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Samsung Galaxy Alpha vs Apple iPhone 6

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha vs Apple iPhone 6

Samsung Galaxy Alpha vs Apple iPhone 6
Samsung Galaxy Alpha vs Apple iPhone 6
Samsung Galaxy Alpha vs Apple iPhone 6
Introduction


Today’s flagships are easily flaunting 5-inch and up sized screens, but not everyone believes that this is the perfect size. Lucky for them, we have two new entrants in the space, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha and Apple iPhone 6, which both feature 4.7-inch displays. What’s especially important here, is that they’re treated to top-notch specs and offer excellent all-around performances – so it makes perfect sense for us to pit them against one another to see which one comes out on top.

Design

Visually stunning from every design facet, it’s refreshing to know that they’re extremely compact as well.

Honestly, it’s a tough call on which design we like better – partly because they’re both compact in size, comfortable to hold, lightweight, and impressively premium in nature. Technically, it’s the iPhone 6 is a smidgen taller, wider, thicker, and heavier, but it’s almost hardy noticeable. Even though the Alpha is arguably the best designed phone we’ve seen from Samsung, thanks in part to its solid construction and metal trim bezel, its body is still comprised from mostly plastic. In comparison, it’s a unibody aluminum casing with the iPhone 6.

Indeed, we prefer the iPhone 6’s Touch ID finger print sensor over the one used by the Alpha, but Sammy’s offering is packed with a couple of notable amenities. Specifically, they include a sensor to measure our pulse rate, and a removable battery.


Samsung Galaxy Alpha
5.21 x 2.58 x 0.26 inches
132.4 x 65.5 x 6.7 mm
4.06 oz (115 g)

Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Apple iPhone 6
5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 inches
138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm
4.55 oz (129 g)

Apple iPhone 6


To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


Display

There are more pleasing qualities with the iPhone 6’s display, especially knowing that the Alpha’s screen uses a PenTile Matrix pixel arrangement.

Like we said, they both offer 4.7-inch sized screens, but they employ different resolutions and display technologies. Although they’re not necessarily ground breaking in comparison to what’s out there, the iPhone 6’s 4.7-inch 750 x 1334 Retina display bears a few more pleasing qualities that catch our attention more – like it being slightly more detailed and brighter. Well, the Alpha’s 4.7-inch 720 x 1280 Super AMOLED display is still nice, especially when its color accuracy is improved over past AMOLED screens, but it resorts to using a PenTile matrix pixel arrangement, which doesn’t make it look as sharp as the iPhone 6’s display.

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 6 606
(Excellent)
7
(Good)
1:1563
(Excellent)
7162
(Good)
2.23
2.79
(Good)
3
(Good)
Samsung Galaxy Alpha 422
(Good)
1.7
(Excellent)
unmeasurable
(Excellent)
6840
(Excellent)
1.96
2.19
(Good)
2.38
(Good)
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posted on 17 Oct 2014, 03:15 17

1. Cicero (Posts: 863; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)


Alpha is better looking IMO.

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 03:44 4

6. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Alpha....

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 12:51 1

16. darkkjedii (Posts: 20562; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


If I asked you what taste better out of Wendy's and Burger King, you'd say Alpha :D

posted on 26 Oct 2014, 13:16

22. Ethos (unregistered)


why nobody now saying alpha copy iphone 5?

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 03:19 2

2. nohatenofanboy (banned) (Posts: 515; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)


iphone6 bcuz of screen other specs kinda same( unless you want removable cover )

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 03:27 1

3. MrsJedi (Posts: 25; Member since: 17 Oct 2014)


They both look adorable to me.

:)

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 03:28 2

4. Lakuta1978 (Posts: 62; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


so you need to cheek your eyes IMO

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 05:45 3

12. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Alpha looks way better actually.

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 03:33 1

5. nlbates66 (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


Surprised at iPhone losing out in battery life, Apple concentrating too hard on making their devices thin (and still losing) perhaps?

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 03:46 12

7. twens (Posts: 973; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


And they claim android is not optimized. The media has spread so much false rumor about android it's not even funny anymore. It's just sad, smaller design yet same screen size, they're both premium looking with alpha having a more executive look, screen is more accurate on the alpha but not as sharp. So there you have it, iPhones don't have magic. The magic is the ecosystem and brand satisfaction apple has created with help with the media hype.

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 03:56 3

8. Lakuta1978 (Posts: 62; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


iphone for sure...

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 04:12 8

9. boss123 (Posts: 2; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)


Alpha way better

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 04:14 2

10. chaoscauser (Posts: 39; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


The same display size and aloha is smaller and lighter. With bigger battery, Alpha is lighter and thinner.

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 05:43 3

11. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


I actually have the Alpha Exynos version,the Z3 compact, iphone 6, and the HTC One M8 for some reason. Lol

I can't sell the iPhone 6 because it's my company phone and I technically don't own it, although it's most likely mine until it breaks. Getting low ball offers on the M8. Don't really want to get rid of the Z3 compact either.

The Alpha is definitely my daily driver though. It's sexy as hell in all aspects. Although the M8 screen is leagues better than the 750p and lower screens.1080p makes a huge difference.

Eventually I'll sell all three handsets but keeping the Alpha the longest for sure. It's that good.

I was hoping for a Nexus 5 refresh but probably going to keep the Alpha until the M9 or GS6 come out.

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 09:43

13. Flippyphone (Posts: 67; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)


Who needs 4 phones?

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 10:40 1

14. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


No one. I have issues. I am selling two of them soon though. Just haven't decided the 2nd one yet.

posted on 09 Feb 2015, 15:03

23. blanchethames (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Feb 2015)


some one on phonearena.com

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 12:49

15. darkkjedii (Posts: 20562; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


About even, both look good too. I'd like to see both in all white, and stainless

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 14:15 1

17. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


PenTile matrix 720p = fail...

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 14:55

18. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Both devices are grossly overpriced...

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 18:26 1

19. gigaraga (Posts: 1454; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Samsung Galaxy Alpha. Better than i6.

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 09:30

20. salugupt (Posts: 2; Member since: 03 Oct 2014)


The device runs on 2 processors having 4 cores each working on 1.8 GHz and 1.3 GHz.
The device has a 4.7 inch big screen which would be very impressive with 312ppi
pixel density....read more at :http://www.anokhigames.in/2014/08/galaxy-alpha.ht​ml

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 09:30

21. salugupt (Posts: 2; Member since: 03 Oct 2014)


The device runs on 2 processors having 4 cores each working on 1.8 GHz and 1.3 GHz.
The device has a 4.7 inch big screen which would be very impressive with 312ppi
pixel density....read more at :http://www.anokhigames.in/2014/08/galaxy-alpha.ht​ml

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