Look and feel
LCD TAKES ON AMOLED. METAL AND PLASTIC TAKE ON ‘CERAMIC’. WHICH DEVICE NAILS IT?
iPhone 6 The most obvious change here is Apple’s embrace of larger screens. Out goes the fourinch Retina Display of the 5S and in comes a big 4.7 inches of Retina Display HD.
As with the identically-sized Alpha, that’s HD as in 720p, rather than 1080p – what is this, 2008? – with a resolution of 1134x768 or 326ppi.
While the screen looks dandy in isolation, with its icons seemingly floating just under the glass, put it next to a full-HD phone such as the HTC One (M8) and you will see a difference in sharpness – odd, given that Apple pretty much established screen resolution as a key selling point.
On the other hand, our comparison is with the Alpha and in terms of resolution, colour and overall quality, this more or less matches that.
Where it wins out, however, is in terms of feel – it’s just that bit more high-end.
Galaxy Alpha When it comes to screen size, Samsung has made the opposite journey to Apple, eschewing the very large and enormous, respectively, displays on the Galaxy S5 and Note 3 for a 4.7-inch, 720p/312ppi package.
The iPhone 6 screen is a little more high-res than the Alpha’s then, but the main differentiator is that Samsung uses Super AMOLED rather than LCD. As a result, blacks are really crisp and colours extremely vibrant – though you can adjust the colour tone to your own preference if you find them popping too much. As a handy side effect, AMOLED is kinder on the battery, too.
Design-wise, the Galaxy Alpha is the most gorgeous phone Samsung has ever created, but it’s not in the same league as the Apple due to its plastic back – though, on the other hand, that probably does aid its mobile reception.
This is Apple’s thinnestever phone, and it uses the same ceramic-like material as the iPad Air, making it a truly tactile treat. As noted before, it feels thinner than the Alpha, though it’s not.
The Alpha doesn’t sit in the hand as nicely as the iPhone, nor does it feel as pleasing. Samsung’s AMOLED screen
is more ‘poppy’ than Apple’s LCD, but perhaps
slightly less sharp. The Galaxy Alpha now has a sturdier build than the S5, with a stylish metallic band around the edge. The removable plastic back is less plush, but does mean you can swap the battery if you wish.
iPhone 6 Slimmed down