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Battle of the flagship smartphones: how does the iPhone 6 compare?

Apple iPhone 6 v Samsung Galaxy S5: we take a look at how the big beasts of the smartphone world stack up against each other.

The iPhone 6 (quite rightly) has earned lots of attention since its launch a few weeks ago. In fact, when it’s time for an upgrade, many people will head straight for the iPhone without giving the competition much of a chance. It’s not the only phone worth looking at, though. Now the big two manufacturers (Apple and Samsung) have unveiled their top-end offerings for 2014, the tech critics have been busy comparing the best of the best.

Is there a general consensus on what’s the greatest phone? We take a look…

iPhone 6

Who’s going to love it?

Pretty much everyone. With an anodized aluminium backing, both the iPhone 6 and its bigger brother, the iPhone 6 Plus, are the thinnest, sleekest iPhones ever. For those people for whom screen size is a priority, the introduction of the iPhone Plus means there’s finally a 5-inch plus option in the Apple catalogue. The big selling points of the latest iPhone include Apple Pay, which (according to Apple) has the potential to do away with the need for physical credit cards. Fitness fans should be especially impressed: the new health app integrated into iOS 8 is accompanied by a built-in barometer on the iPhone 6 to check air pressure and measure elevation – as well as new biometric sensors. If it’s a virtual fitness advisor you’re looking for, the iPhone 6 is the natural choice.

Any downsides?

The rumoured sapphire glass screen didn’t appear - and the iPhone 6 is some way from being indestructible (hint: check out our iPhone 6 cases and iPhone 6 Plus cases to make sure your device is in safe hands). There’s also the suggestion that the iPhone 6 Plus especially is a little too easy to bend.

When it comes to price, expect very little change from £50 per month if you want decent storage and data allowance. On the upside, now’s a great time to get a good deal on the iPhone 5S (see our iPhone 5S cases).    

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Samsung Galaxy S5

Who’s going to love it?

If you want the highest quality display for viewing video content, the S5 may just have the edge (at least, according to a recent screen test from Cnet). In terms of speed and performance, Cnet made the point that there really is very little between the S5 and the iPhone 6 – and whether one is ‘better’ than the other is more a matter of personal preference.

Like the iPhone, the Galaxy S5 comes with a fitness app that keeps track of your diet, step count and exercise goals (although it’s not quite as all-encompassing as Apple’s version). The camera is also in the same league as the iPhone 6 – including lots of editing tools – (e.g. ‘Selective Focus’ enabling you to blur the background or foreground to draw attention to what’s important).

Despite claims that phone batteries are getting more efficient, it can be difficult to get through a whole day without the need for a charge-up. For those phone users for whom battery life is an issue, one advantage of the Samsung Galaxy S5 is the fact that the battery is replaceable – meaning you can carry a spare Galaxy S5 battery.

Any downsides?

Does all that plastic make the Galaxy S5 feel a little ‘cheap’ in comparison to the likes of not just the iPhone but also the HTC One M8? Is Galaxy’s operating system overlay (TouchWiz) intuitive or inefficient and confusing? It depends mostly on which operating system you feel most comfortable with. Like the iPhone 6, this phone is far from being indestructible. Check out our range of Samsung Galaxy S5 cases as the perfect accompaniment for this still very impressive mobile.

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Is there a winner?

On looking at the various screen tests, speed comparisons, camera reviews and other articles and videos in which these two phones have been compared, no clear winner emerges. Where the technical capabilities of the models are out under scrutiny, the differences tend to be so minor so as to be unnoticeable.

These are both fantastic phones and will do everything you ask of them. If there is a consensus among reviewers, it seems to be that choice will be dictated by personal preference. The iPhone may have a slightly more premium feel – but then again, the S5 is generally seen as being that little bit more robust (and is fully waterproofed). So far as the display is concerned, some will like the punchy Samsung screen whereas others will be more impressed by the iPhone’s more true to life rendering of video. Then of course, there’s the question as to whether you’re more at home in either the Android or the iOS eco system.

Have you had experience of either phone? Do you automatically head straight for the iPhone or do your preferences lie elsewhere? Let us know! 

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Apple iPhone 6 v Samsung Galaxy S5: we take a look at how the big beasts of the smartphone world stack up against each other.

The iPhone 6 (quite rightly) has earned lots of attention since its launch a few weeks ago. In fact, when it’s time for an upgrade, many people will head straight for the iPhone without giving the competition much of a chance. It’s not


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