Samsung was the first manufacturer who released a phone with a screen larger than 5-inch, and this year, the family of Note devices welcomed the fifth generation. It’s still too early to tell you more about the performance of the Note 5, because we’re waiting for the test results, and instead, we’ll compare the predecessor with Apple’s first phablet – iPhone 6 Plus and Google’s massive Nexus 6.
The iPhone 6 Plus stands out in front of its rivals with its aspect, as it’s a larger variant of the iPhone 6 and features an aluminum chassis with rounded corners and thin strips on the back, which hide the radio antennas. On the front, it has a rounded home button which hides the fingerprint scanner. The iPhone 6 plus is the slimmest between the three devices, measuring only 7.1mm.
The Nexus 6 is the largest device between them, and the heaviest, weighting 184grams. Its chassis is made of polycarbonate and features metal sides, likewise the Moto X 2014. Actually, the Nexus 6 is a supersized Moto X 2014, because it was built by Motorola. But, the Nexus 6 is kind of uncomfortable to hold. Plus, it doesn’t feature a stylus, so you’ll need one hand to hold the device, and the other one to reach the upper corners of the screen.
The Note 4 comes with a removable faux leather back made of polycarbonate, and its metallic sides are prone to chipping. The biggest advantage is the S Pen Stylus which offers lots of productivity features. The phablet has a fingerprint scanner placed on the front side and it’s also hidden inside the home button.
The iPhone 6 Plus has a smaller screen which measures 5.5-inch and it’s a Retina HD which supports Full HD resolution of 1920×1080 pixels, with 401ppi. The colors are realistic, thanks to the IPS technology.
The Note 4 comes next with a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED screen with quad HD resolution, which gives a pixel density of 515ppi. The colors are oversaturated, punchy and drain the battery very fast.
The Nexus 6 is the big boy, using also an AMOLED display, but which is sized at 5.96-inch and supports 493ppi. The blacks are deeper and richer, while the other colors are slightly distorted.
The Note 4 and the Nexus 6 come with the same hardware configuration, using a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset which is powered by a Krait 450 processor with four cores clocked at 2.7GHz. The phablets are using Adreno 420 graphics and support 3GB of RAM. The iPhone 6 Plus is powered by Apple’s 64bit A8 processor which has two cores clocked at 1.4GHz and 1GB of RAM.
In the Geekbench test, the iPhone 6 Plus scored 1,619 (single-core) and 2,920 (multi-core) and in the Sunspider test, it scored 350.0ms.
The Nexus 6 scored 1,053 in the single-core test and 3,178 in the multi-core test (Geekbench), while the Sunspider test gave a score of 794.2ms.
The Note 4 was somewhere between the two devices, scoring 1104 in the single-core test and 3153 in the multi-core test (Geekbench), while in the Sunspider, it scored1172.0ms.
The iPhone 6 Plus has the lowest resolution for both of its cameras. The one on the back supports 8MP, but it has OIS, while the front camera supports 1.2MP. In the tests, iPhone’s main camera performed better, being faster, although the images don’t have a professional quality.
The Nexus 6 has a 13MP primary camera also wit OIS and dual-LED flash, while the front camera is 2MP. Even if on the AMOLED screen, the images appear more saturated, when they’re viewed on a laptop or on a phone with an IPS screen, they have more natural colors.
The Note 4 takes photos with a 16MP rear camera with LED flash and OIS, while the front camera is 3.7MP. The colors are oversaturated, but the images are very sharp and accurate.
The Note 4 and the Nexus 6 have the same battery capacities: 3220mAh, but the unit is replaceable on the Samsung phablet. The iPhone 6 Plus has a smaller battery of 2915 mAh which performs very well, as according to the latest tests, when playing the Grand Theft Auto 3 game, the battery lost 12-15% percent of juice. However, the Nexus 6 comes with the Turbo Charger, which was added by Qualcomm and the Note 4 has its own fast charge feature, which allows you to charge your phone up to 50% within 30 minutes.