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6 Things Galaxy S6 edge+ does that iPhone 6s Plus can't

Al Sacco | Oct. 12, 2015
Samsung's Galaxy S6 edge+ and the Apple iPhone 6s Plus are two of the hottest 'phablets' available today, and though both smartphones are worthy options for discerning gadget geeks, each has distinct strengths and weaknesses. Here are six ways the GS6 edge+ beats the iPhone 6s Plus.

4) Galaxy S6 edge+ comes with 32GB of storage, iPhone 6s Plus doesn't

Samsung's GS6 edge+ is available with two internal storage options: 32GB and 64GB. Apple's iPhone 6s phones come in three configurations: 16GB, 64GB and 128GB.

For many smartphone users (including me), 16GB of storage just isn't enough, even with the plethora of cloud options available today — sometimes, you just want to store and access your files on your phone. However, for lots of folks 32GB is sufficient. The iPhone 6s Plus offers a higher storage ceiling, but the 128GB is rather pricey at $949. Apple doesn't offer a 32GB iPhone 6s Plus, so if 16GB of onboard storage isn't enough, you'll need to shell out the extra cash for the 64GB model.

5) Instant access to Galaxy S6 edge+ camera via home button 

The GS6 edge+ has a simple yet valuable feature that lets you double-tap its home button to instantly invoke the camera. It's not exactly difficult to speedily launch the iPhone 6s Plus camera, but it does require an extra step. For example, you have to wake the iPhone screen before you can slide your finger upward from the bottom-right corner, on the camera icon, to launch the digital shooter.

You can wake the iPhone display in two ways: tap the home button or tap the Power key on its side. However, the Touch ID sensor built into the iPhone's home button is so sensitive, it often unlocks the display when you touch it, and that can be a bit disorienting if you're hoping to slide the camera icon up instead of tapping the icon on an unlocked display. 

The difference in time it takes to launch the cameras on both devices is minor, but it's definitely not insignificant, especially if you only have a second or two to capture that perfect pic.

6) Galaxy S6 edge+ looks and feels WAY better than iPhone 6s Plus

OK, this section isn't really about something the GS6 edge+ can do that the iPhone 6s Plus can't … but it does hit on one of the most important and noticeable differences between the two phones (besides the whole Android vs. iOS thing). And I'd be remiss not to address it.

samsung galaxy s6 edge plus 
Credit: REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

The GS6 edge+ is more than 20 percent lighter than the iPhone 6s Plus (5.39 ounces compared to 6.77 ounces. respectively), and the difference in weight is apparent when you hold both phones. It's also shorter, wider and thinner — even though the GS6 edge+ actually has larger display (5.7 inches) than the iPhone 6s Plus (5.5 inches.) Oh, and that GS6 edge+ screen? It absolutely blows away Apple's Retina display. (GS6 edge+ screen is 2560 x 1440 pixels, at 515 ppi; the iPhone 6s Plus display is 1920 x 1080, at 401 ppi.) The difference in display resolution is unmistakable.


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