Android vs. Apple: The loyal customer bases of both of these product lines have turned this rivalry into the virtual world’s version of the Hatfield’s and the McCoy’s. Just as that legendary feud ended in a draw, so, too, does it appear that neither brand is destined to oversee a full-scale takeover of the smart-device world. Comparing and debating the best advantages of each is loads of fun, if for nothing more than simply perpetuating the rivalry.
Introducing the Phablet
In the Android universe, Samsung and it’s suite of Galaxy phones remains king. The Korean tech giant really made waves a couple of years back by introducing the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. This newbie offered users the same operational efficiencies as its standard S6 cousin, namely a body comprised of Corning Gorilla Gas protecting a 1.5 GHZ Quad-Core Cortex processor powered by Lollipop, but with a twist: the S6 Edge features a curved screen, giving the appearance of added screen space. With that, the “phablet” was born.
Not to be outdone, Apple quickly countered with the iPhone 6 Plus. Boasting the renowned iOS 9 operating system along with a 5.5 in retina display, the 6 Plus brought the cache of Apple into the phablet world.
How the Two Compare
Who wins when comparing these flagships phones? A close comparison of the two reveals two excellent phones, each of which have pros and cons in the following areas:
- Design: The iPhone long ruled the smartphone world thanks in large part to its trendy design. When Samsung first introduced the Galaxy line, it certainly was seen as a worthy competitor to the iPhone, but not in terms of performance. That all changed with the introduction of the S6 version. It’s sleek and stylish all-glass casing finally gave the sophisticated look needed to challenge the iPhone. Unfortunately, what was gained in appearance was lost in durability, as the S6 Edge’s glass body made it susceptible to cracking. Given this, one would have to say that the iPhone still holds the edge in design.
- Screen: The real reason why customers have flocked to the phablet is because of its ideal screen size. While Apple may still hold the upper hand in the tablet market, one would have to say that the clear winner here is still the S6 Edge. Its curved screen still gives it a remarkably elegant look. The 6 Plus does offer precise color accuracy from several viewing angles, but it can’t replicate the S6 Edge’s extended viewing feel.
- Performance: While nothing has still been able to unseat iOS as the premier operating system on the mobile market, Android’s Lollipop has come awfully close. In the execution of both basic and complex tasks, both perform extraordinarily well. The S Edge does offer slightly more RAM, but Apple makes up for it with it incredibly efficient A9 chip. Both features cause the category to be a draw.
Given the relative newness of the phablet market, the device that currently has the upper hand between the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and the iPhone 6 Plus is a race that’s too close to call. As many have already branded themselves Apple or Android users for life, nothing said in reviews is likely to alter their opinions. For those who remain refreshingly neutral in this ongoing conflict for tech supremacy, perhaps the best advice one can give is to try both and see which is personally preferred.