The iPhone 6s is now available for pre-order, and business users have plenty to look forward to. But how does Apple's latest flagship smartphone compare with its closest competitor, Samsung's Galaxy S6, for business users? Read on to find out how each phone stacks up and which is better for work.
Design and display
The iPhone 6s and Galaxy S6 both offer sleek, ultrathin frames with stunning displays. But if you're looking for more screen real estate, the S6 is the way to go. The iPhone 6s is equipped with a 4.7-inch Retina HD display, but the Galaxy S6 comes with a larger 5.1-inch screen for more room to work on documents and business apps.
Both phones are also designed with durability in mind, but the iPhone 6s has an edge over the Galaxy S6. The S6 is made of sturdy magnesium alloy and a glass back, while the iPhone 6s has been upgraded with aerospace-grade alloy aluminum that's stronger than its predecessor. The 6s' display is also built with what Apple says is the strongest cover glass among smartphones, so it can survive the most demanding road warriors. [Best Business Smartphones 2015 (and Why We Love Them)]
Apple has taken the iPhone up a notch by packing it with new features to help business users be more productive. These include:
- 3D Touch. The iPhone 6s debuts Apple's new 3D Touch technology, which senses how much pressure you apply on the screen to activate a wide range of shortcuts and time-saving features. For instance, depending on how deeply you press on an app, message, link or other clickable item, you can easily preview emails, websites and other content without fully launching or switching to its respective app. 3D Touch also lets you quickly call, text or email favorite contacts and organize your inbox by swiping to delete or mark messages as read.
- Faster speeds. Apple has given the iPhone a significant boost in processing power with its new A9 chip, which delivers the same performance as desktop computers. It also offers double the data speeds on LTE and Wi-Fi for faster downloads, Web browsing, cloud access and more to support even the most power-intensive apps.
- Improved camera. The iPhone 6s' camera also got a major upgrade. Apple boosted its iSight camera from 8 megapixels to 12 megapixels for more brilliant pictures and higher-resolution 4K videos, while its front-facing camera also got an upgrade from 1.2 megapixels to 5 megapixels for sharper, clearer videoconferencing. In comparison, the S6 comes with a stunning 16-megapixel camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.
There is still one very useful business feature that the iPhone 6s lacks and makes the Galaxy S6 a likely winner with business users: screen splitting. The Galaxy S6 runs on Android's TouchWiz interface, which lets you easily multitask by splitting the screen to accommodate multiple apps in one screen. Multitasking is a little more cumbersome on the iPhone since you can only view one app at a time, forcing you to manually switch between each one to get things done.
The S6 may also be a better option if you rely on Google Apps as they are built-in and ready to use. However, you can also just as easily download standalone Google apps into the iPhone, though the S6 runs on the entire Google ecosystem and integrates much more seamlessly with Google products.
Both the iPhone 6s and Galaxy S6 come with biometric authentication to keep your phone and business data safe, but there are some key differences that may be deal- breakers for you.
First, the iPhone's Touch ID technology is easier and more seamless to use than the Galaxy's fingerprint scanner. Although both allow you to lock down your phone using your fingerprint, there have been a bevy of complaints about the Galaxy's fingerprint scanner for failing to recognize users' fingerprints. On the other hand, the iPhone's Touch ID works right off the bat and is by far more reliable, so you'll have fewer problems using it than the Galaxy's problematic fingerprint scanner.
Where the Galaxy S6 wins is how it protects your business data. Unlike the iPhone, the Galaxy comes with Samsung's Knox, which separates personal files and apps from those you use for business. This allows you to use the same phone for business and personal use, without compromising security. This mobile security feature is built into the S6, whereas you'll need to find a third-party app to get the same functionality with the iPhone.
The score is pretty much even when it comes to battery life. It's hard to get a full day's use on a single charge with either phone, especially if you rely on it throughout the day. Apple hasn't upgraded the iPhone's less-than-average battery life, and the S6 has had its fair share of complaints regarding poor battery life since it now comes with a smaller battery to fit its slim frame.
Furthermore, Samsung has emulated the iPhone by getting rid of removable batteries — a huge disappointment for Galaxy fans who love being able to replace their batteries when the juice runs out — forcing you to plug in when you need to power up.
What makes the S6 stand out, however, are its power-saving and fast-charging capabilities. Its power-saving mode extends battery life by reducing background data, app usage, colors and other functionalities, and its quick-charge feature delivers about 4 hours of battery life from just a 10-minute charge. These are especially helpful for business users who don't have time to waste waiting for their phone to charge.
Similarly, Samsung has axed its microSD Card slot that was once available on all previous Galaxy S smartphones, so you can't expand storage as needed. Just like the iPhone, the S6 now comes with fixed memory, so you'll need to have a clear idea of just how much space you need before you make a purchase.
The S6 has an advantage, however, offering more storage for less money. Both phones have a base price of $199, but the S6 starts with a 32 GB version, double the iPhone's 16 GB entry-level model. This makes the S6 more cost-effective for business users who need tons of space, but are on a strict budget.
Apple's iPhone 6s received a handful of upgrades and is now faster, sturdier and packed with new features that can help you get things done faster and run your business on the go. But if you're looking for a larger screen, better multitasking capabilities and a more affordable price point, Samsung's Galaxy S6 is the better business phone for you.