Some of the obvious features that distinguished the Galaxy S5 from the iPhone 5s - the plastic body, removable battery, and microSD card support - are gone in the new glass and metal S6. At the same time, the iPhone 6 with its larger screen and support for NFC adds features that had previously been associated with the Galaxy range. So when it comes to specs, how do they match up?
But below is a non-exhaustive lists of the specs of both devices. I've tried to boil this down to the elements most interesting to a business audience, so any omissions are mine. You can find much greater detail on the specs of the iPhone 6 here and Galaxy S6 here.
It's also worth noting that Apple's handset was unveiled in September last year (check out the gallery of pictures from the launch at the bottom of this page) and Samsung's top of the range device isn't going on sale until next month, so we're not directly comparing like-with-like here.
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Samsung Galaxy S6
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So what does it all mean?
Firstly, it's worth pointing out that specs do still matter. The quality of the screen, the quality of the cameras, and the power of the chip will make a big difference to the overall experience. But as these two flagship devices start to resemble each other more and more, hardware is becoming less of a differentiator.
As the specs converge, it's also hard to see where the next big thing in hardware is going to come from right now, as there are no longer obvious areas that are lacking. Probably the jump in iPhone screen size was the biggest change for the foreseeable future, assuming Apple sticks to its cadence of big release followed by modest update, and assuming no one chooses to incorporate a selfie-stick soon.
Instead the trend for the ecosystems and apps to provide the bulk of the innovation will continue. Or, to put it another way, all of the fundamental technology elements are now in place - the next stage is building services around them. The smartphone has now entirely replaced the PC as the centre of our digital lives.
For example, Samsung is adding its own payment system with the S6 in an attempt to catch up with Apple Pay, while both vendors are doubling down on wearables and fitness monitoring.
I'd also expect to see more of a focus on productivity as the smartphone grabs more responsibility from the PC, which is where something like Microsoft's apps play becomes more interesting, as does Samsung's effort to streamline the software on the S6.
What do you think are the most interesting differences between the two? Which element do you think is most important and which has the edge? Let me know in the reader comments below.
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