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Battle of the Sixes: Samsung Galaxy S6 vs Apple iPhone 6

With both Apple and Samsung's latest flagships now on sale, we compare the Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6 for performance, battery, design and more

There is no bigger rivalry than that between Samsung and Apple. When the two tech giants aren’t suing each other over patents, they’re poking fun at each other’s products in attack ads and at launch events. However, with its new metallic design and mobile payment system, not to mention switching from Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor to their own proprietary components, the Galaxy S6 has a lot in common with the iPhone 6. We take a look at the similarities and differences between Samsung and Apple’s flagships and reveal which is doing it better.


Samsung Galaxy S6

The S6 has the same 5.1-inch screen size as the S5, but has upped the resolution from full HD to quad HD, with 575ppi.


The iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch display with a pixel density of 326 ppi, while the iPhone 6 Plus offers a 5.5-inch full HD screen.



Samsung Galaxy S6

The most beautiful Galaxy ever, Samsung has finally dumped plastic in favour of an aluminum frame with Gorilla Glass sides, while retaining its signature design language.


Apple has long been a master of design, but the iPhone 6 has been rocked by so-called ‘bendgate’ with users able to bend them in half.



Samsung Galaxy S6

The 16MP rear camera has a dual-flash, while the front has 5MP. It can shoot 4K video and has lots of image-enhancing features.


On paper Apple trails behind Samsung, with a 8MP rear camera and 1.2MP on the front. However, the reality is that the iPhone still shots a great picture.


Samsung Galaxy S6

Packing an octa-core Exynos 7420 processor and 3GB RAM, as well as a streamlined version of Touchwiz, S6 performance is fast and fluid.


The iPhone 6 runs on Apple’s own 64-bit A8 chip, believed to be only 1.38GHz dual core, and 1GB RAM, but still remains zippy to use.



Samsung Galaxy S6

Slimmer design means the 2550mAh battery is smaller than the S5’s 2800mAh. The battery can no longer be removed, but charges wirelessly and much faster.


The iPhone 6 only has a 1810mAh battery, which charges using Apple’s propriety Lightning cable. The operating system lacks the battery-saving modes Samsung device’s boast.


Samsung Galaxy S6

Samsung’s flagship is clearly light-years ahead of Apple in terms of specs, with a brighter, richer screen, faster processor, and longer-lasting battery. However, Apple has proven time and time again that usability often counts for more than what’s under the hood, so time will tell whether the S6’s sleek new look and streamlined OS can win over fans.

But can it compete with other Android flagships?


HTC One M9

HTC have been perfecting the metal chassis for years so can easily match the S6 for style, while trumping it with a 20MP rear camera. Though it lacks the built-in memory the S6 has, the M9 supports microSDs up to 128GB.

Read an in-depth review of the HTC One M9 here.

Nexus 6

Even with its gargantuan size, the matte plastic Nexus 6 is outshined by the S6’s metal finish. The S6 also has a superior screen (577ppi versus the Nexus’ 493ppi) and its 64-bit processor benchmarks faster. However, both offer wireless charging.

Read an in-depth review of the Nexus 6 here.

LG G Flex 2

One of the few phones more visually striking than the S6 Edge, the curved Flex 2 also has a 3000mAh battery and runs near stock Lollipop. However, it’s 5.5-inch screen is only 403ppi and only has 13MP camera and no wireless charging.

This article first appeared as part of a larger feature ‘S6: Can it save the Galaxy?’ in Android Magazine issue 49, on sale in all good shops and available to download now.