If you’re looking for the best possible performance from your next smartphone, the iPhone 6 and the Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge are likely to be two of the devices you’re considering. But which is actually faster? See how they stack up against each other in a real-life speed comparison in the video below.
They’ve already tested its memory performance and fingerprint scanner, but PhoneArena couldn’t leave Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week without putting the new Galaxy S6 Edge and the iPhone 6 side by side and seeing which one was snappier at everyday tasks.
The iPhone 6 is powered by Apple’s latest A8 processor, which has received plenty of praise for its performance since it made its debut last September. But Samsung’s new devices are packing the company’s brand new Exynos 7420 chipset, which isn’t just a 64-bit chip like the A8, but also uses a more advanced 14-nanometer manufacturing process.
In its three-minute test shown in the video below, PhoneArena launched six of the most commonly used smartphone apps — Phone, Contacts, Messages, Music, Gallery, and Camera — on both devices at the same time to see which handset was able to load them fastest.
As you can see, the difference between these rival flagships is really negligible. While the iPhone 6 proved to be ever so slightly quicker at loading some apps, the S6 Edge was quicker at loading others. But in each case, there was only milliseconds between the two.
Tests like this one can be better than benchmarks because rather than just providing each handset with a score that doesn’t mean much to the average consumer, they actually demonstrate which is faster at doing the things we use our smartphones for every day.
What this quick test proved is that no matter which of these devices you invest in, you’re going to get good software and excellent specifications that result in an incredibly snappy user experience.