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Apple vs Samsung: Which Smartphone To Buy

Three Tips To Save You Money On The Best New Smartphones

From the iPhone To Samsung, Google, HTC and more, know these tips to save money.

With news that Google is releasing it’s “iPhone” killer smartphone just in time to balance the releases of the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, do you find it difficult to decide which smartphone to buy?

We’ve ranked and reviewed a number of all the best new smartphones available, from the aforementioned iPhones, the current Samsung line, HTC and Google phones and you can check them out here and here and here.

But in this post, we’re going to focus on the two major brands on the market right now, Apple vs Samsung.

which smartphone to buy
There’s a market saturation for great phones, but how do you find the best new smartphone for your needs?

What are the most important things you need to know to save you money and get the device you want?


Tip #1 – Know The Type Of Operating System You Want To Use

The first thing to consider is what type of ecosystem you’re most comfortable with.  Samsung operates on the open platform of Android and that makes the App marketplace the largest in the world.  It also means that by being open, it is more vulnerable to hackers providing malware and malicious code that can access your phone, other files and Apps, and potentially expose your personal data and information to harm.

The one advantage that Apple has over Samsung is the iOS system is more closed than the Android system. With the recent iOS 9, Apple did open the system up to an open source software for developers.  While this move does have the potential to expose the iOS ecosystem to more hackers, it also is a much smaller ecosystem and that alone makes it more manageable.  The other reason that iOS is more secure is that the entire Apple platform operates seamlessly within itself, and if there is an iOS have, it would create bugs and crashes with the rest of the ecosystem and reveal the issue immediately.

That alone makes the iOS a better system and platform for all your devices and should be one of the most important things to consider when trying to decide which smartphone to buy.

For more about the iOS 9 upgrade, check out this post from Bustle.com – 10 hidden iOS 9 features

How To Choose Which Smartphone To Buy – Service Plans and Upgrades

Tip # 2 – What Type Of Service Provider You Want

Another thing to consider is the type of service plans and upgrades available for you.  You can choose a traditional  2-year agreement with a company like Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile and others.  These plans will offer a substantial price break on your new phone, often at an introductory $199 price for all the best new smartphones. These traditional contracts are on the way out, however, so phone subsidies may be coming to an end in the near future.

With the advent of short term purchases from Sprint and Verizon, you can purchase the newest phone and be able to upgrade with options for 1 year, 18 months or standard two years. This is great for the consumer that wants to keep up to date with all the newest, latest and greatest phone upgrades as they come out.  The downside?  You pay a little more per month for the opportunity to upgrade sooner.

If contracts aren’t what you want, you can always choose a pay-as-you-go plan from providers such as Cricket, Boost Mobile and others.  This is great if you don’t have a lot of data needs, or are traveling to an area that doesn’t have your service provider.  You simply pay for the data you choose to use.

Much like the expedited upgrade plan we mentioned earlier, Apple is now offering consumers the opportunity to pay more on a monthly basis but have an automatic upgrade to the next iPhone as they release.   In effect you’re renting the phone for $30 a month plus data rates for the opportunity to upgrade once the newest iPhone is released.  For the Apple lover in your life, this may be the greatest thing since sliced bread but for others it may just be an unnecessary cost.

Smartphone Hardware Design
Operating Software, Features
Best Amazon Price
Samsung Galaxy S6

5.65" x 2.78" x 0.27" with 5.1" HDR display at 2560 x 1440 (Quad HD)


32 GB, 64 GB
2.1GHz, 1.5GHz; Octa-Core

Android 5.0 Lollipop

Fingerprint Security

Samsung Pay NFC
Samsung Galaxy S6 - Black- Save Over 49%

Samsung GALAXY S6 G920 32GB Unlocked GSM 4G LTE Octa-Core Smartphone - Black Sapphire - Save Up To 51%
Apple iPhone 6
5.4 x 2.6 x 0.3 inches with 4.7 inch Retina HD display

1334-by-750-pixel resolution at 326 ppi

4.5 ounces

16 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB
A8 64-bit architecture,
M8 motion coprocessor

iOS 9

Finger Touch Security

Apple Pay
Apple iPhone 6, 16gb, Space Gray, Unlocked You Save: $435.98 (41%)

Apple iPhone 6 - 64GB - 4G LTE Factory Unlocked - Gold - You Save: $369.99 (32%)

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

6.77 x 3.06 x 0.3 inches with 5.5 inch Retina HD display

1920-by-1080-pixel resolution at 401 ppi

6.07 ounces

16 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB
A8 64-bit architecture,
M8 motion coprocessor

iOS 9

Finger Touch Security

Apple Pay
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 16GB Unlocked GSM 4G LTE Cell Phone - Gold - Save up to 40%

Apple iPhone 6 Plus 64GB 4G LTE Factory Unlocked GSM Smartphone - Gold - Save Up To 40%
HTC One M8

2.8 x 0.4 x 5.8 inches

5.0 inch, Full HD 1080p

5.6 ounces

32 GB with expandable memory to 128 GB
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, quad-core CPU

Android with HTC Sense
HTC BlinkFeed and 4.4.2 Kit Kat
HTC One M8 16GB 4G LTE Unlocked GSM - Grey - Save Up To 70%
Samsung Note 5

6.03" x 3.0" x 0.3" inches

5.7" with 2560 x 1440 (Quad HD) Display

6.03 oz.

32 GB, 64 GB
2.1GHz, 1.5GHz; Octa-Core

Android 5.0 Lollipop

Fingerprint Security

Samsung Pay NFC
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 N920i 32GB Black Factory Unlocked GSM - Save Up To 27%

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 N920i 64GB Gold Factory Unlocked GSM


Tip # 3 – The Secret Point – What Is The Best Smartphone Camera?

You can pretend that you don’t love taking selfies.  You can pretend that you don’t preen, duck face and all, for your social media profile.

But you’d be lying to yourself.

So the final tip is to know before deciding which smartphone to buy, is what is the best smartphone camera?

Truth is, most of the best new smartphones have some incredible cameras built-in. One of the greatest things that separates each camera from the other is the processor and software included in the device. For example, Samsung has made the forward facing camera one of the premier features in their newest devices.

A Few Technical Aspects That Makes The Galaxy s5 One Of The Top Smartphone Cameras

  • Built with a 16-megapixel front-facing camera lens with Isocell sensor technology. Isocell is Samsung’s term for image stability and enhancement and is one of the major aspects that makes their phones so valuable.
  • A single LED flash for low-light picture taking.
  • The 2-megapixel rear-facing camera lenses with wide angle for taking the best ‘selfies’ on the market.  This rear facing camera makes taking ‘selfies’ easy and more enjoyable.
  • HDR technology – Samsung spent a lot on improving its High Dynamic Range Technology to help your picture enhancement regardless of how much light is available
  • Auto-focus software allows for lightning fast autofocus for pictures. This technology is estimated to work at 0.3 seconds or less per picture, so this function is the fastest of all smartphones today.

While the new iPhone 6s has really built on the power and attraction of selfies by building more technology into their rear facing camera and made the screen operate as the flash function.  We’ll be reviewing the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus soon so if you’re interested in the newest iPhones, stay tuned.

Until then, we hope these three tips will help you decide which smartphone to buy.


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