This fall, the battle between Samsung and Apple was ruthless as both companies released in the same month their latest phablets. The Note 4 has an improved S Pen stylus which will be adored by professional artists or scribblers, while the iOS fans will enjoy the new features that come with this operating system.
The Note 4 borrowed the faux leather design from its predecessor, but it’s more textured and without fake stitching on the sides. However, Samsung added a metallic frame which makes it look classy. It’s 0.2mm thicker than its predecessor, measuring now 8.5mm, and it’s 8grams heavier than the Note 3, which weights 168grams. As for the iPhone 6 Plus, the phablet is very sleek, extremely thin at only 7.1mm, it weights 172grams and features a premium brushed aluminum casing.
Both phablets have fingerprint sensors hidden into their home screens and while the iPhone 6 Plus will require you to just touch the button, the Note 4’s sensor will recognize your fingerprint only if you swipe your finger.
Note 4’s display is 0.2inches bigger than iPHone 6 Plus’ 5.5inches LED-backlit IPS LCD screen, but Samsung used the Super AMOLED technology and obtained a resolution of 1440x2560pixels with 515ppi. The iPhone 6 Plus doesn’t offer the sharp contrast and vibrant colors like Note’s display, but at least it’s able to support a resolution of 1080x1920pixels with 401ppi.
Hardware and OS
The iPhone 6 Plus might not impress you on paper, but the 64-bit A8 processor really manages to deliver a great performance along with its 1.4GHz dual-core CPU and 1GB of RAM. The Note 4 has 3GB of RAM and offers a similar hardware performance as the iPhone 6 Plus, being powered by a quad-core 2.7GHz Krait 450 CPU which is backed by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset ad uses Adreno 420 graphics, while the Apple phablet has an PowerVR GX6450 GPU. Both devices are extremely powerful and you can open multiple applications at once without worrying that your device will become sluggish. In terms of internal storage, the Note 4 beats its opponent because the 32GB internal memory supports expansion up to 128GB, while the iPhone 6 Plus will limit you to 32, 64 and 128GB of storage.
The Note 4 comes loaded with Android 4.4.4 KitKat and has an improved TouchWiz UI on top of it. There are lots of applications and widgets that you can download from Samsung’s app store. The iPhone 6 Plus came with iOS 8 and immediately after that, it received the 8.1 update. As a novelty, Apple added Swype and SwiftKey keyboards, while the Note 4 has the S Pen stylus and its functions.
The Note 4 takes better photos than its predecessor not only because it increased the number of pixels on its back camera resolution up to 16MP, but because it has the Smart Optical Image Stabilization with which you will no longer obtain blurred pictures when you’re moving. For video calls, you will enjoy using the 3.7MP front camera. The iPhone 6 Plus features an 8MP camera like its predecessors, but it added optical image stabilization, and takes better photos in low light environments. However, the front camera is still poor at 1.2MP.
The iPhone 6 Plus has a built in battery of 2915 mAh which claims to deliver a whole day of talking time. The Note 4 has a 3220 mAh battery with four hours less of talking time, but it has a feature called Ultra Power Saving Mode which extends the battery life.
Depending on the carrier, the price for the Note 4 starts from 800 dollars, while the 16GB variant of the iPhone 6 Plus, contract free, costs 749 dollars.
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