Is the Samsung Galaxy S6 a true iPhone 6 killer?

Which of the two is the best smartphone on the planet?

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The Galaxy S6 is a great-looking phone with great specs -- but is it really an iPhone 6 killer? I've got specs and details. (Note that I'm comparing the non-curved version of the S6 to the iPhone 6, not the iPhone 6 Plus.)


The nod goes here clearly goes to the S6. It's got a 5.1-inch screen compared to the iPhone's 4.7-inch one. And it wins on resolution as well, 2560 x 1440 at 576 ppi, versus 1334 x 750 at 326 ppi for the iPhone 6.


The S6 is powered by an Exynos 7 series quad 2.1GHz chip plus a quad 1.5Ghz, Octacore application processor. The iPhone 6, meanwhile, has an A8 64-bit chip. There's no real way to do a head-to-head comparison on this one, so we'll call it a tossup.


There's no doubt who wins this one --- the S6. It's got 3 GB of RAM versus 1 GB for the iPhone 6. More is better.


The S6 has the slightest of edges here. Its three models have 32 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB of storage, versus 16 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB for the iPhone 6. So the lowest-price model of the S6 beats out the lowest-priced model of the iPhone 6. You also get 115GB of free Microsoft OneDrive storage for two years with it.


The S6 is the winner here --- a 5-megapixel front-facing camera on the front and a 16-megapixel back-facing one. The iPhone 6 has a 1.2 megapixel front-facing one, and an 8-megapixel backfacing one.


For the Galaxy S6, say good-bye to plastic -- it's now all glass and metal, designed beautifully. In fact, it has a look you've seen before -- it resembles the iPhone 6. Both are well-designed, slick-looking phones. This one is a tossup.


The S6 has Android 5.0 Lollipop at its core, and has lightened up on its TouchWiz interface, even though some people might still find it too busy. The iPhone, of course, has iOS.  Android is more customizable; iOS is simpler. Take your pick.

Bottom line

When it comes to the hardware there's no doubt that the S6 is superior. It's got more RAM, its base unit has more storage, and it's got a bigger screen with superior resolution. As for the software, iOS fans will likely stick with the iPhone. Everyone else, though, should give the S6 a very close look.

This story, "Is the Samsung Galaxy S6 a true iPhone 6 killer?" was originally published by ITworld.

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