Introduction


So far, Samsung's sole offerings towards the large-screen smartphone seeking segment of customers used to be the overly work-oriented Note phablets, and the rather unimpressive Galaxy Grand & Galaxy Mega phones. There was no big-screen smartphone with an all-around premium design in Samsung's line-up to give high-end phablet buyers exactly what they're after — a beautiful, jumbo-sized phone with the latest technology. Nothing more, nothing less.

That was certainly an oversight, for this is exactly where the Apple iPhone 6 Plus came in, and that's where the Galaxy S6 edge+ wants to rule. The new S6 edge+ is a logical move by Samsung, and thanks to its many strong qualities, it could turn out to be the best, or among the best alternatives to Apple's phablet. Only time will tell how the Galaxy S6 edge+ will fare against its adversary. For now, let's have a look at the two next to each other.

Design

Handsome, premium, impeccable, and a collection of other superlatives.

The S6 edge+ and the iPhone 6 Plus are probably the handsomest phablets in existence! Not that there aren't any other respectable-looking big screen phones out there, but these two do it for everyone! Well, almost everyone, but you have to be quite the special one to try and downplay their impeccable looks. The Galaxy S6 edge+, even if it's merely an oversized S6 edge, makes for quite the show with its dual-edge curved screen and impressive metal and glass build. It's so flashy, it makes the iPhone 6 Plus, which is all anodized aluminum, appear understated in comparison. Then again, Apple's phablet isn't such an unapologetic fingerprint magnet, either!

Nearly everything found on the S6 edge is present here again with the S6 edge+, so that includes the handy fingerprint sensor, heart rate sensor, rapid charging microUSB 2.0 port, and built-in wireless charging. Save for the fingerprint sensor, which is equally easy to use on both, none of these make an appearance in the iPhone 6 Plus. Then again, we'd like to note that rapid charging and fast wireless charging would make for welcome additions to the iPhone.

The absence of SD card slots and removable batteries is what Samsung and Apple's phablets have in common, much to the detriment of power users. Another thing in common is the solid all-around construction, thanks to the choice of premium materials and serious design effort that went into putting. Despite having a larger, 5.7-inch display, the Galaxy S6 edge+ is the smaller smartphone, at 6.08 x 2.98 x 0.27 inches (154.4 x 75.8 x 6.9 mm) and 5.40 oz (153 g) of weight, while the iPhone 6 Plus, which has a 5.5-inch screen, measures 6.22 x 3.06 x 0.28 inches (158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1 mm) and weights 6.07 oz (172 g). Still, while the S6 edge+ is better proportioned, it isn't necessarily more comfortable to hold.

With smartphones as handsome and carefully crafted as these two, words do start to come short at some point, so checking out the photos we have, or even better, seeing the two in person, is imperative. Wherever you happen to be, these bad boys will turn heads!


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 6 Plus

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Dimensions

6.22 x 3.06 x 0.28 inches

158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1 mm

Weight

6.07 oz (172 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 6 Plus

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Dimensions

6.22 x 3.06 x 0.28 inches

158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1 mm

Weight

6.07 oz (172 g)

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



Display

The Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ has the better specs, but its exceedingly high Quad-HD resolution is of questionable purpose.

With its 5.7-inch, 1440 x 2560 resolution Super AMOLED display, the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ has an upper (and a quite literal) edge on the iPhone 6 Plus, which has a 5.5-inch IPS LCD screen of lower 1080 x 1920 resolution in terms of size and fidelity. It has to be noted, though, that the exceedingly high Quad-HD resolution is still of questionable purpose in this day and age.

In practice, the iPhone 6 Plus's screen does not look any less sharp, even though Samsung's display has a pixel density of 518 pixels per inch, whereas Apple's racks up 401ppi. The superiority of the S6 edge+ is evident in other aspects that contribute to display quality. Its color temperature of 6700 Kelvins is much closer to the 6500K reference value than the iPhone 6 Plus' rather cold 7300K, a temperature that makes for a slight blueish tint.

However, Apple's screen is brighter than Samsung's, achieving an impressive maximum brightness output of 574 nits, whereas the latter goes up to 502 nits. With this in mind, both displays are good enough for reliable outdoor viewing, provided it isn't excessively bright out there. And with a minimum brightness output of 1 nits for the Galaxy S6 edge+, and 4 nits for the iPhone 6 Plus, respectively, the screens on these phablets are ideal for bedtime viewing as well!

Speaking of darkness, AMOLED technology has long been praised for achieving deep, natural blacks, which makes for lively and contrasting images. Not that the iPhone 6 Plus doesn't deliver on that front, given that its gamma value of 2.18 is so very close to the reference 2.2 value and helps for great contrast and realistic color highlights. With a slightly lesser value of 2.12, Samsung made the Galaxy S6 edge+'s lighter shades of gray a tad brighter than they appear in reality, resulting in a slight contrast boost.

And where color balance is concerned, the S6 edge+ does present the RGBs in more correct proportions than the iPhone 6 Plus, which, even as it is, has a tad too much of the blue paint mixed in. But as this particular metric goes, Apple's display is still quite uniformly balanced, just like a proper high-quality screen should be.

AMOLED screens, however, still aren't as solid as IPS LCD screens when it comes down to viewing angles. The Galaxy S6 edge+ delivers outstanding viewing angles as far as retaining brightness and contrast goes, but on the downside, colors exhibit dramatic shifts in their quality as we turn the screen even slightly, which is not a problem on the Apple iPhone 6 Plus.

As a whole, both phablets have top-notch displays that are superb for multimedia consumption, but the one the S6 edge+ is a bit more exciting, as it lets users choose among a selection of optional display modes tailored for different types of content. It is also slightly bigger, and the added visual bonus of dual edges makes for an undeniably slick package!


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36 Comments

1. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

enjoy your 15 minutes of fame Samsung, cuz in 10 days nobody will be talking about your phones

3. MartinR

Posts: 67; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

And that is becoz?? Apple will release a phone looking Similar to the previous one? You can say what you want, it is Samsung that brought us a new form factor!

6. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

because it will outperform Samsung's in every department, like every other year even with "apparent" lower specs

8. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Its not apparent if it's a fact bud. I'm sure even an idiot can see one is much higher speced than the other

11. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

like a dual core processor clocked at 1.5ghz that ranks in benchmarks even higher than an octa-core at 2ghz?? that's appearance to me

17. iushnt

Posts: 3122; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

And still cannot give the battery endurance as much as something with 3 times more specs.. Yeah nice optimization

28. k4ever

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 08, 2014

Your comment is dumb. It's like saying that a 4 cylinder Honda engine is more powerful than a small block Chevy V8 because the Honda engine has more power per cyclinder. A car enthusiast would laugh you out of town. First, the iPhone only has two cores, whereas the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus has four cores (it is an octa core, but it technically only uses a max of four cores at a time). If each phone were running on just a single core, the iPhone would win. However, Android takes advantage of all four cores simultaneously to balance the load. So the Galaxy S6 is more powerful. Speaking of loads, just like a Honda, the iPhone is pulling a light load. The iOS sucks when it comes to multitasking. You can only run one app on the screen at a time with iOS and you can't do floating apps or "real" widgets (widgets on Android are actually running apps). iOS also restricts the number of apps running in the background. Android can run multiple apps at the same time in the foreground and in the background. TouchWiz on top of Android in the Galaxy S6 even let's you run two apps side by side on the same screen as well as having apps run in floating windows. All of this, plus the higher screen resolution of the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus means that those four processors are pulling way more of a load than the two processors on the iPhone are pulling or could even handle. The sad part about all of this is that despite having more power hungry cores than the iPhone, three times the memory, a larger screen, and higher resolution, the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus has three more hours of battery life than the iPhone 6 Plus. The Galaxy S6 Edge Plus even charges faster. So having a higher single core score is not something worth boasting about when the competition has double the number of cores and takes advantage of all of them. Being close to equal on speed is nothing to boast about when the competition is carrying a heavy load than you and can do more, yet still keep up with you and past you in some areas. (I definitely wouldn't boast about being able to keep up with a guy wearing jeans, hiking boats, and caring a 100lb backpack if all I was wearing was a tee shirt, running shorts, and a pair of tennis shoes).

15. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Does it really matter though?! If you like what you like who give a ufck what else is out there. The difference between me as an android user & you as an iPhone user is that I like what I like but give credit where credit is due. You just suck Apples dick.

25. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

I dont think that the iPhone 6s is gonna beat the 6 Edge+, trust me most of the people will buy just because everyone else is buying not for the real performance.

2. mawhob2222

Posts: 219; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

IPhone 6 is better

7. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

At what?

9. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Nice joke.. Iphone 6 is a generic looking medium speced phone.

12. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

medium spec? medium spec at 2013 maybe :-/

30. Patricedakidd

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 30, 2015

U are an idiot what is the iPhone better at? Its better at sucking

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31281; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

No comparison between these devices. The iPhone will sell better, but the Edge plus is clearly the better device. Hopefully the 6S is the real deal, cause the 6 is not. On 9-9-15 we'll see wassup.

16. alouden unregistered

Whew! Before the trolls come out, it's nice to see a balanced assessment.

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 31281; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yes sirrrrr. Truth is truth, and I speak from experience.

5. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

It's not fair comparison, if you are not biased towards one side you'll see Note 5/Edge+ still leading this comparison at least until 6S+ announcement.

10. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

But we pretty much know what the iPhone 6s will bring to the table. Triple core processor with 2GB if ram, increase in camera, force touch, improved metal for a problem "no one has" and iOS 9. Other than bringing dual app multitasking to the plus model I'm not expecting any surprises. Most people don't even complain about slowness in iOS so what good does adding another core does? It's like adding 250hp to a car that already has 750hp and weighs 2000 pounds. The average consumer will not notice the difference.

14. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

3core similar with bigLITTLE maybe? just like 2little A53 core for daily usage, and 1big A72 core for performance (or maybe to provide small boost for dual app multitasking)

18. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

"The absence of SIM card slots and removable batteries is what Samsung and Apple's phablets have in common..." -Alan F. (PA) No SIM card slots? What are you talking about? Did you actually have the phones in your hand to check? If you had, you would know that the phones do have SIM card slots. Stupidity at its finest.

19. kick413

Posts: 162; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

Samsung is making good money on their phones and they'll make even more on the iPhones.

20. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

The quality of the iphone camera is simply embarassing. It could have been good two years ago, but now, seeing the samples side by side, the iphone's pictures look as if they had been taken with a webcam. The new iphones will bring the MP count to 12, but I'm afraid it won't be enough. The Sony Z5 seems promising, with a new 22MP bigger sensor and fast autofocus... Once the best camera on a phone, the iphone's camera looks outdated and will be outdated even in the new iphones.

22. lnhrts

Posts: 29; Member since: Apr 27, 2015

Blog after blog...accusations, name calling, and insults. When will it ever stop. I own iOS and Android devices. They serve different purposes. I sometimes would appreciate more RAM and flexibility in one and simplicity in the other, but I hope they never become totally like each other. Each have drifted towards each other in some way or another. However, the day they become the same would be a very sad day for consumers, in my opinion. Better or not better...whatever. Only the person specifically using the device can determine its worth to them as a user. Like what you like. Use what you use. At the end of the day, it is about what suits you not the person next to you or the blogger sharing his opinion. Specs are specs and there are apparent differences in some cases. However, too much of a good thing isn't always a good thing. Likewise, not enough can also be disappointing. We should realize that while both iOS and Android devices are generally able to do many things, neither one was created to perform exactly like the other. Refinement, efficiency, and simplicity is sometimes a preference with a secondary consideration for power and flexibility. Sometimes you just want a powerful and flexible device that you can walk the edge with and simplicity and refinement are a secondary concern. Then there are some that just want it to work period with no hassles. This is why there are iOS, Android, Windows, etc, etc, etc, devices out there and thank goodness there are. Celebrate the choices people because the alternative is a bleak boring one! I will say I was disappointed to lose the swappable battery and sd card feature in the latest Samsung flagship devices launched. I obviously can live without them. However, it was the flexibility of those features, among a couple others as well, that drew me to Samsung in the first place; now, less flexibility with those devices. Familiar with that logic of thinking? No denying the Note 5 and S6 Edge + are cutting edge premium flagship devices. Likewise, the iPhone is no slouch. Keep perspective, celebrate the differences, and understand the audience these devices where designed for. They were never meant to please everyone in the same way. With that being said, business is business and businesses want larger and larger market shares. I know I'll get bashed for my little rant of logic here but I expect to be so no bigger. People approach these things relative to their own understanding, experiences, and knowledge base. We are all different in that regard and thank goodness we are. The unfortunate thing is sometimes things go sour because we can't control our emotions and logic is thrown out the window...look around you... As I said, I own both iOS and Android devices. They serve different purposes for me. So I am not a "fanboy" of either but admire both platforms as well as what both Apple and Samsung, and others bring to the table for consumers to choose from.

23. Seneca88

Posts: 11; Member since: Mar 12, 2015

Battery Life stats not even close to accurate on the 6+. Battery much better than tested here.

26. SamsungEU

Posts: 147; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

85mAH difference whith a bigger screem but 3 hours more for the S6+, damn someone is using voodoo magic

27. tnuc2014

Posts: 294; Member since: Sep 12, 2014

I'm currently tied into the Apple ecosystem and I'm taking serious admiring glances at the S6 Edge +. It looks like the perfect device with everything I want and need in a smartphone. I also prefer the design and the smaller size and weight. Thing is I love iOS and the fluidity of the experience, and it's really difficult to move away from this. Not long to go until the Apple event. I will wait and see what they come up with and how much it costs in the UK and then make my mind up.

29. Patricedakidd

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 30, 2015

I'm sorry but you iPhone people are idiots. Haven't you ever realized that iPhone has been running since 2007 and galaxy has been running since 2010. The funny thing is, they are both on their 6th gen. That means Galaxy is running faster than iPhone and they are still making all their products better than apple. Also not to mention the fact that Samsung has to worry about televisions refrigerators washing machines dryers and all other stuff while apple only has to worry about a phone a tablet a TV service provider a watch and an iPod. The performance that Apple is showing us is really disappoing.

31. SundovChildress

Posts: 71; Member since: Sep 20, 2015

Here is a video about transferring contacts from iPhone 5S to Galaxy Note 5, also it can help you transfer data between iPhone 6 Plus, LG G4, Galaxy S6 Edge + and more youtube.com/watch?v=tM1IiMpdujU

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