Difference between Samsung Galaxy S6, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Key Difference: Samsung Galaxy S6 cases a 5.1 super AMOLED touchscreen with 577 ppi and gives perfect black levels and impressive contrast levels. iPhone 6 comes with a 4.7 inch IPS LCD, which provides crisp and sharp colors. The iPhone 6 Plus offers a 5.5 inch screen and offers a better PPI (401 ppi) and screen resolution.

Samsung Galaxy is one of the top smartphone manufacturing companies around the world.It is known for setting standards in high-end phones and providing stiff competition to other brilliant smartphone companies such as Apple and Sony. Samsung has recently announced the latest addition to its flagship –the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. We will only be comparing the S6 and not the Edge model.

Apple isa well-known company that produced expensive smartphones and computers and are known for its innovative software and sleek designs. The company has also added to its flagship with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

The Samsung Galaxy S6has left behind the polycarbonate casing and has opted for a glass front and back with a steel curved band. Although, this makes the phone look sleek, it is more prone to scratches and cracks on the front as well as the back. The phone cases a 5.1 super AMOLED touchscreen with 577 ppiand gives perfect black levels and impressive contrast levels.

The iPhone 6 continues to shine in terms of looks and still comes with the steel casing and a strengthened screen with oleophobic coating. The screen size also remains the same with the 4.7 inches IPS LCD, which provides crisp and sharp colors. The iPhone still offers better viewing angles and strong color accuracy.

Under the hood, the phone is powered by a 1.5 GHz Quad-core Cortex-A53 with a 2.1 GHz quad-core Cortext-A57. The CPUs are paired with an Exynos 7420 chipset and a Mali-T760MP8 GPU and offers a 3GB RAM, that makes multitasking a breeze on this phone. The phone is offered with three storage options 32, 64 and 128 GB with no storage support.

Under the hood of the iPhone lies a powerful 1.4 GHz dual-core ARM v8-based CPU that may seem small on paper, but is superfast when it comes to actual operation.The CPU is paired with Apple 8 chipset and the powerful PowerVR GX6450 GPU. The phone offers a 1 GB RAM that lacks compared to the 2 GB RAMs that are offered on other phones in this price range.iPhone 6 also comes with three storage options of 16, 46 and 128 GB with no storage support.

Galaxy S6 comes with the latest Android version of 5.0.2 (Lollipop), which has the company’s own TouchWiz UI applied on top of it. The company has previously received flak for its UI because of TouchWiz taking away from the stock Android and also including unnecessary applications that cannot be removed. However, with the S6 the company has limited the number of apps that are added, making the UI cleaner and easier to operate.

iPhone 6 comes with iOS 8.4 and is believed to be upgradable to the latest iOS 9, when released. The OS is clean, pristine and easy to use. Apple has also added features such as more actionable notifications, widgets inside the Notification Tray and third party. The OS also includes Apple Music, the company’s very own music streaming service.

Both the phones have included a fingerprint reader as a security measure and to allow payments via Samsung Pay and Apple Pay, respectively. While, iPhone 5 included this feature of fingerprint reader on the Home Button, the button was small to consider the print. The Home Button size has increased and the reader is fast and seamless in reading the print. Samsung has taken the idea from Apple and also incorporated the fingerprint reader on the Home Button.

In terms of camera, Samsung offers a high 16 MP rear camera and a 5 MP front camera. On the other hand, Apple includes an MP rear camera and 1.2 MP front camera. However, both the phones are close in terms of snapping sharp images. Samsung only beats the iPhone camera by having an optical image stabilization, which results in better photos in low lighting conditions. However, the optical image stabilization was added to the iPhone 6 Plus.

Samsung also beats iPhone when it comes to battery. While Samsung offers a 2550 mAh non-removable battery, Apple only has an 1810 mAh non-removable battery. Both the phones will last a full working day, but Samsung offers a power saving mode to save up on the battery when it is low.Samsung also offers a cool wireless charging, but it charges faster when connected via the wire. Apple has yet to offer wireless charging for its smartphone range.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are quite similar in many of the features and what it offers. The major difference is the size of the screen – while iPhone 6 offers a 4.7 inch screen, the iPhone 6 Plus offers a 5.5 inch screen. The iPhone 6 Plus also offers a better PPI and screen resolution. The battery is also more powerful compared to its smaller counterpart.

Comparison between Samsung Galaxy S6, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus:

 

Samsung Galaxy S6

iPhone 6

iPhone 6 Plus

Launch Date

April 2015

September 2014

September 2014

Company

Samsung Corporation

Apple Corporation

Apple Corporation

Size

143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm

138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm

158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1 mm

Display

5.1 inches Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen

4.7 inches LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen

5.5-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit widescreen Multi‑Touch display with IPS technology

Screen Resolution

1440 x 2560 pixels

750 x 1334 pixels

1080 x 1920 pixels

PPI

577 ppi pixel density

326 ppi pixel density

401 ppi pixel density

Protection

Corning Gorilla Glass 4 on front and back panel

Ion-strengthened glass, oleophobic coating

Ion-strengthened glass, oleophobic coating

Weight

138 g

129 g

172 g

4G Compatible

Yes

Yes

Yes

GUI

TouchWiz UI

Apple OS

Apple OS

CPU speed

1.5 GHz Quad-core Cortex-A53 &2.1 GHz Quad-core Cortex-A57

1.4 GHz Cyclone Dual-core (ARM v8-based)

1.4 GHz Cyclone Dual-core (ARM v8-based)

GPU

Mali-T760MP8

PowerVR GX6450

PowerVR GX6450

OS

Android 5.0.2 (Lollipop)

iOS 8, upgradable to iOS 8.4

iOS 8, upgradable to iOS 8.4

Chipset

Exynos 7420

Apple A8

Apple A8

RAM

3 GB

1 GB

1 GB

SIM Size

Nano-SIM

Nano-SIM

Nano-SIM

Dual SIM

No

No

No

Internal Memory

32/64/128 GB

16/64/128 GB

16/64/128 GB

Expandable Memory

No

No

No

Sensors

Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2

Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer

Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer

Connectivity

2G, 3G, 4G, GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, Infrared port

2G, 3G, 4G, GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC

2G, 3G, 4G, GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC

Data

GPRS, EDGE

GPRS, EDGE

GPRS, EDGE

Speed

HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat6 300/50 Mbps

HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps, EV-DO Rev.A 3.1 Mbps

HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps, EV-DO Rev.A 3.1 Mbps

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, hotspot

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, hotspot

Bluetooth

Bluetooth v4.1, A2DP, LE, apt-X

Bluetooth v4.0, A2DP, LE

Bluetooth v4.0, A2DP, LE

USB

microUSB v2.0, USB Host

v2.0, reversible connector

v2.0, reversible connector

Primary Camera

16 MP

8 MP

8 MP

Secondary Camera

5 MP

1.2 MP

1.2 MP

Video

[email protected], [email protected], [email protected], HDR, dual-video rec

[email protected], [email protected]

[email protected], [email protected]

Camera Features

Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, Auto HDR, panorama, optical image stabilization, autofocus, LED flash, dual video call

/3'' sensor size, 1.5µm pixel size, geo-tagging, simultaneous HD video and image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, FaceTime over Wi-Fi or Cellular

/3'' sensor size, 1.5µm pixel size, geo-tagging, simultaneous HD video and image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, FaceTime over Wi-Fi or Cellular

Audio supported formats

MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+/FLAC player

AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV

AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV

Video supported formats

MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264 player

H.264 video up to 1080p, 60 frames per second, High Profile level 4.2 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

H.264 video up to 1080p, 60 frames per second, High Profile level 4.2 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

Battery Capacity

Non-removable Li-Ion 2550 mAh battery

Non-removable Li-Po 1810 mAh battery

Non-removable Li-Po 2915 mAh battery

Available Colors

White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, Blue Topaz

Space Gray, Silver, Gold

Space Gray, Silver, Gold

Messaging

SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM

SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM

SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM

Browser

HTML5

HTML5 (Safari)

HTML5 (Safari)

Radio

No

No

No

GPS

GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou

GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS

GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS

Java

No

No

No

Additional Features

  • Wireless charging (Qi/PMA) - market dependent
  • ANT+ support
  • S-Voice natural language commands and dictation
  • Smart stay
  • OneDrive (115 GB cloud storage)
  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • Photo/video editor
  • Document editor
  • Fingerprint sensor (PayPal certified)
  • Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)
  • Display Zoom
  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • Siri natural language commands and dictation
  • iCloud cloud service
  • iCloud Keychain
  • TV-out
  • Maps
  • Audio/video player/editor
  • Organizer
  • Document viewer/editor
  • Photo viewer/editor
  • Voice memo/dial/command
  • Fingerprint sensor (Touch ID)
  • Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified)Predictive text input
  • Display Zoom
  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • Siri natural language commands and dictation
  • iCloud cloud service
  • iCloud Keychain
  • TV-out
  • Maps
  • Audio/video player/editor
  • Organizer
  • Document viewer/editor
  • Photo viewer/editor
  • Voice memo/dial/command
  • Fingerprint sensor (Touch ID)
  • Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified) Predictive text input

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