Most people who love technology (or at least love having a nice phone) have been faced with this dilemma: iPhone or Galaxy? iPhone devotees will tell you that nothing comes close in terms of usability; Galaxy lovers will say that the Android system is far more flexible and customisable. Both Apple and Samsung have implemented strong phone branding campaigns from the beginning, meaning the iPhone and the Galaxy are viewed as ‘quintessential’ smart phones. Here, we take a look at the newest releases from both Apple and Samsung, in an attempt to decide which is the better device.
Apple iPhone 6
Firstly, we’ll begin with a few pros and cons that apply to most iPhones. There are plenty of positives to the ‘original’ smart phone – however even a devoted iOS developer will tell you that these devices do have their drawbacks.
• Very user-friendly
• Plenty of apps to choose from in Apple’s App Store
• Sleek and stylish
• Integrates seamlessly with other Apple devices
• Exclusive Apple phone chargers that change constantly
• Can’t remove the battery
• Can only download apps from the App Store (i.e. only apps approved by Apple, unless your phone is jailbroken)
• Relatively expensive
So what about the iPhone 6 specifically? Well, the large 4.7-inch screen is stunning; the retina display means that it delivers a crystal clear picture. It’s also very powerful (even with the larger screen), and the build quality is exceptional (would you expect anything less from Apple?). Additionally, the camera is great and video recording is also surprisingly good.
On the flip side, the design (while built well) is somewhat impractical. Users have reported that the finish is quite slippery; if you don’t like using a cover, you’ll find it as easy to hold as a bar of soap. There have also been complaints about the battery life – the iPhone 6 does seem to need charging very regularly for a new phone.
Samsung Galaxy S5
Before delving into the specifics of this particular phone, let’s take a look at the pros and cons of the Android operating system. Any decent Android app development in Australia will tell you that the system – like most – has it flaws. However, they’ll also be quick to tell you that the flaws are certainly fewer than with iOS!
• They all use the generic microUSB charging system
• You can usually remove the battery
• You can download apps from a wide range of sources; you’re not restricted to Google Play
• There are a lot of free apps
• Very customisable
• The vast number of free apps does mean that many contain annoying in-app ads
• Greater chance of accidentally downloading malware or viruses
• You need an internet connection to access a lot of the features
So how does the Galaxy S5 measure up? Well, it has a great camera and the battery life is significantly better than its predecessors – that’s a start! With a dust and water resistant screen, the phone is also quite tough. The S5 is also more powerful (and therefore faster) than previous models – which you’d expect with a new phone. The downside? The hardware is a little underwhelming, as it’s mostly made from plastic – although at least it isn’t slippery like the iOS development Hobart ! In addition, while the software has been improved since the last model, it hasn’t been improved as much as you’d expect – especially for the price.
So which phone should you buy? The fact of the matter is that both are pretty good phones if you don’t mind spending the money (neither are cheap). At the end of the day, it really comes down to personal preference.