Samsung Galaxy S6 vs Apple iPhone 6
The iPhone 6, on its part, is a bit on the quiet side in calls, but again, not to the point for this to be an issue. It is, however, cleaner on both ends of the line, with much less distortion.
The speakerphone on the Galaxy S6 is powerful enough to use in noisy environments without having us to ask our callers to repeat themselves, while the iPhone 6 does have a slightly more noticeable distortion when using it via speakerphone.
The Galaxy S6 offers a bigger battery than the iPhone 6, and it sports a seriously impressive quick charge option.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 features a 2550mAh battery, while the iPhone 6 features an 1810mAh battery pack, but the two devices come with differently sized screens and different software, so this measure alone does not give a good idea about the battery performance. We’ve heard some early official numbers by Samsung, where the company claims that the S6 outlasts the iPhone 6 in Wi-Fi browsing, LTE browsing, and video playback battery tests, and falls short just slightly in music playback. Overall, though, those early numbers, suggest that the two are roughly in the same ballpark, with a slight advantage for the Galaxy S6.
The other important aspect of the Galaxy S6's battery is its lightning fast recharge times. The Galaxy S6 is the fastest charging phone we’ve seen so far: it recharges from 0 to 100 for just an hour and 18 minutes, 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 7h 14 min (Good)
Apple iPhone 6 5h 22 min (Poor)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy S6 78
Apple iPhone 6 147
We wondered what Samsung could do in order to live up to the sky-high expectations for the Galaxy S6. With the iPhone 6 grabbing a larger piece of the sales pie, Samsung had to respond with a full-on overhaul. Good news is that it’s gotten a lot of things right in the Galaxy S6 – from its very accurate AMOLED display and blazing-fast chipset, to the wonderful camera and adequate battery life.
We still prefer the more consistently reliable performance of the iPhone 6, which moves at a breathtaking pace, and has similarly impressive camera capabilities. Additionally, the iPhone 6 also has the edge when it comes to apps and, most notably, games. The Galaxy S6, however, is the phone to have, should you seek a high-quality Android handset, with deep customization options and cutting-edge feature set.
For much else, there is parity between the iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6: both have great designs and both perform very well in daily use. At the end of the day, picking between the two is about subjective priorities. You can’t go wrong with either of these two!
- Great AMOLED screen with various color modes and record sharpness
- Super-fast-to-launch camera, 4K video recording
- Useful Ultra Power Saving Mode
- Quick charging capability, wireless charging support
- 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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