Smartphones seem to aim at thinness and design in these two—the iPhone 6 and the Galaxy S6 are right at the tip of the iceberg. The iPhone 6, which has debuted back in September, is absolutely one of the best-looking devices around and it’s also radically thin. Using the rear glass panel from the iPhone 5s design to complete aluminum build, it’s an absolutely stunning looking design. And did I mention how thin it is?
Now the Galaxy S6 is probably the most radical departure from the previous device. It went completely upmarket, got a raise at its job and purchased aluminum and Gorilla Glass 4—lots of it. The feeling is almost completely foreign to the Galaxy S5, like you’re holding a completely different product from a completely different brand. But this is how Samsung shows their muscles. Welcome to the Samsung Galaxy S6 versus iPhone 6 Comparison and it all begins now right here on PhoneDog.com.
Let’s start with design and hardware. The Apple iPhone 6 is a well-rounded device made of aluminum and Ion-X glass. It features a 4.7-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1334 x 750, which gives it a PPI of 326. The iPhone 6 comes in a radical 6.9mm thick and on the back, we can find an 8MP camera with dual tone LED flash. Inside you’ll find Apple’s 8 processor, which is a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 1664 in 128GB of built-in storage. Battery-wise, we’ll find an 1810 mAh battery, which in typical Apple fashion is non-removable.
Now over to the Samsung Galaxy S6, this is also a well-rounded device made with aluminum and Gorilla Glass 4. But the aluminum is only used for the frame. The entire device is covered with Gorilla Glass 4, which is a huge departure from the Galaxy S5 and even the Galaxy Note 4. The Galaxy S6 features a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440; which gives it a PPI rating of 577. The S6 comes in at even a thinner 6.8mm and on the back we find a 16MP camera with Optical Image Stabilization and an LED flash. Inside, you’ll find Samsung’s own Exynos 7420 unit featuring a quad-core 1.5GHz chip joint to a quad-core 2.1GHz chip. In total we have an octa-core configuration. Also 3GB of RAM and 32/64 and 128GB are available in flash memory. Now battery-wise, we’ll find a 2550 mAh battery, which for the first time ever on the Galaxy S line is non-removable. Thanks to a thin design and complete enclosure in Gorilla Glass 4.
Obviously, the Galaxy S6 has much more power than the iPhone 6 but it all depends on how fluid the software is. The Apple iPhone 6 comes with iOS 8.3. It’s basically the same iOS we saw in the reworked iOS 7, which debuted with the iPhone 5S two years ago. It’s pretty simple stuff here—springboard of apps go into two applications, yada yada. You’ve seen how an iPhone works and you also know that iPhones are ridiculously fluid for the low grade of hardware. That’s simply because iOS is a fairly lightweight software that eats minimal RAM.
The Galaxy S6 comes with Android 5.0.2 with its latest iteration of TouchWiz. Yes, it’s lighter this time around. It’s actually quite fluid and responsive and I may not actually hate TouchWiz from the first time ever. But that does not mean I liked this. Overall, TouchWiz still eats up too much RAM for my liking and I could start seeing performance start to dwindle in a couple months. But it hasn’t yet.
What I am liking is a push towards the design that Google could be proud of. I’m seeing more things that remind me of material design of Android Lollipop and I’m also seeing the amount of bloatware being reduced and the settings are getting more and more refined with each iteration of TouchWiz. Though the information page provided by Flipboard still lags and it’s a shame. Overall, I’m pretty impressed by how the Galaxy S6 is completely fluid at all times except those rough spots here and there.
One last thing to mention is the battery life. And the iPhone 6 has okay battery life. When I used mine, I typically see 4 hours of screen on-time, which is pretty darn good for me. For the Galaxy S6, it’s not been that great. However, this is a T-Mobile variant and there has been some talk over self-standby time so this may be the reason why I’m experiencing bad battery life. But I’ll definitely report back to you in my full review.
For once, I can definitely look at these two devices and say both of them are competing for the same target audience. When you compare the aesthetics, we already know the iPhone 6 is a great-looking device but the S6 is now as beautiful as beautiful it gets. And I’m not sure how Apple will like that. You can definitely give the S6 some slack because there are some questionable design cues that go back to the iPhone 6, iPhone 4 and some Xperia Z3. But to me it looks mistakenly Samsung and for once, I think it looks brilliant.