October 14, 2014
With the new announcement of the long awaited iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, if you’re not one of Apple’s loyalists, you may be wondering how it compares to other similar Smartphones and if you should choose the new shiny toy from Apple over other similar models. Of course, the main comparisons will occur between the iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S5, the latest from Samsung, Apple’s biggest and most direct rivals.
Pricing (Approximate, varies by carrier and special promotions) On-contract $199 (16GB), $299 (64GB), and $399 (128GB); off-contract $649 (16GB), $749 (64GB), and $849 (128GB) On-contract $199; off-contract $649
In physical specs and appearance the Galaxy S5 has a bigger screen, at 5.1 inches with a better screen resolution than the iPhone 6 at 4.7 inches, but the iPhone 6 Plus is bigger than both of them at 5.5 inches. However, the most impressive part of the new iPhones will have 128 GB of internal storage, while the Galaxy S5 only goes up to 32 GB internal. The Galaxy S5 models are all expandable to 128 GB with a memory card. Of note, that means the iPhone 6 line does not have any removable memory storage options. Meaning what you purchase is what you are stuck with for the duration. And the 128 GB version of the iPhone is expected to have a hefty price.
The iPhone 6 has had some improvement in design. It now features a side power button and rounded edges, among other design changes. The Galaxy S5 has gone through a design revamp, too, but even though it claims to be water resistant, the design has some areas where water can creep in if you haven’t fully secured the plugins. The iPhone 6 line comes in three color options: silver, gold, and grey. The Galaxy S5 comes in four colors: black, white, blue, and copper. Further heating up the iPhone 6 and Galaxy S5 contest is Apple has stepped up the battery life, one of its phone’s most frequent complaints, annulling one of the Galaxy S5’s previous advantages, thanks to a more efficient processor and a larger battery.
The main factor in any Smartphone, and especially between these two, is its performance. Samsung has always prided itself on the performance of its Galaxy range, but Apple may be catching up to the S5’s 2.5GHz quad-core chip with its proprietary 64-bit A8 chip, which promises to be faster, deliver better graphics (great for those who use gaming apps), and be more energy-efficient, effectively annulling another previous advantage for Samsung. Also, both companies present new operating systems, further enhancing their new devices, as well as upgraded Wi-Fi connection, allowing you to not only surf faster, but, also, make quicker downloads, with the S5, and Wi-Fi calls with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
An important feature for some where the iPhone 6 may still be lagging behind the Galaxy S5 is the camera. While Apple has improved its rear camera with better skin tones and flash options, as well as, faster focusing and picture taking, the Galaxy S5’s main camera is 16MP, while the Apple version is still only 8MP. As for the front facing cameras, Apple’s “selfie optimized” camera, complete with a “burst mode,” which takes several shots in one go to ensure you don’t miss the perfect shot, is only 1.2 MP versus a 2MP version from Samsung.
While Samsung has built up its strengths with the Galaxy S5, Apple has really stepped up its game with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, taking into account user concerns and really bringing their devices into a new era. With comparable pricing on the base model iPhone 6, Apple might be ready to steal a few more new customers from Samsung.
Written by Jason Edelman of Fueled. Fueled.com is an award-winning mobile app design and development house based in New York, Chicago and London. At Fueled, we don't just build apps; with teams of designers, developers and strategists, we create visually stunning products that redefine the technical boundaries of today's mobile development standards. We've built award-winning iPhone, iPad and Android apps used by millions of people for clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to up and coming startups including Barney's, Coca Cola, UrbanDaddy, JackThreads and MTV. We hold ourselves to the highest standard of usability, stability and design in every project that we touch.