Fi­nal ver­dict

TWO GREAT SMART­PHONES THAT SUM UP HOW THOR­OUGHLY SPLEN­DID TECH CAN BE. BUT IF YOU’RE ONLY GONNA BUY ONE OF ’EM…

Australian T3 - - OPINION -

It’s an un­en­vi­able task, try­ing to de­cide be­tween a top-end Sam­sung Galaxy phone and a new Ap­ple iPhone. It’s harder than ever here be­cause with the 6 and the Al­pha, the brands have con­verged in terms of size, shape and looks.

There can only be one win­ner, though, and for us that’s the iPhone 6. While Ap­ple’s de­vice might not be the best in many cat­e­gories – es­pe­cially when you’re talk­ing raw megapix­els and gi­ga­hertz – it is very strong in ALL ar­eas. As such it’s a highly im­pres­sive pack­age and also a more com­plete re­design than its Sam­sung ri­val, with a laser fo­cus on the things that mat­ter. The Al­pha, though su­perb, is more a self-con­sciously pre­mium ‘remix’ of the S5. Now granted, the 32GB Al­pha’s RRP is $70 less than the 16GB iPhone, but we think the iPhone 6 is worth the ex­tra out­lay. Con­firmed An­droid fans may well dis­agree with our ver­dict, but that’s how we’re call­ing it. Un­til next time, then…

iPHONE 6

■ 16GB, $869 ■ 64GB, $999 ■ 128GB, $1,129 ap­ple.com/au

GALAXY AL­PHA

■ 32GB, $799 sam­sung.com/au

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