There's no question that Samsung's new phone is stronger. The battery life, the octo-core processor, and the giant battery make it a more impressive machine than the iPhone. However, unless you run incredibly taxing software on your phone, only a significant spec difference would matter and really catch your attention. I still have an iPhone 5, run tons of apps, and have never wished for more power. Similarly, you will need to have superhuman vision or a magnifying glass to appreciate the improved Samsung display. And as for the iPhone 6 camera, TechRadar called it the best so far when it came out in the fall—beating out cameras with more megapixels—so it's probably a wash as to who has the better camera.
If the difference in specs doesn't matter, it all comes down to one thing: design. The verdict truly hinges on your tastes and how you feel about the device and operating system.
For me, Apple's sleek and intuitive OS has been hard to beat—even with Android occasionally introducing better features—and their device is far easier on the eyes. If you're already reading this on an Apple product, there's no way Samsung is going to pull off a seduction.
Ethan Wolff-Mann is an editor at Supercompressor. He appreciates a good phone battle. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.