Battle of the Flagship Phones.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Vs Apple's iPhone 6.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 has been hotly anticipated among smartphone enthusiasts, especially with Samsung not giving any hints at CES 2015 at the beginning of the year. However now that the S6 has been released, the big question on everyone’s mind is how does the Galaxy S6 shape up against its main competitor, Apple IPhone 6, in the battle of the flagship phones?
Samsung has made some distinct design changes to the new Galaxy S6, they’ve abondoned the Samsung Galaxy S5 plastic case, which many believed made the phone feel inexpensive and replaced it with a sleek metal chassis. This offers the premium look and feel that is expected from a high-end smartphone from Samsung.
The Galaxy S6 is also the thinnest smartphone Samsung has created and is marginally slimmer than the IPhone 6 by 0.1mm - Just enough to claim bragging rights! - Samsung have even highlighted that the thinner Galaxy S6 will not bend - touching on Apple's nightmare design flaw, which lead to the iPhone 6 bending in users' pockets.
Notably the Galaxy S6 seems to share a lot of similar characteristics with the IPhone 6, such as drilled speaker holes, a centrality placed USB port and headphone jack. Even the S6's improved finger scanning software gives us something functionally identical to Apple’s highly-touted Touch ID.
The IPhone 6 has a 4.7” retina HD display screen, with an impressive 750 x 1334 and 326ppi screen resolution. The size of the new, higher-resolution Retina HD displays on iPhone 6 may be the first thing you notice, with innovations that deliver higher contrast, dual‑domain pixels for more accurate colour at wider viewing angles, and an improved polarizer, these are the thinnest, most advanced Multi‑Touch displays Apple have ever made.
The Galaxy S6 has a 5.1” screen, fitted with a Quad HD (1440x2560) Super AMOLED panel display, which has a 577ppi pixels density. When you have the Samsung S6 in hand you're struck by its super vibrant colour, with images almost popping off the screen. The resolution is perfectly balanced so that there is no over saturated colours.
“Based on our extensive Lab tests and measurements listed in the table below, the Galaxy S6 matches or breaks new records in Smartphone display performance for: Highest Screen Resolution, Highest Pixels Per Inch, Highest Absolute Color Accuracy, Highest (Infinite) Contrast Ratio, Highest Peak Brightness, and Highest Contrast Rating and screen readability in Ambient Light.” - Displaymate’s Dr. Raymond M. Soneira discussing the Galaxy S6’s screen.
The S6 screen also has a new Corning Gorrila Glass 4 – TouchWiz U, which means the S6’s screen will be able to endure tougher falls – however we don’t advise on testing this feature!
The super slim frame has meant Samsung trimmed down the battery size to a less bulky non-removable 2550mAh battery. Compared to the Samsung Galaxy S5’s 2800mAh battery, the S6 seems to be lacking the capacity to maintain the power-hungry quad-HD display. However, Samsung have claimed that a less bloated TouchWiz display will compensate for the smaller battery size.
In comparison the iPhone 6 is powered by a 1,810mAh non-removable battery, which is 740mAh less capacity than the Galaxy S6. The iPhone still boasts 240hrs of standby-by time (almost 10 days!) and talk-time of 14 hours, which is still quite impressive considering the large volume of energy sapping features the iPhone 6 has to offer.
One of the most impressive features of the Galaxy S6 is its superfast charging time, taking only 10 minutes to gain 4 hours of standard usage time or 2 hours of charging to watch a full lenght movie.
With its built-in wireless charging capabilities, the Galaxy S6 offers you the convenience of charging without the need to plug in. This can work with external wireless charging cases or by using a wireless charging dock.
Samsung have got rid of their card slot, with the Galaxy S6 only available with 3GB of RAM and a choice of 32GB, 64GB and 128GB built in memory. This mirrors the iPhone 6 design of relying solely on built in storage. Although this could be a dangerous move for Samsung, as it was one of the key selling points for the S-Range against the iPhone 6.
Samsung is currently creating their own Tizen operating system but for the moment Samsung have stuck with the latest Android Lollipop OS for the Galaxy S6.
The Galaxy S6’s TouchWiz has also been rebuilt and improved on the Galaxy S6. Its over-cluttered design has been cleaned up – and it is now simpler, has fewer menu options and less scrolling is needed.
In contrast the iPhone 6's iOS 8 operating systems have made improvements to image editing, apps capabilities, keyboard options and have more methods of sharing content.
Samsung have a strong reputation for having excellent cameras. The Galaxy S6 now boasts a new Sony imx240 16Mp camera sensor and improved f1.9 aperture for better low light results, every shot will be as amazing as the next.
The Galaxy S6 standby button means the phone will always be ready for you to take a photo in an instant, with Samsung claiming you can take a picture in 0.7 seconds by using the Quick Launch button by double tapping the home button twice. So you have no excuse for not catching your favourite moments in a blink of an eye.
The front camera has also been improved to a 5MP version with real time HRD, while Apple still seems to be lagging with only a 1.2mp FaceTime HD front facing camera. This may be a cause for concern for any avid selfie lovers out there!
Overall the Samsung Galaxy S6 is a superior phone in all aspects from design, processing speeds, camera and charging times. It has now given Apple a major challange to design a smartphone that can out perform the Samsung Galaxy S6. However we will be eargerly awaiting Apple's repsonse because it has to been ground-breaking to regain the top spot in the battle of the flagship phones.
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Michael Dowling, Digital Marketing, Totterdells.