Agreed that as always, Apple refines a technology that is already there and finds new and wonderful and intutiive ways to use it, but that alone isn't enough to cast aside significant advantages of the S6 Edge plus
6. meanestgenius (Posts: 11473; Member since: 28 May 2014)
Agreed. PA's bias towards the iPhone rears it's ugly head yet again. It's extremely unfortunate that one cannot get a fair review here when the iPhone is against any other device.
13. Diezparda (Posts: 871; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)
iPhone had long press to ya know? i'm not Apple fans but i would be happy if Samsung did optimize 3d touch on S7. Galaxy device had bad memory management, i'll see if marshmallow will solve this or at least make it lil better (well it's not a big problem since i'm not switching apps very often, i'll use multiwindow instead).
Battery? dunno probably about same battery life but i'll choose S6 edge+ simply because quick charge feature. Screen no doubt it's a win for super amoled & camera i do prefer S6 camera because the color is more vibrant and great indoor result (medium light).
18. Ahovking (Posts: 710; Member since: 03 Feb 2015)
3D touch is not a long press... Apple's iPhone 6s has normal touch, long touch and 3D touch while android only has normal touch, long touch.. The iPhone now has 3 inputs not 2 like android.
5. Dr.SamX (Posts: 153; Member since: 19 Jan 2015)
only read the first page, but Samsung Galaxy is better than iPhone, right?
8. promise7 (Posts: 877; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)
Only now comparing them? Do a comparison w/ the Nexus 6P.
9. Ordinary (Posts: 2314; Member since: 23 Apr 2015)
iPhone 6s pros:
Exclusive features - 3D Touch
S6 Edge + pros:
Better battery life combined with fast charging
More features (Touchwiz)
Better multimedia, better loudspeaker and headphones audio
12. BATTERY_LIVES_MATTER (Posts: 103; Member since: 01 Sep 2015)
Neither has a clearly better camera, so would say not worth noting.
36. VVayne (Posts: 89; Member since: 01 Oct 2015)
DxOMark are lab tests, exposure adaptation to the environment, color reproduction can't be really measured there. I agree that Samsung takes better looking pictures, with plenty of detail, I like the images from iPhone more though. The consistecy that it keeps within the images, the absence of overblowing the whites just looks better to me.
DxOMark said also that Nexus 6P and Xperia Z5 are maybe best two cameras on the market. Well, seeing pictures from them, does not make me really think they'd be that perfect....
39. Ahovking (Posts: 710; Member since: 03 Feb 2015)
Better display? Yes
Faster connectivity? Questionable
Better battery life combined with fast charging: Not by Much
More features: More features does not equal a better phone\experience
Better multimedia: LOL no, the iPhone 6s can hold more webpages and games than Samsung, Samsung has amazingly bad ram management
Better camera: In the last blind test Apple won 3 out of 5 shots.. meaning the majority of the community liked Apple shots over samsung.
10. SirYar (Posts: 351; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)
These stupid comparisons have only 2 possible endings: 1. "Oh, each device it's advantages and faults but you should pick the one for your needs" or 2. "The iPhone is so much better".
11. Supersonic (Posts: 197; Member since: 15 May 2015)
Is there any comparison between these two phones? Even a moron can make out S6 Edge + is a clear winner. Iphone 6S plus not even come closer to it.
15. mawi2013 (Posts: 67; Member since: 18 Oct 2014)
The edge plus is by far the best smart phone out their right now. Not only does it beat the iphone on every spec it is also smaller, lighter and has a bigger screen, not to mention its cheaper!
17. Användarnamn (Posts: 5; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)
Iphone gets "long lasting battery" as pros!!!!!?????
Is it because they want more + for iphone???
Not mention par with nfc ore use samsung as a multibrand ir remotecontrol at all.
19. der_damo (Posts: 188; Member since: 16 Sep 2014)
The optical image stabilization on the iPhone is much better in my opinion.
21. medtxa (Posts: 1133; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)
IPhone bezel looks is dumb and is heavy as brick!
22. HomerS (Posts: 187; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)
Why is PA/John V. still using chrome on Samsung Smartphones to do the sunspider tests, even tho it is a fact that Samsung hasn't optimized Chrome on their phones but their own browser instead, which is even optimized to use several cpu cores.
Repeat the sunspider test with Samsungs own browser and you will see it achieves a much better result than with the Chrome browser.
Also the On screen graphics results are also misleading and should be off screen so that they can be beter compared as one phone display is 1080p and the other 1440p. And no there is no mobile game on the planet which has a 1440p resolution but is often 720p or 1080p and gets only upscaled. So it is indeed not fair to use the On screen results.
23. baskar1086 (Posts: 13; Member since: 17 Sep 2015)
S6 Edge+ is blown out of the water by iphone 6s plus when it comes to benchmark tests.
Iphone 6s plus is extremely fast in opening apps and multitasking. Sammy has no answer in that department. Dual core vs Octa core!!!!!!!
27. Cicero (Posts: 869; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)
Oh ... iPhone and multitasking! Man, multiwindow is real multitasking.
30. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1543; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)
Still barking about the dual core and octa core stuff? Do some friggin research about CPUs please.
26. Pattyface (Posts: 1612; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)
I'm absolutely shocked that John V didn't pick a clear winner.. Can you imagine a tech site that wants to be taken seriously and doesn't pick a side in a comparison? The owners of this site need to look at the bloggers they allow to write for them.. These guys are a joke
28. Acer_Predator (unregistered)
Anyway it really doesn't matter what phone u have bcos the purpose have smartphone is just u can access The Interneeet..
If yours smartphones wud not be able to access internet at all they would be boring as when you had phones with dial buttons and small screens.. without internet..
So even that is why batteries lasted week..they sat in our pockets in standby mode all the time..
31. darkkjedii (Posts: 21186; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
This is a good one. I couldn't care less about benchmarks, it's about real world usage.
The edge plus had the edge in looks, customization, and multitasking for sure. The iPhone has the edge in battery life, and eco system.
Apple messed up, by not giving the iPhone the multitasking it can easily handle. They both have beautiful, fast app switchers, but multi window, floating window, and popup video just blow the iPhone away. Oddly the edge can't play music, or photo album videos while on a phone call, which the iPhone can do.
Overall to top tier devices, and truly apples to oranges, but the edges get the nod, due to simply doing more of what I like.
34. Shangri-La (Posts: 71; Member since: 04 Oct 2011)
Guys, you just can't PA's reviews too serious. You come to the site just for the LOLz.
37. SundovChildress (Posts: 71; Member since: 20 Sep 2015)
Easily transfer contacts, photos and SMS messages from Android smartphones to Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge
38. PhoneCritic (Posts: 691; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
Never Take John V and PA opinion when it comes to any phone vs the iPhone because time and time again they have shown Bias and always lean towards Apple no matter if the blaring deficiency are on Apples side. Or if something was a con on the other side and an iPhone has it it is automatically a pro for the iPhone ( The S6 lost against the iPhone 6 the note 4 lost against the iPhone 6+ < ne can never choose a winner>). Even in a photo shot out a 8mp iphone 5s wins against a Nokia 1520 in John Vs mind. Again I challenge PA and John V to do a real non-Bias comparison between Apple and all its competitors for once and stop this oh either one is good. Want an honest review go to GSMARENA.
40. swap_saraf (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Oct 2015)
Now hold on you say that the iphone battery requires more time to charge and also gives little less time so how does this go as a pro for iphone. Either you are very funny John V. or just naive. Are you a serious technician?
Samsung is more good looking better display, colours still iphone gets a pro. Anyways other features include wireless charger support, heartbeat sensor why are these not as pros for edge+.Seriously disgusting review.
42. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)
Samsung's latest SAMOLEDs destroys the iPhone even in cor accuracy