Samsung Galaxy S6 vs. iPhone 6: Key Similarities & Differences

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How Samsung’s new Galaxy S6 are like (different from) Apple’s iPhone 6. (Image via Samsung, Apple)

The recently unveiled Galaxy S6 is clearly the best smartphone model Samsung has made in many years. While the handset sports a number of cool, new features, it does not exist in a vacuum. It?s apparently set to go head to head against another halo device, the iPhone 6. Today, we?re going to give you a quick comparison of Samsung?s and Apple?s 2015 flagships.


As far as the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are concerned, there?s really only one competitor when it comes to smartphone sales — the iPhone 6. To put it simply, no other phone maker can afford to stand up against the South Korean giant?s billion-dollar marketing budget. However, we?ve seen Samsung struggling to keep the profits high in recent months. As they have been continuously criticized for making models with cheap-looking plastic body, they needed to come up with a device that offers a more premium design to rival what Apple has been doing for years. Finally, the company looks like they?ve learned their lesson and launched the glass-and-metal Galaxy S6 model. Gone is the faux metal and plastic; in its place are Gorilla Glass-coated front and rear panels and a new aluminum frame. The handset looks somewhat like a cross between an iPhone 6 and iPhone 4, but it certainly works.

The original iPhone had first seen the light of day back in 2007. Since then, it has been considered as the gold standard in smartphone aesthetics. With its all-metal body and thin profile, the iPhone 6 easily continues that tradition.

The rounded edges of the S6?s aluminum frame is reminiscent of the latest iPhone models. The button arrangement of the two devices are also pretty identical. On the Galaxy S6, the volume buttons are on the left side and the power/lock button is on the right side. There?s an infrared blaster on the top. The iPhone 6, meanwhile, packs a microphone, speaker grill, and Lightning module (for charging) on the bottom side. You?ll find a similar layout on the S6 but instead of the Lightning port, there?s a Micro USB port.

There?s no denying that Samsung?s fresh offering bear significant resemblance to the iPhone 6 and even other models. But if you come to think of it, the Cupertino-based device maker?s iPhone designs haven?t been very original all the time.

Battery & storage

Samsung fans may be disappointed that the Galaxy S6 has been stripped of two features that have always set it apart from iPhone: removable battery and expandable storage. the S6 is being offered with a fixed storage capacity (32, 64, and 128GB) and non-replaceable battery, just like all other iPhone models.

The Galaxy S6 comes with 2,600 mAh battery while the iPhone 6?s has around 1,810 mAh capacity (according to various teardowns, since Apple has not listed it?s handset actual battery capacity). Interestingly, Samsung reportedly revealed at its announcement event at the MWC that the new Galaxy phone have the ability to charge ?twice as fast? as the iPhone 6.

Key differences


Samsung?s latest flagship comes with a 16-megapixel main camera that the company claims to offer an enhance low-light imaging capability made possible by its f/1.2 lens aperture. It is also able to snap real-time automatic HDR photos, which basically combines two photos with different exposures to create a single image with more accurate and vivid colors. The hanset?s IR heart rate monitor is capable of measuring ambient lighting and adjusting the camera accordingly.

On the other hand, Apple?s present flagship is equipped with an improved 8-megapixel iSight camera that spoarts an f/2.2 aperture lens that can also take auto HDR photos. It?s camera does not come with optical image stabilization (OIS). Instead, it depends on digital image stabilization which utilizes software to compensate for blurring caused by shaky hands. Above the screen, the Galaxy S6 has a 5-megapixel front camera and the iPhone 6 features a 1.2-megapixel front snapper.

Display and processor

Probably the greatest difference between Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6 lies on the display specs and internal hardware. Samsung?s newest smartphone model is packed with a lot of game-changin components that mark a huge leap forward in different areas. The 5.1-inch quad HD screen features a stunning pixel density of 577 ppi. Its new 14-nanometer Exynos 7420 chipset is a 64-bit, octa-core beast coupled with 3GB worth of LPDDR4 RAM. The UFS 2.0 storage is superior than many other models in the market and the reflective material under the S6?s Gorilla Glass 4 on the front and back adds a distinctly beautiful effect.


Photo Credit: ?Samsung, Apple

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