6 things Galaxy S6 edge+ does that iPhone 6s Plus can't

Samsung's Galaxy S6 edge+ and the Apple iPhone 6s Plus are two of the hottest 'phablets' available today, and though both smartphones are worthy options for discerning gadget geeks, each has distinct strengths and weaknesses. Here are six ways the GS6 edge+ beats the iPhone 6s Plus.

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4) Galaxy S6 edge+ comes with 32GB of storage, iPhone 6s Plus doesn't

Samsung's GS6 edge+ is available with two internal storage options: 32GB and 64GB. Apple's iPhone 6s phones come in three configurations: 16GB, 64GB and 128GB.

For many smartphone users (including me), 16GB of storage just isn't enough, even with the plethora of cloud options available today — sometimes, you just want to store and access your files on your phone. However, for lots of folks 32GB is sufficient. The iPhone 6s Plus offers a higher storage ceiling, but the 128GB is rather pricey at $949. Apple doesn't offer a 32GB iPhone 6s Plus, so if 16GB of onboard storage isn't enough, you'll need to shell out the extra cash for the 64GB model.

5) Instant access to Galaxy S6 edge+ camera via home button 

The GS6 edge+ has a simple yet valuable feature that lets you double-tap its home button to instantly invoke the camera. It's not exactly difficult to speedily launch the iPhone 6s Plus camera, but it does require an extra step. For example, you have to wake the iPhone screen before you can slide your finger upward from the bottom-right corner, on the camera icon, to launch the digital shooter.

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You can wake the iPhone display in two ways: tap the home button or tap the Power key on its side. However, the Touch ID sensor built into the iPhone's home button is so sensitive, it often unlocks the display when you touch it, and that can be a bit disorienting if you're hoping to slide the camera icon up instead of tapping the icon on an unlocked display. 

The difference in time it takes to launch the cameras on both devices is minor, but it's definitely not insignificant, especially if you only have a second or two to capture that perfect pic.

6) Galaxy S6 edge+ looks and feels WAY better than iPhone 6s Plus

OK, this section isn't really about something the GS6 edge+ can do that the iPhone 6s Plus can't … but it does hit on one of the most important and noticeable differences between the two phones (besides the whole Android vs. iOS thing). And I'd be remiss not to address it.

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The GS6 edge+ is more than 20 percent lighter than the iPhone 6s Plus (5.39 ounces compared to 6.77 ounces. respectively), and the difference in weight is apparent when you hold both phones. It's also shorter, wider and thinner — even though the GS6 edge+ actually has larger display (5.7 inches) than the iPhone 6s Plus (5.5 inches.) Oh, and that GS6 edge+ screen? It absolutely blows away Apple's Retina display. (GS6 edge+ screen is 2560 x 1440 pixels, at 515 ppi; the iPhone 6s Plus display is 1920 x 1080, at 401 ppi.) The difference in display resolution is unmistakable.

Due to the GS6 edge+'s curvaceous design, it's also much more modern-looking and stylish than Apple's comparatively boxy new iPhones.

In other words, the GS6 edge+ looks and feels much better in hand than the iPhone 6s Plus. The difference in size and weight is significant, and it will likely be the very first thing you notice when comparing the two side-by-side. 

As previously mentioned, this story isn't meant to imply the GS6 edge+ is superior to the iPhone 6s Plus, which is why I also wrote a counterpoint post, "6 Things iPhone 6s Plus does that Galaxy S6 edge+ can't."

You can learn more about the GS6 edge+ on Samsung's website, or visit Apple's iPhone site for more on its new phablet. 


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