Earlier this week I posted an iPhone 6 vs iPhone 5s article and I am back at it again today with one of the biggest questions gadget lovers will be asking this year: should I buy an Apple iPhone 6 or the Samsung Galaxy S5?
Samsung has already launched its flagship device, the Galaxy S5, earlier this year and Apple followed up by giving us the iPhone 6 early on in September.
So with both handsets finally here, it would be rude not to take a look at the iPhone 6 and the Samsung Galaxy S5 side by side.
Here is my take on how these two smartphones compare and which I think has the edge over the other. If you disagree or have an opinion then let me know by clicking the comment icon in the Google+ post at the bottom of this review.
Size matters! The larger the screen the better the experience and whilst this may lead to pocket-unfriendly smartphones, a big screen is a small price to pay when you want your media, browsing and social sites to wow you.
Samsung opted for a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels which works out at 432 pixels per inch.
Apple however has release two sizing options of the iPhone 6 with a 4.7-inch and a 5.5-inch screen both making an appearance. Apple has even been nice enough to help us distinguish one from the other with the smaller model being named the iPhone 6, and the larger one the iPhone 6 Plus.
Both pack Retina HD displays, with the larger Plus model packing a full HD 1080p resolution, whilst the smaller handset hovers just above 720p.
The megapixel race seems to be coming to an end or at least losing pace at the moment. I constantly hear manufacturers talking about colour quality and realism as well as adding photo editing features, so this contest will be hard to score.
Samsung included a 16 megapixel camera on the Galaxy S5 along with a 2 megapixel selfie / video calling camera on the front. Samsung also did a good job loading up camera features which included a dual camera mode, burst mode, panorama mode and beauty face for selfie perfection!
Apple however stuck with the 8 megapixel camera on the iPhone 6 which is identical to the iPhone 5s. Apple has also included extra focus technology to make picture taking quicker and easier as well as plumping the 6 Plus with Optical Image Stabilisation, which is a nice touch.
Winner: Samsung Galaxy S5
Samsung used the leather-look plastic casing on its flagship smartphone and this was a disappointment to many when other manufacturers had already released smartphones with premium metal bodies. On the plus side though the S5 is water and dust resistant and wasn’t too chunky at 8.1mm thick.
Apple however has continued to wow the crowds with its design flair, curving the edges of the latest iPhone offering to make for an incredibly smooth looking style.
It's tightened its belt as well, slimming down to near unmatched levels for a flagship handset making for a less bulky feel than its predecessor, despite the growth in screen size.
The aluminium build has also stuck around on the iPhone 6, giving it a classy feel in the hand as well, something S5 users will still be missing for now.
Okay so it is a world of apps but both phone manufacturers have included their own and this gives us an insight into what each company thinks we have a desire to do.
Both have included health and fitness apps and this may be in part to a growing trend of users who want to use wearable tech like the Gear Fit, Moto 360 or rumoured iWatch.
S Health is Samsung’s solution and this includes features such as a heart rate sensor, trackable fitness goals, statistics, calories burnt, food diary and a pedometer to show how far you have walked.
Samsung also launched its own fingerprint scanner, My Magazine app, Geo News and a variety of user interfaces such as kids mode and easy mode.
The Health app from Apple uses a variety of sensors to measure your blood oxygen levels, sleep patterns and there is a pedometer once again built in.
Apple has also tackled past issues with iOS 8 including a new QuickType keyboard, Shazam-aided song recognition software for Siri and TouchID has seen massive improvement with the likes of ApplePay as well..
I already give a slight edge to Apple, and the iPhone 6 could edge out a bigger lead after a decent amount of time on the market.
Of course one of the biggest issues when discussing the Apple versus Samsung topic is that their flagship smartphones are launched 6 months apart, so the pendulum may well swing back in Samsung’s favour early next year when we begin to hear about the Samsung Galaxy S6.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 was released in May and is avaiable now while the Apple iPhone 6 is also available readily since its announcement at the start of September.
Written by: Michael Brown