Call quality


In this often-underlooked aspect of nowadays' smartphones, both handsets offer an experience worthy of their top-tier status, yet the Apple device won us over. The Galaxy S6 earpiece tends to add a perceptible hiss, which is not a pretty big deal, but somewhat disappointing. There's no such thing in the iPhone, which reproduces voices in a rather natural way. On the other end of the line, the iPhone 6 Plus also has the upper hand – well, you'd hardly have any issues with hearing the calling party or vice versa, but the Galaxy S6 produces slightly subdued tones.

Battery life


Despite having a 2,550mAh battery and a Quad HD display, the Samsung Galaxy S6 surpasses the iPhone 6 Plus in terms of battery endurance by a margin. It lasted for 7 hours and 14 minutes in our benchmark battery test, which is less than what the the Galaxy S5 achieved, but is still enough to trump the iPhone 6 Plus, which lasted for 6 hours and 32 minutes. Thanks to the fast charging feature that Samsung threw in the mix, the Galaxy S6 also fully-charges in merely 78 minutes (wow!), while the iPhone 6 Plus will do the same exercise in 171 minutes. Another nail in the iPhone's coffin is the presence of built-in wireless charging in the Galaxy S6 (Qi- and PMA-compliant).

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S6 7h 14 min (Average)
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 6h 32 min (Average)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy S6 78
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 171

Conclusion


It's not possible to discern whether the iPhone 6 Plus or the Galaxy S6 is the superior device. Indeed, some may say that Samsung is slowly nixing the distinct features that have traditionally set it apart from the competition (a microSD card slot on board and a removable battery), but hasn't Apple actually done the same by releasing such a large phablet like the iPhone 6 Plus?

Certainly, the Galaxy S6 is the best smartphone Samsung has ever churned out (along with the S6 edge). Provided that you're on the market for a feature-packed Android champion that wants to excel in every category, then you can hardly go wrong with the Samsung Galaxy S6. Still, if large display, a more straightforward user experience and a more perfected app ecosystem stand higher in your book, then the Apple iPhone 6 Plus is certainly a better option for you.



Samsung Galaxy S6

Pros

  • Doesn't have a slippery back
  • Sharper and more color-accurate display in Basic mode
  • Fast-charging

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Pros

  • Bigger screen
  • Has a more comfortable feel
  • Holds zero fingerprints
  • Super intuitive user interface


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