7 Ways the iPhone 6 Beats the Galaxy S6

We’ve been using the Apple iPhone 6 since September and the Samsung Galaxy S6 since April. These are two of the best smartphones on the market but there are some differences that prospective buyers need to know about before picking up one or the other. Today, we want to take a look at a few ways that the iPhone 6 beats the Galaxy S6.

In September, Apple announced two new iPhone 6 models that were, and still are, aimed at top Android flagships. The two devices come with the usual array of high-end features including speedy processor, solid rear camera, and high-resolution display. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus also come with large displays a feature that was once unique to non-iOS devices.

The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is the iPhone for most people and it’s still one of the best smartphones that you can buy.

Read: 7 Ways the Galaxy S6 Beats the iPhone 6.

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In March, Samsung announced two new Galaxy S6 models that were, and still are, aimed at the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The two devices come with an array of high-end features including speedy processor, solid rear camera, and Quad HD resolution. The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge also come with a premium design language that was once reserved for the iPhone and more recently, devices like the HTC One.

The 5.1-inch Galaxy S6 is the Galaxy S6 for most people and like the iPhone 6, it’s one of the best smartphones that you can buy right now.

We’ve been using these two phones, extensively, for a number of weeks now. Both phones are great though there are some places where one or the other shines. With that in mind, we want to point out some ways the iPhone 6 beats the Samsung Galaxy S6.

Faster Updates

Faster Updates

The Samsung Galaxy S6 runs Google's Android operating system. And one of the nice things about Android is that it's open. This means a lot of things but one of the most meaningful is the fact that users can fully customize their software. Apple's iOS operating system is closed and doesn't allow for that unless you jailbreak.

There are also some disadvantages of having an open operating system. Because Apple has total control, it's able to get its updates out to everyone at once. It's also able to get its updates out a whole lot faster than Samsung and Google.

If you pick up a Galaxy S6, there's really no telling when you'll get an update. Sometimes AT&T is first, sometimes Verizon is first, sometimes it's Sprint. More often than not, we see weeks of space between these updates. 

As the Galaxy S6 gets older, updates will start to get slower and slower as Samsung and its carrier partners turn their attention to newer models. The iPhone 6, three years down the road, should get software at the same time as the iPhone 7 or iPhone 8.

Now this is more important than you think it is. We're not talking just major updates, we're talking bug fix updates as well. 

Apple's able to push out updates when it sees fit while the Android update process for big updates and bug fix updates is a convoluted mess. If you need an example, just look at the current state of the Galaxy S6. 

While some US carriers have pushed Galaxy S6 bug fixes to tackle some of the initial problems, others are still lagging and it's not clear when they will push their updates out. You never get that with Apple and you won't get it with the iPhone 6. 

8 Comments

  1. Larry

    05/21/2015 at 12:12 pm

    Adam your ways are wrong!!!!!! I had the iPhone 6 plus and ya faster updates but apples updates get worse and also I now own the Samsung galaxy s6 and blows iPhone away!!! Faster than Safari more CPU speeds better camera etc

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  2. Larry

    05/21/2015 at 12:17 pm

    U.S. Apps on apple are so far outdated and Apple charges everything and android free apps and music and animated wallpapers apple don’t I can list more than your stupid 7 ways Apple sucks

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  3. Larry

    05/21/2015 at 12:26 pm

    Oh yes Genius Bar at Apple Doesn’t give you a new iPhone if expired warranty they want 200 bucks the person felt sorry for you I’ve been at the Genius Bar many times and they lie and just restored iPhone or replace for a refurbished one in them black plastic boxes so ya that’s why I gave up on Apple and never had an issue with Samsung since my galaxy s4 I had them all the 4,5, now s6 edge and great solid device not Apple ya Apple is easy to use but that’s boring Samsung is easy too and fun

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  4. APertierra

    05/21/2015 at 5:16 pm

    Other than the customer support your “7 reasons the iphone beats the galaxy s6” are really dumb.
    1) Faster Updates: Sure… due more problems detected. Seriously, along the life of a phone, how many times does the regular user need to update. Even more on the Android devices you can install custom updates, giving you a lot more flexibility and a lot more control on what bloatware you really want in your phone.
    2) Longevity: to base the “longevity” of a device on it’s software it’s just plainly stupid. I have a Galaxy S3 that works perfectly well and has all the software I need/use. What use is the “longevity” of the software on an iphone when it’s battery will start to die after 2 years, so even if they have 3 more years of support the hardware is not going to last that long (not to mention the “need” apple users seem to have to update their phone every year… maybe because their actual one doesn’t offer as much as they need?).
    3) Apps: considering the amount of FREE apps you have on android versus the “pay-me to get anything” policy of Apple your argument just falls for itself. Same with the “typically come to iOS first” as an example: Android users where the first ones to be able to use Whatsapp calls… (but of course… almost nobody uses it, right? ).
    4) More carriers… you usually just use 1 carrier, and the phone’s hardware (that can be bought separately) can be used on almost any carrier… one more silly argument.
    5) Ecosystem… IF you have other Apple devices… maybe.. if you don’t you find yourself with a device that requires you installing crap like Itunes in order to be able to access it’s contents… and not to mention that if you install it on another computer you might find all your contents erased from your phone… great feature….
    6) Ease of use… not like android is hard to use… check how many people over 65 uses phones with android.

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  5. Larry

    05/21/2015 at 7:13 pm

    Thanks A pertierra you said better than I did!! People like us know our Samsung Galaxy and android OS custom updates so true there!! Apple blockes everything you do I tried Apple 2 years and apple sucks!!! Nothing good about it!! Just that stupid shiny logo on the back a flashy phone isn’t cut out for work a reliable device you can do more with such as Samsung or any android device is cut out for the job!! Ya my grandma is 79 and uses her Samsung Galaxy S6 edge like mine and uses it with ease no issues at all, she looks at a iPhone and says what a overrated and priced phone!!

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  6. Larry

    05/21/2015 at 7:15 pm

    Funny thing she at her age still does her Facebook and Instagram too and I’m 27 she’s on that phone more than I am lol yep shows anyone can use a android even at 79 years old!!!

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  7. Turner

    05/30/2015 at 2:53 pm

    I feel like all the advantages have nothing to do with the actual phones it’s more of apple vs android. And the ecosystem argument is misrepresented,as far as I know unless you have a mac or a iPad good luck forwarding your text and calls to other devices.but with android you have many options to forward your notifications to almost any device. To continue with my android fan boy rant I can add apps to my android devices from my pc on any Web browser can’t do that on ios

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  8. Wills

    08/02/2016 at 9:02 am

    Great article (although the deluge of ads make it hard to read on my tablet and the page crashed a couple times). I definitely think the iPhone is a longer lasting product, mainly because of the build quality and perpetual Apple updates. My experience with both products make me believe that Apple builds a phone with a useful life of 36 months+ whereas Android devices have a useful life of 18-24 months tops.

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