Samsung Versus Apple
With its curved display, snazzy aluminium base and Gorilla glass design, the Samsung Galaxy S6, the North Korean company’s newest phone, was specifically targeted at appealing to a more high-end customer base, compared with previous Samsung offerings. What we can’t help but notice though is that it has ended up bearing an uncanny resemblance to another heavy-hitter coming onto the market – the iPhone 6. Without a doubt, comparisons are just crying out to be made so sit back, relax and let us talk you through the similarities and differences.
An impressive variety of new features has ensured that the Galaxy S6 launch excited the industry as a whole as well as individual consumers. Samsung has announced that its payment feature, Samsung Pay, would launch on Galaxy S6 during the second half of the year. So on this score Samsung is on equal pegging with Apple Pay, which comes pre-installed on the iPhone 6.
Again, in a similar feature to the iPhone 6’s Touch ID, Samsung’s Galaxy S6 offers a PayPal-certified fingerprint sensor.
But perhaps one of the biggest attractions of the S6 is its wireless charging, with any wireless pad available on the market supporting WPC 1.1 and PMA 1.0 standards and protocols for different power transfer avenues.
Large phone screens are where it’s at for high-end smartphones right now. After years of phones getting smaller, we’re definitely back to a bigger is better scenario and the trend looks set to continue as consumers use their phones for more and more functions. The bigger screens of both the Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6 reflect this trend, both measuring 5.1 inches, which is a bit bigger than the iPhone 6’s 4.7-inch screen. However, let’s not overlook the Apple offering of the iPhone 6 Plus, a “phablet” with a bumper 5.5-inch display.
One feature of the new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge that reflects their target of a high-ender audience is the upgrade in the materials used. Whereas their predecessors in the Galaxy S series were mainly manufactured with cheaper plastic materials, the new Galaxy S6, like the iPhone 6, is made from top-of-the-line materials, with an underlying body construction of aluminum and Gorilla Glass 4 panel around the frame.
The score is even again when it comes to colour options – both the S6 and iPhone 6 are available in a variety of attractive colours.
The Galaxy S6 offers 32 GB, 64 GB or 128 GB of internal storage options. Meanwhile, the iPhone 6 offers 16-GB, 64-GB and 128-GB options for storage.
However, neither the Galaxy S6 nor the iPhone 6 offers a micro SD card for extra storage.
What are we saying? Well, that both Samsung and Apple’s smartphones offer similar storage options, if not completely the same.
The iPhone 6 features its iSight camera, and has an Apple-designed video encoder and image signal processor built into the A8 chip. We’re loving features such as Focus Pixels, improved face detection and enhanced noise reduction.
But we’ve got to say we’re very excited about the camera function on the Samsung’s Galaxy S6 too. With a front and rear camera with F1.9 lenses and high-resolution sensors, the S6 camera also includes a Quick Launch feature, allowing users quick access to the camera from any screen by clicking the home key button. Finally, there are great options for virtual shot, fast and slow motion, and selective focus.
The Galaxy S6 features a slim, seamless full metal and glass construction. What’s more, it boasts quad HD high-pixel density display with Super AMOLED. We’re talking about lower power consumption and a beautiful, high-end, thinner frame.
So far, so similar, because the iPhone 6 also offers high-contrast, dual-domain pixels in its HD Retina display, and the metal and glass construction is comparable to that of the S6. Leave it to the S6 Edge however, to cut a dash. While the Galaxy S6 contains a flat panel, the phone’s more expensive Galaxy S6 Edge contains a panel that is curved at the vertical edges of the phone; this might be said to leave the ordinary S6 and the iPhone 6 in the shade when it comes to the finer details of the good looks department.
The Galaxy S6 runs on Android’s latest Lollipop OS 5.0.2 version, while the iPhone 6 runs on iOS 8 and can be upgraded to 8.3. Industry experts have praised iOS because of its features like AirDrop and Handoff, which enable simple sharing features across the Apple range of products – between the iPhone, iPad and other Apple devices.
It’s fair to say that Galaxy S6’s Android OS has, in the past, come with clutter and unneeded tools and menu options that took away from the overall user experience. The promising news is that Samsung seems to have worked to pare back some of these unnecessary tools in its latest software version for the Galaxy S6.
The iPhone 6 contains a non-removable Li-Po 1810 MAh battery enabling up to 14 hours of 3G talk and 10 hours of 3G browsing.
Samsung’s Galaxy S6 contains a non-removable Li-Ion 2550 mAh battery. This permits longer talk time, but just over one day of battery life. All in all, there have been some murmurs that battery life could be better for Samsung’s new flagship phone. Perhaps a trick was missed on that score.
And finishing with another tie. Price-wise, the Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6 are neck and neck. Compare the two models on similar contract plans and with similar storage capacity and there’s very little between them. So which will you be tempted by?