Apple vs Samsung vs LG

Battle of the Brands: Apple vs. LG vs. Samsung

We are just four months into 2015, but we have already seen flagship devices come out swinging from major manufacturers. Apple and Samsung both unveiled key design changes and each announced not one, but two new devices. And now, LG has thrown its hat in the ring with the LG G4, adding a curved screen into mix along with some serious camera action.

Needless to say, this is quite the lineup of heavy hitters. So how do you choose which phone is best for you?

Let’s break down some of the major differences between the devices, shall we?

(Jump to the end of the post for a table breakdown of all the different specifications!)

Smartphone Display

iPhone 6 Galaxy S6 LG G4
Display Size 4.7” screen, 326 ppi 5.1” screen, 577 ppi 5.5” screen, 538 ppi

Your smartphone screen is, without a doubt, the single most often used part of your device, which makes it one of the most important specifications to consider (and protect!).

Samsung-Galaxy-S6-edge-in-green-emerald-and-Samsung-Galaxy-S6-in-blue-topazGalaxy S6 takes the lead in terms of its ppi (pixels per square inch), followed by the LG G4 and iPhone 6. In terms of sheer size, G4 wins with a 5.5 inch screen, with the S6 and iPhone 6 following closely behind.

At first glance, it may seem that the Galaxy S6, with its high ppi and larger screen size, may be the obvious choice. However, most content and apps available are not currently set in a resolution that can take advantage of the higher resolution. Essentially, this means that content will not appear to be as sharp or in focus as expected. Think of watching a standard definition TV show on an HDTV. It looks fine, but definitely not as clear and crisp as if you were to watch that same show in high definition.

So, while Apple has the lowest ppi, they have always done a great job of setting strict standards for app development early and holding developers to said standards before they can release the app for public consumption. This means that content on Apple devices will appear at its optimal state, despite the lower ppi. This is something Google has really implemented with Android 5.0 Lollipop, and will help ensure that apps look good on all of the available screen types.

 

Camera

iPhone 6 Galaxy S6 G4
Rear Camera 8 MP 16 MP 16 MP
Front Camera 1.2 MP 5 MP 8 MP
Video Resolution 1080p 4K/1080p 4K/1080p

Cameras have become a crucial part of our everyday smartphone use, and it is a big deciding factor when picking a new device. Similar to the ppi, it is not exactly a black and white numbers game. Anyone who’s familiar with photography will tell you that there is much more to a good photo than the megapixel number. For instance, different size aperture sensors can help capture more light in your photos, which is helpful in low light situations. Software can make tweak the brightness and saturation of your photos (Samsung is known for being heavy on color saturation) as well as the video resolution to capture the special moment in all of its glory.

More to life than megapixels!

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While the iPhone 6 has a lower megapixel camera, it is touted as one of the best smartphone cameras on the market. This is because Apple has put a serious focus on the internal aspects of the camera as opposed to just adding more megapixels. In the Galaxy S6, Samsung has done a fantastic job of lowering the saturation levels and providing a very sharp picture, which was a huge improvement over the GS5. It is a little early to compare the G4’s picture quality, but LG is marketing the G4’s camera as one of the best on the market with its f/1.8 aperture on the rear camera (which allows more light to hit the sensor) and a 40 percent larger camera sensor when compared to other smartphones.

 

Storage

iPhone 6 Galaxy S6 LG G4
Storage 16/64/128GB 32/64/128GB 32GB Internal storage; add SD card for up to 2TB

If you’re an Apple fan, you’re likely familiar with the pre-set storage size options on your iPhone (16/64/128GB). Samsung decided to take a play from Apple’s playbook this time around and removed the SD Card slot from the Galaxy S6, offering three memory size models (32/64/128GB). Pre-set storage forces customers to decide how much memory they plan to use or need to manage for the next 12 – 24 months. However, the ability to add additional memory was always a part of the Android flagship lineup, and Samsung rubbed quit a few fans the wrong way then they removed this feature.

The LG G4, on the other hand, is available in a single 32GB model and comes with an SD Card slot that supports up to 128GB memory cards for a total of 2TB. For those that consume a lot of content and travel fairly often, having more memory is always the best way to go. Out of these three flagship phones, only the G4 offers the flexibility to add additional memory.

 

Battery

iPhone 6 Galaxy S6 LG G4
Battery 1810 mAh 2500 mAh w/ Quick Charging 3000 mAh removable battery

 

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Running low on battery power is a constant struggle with electronics today, especially when it comes to our mobile phones. Usually, we have no other option than to plug our phones in and wait for a few hours (or use a battery pack on-the-go), but some manufacturers are innovating to solve this problem at its source.

Samsung implemented a fast charging option for when you don’t have time to spare. Using Samsung’s charging brick, the Galaxy S6 can go from zero percent battery to fully charged in just under 90 minutes. The iPhone 6, on the other hand, requires a little more than three hours to fully charge when using the included 5w charger (Tip: If you use Moshi’s 10w Rewind, you can knock down charging time to around 2 hours). We will have to see how the G4’s Snapdragon™ 808 processor manages as consumers begin to test out the phone.

Battery consumption is completely dependent on how you use your phone. If you receive several push notifications such as emails or sports alerts, use location-based services, social media messaging apps, or even simply talk on your phone, you may have to charge up before the typical work day is over. A big selling point for Samsung is the peace of mind you would have knowing that you can plug your phone in for 30 minutes and be up to to 50 percent battery life.

 

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So what can we conclude from all of this?

Overall, the Galaxy S6, iPhone 6 and LG G4 are all great phones with their own strengths and limitations. For me, it comes down to the ecosystem and how you use your device. If you are dedicated any particular ecosystem (e.g. Apple or Google) and already use multiple devices on that platform, it may be easiest for you to stick with that brand. But if you have a mix or are willing to try something new, it really comes down to the features you are looking for and which ones you will benefit from the most.

So what do you think? Which phone is your top pick? Let me know in the comments below!

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Full Smartphone Specification Chart

iPhone 6 Galaxy S6 LG G4
Operating System iOS 8 Android 5.0.2 Android 5.1
Dimensions (HWD) 5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 in 5.65 x 2.78 x 0.27 in 5.87 x 2.96 x 0.35 in
Weight 4.55 oz 4.87 oz 5.47 oz
Screen Size 4.7 in 4.87 in 5.47 in
Screen Type IPS LCD Super AMOLED HD IPS Quantum Display
Screen Resolution 1,334 x 750 pixels (326 ppi) 2560 x 1600 pixes (577 ppi) 1440 x 2560 pixels (534 ppi)
Rear Camera 8 MP 16 MP 16 MP
Front Camera 1.2 MP 5 MP 8 MP
Video Camera Resolution 1080p 4K/1080p 4K/1080p
Internal Storage 32/64/128GB 32/64/128GB 32GB
MicroSD Slot No No Yes, up to 2TB
Battery 1810 mAh 2550 mAh 3000 mAh

 

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