How does the biggest iPhone stack up against the fastest Samsung Galaxy? In this comparison I’m not talking about any other phone, but the two phablets that I can confidently say are dominating the market as we speak— iPhone 6 plus and Samsung Galaxy Note 4. So if the two were to battle it out, who would win the fight?
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To find out, read on as we squarely compare their designs, specs, features and anything else you need to know about the two phablets. Here we go:
The best place to start comparing and contrasting the strengths and weaknesses of the two phablets is with their physical design. For a very long time, Apple has been famed for their minimalist craftsmanship as Samsung continues to get derided for their ugly, outsized designs. But wait…
If we look at the top notch material iPhone 6 plus is crafted with and the wonderfully chamfered edges, we can clearly see why Apple earns the title of beauty queen. But there’s something awkward about this design. First the size of this phone and the lack of a tangible curvature make the super slick finish and the aluminium unibody appear like a sliced piece of soap. The protruding camera also doesn’t sit well with the phone, making Apple’s long history of flat back pointless.
Neither is Note 4 an oil painting, even though this fourth generation of phablet is the first one to come with a firm metal benzel, and toned faux-leather stitching at the back. Even though Samsung still doesn’t nail an attractive design on this one, they have put a great deal of effort in enhancing the beauty of their phone to a point where we can’t fairly place iPhone 6 plus over their Galaxy Note 4. Meaning, the two phablets draw in this category.
The iPhone 6 plus measures 158.1mm X 77.8mm X 7.1 mm with a weight of 179grams. With the exception of iPhone’s trimness, these measurements are only but slightly different from Note 4’s 153.5mm X 78.6mm X 8.5mm size and the 176grams of weight. So once again, we find it justly to award the two phablets a draw.
The 5.7inch display of Galaxy Note 4 is super-AMOLED with a resolution of 2560 X 1440 pixels (515 ppi). It also uses the 2.5D technology to proliferate the visible pop on its surface.
On the contrast, the 5.5inch display of iPhone 6 plus is LED IPS with a lower resolution of 1920 X 1080 (401ppi). This gives Note 4 a clear win in this category.
Power and performance
The iPhone 6 plus comes with a new A8 processor, combined with M8 co-processor for motion. Even though Apple has been hesitant to break down the specifics, particularly the RAM, they have insisted about iPhone 6 plus being faster than all their previous designs. Apart from the phone being 64-bit, and supporting iOS 8, anything else about the phone’s performance is nothing but mere speculation.
Galaxy Note 4’s hardware has been varied from region to region, but on the general, the phone comes with a 2.7GHz Snapdragon 805 processor from Qualcomm and a RAM of 3GB under the hood—even though some territories use the 1.9GHz or 1.3Ghz Exynos Octa-core chipset from Samsung in their Note 4. Whereas the Snapdragon 805 can support 64-bit, the phone’s 4.4 kitkat OS actually cannot.
The bottom line is that we’re dealing with two totally different OS in this category. And judging from what we can see, neither of the phones appears to be more on the slouch side than the other, even though it would be reasonable to put Note 4 slightly above iPhone 6 plus in this categories. But we choose to settle for a draw.
In photography, pixel count is not the only thing that determines image quality. There are other cruxes that can come into play to square out the pixel difference between the cameras. So the 8Mp camera on iPhone 6 plus may be way lesser than the 16Mp camera on Note 4, but then there’s the pixel size. And as it stands, iPhone 6 plus has a larger pixel size (1.5m) when compared to the 1.12m pixel size on Note 4’s camera.
Other than that, iPhone 6 plus has optical image stabilization, phase detection, and a 1080 HD recording for videos. For the extras on Note 4, there’s optical image stabilization and 4K video recording (which puts Note 4 way ahead of iPhone 6 in this category). The Note 4 also scores hugely with its 3.7mp front camera, which is by bigger than iPhone 6 plus’s 1.2Mp.
All in all, both phablets are capable of taking amazing, quality photos, but if you’re into serious photography, then we’d any time recommend Note 4 over 6 plus.