Samsung Galaxy S6 edge vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus



The Galaxy S6 edge is fitted with a camera similar to the one that appeared on the Galaxy Note 4 (a 16MP one with a 1/2.6” Sony Exmor IMX240 sensor); this time, however, Samsung has pumped up the maximum aperture to f/1.9, which allows more light to hit the sensor and potentially improves low-light performance. We also have optical image stabilization on board. The camera app has a multitude of different modes on board: auto, selective focus, panorama, slow motion, fast motion, virtual shot, and manual control. It's worth mentioning that the camera app opens up blazing fast; you can also launch it by double-clicking the home screen.

The iPhone 6 Plus, despite donning only an 8MP camera at the back, is also among the best camera-phones out there. It's equipped with a five-element lens that has an aperture of f/2.2 and a sensor with a so-called “Focus Pixel” auto-focus system that allows it to also focus in fractions of the second. The large iPhone also has OIS in its specs sheet. Its camera app is more streamlined, but also comes with some notable modes, like time-lapse, slo-mo video, square photo, and panorama.

In terms of image quality, we have two well-prepared rivals inside the boxing ring. The camera of the Galaxy S6 edge produces spectacularly-looking and ultra-detailed photos that have just the right amount of sharpness and color fidelity. Unsurprisingly, the camera performs spectacularly in daylight conditions, but it also impressed us with its image quality in low-light environments. Thanks to the f/1.9 lens and OIS, night-time shots turn up with a good amount of detail and white balance level, while not adding much undesired noise to the resulting images.

The iPhone 6 Plus is also a stunning device for mobile photography. Respectable amount of details (though not as much as the Galaxy S6 edge), correct exposure, and proper color reproduction is what you get from the rear camera. Still, it's worth mentioning that the iPhone produces warmer images. Almost no noise is visible in the images taken with the iPhone 6 Plus. In poor lighting, the camera of the iPhone 6 Plus does not exhibit as much details as the Galaxy S6. We also have to commend its low-light performance, which might not be as good as the one of the Galaxy S6 edge, but is still among the best on the current batch of smartphones.

The Galaxy S6 edge is able to record UHD and QHD clips, as well as 1080p at either 60 or 30fps. Slow-motion videos (120fps at 720p) are also part of the mix. Smooth and rich in details videos is what the Galaxy S6 will treat you to; the extremely fast continuous auto-focus is also a pretty notable feature. The iPhone 6 Plus, on the other hand, enables you to shoot 1080p video clips, 120fps 720p ones, and even ultra slow-motion, 240fps videos (once again at 720p). In particular, 1080p videos taken with the iPhone are smooth and a bit less noisy than the ones taken with its adversary; the Apple device also produces noticeably warmer videos.


Yes, multimedia is yet another theater of war for the Galaxy S6 edge and the iPhone 6 Plus. Up until now, Galaxy flagships have always had larger displays than the contemporaneous iPhone generation, but this is no longer true. The iPhone 6 Plus now comes with large, 5.5” IPS display that's perfect to watch video on.That being said, the Galaxy S6 edge is also a rather suitable device for multimedia viewing, despite the fact that it's donning a smaller display. Media content looks especially snazzy on that Super AMOLED panel.

In terms of audio, the iPhone 6 Plus has the upper hand. It produces deeper, more profound sound from its bottom-firing loudspeaker. The Galaxy S6 edge is not sub-par in this regard, but it simply can't match the depth of the iPhone; sound is a bit subdued and thin. Both perform well, but we'd choose the iPhone 6 Plus over the Samsung device.


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