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.

Apple iPhone 6s Plus

Apple iPhone 6s Plus


6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches

158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm


6.77 oz (192 g)

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+


6.08 x 2.98 x 0.27 inches

154.4 x 75.8 x 6.9 mm


5.40 oz (153 g)

Apple iPhone 6s Plus

Apple iPhone 6s Plus


6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches

158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm


6.77 oz (192 g)

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+


6.08 x 2.98 x 0.27 inches

154.4 x 75.8 x 6.9 mm


5.40 oz (153 g)

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


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.



1. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

Wahoo... Apple iPhone is getting better and better every year.

20. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 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: 294; Member since: Feb 13, 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: 299; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

Besides: 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: May 13, 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: 88; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

and the good news is iphone 6s also wins blind comparison camera comparison on android authority:P

2. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Can't find any popcorn. Uh-oh.

7. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Not anti-apple, but these biased comparisons are nuts.

16. maverick786us

Posts: 159; Member since: Apr 20, 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: 61; Member since: Jun 13, 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: 22107; Member since: May 28, 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: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 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: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 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: 240; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

only read the first page, but Samsung Galaxy is better than iPhone, right?

8. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Only now comparing them? Do a comparison w/ the Nexus 6P.

9. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

iPhone 6s pros: Better perfomance Exclusive features - 3D Touch S6 Edge + pros: Better display Faster connectivity Better battery life combined with fast charging More features (Touchwiz) Better multimedia, better loudspeaker and headphones audio Better camera


Posts: 106; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Neither has a clearly better camera, so would say not worth noting.

14. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

DxOMark says otherwise.

36. VVayne

Posts: 103; Member since: Oct 01, 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: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 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: Jul 02, 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: 226; Member since: May 15, 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: Oct 18, 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: Mar 30, 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: 213; Member since: Sep 16, 2014

The optical image stabilization on the iPhone is much better in my opinion.

21. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

IPhone bezel looks is dumb and is heavy as brick!

22. HomerS

Posts: 419; Member since: Sep 19, 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.

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