The close of the year is always one of the most exciting times for gaming. Last year we welcomed the PS4 and Xbox One into our living room, and once again we have to make our decisions on the best new piece of kit. But the battle this year has strayed away from the living room and into the realms of mobile. Of course it’s no secret that the iPhone 6 made its way onto the market towards the end of September – after all it sold 10 million units in its opening weekend – and it’s already going head-to-head with the Samsung Galaxy S5 for the gaming crown.
The Galaxy S5 has been around for a little while longer now having been released in April, and with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus out just in time for Christmas, it’s going to be a tough call on which exactly to pick up. Which is why it’s important to take a closer look. With gaming such big business in the mobile industry, there’s plenty both offer to make your experience as close to console as can possibly be. And that begins with their impressive displays.
Gamer’s Choice ?
For the first time we have two new Apple releases with a standard 4.7-inch display (still 0.7-inches bigger than the 5 model) and the 5.5-inch 6 Plus model which has seen the California-based company stray much closer to the Galaxy than ever before. The Galaxy Note 4 offers the alternative to the Plus at 5.7-inches, whilst the S5 has a full HD resolution which Apple have still failed to place in their sixth generation models. Both are incredibly sharp when it comes to streaming and playing graphically superior games such as Asphalt 8 and The Room Two, with the S5 just about edging out its rival on color.
The Samsung’s Super AMOLED full HD 1920×1080 screen perhaps just pips the iPhone’s LCD, but the difference doesn’t make the South Korean manufacturer a clear winner by any stretch of the imagination.
That’s because when it comes to performance, Apple come into their own. The new models have for the first time rolled out the new A8 processor, which whilst the 1.39 GHz dual-core processor isn’t as powerful as the Galaxy’s 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset, it’s streamlining with iOS 8 makes it so slick, giving it a real quality performance on any game which of course is invaluable. The California-based brand’s latest offering is the fastest on the market according to a test carried out by British technology magazine Which?, so is perfect for all gaming formats from shoot ‘em ups, to casino games, to strategy.
And there’s a great range. Whilst their respective app stores aren’t necessarily related to the devices themselves, it’s an integral factor when considering whether to brand yourself with the Apple or Samsung logo.
The App Store and Google Play are relatively neck and neck when it comes to the number of apps, with games from major brands such as Rovio’s Angry Birds and Full Tilt’s Rush Poker mobile app stretching across both platforms. However, generally speaking it’s with Apple where you’ll find the higher quality game.
There appears to be more vetoing when it comes to life in the App Store, with developers having to craft a better-rounded app to be able for download compared to almost anything with Android.
However, that said, Apple’s crux still lies with battery life. There’s no doubt it has improved over the generations, but once again it still falls short of its Samsung rival. In terms of talk time, the Galaxy outlasts the Apple by seven hours, and streaming video and gaming has exactly the same effect.
Playing long sessions on high-quality and demanding games like Into The Dead, the iPhone 6 will offer around 13 hours of battery life – which of course would still be a considerable gaming session – but is somewhat short of Samsung’s 2,800Ah battery where you shoot down zombies for over 17 and a half hours.
Both devices are perhaps the two best out there, that’s what makes it a difficult decision. Of course some are very brand loyal which will never be swayed. But for those still unsure, there’s only one way to make a decision – and that’s get down to the phone store and test them out.[ Image Credits : Android Authority ]