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Apple iPhone 6S Plus vs Lumia 950 XL: Vote best smartphone – Mobile Madness 2016

by Roy Choi | April 6, 2016April 6, 2016 3:40 pm PST

Today is the final matchup before we jump into the semi-finals. And we have a battle of the biggies.  The Apple iPhone 6S Plus going up against the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL. Two phablet giants going head to head in our fan-driven poll to see which phone is labeled TechnoBuffalo’s fan favorite.

Check out the galleries, specs, and coverage below, and submit your votes.  Have fun!

 

Apple iPhone 6S Plus

Apple doesn’t typically change up the hardware design — the actual look of the iPhone — when it makes the “toc” upgrades between major changes. In other words, we didn’t see a huge bump in design from the iPhone 4 to the iPhone 4s, or the iPhone 5 to the iPhone 5s. Unless you own the new rose gold model, someone on the street isn’t going to be able to distinguish — by looking at the body alone — whether you have a 6 or a 6s… read more

 

Lumia 950 XL

The phone felt really light in the hand — you can tell it’s made out of polycarbonate and not a really strong metal, but that’s fine. It packs a ton of power, including a water-cooled processor (a Snapdragon 810), which itself is enough to make the inner geek in me excited for its launch, a 20-megapixel camera, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and a microSD card slot for adding more.

I really love Windows Hello and how the iris scanner on the front of the phone can identify the user and automatically unlock the device without any need for a fingerprint sensor. And I love that Microsoft is sticking by with its dedicated camera button, which I wish more manufacturers would continue to add… read more

 

Apple - iPhone 6s Plus Microsoft - Lumia 950 XL
Display Size 5.5-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixel display (401 ppi) 5.7-inch, 1440 x 2560 pixel display (515 ppi)
Resolution X 1080 1440
Resolution Y 1920 2560
Display Type Retina HD QHD AMOLED
Operating System iOS 9 (at launch) Windows 10 (at launch)
Processor A9 chip with 64-bit architecture Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810
RAM 2GB N/A
Storage
  • 16GB
  • 64GB
  • 128GB
  • 32GB
External Storage No Yes
Main Camera (Back) 12MP iSight camera with 1.22µ pixels 20MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 5MP 5MP
Networks
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (CDMA models only)
  • GSM/EDGE
  • LTE
  • TD-LTE
  • TG-SCDMA
  • UMTS/HSPA+
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.2 Bluetooth 4.1
Battery 2750mAh 3340mAh
NFC Yes Yes
Connectivity
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Lightning port
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • USB Type-C
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Gyro
  • Proximity
  • Touch ID
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Magnetometer
  • Proximity
GPS
  • A-GPS
  • Digital compass
  • GLONASS
  • A-GLONASS
  • A-GPS
Height 6.23 inches (15.82 cm) 151.9 mm (5.98 inches)
Width 3.07 inches (78.0 mm) 78.4 mm (3.09 inches)
Depth 0.29 inches (7.4 mm) 8.1 mm (0.32 inches)
Weight 6.77 oz (192 g) 165 g (5.82 oz)
Colors Gold, Gray, Rose, Silver Black, White
Supported Audio Formats AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV N/A
Supported Video Formats H.264 video up to 4K, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.2 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format N/A
Other Features
  • Voice over LTE (VoLTE)
  • Wi‑Fi calling
In The Box N/A
  • Battery
  • Wall Adapter
  • Quick Start Guide

 

 

This poll closes within 24 hours (the following day).

*Winners from previous rounds are marked bold.

Play-In

March 17 BlackBerry Classic vs OnePlus X
March 18 Nexus 6P vs Sony Xperia Z5
March 19 Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs OnePlus 2
March 20 Samsung Galaxy Note 5 vs HTC One A9
March 21 Nexus 5X vs Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
March 22 iPhone 6S vs Microsoft Lumia 950
March 23 LG G5 vs Samsung Galaxy S7
March 24 iPhone 6S Plus vs Nextbit Robin
March 25 HTC One M9 vs Microsoft Lumia 950 XL

Round 1

March 26 Motorola Droid Turbo 2 vs Winner of March 17 (BlackBerry Classic)
March 27 Winner of March 18 (Nexus 6P) vs Winner of March 19 (Galaxy S7 Edge)
March 28 Xiaomi Mi 5 vs Winner of March 20 (Galaxy Note 5)
March 29 Winner of March 21 (Xperia Z5 Premium) vs BlackBerry Priv
March 30 Huawei Mate 8 vs Winner of March 22 (iPhone 6S)
March 31 Winner of March 23 (Galaxy S7) vs LG V10
April 1 Moto X Pure Edition vs Winner of March 24 (iPhone 6S Plus)
April 2 Winner of March 25 (Lumia 950 XL) vs Motorola Droid Maxx 2

Round 2 – Quarterfinals

April 3 Winner of March 26 (BlackBerry Classic) vs Winner of March 27 (Nexus 6P)
April 4 Winner of March 28 (Xiaomi Mi5) vs Winner of March 29 (BlackBerry Priv)
April 5 Winner of March 30 (iPhone 6S) vs Winner of March 31 (Galaxy S7)
April 6 Winner of April 1 (iPhone 6S Plus) vs Winner of April 2 (Lumia 950 XL)

Semi-final Round

April 7 Winner of April 3 vs Winner of April 4
April 8 Winner of April 5 vs Winner of April 6
Final Round
April 9 Winner of April 7 vs Winner of April 8

Roy Choi

Roy Choi is a Southern California native. He has been infatuated with technology reviews ever since he bought his first crummy laptop in the summer...

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