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Samsung Galaxy S6 vs. S6 Edge vs. Apple iPhone 6It's a battle of the 6s in this triple-threat smartphone matchup. Is the Galaxy S6 the first great phone of 2015? Or will the iPhone 6 reign supreme? Let's get it on!
[MUSIC] What's up prize fight fans? I'm Brian Tong and get ready for the battle of the sixes. It's a prize fight punch out between the Samsung Galaxy S6, the Galaxy S6 Edge and the iPhone 6. It's 666, who's the beast of this battle. Our judges for this fight our Senior Editor Jessica, the people, Dolcourt, Associate Editor Lynn, oh la la, La, and you know who, ring a ling a ding Tong. We'll take all three judges scores and average them out to the nearest tenth each round, the final prize fight score will be an average of all round. Using the same system. Let's get it on, round 1 is design. Taking a page from Apple, Samsung brings their first ever all metal and glass body, and the result is the best looking Galaxy S6 phone we've ever seen. The S6 Edge takes that one step further with a screen that goes to the edges. It's new curves create some glares that might be distracting, it's sharper on the edges but it's also easier to grip. The iPhone 6 is still the slimmest of the bunch, with the tightest design you'll find on a phone, but its aluminum surface makes it a lot more slippery to hold without a case. We're giving the Galaxy S6 and the iPhone 6 a 4.5, but the Edge stands out with a 4.8. And is a design we've never seen, and we love it. Next round of Navigation & User Interface. [MUSIC] Less touch whizzes more when it comes to new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. The overall OS design is cleaner and flatter. You'll see more of the material design influences when you're flipping through apps. And you'll still get the same level of Android customization in settings. It's the best touch whiz to date, but it can still do more to tone it down. And let's not forget about double tapping the home button to get to the camera. In addition, the SX Edge gives you quick access to your contacts with a swipe. And notifications on the edge, but that's about it. Now, IOS is still the easiest to pick up and play, and that can't be understated. It has the flattest and simplest look between the phone. And if you're in the ecosystem, it's seamless. This one comes down to the user and its features versus simplicity, but also ends up in a three-way tie as 4.2-points apiece. Round 3 of Features. The S6 and S6 Edge are packed with everything from a new fingerprint scanner that's more reliable, a higher end 64bit Exynos octa-core processor, a larger 5.1 inch screen, with a high resolution and Samsung payable handle mobile payments in the future. Yes, they've sacrificed the removable battery and expandable memory for their best designed phone to date that also has wireless charging, software features like Google Now, split screen mode, and gestures. Now the Edge adds a few more functions on top of this all and clearly these phones are stacked. Now we'll wait and see what Apple does next but from a feature and hardware standpoint, it's no chump. But, other than Apple Pay, which has been the most successful mobile payment platform to date, it pretty much trails behind the new Galaxy S6. The iPhone gets a 4.2, the Galaxy S6 gets a 4.5, and the S6 Edge gets a little more with a 4.7. After averaging three rounds, it's the Edge with the lead. Round four is cameras. Cameras count when it comes to phones and the S6 and the S6 Edge both bring a 16 megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization and 4K video capture. You'll also get shooting modes galore, but the proof is in the pudding and the S6 and S6 Edge took pictures that were sharper and had a little more pop with vibrant colors that weren't over saturated. Now the iPhone's 8 megapixel rear camera. Still can't be beat for its color, accuracy and white balance. We like its easy interface for switching between modes. And it also performs better in low light and night shots. But, when you look at both of the results side by side, we prefer the images of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge and the iPhone's 1.2 megapixel front facing camera can't even compete with the Galaxy's five megapixel wide angle lens. S6 and S6 Edge both get a 4.8, and the iPhone 6 gets a 4.5. Next round is performance. [MUSIC] Both of these phones are snappy performers, and we didn't see any major issues. The real difference maker here is battery life. Based on our CNET battery video drain test, the S6 clocked in at a respectable 12.4 hours. The Edge kicks it up a notch with a 13 and a half battery life, while the iPhone 6 came in at a good, but not great, 10.6 hours of juice. The S6 Edge takes this round with a 4.3. And the final round that decides it all is value. [MUSIC] The entry level, 32 gig, Galaxy S6 is pretty much the same price. As a 32 gig iPhone 6 at $199 with a two year contract. Buying it off-contract could cost more or less depending on carrier. Now, the s6 Edge is asking for a higher price, at $100 more, but you'll need to. You decide if it's worth that much. We lean towards, not really. The one big thing the iPhone 6 has going for it is ridiculous resell value that holds over time and makes it a worthy investment. So, we're giving both the. And the iPhone 6, a four point five. And the S6 Edge gets a four. So let's average out all six rounds, and in a triple threat match like this, it's clear, the iPhone 6 is still worthy, but it's now behind the first rate phone of 2015, with the Galaxy S6. An S6 Edge. The iPhone gets a 4.3. The S6 gets a 4.5 and an S6 Edge also gets a 4.5. But we're not leaving without a winner, and when we break it down to a 100th of a point, the S6 Edge lives up to its name and just edges out the S6, 4.6 to 4.45. And is your Prizefight winner. I'm Brian Tong. Thanks for watching, and we'll catch you all next time for another Prizefight. [MUSIC]