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A tiny detail shows why the iPhone 6 design trumps Samsung’s Galaxy S6 design

April 28th, 2015 at 6:05 PM
Galaxy S6 Vs iPhone 6

There’s no denying that Samsung, with the release of the Galaxy S6, has really stepped up its game. The phone looks incredible, has netted overwhelmingly positive reviews, and certainly stands as a viable rival to the monster that is Apple’s iPhone.

Still, you’d still be hard pressed to find a company that pays as much attention to detail as Apple, a sentiment plainly evident when one compares the industrial design of the iPhone to the Galaxy S6. Writing for iMore, Rene Ritchie noticed that when you pit the iPhone 6 up against the Galaxy S6, there are some quirky alignment problems that are hard to ignore once brought to your attention.

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The photo below, for instance, showcases the respective undersides of each device, with the Galaxy S6 on the bottom and the iPhone 6 on top.

As you can tell, the headphone jack, the lightning port, and the speaker grill on the iPhone are all perfectly centered. On the Galaxy S6? Not so much.

Now will this have any practical impact on how much one enjoys using each device? Of course not. Still, the overarching theme here is that Apple simply pays attention to the details that most other companies either ignore or deem wholly irrelevant.

Ritchie adds:

To align everything along the edge of a device takes designing and mounting the boards in a certain way, and the ports and speakers, and the buttons and jacks, and the grills and every other detail so they all line up at exactly the right place at the end. Painstaking is likely an understatement.

Is it worth the effort? For me, as a customer, knowing that Apple had the consideration and took the time and effort to align their hardware speaks to the overall quality of their work. It reassures me that the same consideration and effort were likely spent making sure not a millimeter nor milliamp of battery space was wasted, not a nanometer of die, not a gap left around the screen, or a dead zone in the capacitive sensor.

Solid points all around.

Indeed, there are no shortage of examples which exemplify Apple’s unparalleled attention to detail, both in industrial design and in software. For instance, not too long ago we highlighted an incredible design detail on the iPhone’s flashlight app. As another quick example, Apple MacBook users have undoubtedly noticed that the front lip of their laptop case has a special groove which makes it much easier to open up with one hand.

Putting this altogether, it’s no wonder that Apple continues to make money hand over fist. The company has rightfully earned the trust and respect of consumers who can confidently plunk down their hard earned money and know that they’re getting a product that was impeccably designed from start to finish.

There’s a whole lot more in Ritchie’s full post which is well worth a read.

A life long Mac user and Apple enthusiast, Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large for over 6 years. His writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and most recently, TUAW. When not writing about and analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions, the most recent examples being The Walking Dead and Broad City.

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