Let’s get ready to rumble! I recently got my hand on the Samsung Galaxy S6 (Thanks to the good folks at Verizon Wireless) and I have been excited to check out the uncanny similarities (and differences) between the iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S6. As an early android adopter (I was the captain of team Android and even scored a cool trip as an ambassador to the 2012 London Olympics) I’m always curious to see just how competitive Apple and Android devices can be. (Honestly, this is a healthy competition, that at the end the consumers win!)
We’re all about our smartphones and how they enhance our day-to-day activities, so you know I can’t wait to share my favorite user experiences with both devices, but until then, check out this head-to-head comparison and my first impressions of the iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S6 below.
Displays: Great Meets Greater
- Galaxy S6 – 5.1-inch QHD flat panel, 2560 x 1440 pixels, 577 pixels per inch (ppi), Super AMOLED display
- iPhone 6 – 4.7-inch, 1334 x 750 pixels, 326 ppi, LED-backlit IPS LCD
Both screens can get incredibly bright; however, the fact is the Galaxy S6 takes what the iPhone 6 display is good at: brightness, contrast and colours and cranks it up to a whole new level.
Internals: Let’s Talk Performance
- Galaxy S6 – Samsung Exynos 7420 – CPU: Quad-core 2.1GHz and 1.5GHz CPUs; GPU: Mali-T760, 3GB RAM
- iPhone 6 – Apple A8 – CPU: Dual-core 1.4 GHz Cyclone; GPU: PowerVR GX6450, 1GB RAM
Smile For The Camera: Camera Specs
- Galaxy S6 – 16 megapixel sensor, F1.9 lens, OIS, autofocus, LED flash – 4k video recording. Front: 5 megapixel sensor, F1.9 lens
- iPhone 6 – 8 megapixel sensor, F2.2 lens, DIS, Focus Pixels, dual-LED flash – 1080p video recording. Front: 1.2 megapixel sensor, F2.2 lens
The 4k video feature on the Samsung Galaxy S6 is really appealing (especially since I’m trying to step up my YouTube game) But I’ll admit, using my iPhone to film is incredibly easy and has great picture quality as well. (I think a quality comparison test is in the works soon…)
All About That Bass: Speaker Comparison
Sounds come through loud and clear with both bottom facing speakers (however, they don’t compare to the HTC front facing speakers). Don’t expect too much in the bass department though. If you’re all about that bass, there’s a wide assortment of Bluetooth speakers for that.
Everyone knows that the iPhone 6 will cost you a pretty penny, but did you know that (without contract) the Galaxy S6 is priced even higher:
- Galaxy S6: $699 (32GB), $799 (64GB) and $899 (128GB)
- iPhone 6: $649 (16GB), $749 (64GB) and $849 (128GB)
These are just a few of my initial impresions and I can’t wait to follow up and give you more of my thoughts and experiences with both the iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S6 soon! Do you have an iPhone 6 or Samsung Galaxy S6? Share your thoughts! Love it? Hate it? Drop your comments below and let us know!
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OtterBox Resurgence Power Case for iPhone 6 is newly designed and allows users to unplug and go further with two-times the battery life of the device and military-grade drop protection.
The new two-piece snap design simplifies case assembly and removal. When compared to the previous model, I found that the iPhone 6 version snaps into place easier than ever before. Resurgence is made up of a specially formulated polycarbonate to improve impact resistance and absorb energy from drops and bumps. The new design incorporates compact advanced circuitry, resulting in a smaller and slimmer fit. (And because it’s from OtterBox, you know your device is well protected.)
Resurgence boasts 2,600 milliamp hours (mAh) of battery power, providing more than two-times the battery life of the iPhone 6. The iPhone 6 battery case utilizes auto-stop technology, which conveniently shuts off the case when the phone has reached full charge, saving extra battery for later. Resurgence supports both wired and wireless syncing without removing the case and includes a headphone jack extender.
One of my favorite features of the OtterBox Resurgence case for the iPhone 6 is the redesigned silence/vibrate toggle. (If you’re like me, then you’ve chipped countless nails just by silencing your phone. No more chipped nails with the extended on/off button.)
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It’s no secret that smartphones are the hottest gifts on top of everyone’s wish list this year! Whether its the iPhone 6/6 Plus, Motorola Turbo or Samsung Note 4, there are plenty of options to fulfill the smartphone mobile needs of moms, dads, grandparents and teens everywhere. If you’re not quite sure on which smartphone gifts are right for the person on your list, I’ve round up a few of my holiday picks of smartphone gifts for everyone on your list – plus a cool holiday giveaway just for you below.
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus jumped in sales during the Back Friday and Cyber Monday shopping sale days – and it’s one of the top smartphone gifts many lists this year. Both are the latest in smartphone offerings from Apple and with upgrades like the new A8 chip delivers more power, even while driving a larger display. Other Features include: Wi-Fi hotspot, iMessage, SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email, Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion Battery, Talktime: Up to 14 Hours (3G), Standby: Up to 250 Hours (3G). [Must Read: 6 Things To Know About The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus]
The Droid Motorola Turbo from Verizon is made to keep going all day and night. It comes with a Turbo Charger—get up to eight hours of battery life in just 15 minutes. Enjoy up to 48-hour battery life. It even offers convenient built-in wireless charging. The 21-megapixel rear-facing camera launches with a simple flick of your wrist, helping you capture the action as it happens. Record video at 4K—creating a cinema-like experience—and play it back at the same quality. The dual LED flash offers more light for better color and softer shadows in your images. ($199.99 / 2-yr contract)
The Samsung Note 4 has a wide-angle, 3.7MP front-facing camera so you can capture crisper selfies with all of your friends and more of your background. And when you want to photograph anything else, the Galaxy Note 4 comes equipped with a 16MP rear camera with built-in Optical Image Stabilization. So, even when you zoom in, the details in your photo remain in focus. It’s a great device for busy moms, dads and even tech savvy grandparents this season!
The Sony Xperia Z3v from Verizon is the smartphone that does more and goes further – whether further is a run in the rain or a dive in the pool. With the highest waterproof rating*, you can find your way in a downpour, take pictures underwater, or just wipe off your phone after an unexpected spill. Years of Sony camera expertise have been brought to Xperia Z3v, a premium phone with Cyber-shot and Handycam technologies. So you can capture moments in any light, shoot steady videos on the move, and take crisp pictures even under water. ($199.99/2-yr contract)
The HTC Desire Eye from AT&T with its 13-megapixel front-facing camera, the HTC Desire Eye is the ultimate selfie machine. But it’s also an excellent Android smartphone for the not-so-selfie-savvy too. The ultimate entertainment device, the excellent 5.2-inch, full HD LCD and front-facing speakers make the Desire Eye a perfect smartphone for consuming media on the go. ($149.99/2-yr contract)
Meet the Lumia 1520, the phone with an extra-large, six-inch, 1080p full HD display with excellent outdoor readability. Its redesigned start screen lets you make the most of the extra space, and its 20-megapixel PureView camera and Nokia Storyteller app tell you your stories the way they’re meant to be told. ($99/2-yr contract)
In addition to making great smartphone gifts for others, these gifts would make great personal gifts for yourself too! Are you looking for more smartphone gift ideas this season? Check back daily as we’ll be sprinkling in some unbelievable holiday prizes for you to keep (or giveaway) this season (Hint: Remember Diva Days Of Christmas prizes of yesteryear? We’re upping the ante and will be bringing you bigger and better prizes unlike anything we’ve ever done before! You won’t want to miss out!) All December long, make sure you check back daily for your chance to win!
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Apple’s iOS 8.1 has arrived and with it, Phone 6 and 6 Plus users can take advantage of the new mobile payment option – Apple Pay. Apple iOS 8.1 also offers the ability to send/receive texts and phone calls from your phone on your Mac, the return of “Camera Roll,” the public beta of iCloud Library and more. Discover what’s new with the latest update and if you should take advantage of the latest iOS version below!
Your MacBook Is Calling
The update brings connectivity between desktop and mobile to a whole new level! With the update, you now have the ability to make and receive calls at your desk, and to get texts from your friends even if they’re not using Apple devices (its no longer limited to iMessage devices). With iOS 8.1 bring continuity to your network of devices and even turn your device into an instant hotspot (You can connect your iPad to the hotspot on your phone, if it’s within range). (I wonder how this will affect new iPad wifi + cellular sales? I digress.)
The Camera Roll Is Back
Bringing the Camera Roll back does eliminate some confusion since it was replaced with the “Recently Added” folder instead. (You didn’t notice that it disappeared? You obviously don’t search for last year’s selfies enough…) The iCloud Photo Library will let users save photos and videos to their account and sync with any device. (Beware – you know, celebrity nudes getting hacked and all.)
Perhaps the most hyped addition to iOS 8.1 is Apple Pay, which will let iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users tap their devices at retail checkout terminals to pay for items. The wallet service requires Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint authentication and an iPhone with near field communication (NFC) technology, which is only featured on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Pay, Tap and Go!
How To Update To iOS 8.1
iOS 8.1 is available for your device as an over-the-air update, which you can find by going to Settings > General > Software Update; you can also plug your phone or tablet into your computer and update via iTunes. To use the new Continuity features with your Mac, you’ll have to download and install OS X 10.10 from the Mac App Store, for the free update.
Have you downloaded the new update yet? What are you looking forward to most? Desktop calling, easy access to your photos via the return of the Apple camera roll or Apple Pay?
If you haven’t pre-ordered an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus and still want to be among the first to own the device, there’s a good chance you’ll be facing a long line at the Apple Store today or this weekend.
Most Apple stores get pretty big shipments of new iPhones; that’s the obvious choice, but not the only one. In fact, you can get the iPhone 6 (16GB) for below the recommended price at Walmart ($179, instead of $199), and you’ll probably have to wait less, too. And if you do want to try your luck at Apple, be sure to check Apple.com for store quantities or try to arrange an in-store pick up. That could easily shave a good amount of time off your wait.
Big Box Stores
Now, on to other options: Retailers like Best Buy, Walmart and Staples have a healthy supply of devices. Best Buy is among the more popular retail spots to pick up an iPhone, so in some cases, be prepared to wait on line for awhile too.
Best Buy has a ticketing process to help the lines run smoothly, but it only offers one ticket for each customer, so if you want to upgrade your whole family, they will all need to be present. (Note: Apple lets each person in line buy two phones). Not all Best Buy stores were packed this morning, though. According to a Best Buy employee in a message posted to Reddit, the store was practically empty for the launch. The user didn’t disclose the location, but included a picture of the “crowd.”
Walmart is another option that people might not consider for picking up an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, and the company is giving customers a nice incentive to choose them over others by discounting the devices. In addition to an iPhone 6 price cut (with a two-year Verizon, AT&T or Sprint contract), the iPhone 6 Plus is priced at $279 ($20 cheaper than what you’ll find at the Apple store).
But some retailers only have iPhones for certain carriers But some retailers only have iPhones for certain carriers. Staples on Friday, only Verizon iPhones were available for walk-in customers (they accepted pre-orders too). There’s a rumor that AT&T delayed their iPhone shipments to the store, so so some stores only have Verizon devices right now.
In addition to select retailers, you’ll of course be able to find some at the carrier stores, too. Be choosy about which store location you go to — for example, the AT&T location in Union Square in New York City had a line halfway down the block before doors opened at 9:00 a.m. on Friday. But uptown, a location on East 86th Street had just about 15 people queued up — which sure beats the hundreds of people waiting at the Apple Store just 30 blocks south. Meanwhile, the T-Mobile store (also in Union Square) had no line at all.
Timing is key too — you might be holding off until the early Friday rush subsides, but just think how crazy it will get on Saturday when everyone who’s busy working today will try to pick one up then. If you wait too long, supplies will sell out.
Of course, if you’re not in dire need of a new iPhone, you can get it shipped to you directly. Right now, estimations are about four weeks away for arrival. You might not have an iPhone in your hands by the end of the weekend, but at least you’ll have your sanity.
So you’ve pre-ordered your iPhone 6 (or you’re currently camped outside the Apple store) either way, you can’t invest in a new phone without tricking it out with all-new gadgets, now can you?
A few of my favorite accessory companies are already jumping on board to create iPhone 6 products. From cases to wallets I’m downright excited to start dressing up my new (soooo close) iPhone with some of these amazing iPhone 6 accessories below.
Grovemade Cases ($49-$129): If you decide you want to go a more natural route, Grovemade is making leather and wood cases for your new toy. Show off the most of the phone with just a bumper made of maple or walnut.
Case-Mate Wallet Cases ($60): Handcrafted from premium leather, the Wallet Folio for iPhone 6 presents a timeless, sophisticated look. Featuring multiple slots for cards and cash, this contemporary design redefines the boundaries between form and function for the modern commuter.
Otterbox Defender Series Case: The Otterbox can survive even the worst smartphone abuses. Butterfingers everywhere rejoice, they’ve got the iPhone 6 covered!
Case-Mate Karat Cases ($50): Treasure the luster and dazzling display of 24 karat gold. Each iPhone 6 Karat case offers a truly unique design with genuine gold leaf highlights thoughtfully placed to create this translucent and radiant finish.
Zazzle Cases ($40-$57): If it’s just a cute or customizable case you want, Zazzle is ahead of the curve. They’re already offering a variety of stylish options for the iPhone 6 and we’re drooling over several of them.
Did you pre-order the iPhone 6 or 6 plus? What iPhone accessory can you not live without? Share your thoughts below!
Today, Apple unveiled Apple Watch – unfortunately for everyone waiting with baited breath, it won’t be available for purchase until next year.
“Apple introduced the world to several category-defining products, the Mac, iPod, iPhone and iPad,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “And once again Apple is poised to captivate the world with a revolutionary product that can enrich people’s lives. It’s the most personal product we’ve ever made.”
Apple’s newest venture inside the realm of wearables will enable users to communicate right from your wrist by sending and receiving messages, answering calls to your iPhone, and with Digital Touch it makes sending personalized drawings, doddles and emojis easier than ever before. With comprehensive health and fitness apps that measure all fitness activity (not just walking or heavy exercising) ultimately helping users lead healthier lives. Apple Watch lets you interact quickly and conveniently using the apps you already know and love. You can get step, by step directions, pay for coffee using Apple Pay, board a plane with a Passbook or even unlock your Starwoods hotel room door. Apple Watch is available in three distinct collections—Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition.
Apple Watch will be available in early 2015 starting at $349. Apple Watch is compatible with iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus running the latest version of iOS 8.
What do you think? Are you willing to wait for your Apple inspired watch or do you think the next best thing is already here? Share your comments below.
Apple Inc CEO has left the stage and now the details is flying throughout the blogosphere. The latest generation of iPhones have been unveiled if you’re looking for the must-have features and how they’ll benefit you, look no further than below.
Apple today announced iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the biggest advancements in iPhone history, featuring two new models with stunning 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch Retina HD displays, and packed with innovative technologies in an all-new dramatically thin and seamless design. The new iPhones feature a precision unibody enclosure of anodized aluminum that conforms seamlessly with the shaped glass of the display, resulting in a completely smooth and continuous surface. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are engineered to be the thinnest ever, delivering a bigger display in a design that is still comfortable to hold and easy to use.
A8 Faster Processing
Packed with innovative new technologies, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus include: the Apple-designed A8 chip with second generation 64-bit desktop-class architecture for blazing fast performance and power efficiency; advanced iSight and FaceTime HD cameras; ultrafast wireless technologies; and Apple Pay, an easier way to simply and securely make payments with just the touch of a finger. Both models include iOS 8, the latest version of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, featuring a simpler, faster and more intuitive user experience with new Messages and Photos features, QuickType keyboard, a new Health app, Family Sharing and iCloud Drive.
Benefits for you: No more lag time waiting for messages to load or send.
Voice Calling Over WiFi
The new iPhones also support high-quality voice calls over LTE (VoLTE) as well as Wi-Fi calling. With support for up to 20 LTE wireless bands—more than any other smartphone in the world—the new models make it easier to experience high-speed networks around the world. Both iPhones also include 802.11ac Wi-Fi with speeds up to 433 Mbps and Bluetooth 4.0.
Benefits for you: Wi-Fi calling is a new feature for making high-quality calls when cell conditions are poor.
The iSight camera gets even better with a new sensor featuring Focus Pixels for faster autofocus, making it easier to quickly capture any moment. iPhone 6 Plus users will also benefit from optical image stabilization technology that compensates for hand shake in low light and works with iOS 8 to reduce subject motion. High-definition video on iPhone improves with faster frame rates up to 60fps for 1080p video and 240fps for slo-mo, as well as continuous autofocus, cinematic video stabilization and time-lapse video. The FaceTime HD camera now captures over 80 percent more light with a new sensor, larger f/2.2 aperture and advanced new features including burst mode and HDR video.
Benefits for you: Sharper, enriched photos, better face recognition and clearer FaceTime chats.
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus introduce Apple Pay, an easy way to securely pay for physical goods and services in stores or apps with just the touch of a finger. Users can pay securely and conveniently in stores by simply holding the phone near the contactless reader while keeping a finger on Touch ID; there is no need to unlock your iPhone or launch an app. With Apple Pay, you can also make one-touch purchases within apps, without having to enter credit card or shipping information. All payment information is kept private, encrypted and stored securely in the Secure Element, a chip inside the new iPhones.
Benefits for you: Paying for food, services, tickets with the tap of your iPhone from such retailers as McDonald’s, Macy’s, Whole Foods, Disney World and more!
iPhone 6 comes in gold, silver or space gray, and will be available in the US for a suggested retail price of $199 (US) for the 16GB model, $299 (US) for the 64GB model and, for the first time, a new 128GB model for $399 (US) with a two-year contract. iPhone 6 Plus comes in gold, silver or space gray, and will be available in the US for a suggested retail price of $299 (US) for the 16GB model, $399 (US) for the 64GB model and $499 (US) for the new 128GB model with a two-year contract. Both models will be available from the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores, and through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, additional carriers and select Apple Authorized Resellers. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK beginning on Friday, September 19, and customers can pre-order both models beginning on Friday, September 12.
Now that you know the details, which Apple device are you looking forward to getting your hands on first? The iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus?
Today is the day that Apple enthusiasts have been waiting for. In a matter of moments the smartphone and technology industry will wait for the latest news from Apple that is rumored to include a next generation, larger screen iPhone, wearable smart watch and possibly more. Typically Apple hasn’t been all that great surprising fans with the latest advancements (thanks to leaked photographs, patent slip ups and loose journalistic lips spilling the beans well before an Apple executive steps onto the big stage.) However, could today be the day that we’re all stunned and surprised?
What is it consumers want most from the iPhone 6? Beyond a larger screen, we polled readers on Facebook as well as gathered some interesting facts online and have listed the top features desired > [We Asked, You Answered: What You Want From The iPhone 6]
So what should you expect coming from the Apple giants? A new iPhone, iPad Air and iWatch respectively. According to Time Magazine, all signs point to two new iPhone models, a 4.7-inch version and a 5.5-inch version curvaceous designed smartphones. There will reportedly be a one-handed mode that rejiggers the interface slightly so you can reach everything (Samsung has a similar feature on some of its larger phones). Alongside the new iPhones, Apple will reportedly be rolling out its followup to the iPad Air. It’s believed to be similar in design to the previous model, with the addition of a faster processor, the iPhone 5s’ fingerprint sensor and a gold color option. Apple will reportedly be showcasing its long-rumored smartwatch, though it’s believed the device won’t be available for purchase until next year. Features apparently include a curved, rectangular screen made of impact-resistant sapphire crystal, tap-to-pay functionality, 8GB of storage, health-tracking sensors and two screen sizes.
Apple CEO Tim Cook and friends will unveil Apple’s holiday gadget lineup. The event begins at 1:00 p.m. EDT/10:00 a.m. PDT.
I’ll be keeping you in the loop with live updates from the Apple Special Event in California today.
APPLE EVENT LIVE BLOG
iSight Camera – Improved features include 8MP iSight camera, 1.5µ pixels, ƒ/2.2 aperture. And an all-new sensor.
Voice Over LTE – Wi-Fi calling is a new feature for making high-quality calls when cell conditions are poor.
Barometer – The iPhone 6 can judge distance and elevation, so you can get credit for flights of stairs in all those fitness apps
Face Detection in photos
Apple Pay – A groundbreaking NFC antenna. The security of Touch ID. The privacy of the Secure Element. And the convenience of Passbook.
Full iPhone 6 and Apple Watch Posts Coming Soon…
In just a few days, fans and iPhone loyalists everywhere will preview the latest innovation that Apple has to offer. We asked our readers “What would you like to see in the new iPhone 6?” and the answers came flooding in. So what’s in store for future iPhones? We can get some clues from Apple patents registered with the U.S. Trademark and Office. Apple is developing an audio jack to double as a headphone jack, plus an audio transducer that doesn’t need a grille to emit sound. That means future iPhones can be totally enclosed or water-proofed. Another patent talks about combining motion analyzer, scenery analyzer, and lockout mechanism to detect if you’re driving and disable Messages Apps. With the increasing text-induced car accidents, expect this feature sooner than later.
Yet another patent indicates that Apple is cooking an intelligent Home Page that brings up the app you need for specific scenarios like when you need to show an electronic ticket in an airport or an e-coupon at a counter. The patent uses location-based signals and tracks user data patterns like calendars, emails, notes, etc. to predict when to bring up the app. Don’t just take our word for it. Check out this insightful info graphic below for a quick history lesson in everything iPhone and discover which most wanted iPhone 6 features made the cut below.