Thinking of investing in a new mobile soon? Two of the best smartphones on the market right now are the Apple iPhone 6S and Samsung Galaxy S6 and you might be considering one of these for your next upgrade. Apple and Samsung are the heavyweights of the Smartphone world, with more fans and much more hype around their releases than other brands. Fans tend to be loyal too, upgrading to the latest model by their current supplier and reluctant to switch brands. The S6 is one of the most popular phones of the year but if anyone is going to manage to outsell it, surely it's going to be Apple with the new iPhone 6S. Let's see how they stack up...
Design wise the iPhone 6s is almost identical to the previous iPhone 6, the smooth metal unibody design offering typical Apple style and appeal. However there is perhaps one invisible difference; the body of the iPhone 6s is made from a new alloy of 7000 Series aluminium, the same grade used in the aerospace industry. The material is 60 percent stronger than standard aluminium but just as light and with added reinforcements around weaker points, it's very unlikely we'll see a repeat of 'bendgate' (if you don't believe us, watch this iPhone bend test video). Apple also states "The cover glass is the strongest, most durable glass used in any Smartphone". The phone has gained a few mm in width, now coming in at 7.1mm thick but I think we can forgive that. The 6s also comes in an additional rose gold finish.
It could be said that the Samsung S6 borrows some it's style from the iPhone, although the shimmery glass back panel and moulded metallic edge do set it apart. It is fractionally slimmer than the iPhone 6s at 6.9mm. Eye catching features perhaps but at the cost of practicality? There have been some complaints of the glass back being prone to picking up fingerprints and particularly slippery; which isn't going to make you feel any better about carrying around a shatter prone piece of glass. For robustness and everyday practicality, we'd have to give it to the 6S.
The iPhone 6S has stuck with the more compact 4.7-inch LCD Retina display of the iPhone 6, with a resolution of 750 x 1334 pixels (326 ppi). The S6 on the other hand has a larger and sharper 5.1-inch 1440 x 2560 (577 ppi) screen but this may contribute to its poorer battery life and the resolution of the iPhone does not seem to be lacking.
Apple has long delivered some of the best cameras found on modern smartphones and there's no difference here. With the iPhone 6S we've made the jump to a 12-megapixel main camera with 4K video capture and a 5-megapixel front facing camera. The Samsung S6 can definitely rival it though with its huge 16-megapixel main camera with optical image stabilisation, while also matching Apple's 5-megapixel front camera.
Power & Performance
Both phones are packing some serious power.. The iPhone 6S houses an Apple A9 processor, designed to be 70-90% faster at CPU and graphics tasks than the A8 chip of the iPhone 6. The device will offer a perfect gaming experience and higher-resolution videos. The Galaxy S6 features an octa-core Exynos 7420 processor, with four cores running at 2.1GHz and the remaining four clocked at 1.5GHz. Built using a 14nm process and compared to the Snapdragon Qualcomm 810 processor, it doesn’t have heating problems and the 3GB RAM capacity is high enough to boost the performance.
The iPhone 6S runs on the new iOS 9, which comes with a whole host of little updates and improvements to Maps, Notes, Siri and more (see our earlier blog post). 3D touch is a brand new exciting feature added to the new iOS which knows how hard you are pressing the screen, adding a whole new level of interaction to your phone. The Galaxy S6 runs Android 5.1, the cleanest and best version of Android yet, overlaid with the diverse TouchWiz UI. Both operating systems have been tweaked and polished but you may already favour the one you are already familiar with.
The Samsung Galaxy S6's battery lets it down here; at 2,550mAh it is smaller than the Samsung S5 and won't last more than a day between charges. The stats for the iPhone 6S are the same as those for its predecessor the iPhone 6, which doesn't last much more than a day itself. However Apple has put a lot of work into making the new iOS9 more efficient to offer improved battery life and you can now get an extra hour of battery with normal usage or 3 hours in the new Low Power Mode.
Price & Availability
The Samsung Galaxy S6 is considerably cheaper that the iPhone 6S but it is slightly older and Apple products always carry a hefty price tag. The S6 starts at £410 with the cheapest iPhone 6S retailing at £539. There is likely to be the usual rush for the new iPhone so it's probably harder to get your hands on than the S6 which has been in stores for a little while.
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