The Galaxy Note Edge is the first phablet with curved Quad HD display, being a variant of the Note 4, almost identical externally and internally. The iPhone 6 Plus is the taller variant of the iPhone 6 and the Nexus 6 is Google’s first attempt to make a phablet in collaboration with Motorola.
In 2011, Samsung made its debut on the phablet market, releasing the Galaxy Note and no phone manufacturer dared to push the limits and increase he sizes of their phones. Until now, Apple and Google joined this trend and brought their own versions of phablets, being well-received by the fans and critics. This year, Samsung released two phablets, one with the classic flat display and one with a curved display on the right edge. The iPhone 6 Plus is a masterpiece, keeping the elegant aluminum unibody design, but came with improved internal specs, while the Nexus 6 is the bigger variant of the Moto X 2014, at least on the outside.
Displays and sizes
The first iPhone had a 3.5inches display, then the iPhone 5 came with a 4inches display. This September brought the iPhone 6 with a 4.7inches screen and the phablet version, with a 5.5inches screen, both being Retina HD LED-backlit IPS LCD. The phablet supports a much higher resolution than its “little” brother, which is 1920x1080pixels, with a pixel density of 401ppi. The Apple phablet weights 172grams and its physical dimensions are 158.1×77.8×7.1 mm.
The Galaxy Edge has a Super AMOLED display sized at 5.6inches, with a better resolution of 1600×2560 pixels and 524ppi pixel density. We remind you that the display is curved on the right edge, and the thin frame surrounding the display is also curved. This phablet is 2grams heavier than the iPhone 6 Plus, but it’s shorter and thicker, measuring 151.3×82.4×8.3 mm. Also, it comes with the famous S Pen stylus to write notes directly on the screen.
The Nexus 6 has a plastic rear panel with matte finish, and the form is very similar to the Moto X 2014. Its display is the biggest from this comparison, measuring almost 6inches and using AMOLED technology. The resolution is a bit lower than that of the Note Edge, 1440×2560 pixels, with 493ppi. Since it’s bigger than both of the other two opponents (159.3x83x10.1 mm), the Nexus 6 is also heavier at 184 grams.
Hardware and OS
The iPhone 6 Plus is powered by a 64-bit based A8 chipset that runs smoothly with a dual core 1.4GHz Cyclone (ARM v8-based) processor along with PowerVR GX6450 quad-core graphics and 1GB of RAM. The device has built-in memories of 16, 64 and 128GB and runs on iOS8, which can be upgraded to 8.1.1.
The Note Edge is fitted with a powerful 2.7GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 CPU which pairs with an Adreno 420 GOU and 3GB of RAM, and it’s shipped in two variants of internal storage of 32 and 64GB, whose capacity is increasing up to 128GB with a microSD card. For now, the phablet runs on Android 4.4.4 KitKat version, skinned with Samsung’s TouchWiz interface.
The Nexus 6 has the same internal specs as the Note Edge, but the internal memories of 32 and 64GB can’t be expanded. The phone runs on the latest Lollipop version and has a redesigned UI named Material Design.
All three phablets have cameras with optical image stabilization, but their resolutions differ. The smallest resolution is owned by Apple’s device, 8MP, but in reality, you’ll obtain extremely accurate photos. The Nexus 6 comes with a 13MP back camera and the Note Edge has the same cameras as its sibling, the Note 4: a 16MP back camera and a 3.7MP front camera.
Apple and Google opted for non-removable batteries and their capacities are 2915 mAh and 3220 mAh, but they both provide 24 hours of talktime. The Note Edge comes with a 3000 mAh battery which supports 18 hours of talktime.