Every Samsung Geek knows that Samsung’s arch rivals are Apple. The two giant technology companies are the main, dominant players in the smartphone market and have been competing ferociously for market share and profits for years now, producing and selling a whole host of wonderful devices in the process.
In the not too distant future, Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge, which was released earlier this year, will be competing with Apple’s iPhone 6S, which, rumours claim, will be released at some point in September. That begs the question, will the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge be better than the iPhone 6S? In this extended article, we will answer that question by examining six important points of comparison between the two high-end smartphones, namely; design, features, specifications, camera, battery life and price.
Of course, at this point it should be noted that in regard to the iPhone 6S all the information that we have to go on is rumour and speculation. Nonetheless, a valid comparison with the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge can still be made as many of those rumours are based on leaks from generally reliable sources. Moreover, within the industry there is a widespread consensus on the sort of device that Apple are looking to create with the iPhone 6S.
So, without any further ado, let’s dive straight into tackling the big question; will the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge be better than the iPhone 6S?
Let me just say this as plainly as possible; the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge looks fantastic. There is no doubt that its exceptional design lives up to its premium label and price tag. The world’s first dual curved display smartphone; the Galaxy S6 Edge has sophisticated sweeping sides and a stylish rounded metal frame.
Furthermore, there is a much improved finger scanner on the updated home button; the glossy glass rear is attractive and it is available in white, black, gold and green, providing colours catering to all tastes. All in all, the design is one of the best aspects of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge.
The iPhone 6S, meanwhile, is rumoured to have a similar design to its predecessor the iPhone 6. Therefore, it is likely to retain a 4.7 inch display and to be slim, light and rounded in style.
Additionally, it will probably come in silver, gold, space grey and pink/rose gold.
Interestingly, in a tip of the proverbial hat to Samsung, Apple also seem set to mimic the Galaxy S6 Edge by including a display that wraps around the smartphone’s edges, labelling them “sidewall displays” in an official Apple patent. Perhaps that element of imitation implies that the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge will be better than the iPhone 6S.
Perhaps the most talked about rumoured new feature of the iPhone 6S is Force Touch. Developed by Apple themselves, Force Touch technology utilises tiny electrodes surrounding the display to differentiate taps and harder presses. The device will then respond accordingly, providing a specific action on the basis of the force of the input. Apparently, this will allow users to find options on menus at a quicker pace.
Apple’s Taptic Engine might also make an appearance in the iPhone 6S. A portmanteau of ‘tap’ and ‘haptic feedback’, the Taptic Engine technology conveys information to users via vibrations, much like a video game controller, bridging the digital-physical divide and perhaps providing users a more compelling experience.
Of course, meanwhile, the Samsung S6 Edge’s main features centre on the edge. Possessing edges on both sides, in contrast to the Note 4 Edge which only had one, users can conveniently chose whether to have the edge features on the left or the right.
One of those cool features is the People Edge, which places a tab on the upper portion of the edge providing instant access to your five favour contacts, who can be called or messaged from the edge. Additionally, the edge can be used as an information stream, with pop-ups from weather, news, social media and other apps. Don’t forget, too, that the Edge can be used as a night clock that will not drain your battery thanks to the Super AMOLED screen.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge’s specs are fairly impressive. It is powered by a 1.5GHz octa-core processor, has Google’s Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system and a TouchWiz skin. Moreover, it has 3GB of RAM and either 32GB, 64GB or 128GB of internal storage.
In comparison, the iPhone 6S is rumoured to run on a 1.5GHz tri-core A9 processor, ironically reportedly manufactured by Samsung, and is likely to have 2GB of RAM which, although an improvement on the 1GB of RAM found in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, is still significantly less than in the S6 Edge.
The camera on the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is one of its best features. The rear camera is 16MP and the front camera is 5MP, and both of those cameras can take spectacular photos and provide users with endless joy. The camera app has a number of modes, including auto, pro, selective focus, panorama, virtual shot, slow motion and fast motion.
Most of the time, though, auto mode will prove good enough because the camera is superb at adapting the settings to your surroundings in order to get the best snaps every time. Moreover, you are very unlikely to miss the opportunity to take a great picture as the camera launches up as soon as you double click the home button.
There is no doubt that the 8MP cameras on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are inferior to the Galaxy S6 Edge’s and, although the iPhone 6S’ camera may have a few improvements; it remains unlikely to surpass the quality of the S6 Edge. Rumoured improvements include a 12MP camera and possibly a dual-lens camera offering optical zoom capabilities.
Additionally, it has been suggested that Apple might opt for a new light splitting, three-sensor camera system. Nonetheless, at the end of the day it is hard to foresee a scenario in which the camera on the iPhone 6S is better than the camera on the Galaxy S6 Edge.
Battery life is admittedly one of the main drawbacks of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. Its 2600mAh battery, which is 200mAh smaller than the batter found in the Samsung Galaxy S5, can quite easily be drained. This is perhaps primarily due to the smartphone’s more powerful processor and higher resolution display.
However, Samsung has done a good job in compensating for the problem of a quickly drained battery. Firstly, it includes fast charging technology, which not only charges 1.5 times faster than previous models in the Galaxy S series, but also , quite incredibly, allows you to regain a whole four hours of usage with a mere ten minutes of charging. Secondly, it has introduced wireless charging, which is very handy indeed.
Conversely, it is believed that the iPhone 6S will boast a better battery life. This is because of the rumoured addition of a Qualcomm-developed chip named MDM9635M, which has increased power-efficiency in comparison to previous models.
There is no two ways about it; the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is expensive. The simplest 32GB SIM free model will set you back a whopping £700, while if you want 64GB or 128GB of internal storage then you will have to pay approximately £750 and £830 respectively.
Of course, you can shop around online for better deals and perhaps pay monthly if you would prefer, but whatever way you look at it, you are going to have to pay a large amount of money to get your hands on Samsung’s flagship smartphone.
Meanwhile, it is difficult to predict how much the iPhone 6S will retail for; although there is no doubt that the price tag will reflect its status as one of Apple’s premium products. The best indicator of the iPhone 6S’ price are the prices for the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus.
The former starts at £539 and the latter starts at £619, which is marginally lower than the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge but not enough to persuade the vast majority of Samsung Geeks to switch to Apple products.
Conclusion: Will the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge be better than the iPhone 6S?
So, drawing all of that together, will the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge be better than the iPhone 6S? In a word, yes.
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