Business users have two great phones to look forward to this spring: the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the HTC One M9.
At first look, HTC's and Samsung's new flagship phones are very similar inside and out. They are both powered by Android, feature similarly large displays and pack on identical enterprise-level power that can keep up with even the most demanding business users.
But how do the two really devices stack up? Read on to find out which one is better for business. [Samsung Galaxy S6 vs. iPhone 6: Which Is Better for Business?]
Design and display
If you're comparing the One M9 and Galaxy S6 based on design alone, you'll have a hard time choosing between the two devices. The One M9 sports a 5-inch display, whereas the Galaxy S6's display is only slightly bigger, at 5.1-inches. However, the Galaxy S6 wins when it comes to resolution. Although the One M9 comes with a sharp 441-pixels-per-inch (ppi) Super LCD3 screen, the Galaxy S6 features a stunning 577-pixel Quad HD Super AMOLED one for better, brighter display.
The two devices are also similar in build and durability. Like its predecessor, the One M9 comes with a full-metal unibody, making it strong and solid. In comparison, Samsung has done away with the all-plastic builds that made previous Galaxy S phones feel cheap and flimsy. It has upgraded the S6 with a magnesium-alloy frame and a back made of glass (if this sounds alarming, it's actually made from a supertough Corning Gorilla Glass 4, the sturdiest type of glass available).
Moreover, there's not much difference in size; the One M9 measures 145 mm x 70 mm x 9.6 mm, while the Galaxy S6 is somewhat thinner at 143 mm x 71 mm x 6.8 mm.
Since the One M9 and Galaxy S6 are so similar design, what really sets the two apart is software. Both devices run on Android 5.0 Lollipop, but don't be fooled.
The One M9 uses on its own version, with the Sense 7.0 UI, while the Galaxy S6 runs on the customized TouchWiz UI — and this is why the Galaxy S6 wins for business users.
The M9's Sense interface lets you do things like use your own themes and add contextual widgets and other types of customizations, but the S6's TouchWiz layer is all about boosting productivity. TouchWiz lets you multitask with its split screen feature, which allows you to run two apps side by side in one screen. For instance, you can browse the Web while working on a document, or check your calendar while writing an email or setting up a meeting.
Power and performance
If you're looking for a high-performance phone, neither device will disappoint. Here's how each phone breaks down in terms of processor, storage and battery life:
Processor. The lightning-fast 64-bit octa-core (eight-core) processor powers both devices, with the M9 running on the Snapdragon 810 version and the S6 on Samsung's own Exynos version. Each phone has 3GB of RAM to keep up with all your business demands.
Storage. If storage is a concern, you'll get plenty of space with both devices, but how you get that storage may be your deal breaker. The M9 is equipped with only 32 GB of internal storage, but is expandable up to 128 GB via microSD.
The S6, however, is a lot like the iPhone; it comes in 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB versions, but there's no microSD slot if you need to add more storage. This means you're stuck with whichever internal storage you choose.
Battery life. In addition to getting rid of the microSD slot, Samsung is also ditching removable batteries. Unlike its predecessors, the Galaxy S6 will come with a built-in battery, so you will no longer be able to replace it with a backup battery when you need extra power. The company has yet to announce how much juice users can expect from the S6, but so far, we know that it will come with extra perks to extend battery life. That includes a quick-charge feature that provides 4 hours of battery life with just a 10-minute charge, as well as wireless charging.
In comparison, the One M9 comes with a 2,800-mAh nonremovable battery, which is the biggest battery HTC has offered. It's said to provide nearly 22 hours of talk time and improved power consumption for all-day power. Like the S6, it also comes with quick-charging capabilities at the rate of 60 percent in 30 minutes.
The Galaxy S6 wins hands down for business security. In addition to password screens, the S6 comes with a finger scanner, which lets you unlock your phone by tapping on the home button, adding an extra layer of security. It also comes with Samsung's Knox enterprise mobile-security platform, which features two-factor authentication and sandboxing of sensitive data from the rest of your device. This means you can use the S6 for work and play, while separating your business files and apps from your personal things.
If you need a great camera, both the One M9 and Galaxy S6 have plenty to offer.
HTC is already known for coming out with cameras that capture stunning photos and clear videoconferencing, and the M9 doesn't disappoint. It comes with what HTC says is the company's best camera ever on a smartphone, featuring a 20-megapixel, rear-facing camera that also captures 4K videos and a 5-megapixel, front-facing camera that takes 120-degree wide-angle selfies.
Similarly, the Galaxy S6 comes with a 16-megapixel, rear-facing camera and a 5-megapixel, wide-angle, front-facing camera that captures better images in offices and other low-light environments. This is a much-improved version from the Galaxy S5, which came with a 2-megapixel, front-facing camera.
When it comes to business phones, Samsung's Galaxy S6 is the better pick over HTC's One M9. Both are excellent devices that offer thin, sleek builds with large, bright displays and plenty of power and performance to get you through the workday, but the S6's productivity and security features makes it the clear winner for small business users.