Call Quality


Call quality on the Galaxy S6 edge is good, but a bit short of great as voices in the earpiece do sound in their natural tonality that is easy to recognize, but there are some audible distortions, most notable - a slight hiss. On the other end of the line, voices also sound a bit on the thin side and not perfectly clean, without this being a major issue.

The iPhone 6, in return, is a bit on the quiet side in calls, but call quality is cleaner, with much less distortion.

Turning to the speakerphone, the Galaxy S6 edge has enough power to make it comfortable to use in noisy environments, and on the other end of the line sound is fairly clear, while the iPhone 6 does have a slightly more noticeable distortion when using it via speakerphone.

Battery

The Galaxy S6 edge offers a bigger battery than the iPhone 6, and it sports a seriously impressive quick charging option.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 edge features a 2600mAh battery, while the iPhone 6 sports a more modest, 1810mAh battery pack.

For a reliable battery life measurement, we turn to our battery test where we put the Galaxy S6 edge and iPhone 6 through identical workloads representing typical smartphone use, though with no idle, off-screen time. The end result is in favor of the Galaxy S6 edge: it scored 8 hours and 11 minutes, while the iPhone 6 got 5 hours and 22 minutes, though it has to be noted that the S6 edge had an advantage, since it had to undergo the test with a slightly lower screen brightness, due to software restrictions.

The other huge new breakthrough in the battery department for the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge is in its lightning-fast recharge times. The Galaxy S6 edge is among the fastest charging phones we’ve seen so far: it takes just an hour and 23 minutes to recharge from 0 to 100, while the iPhone 6 - despite its much smaller battery - takes nearly double that time: 2 hours and 27 minutes.

While you won't find any dedicated battery-saving modes on the Apple iPhone 6, the Galaxy S6 features the useful Ultra Power Saving Mode, where you can still use essential apps like calls and messages, as well as Facebook and your browser, but everything turns black and white, processor speed is capped, and battery life is thus boosted to a whole day with less than 10% of juice left.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge 8h 11 min (Average)
Apple iPhone 6 5h 22 min (Poor)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge 83
Apple iPhone 6 147

Conclusion


Samsung’s futuristic Galaxy S6 edge looks plain cool, and with the choice of premium quality materials such as glass and metal, we can finally say that Samsung’s flagship has some serious aspirations in style. This puts it in a place where the iPhone 6 has long been.

What’s better, though, is that the changes and improvements in the S6 edge are far from superficial: the phone is very fast, has an industry-leading camera and a cutting-edge display, and is packed with useful features (as well as some not so useful ones).

The edge alone is a cool addition that adds some neat functionality, but it’s hard to see it as a huge advantage - it’s just a cool little innovation at the moment. If you want an Android phone that adds that cool factor with overall very solid performance, the S6 edge is the one to get. The iPhone 6 still has the advantage of more apps and games, as well as the perfected iOS 8 experience. For most other things, there is parity – you really can't go wrong with either of the two phones.



Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

Pros

  • Great AMOLED screen with various color modes and record sharpness
  • Super-fast-to-launch camera, 4K video recording
  • Useful Ultra Power Saving ModeQuick charging capability, wireless charging support

Apple iPhone 6

Pros

  • Slim and elegant metal design
  • iOS 8 works stutter-free, features the latest and hottest apps and games
  • Super intuitive user interface
  • Apple Pay is the first mass-scale mobile payment system already working in the US


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