WHO’S GOT THE POWER? AND WHO CAN GO ON ALL DAY AND ALL OF THE NIGHT?
iPhone 6 The iPhone 6 has had a big upgrade to its CPU, with the A8 chip now providing more power but with less of an impact on battery. However, it’s only dualcore, and there’s just 1GB of RAM.
The curious thing about iPhones is that despite hardware that isn’t bleeding-edge on paper, in terms of real-life use they still always really impress – it’s probably a function of Apple making both the hardware and the OS, so they’re more efficiently integrated. That’s the case with the 6, which usually doesn’t feel slower than its Galaxy rival, despite the spec sheet suggesting otherwise.
The new processor also improves on the notoriously poor battery life of the iPhone 5S. Combined with the larger power pack, it means you won’t be putting your phone down fully charged only to pick it up again an hour later to find the battery bar suspiciously reduced.
Galaxy Alpha …However, it’s hard to beat raw power and, with a blazing octacore Exynos CPU and 2GB of RAM, the Alpha has plenty of that – especially when it’s pushing the lean Android OS.
As a result, scrolling is noticeably smoother on the Samsung Galaxy Alpha than on the iPhone, and we suspect it’ll remain future-proofed against envelope-pushing game devs for longer.
And what about the idea of being able to dump the charger for a little bit longer? Despite having the same quoted battery life for talk time – though talking is low on the list of many smartphone users’ priorities – the Alpha goes slightly easier on the battery than the iPhone, even in heavy use.
That’s testament to how cleverly the Alpha manages its eight cores, with those employed to shift polygons in graphically-demanding games powering down when you’re using the kitchen timer.
Better battery Apple knew it had to do something about the iffy stamina of previous iPhones. It did, thanks to a more efficient operating system/ processor combo and larger battery pack.
Galaxy Alpha In terms of performance, these two phones are pretty closely matched, but the Alpha’s
better battery life and more-powerful-on-paper processor give it the edge
in this department.
Speed king The Alpha is really rather swift, whether you’re browsing, gaming or videoediting on the go. Thanks to clever power management it’s also got even better stamina than the iPhone too.