iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S6: best phone, best plans


WhistleOut
01 May 2015

When it comes to smartphones, it seems 6 is the magic number. Both Apple and Samsung have managed to reignite the passion of fans with their best phone this year: the Apple iPhone 6 and the Samsung Galaxy S6.

Both phones are significantly redesigns, compared with previous models, and both have raced to the top of the ‘Most Popular’ charts across the WhistleOut network. So, which is best and which is right for you?

Before we dive into the technical nitty gritty, let’s take a look at whether one is more aggressively priced on carrier plans.

Total Monthly Plan Costs incl. Handset Repayments

$55 Plan
$550 value + 1GB
$70 Plan
$700 value + 2.5GB
$95 Plan
$950 value + 6GB
$130 Plan
Unlimited calls + 10GB
Apple iPhone 6 16GB $85 $94 $99 $130
Go to Telstra
Samsung Galaxy S6 32GB $80 $84 $95 $130
Go to Telstra

$40 Plan
Unlimited calls + 500MB
$60 Plan
Unlimited calls + 3GB
$80 Plan
Unlimited calls + 6GB
$100 Plan
Unlimited calls + 10GB
Apple iPhone 6 16GB $73 $82 $87 $100
Go to Optus
Samsung Galaxy S6 32GB $65 $76 $80 $100
Go to Optus

$60 Plan
Unlimited calls + 3GB
$70 Plan
Unlimited calls + 4GB
$80 Plan
Unlimited calls + 8GB
$100 Plan
Unlimited calls + 12GB
Apple iPhone 6 16GB $80 $85 $89 $109
Go to Vodafone
Samsung Galaxy S6 32GB $76 $81 $83 $100
Go to Vodafone

$60 Plan
Unlimited calls + 3GB
$70 Plan
Unlimited calls + 5GB
$80 Plan
Unlimited calls + 7GB
$100 Plan
Unlimited calls + 10GB
Apple iPhone 6 16GB $75 $80 $85 $102
Go to Virgin
Samsung Galaxy S6 32GB $73 $78 $80 $100
Go to Virgin
* Some plan inclusions show bonus data and are subject to change

As you can see see from the plan information above, the Galaxy S6 is cheaper (or the same price) as the iPhone 6 across all Telco plans -- by an average of about $5 per month.

Keep in mind that $5 per month adds up to $120 more over the life of a 24-month contract.

In some case it is even more, like where we compare plan prices for the Optus $40 and $60 Plans, and the difference is up to $8 per month, or $96 in total.

How do the phones compare?

Like comparing a Ferrari and Lamborghini, both the iPhone 6 and the Galaxy S6 are the cream of the crop. Despite the difference in price you can see above, there is very little separating them in terms of what they can do and how good they both look and feel.

There are a number of differences that could sway you one way or the other, most importantly that the iPhone runs on Apple's iOS software, while Samsung makes use of Google's Android OS. This means different App Stores, and in some cases, different apps. It also determines how you use your phone (where apps are located, how you change the phone's settings, etc), but nowadays iOS and Android have more in common features than unique ones.

Samsung Galaxy S6
Apple iPhone 6
  • 4G Ready
  • 5.1-inch QHD screen
  • Octo-core processor
  • 16-megapixel camera
  • 32/64/128GB storage options
  • Android OS
Galaxy S6 Plans
  • 4G Ready
  • 4.7-inch Retina screen
  • Apple A8 processor
  • 8-megapixel camera
  • 16/64/128GB storage options
  • Apple iOS
iPhone 6 Plans

So, the winner is?

If you haven't already invested in either the iOS or Android platforms (i.e. you haven't bought dozens of apps, music or movies on one or the other), then the Samsung Galaxy S6 is a better choice this year.

You will save a little bit of money each month and you will get a little more phone for your money -- a larger screen, a slightly better camera and double the storage on the base 32GB model.

Samsung's phone also comes with extras like a fingerprint scanner and a built-in heart rate monitor, though whether or not these are value-adding extras is up to you.


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