Apple and Samsung’s flagship phones, the iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6,
are sure to dominate the smartphone world this year. Both phones are
remarkably similar, in design, features and cost, but there are some
If you’re looking to switch phones
this year and have your sites on either the iPhone or Galaxy S6, we’ve
built a handy guide of what each phone has that the other doesn’t, and
what both have in common.
What the Galaxy S6 has that the iPhone 6 doesn’t
Wireless charging and quick charging
Like many other top Android phones, the Galaxy S6 supports wireless
charging with a separate wireless charger, which you can find in many
stores today. You simply place the phone on a wireless charging pad to
add juice without fumbling with wires. Additionally, the S6 promises to
charge quickly, so you’re not waiting around for enough battery to go
about your day.
Built-in heart-rate monitor
S6’s LED flash doubles as a heart-rate monitor that can also measure
your blood oxygen saturation. You can use it to test your resting heart
rate, or while exercising to see how hard you’re pushing. Our real-world tests
show that these kinds of heart-rate monitors aren’t the most accurate,
but it’s nice to have the option. The iPhone 6 can measure your heart
rate through the LED flash, but you’ll need a third-party app to do it.
Bigger, higher resolution screen
The Galaxy S6 benefits from a large, supersharp screen that looks
impressive in person and has a higher resolution than the iPhone 6.
Samsung’s latest has a 5.1-inch AMOLED 2,560×1,440-pixel resolution (577
ppi) screen. In contrast, the iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch 1,344×750 IPS
(326 ppi) display. If you want a five-plus-inch screen, you’ll need to
look at the iPhone 6 Plus, which costs an average $100 more than the iPhone 6.
A dedicated VR accessory
Looking at future tech, Samsung’s got a leg up over Apple with both smartwatches and virtual reality. The Samsung Gear VR headset
pairs with the Galaxy S6 to create an immersive video-watching and
game-playing experience. VR might still be a bit ahead of its time, but
if you’re into it, you’ll be able to use it with the S6.
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