Battle of the smartphones

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Juliette Guice '17

Amidst the releases of Apple’s iPhone 6 and Samsung’s Galaxy S5, members of the Convent of the Sacred Heart community analyze which smartphone is, in fact, smarter.
Students are enthusiastic about the iPhone 6’s sleeker design and the relocation of the power switch to the side of the phone. What distinguishes the iPhone 6 from Apple’s past models is the phone’s larger and thinner appearance, according to phonearena.com. The device also has a higher resolution and credit card accessibility with the addition of Touch ID, Apple’s new fingerprint authentication technology. 

Juliette Guice '17
Juliette Guice ’17

However, these changes make the iPhone strikingly similar to Samsung’s Galaxy S5, one of Apple’s rivals.
Some students criticize the increased length, width and weight of both devices, noting that these make the phones inconvenient.
“I like the size of the iPhone 5 better than the iPhone 6’s and the Galaxy S5. I don’t understand why the Galaxy and the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are so large,” sophomore Helen Rail said.
Both devices are available for $200 with a two-year contract and $650 with no contract. For these prices, customers can purchase an iPhone 6 with a 4.7-inch or 5.5-inch screen, or a Samsung Galaxy with a 5.1-inch screen.
“I like how there are two sizes, because there’s options for a smaller or larger phone. Personally, I think the 6 Plus is too large and impractical, but I can see how many people believe that Apple was inspired by the Galaxy S5’s size,” freshman Sammy Clark said.
Apple also competes with Samsung in processing speed technology. Despite Apple’s efforts to add a faster phone processing speed, the Galaxy S5’s is still superior to that of the iPhone 6, according to digitaltimes.com.
Although Apple’s processing speed does not rival Samsung’s, the iPhone 6 has a larger capability of web browsing. In a test conducted by anandtech.com,  Apple’s iPhone 6 had 13.7 hours of web browsing, while the Samsung Galaxy S5 only had 10.2 hours. Apple’s device also has the ability to increase screen brightness.
– Juliette Guice, Staff Writer