iPhone SE vs. Galaxy S6 vs. iPhone 6S: Flagships vs. 4-incher Newbie

Apple launched the iPhone SE last month and the phone has been selling well in some countries and not-so-well in others. Either way, the much-asked-for 4-incher iPhone has received praises from all over the world for offering the best iPhone specs till date in a small and more affordable package than the iPhone 6S.

But should you really buy the iPhone SE instead of the iPhone 6S? Or should you actually choose the Samsung Galaxy S6 instead? Let’s do a quick comparison of the major aspects.

iPhone SE vs. Galaxy S6 vs. iPhone 6S

iphone se
iPhone SE

Design and Display

Even though the design of the iPhone SE has been lifted straight from the iPhone 5S and might look a bit old, it is a tried and tested shell and is perfectly comfortable to hold in your hands. Meanwhile, the iPhone 6S isn’t too large either and gets a slimmer, smoother, and curvier shell which is equally wonderful to hold. Lastly, the Samsung Galaxy S6 is the largest of them all, but surprisingly enough, the phone doesn’t feel too large, thanks to the tall, slim design that looks really, really good.

As for the display, the iPhone SE gets a 4-inch screen with a resolution of 640 x 1136 pixels. The iPhone 6S gets a 4.7-inch 750 x 1334 pixels screen. But the best-looking and brightest of them all is the 5.1-inch 1440 x 2560 pixels screen in the Galaxy S6.

Processor and Memory

The iPhone SE and the iPhone 6S get the same dual-core 1.84 GHz A9 CPU, which makes the SE feel faster and snappier than the 6S. Both the iPhones get 2 GB of RAM, and while the SE gets a 16 GB and a 64 GB variant, the 6S also offers a 128 GB version.

About the Galaxy S6, the phone is powered by the company’s own Exynos 7420 octa-core processor clocked at up to 2.1 GHz. The phone gets 3 GB of RAM and is no less than the iPhone in terms of performance if you want an Android phone.

Samsung Galaxy S6
Samsung Galaxy S6

Camera and Battery

Again, the iPhone SE and the iPhone 6S get the same camera at the back. It’s a 12 MP snapper with f/2.2 aperture, PDAF, and dual-LED flash. It can record 4K videos and Live Photos and is one of the best smartphone cameras in the market right now. The iPhone 6S gets a 5MP front camera but the SE gets a 1.2MP front camera.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 gets a 16MP camera at the back with f/1.9 aperture and competes strongly with the iPhone 6S. However, the S6 also gets OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation) for smoother video recording, while OIS is present only in the iPhone 6S Plus. It is also argued that the S6 takes slightly better low-light photos than the iPhone 6S.

As for the battery, the S6 gets a 2550mAh juicer that can go on till the end of the day on normal usage. The iPhone 6S has a 1715mAh battery that needs to be charged twice a day for normal use. Surprisingly, the iPhone SE gets only a 1624mAh battery but runs for one whole day easily, maybe due to the smaller screen.

Extra Features

All these phones get NFC for Apple Pay or Samsung Pay and come with fingerprint sensors. Nothing else special to talk about.

Verdict

If you strictly want a 4-inch phone and like the UI in the iOS, then close your eyes and pick up the iPhone SE as it comes with the internals of the iPhone 6S. If you want a larger screen and a slimmer, newer design, then go for the 6S. But if you are more comfortable with Android, the Galaxy S6 would be the perfect choice.

Which one are you buying?