The battle between Apple, Google via its Android operating system, and companies that run Android like Samsung is playing out in epic proportions with the iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S6 matchup.
Apple and Samsung are respectively offering the most powerful smartphone features on the market to date, with each device packing more computing power than was initially used by Nasa’s Apollo 11 to land people on the moon.
Before getting into the useability and comfort, a good starting point of comparison is the hardware statistics for both these devices:
|iPhone 6||Galaxy S6|
|Storage (gigabytes)||16-128 GB||32-128 GB|
|Memory (gigabytes)||1 GB||3 GB|
|Weight||4.6 ounces / 129 grams||4.9 ounces / 138 grams|
5.44 inches / 138.1 mm
2.64 inches / 67.0 mm
.27 inches / 6.9 mm
5.65 inches / 143.4 mm
2.78 inches / 70.5 mm
.27 inches / 6.9 mm
|Display||4.7 inches / 119.4 mm
1334 x 750 pixel res at 326 ppi
|5.1 inches / 129.5 mm
1440 x 2560 pixel res at 577 ppi
|Processor||1.4 GHz dual core||2.1 GHz Quad|
|Operating System||iOS 8||Android 5 Lollipop|
|Main camera||8 megapixel
|Video||1080p HD video recording||2160p HD video recording|
|Wireless features||Bluetooth; 4G/LTE||Bluetooth; 4G/LTE|
Complete recharge time
|Release date||September 2014||April 2015|
|Retail price||$649-$849 (16GB-128GB)||(Verizon) $700-$900 (32GB-128GB)|
It is also worth mentioning the upgraded models offered by both companies that provide added features like extra durability, screen options, and other perks. These are the iPhone 6 Plus and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge.
Galaxy S6 Advantages
Each of these smartphones packs competitive features in an attempt to outshine the other. For the Galaxy S6, one of these is its wireless charging pad, which is not featured on the iPhone 6. Customers can purchase this separately which allows the Galaxy S6 to recharge without any wires while resting on the pad. This is one accessory that the iPhone will likely incorporate in its next model.
Also important are the Galaxy S6’s superior camera – especially in low-light situations – and memory. Its screen size and resolution additionally both outdo the iPhone 6. Also notable from comparing these two phones’ stats is the memory. Not only does the Galaxy S6 have three times more than its iPhone counterpart, it also uses the latest version – DDR4 – which is 80 percent faster than the iPhone 6’s DDR3. However it should be said that both phones are some of the fastest on the market.
iPhone 6 Advantages
Perhaps the iPhone 6’s best advantage is its compatibility. It is easy to share files between all Apple devices, including between smartphones, iPads, and PCs. In general, Apple strives for compatibility between all its products and accessories. Its competition is more fractured and therefore compatibility is often not a feature between devices made by rival companies like Motorola, Samsung, Microsoft, Google, Blackberry, and Amazon, to name a few.
This carries over into third-party companies that make accessories for the iPhone 6 like earphones, cases, charging pads, and more.
Mobile application compatibility can also be included in this category. Apple’s App Store usually attracts the first versions of the newest apps because the programming language is the same for all iPhones. This makes it easier and more attractive to code in the common iOS language and reach a larger audience when compared with the multitude of programing languages that reach select Apple competitors.
Shared Advanced Selling Points
Both of these devices contain advanced features that will likely become commonplace attributes in the future:
- Gorilla Glass 4 – manufactured at only three places in the world – Taiwan, Korea, and Harrodsburg, Kentucky – this glass is featured on both the iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6. The key features of this glass are that it is thin, strong, and scratch-resistant, incorporating atomic-scale modeling.
- Pedometers – each of these devices contains a motion sensor that can act as a pedometer to measure footsteps and other physical activities.
- Fingerprint scanners – one of those features that you would have expected to be routine after watching sci-fi movies from the 80s, both these devices contain fingerprint scanners that can be used to unlock the smartphones as well as to verify online payments.
- Heart rate monitor – both of these devices can be used to measure a person’s heart rate.
- No micro-SD card or removable battery – once the memory fills up on either of these devices there will be no supplementing it with an SD card. While the iPhone has avoided a removable battery, one of the main selling points of Samsung’s last smartphone was its changeable, removable battery. Not so anymore, as the company has opted to join most other smartphone manufacturers by creating a product whose battery cannot be replaced.
As with any commercial product, the iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 each have their detractors:
Samsung Galaxy S6
Case more prone to crack – compared with the iPhone 6’s aluminum back, the Galaxy S6’s glass back is more prone to breaking despite its Gorilla Glass 4 composition.
Camera flash issue – the Galaxy S6 also has an issue with its flash for some customers. The issue manifests itself by dimly lighting the back camera’s “flash on” indicator light, even when the phone is switched off. This is not considered a major problem, rather a minor bug.
Perhaps because Apple customers have heightened expectations, the iPhone 6 has experienced several high-profile issues since its launch:
Bendgate – a nickname that became popular through the blogosphere, this refers to the iPhone 6’s possible tendency to permanently bend after being subjected to higher-than-normal strains such as those that might be experienced in the side pocket of a pair of slim-fit jeans. Later being demonstrated in the laboratory of tech reviewers, Apple has offered to replace any iPhone 6 that was damaged due to unintentional bending.
Optical stabilization – this issue was discovered when a minority of users reported that their pictures and videos were coming out blurred and streaky. Upon investigation, it was determined that third-party lens attachments contained magnets that interfered with the smartphone’s factory image stabilization system.
System crashes – in the 64GB and 128GB versions of the iPhone 6, some users reported that their systems would crash and cause the entire phone to reboot. This problem was linked back to flash memory and Apple’s choice to use that which featured higher storage capacity at the possible expense of performance.
Hairgate – this issue stems from reports of customers saying that their hair becomes caught in the phone while talking. This probably has something to do with how the glass front interfaces with the aluminum back.
The release dates for each of these smartphones is telling. The iPhone 6 came out over half a year later than the Galaxy S6. Considering that Apple has established more or less a precedent of releasing a new iPhone every year, it is likely that the next version of this product will be announced any day. Samsung, on the other hand, has only been fielding sales of its Galaxy S6 for about three months to-date, and one can only guess as to when the next Android-based smartphone will be released or even announced, with the sponsoring company also in question.
It is a matter of speculation that Apple is delaying the announcement of its next generation of smartphone to see who and what its main competition will be. What is certain is that tomorrow’s smartphones will offer more features, power, and options in a marketplace that is still be governed by Moore’s law which states that computers will continue to exponentially increase in power and capabilities.