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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ vs iPhone 6 Plus

David Ludlow
13 Aug 2015
Edge Plus vs iPhone 6 Plus side-by-side
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It’s the battle of the big-screen phones, but is the S6 Edge+ better than the iPhone 6 Plus?

Big-screen phones are definitely something that people want, with the two heavyweight models this year the iPhone 6 Plus and the recently announced Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+. I’ve been lucky enough to go hands-on with the new Samsung phone, so I can bring you this specs comparison between the two handsets. Rest assured, once the review sample for the Edge+ is available this article will be updated with full benchmarks and true side-by-side comparisons. Before we start, both handsets are very large. If you’re looking for a smaller handset, our iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S6 article will be of more interest.

Design

Dimensions: Although the S6 Edge+ has a larger 5.7in screen than the 5.5in iPhone 6 Plus, it’s actually the smaller of the two devices. The S6 Edge+ measures 154x75x6.9mm and weighs 153g while the iPhone 6 Plus measures 158x78x7.1mm and weighs 132g. In actual use, both handsets are so close in size as to make no practical difference: if you get on with one, you’ll get on with the other.

iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

Materials: Both phones are extremely well made, with Samsung upping its game this year and using premium materials. Apple uses aluminium for its rounded and curved iPhone 6 Plus, giving it a tough and well-made feel. Samsung has used a combination of metal and glass for its handset, which looks fantastic. Samsung is promising that this model is 1.7x stronger than the S6, too.

Conclusion: It’s incredibly hard to pick a winner out of these handsets, as they’re both extremely attractive, well made and desirable handsets. I have to say that the S6 Edge+ is the phone that stands out the most thanks to its curved-edge display, but there’s really very little to tell the two handsets apart.

Display

Screen size: Samsung has the larger screen in the S6 Edge+ with a 5.7in panel, while Apple has a 5.5in screen. You get slightly less physical space on Apple’s phone then, but there’s not as much in at as you may think. This is because the Edge+’s screen has two curved edges, so the central part of the display, which you look at the most, is very similar in size to Apple’s.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus Display

Resolution: The iPhone 6 Plus is Apple’s highest-resolution screen with 1,920x1,080 pixels, but this lags behind the Quad HD screen of the Galaxy S6 Edge+, which has a resolution of 2,560x1,440. While the iPhone 6 Plus has a sharp and clear screen, the S6 Edge+ is even sharper thanks to its higher pixel density of 518ppi, versus 401ppi on the iPhone.

Screen technology and quality: Apple uses an LED-backlit IPS LCD screen in its phone, which is one of the best that we’ve seen. When I tested it using our colour calibrator, the iPhone managed 90.5% of the sRGB colour gamut. I’ve not yet been able to test the Super AMOLED screen in the S6 Edge+, but given that the S6 can display 100% of the sRGB colour gamut, I’m expecting the same thing here.

Conclusion: There’s nothing wrong with the screen in the iPhone 6 Plus, but there’s not getting away from the fact that Samsung’s Super AMOLED displays are superior.

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