Apple has clearly been late in joining the world of large-screen phablets, but it’s better late than never. They unveiled iPhone 6 Plus a few days after Samsung unveiled Galaxy Note 4, and Apple did surprise the world with iPhone 6 Plus. Let’s see how this marvel by Apple compares to Samsungs flagship phablet.
With dimensions of 153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm and weight of 176 grams, Note 4 is really impressive. But iPhone 6 Plus impresses more, with dimensions 158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1 mm while weighing just 172 grams. This means that the Note 4 is thicker and heavier than iPhone 6 Plus. The latter’s build quality is superior and built to perfection. However, both phones have protruding rear-cameras, which are more prone to physical damage. Another noteworthy point is that iPhone 6 Plus has option for one-handed use, whereas Note 4 requires both hands and contains a stylus. The Apple product is therefore better in terms of design.
The 5.7-inch super AMOLED screen of Note 4 is simply brilliant. With a resolution of 1440×2560 and pixel density of 515 ppi, it has a Quad HD screen. It is one of the best we encountered. iPhone 6 Plus has 5.5 inch IPS LCD screen with Retina HD. Its resolution is 1080×1920 pixels with pixel density of 401 ppi. Even though it loses specification wise, iPhone 6 Plus’s screen is not sub par in any sense.
iPhone 6 Plus contains an 8-megapixel back camera with 1/3” sensor and dual LED flash, and 1.2-megapixel front camera. Samsung Galaxy Note 4 comes with a 16-megapixel back camera with 1/2.6” sensor and LED flash, and 3.7-megapixel front camera. Both support HDR and are great in their own accord, but Note 4 is the superior one for photography. As of the camcorder, Note 4 is better in video quality and can shoot 4K videos but iPhone 6 Plus excels in stabilization and slow-mo video with it’s continuous auto-focus.
iPhone 6 Plus comes in packages of 16GB, 64GB and 128GB storage, whereas Note 4 comes only in 32 GB package. However, storage of Note 4 can be increased up to 128GB using microSD, which is not a feature available in iPhones.
Performance and Battery Life
iPhone 6 Plus has 64-bit Apple A8 chip and 1.4GHz dual-core processor with PVR GX6450 GPU and 1GB RAM. It runs on iOS 8. Note 4 has 32bit Exynos Octa 7 chip and 1.9Hz octa-core processor with ARM Mali-T760 GPU and 3GB RAM. It runs on Android 4.4 with TouchWiz. The Note 4 is noticeably faster.
iPhone 6 Plus, with its 2915 mAh batter, can give almost 24 hours of talk-time, while Note 4, with its 3220 mAh removable battery gives 28.5 hours of talk-time. Note 4 wins this race too.
iPhone 6 Plus’s additional feature is the Touch ID finger print scanner that works very smoothly and without hassle. All you have to do is place your finger on the scanner. Note 4 has a finger print scanner too but it is inferior to iPhone 6 Plus’s one. Note 4 offers a heart rate monitor and stylus for double-handed use.
Apple products are inherently expensive, and iPhone 6 Plus is no different. The 16GB ones start from $749, while Note 4 starts at $670.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is a great phablet with amazing specifications. iPhone 6 Plus, though not bad in any way, loses to Note 4 in this comparison. However, considering this is the first phablet of Apple ever, it only shows that the next ones would give the future versions of Galaxy Note a tough competition.