Two of the world’s biggest mobile manufacturers clash once again this year, as the Apple iPhone 6 faces up with the Samsung Galaxy S6. So, with both handsets ready to take each other on, which one really does rule the roost?
Design: Apple iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S6
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Arguably the best looking iPhone yet, the iPhone 6 sports an immaculate aluminium design which is also amazingly thin. Its corners are much more rounded than with previous efforts and with its increased size over its predecessors, looks like a great piece of kit.
The lock button has made a move to the side of the device to make it more user-friendly, and with its beautifully curved screen edges, the iPhone 6 feels incredibly well built. As you’d expect, Apple hasn’t spared any expense when it comes to the way its latest device looks and it pays dividends.
Many of the Samsung Galaxy S6 rumours have the upcoming device taking a page out of the iPhone’s book when it comes to design. A metallic chassis is the main comparison point, with Samsung users seemingly sick of the perforated plastic look that the S5 boasted.
The use of metal would put an end to the Samsung love of IP68 certification, which previously protected the S6’s predecessors from water and dust, but this wouldn’t be considered too much of a loss. Other rumours suggest an Edge Display making the cut on a limited edition variant of the device, whilst a slimmer and smoother form factor is also expected.
Samsung vs Apple specs
This is the area in which most smartphone battles are won or lost, so it’s vitally important that each of these giants of the smartphone market perform well here. However, with two different approaches it might be tough to pick a winner between the two.
Apple kicks things off with its 4.7” Retina HD display on the iPhone 6, which not only looks great, but is also shatter proof, making it practical too. Behind the screen we’re given a brand new A8 chipset to play with, offering ridiculous speeds and non-stop performance all day long.
A dual-core 1.4GHz processor couples 1 GB RAM inside the iPhone 6, with variations being available in 16GB /64GB/128GB storage options (though like all other iPhones, storage can’t be expanded by a MicroSD card). Finally squeezing inside the iPhone 6 is an 1820mAh battery, which despite looking cramped actually gives the device well over a day’s charge, meeting industry standard.
Samsung counters this with a rumoured 5.5” Super AMOLED QHD display, making it more of a phablet than a smartphone. A brand new Exynos 7420 chipset more or less equals the power of the A8 chipset shown on the iPhone, whilst an octa-core processor is also included on the S6.
3GB RAM triples that shown on the Apple handset, whilst a single 32GB storage option which does support a MicroSD card upgrade makes for a good all round storage proposition. Finally, a 3,000mAh battery should be more than enough to power the improved screen for a similar time to that of the iPhone 6.
If you’re an Apple fan, you can already get hold of the iPhone 6 on a pay monthly contract, available on a range of networks.
Cameras: iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S6
Remember when cameras were a bonus for our smartphones? Those days are long gone now. In fact, cameras are now a vital addition to any flagship smartphone and the battle between manufacturers couldn’t be any more ferocious.
The iPhone has stuck with software over hardware with its camera, with an 8 megapixel rear mounted lens accompanying a 1.2 megapixel effort on the front side. Whilst this may sound disappointing, Apple has really enhanced the latest iPhone’s lens to ensure the performance of each camera is top quality.
Samsung normally tends to opt for sheer power when it comes down to its photography work, and it’s no different with the Galaxy S6. Using a rear-based 20 megapixel lens alongside a 5 megapixel selfie snapper, the S6 could really stand out as one of the best flagship camera phones on the market, on paper anyway.
Apple or Samsung?
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Both smartphones have their merits, that can’t be argued. But with questions still being asked of the Samsung Galaxy S6 price, it’s tough to measure the two rivals up to one another. However, according to the rumours surrounding the upcoming Samsung device, it could pack a stronger punch than the iPhone.
With the Samsung Galaxy S6 release date scheduled for March 2015, it will have had a full six months on the iPhone in terms of development. This means that it shouldn’t come as a surprise to see it boast more up to date specs, with the upcoming iPhone 6s perhaps being a closer rival to the Galaxy S6.