I recently discarded my old smartphone in favor of a Samsung Galaxy S4, and I’m thrilled with it. Looking at the iPhone 6 specs, I wonder if the people who lined up to buy one had looked at the other options. The Samsung Galaxy S4, and its successor, the Galaxy S5, are better smartphones by miles, though some prominent online reviewers insist that the iPhone 6 is the “best smartphone on the market.” Huh?
Please note that this article addresses the iPhone 6, not the iPhone 6 Plus, which also doesn’t compare favorably to its closest competitor, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Here’s why my Samsung Galaxy S4 is better than the iPhone 6.
1. MicroSD card support. Both the Samsung Galaxy S4 and iPhone 6 offer onboard memory options starting at 16 GB, but you can insert up to a 64 GB microSD card into a Galaxy S4, adding more room for your videos and pictures. Apple pushes you to use iCloud – yes, the same iCloud that was famously hacked last month, revealing private photos from celebrities’ accounts. You can certainly use cloud storage on a Samsung phone, and I highly recommend Dropbox or Google Drive for backing up your media files. You don’t have to depend on it for your picture and video storage, though, since you can add more space to a Galaxy S4, and there’s no guarantee that any cloud storage service won’t be broken into at some point.
2. Larger screen, same size phone. My Samsung Galaxy S4 weighs 4.59 ounces, measures 5.38″ by 2.74″ by .31″ and sports a 5″ HD display. An iPhone 6 measures 5.44″ by 2.64″ by .27″ and offers a 4.7″ screen. With the 4.55-ounce iPhone 6, you get a phone roughly the same size as the Samsung Galaxy S4 that has a smaller screen. The scant .3″ difference doesn’t seem like much, but in screen real estate terms, it may look larger than you’d think.
3. Higher screen resolution. Apple touts the impressive screen resolution of 1334 by 750 pixels on its iPhone 6, yet my Samsung Galaxy S4 features 1920 by 1080 pixels. True, there’s more to a screen than its resolution, but it does count for a lot and also figures prominently in the iPhone 6’s marketing materials.
4. Significantly lower price. My Galaxy S4 was free when I re-upped my two-year mobile contract. So, I paid nothing upfront, I didn’t wait in line because I bought the Galaxy S4 online and I got a better smartphone than the crowds at the Apple stores vying for a new iPhone 6. They’d also pay at least $200 for the device when they finally made it to the counter.
5. Better camera and camcorder. It’s true that megapixels don’t tell the whole story, but it’s worth noting that both iPhone 6 models carry an 8 MP rear-facing camera, 1.2 MP front-facing camera, 1080p HD camcorder rear-facing and 720p front-facing. My Galaxy S4 sports a 13 MP rear-facing camera, 2 MP front-facing camera and 1080p HD video recording for both front and rear facing.
6. User replaceable battery. If the battery in your Galaxy S4 phone suddenly starts to drain too quickly, chances are pretty good that the problem is something other than the battery, such as an app that sucks an abnormal amount of power. However, should your S4 battery truly need replaced, fear not, since you can buy a new battery and insert it yourself. Batteries on iPhones require professional replacement, at a much higher cost than if you could swap it on your own.
7. It won’t break in half. My Galaxy S4 spends much of its time in my front pants pocket, and I feel confident that it’ll never bend or snap in half like iPhone 6 devices apparently can. The iPhone 6 apparently requires instructions for putting it into your pants pocket without breaking or bending it. That seems wrong.
I don’t mean to imply that the iPhone 6 isn’t a nice phone, since it probably is, but it still doesn’t match the specs of Samsung’s flagship phone from last year.