Technology with attitude

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs iPhone 6 Plus – Phablets Are The New Trend In Town

1

Ever since Samsung and Apple released their latest phablets, the internet can’t stop “talking” about them. Many phone users are still undecided which one of them they should buy. Here’s an article that might be very useful in their decision.

Designs

In terms of body shape, the Note 4 hasn’t suffered significant changes from its predecessor. The screen has the same size, and the plastic silver surround on the outer edge is now made of metal. The back is still made of faux leather (polycarbonate), but Samsung removed the stitches from the edges. The front panel has the same physical button in the middle, which is paired with two capacitive buttons. The S Pen stylus is still located at the bottom left, and at the bottom edge sit the microUSB and MHL TV-Out port. The device comes in four variants of colors: Frosted white, Charcoal black, Blossom Pink and Bronze Gold. The dimensions of the Note 4 are 153.5×78.6×8.5 mm, and the weight is 176grams.

The iPhone 6 Plus is the larger size of the iPhone 6, so it has identical characteristics: a round home button with Touch ID, while the power key sits on the side, for an easier access. The casing is made of anodized aluminum and has curvier edges and corners. You’ll notice the Lightning port and speaker jack in the base, where was also placed a punched dot speaker grille. This model lacks the Sapphire Glass display and it’s not waterproof. The iPhone 6 Plus is 4grams lighter than the Samsung phablet and its dimensions are 158.1×77.8×7.1 mm.

Displays

The Note 4 features a Super AMOLED display measuring 5.7inches, and its resolution is much higher at 1440x2560pixels at 515pixels. The iPhone 6 Plus is relatively smaller and its screen measures 5.5inches. Apple used LED-backlit IPS LCD technology and obtained a resolution of 1080×1920 pixels with 401ppi. The screen from the Samsung phablet has an updated QHD resolution, the colors are punchy, the contrast is vibrant, the viewing angles are wide, but as usual, the Super AMOLED displays tend to have problems when you’re using the phone in the sunlight. You’ll be satisfied with the IPS LCD screen from the iPhone 6 Plus, which offers excellent brightness and colors.

Hardware

These phablets are very different on the inside. The Note 4 comes in two variants of processors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 quad core 2.7GHz Krait 450 with Adreno 420 graphics, while the other one is Exynos 5433 octa core with two quad core processors clocked at 1.3Ghz and 1.9GHz, coupled with Mali-T760 graphics and 3GB of RAM. The iPhone 6 Plus is also very fast with the new A8 dual-core 1.4 GHz Cyclone (ARM v8-based) processor, paired with PowerVR GX6450 quad-core graphics, but some fans might consider the Note 4 a more powerful device. Keep in mind that the A8 chip is 64-bit based and it’s 20% more efficient than the A7 chip from the iPhone 5S, even if still uses 1Gb of RAM.

If you’re curious about the internal memories, the Note 4 offers 32GB of storage, expandable up to 128GB, while the Apple phablet has three buil-in memories of 16, 64 and 128GB.

Cameras

The Galaxy Note 4 has a 16MP Sony sensor with optical image stabilization, LED flash, autofocus and supports 4K video recording. The other camera is excellent at 3.7MP and you will get great selfies with it. The images will be vibrant and very accurate, even if you’re taking shots from inside of a moving car. The iPhone 6 Plus has an iSight rear camera with the same resolution of 8MP, with f/2.2 aperture, but with improved features, such as “focus pixels”, for a faster autofocus. The iPhone 6 Plus has another Facetime HD front camera of 1.2MP.

Batteries

The battery on the Note 4 is bigger at 3,220mAh and it’s removable, while the iPhone 6 Plus has a non-removable 2,915mAh cell. But on papers, the Note 4 offers 20 hours of talktime, with 4 hours less than the iPhone 6 Plus.

Prices

On Amazon, the Note 4 costs 764 dollars, while the iPhone 6 Plus 16GB variant, without a contract, costs 749 dollars.