iPhone 6 versus Galaxy S6: first-glance similarities aren't a bad thing

iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6
iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6 (Image credit: iMore)

(opens in new tab)

The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Apple iPhone 6 both have glass fronts, a physical home button below the screen and metal around the sides. They have LTE radios and are technically smartphones. And if you happen to look at them from below, they look a little similar from that one angle.

Yes, from below, the Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6 share some serious visual similarities. In that, they're machined out of aluminum and have machined holes for the 3.5mm headphone jack, a center-mounted USB or lightning port, and holes for speaker grilles drilled into the right side. There are even the Apple-style plastic-filled stripes that break it up into visual segments and a color-matched chrome-ringed home button. From the bottom you might think that the Galaxy S6 is another version of the iPhone.

But it's only from that angle. Every other look at the Galaxy S6 reveals a phone that is markedly different from the iPhone 6. And some of the similarities are thanks to those being the most optimal ways to manage this sort of construction. You want a phone that's made out of metal? Well, your speaker grille is going to be a series of circular holes. Want to use that metal frame as an antenna? Alright, you'll need to divide it up with some plastic strips so you can properly manage Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and LTE.

Sure, Apple did some of these things before Samsung, and there are some visual comparisons that can be drawn. But there's nothing wrong with admitting that the Galaxy S6 draws some design inspiration from the iPhone 6; the iPhone 6 is an attractively-designed phone and Apple's going to sell well over 100 million of them once all is said and done. That Samsung's new flagship smartphone also looks smartly-designed isn't the worst thing in the world. Because that means it also looks like a nice phone.

That was a lot of words about the bottom half-inch of these two phones. From every other angle, they're different. The back of the Galaxy S6 is glass — and before you say "iPhone 4!", know that it's flush with the metal frame (which on the 4 was stainless steel, for what it's worth). The center-aligned camera is traditional for Samsung, and sure, like the iPhone 6 it juts out thanks to the phone's thin profile, though in this case it juts out more, and the Galaxy S4 was doing that first anyway.

Internals-wise we're looking at very different phones. Whereas the iPhone 6 has a dual-core 64-bit Apple A8 processor, the Galaxy S6 is powered by Samsung's octacore Exynos processor (also 64-bit, though with four cores running at 2.1GHz and another four at a milder 1.5GHz). The iPhone 6's 4.7-inch 750x1334 LCD display is utterly shamed by the 5.1-inch 2560x1440 Super AMOLED panel on the Galaxy S6. Yes, the Galaxy S6 is pushing more than 3.6 times the pixels as the iPhone 6, and yet in our time with it we never saw it stutter or otherwise balk at whatever we threw at it. There's an argument to be made that the 326ppi resolution of the iPhone 6 is enough, but there's just something about the 577ppi that the Galaxy S6 sports that is simply stunning.

On the camera front, the iPhone 6 sports an upgraded 8-megapixel shooter with an ƒ/2.2 lens, while the Galaxy S6's sensor counts up to 16MP behind a wider ƒ/1.9 lens, meaning that it lets in significantly more light. There are still some details about the Galaxy S6 camera that we don't know, but the broad strokes are there: this is a very serious contender to the iPhone's mobile camera dominance. Considering that we weren't able to take the Galaxy S6 out of controlled space and lighting area of the Samsung booth inside Fira Barcelona.

Battery-wise, Samsung's jumped onto the sealed battery bandwagon. Going with the glass back kind of necessitated that — you don't want for that to be removable. Samsung did do away with the previous Galaxy's phone's waterproofing, but built in two standards for wireless charging (thus the glass back — a full metal back would block inductive charging transmission). The Galaxy S6's battery has also seen a reduction in size, and we've yet to get a good feel for what kind of battery life we can expect from it in real life.

Then there's the matter of software: the Galaxy S6 runs the very latest Android 5.0.2 Lollipop, while the iPhone runs iOS 8. Naturally, this means that there are serious differences in the way that the software works and the development philosophies behind them.

Apple's software is highly integrated from the start with the hardware and the App Store is tightly controlled, while Samsung's had to make their own integrations from Android to their hardware, and the Google Play Store is comparatively the wild west. There are, of course, apps that slip through the App Store's famously rigorous review process, and Google Play has some restrictions on what can be published and Google works hard to block malicious apps from getting in the store in the first place, and reacts swiftly and prudently when something bad does get through.

We've gone over the software differences here time and time again, and Samsung's latest implementation of their TouchWiz design language on top of Android is leaner and cleaner than ever before. No longer does it weigh on the processor and cause noticeable lag throughout the device, and Samsung's customizations on top of Google's highly-regarded Material Design language for Android have led to a Samsung interface that's finally actually visually-pleasing. In terms of user interface design language, Apple, Samsung, and Google have never been closer, and yet they're still notably different.

There is one software feature that Samsung could be accused of lifting from Apple, and that would be Samsung Pay. In short, we're talking about a contactless payments system that uses stored-on-device credit card numbers, tokenization for secure one-time-use numbers, NFC transmission, and fingerprint authentication (the Galaxy S6's fingerprint scanner is larger this time around for an Apple-style "lay your thumb on it" approach instead of the previous frustrating swiping authentication).

But Samsung does Apple one better by integrating Magnetic Secure Transmission technology (acquired wholly with the acquisition of LoopPay) that makes the phone compatible with hundreds of millions of magnetic swipe card readers around the world. At least in theory — there are always complications, including store clerks that will think you're working some sort of voodoo by paying with your phone. Even if we want to accuse Samsung of copying the simplicity of Apple's mobile payments system (Apple was far from the first to implement contactless mobile payments, but their implementation was as elegant and straightforward as we would expect from them). In the end, in this sort of emerging technology system, the more adoption and push behind it, the merrier — any NFC-capable payment terminal should be fully compatible with both Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Google Wallet, and whatever else gets out there.

There are comparisons to be drawn between the Apple iPhone 6 and the Samsung Galaxy S6. There are good reasons to make those comparisons, and there are good reasons why the similarities that have prompted these comparisons make sense. Of course, we won't be able to draw any definitive judgements until we've been able to have the Galaxy S6 for an extended period and really been able to get our hands and heads around it.

After a mildly disappointing generation in the Galaxy S5, Samsung has taken practically every criticism of their marketing, their software, their hardware, and even their presentation to heart. They've turned around and made a phone that's technically impressive (which the Galaxy line has always been) as well as a real crowd-pleaser on the design front. They've produced a phone here that stands toe-to-toe with the iPhone, and that's not a bad thing at all.

Derek Kessler is Special Projects Manager for Mobile Nations. He's been writing about tech since 2009, has far more phones than is considered humane, still carries a torch for Palm, and got a Tesla because it was the biggest gadget he could find. You can follow him on Twitter at @derekakessler.

  • Thanks Derek... Do you understand now, Rene? Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • Absolutely! This was well-written and fair! Rene's article....not so much
  • Do I understand that we encourage people to voice different opinions here on iMore? You bet! As to the GS6, I wish Samsung well, but I think they made significant strategic mistakes with this phone.
  • I'm going to have to agree with Renee on this one. Samsung made a huge mistake with this phone, I'm hoping they don't do this with the note line. Posted via the iMore App
  • In a way, yes, I'm now more likely to get an IPhone than a Samsung next time around when I shop for a new phone this fall. It depends what's in the market at that time. I like most of what Samsung did, but I'm not too crazy about glass backs after owning a phone with a glass back (my current phone). I'm not a one platform person. I've owned IPhones, android phones, and Windows phones. I'll see what's best this fall and jump on it. Posted with my Sony Xperia Z3 via the iMore App for Android
  • I'm going to get the Microsoft 640 next... Nice winphone! Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • Its good that iMore encourages different opinions.. but the last post from you crossed the line and came out one sided.
  • +1
  • All opinions are one-sided, otherwise they wouldn't be an opinion.
  • Touché
  • WHAT?? what mistake?
  • Ok this is a mobile nations article published across all the sites like Android central. So, it can't be like your one sided article. Anyway this is a good article worth reading than the one where fanboyism shows.
  • Have had a new Samsung every year since the Captivate. No SD killed this for me. The day may come where no phones will have memory slots. At that time they will likely come with 256 GB to 1 TB storage. Until that time comes, SD is mandatory for me. My guess is that the Note 5 will remain the "do it all" model. Still, that's the biggest reason I have Android (I also have and use a Nokia 1520). If Samsung disappoints me there's HTC, Moto, Sony, LG, etc. I LOVE choices.
  • SD??, WHO CARES!!!! Sent from the iMore App
  • I believe I just said that I do. Other's may agree, other's not. See, it's called dialogue.
  • I fully agree with you and this phone won't stop their financial slide. It's too much of a me-too product. At a time when they desperately needed to create an original Samsung product to demonstrate their innovation, they instead resorted to copying Apple, again. I want to add a comment about the article. I felt it was too neutral. Too carefully constructed to not offend. In the end, it came off as being dishonest. It's like trying to get a straight answer to a direct question from a politician. You often get a response that falls along party lines. Frustrating! Technically, they're not lying... Just being deceptive! I know you get criticized for being biased in Apple's favor. After all, this is an Apple products centric site and why would you not be...Anyway, I like that you pick a side and defend it! Even if I disagree with you, it's easier to say why. This article robs the reader of that opportunity...
  • Spot on rene Sent from the iMore App
  • I highly doubt that iMore allowed this to be published but rather the Mobile Nations Editor and Chief had it posted across all the sites. Dont take credit for a refreshing article written by Derek, Mobile Nations said for it to be posted across all sites and because you work for them it was posted. You could never write something about a product not from apple speaking about its positives or write something about a product from apple speaking on its negatives.
  • You are bad
  • Rene can't write...an article that puts Apple in anything but the best light. It's why you can't trust reviews of Apple products from Apple blogs. All bias, all the time!
  • Actually, I've seen Rene to be very fair in comments both for and against Apple and Android.
  • Jealous???? Sent from the iMore App
  • Great write up. Derek i've followed you since my PreCentral days and always valued your measured professional writings.
  • +1 same here. Miss that webOS goodness. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • Overall a good article, however there is one thing everyone is missing, the Samsung Ativ S. I hate linking to another site, but please look at this image and tell me who copied whom. http://images.anandtech.com/doci/6213/ATIV_S_Product_Image_Front_5.jpg The thing is, basic shapes aren't even on my radar anymore. The only way I would claim copying is if someone cloned the crazy side of the Edge. Even then I wouldn't care as long as it worked. The way science and technology improves is by standing on the shoulders of those that came before you. I think we all need to take a step back from the fandom of my device is better than yours and be glad we have competition. The more competition the better. Sent from the iMore App
  • Yup. I posted about that in another article but nobody noticed Sent from my Galaxy S4 running SlimLP 5.0.2
  • I did... Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • I guess the iPod touch 5th Gen which came out that same year in September had nothing to do with how the iPhone 5, 5S, and 6 would be designed huh?
  • Yeah, the iPhone 6 is based on the iPod touch 5 from October 2012. You can trace the design language from there to iPad mini to iPhone 6. The iPhone 2G was the biggest screen they could make at the time. They tried making a bigger screen with the 4 design in 2010 but they weren't happy with it. Going from 5s to 6 made for a better big phone. If you go back to 2012 you can hear me talking about pretty much exactly what the iPhone 6 would look like :)
  • Which is baffling because they keep throwing that Ativ S out there like the iPhone 6 supposedly copied it. If my memory serves me correct, I remember the Ativ was chastised somewhat for copying the iPod touch since they couldn't copy the iPhone design anymore with the lawsuits.
  • The point is that everyone copies something in one form or another. There are very few new ideas coming out from any camp and most phones are an amalgam of prior phones. The thing that upsets some people is seeing one company lambasted for copying a feature or design, but then praising another company for doing the same thing. One sided articles, even on a site dedicated to a particular brand, aren't good reads. The Note line of phones was successful and was copied by every other manufacturer, including apple. Who cares? I'm writing this right now on an iPhone 6+ and it is by far the best typing experience I have had on an iPhone since the 4s in landscape. I love my iPad mini, though I could replace it with the 6 plus if it would run iPad apps. I'm also interested in the rumored iPad Pro. I currently have a Note Pro and love the features it has. I'm also glad that Apple may finally embrace the stylus. I don't think a stylus should be required to operate a tablet, but I do think it is a good feature. Long post but a lot to say. I think where some people get upset is when they want to see objective reporting and feel that they aren't getting it. I realize a lot of other people are just asses that enjoy trolling, but that isn't everyone. For the most part I prefer a fair article, whether it is critical of the device I use or not. Sent from the iMore App
  • According to Jobs, you didn't need a bigger screen. He never mentioned an inability to make one. Grasping again, or apologizing? Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • What exactly are you replying to? Sent from the iMore App
  • Rene... Someone else replied to your post... It's a layout issue... Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • Exactly. The iPhone 6 basically looks exactly like a big iPod touch and many constantly say they stole the HTC design etc when Apple already made the iPhone 6 albeit in a smaller format with some notable things lacking like the curved designed of the iPhone 6 that isn't on the iPod touch 5. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • Since we are linking to potentially relevant articles...let's not forget lawsuits: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/24/apple-samsung-patent-lawsuit-ru... http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/apple-samsung-lawsuit/ (Fairly well established precedents if you ask me.)
  • Well written article! You are a shining bastion on this site unlike other writers at iMore...
  • You really have made posting on thus site a hobby haven't you? It's really easy to sit back and correct everyone when not really adding anything to the conversation. I bet I've read 100 posts from you in the last week or so calling out Rene. Why? Why spend all this time and effort? Seems a little silly doesn't it? It's obvious you feel the need to stick up for your phone of choice against all things apple, but if you don't agree with something and it's clear it bothers you then why continue to come here?
  • Because some of us want more responsible writing. An opinion is fine but many find his "enthusiasm" questionable at best. The "S is for Shameless" post is far more than just an opinion piece. It's a one man I hate Samsung piece. It's a phone. A Nice phone that Many Millions will enjoy. And believe it or not, there's only so many thing one can do with a phone. The article in question was vulgar at points and wholeheartedly based on what he THINKS is fact. Samsung being different gets ripped up on this site. Anything the same is just copying Apple Cuz apparently they always did everything first. But when Apple does the same there are always excuses. It's sickening. There are too many people who actually like Apple products that can't stand this horse crap for it to be shrugged off as just a difference of opinion. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • Excellent article, and a thousand times more informative, well written, and more mature than Rene's hit piece of two days ago. Posted with my Sony Xperia Z3 via the iMore App for Android
  • Shame that Samsung decided to skip waterproofing this time around. I was hoping that feature would stay catching on. As for the article itself, I hope we can start seeing more articles like this on this site when comparing alternatives to the iPhone. I understand that as an Apple-focused site there will be some bias, but the attempt to still rationally look at the competition is still nice. Sent from the iMore App
  • Losing waterproofing is a big deal. Another thing is that without a removable back, you have to hope wireless charging is built in. Gone will be the option of buying the wireless charging back as an after market accessory. Then again, maybe removing waterproofing is intentional and there will be an S6 Active with waterproofing and wireless charging. Either way, I'm not sure that the S6 will make me consider leaving my iPhone, there are just some features I would hate to lose. Then again, there are some features I would like to gain. I wish I could just pick and choose my hardware and software features from every company. Gimme HTC speakers, Apple fingerprint sensor, and LG knock on please. Sent from the iMore App
  • S6 support QI and PMA "I'm da Blur boys!" - Me with 1200 ping. Fiber in Nashville? Save me based Google.
  • Please, name one feature the iphone has that the S6 doesn't? I'm waiting....
  • Innovation?
  • Innovation where? That's not only a bit subjective, but it's also completely uninformative. Where did the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus do anything that wasn't anything but a natural progression from the iPhone 5S. I mean, they did OIS, which Samsung already had in the Note 4, in a half-assed manner (still uses cropping digital stabilization for video) and doesn't seem to have hardly any improvements over the iPhone 6 if you compare images (even pixel peeping). Really, I think you people are way too disingenuous towards Android OEMs like Samsung. They actually have to innovate, at a much more aggressive pace than Apple because they can lose marketshare within their own OS ecosystem, something Apple is immune to because they are the sole suppliers of iOS devices. If Samsung doesn't innovate (which they have been doing, much more than Apple who only releases major upgrades every 2 years whole Samsung gets clowned for not knocking it out of the park every 8 months or so - S then Note Series), then LG, Motorola, HTC, OnePlus, Hauwei, etc. are going to eat their lunch. In addition to that, they are under immense pricing pressure from OEMs producing cheaper phones with higher specs; another thing Apple is largely immune to because iOS users are generally more invested than Android users in the ecosystem [monetarily] and thus less likely to defect the platform. The idea that the iPhone brings innovation while Samsung doesn't is not only patently untrue (if you look at how the devices have evolved over the years, it's pretty obviously untrue), and assumes the average reader here is too stupid to see what is obvious.
  • Cant believe that got dropped. Does not seem like a big deal, but isn't it about time all electronics got a basic level of waterproofing? Instead, the ones that did have it are ditching it.
  • The problem that I see with the MST payment option, at least in Europe, is that it's almost useless here. We use chips on the card. Most of the new credit cards don't even have a Magnetic Strip nor the card readers. I don't know exactly the specs on the the device, but I guess it's a US-only thing.
  • It will work in the US for a while. The switch to EMV isn't coming until September/October. Most banks haven't even pushed out chip cards yet.
  • @matteoteo1234 You know that the S6 supports both MST and NFC payment's right?
  • I know, of course, I know. I was just noticing that they added a feature useless in Europe and soon in the USA. They touted it as an improvement to the availability, but it isn't.
  • I just saw a place that upgraded to a new reader that appeared to be chip or MST only, so NFC may not spread as fast as hoped in the fall.
  • VeriFone terminals are very popular. One of their models has NFC, but no bump at the top so it is hard to tell if it has the feature at first glance.
  • Yes, add card payment technology to the list of things that the US lags the rest of the world in, although note that it's a deployment issue, not a technology issue. I'd like to see the NFC solution roll out quickly. Apple has enough money to give it a boost, and so does Google.
  • Didn't google buy soft card? Sent from the iMore App
  • Great points and very informative. We need more of these objective comparisons.
  • Great post .. liked the balanced approach .. You should be posting more here on iMore.
  • I personally think imore is the black sheep of the family. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • "Significant strategic mistake" says Rene, "huge mistake" says Mindflux; there will be unforeseen consequences that will unfold after April, that's for sure (like older Galaxy handset users' redundant SD card collections of maps, movies, music, etc; heavy users' redundant spare batteries; upgraders used to exposing their old handsets to a little wetness, etc). Also, how the handset stands up to that uber-screen with a less powerful battery (I guess that would have been thoroughly tested in-house under typical and heavy loads, though...) For now, I'll confine my comment to "a huge, significant, strategic GAMBLE". Whether it turns out to be a moon-shot / failed-hail-Mary or a brilliant masterstroke is still up in the air till the Summer... By which time its real competitor, the iPhone 6S/6S+, will be looming on the horizon... hold on to your hats, tech maniacs!
  • You couldn't use those batteries anyways. Samsung tends to change the battery size, shape, or the location of the connections in phone upgrades. The batteries for those older models are not designed to be used in the newer handsets. It's not like taking the AA battery out of your Magic Mouse and putting it in your Apple Wireless Keyboard. It doesn't work that way, buddy. I had a spare battery for my Note 3, never used it. These phones charge so fast that you get more than 1% a minute charging them on a fast charger, or in a decent car charger. It's just not as important to the average consumer as people think, otherwise Apple wouldn't be selling any phones (since not only do they have no removable batteries or storage, but their phones also have generally worse battery life than Samsung's handsets and their base SKUs are so low that people were not upgrading their OS for lack of space). You're forgetting the Galaxy Note 5, which will be releasing later this year, which will likely be the phone I replace my iPhone 6 Plus with if I don't pull the trigger on the S6.
  • Well written & informative article – the S6 sounds like a decent device. However, it doesn't interest me because it is part of the Samsung Android ecosystem. Touchwiz guarantees that this phone will never keep up with Google's Android releases. It will always be months behind, at best. Question: how does Samsung's card-reader compatibility work? Does it trick the card reader into thinking the phone is a card, meaning that the user still interacts with the card reader to enter payment details (which is of little value), or does the user confirm payment details on the S6 (which would be of some value)?
  • Yes, it tricks the reader by manipulating an EM field. Not sure how they handle the other details.
  • It emulater a swipe completely.
  • I actually tend to agree more with Rene's post. :) The differences in hardware are pretty minor, quite honestly. I wouldn't mistake the phones, and largely due to camera placement and the other minute details. But really, what "normal" person is going to care. They do lose a lot of their core differentiators. I've never used an SD card in a phone, replaced a battery, or done anything that they cut out. So for me, an Apple iPhone is a perfect phone. But if I were picking between an S6 and an iPhone 6 I think the line is a lot closer now. And I think that's probably in Apple's favor. (I've also heard rumors of these phones, particularly the Edge model, being more expensive. However I'm not sure if that's true or how expensive the iPhone 9 will be.) Regardless, I would point out the massive similarity in software. If you look at the Android central review of the Touchwiz changes...the new stuff looks even more like iOS 8. All that said, I really don't care who copied whom. I like how iOS operates. And that's one major reason I pick iPhone. I've said it before and I still maintain its truthfulness. People who want a great phone and like (or at least tolerate) Apple buy an iPhone. People who hate Apple, but want a phone that looks and functions as closely to it as possible, buy Samsung. (This phone blurs that line even further. I wonder if Apple will get any converts.) Edit: Changed "Whizbang" to "Touchwiz" because I'm a dumbass.
  • I partially blame Google on the SD card thing. They are slowly making SD cards less and less useful. The removable battery going away will hurt some people but I'm not one of them. Who wants to take their phone out of an otter box just to change the battery? Sent from the iMore App
  • No question Google is a pain on this matter. At least we still have access to the filesystem.
  • If you're in a situation where you need power and you have none, removing your phone case to swap the battery is probably the most minor inconvenience I can think of.
  • I actually think a battery case is an excellent option. As is a portable recharger pack (these things are like $15 bucks nowdays for like 1.5 full charges). There are also data cases that have additional storage. And I think a case option is perferable to the card ports. You can toss anything in a case. I suppose if someone really wanted to do it, they could make a battery/data case that provided additional charge and a swappable SD card port. Bam, best of all worlds. (Those that don't want the features don't need the extra cost in the phone. Those that want them can buy the accessories.)
  • I think this has become way overblown. There are only so many ways you can design a rectangular smartphone. Isn't imitation still the sincerest form of flattery? I mean, phones will always be similar in design, function, apps, usefulness. There is only so much you can do. Wait until USB C ports drop. Then Apple will accuse the world of trying to copy lightning. And so it goes on....
  • Other companies like Microsoft, HTC and Motorola don't seem to have a problem coming up with different good designs. Imitation is the sincerest form of robbery, some say. The number of unique good ideas/designs will certainly shrink if their originators don't see a benefit or reward commensurate with their efforts. Remember the saying about 10 pct inspiration + 90 pct perspiration.
  • It know must be fun on the Apple-hater bandwagon, but when you're a blind hater and your lack of knowledge allows you to make comments like that, then you look like a complete uneducated idiot. Apple was one of the primary companies helping to develop USB Type-C. Carry on moron.
  • Good grief. Make a list of all the significant new features/changes and strike through all those that don't copy the iPhone (and not just the latest one). Not much left is there? Sent from the iMore App
  • What, the case? Software and internals are completely different. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • Actually, although Derek didn't mention it, the radius of the corner curves on both phones look pretty damned close, if not identical, to me. I think Samsung are a little panicked. They tried doing their own thing with designs for a while, but it didn't work out as well as they had hoped. Looks to me like their going back to what worked in the past with the S2, taking a bit of the iPhone design language. I don't know if its enough to get a rise out of Apple. I don't think it matters considering all the other things the iPhone has/will have to keep it differentiated and ahead of the pack for me.
  • The corners you are referring to are on the case... The software and internals are completely different. Still. Unless you popped both open and you're talking about a board? Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • Yes, the case. Software doesn't have corners and Derek did not photograph the internals.
  • Uhhh... Okay... Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • Whats most important is not the outside of the phone, its the SYSTEM! Apples BSD based system puts Google's linux System...that samsung borrows to shame! Linux's monolithic kernel is inferior to Apple's hybrid Xnu/Mach kernel. Apple is a special blend of open-source & proprietary software. They are not hindered by the GPL and therefore have a much more secure system! Samsung if you want to even act like your on the same level. How about not relying on another company to supply your system for you!
  • In many respects I prefer iOS, but I like having a file system on Android. I can't stand all of the "open in" crap in iOS. I'm still using the iPhone, but I still try out other new phones and platforms occasionally. I hated WebOS dying and blackberry 10 taking such a hard hit. Sent from the iMore App
  • I agree with you 100%. I can't imagine an un-jailbroken iOS device. Many features android claim to be the first to, the iOS jailbreaking community had years before. Many "new" features apple introduces are taken from the jailbreaking community. As far as usability features, the jailbreaking community are the ones innovating on iOS. I personally need root access, I need a terminal (ruby/python/ unrestricted ssh), I also need a file manager (ifile). On ipad multiple windows (os experience). I stick with Apple because of BSD & Apple's superior ecosystem.
  • Exactly. So many things have been inspired by the jail broken community of iOS that they don't get enough credit. I can not imagine any of my iOS device NOT jail broken. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • I'd mostly agree with you with the exception that the features on Android are significantly more stable than on a jail broken iOS device, at least in my experience. I've used an iPhone 4, iPhone 6+, iPad Mini, and iPad Air 2 all of which at some point began experiencing significant problems after installing a decent amount of apps through Cydia. Random reboots, springboard crashes, app crashes etc. In almost all cases I achieved the same level of functionality on Android minus the problems. Sent from the iMore App
  • That's somewhat true but of course it does depend in the tweaks and other stuff like themes one installs. I know for a fact that activator is one of those hogs as well as winter board and dreamboard themes that also make the entire UI lag so I don't go there. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • As a developer one of the few things that bug me about iOS is the lack of a truly accessible filesystem. You can *fake* it a *bit* now with iCloud Drive (I've actually tossed a git repo into iCloud Drive and modify .md files with Byword which then syncs back to my Mac for pushing) but it's clunky and I'm not 100% sure it's completely safe. It *feels* safe, but I've been bitten by "safe" in the past. :)
  • In the early '80's there were all these mutually incompatible computer systems. Nothing played nice with anything else. You bought a computer and you were instantly locked in. I, for one, do not want a return to those days.
  • How ironic and moronic. Samsung, LG, Sony, and Sharp provide the parts for the iPhone. Apple has to rely on many different companies. Sit down.
  • The whole microkernel, monolithic argument is done. Linux (and BSD) won that argument years ago. You know that iCloud runs on Linux, right? In the case of iOS, security is not about the kernel. It is enforced by certificates. Any OS could implement the same policy. So, I think you are a person that has never managed a Linux system. You have not followed the development of the Linux kernel. You don't know about the history of NeXT, Jobs, and GCC. You really don't know what you are talking about.
  • Thanks, Brilliant article.
    ...and yes, Rene, we just can't resist rubbing it in.. :)
  • I much prefer iPhones profile, Galaxy looks chunkier and thicker, can't believe it's actually thinner than iPhone 6 :)
  • The fact that there are just as many angry Android types on this article thread as there were on the original article by Rene puts the lie to the whole argument they present. They hated Rene's article and specifically asked for one like this to be written. Then it's written and the whole thread is full of arguments and rude remarks again. You are all children, and this article is actually a bit *more* biased than Rene's. Most of you won't understand that however as yo are operating on a very weird idea of what constitutes "bias" to begin with.
  • I think that overall the comments on this article are much more civil than on the other article. Some people are still using rude comments, but that happens. Sent from the iMore App
  • +1
  • Great article unlike some other fanboy articles on this site.
  • Rhene is a terrible fanboy writer with a smelly ego to go with it!
  • Who is "Rhene"?
  • One thing that tempted me towards samsung was the waterproofing. Is iPhone ever going to get this? i really think it's a huge selling point and I'm surprised samsung did away with it. Sent from the iMore App
  • Can you deal with a flap covering the lightning connector port? It's quite annoying in the long run. And water-proofing makes the phone heavier I believe & I'm not sure Apple likes that. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • Well I've seen waterproofing devices without any flaps like the one on the S5. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • Personal phone iPhone 6+ work phone Samsung note. No comparison from my everyday use iPhone blows android out of the water by far. No Comparison at all. We all can look at the at iPhone sold in hours of release Samsung has never ever done the amount of sales in that amount of time. The facts are you keep an android around long enough it slows its glitchy. Facts are people that want the cheaper route settle for being the product of android. With Apple you are the customer that's a proven fact. afford iPhones Sent from the iMore App
  • Glitchy? Haha iOS is a glitch fest. Everybody is hoping that iOS 9 is nothing more than a stability release.
  • Well done. I appreciate it.
    I would like to expand on the following: "Google Play has some restrictions on what can be published and Google works hard to block malicious apps from getting in the store in the first place, and reacts swiftly and prudently when something bad does get through." I'm notoriously against Apple's curation. Not because they don't have the right to decide what to include in their store, I would defend their right to do so. It's because it is the ONLY allowed store. This amounts to censorship, and blurs the privileges of device ownership. Similarly, Google Play, has the same rights, but Google does not lock out ANY alternate store. You can even sideload applications. That having been said, the S6's are very desirable devices. I was looking forward to seeing what they would do, but alas, removal of SD killed it for me. Again, the ecosystem also provides OEM choices, so it's all good.
  • I am notoriously in favour of Apple's curation. Black-hats aren't getting dumber. I want maximum confidence in the integrity of any software that even comes near my phone, computer and all devices on my home network.
  • You have every right to self-curate and only buy from the Apple store. What you don't have the right to do is dictate from which online store I choose to buy from on my own iOS device. You also have the right to make Apple your IT department, as much as I have the right not to. I suppose you are in favor of book burning too. Censorship is despicable, and these are tools for the mind.
  • I run a business. I don't have the time to self curate and tinker with all my productivity devices. I need them productive all the time. If you prefer to spend your time studying to become an IT expert in addition to whatever you do to earn a living, that's fine. I'd rather spend more for Apple's ecosystem and save what little leisure time I have for my family.
    Keep to your Samsung phones if you wish, but don't criticize Apple and their customers for preferring a different and effective approach to online security.
    Your cries of censorship are sensationalist at best since Apple isn't the only choice available. They are not the government!
  • Good for you that you run a business and have your own requirements. No one is telling you what to do or how to do it. Actually, they are, you just happen to agree with it. That's how it should be. Why does why I wish to do concern you at all? Censorship is not only the government. Also, you're right, I can choose other environments where I'm not censored. It doesn't change the fact that iOS is censored.
  • thesis the type of articles we want to read!! fuk those biased fanboy shyt Sent from the iMore App
  • Remove the SD card
    Remove the replaceable battery
    Remove USB 3
    Remove waterproofing Samesung innovation at it's finest.
  • This is the stupidest comment ever. Do you realise that every phone currently has its own drawbacks? You're not looking at the new things that Samsung introduced with the S6
    Wireless charging? Nah, they removed the replaceable battery, it doesn't matter /s\
    32 GB of internal storage plus 150 GB on OneDrive
    Waterproofing isn't that a big of a deal to me, it may be to you
    Just look at things from more than one perspective. Every thing will have its drawbacks and pros. Some will have less drawbacks than the other
    Even though I have an iPhone right now, I really like the S6 because I see Samsung improve upon the flaws of the S5. Great innovators copy, and I have no problem with that as long as the end user gets a quality product, which I think they're getting with both, the iPhone and the S6
  • Wireless charging?
    32 GB of internal storage? NOBODY HAS EVER DONE THAT BEFORE!!! /s I don't know of a single phone that removed hardware features that previous models had. And there in lies the irony. Samesung didn't just remove the flaws from the S5, they removed features that made the Galaxy series unique.
  • You make valid points but from an internal marketing stance Samsung knew that some features were overlooked . There are plenty of devices that lose to create and put more efforts into what they think is best for its consumers and the future of its devices. Things like this must happen for true innovation and change for a company that wants to change the plastic image it has portrayed throughout the years!
  • I don't mean to start a war, but I think this update to the Galaxy series has made it a more well rounded package. About the improvement on the flaws, the S5 was criticised for having a cheap plastic body (which I loved on the S4 as it is really durable) and gimmicks which no one would ever use.
    Samsung listened to the journalists and stated that the number of people who used the expandable storage capabilities weren't as much, and it's not like the iPhone's storage is expandable and the 16 gig variant is a complete rip off. I do think that Samsung should have offered more storage variants.
    Out of my numerous friends, only one carries two batteries with him for his S5. The S6 won't be a benchmark for battery backup but I think, for people like me, we'll be able to make it through the day with a little battery left before bed.
    I don't use my phone much and for me, looks play a big part as I represent a large company and people judge a company by looking at me and if I have quality objects (suit, phone, watch etc.), they'll presume that the company follows the same philosophy.
    I can say, as of now, I like the S6 more than my current phone
  • I have used many different devices to keep my mind clear of being a super fan of IOS or Android. However I find it awkward that when a device such as the New S6 comes out, many refer to it as a moch of the I Phone 6. I just feel if IPhone never went bigger like evey other device this issue wouldn't even exist. We still have a lot to see with these new Samsung devices that everyone I feel is urging to see. Me personally will not miss waterproof technology other than showing it off to my buddies. The non-removable battery and SD will be something worth getting use to. It's 2015, time is changing and Samsung delivers this message through innovation and design.
  • I think over time I've heard Rene and others remark that the previous Samsung was plastic and low quality. They address this and go for an iphonish look and that's not good either. I hadn't heard so much about how great a removable battery was last year. What I mentioned last year is that Samsung can't get past the google problem. It's a bloatware phone with anything additional to vanilla android, bloat. Who the heck wants to use Samsung Pay? This should be a function of Google's android. Built in. And that's the problem, same as before. Samsung creates the hardware. Google has the OS and ecosystem. I wouldn't want to rely on Samsung for any ecosystem or services. If you like android, you want google for this. Just like if I get a Dell PC, I want to use Microsoft's ecosystem and services. OneDrive. Not dell drive. Not dell backup. Not dell office. Not dell's version of Cortana. Hopefully you get the point. The mainstream doesn't care about all that. They're concerned with how their phone looks. Samsung addresses this. But still, if you're going to pay the same price you may as well get the real thing. Not the one trying to look better. And as more people buy iphones, you need one as well or you'll get left out. Oh and this is the year of the Apple Watch. Smartwatches are a real thing finally because Apple enters the market. You'll need an iphone. Apple's role as software and hardware maker as well as owner of its ecosystem comes into play. Samsung should do the best it can at the high end with Apple, but it's got others attacking at the low end. And it's just one of many areas where Samsung competes. Samsung can't beat them all at the same time but it can rely on being a diverse products company that's known for good hardware.
  • Agree with pretty much what you said especially the beginning part of the infestation of Samsung software with the analogy towards Dell. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • Yay! A a mildly re-written Samsung press release. Great stuff. Go to keep those Android fans happy and clicking on your site eh?
  • Maybe Samsung has finally managed to make a phone that functions at least as an iPhone 3 :-D
  • This is a beautiful phone. However, what drew me to ios after many years of Android was the software. Software support on android is horrible, no one wants to take responsibility, the carrier, manufacturer, and Google. If Samsung supported their devices for 2 years from release, not announcement, and spent time optimizing android for their hardware and not adding bloat ware they'd have a great competitor to the iphone.
  • Thanks for the great commentary/review. Highly appreciated. I am using both iPhone and Samsung devices.
  • Probably the best article I've read on iMore. Very informative and spot-on in your analysis, Derek.
  • An excellent, BALANCED article Derek. Thanks!
  • May i remind all the idiots, that Samsung had protruding camera way way before any smartphones had it (nonetheless even the shitty iphone 6). So it would be iphones copying Samsung then. and how can i miss the power/lock button of the iphone 6, dare i mention it is a copy of Samsung (or some other anroid phones). So ppl shud shut up and take it in. Period.
  • RENE, my fren, where r u hiding now? it seems a butt kick to u from Derek Kessler as well, OH Ghosshhhhh!
    this is what happens when an idiot iphone fanboy write shit without knowing anything. take care RENE, u must be needing more tissues, i guess. ;-)
  • Great article. Samsung has built a good looking phone for once. However, I feel they dropped the ball as 2 advantages they had over the iPhone are now gone. They no longer can bash apple about no removable battery or expandable storage. I feel that was a big mistake and was a major selling point for Samsung phones over Apple and the competition. Nonetheless, Samsung made a gorgeous looking phone for the S6. Not interested in getting one but competition is always good.
  • "If you can't best em, copy em".
  • Galaxy S6 now "stands toe to toe" HARDLY, it now stands head and shoulders ABOVE any iPhone
  • Keep in mind the only thing these iPhone blogs really care about is looks, because functionally, the iOS has been behind Android since Eclair if not before then, even. The only really big selling point it had over Android flagships was the camera, but even that has virtually evaporated since the LG G3 and Note 4 were released.
  • iPhone 6 Plus!!!! Sent from the iMore App
  • Very nice article. Thanks you .
  • Where I can see and understand why people would gravitate towards the latest Galaxy, I think Samsung failed in removing the option for a microSD card and taking the iPhone route in internal storage capacity. For those who don't use the high storage for videos and pictures, this might seem like it doesn't matter. A slightly upgraded front camera by 3mp and a slightly faster processor just doesn't cut it. After the slow decline and failure of the Galaxy S5, I'd be less inclined to get the next model up. To each their own, but the iPhone has been winning me over more lately
  • Fair article compare to some of those rubbish article that produce by that Steve job impersonator. Posted from my Samsung Galaxy S6
  • It's funny apple tried to sue amazing for having an all glass body, yet the iPhone 6 copied it's design from HTC ! The iPhone copied HTC's all metal body, antenna bands, long slender shape for easier one handed use, and the iPhone 6s copied HTC's front 5MP camera, and the iPhone 6s copied HTC's zoe camera, which apple calls live photos !! So I think it's so funny that every metal phone with antenna bands gets compared to the iPhone or people claim the copied the iPhone when the iPhone clearly got it's design from HTC !! Everyone claimed other phone companies copied the phones finger print sensor, when in reality Motorola had it first ! I mean the list goes on ! The HTC A9 clearly shows how much the iPhone copied HTC !