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6 Things Galaxy S6 edge+ does that iPhone 6s Plus can't

Al Sacco | Oct. 12, 2015
Samsung's Galaxy S6 edge+ and the Apple iPhone 6s Plus are two of the hottest 'phablets' available today, and though both smartphones are worthy options for discerning gadget geeks, each has distinct strengths and weaknesses. Here are six ways the GS6 edge+ beats the iPhone 6s Plus.

The iPhone 6s Plus really doesn't offer anything quite like the GS6 edge+'s Edge screen features — and neither does any other phone on the market, for that matter.

2) Galaxy S6 edge+, iPhone 6s Plus and wireless charging

The GS6 edge+ supports today's two major wireless charging standards: the Wireless Power Consortium's (WPC) "Qi" (say: chee) standard, and the Power Matters Alliance (PMA) standard. The iPhone 6s Plus doesn't support wireless charging at all, at least not without some sort of adapter.

samsung galaxy S6 wireless charging
Credit: Brian Sacco

That means you can use any Qi- or PMA-compatible charging accessory to power up your GS6 edge Plus, while you're stuck using Apple's Lightning cords (or Lightning cords from third parties) when charging the iPhone 6s Plus.

If you're not used to wireless charging, you won't miss it. However, once you purchase a few charging pads, and place them in your office, by your bedside, or on an end table in your living room, the thought of constantly plugging and unplugging a cord just seems … antiquated. And as more and more retailers, restaurants, hotels, airports, automobile makers and others start to support wireless, power cords will only become more loathsome.

3) GS6 edge+, Samsung Pay and MST vs. iPhone 6s Plus and Apple Pay

Both the GS6 edge+ and iPhone 6s Plus support a number of mobile wallets and mobile payment services, namely Samsung Pay on the GS6 edge+ and Apple Pay on the iPhone. Third-party offerings, including Google Wallet and LevelUp, also exist to let you pay on the go.

However, Samsung Pay gives the GS6 edge+ a distinct advantage over other mobile payment services and additional smartphones. Samsung's service uses magnetic secure transmission (MST) technology, in addition to near field communications (NFC), for wireless payments, while Apple Pay relies solely on NFC. Unlike NFC, which requires a specific type of modern PoS terminal, MST "is accepted at nearly all payment terminals with a card reader," according to Samsung, though some terminals will require software updates.

samsung pay 
Credit: REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

I've used Samsung Pay without any issues at a few random retailers that definitely didn't support Apple Pay — though I get receive some skeptical stares when I explained how it worked to clerks who were unaware. The payment experience isn't quite as seamless as Apple Pay (you have to actually wake the device up to use Samsung Pay instead of just tapping it against a terminal), and one of my banks still doesn't support Samsung's service. But overall, MST support makes Samsung Pay a more viable, and reliable, mobile payment option.

 

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