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PhoneArena is on hand at Mobile World Congress, where it got the chance to compare the freshly unveiled Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and the Apple iPhone 6. The speed test was caught on video, where the Galaxy S6 Edge’s Exynos 7420 is put to the test against the Apple A8 process found within the iPhone 6.

Not looking at benchmarks, it’s really hard to notice a difference between the speed of either device. That honestly might be a little pat on the back for Samsung’s hardware team, as the TouchWiz software that is thrown onto the Galaxy S6 must be a lot for the RAM to push through.

The Exynos 7420 in the Galaxy S6 edge kills the iPhone 6 in the multicore benchmarks performed by Phone Arena. However the A8 is still on top when it comes to one-on-one processor core power. You can watch the video to see how the two really fair. It’s actually pretty close.

The Galaxy S6 Edge is a different approach by Samsung, announced alongside the Galaxy S6. The Edge smartphone features a display that curves and wraps around the left and right sides of the phone. Not just for looks, the curved portion serves as a secondary display where users can view notifications and launch applications with one hand.

Both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge feature a 5.1-inch quad HD display, 2.1GHz quad-core processor, Android 5.0 Lollipop, 16-megapixel OIS rear-camera, and 5-megapixel front-camera.

What do you think of Samsung’s new smartphone?

Source: PhoneArena

  • bn326160

    What a stupid comparison, they open lightweight apps, it probably depends on the animation settings which one’s faster.
    They’d better compare loading a game or something.

    • Rafael Damasceno

      Not as stupid as you might think. For regular use, you are going to be opening all those apps quite often, and, in the end, their loading times are going to make the difference.

      • thereasoner

        Somehow I can’t see how differences as tiny as displayed here are relevant at all. The speeds are so close that they could easily be accounted for just by the fraction of second difference in the touch applied during this “test”.

      • BoardDWorld

        That comparison would be better done after a day or more of uptime.

      • DaBrat

        100% agreed. I would pass on the Note after owning every generation. Unless you manually want to be cleaning caches all day the device and software suck. I am sure the display model was sans that permanent bloat ware samsung and carriers love.

      • Your Mother

        not if those loading times are different by a few milliseconds.

      • HiiPOWERuser

        Still stupid.

    • Steve Norris

      Exactly! Try this after installing NoSlowAnimations from Cydia, by this (dumb) benchmark it makes the iPhone 90% faster….

      • Mike

        I have NoSlowAnimations on my iphone 5s but when I open an app there’s a black sceen that last have a second then goes into the app

      • Eikast

        NoSlowAnimation affects the animation, not the load time of opening an app.

      • 9to5Slavery

        Still if the phone is loading it faster behind the animations then it would be animations problem and the tweak would help

      • sorrento

        Exactly

      • Matt

        Or you can go into the settings (on ios and Android) and turn animations off. And actually, Phonebuff’s speed test of the Note 4 vs the iPhone 6 vs the nexus 6 actually has both phones beat the iPhone by a lot.

      • Your Mother

        so jailbreak the iPhone? we could do the same for the S6, install a custom ROM and watch the iPhone catch fire trying to keep up.

    • Your Mother

      It’s a stupid comparison because it’s just some guy using his thumbs to launch apps.

      there’s nothing technical about it. do this with software and you’ll see a world of difference.

      but hey, I guess this type of test makes you guys feel good about the iPhone.

  • Ara Rezaee

    Comparing how fast the phone app opens? That’s so iPhone 3gs era…

    • Digitalfeind

      That’s what I was thinking. This isn’t 2009 where it takes a few seconds for an app to load fully. The GS6 is practically the same speed in this comparison. I do not like Android and I think it’s stupid to compare speeds between different operating systems.

      • CanadaBC

        Why do you not like android? I am an android user and love the OS. I can also see the merits of the iOS as well. I wouldn’t say I do not like Apple. Just a preference to go with android for its customization. Plus a speed comparison between the two phones is obviously needed since they are in direct competition. According to your comment you think it would be better to compare two iphones?

      • Digitalfeind

        I do not like Android. It’s just not for me. I do not think it is fair to cross compare different OS’s. They are completely different and built for different needs. Much like Macs, Windows, and Linux.

      • CanadaBC

        Yes they are completely different OSs but they are both smart phones. If they are to compete together in the market then they need to be compared. If Android is to compete with iPhone for market share then people have every reason to compare the two. A lot of people when choosing a smart phone don’t care what OS is on the phone as long as it performs well. To be honest when looking at the basic uses of each they are comparable so all that is left is which one is the most efficient and gives the user a smooth interface. Performance is key to this.

  • CollegiateLad

    With all that muscle, shouldn’t the Edge kill the iPhone? These two phones shouldn’t be ‘pretty close’.

    • Haraesh Jayalingam

      The high end specs are there just to get more customers who are unaware of how the hardware and the OS work together. If they had done the same amount of refinement Apple has done with the hardware the Edge might have been a real killer

      • Ismail ‘marco’ Azeem

        optimization in Apple’s hardware and its software is 100 times better than Samsung’s hardware and Android 🙂 thats why iPhones beat Samsung in speed and Benchmark tests

      • QuarterSwede

        And one reason I continue to buy iPhones and not Android phones.

      • Haraesh Jayalingam

        Been using from iPhone 4 and now using the iPhone 6 plus. Never regretted once. Best yet, it’s still works smooth even after all the jailbreak tweaks I’ve got 🙂

      • Mike

        I think iphones are just overpriced. My dad got the iphone 6 plus and its just like my iphone 5s but bigger. They didn’t even spend time making use of the big screen. Other phones like samsung note 4, Lg G3, and Nexus 6 take full use of the screen.

      • Tyler Smith

        they did make use of it though… most apps (stock) have a landscape setting that isnt present on any other model phone. so you’re wrong. good day 🙂

      • Kurt

        Yes it’s a little different but Samsung does big screens best. No one can deny that. But if you are happy with your iPhone there’s nothing wrong with that.

      • kahiri78

        I agreed with this one. In terms of screen, I think Samsung is better than Iphones although the colors seems a bit too saturated on Samsungs for my liking. I really like the ‘natural’ color on my 6+ but hey, some people like the ‘extra saturation’ and some like it ‘natural’.

      • Kurt

        Note 4 has the most accurate (natural) colors of any mobile device. iPhones and iPads are good but their color calibration is off. Chroma is a little low and of course contrast ratio is not anywhere near what the Note 4 can achieve.

      • Nate McKelvie

        If screen size is the only difference you can see between the 6plus and the 5s I assume you are not really a power user. I work with these phones and their accessories for a living, and I find there to be a huge difference in the phones. First and most importantly battery life. The 6 plus has given me the best real usage battery life of any high end smartphone I’ve used and I work with most of them on a daily basis. That for me is one of the most important qualities in a phone seeing as how not much can be done with a dead battery, and most phones including the 5s I would get 3-4 hours battery life max! Second the speed on the 6 plus compared to the 5s is a huge difference, same with the quality of graphics on say a game like Vain glory for example. Open that on a 5s and then on your father’s 6 plus and then tell me screen size is the only difference. The camera also performs a lot better especially in lower light and macro situations. Not to mention the 240 frames per second slow mo or the 60 fps 1080 p video. Also try running an intensive camera/memory usage app such as a 4k video app that records and edits on the 5s compared to the 6 plus, again major difference. I could go on for a while, but you get the gist. As for usage of the bigger screen, it would be nice to have a split screen dual app feature like the notes and Galaxy s5/s6 have.

      • Hot12345

        I also went from the 5s to the 6plus, total nonregretss of it, and if pick my old phone after a whole day of use the iphone 6plus, the 5s looke realy realy small, dont want that anymore small phone.

      • Nate McKelvie

        Yeah I actually didn’t want the bigger size phone until I had it, I only bought 6 plus over the 6 for the battery and features, but now that I have accepted the screen size on my note 4 and 6 plus I don’t think I could go back

      • Richard West

        If you use an iPhone I assume you are not really a power user.

      • CollegiateLad

        A power user? Please explain to me what a smartphone power user is. Admittedly, that’s a badass title. Do you design Spacecraft panels for NASA? Or perform drone strikes on enemy combatants in Syria?

      • Mike

        That would be mostly what I use to do when my HTC HD2. Turning my window 6.5 into android then to window 7 then to miui then to ubuntu then back to android. I have an iphone right now and its very limited. On the HTC HD2 you have the ability to look for custom roms that have different features and design.

      • Nate McKelvie

        And why not? I guess you haven’t really figured out yet that the combination of hardware and software that apple provides lays the groundwork for the most powerful mobile phone there is. Show me one phone that can be made to do more, with more stability, and battery life? Cause i sell them all, have used them all, and none come close. And personally i like the android operating system quite a bit ( maybe even better than iOS but only IF it could be used with hardware the same way apple uses its software with it’s hardware )

      • Richard West

        Okay. Show me how to DL a torrent on the iPhone, or manage your files.

      • Nate McKelvie

        If you can’t figure those two things out, we don’t need to discuss this anymore because you don’t really understand even the basics of how these devices work

      • Richard West

        … Or change the phone dialer, or choose from a wide variety of keyboards, or change your launcher, or choose a device that has good battery life out of the box.

        Apple makes great phones for doing what apple wants you to do.

      • Nate McKelvie

        There is not a phone on the market with actual real use battery life than the iPhone 6 plus. You have been able to use 3rd party keyboards ( out of the box ) since iOS 8 was first released. And if you want all those features you can jailbreak it, making it the most powerful phone available. A jail broken iphone vs a rooted say Galaxy the iPhone kills the Galaxy. And not rooted, the iPhone gives you much more real work capabilities vs gimicky features thrown into make sales. And like I said before I like android better, but the fact that iOS is made to go with the specific hardware in the phone vs a “whatever device you own” with android, iOS works much better

      • Ali G

        That’s exactly what the iPhone 6 plus is gonna seem like. Apple runs the same operating system on all its devices so it’s gonna be the same except bigger and faster and a few other new features

      • Kurt

        Samsung does big screen phones best I have a Note and never would go smaller than 5.7″ as I have now but I’m a tablet guy.

      • z1n

        I’m sure you mean ‘Android designs better software UI for big screens’, which seems to be the opinion you have. There are many very good, large touchscreen displays out there not made by samsung too.

      • Kurt

        No, I clearly meant Samsung. Split screen multi-tasking, one handed typing (same size keyboard as older iphones), s-pen features, etc etc. These are exclusive to Samsung. They do big screens best. No comparison really. Plus they still have the best screen on the market-Note 4

      • Rowan09

        The Note 4 cost the same price as the iPhone.

      • Haraesh Jayalingam

        No argument there 🙂

      • and sales…

      • Kurt

        not really about optimization…its about lack of features. Thats precisely why WP and IOS can run well on low spec devices.

      • CollegiateLad

        I agree!! If iOS and WP had a ton of useless features like eye scroll, tilt to scroll or face unlock(lol), they both will need 8 gigs of ram and an 8 core processor, too.

      • Mike

        I rather have useless features that I can turn on and off than have no features at all 🙂

      • jimmiekain

        Yeah, except that’s not even close to true.

      • kahiri78

        True. I once owned Note 1 & 2 and later switched to Iphones. For me, the real ‘killer’ for Iphones are the optimizations and numerous choices of exclusive apps in the apps store.

      • Haraesh Jayalingam

        Those exclusive apps and the jailbreak are the only things holding me from switching to android. But again everything I want is in the iPhone and iOS so not switching any time soon 🙂

    • Bilal

      iPhone is way bbetter

      • Mike

        coming from a person that can’t spell better….

    • Raanor

      I always think of it as hardware is not the be all end all of a device. A device with half the muscle of another phone could potentially outperform it if the software is written better. It’s a matter of the software and the hardware working well together. Imo because Apple write the software for the iPhone and builds the phones they tend to outperform another device in the same time period even if they have a bit more ‘muscle’ we’ve seen it before in the past.

    • The raw specs alone can’t be used to determine how well a product will perform. I once had a MT6592 2GHz octa-core device running alongside the A6 1.3GHz dual core iPhone 5. On paper, an inexperienced person would conclude that the MT6592 would have a theoretical output of 16GHz, which trounces the total 2.6GHz iPhone, but that isn’t how it works and indeed, the iPhone 5 actually performed faster in tests such as gaming (I used the same games for both devices, with same graphical options).

      I haven’t had the fortune to test the Galaxy S6 yet but it would be interesting to see how it fares in real-world applications rather than pure benchmarks.

    • canjam

      I like iPhone but I don’t need one am into galaxy note 2 best phone at the moment for me

  • jamster440

    The should open apps which are universal, youtube for example.

    • Sleaka J

      Instead he chose apps that people use more often.

    • Fabio Rodrigues

      Most of the apps are not universal, since iOS designed apps have features added earlier than android, facebook messenger, facebook, even youtube

  • leart

    Comparison between iphone and its Chinese clone …

    • Mike

      Acting like apple doesn’t copy…

      • Tyler Smith

        everyone copys everyone these days. everyone has their “first” but it doesn’t matter people will implement it

      • leart

        I’m ex artist now since I’m working on advertising from 16 years, so I had to quit painting, it’s obvious that I hate copies or at last copies of is level .. Sorry for the bad english ..

      • Kurt

        Why quit painting????

      • leart

        For economic reasons obviously, my country was relatively poor in 1997-1999.. I had to start working even before to finish the art academy

      • George

        IOS got every good feature from android and iOS came first. Apple def copies from android.

      • Digitalfeind

        I’d say the jailbreak community.

      • ravinigga

        You got it wrong most features on android came from jb community and later on iOS. But sometimes apple got some feature from android but better

    • Digitalfeind

      Korean.

    • 9to5Slavery

      You mean Korean.

    • @dongiuj

      It’s Korean….

    • davor_radic

      Hmmmmm….I think that Iphone is still made in China

  • ravinigga

    Well they need open heavy games like Asphalt 8.
    Plus diffrents in graphics. I think iOS beats Android with graphics.

    And s6 had i though octa core. Quad core And quad core.

    • Alberto Espinal

      Even if it has a 1000 cores, it still lags and still has Android, eww!

      • ravinigga

        I know i got a new minux player with kodi Well xbmc it is fast quad core etc.

        But on day one just press back really quick mayby give click And it stucks.
        With my Apple tv A5 single core nog lag. But is good device And kodi. Android is cool for illegal stuff And virus etc.14

      • Mike

        I had a android phone that never lagged… If it does you can simply download a launcher for the app store or root your phone and put a custom rom on it. Also the cores and ram are for multitasking and all the features it has. I have an iphone with jailbreak right now which reboots randomly or freezes sometimes which I find worse than a little lagg

    • Correct me if I’m wrong, but I thought the Galaxy S6 uses the big.LITTLE technology that has 8 processor cores, but only has 4 running together at any one time? In which case, it would be difficult to classify the CPU as either quad or octa-core.

      • Mike

        yeah that’s right so it saves battery

      • Then, would that still count as octa-core even if it is only capable of running on 4 cores maximum at any given moment?

  • Bilal

    IPhone 6 all the way suckaas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • nonchalont

    That was a horrible review between the phones. That didn’t prove anything.

    • George

      It didn’t prove what you wanted so its bad.

      • nonchalont

        Pretty much. It didn’t show anything about speed between the phones. Even my 3GS couldve hanged with that test 🙂

  • Cameron

    when i saw the dislike bar, i immediately knew the iPhone must have “won” somewhere.

  • n0ahcruz3

    Compare it by camera, display and battery life. Those are the only ones that matter for consumer perspective.

  • jake kneller

    Look at that 1gb of ram aginst 3gb and the iPhone still wins yes I know how the whole ram thing works in just sick of people haveing on iPhone for havein 1gb the iPhone isnt slow and I haven’t found any problem due to ram on my 6plus

    • Mike

      iphone doesn’t have multitasking. The samsung s6 has multitasking. Multitasking = more ram needed to run more apps at the same time.

  • suttonmontreal

    I don’t know about you guys Apple-Android funboys but it seems that now we are getting into a new era that you want to have at least 2 different phones at once. i used to have only the latest IPhone but now i can’t live without a latest Samsung device too. Both give me stuff that i daily use like for example FaceTime or iMessage on IPhone and also (Jailbrerak) on the other hand Samsung offers me the full potential of Google now even if i have Siri on IPhone google now still a very good feature on Android, wireless charging MTS payment at same time with NFC are great too. Well in my case i don’t have to say that one is better than other because i like both. Good luck with any of this devices you own.

    • juand

      FANboys

      • suttonmontreal

        fixed. Thanks

    • Jeremy Abel

      Exactly !!!!! Why choose? I know at least 10 people including myself that do the exact same thing. The apps that are exclusive to one OS or the other are a big part of our choice to not decide whether to pick between the two. Why not have the best of both worlds?

  • Luke

    First off, touchwiz isn’t the best OS, and we all know it. Let’s just take a moment to really appreciate how Samsung has changed. Personally, I think app opening comparisons between phones are stupid. Different animations, processes and such can make it differ quite a bit. Over all I’m very proud of Samsung and I’ve decided I might switch over to the S6. Tired of all the battery issues on my 5s. I was an apple fanboy, and I still love iDB, but it’s time for change. Even with jailbreaking I still find iOS to be very dull.
    Maybe that’s just me, but we all have opinions.

    • Dan

      I agree, they seem to be going in the right direction. Although I don’t approve of them removing the micro-sd. I’ll wait for further iterations, if it’s a trend, I’ll most likely move to HTC/Sony Xperia, or maybe even Windows Phone 10. Microsoft is really going in a good direction too, exciting times for tech 🙂

      • Kurt

        I can’t wait to see what happens with WP10. Should be great!

    • Hot12345

      Dont switch to Android, why?…. Why?

    • Ali G

      If you’re tired of your iPhone 5S’s battery then switch to a 6 plus. It lasts me the whole day!!

      • Luke

        The 6+ is just a blown up version of the 5s. Same springboard layout, slightly better camera, and it comes with a free bulge in your pocket! Also to mention, the battery isn’t amazing as people say it is. Every time I update my iDevice to a newer iOS, the battery drains faster.

      • Mike

        I would switch to the Samsung Note 4.

        Samsung note 4 > iPhone 6 plus.
        ALL DAY EVERYDAY DAY

    • Kurt

      I switch to the Note 3 when it came out. Never looked back. It’s a far superior phone. Much more capable to even the iPhone 6 Plus that just came out a year after. If you don’t like it, you can always go back. but my sister, and my wife and I would never go back to iPhones.

  • Martynet

    hahaaa.. that is the most silly and embarrasing test I have ever seen.

  • Dan

    Stupid comparison imo. If you’re buying a phone based on how fast apps opens (and as we can see here, there isn’t much difference)…

    Both OS’s (and phones) have their advantages, up to you to decide what’s important to you.

  • Jacobs

    this was a “sthupidest” comparison I ever seen. Don’t even “thry” it again dude! :))

  • @dongiuj

    For me, I’m only concerned about how fast the camera app opens. All other apps I have patience for and don’t talk like a spoilt little child about it taking 0.001 of a second for something to happen. Seriously, some people here must have an attention span of a 1 year old.

  • Bugs Bunnay

    Worst speed test ever. 3 2 1 and it seems I’ve pressed that app a little quicker oddly enough.

  • Ishaan Malhotra

    Samsung has done a good job this time.

  • sorrento

    WhT about the camera ?
    Cause right now the iPhone 6/plus is the best on the market…what about it now ?!?

  • Shaiju Bhaskar

    Download the video and watch it frame by frame. And I guess the reviewer is right handed. Maybe he should make the video again holding the iphone in the left hand.

  • fasih

    Aaaannndddd… Its a tie.

  • Raanor

    That was the stupidest speed comparison video I’ve ever seen. That guy was full of B.S. saying it was tie or which one was faster, not even slowing the frames down. /endrant

  • LOL

    Samsung initially loses with their choice of 16×9 as a photo camera. You will need to make huge crops for most photographs, or stay with highly inbalanced scenes, where you will always need more top.
    Well, samsung is well known for their zero thought politics, so no wonder they can’t fight even with the current talentless apple.

  • Luke

    Really liking the S6 so far because of the camera, and display. The design is alright, not going to complain. I’m also very excited about the ‘double press’ of the home button, which brings up the camera instantly. Gj Samsung, not too shabby.

  • Jay

    Try comparing connection, battery, display, gameplay… etc. The things that people actually want in a phone.

  • Rodney Coleman

    Lmao… Seriously?? You got a iPhone with more stuff on it and a fresh Samsung device with 0 things on it. And Apple iPhone still keeping up?? Imagine when the photo app is full and just like Samsung it takes then forever to load the photos.

  • Dante Arellano

    But how can we forget the stupid comparation of samesung and apple iphone =premium materials+sofware ios

    Galaxo= some king of retro copy of old generations of iphone+the same crappy os than even samesung dont want it any more

    Should i make a line over night or a week early in my retailer store waiting for the galaxo 6s or s6
    I guess i going to wait till the galaxo comes in side of my favorite cereal or get it in exchange of my old vacum cleaner and 99 cents in walmart

  • kahiri78

    I think its better to wait for the actual product for review and do the comparison, rather than playing with the display model and do a ‘rush’ comparison just to ‘become the first to do it’ on the net.

    That said, I bought the 6+ in November and couldn’t be happier with my purchase. But then, I tested the Note Edge at shop and I was quite suprise that I actually kinda like the curvy screen, although in terms of physical look the phone not looking attractive (to me). I bet the S6 Edge would feel the same but the only ‘issue’ now how much will it cost? The Note Edge is very expensive and I bet The 6 Edge won’t get any cheaper than the Note version.