iPhone 6s continues Apple’s “slight tweaking” tradition, but Samsung's Galaxy S6 has been transformed from the hardware to the software.
Black Friday / Cyber Monday is here and it’s common practice to purchase the flagships latest iteration. Holiday season sales figure continue to showcase the fact that most consumers like latest top-notch smartphones, however, there are still many people left who will go with the last year’s version due to low pricing.
It is in the spirit of those who loves older versions, we put the iPhone 6S against, Galaxy S6. Along with the spec comparison (to the customer’s decide what to purchase), we will also compare the deals. Let’s get right to it.
$250 Best Buy gift card with purchase of any iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
- AT&T iPhone 7 (32GB)$21.67Buy Now
- AT&T iPhone 7 (128GB)$25.00Buy Now
- AT&T iPhone 7 (256GB)$28.34Buy Now
- AT&T iPhone 7 Plus (32GB)$25.67Buy Now
- AT&T iPhone 7 Plus (128GB)$29.00Buy Now
- AT&T iPhone 7 Plus (256GB)$32.34Buy Now
- Verizon iPhone 7 (32GB)$27.67Buy Now
- Verizon iPhone 7 (128GB)$31.21Buy Now
- Verizon iPhone 7 (256GB)$35.38Buy Now
- Verizon iPhone 7 Plus (32GB)$32.04Buy Now
- Verizon iPhone 7 Plus (128GB)$36.21Buy Now
- Verizon iPhone 7 Plus (256GB)$40.38Buy Now
- Sprint iPhone 7 (32GB)$27.09Buy Now
- Sprint iPhone 7 (128GB)$31.25Buy Now
- Sprint iPhone 7 (256GB)$35.42Buy Now
- Sprint iPhone 7 Plus (32GB)$32.09Buy Now
- Sprint iPhone 7 Plus (128GB)$36.25Buy Now
- Sprint iPhone 7 Plus (256GB)$40.42Buy Now
The iPhone 6s features a 4.7-inch, LCD screen with a 1334 x 750p screen resolution (326ppi), while the Galaxy S6 features a 5.1-inch, Super AMOLED display with a Quad HD resolution of 2,560 x 1,440p (577ppi). Apple decided to increase its screen resolution from the 640p resolution of the iPhone 5s and earlier iPhones to 750p in the iPhone 6 from 2014. Some prefer Apple’s LCD screens while others prefer AMOLED displays, but there’s no denying the deep, rich blacks of AMOLED displays. Samsung’s Galaxy S6 display wins.
Processor and RAM
The iPhone 6s comes with a 1.8Ghz, a dual-core A9 processor with an M9 motion coprocessor. The Galaxy S6, on the other hand, features Samsung’s octa-core, Exynos 7420 processor with four Cortex A57 cores clocked in at 2.1Ghz and the remaining four Cortex A53 cores clocked in at 1.5Ghz.
In terms of sheer raw power, the Galaxy S6 wins because eight cores can perform much better than two (or 2.5, if you count the M9 motion coprocessor that can’t stand on its own). Some question the benefit of 8 cores over Apple’s dual-core setup, but eight cores allow low-power tasks to use small cores while the larger cores perform, the larger and more intensive tasks (such as gaming, for example).
Some believe that Apple’s dual-core setup tells the whole story, but it does not; while Apple’s processor is a dual-core, Apple uses a quad-core graphics processor (GPU) that enables the iPhone to have better on-screen graphics performance than Samsung’s smartphones. When you factor in the Galaxy S6’s 3GB of LPDDR4 RAM versus Apple’s 2GB of RAM, it’s clear that Samsung’s Galaxy S6 wins in multi-core tasks and battery life, which is what the multitasking experience is all about.
Battery and Battery Life
The iPhone 6s comes with a 1,715mAh battery while the Galaxy S6 features a 2,550mAh battery. Apple has continued to make its devices thinner and lighter, but Samsung’s own Galaxy S6 reduces battery size this year from the 2,800mAh battery found in the Galaxy S5.
Optimizations are key in batteries and battery life, so it’ll be interesting to see who optimizes best. What can be confirmed, however, is that Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are the only smartphones that provide great battery life for iOS users. Apple has never dared to put anything above a 1,800mAh battery in its smartphones for users, so the iPhone 6 Plus marked a new turn of events for Apple.
Some have said that Samsung’s Quad HD, 1440p display should consume more battery than the iPhone 6s, but it all comes down to optimization. Apple’s iPhones have been at the bottom of the bin when it comes to battery life, and, when you factor in how long it takes iPhones to charge, it doesn’t really seem that there’s a battery advantage at all to owning an iPhone.
Even with Samsung’s Quad HD screen, we have a feeling Samsung still wins this contest.
The iPhone 6s has a 5MP front camera with flash and an f/2.2 camera aperture and a 12MP back camera, while Samsung’s Galaxy S6 features a 5MP front camera with a f/1.9 camera aperture and a 16MP back camera with an f/1.9 camera aperture and optical image stabilization or OIS. Apple’s iPhone 6s, the popular consumer model of Apple’s latest technology, does not feature OIS, which helps to stabilize shaking hands when a photo is being taken, or a video is being recorded, for example. Samsung’s Galaxy S6 does, as well as its higher-end Galaxy Note 5 phablet.
Apple’s camera aperture (f/2.2) is still no match for Samsung’s (f/1.9), and Samsung’s OIS will give it a leg up on Apple’s iPhone 6s. Apple uses OIS, as well as screen resolution, to differentiate its two flagships, so you’ll have to pay $299 up-front with a two-year agreement for the iPhone 6s Plus (as opposed to the $199 up-front cost for the iPhone 6s with a two-year agreement). As opposed to Apple, however, Samsung is far more generous with its technology and provides the same screen resolution for the Galaxy S6 as well as the Galaxy Note 5 – not to mention the same minimum 32GB storage, plus OIS and now, VDIS (video digital image stabilization) for its cameras.
With that being said, Samsung allows you to choose which phone works for you, not pay for just the better screen and “better camera.” This is what true customization is about: allowing someone to buy a Galaxy S6 and get the same specs as the Note 5, while someone else buys the Galaxy Note 5 for the stylus and integrated software in addition to the specs.
In the race between these two phones, the iPhone 6s retains the same 16GB storage model as its immediate predecessors. Meanwhile, Samsung has shed the old 16GB storage model of the Galaxy S5 for the 32GB minimum base model for both its Galaxy S6 series and the Galaxy Note 5. You can actually get double the storage on the Galaxy S6 for the same price as that of the iPhone 6s.
If you are planning to buy Samsung Galaxy S6, AT&T has a $200 VISA Reward Card ready but you need to get it on AT&T Next plan. Card will be sent after 8 weeks. iPhone 6S 16GB is available at $1 with 2-year contract. Best Buy is also offering $250 gift card with the purchase of any iPhone 7.