Apple iPhone 6 Plus VS the Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Two bitter rivals in the smartphone industry; Apple and Samsung have their flagship phablet devices; the iPhone 6 Plus and the Galaxy Note 4 give an example of how far both companies are willing to go to produce a gem of mobile device, but which one is able to trump the other? Let us find out and make your purchasing decision a whole lot simpler.

Screen size and resolution

While there is a negligible screen size difference between the two devices (0.2 inches to be exact), the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 possesses a more detailed resolution (2560 x 1440 pixels) compared to the iPhone 6 Plus FHD (full HD display). However, we also have to keep in mind that while the resolution may be sharper, it comprises of a super AMOLED compared to Apple’s IPS LCD. Trust us when we say this; you will find it extremely difficult to notice the difference of pixels on both devices. However, one thing that did catch our eye was that the Galaxy Note 4’s display was a bit uncomforting, particularly in low light environments. This issue was eliminated by manually adjusting the brightness. However, Apple’s IPS panel did not produce any sting in our eyes and as far as battery life goes, the 1440p resolution will drain it a lot quicker. We aren’t fans of such a high resolution being cramped in to such a small screen and anything above the 1080p resolution on such a screen size is plain overkill.

Camera performance

While Samsung has made a remarkable leap in improving the camera of the Note 4 from its previous phablet, the Note 3, we will still end up embracing the Apple iPhone 6 Plus shooter for a number of reasons. First of foremost, you should already know that the amount of megapixels in a smartphone’s camera does not conclude on how powerful and capable it is. There are several other factors associated to the prowess of smartphone’s camera so don’t be quick to expedite your purchasing process once you have stripped each and every difference standing between them. One primary reason why we chose Apple’s offering over Samsung’s was the camera app of the iPhone launched far more quickly than Samsung’s app. In addition, the image taking speed of the iPhone 6 Plus was much quicker than the Note 4’s. While the image capturing difference was only separated by a few milliseconds, it becomes noticeable when you want to capture a flurry of images in a short time span. The iPhone 6 Plus’ camera also does a better job in low light and heavily illuminated areas, especially when white balance and exposure correction techniques are applied to the image. When comparing the images captured on both devices, the iPhone 6 Plus’s camera did a splendid job. Looks like even Samsung’s 16 MP camera could not finish the job this time.

apple iphone 6 plus vs samsung galaxy note 4

Operating system and performance

Given below are the hardware specifications of both devices.

  Chipset CPU RAM GPU
iPhone 6 Plus A8 Dual core 1.4 GHz 1 GB Adreno 420
Galaxy Note 4 Snapdragon 805 Quad core 2.7 GHz 3 GB PowerVR GX6450

By looking at the hardware specifications, one would assume automatically that the Galaxy Note 4 would overpower Apple’s iPhone 6 without any effort. Truth be told, it is Apple’s iOS operating system that negates the company from adding extra cores to its CPU along with extra RAM, while the Note 4 needs to run a quad core and 3 GB of RAM to provide the same experience. In terms of normal multi-tasking, you won’t find any lag or delay between the two devices, as apps took no time to get started on both devices and functionality was smoother than an angel’s skin. However, the area were the iPhone 6 Plus is able to thwart the Note 4 is gaming performance. With the device’s PowerVR GX6450, Dead Trigger 2 ran much smoother on the iPhone 6 Plus and the loading time of game took longer on the Galaxy Note 4, along with intermittent lag.

Battery performance

The iPhone 6 Plus features a 2,915 mAh battery while the Note 4 comes packing with a 3,220 mAh juice box. Under intense load, or should we say gaming applications, the Galaxy Note 4 battery drains out faster than the iPhone 6 Plus. This should not come as a surprise because the 1440p on the Note 4 combined with those taxing applications would force the Note 4’s battery pack to die out quickly. The iPhone 6 Plus was left with 13 percent of battery charge after the Galaxy Note 4’s battery depleted completely. So if you are the kind of person who prefers extra talk time over everything else and have the cash to spend on a very expensive mobile device, the iPhone 6 Plus could not be a better choice.

Final Verdict

There were a few tidbit features missing from the iPhone 6 Plus. While Apple’s iOS 8 OS cannot be matched by any mobile operating system in terms of optimization, the company really needs to present more productive features like Google’s Android OS. In addition, Samsung’s Note 4 possesses a Quick Charge 2.0 feature, thanks to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 805 chipset. This allows the device to charge up to 40 percent in just 30 minutes, a handy feature when you want sufficient battery life in such a short time window. However, there were several other features where the iPhone 6 Plus left the Note 4 hanging high and dry. As far as camera, processing, gaming, battery and operating system performance is concerned, Apple’s superiority is clearer than running water. If you often complained about how Apple never rolls out a large screen device, they have now and we have it to say, it’s a slobber knocker of a smartphone. Do yourself a favor and purchase one.

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