Design – Style vs Practicality
In recent years Apple and Samsung have been criticised for doing little to overhaul the design of their ranges while the likes of HTC, LG and Motorola have significantly upped their game. 2014 was the year Apple finally made major changes while Samsung didn’t. So this should be an easy win – right? Not so fast.
While looks are always subjective, based purely on visuals, the iPhone 6 certainly easily has the edge. I’m not a big fan of the large top and bottom bezels that still reside on the iPhone 6, but its beautifully chamfered edges and matt aluminium unibody back and edges really stand out compared to the glossy metal edges on the Galaxy S5 and its controversial faux leather plastic back.
|Galaxy S5 is not that much bigger than the iPhone 6|
Galaxy S5 – 142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm (5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 in) and 145 g (5.11 oz)
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But look more closely and it isn’t quite the cakewalk it might appear. The protruding camera on the back of the iPhone 6 clearly isn’t loved at Apple HQ as it was Photoshopped off official press shots and here the equally protruding, but centrally aligned Galaxy S5 camera looks more balanced.
Furthermore the Galaxy S5 remains the far more practical handset. Being smaller, the iPhone 6 doesn’t suffer from its slippery finish and lack of palm-friendly ergonomics as much as the iPhone 6 Plus but – despite being larger and thicker – the Galaxy S5’s grippy texture and more accentuated curves actually make it nicer and easier to hold.
|iPhone 6 has the more premium finish|
Ultimately most people picking up both phones in a shop are likely to favour the iPhone 6, but when it comes to living with both long term it is an extremely close call.