Introduction


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?

Design

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

Dimensions

6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches

158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm

Weight

6.77 oz (192 g)

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+

Dimensions

6.08 x 2.98 x 0.27 inches

154.4 x 75.8 x 6.9 mm

Weight

5.40 oz (153 g)

Apple iPhone 6s Plus

Apple iPhone 6s Plus

Dimensions

6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches

158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm

Weight

6.77 oz (192 g)

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+

Dimensions

6.08 x 2.98 x 0.27 inches

154.4 x 75.8 x 6.9 mm

Weight

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



Display

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.



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44 Comments

44. dex444

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Galaxy S6 screen is brighter in sun light

40. swap_saraf

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 23, 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

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Samsung's latest SAMOLEDs destroys the iPhone even in cor accuracy

38. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1382; Member since: Oct 05, 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.

37. SundovChildress

Posts: 71; Member since: Sep 20, 2015

Easily transfer contacts, photos and SMS messages from Android smartphones to Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge http://www.facebook.com/KSOFT.CC/videos/725893154182666/

34. Shangri-La

Posts: 76; Member since: Oct 04, 2011

Guys, you just can't PA's reviews too serious. You come to the site just for the LOLz.

32. samgsam15

Posts: 51; Member since: May 09, 2014

Oh iPhoneArena why you do this?

31. darkkjedii

Posts: 31796; Member since: Feb 05, 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.

29. Tuxedo

Posts: 356; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

What a lame article...

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..

26. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 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

23. baskar1086

Posts: 13; Member since: Sep 17, 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: 1163; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Oh ... iPhone and multitasking! Man, multiwindow is real multitasking.

30. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Still barking about the dual core and octa core stuff? Do some friggin research about CPUs please.

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.

21. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

IPhone bezel looks is dumb and is heavy as brick!

19. der_damo

Posts: 213; Member since: Sep 16, 2014

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

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.

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!

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.

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".

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

12. BATTERY_LIVES_MATTER

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.

8. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

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

5. Dr.SamX

Posts: 245; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

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

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: 23040; 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.

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