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6 things Samsung Galaxy S6 does that iPhone 6 can't

Al Sacco | April 6, 2015
Samsung and Apple are the undisputed kings of the smartphone world, and both own right about 20 percent of the global market, according to recent research from IDC. Apple and the iPhone beat out Samsung and its seemingly endless array of handhelds in total sales to end users for the first time during the final quarter of last year, thanks in no small part to the white-hot market reception of both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Android's Lollipop Smart Lock features are not unique to the Galaxy S6 — other newish Android devices also offer variations of Smart Lock, including a unique "face unlock" option that's absent from the GS6s — but you won't find anything like them in the iPhone 6. (Certain IT policies may block the use of Smart Lock on corporate connected devices, so if you use Android for work, you may not be able to take advantage of Smart Lock.)

4) Samsung Galaxy S6 customization and personalization

One of the most significant differences between iOS and Android, and the iPhone and GS6, is the level of control owners have over customization and personalization. Apple lets you pick your wallpaper and lock screen images, add select widgets to a "Today screen," and you can organize your applications (in rigidly arranged rows) and related alerts the way you want them. But that's about it. Android, on the other hand, offers many more customization options.

I could fill 10 pages with minute customization options in Android, but these three stand out to me, and you won't find any of them in the iPhone — at least not unless you "jailbreak" it.

It's a personal pet peeve how iOS lets you move applications and folders around your home screen, but if you place one of them somewhere random, instead of next to the last app or folder in a row, the OS moves your selection out of place and back into order. With Android, and the GS6, you can put apps and folders wherever you want them. For example, if you want only two apps on a home panel, and you prefer one in the top left corner and another in the bottom right, that's your prerogative — Android is OK with that. Apple isn't having it, however, so don't even to try to sort apps out of order on an iPhone.

Another nice touch in the Android software for GS6 is the capability to change the color of app folders, so they match or complement your wallpaper or theme.

Speaking of themes, Samsung's Theme Store lets you download "skins" that change the look and feel of Android with custom graphics, icon sets and other navigation elements. The store doesn't offer many options right now, but it will likely bulk up during the coming months.

Again, these are just a few examples. Bottom line: The GS6 fosters personalization while the iPhone seems to stifle it.

5) Galaxy S6 Power Saving Mode, Ultra Power Saving Mode

The GS6 devices have two different power saving modes designed to extend the battery life of your device and give you more control over the apps and services that drain power when you're running low.

 

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