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iPhone 7 vs. Galaxy S6 – New Features Compared

With both Samsung and Apple having announced their quarterly earnings in the last couple of days, both companies will now be looking forward to 2015 with renewed vigor. Apple in particular was able to announce one of the most staggering results in the history of any company, when it posted the largest ever recorded single quarter profit. Samsung didn’t create quite so many headlines, but will nonetheless be relatively pleased with a profitable three-month period, even if it has become evident that Apple’s mammoth success is cutting into the company’s profit margin.

One particularly interesting nugget of information which came out of these reports was the fact that both Apple and Samsung sold, to all intents and purposes, exactly the same number of mobile phones during Q4 of 2014. This indicated the natural rivalry between the two companies, and this is set to be renewed once again in 2015, as Apple releases the iPhone 7, most likely late in Q3, while Samsung unveils the Galaxy S6 smartphone early in Q2.

These will be probably the two biggest smartphone releases of the year, and both companies will be beavering away now to ensure that the next flagship smartphone released is an impressive one. But based on what we know about the iPhone 7 and galaxy S6 thus far, which one of the two handsets looks to have the more impressive features?

iPhone 7 vs. Galaxy S6 - New Features Compared

Display

Smartphones are, of course, to a great extent built around their screens, and so the display technology utilized in high-end handsets is particularly important. Samsung in particular has concentrated on this aspect of mobile technology in its recent smartphone releases, and is expected to produce something quite spectacular up with the Galaxy S6, considering that previous Samsung devices from 2014 impressed in this department.

Already there are many reports which suggest that the Galaxy S6 will feature at least quad HD technology when it is unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. There were even some early reports which suggests that Samsung could release a 4K resolution device at some point during 2015, and that this could be the Galaxy S6. However, given that there has been no mass-market mobile with a 4K screen as of yet, and the release date of the galaxy S6 is closing in fast, it seems more likely that Samsung will opt for the quad HD option.

So what can Apple do to respond to this? Recent reports have suggested that Apple will release its first ever curved screen device when the iPhone 7 hits the stores. And this will be very much viewed as a direct response to Samsung, which has patented curved screen technology in recent mobile and television releases. There is also strong speculation already that Apple will include Sapphire Glass technology in the iPhone 7; a feature which was perpetually linked with the iPhone 6, without coming to fruition.

Based on these murmurings, it seems that Samsung will attempt to provide the highest quality display in terms of image resolution possible, whle Apple will concentrate on external elements. It will be very much dependent on the individual as to which one of these two approaches works best, but the increasingly impressive screen technology which Samsung is including in its mobile devices has certainly made Apple up its game in this department, and we could see the first full HD smartphone and Quad HD phablet from Apple in 2015.

Camera

Another major battleground for this next generation of smartphones will be in photograph taking capabilities. Samsung has previously been lauded for the quality of the cameras in its mobile devices, and is expected to offer a 21-megapixel snapper whether the Galaxy S6 is released. To put this into perspective, the last generation iPhone only had an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera.

But according to rumors, Apple is ready to respond strongly to this. Not long after the iPhone 6 was released, it was already being reported by TechRadar that the next generation iPhone may feature the biggest jump in camera capabilities in the history of the range. Since then, it has been speculated that the iPhone 7 will feature a dual-lens DSLR camera, capable of producing picture quality close to professional standards.

If all off this supposition comes true then it will be a tough choice between the two devices. But it must be said in mitigation that the Samsung rumors look more likely, so will be interesting to see what the iPhone 7 and Galaxy S6 deliver in this department.

iPhone 7 vs. Galaxy S6 - New Features Compared

Other features

Samsung is reportedly ready to respond to Apple Pay and the likely Apple Watch collaboration included in the iPhone 7 with its own proprietary mobile payment system entitled Samsung Pay. This has been very much a niche news item in the media, and there certainly isn’t the same sort of buzz surrounding Samsung Pay as that which has been attached to Apple Pay.

Another interesting feature which is set to debut in the Galaxy S6 is the notion of wireless charging. This has been mooted for some time, and would certainly be welcome among Samsung fans. Given that Apple has been criticized for the battery life inherent within its devices, it seems highly likely that the corporation would directly respond to such technology with the iPhone 7.

Considering that Apple has just experienced the most successful quarter in its history, it is debatable to what extent the corporation will feel under pressure to hugely upgrade the iPhone 6 when the next generation iPhone is released. It would certainly seem to make commercial sense to upgrade the specifications and functionality of the iPhone 6, while adding some bells and whistles, and ensuring that the new iPhone 7 operates even more slickly than previous iterations.

Thus, rumors have tended to focus on improved RAM and storage capacity, along with increased processor power in the iPhone 7. It could be that based on what we haven’t read so far, and the position of the two companies, that Samsung will be ready to take more chances with the Galaxy S6. But given the increasingly dominant position of Apple, this isn’t guaranteed to translate into a more successful Galaxy S6 release.

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  • clout

    wow yeah a phone only needs to take good pics and have long battery life to be a good phone.
    the 6 plus runs way better and faster then the note 4

  • ABAUM

    I was under the impression from the title, that this was a comparison between two smart device corporationss flagship smartphone’s. Appears more like a pro Apple article. I prefer Android, I can do more with it and have more choice. In saying that, Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6+ have made me sit up and pay attention. Best model since the 3gs. As usual, someone is making a claim that Apple is being innovative and inventive. Apple borrow tech from others and all believe blindly that Apple were the sole inventors/developers. Curved screen has been done on a flagship smartphone as the sapphire digitizer. I believe both devices have their well earned place in the world.

  • Jurassic

    “But based on what we know about the iPhone 7 and galaxy S6 thus far, which one of the two handsets looks to have the more impressive features?”

    Since we know absolutely nothing about the iPhone 7 yet (outside of conflicting, and completely baseless conjecture), there is no point in comparing a completely unknown future Apple product to a future Samsung product.

    A rational, realistic comparison would be between two ACTUAL shipping products, like the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus vs. the Galaxy S5… but then, there have already been MANY such articles done already.

  • Jurassic

    “Apple should concentrate on eliminating people’s fear that their phone is going to bend from being in their pocket, that it will overheat, and that the glass is going to shatter if they drop it.”

    You seem to be under the misconception that all other smartphones are completely indestructible, that they can’t bend when enough pressure is applied, and that the glass could never crack when dropped onto a hard surface.

    If you ever want to get back to reality, just repeat “There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home”.

    (?° ??°)

    “Start by making the chassis from durable plastic and not from aluminum”

    Because everyone knows that plastic is more durable than aluminum… that is why real jet planes are made out polystyrene, just like the plastic model kits of those same jet planes. (Someone would have to be crazy to make jet planes out of aluminum)

    (?° ??°)

  • Andy Troyer

    Samsung just needs to remove the bloatware, and quickly get lollipop on a device. Though their hardware is good the layers of software on top of android make it painfuly slow. I have a galaxy s 8.4 tablet and a nexus 6 phone and the speed difference is off the charts.

  • Harry_Wild

    I don’t think it matters now what features iPhone vs. Android has! People seem to be buying the iPhone; no matter what Android has in store! No? 75 million iPhones in the 4th quarter alone. Even in China; it the top seller! South Korea; home of Samsung; it has 30% market share!

  • yoyomybro

    Apple should concentrate on eliminating people’s fear that their phone is going to bend from being in their pocket, that it will overheat, and that the glass is going to shatter if they drop it. Most people are more concerned about those things than they are about having a phone that looks like a piece of jewelry. It’s an appliance, not an accessory. Start by making the chassis from durable plastic and not from aluminum, make the phone thicker to prevent overheating, and recess the glass below the plane of the chassis so that it won’t break if dropped. Ever since the first handheld cell phones of the late 1980’s (the “bricks”), technology has moved in the direction of making phones smaller and thinner. Finally, it became apparent that people needed larger screens. It should also now be obvious that the changes I am suggesting are a sensible move away from the unnecessarily thin aluminum phones that are the iPhone 6 and the 6+.

  • Silly Rabbit

    Better camera, longer battery life and tougher / better display are in my list!

  • surge

    Not to mention the multi-window ability.

  • Jon L

    Well at least I don’t need to read about the author, the authors an idiot. Desperate in need of readers, iPhone 7. Give me a break!

  • Bunny

    Hassle? The iPhone 6 plus vs. The Note 4. The Note 4 kills the iPhone….and for about $300 less. Note 4 takes amazing pics and video and the battery lasts so much longer. You can’t even open an iPhone battery cover without some kind of instruction. The faux-leather on the Note 4 feels fantastic.

    Sorry Apple, you aren’t the best….only the most profitable.

  • rphunter

    Or apples to oranges? Grin. I have both, and much prefer the iPhone to the Android (tablet). Much less hassle.

  • rphunter

    Some observations. While Samsung has, literally hundreds of models, and Apple has only three basic models, Apple is selling as many units. So, Samsung needs to stop the blunderbuss marketing strategy and start concentrating on a few models that hit a market point exactly, and save the money on tooling, and designing so many different models.
    As for the iPhone 7 (which probably won’t appear until 2016) having a curved screen. WHY? What purpose does it serve? Apple isn’t into fads, or frills, just solid, functional, and usable devices. I can’t see any benefit whatsoever in a screen that is curved, and won’t buy one.
    Displays: Is a screen with 12000 pixels per inch really noticeably better than one with 350 pixels per inch? Nope, because the human visual apparatus (the mark one eyeball) is only able to distinguish about 320 pixels per inch. Adding a few more might help people with extraordinary acute vision, but it isn’t going to pay back the extra cost to fabricate, or the energy to power it. These numbers are illusory.
    Camera: Is a 21 megapixel camera better than an 8mp camera? Check out some reviews of the iPhone 6+ compared to ANY other phone, and many point and shoot cameras, and see who comes out ahead. I learned about pixel counts when I ‘upgraded’ my 2mp camera to a 4 mp camera and found my pictures had gone fuzzy, because the new camera compressed the images to save file space, and threw away most of that extra information, resulting in lousy pictures. You can’t judge a camera by the number of pixels. More important is the amount of light each pixel gets, and that is based on the lens system, and the physical size of each pixel sensor. So, what do I expect Apple to do next, improve the software again, include the optical stabilizer in the next base model (6S). I am still hoping someone will put in a real optical zoom. Yes, it CAN be done.
    What I DO want to see if fast charging (10-15 minutes), and longer battery use life with everything turned on. Some better integration of the included ‘crapware’ apps, and ability to substitute a third party app for one of the included ones.

  • DevsFan15

    Comparing features on two phones that aren’t out? Whose final specs haven’t even been determined? Total crap. I feel dumber for reading this article.

  • Don Quixote

    Wait just a second didn’t both of these phones come out less that a year talk about pissing your money down the drain with a new 700 dollar phone a year.

  • Gary Doan

    Comparing Apples and Oranges. IOS vs open source Android, is personal decision, similar to comparing Jazz to Polka or soccer to football.

  • Kassman

    Writer, did you forget about the iPhone “s” series? A mediocre level of intelligence is enough to surmise that Apple won’t be releasing an iPhone 7 in 2015, but a 6s.

  • DariussuiraD

    Those eggs aren’t playing nice with my stomach.

  • DariussuiraD

    Those eggs aren’t playing nice with my stomach.