Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus

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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!



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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