Can the Galaxy S6 Series Eclipse the iPhone?

Published On April 8, 2015 | Mobile

Though Apple raised the bar for design and performance with its latest release of the iPhone 6, it was just a matter of time until something new and even better came along. The recently unveiled Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge might just give the iPhone a run for its money.

With an innovative design, versatile charging options, ultra-fast speed and a camera that performs in low and bright light, the Galaxy S6 series raise the smartphone bar even higher. Here’s a look at a few of the highlights in Samsung’s latest Android phone.

Style

The Galaxy S6 doesn’t add anything unbelievably new to the smartphone design landscape—in fact, its thin, rounded and flat design is reminiscent of the iPhone 6—but impressively, it does measure in at just a hair slimmer than the iPhone 6 (0.1mm thinner, to be exact). However, the Galaxy S6 Edge is a whole other story, featuring a dual-edge curved display that gives it the wow factor other smartphones are missing. The Edge does come with a higher price tag, but after all, we’re talking about a curved screen.

Display

The iPhone 6 boasts a sharp 326ppi (pixels per inch) display that smartphone enthusiasts were clamoring to get their hands on. But behold the Galaxy S6 series with its 577ppi display. At just over 150ppi more, the Galaxy S6 blows the iPhone 6 display out of the water.

Battery

Unfortunately, one downside to the sleek new design is that the previous versions’ removable backing is gone and along with it, the removable battery and microSD card. While this might after first seem like a limitation, the built-in battery actually opens up a whole new world of possibilities: namely, wireless charging. The Galaxy S6 series phones can be charged on most wireless charging pads found in cafes or available online. The same cannot be said for the iPhone and that convenience is nothing to scoff at. Plus, the quick-charge feature gives you 4-hours of battery life in a short, 10-minute charge.

Camera

Knowing that many smartphone-users snap pictures with their devices nearly as often as they make a call, Samsung wisely included a shortcut to its 16-megapixel camera with a double-tap of the home button. This, of course, is not a feature on the iPhone 6. Not to mention the improved camera on the Galaxy S6 series that allows for better low-light pictures than the iPhone 6 could produce.

Memory

Samsung’s Galaxy S6 phones feature the best that Android has to offer, with an impressive 3GB RAM. That’s compared to what now seems like a paltry 1 GB of RAM on the iPhone 6.

The new phones can be purchased through a contract at AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and US Cellular, or can be bought outright at Best Buy, Target, Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club and Amazon. Only time will tell how all of the new features and upgrades will be received, but one thing is clear: Apple better get to work on the iPhone 7.

So, are you ready to ditch your iPhone for a new Galaxy?

– By Jennifer Thayer

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