Call Quality


Voice reproduction in calls on the Galaxy S6 is good, but not great: it’s not hard to recognize familiar voices, but there are some audible distortions including some slight hiss. Callers on the other end of the line also notice that voices sound a bit on the thin side and not perfectly clean, without this being a major issue.

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.

Battery

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.

To get a more accurate understanding of battery life, we turn to our rigorous battery test where we put the Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6 through identical workloads representing typical smartphone use, but do so with no idle, off-screen time. We have also pre-set both screens to output an equal amount of brightness - 200 nits, a level comfortable in many environments. The end result is in favor of the Galaxy S6: it scored 7 hours and 14 minutes, while the iPhone 6 got 5 hours and 22 minutes. That’s quite a noticeable difference.

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

Conclusion


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!



Samsung Galaxy S6

Pros

  • 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

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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31 Comments

1. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

S6 ftw!

2. TyrionLannister unregistered

PA, redo your benchmarks FFS.

10. seven7dust unregistered

benchmarks are pointless !!! even a nexus 5 will not slow down with any game or task you can through at it. Phones are all about efficiency and battery life , samsung has 14 nm which is good improvement over the iPhone.

3. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Thanks for the big improvements. Respect to true inovations. Sammy for the world.

5. bello

Posts: 27; Member since: Mar 01, 2015

Samsung is on the top right now with the most powerful beautiful durable smartphone ever good luck sammy

17. seven7dust unregistered

powerful yes , most durable ? , lets wait for tests , plastic>glass in terms of duarbility.

25. tedkord

Posts: 17362; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

We've seen some tests, and they're pretty impressive.

6. SamsungEU

Posts: 147; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

Is the S6 on final software?

8. Mitsjke

Posts: 29; Member since: Mar 28, 2015

Imagine people arguing at the grocery store about whether a complete stranger should buy bananas or oranges...

9. g2a5b0e unregistered

Such a good analogy. +1

12. jesusnexo unregistered

but bananas have potassium :(

16. walkman800

Posts: 113; Member since: Aug 26, 2014

bananas are better pre-workout meal. Suck it, orange!

24. bucky

Posts: 3785; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

And they can be used as a size comparison. Oranges suck.

27. jesusnexo unregistered

guh f**king fanboys.... your outdated banana cant compete with the orange master race

32. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

What if I dislike Oranges (or are allergic to them) :)

11. iphonexus

Posts: 130; Member since: Jan 04, 2015

Galaxy s6 can beat iphone 6 in anydepartment except for gpu due to quad hd resolution

13. Flippyphone

Posts: 67; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

They're both great phones, main difference being the iPhone is better if you don't want to use your brain and the S6 is better if you do.

14. yick04

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

I love how with all of these S6 vs iPhone 6 articles that I see around the web, no one has the balls to make a conclusion. They all end in "oh whichever phone works for you is the right phone for you".

15. g2a5b0e unregistered

That's because it's true. Do you need validation to make you feel better about your purchase? It's all subjective. Get over it.

29. yick04

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

That's not the point. Obviously people are going to draw their own conclusions, even if the writer did actually make a decision. But no writer has yet found the nerve to declare their own winner because they fear the fanboys on either side.

18. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

LOL PA when will you ever get unbiased????? Every iphone 6 vs S6 I have seen, the S6 completely trashes the iphone. Suddenly it performs utterly crap. Is that because you guys in all of the low light photos, point the S6 directly into a lightsource? OMFG, you guys dont have be objectiveness to get over that the crap iphone got beaten badly by an android phone..... And in gaming performance/3D, how about showing real life fps while gaming, instead of those benchmarks? You guys are just exactly like apple themselfes, only pointing out things where apple does well, and hide things where they dont perform well......Its gettin to the point where one is gettin sick.....

19. kotan24

Posts: 311; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

I have an iphone 6 plus as my daily driver. I work at a Tmobile store been using the s6 for a week now, and in all honesty this time sammy beat the crap out of iphone in all departments except of course the app quality and games, besides that the iphone got owned, sorry apple fans. ;)

23. CtK4949

Posts: 35; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

I never understood why its Samsung fault if it doesnt have the app or games?? That is Android/developers fault??

21. CtK4949

Posts: 35; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

WTF is 750 x 1334 resolution?!?!?!

26. tmcr7

Posts: 180; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

PhoneArena, your reviewers don't have the balls to say that the Galaxy S6 is the clear winner.

30. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

I wouldn't buy either of these phones. I think that wide top and bottom bezels are ugly and the physical home button is so mechanical and obsolete, makes these phones look old fashioned and inelegant.

31. mirexcool

Posts: 65; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

I like this one :http://goo.gl/zT9ZFv and Aliexpress deliver without problems and the price is lower

33. Doooo

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 11, 2015

"Last year’s Galaxy S5 had a display with an annoying greenish tint that spoiled Samsung’s AMOLED efforts." ... WHAT?? -_-

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