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10 things the Galaxy S6 can do but the iPhone 6 can’t

For years, Samsung smartphones have held the crown for the best that Android can offer, often defeating many other competitors in the Android space and going neck-to-neck with the iPhone. However, experts still used to mock Samsung for its decision of sticking to non-metal and utilitarian designs. Now, Samsung is back with a vengeance, and many experts have rated its recently released flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge, better than the current-generation iPhones.

In addition to its design, the Galaxy S6 has a lot going for it when it comes to reasons why it is better than Apple’s competing flagship. We decided to round up ten things that iPhone 6 owners are missing out on compared to those rocking the Galaxy S6, so join us after the break!

#1 Amazing selfies with the front-facing camera

Accept it, you want your smartphone’s front-facing camera to take great selfies, and the front-facing camera on the iPhone 6 just isn’t capable enough for that. The resolution of the photos taken by the iPhone’s front-facing camera is lower than even the phone’s display resolution, so when you look at your selfies on your iPhone 6, they’ll will appear jagged (imagine how worse they will be on a laptop or a high-resolution TV.)

On the other hand, the Galaxy S6 features a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with a wide-angle lens and an aperture of F/1.9, letting you fit more people and light inside an image. There are multiple shooting modes (beauty selfie, rear-cam selfie, etc.); not only that, there is also a mode which lets you capture images from both the cameras at once, complete with multiple layouts. The Galaxy S6 can also capture QHD (2560 x 1440 pixels) videos using the front-facing camera, which is higher than what many smartphones can manage with their rear-facing primary cameras.

#2 Record videos in 4K, with object-tracking autofocus and OIS

Camera resolution isn’t a way to measure camera quality, but 8-megapixels isn’t going to cut it anymore, especially after the arrival of high-resolution 4K televisions and monitors. Both the iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6 come with phase-detection autofocus, but the iPhone 6 lacks OIS (optical image stabilization), which results in grainy images in low-light conditions.

OIS helps the camera in keeping the shutter open for longer than usual without letting shake creep in, resulting in sharper images under low-light conditions. While recording videos, OIS helps in compensating shakes caused by a user’s hands for smoother videos. The Galaxy S6 makes full use of OIS (it works with both still image and video recording), and Samsung has also baked object tracking autofocus right into its greatest smartphone offering yet, making it easier to capture moving objects, especially subjects like kids and pets. Its camera was recently tested against the best in the industry, and it came out with flying colours.

#3 Measure your heartbeat, SpO2 and stress levels on the go

If you don’t have a heart-rate monitor handy, the Galaxy S6 can help. It can double up as an all-in-one health monitoring and fitness tracking device. It comes equipped with a heart-rate monitor, SpO2 sensor, and Samsung’s S Health app out-of-the-box, letting you measure heart-rate, SpO2, stress levels, steps taken, and even your sleep pattern. You can also track your food intake, and all of this can be done without spending a dime on third-party apps.

#4 Control your TV & other home appliances

The Galaxy S6 comes with an IR Blaster, just like its predecessors, so you can control a TV, DVD player, DVR, Set-Top Box, and even an air conditioner in your home or office. The Peel Smart Remote app, which comes pre-installed on the Galaxy S6, intelligently showcases all the channels and current shows so that you can better know what’s currently being telecasted on your favorite TV channel. It can even control DVD players, Blu-ray players, AV receivers, and streaming media players like Apple TV, Roku, WD TV Live and the likes. Handy, especially when your actual remote goes into hiding inside your sofa.

#5 Customize your device truly to your liking

Unlike the iPhone and other iOS-based devices, Samsung’s TouchWiz comes with the ability to let you make your device truly yours. With the inclusion of themes, Samsung has taken customizability to the next level. In addition to wallpapers and ringtones, themes on the S6 can change icons, fonts, colour accents; furthermore, inbuilt apps like the dialer or messages app change according to the themes as well. Also, you can edit and re-arrange the quick setting toggles according to your liking, something Apple doesn’t allow on iOS.

#6 Change display and sound modes to adapt with surroundings

Super AMOLED displays have always been more colorful and, er, contrast-ier than their LCD counterparts, but they haven’t always been as bright. However, thanks to a change in manufacturing materials, the Quad HD Super AMOLED display on the Galaxy S6 is brighter than many LCD displays, making it the best smartphone display ever. DisplayMate, an expert in display calibration tools, has tested and declared the Galaxy S6 as having the best mobile display on the planet.

Samsung’s Adapt Sound feature helps in finding the best sound level for each user, after a thorough test. Other features include Equaliser with Bass/Treble and Instrument/Vocal settings as well as Play Speed and Music Auto Off.

#7 Hide sensitive files & data

You can hide images in the iPhone, but they’ll still be visible in the albums, which is rather funny and totally destroys the idea of someone wanting to hide their content. On the Galaxy S6, you get Private Mode (also available on other Samsung devices), where you can store crucial as well as private information. This can be activated or deactivated with a quick setting toggle, but since it is guarded by your fingerprint, you can be sure that your sensitive information will always be secured from prying eyes.

#8 Pin apps to the screen

You’ve forgotten to move your sensitive information to the Private Mode, but someone needs quick access to your phone. Now what? You can use the Pin window feature to lock your device to a particular app, and hand it over. They won’t be able get out of the pinned app without pressing a button combo, or even without authenticating on the fingerprint sensor if you choose to use that security measure. It is also useful when you want to hand over your phone to kids so that your data remains safe from being accidentally deleted. This feature is present in all Android 5.0 devices, but compared to the iPhone 6, the Galaxy S6 certainly has an edge when it comes to data privacy and convenience.

#9 Fully charge the battery within 80 minutes

Some die-hard Samsung fans were furious about the exclusion of a removable battery and SD card slot from the Galaxy S6, but it was something Samsung had to do to come up with an eye-catching design. Even though it is no longer possible to hot-swap batteries, Samsung has at least made it easier for users to quickly charge their device when compared to the competition. Quite a few smartphones out there come with quick charging support, but the Galaxy S6 goes from zero to full in just 80 minutes, making it one of the fastest charging smartphones of recent times.

#10 Wireless charging

Wireless charging is effortless, and it’s hep. You can find some really attractive wireless chargers in the market right now, and Ikea will start selling furniture with inbuilt wireless charging abilities later this month. Even in such a thin profile (thinner than the iPhone 6), Samsung has managed to fit in wireless charging functionality. The Galaxy S6 supports both major wireless charging technologies – PMA and WPC, saving you from the confusion of which wireless charger you need to buy.


It’s not like most users will use all of the features listed above, but it’s pretty clear that there are quite a few areas in which the iPhone 6 falls behind the Galaxy S6 (and the Galaxy S6 edge.) Add to that the fact that Samsung has finally fixed things that its phones have traditionally been weak at compared to the iPhone, like software optimization and design, and it becomes a no-brainer that the Galaxy S6 should be at the top of your list if you’re out in the market for a flagship smartphone.

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rabaul
rabaul

You forgot to mention using it as a IR remote controller

jessedegenerate
jessedegenerate

wow, almost 100% of this is wrong. pin apps to screen? WP users would like a word with you. tell me how to do this on a samsung device, i was able to do it on iOS: open an app, the app check’s what wifi network you’re on. If you’re on your home network, nothing happens. If you’re on lte / not your wifi, it connects via VPN to your home network, to allow apps requiring local network resources to function without intervention. oh wait, anything to do with VPN is a major PITA on android; the reason you don’t… Read more »

serbius3
serbius3

How is almost 100% of this wrong when the only item you even cited was alleged by the article? They never said you couldn’t do any of these things on WP. As for the VPN question, how many people do you think (on either OS) even know what a VPN *is*? I am curious what apps you’re using that require a VPN connection to your home network for assets? If I’m just looking to have files available in both places, I use Dropbox. If I need some file that isn’t in Dropbox, or I need to do something that my… Read more »

fatalfury2
fatalfury2

expand your mind Android is so much better in so many ways

Titandan
Titandan

Who cares about some stupid updates? I bought the phone for what it was when I bought it software and all. When I get updates, sometimes it’s good but other times I think it’s a step back to be honest. As far as samsung support, they replaced my s3 when I broke the screen. Even though it was my fault I dropped it. You buy what you pay for. Some of you entitled whiners expect some magical genie to come outof your phones to grant all your wishes. At the end of the day, it’s just a phone and Samsung… Read more »

Alexandru.k_24
Alexandru.k_24

But why don’t u tell us what other things iPhone 6 can do and Galaxy S6 can not. One major advantage that iOs users have is the software support. Not like Samsung. I own a Samsung device now…but definitely will be the last one. For Galaxy Alpha g850f there is no lollipop update. What the hell are you waiting for. iPhone 4 to recieve lollipop first? Shame on you Samsung because you are full of shit and lies.

krym73
krym73

That’s because the iPhone doesn’t stack up when you have a s6. Stop blaming Samsung for not updating a phone that isn’t even a flagship. Apple only makes “high end” phones, Samsung makes many more than just high end flagships. But i bet you knew this when you bough it,huh broke boy…quit your crying and head to a apple site where chumps like you hang at.

fatalfury2
fatalfury2

Oh booh hooo go cry me a damn river…. its not up to samsung its up to the carrier

n900mixalot
n900mixalot

Screen Pinning is most certainly NOT in all 5.0 devices and Samsung is to blame for this disgusting omission because they REMOVED it from their Galaxy devices unlike ALL other Android OEMs. But your heads are too far up your … to call Samsung out on their major failure.

SamMobile1811
SamMobile1811

I think you need to Search properly, Even my Note 4 has it !!

Asadkhan6
Asadkhan6

I’ve checked twice or my be 3 times but my note 4 doesn’t have pin windows option.I have only 3 options under Advanced,
1: Trust agents
2: Access application usage data
3: Smart Lock
No pin window if anyone want i can show screenshots

Abhijeet M.
Abhijeet M.

From our Pin windows feature focus article:

“The Pin windows option is available on other Samsung devices running Lollipop as well – it can be found way down at the bottom under the Advanced tab in the Lockscreen and security settings menu. It’s right there in the main security screen, instead of under Other security settings on the Galaxy S6 or S6 edge.”

It’s just in a different place on the Note 4 and other Samsung devices.

Asadkhan6
Asadkhan6

I’ve checked twice or my be 3 times but my note 4 doesn’t have pin windows option.I have only 3 options under Advanced,
1: Trust agents
2: Access application usage data
3: Smart Lock
No pin window if anyone want i can show screenshots

willy.4
willy.4

It’s in the Security section at bottom of list if you’re running lollipop on a note 4….. at least it is for mine.

krakajap
krakajap

I own an S6 and LOVE it! However, you should reword the title for #2: Record videos in 4K, with object-tracking autofocus and OIS. Sounds like you can use object tracking autofocus for 4K videos. You cannot do this. 1080p is the max resolution for videos with AF enabled.

vskumar1972
vskumar1972

You are 100% correct. Even i used s6 for a week and returned that.