A new year means a new wave of gadgets being released, therefore a refresh on the constant rivalry between Apple and Samsung. This year, the battle goes on between the new iPhone 6, and the soon-to-be released Galaxy Note 4. To have a better understanding of both devices, were bringing you this comparison that may help you decide on one of the two handsets, before you rush into making a purchase.
Early sales have confirmed the speculated success that analyst were anticipating for the new Apple flagship devices. Forbes reports that Apple managed to break some records, reaching 10 million units sold in its opening week, without even exploiting the Chinese market. This makes the accomplishment even greater, as China is known as being the biggest market for smartphones worldwide. Needless to say, the new iPhone models have topped the debut of the last flagships, the iPhone 5 and 5S for the opening week.
The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus benefited from a wide distribution across several continents, landing sales in the US, Puerto Rico, Canada, Japan, Germany, France, UK, Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Now, it’s time for the Galaxy Note 4 to receive positive speculations as analyst predict a bright debut for the Samsung device as well. South Korean carriers have run out of stock for Note 4 pre-orders extremely fast between 18 and 25 of September, when the pre-orders began, as the handset was on very high request in the region. Some of the South Korean carriers that have found themselves flooded with iPhone 6 demands are SK Telecom, LG Uplus and KT. SK Telecom, which holds more than half of South Korea’s market share has ran out of units within a 9 hour time frame.
Getting down to the actual comparison, the iPhone 6 Plus comes in a 158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1 mm, 172 g weighing body, making it longer, but narrower and thinner than Samsung’s Note 4. Recent discussions have taken place regarding which device comes with the best display, and many argue that the Apple product has the best screen. However, that’s not the case, as it features a 5.5 inch IPS LCD Retina Display, with a 1920 x 1080p resolution and 401 ppi pixel density, but the Note 4 sports a 5.7 inch Super AMOLED display, with a 1440 x 2560p resolution and a 515 ppi pixel resolution.
Going beyond the display, inside we find a dual core A8 processor clocked at 1.4 GHz running things for the iPhone 6 Plus. The device has no support for microSD, but it does however come with a maximum capacity of 128 GB. The Note 4 can also reach 128 GB through a microSD card, but otherwise it goes as high as 32 GB. For the processor, Samsung’s device has a 2.7 GHz chip branded Qualcomm Snapdragon 805. Additionally, this model can be replaced with the Exynos 5433 chip, depending on your region.
There are many improvements on both parts, as both devices will feature the latest and greatest version of their respective operating systems.
The iPhone 6 Plus will rely on the services of Apple’s iOS8, which promises to come bearing a new, modern design. The new OS’s look will presumably have “sleek”, “simple”, or “clean” as its keywords, but will also expand on its features. It will come with an upgraded notification system, making them more interactive for users, and making them accessible outside their respective apps.
Google’s latest edition of the Android operating system called Android L, Android Lemon Meringue Pie or as of recently, maybe Android Lion, will be the software behind the new Galaxy Note 4 flagship device. It also promises improvements and upgrades, starting with a new design. Google refers to its new OS’s look as “Material Design”. The overall system is supposed to be more intuitive. As far as notifications go, the new Android OS will focus on headline notification.