OnePlus One vs Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Comparison

OnePlus One vs Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Comparison

By Rich W Woods

This will be the second comparison I’ve done since I got my hands on the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. Now, I can imagine that a number of people from the OnePlus forums are reading this column, so you probably know that I have not historically been a fan of Samsung phones. You saw my review of the Galaxy Note 4, A Perversion of Innovation, and my review of the Galaxy Note Edge, Samsung Makes the Note 4 Worse.

Everyone, and I mean everyone, has been telling me that the Samsung Galaxy S6 is going to be the device to change all that. After having the Galaxy S6 Edge for two days now, I think they might be right.

Now those same people have told me that the Samsung Galaxy S6 has the best camera on the market as well. This is something I’m a little more skeptical about. After all, these are folks that went to their local AT&T Store and tested the camera. Honestly, you cannot get any kind of feel for a device, especially the camera, until you take it into the field, take some photos, and compare it to another camera on the same screen. I want to emphasize that it must be the same screen because the display on the Galaxy S6 is absolutely stunning, which is going to make those photos pop.

OnePlus One vs Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge: Specs

OnePlus One Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
Processor 2.5 GHz Quad Core Snapdragon 801 Exynos 7420, 1.5 GHz Quad Core & 2.1 GHz Quad Core
GPU Adreno 330 Mali-T760MP8
Display 5.5″, 1080p, 401 ppi, IPS LCD 5.1″, 1440p, 577 ppi, AMOLED
Body 152.9×75.9×8.9 mm, 162 g 142.1×70.1×7 mm, 132 g
Camera 13 MP, 4128×3096, 5 MP Front 16 MP, 2988×5312, 5 MP Front
Video 4K DCI – 24 fps, 4K UHD – 30 fps, Front 720p – 30 fps 4K UHD – 30 fps, 1080p – 60 fps, Front 1440p – 30 fps
Aperture f/2 f/1.9
Sensor Size 1/3″ 1/2.6″
Storage 16/64 GB 32/64/128 GB
RAM 3 GB 3 GB
Battery 3100 mAh 2600 mAh
Price $299/$349 $799/$899/$999

From a specs perspective, it certainly appears that the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is the better phone. I can also tell you that despite the smaller battery, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge has the best battery life that I have ever seen in a smart phone, but you’ll see that in benchmarks.

OnePlus One vs Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge: Rear Camera

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge has the higher resolution camera, coming in at 16 MP while the OnePlus One comes in at 13 MP. Of course, that doesn’t matter. They’ll have to be scaled down for you to view them on your monitor, even at full size on a 4K monitor. Nokia thinks that the perfect image is 5 MP. Personally, I think it’s 8 MP.

Things that do matter are things like sensor size and aperture, both of which are larger on the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, which should allow for better low light performance. The Galaxy S6 Edge has a 1/2.6″ sensor with an f/1.9 aperture and the OnePlus One is 1/3″ with an f/2 aperture.

Then there’s the software. Samsung has completely overhauled the TouchWiz Camera app since the last time I used it in the Note 4. They stripped out all of the bloat features and made them available via downloadable plug-ins, which in my humble opinion is a stroke of genius.

The OnePlus One has some great camera features as well. It allows for all kinds of filters and manual settings. Probably the most important feature that the OnePlus One Camera app has is the ability to save a RAW copy of the image. This is basically the digital equivalent of a negative and if you know how to process it, it’s the greatest tool a photographer can have. If you don’t, a RAW file is completely useless to you.

On the other hand, Android 5.0 Lollipop came with a RAW API, so it is possible to take RAW photos on the Galaxy S6 Edge; however, it requires a third party app.

OnePlus One Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

I have to say, I’m a bit surprised at how well the OnePlus One held up against the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. It normally doesn’t do so well. I do have to say that the Galaxy S6 Edge wins here. After all, it blows away the OnePlus One in low light performance and there are those images where the OnePlus One comes in looking washed out.

One thing I noticed is that the OnePlus One has a larger field of view. Everything seems to be closer up on the Galaxy S6 Edge. I have a feeling it will be just the opposite when it comes to the front camera, based on my last comparison with the Galaxy S6 Edge.

Oh yea, and the flash. I’ve done so many camera comparisons with the OnePlus One at this point that I forget to mention the terrible flash sometimes.

OnePlus One vs Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge: Front Camera

I have historically said that the OnePlus One has the best front camera on the market and after 30+ camera comparisons with the OnePlus One, I still believe it. Some have said that the HTC One M9 will take that title, it remains to be seen.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge uses a 5 MP sensor just like the OnePlus One does. Also, I’ve found the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge to have a good front facing camera thus far, so we’ll see what it can offer here.

Looks like I was wrong about predicting that the Galaxy S6 would have a larger field of view. Both phones have a lot of room for group selfies. This is a tough call. I think the Galaxy S6 handles lighting well; however, the photos look better from OnePlus One. Let me know what you think in the poll at the bottom.

OnePlus One vs Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge: Benchmarks

I am not a fan of benchmarks. They rarely provide any insight into real world usage. After all, with most Samsung phones, they do great coming out of the box, and like any Samsung owner will tell you, slow down greatly over time. Samsung has a ton of apps running in the background, and as you begin to add your own apps, it starts to eat memory and processing power. I should add that the Galaxy S6 has less bloat than its predecessors.

First, battery tests. These are interesting. Done with Geekbench 3.

OnePlus One Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

OnePlus One S6 Edge Battery

That was with the dim screen toggled off. Now let’s look at what happens when we toggle the dim screen on. I thought for sure the Galaxy S6 Edge would do at least 10 hours.

OnePlus One S6 Edge Battery Dim

As you can see, the Galaxy S6 Edge does no better with the dim screen toggled on, while the OnePlus One shoots up to the same level.

The next benchmarks were done in Geekbench 3 and AnTuTu. I think it’s obvious that the Galaxy S6 Edge is going to win this. After all, the OnePlus One is ten months old now and is finally showing some signs of aging.

OnePlus One S6 Edge Geekbench

OnePlus One S6 Edge Antutu

As expected, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge blows away the OnePlus One in benchmarks.

I’ll be spending the weekend doing more camera tests, so stay tuned. Next week I’m going to compare the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge to the iPhone 6 and the Nokia Lumia 1020. On top of that, I should be receiving both the LG G Flex 2 and the HTC One M9, so expect unboxing videos and more comparisons.

If you don’t want to miss it, sign up for the mailing list. Every day at 5:00 PM ET, you’ll get an update on all of that day’s news, Monday through Friday. It’s a good mailing list. I promise.

Related

All OnePlus One Camera Comparisons

All Photos Used for OnePlus One Camera Comparisons

All OnePlus Reviews

All Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Camera Comparisons

All Photos Used for Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Camera Comparisons

All Samsung Reviews

About the author
Rich Woods

Being a computer programmer wasn't enough to fulfill his love of technology. In 2013, Rich founded For the Love of Tech and has been writing about his love of tech ever since.

  • I think your 1+1 has a really big problem with the flash, mine doesn’t have this yellow color at night..

    • rwoods716

      Really? Some people tell me that I have a problem, and then when I ask if they’ve tested it in the same way, they say no. Can you provide a photo that you took at night with the flash? Try to get it in total pitch black settings. I want to submit an RMA to see if it’s covered under warranty, but I have to be able to prove that it’s a problem.

  • I wonder if Clear Image was used in CameraNext on OPO what would be the results. Usually with that option the result is much better.

  • Harmeet

    I’m facing the same issue with night photos clicked with flash. The photos are washed out from half side. Is there any solution?

  • Harmeet

    Thanks for your answer. I’ve seen your other post regarding their service. I’m really shocked about there knowledge and attitude towards customers. Please let me know as you got the new phone is the camera issue solved in that? Thanks!