Samsung Galaxy S6 edge vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Undoubtedly, the Galaxy S6 edge is the more captivating member of Samsung's 2015 flagship line. Boasting the same specs as the more mundane Galaxy S6, the S6 edge, with its side-sloped display, is certainly a head-turning phone, probably the most advanced one Samsung has made to date.
However, the S6 edge will inevitably also clash with the Apple iPhone 6 Plus, the most feature-packed iPhone that Cupertino has in its small, but devastating arsenal. Let's see how these two fare against one another!
Samsung has always taken flak for its decision to remain loyal to plastic – fortunately, it was in mid-2014 when the South Korea giant decided that it's time to employ more premium materials in its phones, starting with the Galaxy Alpha. The Galaxy S6 edge is undoubtedly among the most beautiful and classy smartphones Samsung has ever made, in stark contrast with all the preceding plastic offerings from the S line. At the same time, the design of the iPhone 6 Plus is a gradual evolution over its past reincarnations, a polished and perfected vision of the company's design language.
The exterior of the Galaxy S6 boasts a metal frame with slightly-chamfered side edges, complemented by a rear cover made of Gorilla Glass 4 that further adds to the premium status of the new Galaxy. This puts it in a similar league like that of the iPhone 6 Plus, a device that also boasts a hefty amount of premium in its build – it's also an aluminum warrior that employs curved edges in its intricate design. Its display is a flat one, but the glass that covers it is slightly curved towards the edges.
Still, the Galaxy S6 edge does not sit as comfortably in the hand as the iPhone, mostly due to the sharper, slightly uncomfortable feel of the metal edges. In contrast, the iPhone feels better due to the rounded aluminum body of the handset. However, the latter also feels a bit slippery due to its aluminum back. In contrast, the glass rear cover of the S6 edge is less prone to sliding. Unfortunately, it's also way more susceptible to holding fingerprints and smudges than the iPhone 6 Plus.
Despite sharing a few common design aspects (the bottom-positioned speakers, the protruding cameras, and similar hardware button configurations), the Galaxy S6 edge and the iPhone 6 Plus stay true to their roots and are full-blown representatives of the design languages of their respective makers.
Despite employing fundamentally-different display technologies, both devices have equally-impressive screens, ones to lo and behold. Samsung has once again outdone itself with the 5.1” Super AMOLED display on the Galaxy S6 edge. In its Basic mode, it's undoubtedly among the most color-accurate displays out there; it's also one of the sharpest ones thanks to the ultra-high resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels, which commands a staggering pixel density of 577ppi. This time around, we can only applaud Samsung for the display it put in the Galaxy S6 edge.
The iPhone 6 Plus is also equipped with a respectable screen – it's a 5.5” IPS LCD one with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. As such, it's not only the largest display ever fitted in an iPhone, it's also the sharpest with a pixel density of 401ppi. Although it's quite hard to discern individual pixels on either the Galaxy S6 edge or the iPhone 6 Plus, we can't ignore the fact that the Samsung flagship has a sharper and more accurate display. With a color temperature of 6800K, the S6 edge is more balanced than the iPhone 6 Plus.
In its Basic screen mode, the display of the Galaxy S6 edge is one of the more accurate ones we've ever seen. Our display measurements reveal that its various nuances and shades all match their desired sRGB targets closely. The iPhone 6 Plus is trailing in this aspect – despite being pretty close to the reference points on the color chart as well, it does not represent all colors as precisely as the Super AMOLED display in the S6 edge, and has a slightly colder tone to it.
As far as brightness is concerned, you'd hardly have any issues with viewing them in bright daylight. The iPhone 6 Plus achieves a maximum brightness of 574 nits, while the Galaxy S6 edge provides a marginally-lower output of 563 nits.
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 Plus||574
|Samsung Galaxy S6 edge||553
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||70.5%
|Apple iPhone 6 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. Macready (Posts: 861; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)
The sunspider test is botched up. With the stock browsers the S6 Edge scores between 330 and 360 ms.
I have a feeling that you guys used a (late and not so optimized) version of Chrome instead vs Safari on the iPhone 6 Plus.
I'd also be interested in offscreen GFXBench results, since some of us (such as myself) will run graphical heavy apps at the resolution of choice (quality vs framerates), rather than native resolution.
4. wando77 (Posts: 813; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)
My thoughts exactly. It isn't chrome vs chrome. If you want to do the test fair then use the stock browser on the s6 edge OR chrome on the iphone 6. Also, the iphone only just beats in single core but gets DESTROYED in multi core. And saying it has the edge in graphics when it only scores 1fps more on the trex despite pushing far less pixels is ridiculous
5. Finalflash (Posts: 2795; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
Don't forget that it is also running 25% longer with a smaller battery and charging twice as fast.
26. Iodine (Posts: 1308; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)
Two supercores plus a ultraefficient GPU >> A dozen of small heavily throtling CPU and GPU cores.
If you want paper specs go buy an AMD chip and bunch of RAM sticks instead of a 700$ phone.
28. Macready (Posts: 861; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)
Yes, those 2 cores totally beat it. Except for being slower in daily use, despite the S6 Edge pushing 78% more pixels. And except the fact that the S6 Edge lasts quite a bit longer too, debunking the efficiency claim. For the same workload, the Exynos is more efficient.
33. seven7dust (unregistered)
Phone benchmarks are getting more and more ridiculous,
even a Nexus 5 can handle every task/game you want with ease, why are these performance benchmarks important , other than bragging rights ?
wake me when developers actually utilize all these cores and power.
atleast Apple has metal APIs and Swift to optimize the power of their chips !
34. Iodine (Posts: 1308; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)
iPhone ? Slower ? Like really ? And btw the galaxy pushes just 18,5 percent more information to it's display and that doesn't matter anyway when talking about app loading. galaxy lasts longer maybe at phone arena, but first iPhone 6 Plus lasts extremelly long in real life and second exynos is supposedly far behind in efficiency
38. Macready (Posts: 861; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)
Even the regular 6 is slower, despite the S6 Edge pushing about 3.7 times (750 x 1334 both internally and on screen vs 2560x1440) as many pixels and despite the fact that Real Racing 3 obviously needs some optimizations for the new Exynos chip:
18.5%? Even if we go by the internal sampling @ 2208x1242, thats 34% more information for the S6 Edge.
Supposedly, you have no idea what you're talking about.
41. Iodine (Posts: 1308; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)
What about instead of trying to say I have no idea, trying to check matters yourself ?
iPhone 6 Plus got 1920 by 1080 pixels by 3 subpixels.
the galaxy got 2560 by 1440 pixels by 2 subpixels.
And then aggain resolution has no effect on app loading as the GPU that renders all those animations does absolutelly minimal work.
If you want to use that argument compare the GPU's where you will see galaxy destroyed.
About real racing 3 ? That is result of optimizing for 64-bit supercores on the iPhone. Who will want to optimize for eight cores which aren't even equal ? Nobody. But of course optimalization is unfair because it makes iPhone better. You know it does and android is not even trying in that aspect.
As you can see, iPhone is way faster in many situations.
44. Macready (Posts: 861; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)
Ok, you just reaffirmed that you have no idea what you're talking about, but it's even worse than I had anticipated.
The amount of subpixels has zero to do with the discussion at hand, since that's an optical filter. The GPU does not calculate in subpixels, it calculates (RGB) pixels. The RGB matrix (regular or Pentile) has little to nothing to do with the workload on the SoC (or GPU in particular) in a direct sense. In fact, content is normally written for a regular RGB layout, converting that to Pentile layout could in theory add some overhead for AMOLED phones. In any case, Pentile layout has never offloaded the GPU, which is what you suggested.
GPU of the S6 Edge destroyed? For a given resolution, the GPU is actually faster than the one in the iPhones, as also confirmed by Anandtech. I set my 1440P screen resolution to whatever resolution I desire in GPU heavy games (my preferred balance of quality vs framerates). Set to the 1080P (see GFXBench offscreen), the S6 Edge is faster than any phone on the market, including the iPhones, thus a more powerful GPU:
Funny you feel Real Racing 3 is your proof for optimizations being a benefit of iPhones and their "supercores". Yet you ignore that the phone was slower with almost every other app loaded, despite the considerably lower resolution. What were those "supercores" and optimizations doing there? Sleeping? So much for your claimed benefits.
Back to your drawing board for the next nonsensical argument, with the usual sauce of fallacies.
45. Macready (Posts: 861; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)
Oh, I forgot this gem:
"And then aggain resolution has no effect on app loading as the GPU that renders all those animations does absolutelly minimal work. "
So.. clueless. The resolution has a lot of influence on app loading times. Almost 4 times the resolution means almost 4 times the data, textures included. Same principle as on PC's, where switching to a higher supported resolution in a game, increases load times significantly.
46. nwright94 (Posts: 193; Member since: 14 Oct 2014)
The iPhone 6 plus is actually 2208x1242 downscaled to 1920x1080: https://medium.com/@brucewangs
That doesn't really change much though.
2. Retrospective1 (Posts: 45; Member since: 24 Feb 2015)
S6/Edge for the win... Easy work for Sammy.
3. frydaexiii (Posts: 1429; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
Both have old, tired designs, but at least Samsung tried...
6. twens (Posts: 962; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
I can give an honest opinion. I was at the mall yesterday and luckily I was with my 6 plus when I saw the edge for the first time. Boy! The phone looks futuristic. When you hold it you realize how lite and study it feels in the hand. Far from slippery like the 6 plus. It made the 6 plus look huge and old. The design is really beautiful, I think sammy finally got their design language right this time with the right materials. The screen looked over saturated to my eyes because I've been used to the LCD on the 6 plus. When it comes to camera unless you see it for yourself. What they post over here don't make justice well enough. Compared to my 6 plus the images were more clearer and sharper even to the naked eyes you can just see how much detail the camera captured. The colors were also much better. I tried the UI smoothness and it was on par with the 6 plus but iOS still felt a bit lighter. Maybe it's because I am on 8.3 beta 4. This version of iOS feels much faster and smoother on my 6 plus. All in all both great phones but I'll be switching to the edge. I will miss iOS though, I've gotten so used to it and I've grown found of the OS even with its limitations. I think the perfect phone that can destroy all phones would be an s6 edge running IOS 8.3. Lol, just my opinion.
8. Macready (Posts: 861; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)
If you mind the default screen settings (being oversaturated), switch to the "basic" profile, for accurate colors.
20. LiquidGalaxy (Posts: 327; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)
But that phone doesn't exist - and if you're anything like me, if you do make the switch, you'll be back with an iPhone within a year...I'll admit the phone looks pretty nice, different at least at any rate, but the software will still suck because its Touchwiz....
7. grbrao (Posts: 281; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)
I have personally felt samsung S6, & S6 edge. Apperiance wise it is okay, but when u take them in hand you will feel crapy. I just know why people are buying apple phones. Apple phones feel is far premium than samsung S6 or S6 edge. S6 edge if u look near by it looks so ugly wiht half metal frame cut side wise.... Design and feel wise these phones are failures.... look wise and hardware wise it rocks.... guys take these phones in hand play with it and then take an iphone6 in hand and u will feel the difference of premium finish and material........... just looking at the pics wont help...
12. _moboy (Posts: 62; Member since: 09 Feb 2015)
Useless statement considering the fact that if you actually did feel these two phones you wouldn't even post this write-up. Don't meander and look for a way to judge the galaxy S6 and S6 edge. Apart from the fact that the S6 ACTUALLY does feel more premium than the Iphone 6 ( Not to be partial at all), I wonder why you didn't consider all the other specs of both phones to compare.
16. grbrao (Posts: 281; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)
the unibody feel and softness that u get from iphone6, u wont get that from S6 or S6 edge due to the glass like feel at the back and the frame... actually it dosent fell like unibody, if u see u can see the metal frame and back gap, but in case of iphone or htc one, there is no such thing...... if u see clearly it look like the mix design of ip6 + xperia z3... and i mentioned also, that "spec wise and look wise it rocks"... Every one has there own opinion about the product.. just take the S6 & ip6 side by side and see, how uncomfort the S6 looks than ip6..... buddy, u need to feel the phones before saying something... I have ip6, and went to see the S6 which is displayed for preorders... i preordered for S6 edge....
18. _moboy (Posts: 62; Member since: 09 Feb 2015)
Yes, and I've held the both of them. Lool it does feel pretty much unibody to me. So your current complaint for the s6 is the feel? Even if you don't like the feel (which is understandable, people have different tastes), I don't still think this would be enough reason for anyone not buy the S6 and Edge or make them choose iphone over galaxy just for the 'feel'. That pretty much occupies only about 10% of a normal person's idea of choice.
21. grbrao (Posts: 281; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)
you are correct.... as you can see, looks and feel of the phone is very important when u look at it, later on it gets into interface and performace... no doubt s6 is packed with rocking hardware, but there bolt wear always kept me away... I owned Note 4 before jumping into ip6, when i check my note 4 ram out of 3gb, 2gb was always running in background... its something creepy.. anyway my girlfriend is samsung die hard fan, i am getting one for her... no doubt it is the best phone in market specwise, have to wait and see how it flares in normal and extreem usage...
24. _moboy (Posts: 62; Member since: 09 Feb 2015)
Yes, the memory Samsung phones have are greatly already pre-occupied by a lot of irrelevant stuff, that is, apart from the OS
19. tedkord (Posts: 10675; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
I've held them, also. They feel more premium that an iPhone. The aluminum in the iPhone feels cheap, almost unfinished. And while I can say that the glass back on the S6 is a bit too slippery for my taste, or still feels more upscale.
So, in a way you are right. I did feel the difference of premium finish and material.
27. Iodine (Posts: 1308; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)
Such an irony as Apple has more experience than all others companies put together when it comes to manufacteuring aluminium....
But what to expect from an iHater, Apple aluminium = bad aluminium.
39. Macready (Posts: 861; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)
Apple doesn't have any experience with manufacturing aluminium, their Chinese partners do.
31. frydaexiii (Posts: 1429; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
Apple phones feel far premium? Of all the phones I've held in my hand, there is no phone that felt like I could squeeze and break it more than the iPhone 5/6 (The phones that use that cheap aluminium). The metal feels soft AND thin, like a nice malleable piece of aluminium.
40. Iodine (Posts: 1308; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)
While I was also struck how light the iPhone 5 is it's by no means fragile.
Being light doesn't mean to be weak, like Apple demonstrates.
And why do you think Apple uses "cheap aluminium" ?
Because now when samsung uses metal (so iHaters sudenly have to love metal) Apple has to use metal that is not "good" (so they can still say how they hate it) ? Pathetic.
42. frydaexiii (Posts: 1429; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
Because it's not the same aluminium they used on the Macbooks, iPad 1 & 2, the first iPhone, and the metal band around the iPhone 4...This new Aluminium they used for the iPhone 5, iPad Mini, iPad Air onwards is soft, thin, easily scratchable and feel all around malleable...Even as an iFan you have to have noticed, or at least felt it, in fact I wasn't even surprised when someone bent an iPhone 6+, because I already knew the moment I held it, this is going to be so easily bent out of shape...
43. _moboy (Posts: 62; Member since: 09 Feb 2015)
Lol but it saves them money, it's much cheaper when viewing as large scale. The lack of a particular quality Iphones 'think' they have on the hand, is their problem and the sooner they realize it, the better they stand a near chance against Samsung.
47. nwright94 (Posts: 193; Member since: 14 Oct 2014)
The metal band around the iPhone 4 was stainless steel...
9. DBounce (Posts: 145; Member since: 26 Apr 2014)
Pathetic review. No balls to choose a winner. WEAK!
25. LiquidGalaxy (Posts: 327; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)
Only retarded fanboys care about 'a winner' - the rest of us just do what the reviewer says at the end, and that is to 'go with our personal preference' - mine is iOS and the iPhone.
11. rockers123 (Posts: 135; Member since: 08 Sep 2013)
Please re-check the sunspider result. S6 edge with stock browser scores around 330...
13. rockers123 (Posts: 135; Member since: 08 Sep 2013)
Why no ballz to say the winner is S6 Edge????
14. Exempt1 (unregistered)
Well the winner is obvious...? What are the most important things to all current owners of smartphones?
Battery - S6 Edge Wins both length and charge time
Camera - S6 Edge wins
Looks - S6 Edge wins. The normal S6 looks boring.
Sceen - S6 wins
Durability - Proven by now multiple videos, S6 wins
I don't know where the iPhone won? Where did I miss it? All the review sites need to man up and actually declare a non-Apple phone is better than an iPhone. No one does, everyone says tie, yet it is so obvious.
23. LiquidGalaxy (Posts: 327; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)
The winner to me is the iPhone because of it's software, it's that simple. All software the Samsung has ever put on its phones has been damn awful and this will be no exception.
Battery - i get nearly 2 days of standby time on my 6+, more than enough.
Camera - It's a phone, if i want better pictures than what my 6+ takes, i'll get a dedicated DSLR.
Looks - Subjective, S6 sucks, S6 edge is quite nice i'll admit but i also think the 6+ is quite nice.
Screen - Again, subjective, i will always prefer LCD to OLED.
Durability - If you drop your phone, you're an idiot and need to learn to take batter care of expensive things.
Does that answer all of your points?
32. frydaexiii (Posts: 1429; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
No it doesn't, all you're naming are excuses on why the iPhone is allowed to suck.
You might as well have said:
Web browsing - If I want to browse the web well I might as well use my laptop.
Internet speed - If I want to have fast internet I might as well use WiFi at home.
Gaming - If I wanted to game on the go, I'd get a PSVita or 3DS.
In that case why even use an iPhone, or even a smartphone? Pretty sure a dumbphone would do fine for you if you're using alternatives anyway.
36. gebin04 (Posts: 7; Member since: 02 Mar 2015)
Battery on your 6+ nearly 2 days ? Than you are not frequently use your 6+. How much your standby and usage ? My note4 has 87h endurance rating compare to 6+ 79h (GSMarena) and 8h43min vs 6h32min (Phonearena), and it's survive for 13-15hours, and screen time on 6-8hours. I use a lot of apps and check them frequently.
Camera, yes it is a phone. In fact based on their testing, S6edge won. So why you bring DSLR in this case ?
I agree with 'looks', 'screen' and 'durability'.
FYI, I have note4 and Iphone5s. So i know both of each software. Yes it's true that iOS is simple. But i prefer software that customizable. It's Android. Well, just saying.
29. Iodine (Posts: 1308; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)
Gaming performance ? galaxies are far far behind in that area.
17. RajRicardo (Posts: 390; Member since: 28 Feb 2014)
For a higher price, No QHD, no fast charging, no sofware customization, no detailed camera, no 4K, no wireless charging, no faster RAM, no faster internal storage. And yet you call the iPhone the best in the world? Biased.
22. Seneca88 (Posts: 8; Member since: 12 Mar 2015)
the Phonearena battery test misses the mark on the 6plus. No other flagship Android phone I've used is even close to the 6plus battery life. That being said.... the Edge is sexy,futuristic and I'm probably going to have to try it.
35. Agarwalm214 (Posts: 31; Member since: 08 Apr 2014)
let me remind you that note 4 also had a better battery backup than 6+.
30. Agarwalm214 (Posts: 31; Member since: 08 Apr 2014)
According to you there is a lot of difference in the benchmarks of galaxy se and s6 edge. How is this possible?
48. abautista (Posts: 1; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)
Interesting way to write this review. When the writer believed the iPhone has won on a certain feature, they state it outright throughout the review. When the Edge is superior, the writer does not do the same and instead tries to either:
1. Excuse the iPhone
2. Play down the Edge's dominance
3. Make a knock on the Edge by comparing it to another phone like the Note (despite the article's title indicating it was supposed to be a comparison between the Plus and the Edge!!!).
A little bit of objectivity if you please Apple Fanboy!
49. mirexcool (Posts: 65; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)
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50. mirexcool (Posts: 65; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)
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51. touyunle (Posts: 45; Member since: 05 Jul 2016)
I have not tried Samsung phone before, according your review, it seems good.