FOR colours that pop in photos, video and on your display, Samsung's Galaxy S6 is a clear leader in the smart phone race.

We've been putting the S6 to the test for the past couple of months after a lengthier trial of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus.

It's fair to say that it's a very tough choice between the two.

I'm a big fan of the bigger format iPhone, which I find great for dealing with endless emails, surfing the web and watching Netflix in my downtime.

There are areas where the iPhone wins hands down, including in quality and consistency of apps, battery life, and more recently, integration with the Apple Watch.

Previously, I haven't been a big fan of the Samsung's interface.

Being a long-time Apple user, I've found it harder to use.

But not this time.

The S6 is so similar to the iPhone in many ways - and certainly better when it comes to things like screen appearance, taking and editing photos, that I could easily make the change.

Taking videos and photos at night, I was stunned by the quality achieved in low light.

Even in a room that to the naked eye appeared almost black, it was able to pick up faces lined along a long table of guests celebrating a birthday.

Children performing in a night-time concert were captured in the most vivid of colours.

Tests by other gadget reviewers have come up with some interesting ironies.

The S6 photographs apples better than the iPhone 6 namesake, though some would argue that Apple's photos are a little more true to life.

As a keen mobile photographer, I loved the range of shooting modes with the S6.

There's auto, pro, selective focus, panorama, slow motion and virtual shot.

Pro mode allows you to adjust exposure, ISO, white balance, as well as use settings like serene, soft, nostalgic, vivid, and breezy.

The vivid setting was stunning.

Photos just popped out the screen. Walking through a rainforest and taking photos of a waterfall, I achieved better results than I have with an SLR.

The virtual shot mode, which you take a 360 of a scene, resulted in a stunning little video.

Samsung Galaxy S6 offers a 16-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front camera, single LED flash, optical image stabilisation.

iPhone 6 has an eight megapixel, phase detection and dual LED 'True Tone' flash

Moving beyond photos and video, the S6 feels and looks like a far better quality phone than the S5 with its aluminium body and glass panel. Our review unit, the Blue Topaz, looks really classy.

On the design side, the protruding rear camera has copped some criticism, but it didn't worry me.

Samsung has been clever in mimicking the location of the headphone jack, charging port and single speaker with that of Apple's phone. Button placement is almost identical so it is much easier to make

The S6 uses same resolution upgrade as the Note 4 and as a result is sharper than the iPhone 6s.

The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge unveiled in Barcelona.
The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge unveiled in Barcelona.

While Apple uses LCD, Samsung opts for OLED with better blacks and contrasts on the S6, something noticeable when watching a film.

When it comes to specs, benchmark tests show the S6 is a faster phone than the iPhone 6 but the overall difference is pretty hard to notice. Both are extremely quick.

In the end, the final choice is down to what you prefer - Android or iOS.



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