Usually, we compare smartphones with smartphones, and tablets with tablets.
Sometimes, however, we like to compare some of the best phablets, with some of the best tablets. In this particular case, the question is whether the iPhone 6 Plus is big enough for you, and can provide you with all the features you need from a tablet. Or is the Samsung Tab S a device that is worth buying even though you own a phablet.
Design and Display
The Tab S is one of the best designed tablets on the market. Samsung has really put some effort into the design, delivering a minimalistic design and a device that feels like a precious jewel in your hand. Even the thickness is taken care of. With thickness set at just 6.6mm, the Tab S is one of the slimmest devices on the market, and only the latest iPad Air 2 can compete with that. Other dimensions include length and width of 247 x 177 and weight of just 465 grams. Considering the fact you are holding a 10.5 inches screen device in your hands, 465 grams is excellent weight. The device delivers resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels, or 288ppi. The iPhone 6 Plus is one of the largest phablets on the market, with screen size set at 5.5 inches. With a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, the handset delivers density of 401ppi. Such a big phablet is more than capable of providing users with enough space on the display for multitask, video viewing, movies and even some programming.
Hardware and Operating System
The Tab S is one of the few devices Samsung tries to experiment with. The company has equipped the tablet with an octa core processor or 2x quad core processors. The power they deliver is 1.9 GHz and 1.3 GHz. The more powerful one is responsible for heavy tasks; while common, everyday duties fall off to the less powerful processor. The device also sports 3 GB RAM and 16 and 32 GB built in memory. The main problem with the processor is that sometimes it can cause delays, since the tablet must determine whether the task is easy/heavy. The iPhone 6 Plus doesn’t have that problem, as it uses a 64-bit architecture for the chipset, delivering dual core processor clocked at 1.4 GHz and 1 GB RAM. It might seem little on paper, but the iOS doesn’t require much power. As proof, the iPhone 6 Plus scores in the top 3-5 on every benchmark test. The iPhone 6 is available in 16, 64 and 128 GB variants, none of which comes with support for external storage. Comparing the operating system is impossible, since both of them function in a different manner. The iOS 8 offers simplicity, while the Android 4.4 KitKat offers more customizability and openness to third parties. However, Apple has also opened the iOS for some third party developers. The main advantage of Apple’s products at the moment, running on the iOS 8 is the mobile payment system via NFC technology. It is not that Android devices do not have it, but Apple has partnered with many companies for implementing mobile payments.
There is no difference in the camera power at first glance, as both devices sport an 8-MP sensor on the back. However, the iPhone 6 Plus does have optical image stabilization and dual LED flash instead of one. And as a rule of thumb, smartphones usually deliver better picture quality than tablets.
The iPhone 6 Plus can handle up to 80 hours of music play, or one full day of multimedia usage. Additionally, it delivers up to 20 hours of talk time, thanks to a 2915 mAh battery. The Tab S delivers 11 hours of multimedia and 80 hours of music play, with battery capacity limited to 4900 mAh.
This might be the selling point for some people, since the price of the iPhone 6 Plus is rather expensive, set at $750 for a SIM free version. The basic version of the Tab S 10.5 starts at $500.