Apple iPhone 6s Plus (front) and Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+. Credit: Brian Sacco
In the market for a "phablet"? Or maybe you’re just curious about these phone-tablet hybrids. In either case, you're probably aware of both the new Apple iPhone 6s Plus and Samsung's Galaxy S6 (GS6) edge+. The two smartphones are perhaps the most popular, high-end phablets on the market. However, despite the shared letter "s," numeral "6" and "plus" in their names, they have little else in common.
I purchased my iPhone 6s Plus two weeks ago, the day it was released, and I've been using the GS6 edge+ for more than two months. After a couple of weeks of side-by-side use, a number of notable strengths and weakness stand out for each grande smartphone.
The following six sections detail the features, functionality and other options I miss most when I switch from the iPhone 6s Plus to my GS6 edge+.
This post is not a review, and it is not designed to suggest the iPhone is a "better" smartphone than Samsung's curvy new phablet. I found lots of ways the GS6 edge+ outshines the iPhone, and you can read the details in my companion post, "6 Things Galaxy S6 edge+ does that iPhone 6s Plus can't."
Things Apple iPhone 6s Plus does that Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ can't
1) iPhone 6s Plus has 3D Touch, Galaxy S6 edge+ has widgets
Apple's new 3D Touch technology is one of the most unique and valuable features in its new iPhones. It lets you apply different levels of pressure to the iPhone display to trigger different functions. You can, for example, press and hold the native Camera icon to open a pop-up menu that lets you quickly access the rear, front (or selfie), and video cameras, which takes less time than swiping through camera modes after you open the app. And 3D Touch lets you preview new messages in the Mail app with a light press of the screen, then open up full preview with a more forceful press, among other things.
Apple also offers a 3D Touch API, so third-party developers can build associated features into their apps. Each day, I check the App Store for application updates that enable new 3D Touch features in my favorite apps. It took me a while to adjust to the new input method, but now I constantly use the 3D Touch features in many of Apple's native apps, and also in Instagram, Swarm and others.
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