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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Galaxy S6 edge
  • Display 5.1 inches 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera) 5 MP front
  • Hardware Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 3GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2600 mAh
  • OS Android 7.0 Nougat Samsung TouchWiz UI
iPhone 6

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User Score:

  • Display 4.7 inches 1334 x 750 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera) 1.2 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A8 1GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, not expandable
  • Battery 1810 mAh
  • OS iOS 12.x


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