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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ vs iPhone 6 Plus comparison

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The launch of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus has meant that smartphone giants Apple and Samsung can now begin their much-anticipated head-to-head battle for phablet ascendancy. But which supersized smartphone will reign supreme? We find out in our Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ vs iPhone 6 Plus comparison.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ vs iPhone 6 Plus: Design

The design of the S6 Edge+ has generally been well received, largely because it uses the same sleek lines that made its predecessor, the Galaxy S6 Edge, such a popular choice. 

The biggest difference between the S6 Edge+ its older sibling is the screen size: 5.7 inches rather than 5.1. It doesn't have the S Pen functionality of the Galaxy Note 5, but does have the curved screen that's also seen on the Note Edge and the S6 Edge.

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The popular design of the S6 Edge is retained in the new model. / © NextPit

The Edge S6+ uses the same materials as its little brother too; an aluminum frame with glass on the front and back. The rear camera is still protected by an aluminum frame. By contrast, the iPhone 6 Plus camera is angled and protudes from the frame slightly.

Apple's plus-size model also boasts the same styling as its smaller version, with an all-aluminum body and more rounded corners than the Samsung. Its screen is not curved but there is a curved effect at the edges.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ vs iPhone 6 Plus: Display

The screen on the Edge S6+ comes in at 5.7 inches, with the screen on the iPhone 6 Plus measuring 5.5 inches. There is also some variation in the resolution: the iPhone offers full HD resolution (1,080p), while the Edge S6+ offers QHD (1,440p).

Another difference between the displays is found in the technologies that give images their brightness and color. Apple uses the IPS LCD, while Samsung opted for Super AMOLED, as it usually does.

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The S6 Edge Plus and iPhone 6 Plus are set to compete in the phablet market. / © ANDROIDPIT

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ vs iPhone 6 Plus: Special functions

Both phones can be unlocked using fingerprint recognition, which adds an extra level of security. Smartphone payment systems are set to be a big deal in the future, so it's a good thing that both of these phones already have the tech enabled. Apple Pay has already launched in the UK and is set to arrive in the US on October 20, while Samsung Pay should be available in the US on September 28. Read more about smartphone payments in our Apple Pay vs Samsung Pay vs Android Pay comparison.

The Galaxy S6 Edge Plus also features a heartrate sensor, which has helped Samsung implement its S-Health program.  

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Samsung Pay should be available in the US by the end of September. / © ANDROIDPIT

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ vs iPhone 6 Plus: Software and performance

The Galaxy S6 Edge+ comes with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and all the customization possibilities that TouchWiz offers on other Samsung products. It will come with the same pre-installed apps as the S6, including the cloud service from Microsoft SkyDrive, S-Voice and S-Health. As one of Samsung's flagship devices, it is almost certain to receive Android M as soon as it is released.

The Apple offering currently works with iOS 6 Plus 8 and will be upgradeable to iOS 8.4 and 9 when they become available. The new iPhone 6s Plus has 2 GB of RAM, double that of the iPhone 6.

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The operating system on both phones is expected to be upgraded before long. / © ANDROIDPIT

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ vs iPhone 6 Plus: Camera

The S6 Edge has enjoyed a reputation for having one of the best cameras on the market and the new kid on the Samsung block will also come fitted with a 16 MP rear camera and a 5 MP front camera.

The iPhone 6 Plus camera is also well regarded, even though it only has a resolution of 8 MP. Read a more detailed assessment of the iPhone 6 camera vs the S6 camera at the link.

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The S6 Edge Plus has the same great camera as its predecessors. / © NextPit

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ vs iPhone 6 Plus: Battery

Samsung has often boasted about the longevity of the battery life in their phablets and the S6 Edge+ will have a 3,000 mAh battery.

At 2,750 mAh, the iPhone 6 Plus's battery seems to be very slightly worse, but its lower screen resolution and less-demanding processor should balance out the difference. Both devices should be able to last for a full day without a charge.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus vs iPhone 6 Plus: Specs table

Galaxy S6 Edge +
iPhone 6 Plus
OS Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
(with interface Touchwiz UI)
iOS 8.4
Screen 5.7-inch QHD, 2,560 x 1,440 pixels (515 ppi), Super AMOLED 5.5-inch Full HD, 1,920 x 1,080 pixels (401 ppi), IPS LCD
Processor Exynos 7420+, eight-core, 2.1 GHz / 1.5 GHz Apple A8, Dual-core 1.4 GHz
Graphics Mali-T760MP8 PowerVR GX6450
Internal memory 32/64/128 GB
(no microSD)
16/64/128 GB
(no microSD)
Battery 3,000 mAh 2,750 mAh
Camera 16 MP / 5 MP 8 MP / 1.2 MP
Dimensions No information 158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1 mm
Price € 799

16 GB – €799 

64GB – €899

128 GB – €999

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ vs iPhone 6 Plus: Availability and price

Apple launched its phablet in September 2014 and priced it at €799 with a 16 GB memory and internal storage. It is available in gray, silver and gold. Rumors persist that Apple will release a new iPhone model, possibly called the iPhone 6S Plus, later this year, and perhaps even as early as next month.

The Galaxy S6 Edge+ price is yet to be confirmed (the device was only officially a few days ago), but it is expected to be between €799 and €900. Pre-sale is expected to start on August 21 and the phablet should hit stores on September 4.  

Which phone do you prefer? Will you be buying either? Let us know in the comments.

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Luis is an editor and moderator of the forum. He was born and raised in Granada where he studied Geology and Education. After many professional experiences, he landed at AndroidPIT in 2015. A confessed geek, Luis likes open source software and, of course, Android. He loves apps that manage bad memory and make life easier. He loves the sea and enjoys his free time on any kind of board.

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  • 2
    Keefe Harold Oct 5, 2015 Link to comment

    When you get new Galaxy S6 Edge or iPhone 6 Plus, follow this video and transfer data from any smartphones to Galaxy S6 Edge and iPhone 6 Plus

  • 3
    Andre Montross Sep 22, 2015 Link to comment

    Here is a video about transferring contacts from iPhone 5S to Galaxy Note 5, also it can help you transfer data between iPhone 6 Plus, LG G4, Galaxy S6 Edge + and more

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    Thomas Walsh Sep 4, 2015 Link to comment

    You can download extra apps from Google rather than strictly playstore such as mobdro, while iphone and ipad are restricted to app store, not even apps on safari will work on iOS due to software issues. That and s6 edge plus is far more durable proven by a guy on YouTube that keeps dropping them until iphone is completely destroyed while samsung still works away, obviously not to full potential but iphone ha ha ha just not durable at ALL

  • M. A. Griesser 6
    M. A. Griesser Aug 28, 2015 Link to comment


  • Little Stacy 6
    Little Stacy Aug 28, 2015 Link to comment

    I don't like iPhone. It has too much limitations

    Ihsan Ullah AasimThomas Walsh

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      Thomas Walsh Sep 4, 2015 Link to comment

      Samsung Google mobdro ;-)

  • Gopego 1
    Gopego Aug 18, 2015 Link to comment

    is there really 128GB version of the new s6edge+? and this is few weeks phone vs a year phone, can't wait to compare with the new iphone 6s+.

  • 3
    John Bautista Aug 17, 2015 Link to comment

    The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus is a clear winner here specs wise as seen here . A much faster cpu, a better camera, and higher resolution just to name some things. Some people still prefer the iOS though, and that is something that any Samsung device definitely won't have.

  • 3
    Stuart Taranto Aug 17, 2015 Link to comment

    Swing and a miss!

    Where's the MICROsd SLOT?????
    We actually use these Samsung, I guess I will have to find a competitor who does offer a card slot.

    Where's the removable battery?????
    I have a total of 4, I prefer swapping out batteries to tethering to your wall wart.

    Guess I will have to check out the competition, keep my note 4 in service as long as possible, it's quite the perfect laptop replacement, but your deletion of the two best features of your phone from your power users, well, it just sucks.

    Let's see what you do with the Note 6.

    kaye albe

  • 1
    John Destacamento Aug 17, 2015 Link to comment

    I've had my Galaxy S6 Edge for over 4 months now and so far it's been fabulous compared to my S5. I have many friends and clients with iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and I have always admired Apple's snappy OS . My older S5 began to have issues when upgraded to Lollipop and even though updates made if faster and efficient, it still had a few moments of lagging. HOWEVER, the Galaxy S6 Edge has had no lag whatsoever, to me it seems snappier than the iPhone 6 now and has sustained speed since day 1. To me looks like Samsung got it right with the Galaxy S6/Edge and with this new Galaxy S6 Edge Plus arrival this will be a beast-of-a-phone with 4 GB of ram.

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    OTACORB Aug 16, 2015 Link to comment

    No doubt the Samsung has sweet specs, but that is what it takes to run the combination TouchWiz and Android Lollipop. If Samsung was running the same specs as the iPhone the experience would be horrid. I still find with my Note 4 that I often have to clear the cached data and cached partition to keep it running smooth. It doesn't take long for it to start slowing down and lagging. I am actually jumping ship this round away from Samsung and Android. Two and half years of dealing with this I am done.

    • 6
      mark griesser Aug 18, 2015 Link to comment

      Somebody needs to get layed.

      Thomas Walsh

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        _Rel1c Aug 28, 2015 Link to comment

        Somebody needs to learn how to spell.

        mark griesser

      • M. A. Griesser 6
        M. A. Griesser Aug 28, 2015 Link to comment


      • 2
        Thomas Walsh Sep 4, 2015 Link to comment

        Somebody needs a new iSung

        mark griesser

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        mark griesser Jul 17, 2016 Link to comment

        That was funny, Laid.

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