Apple iPhone 6 Plus Vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Phablet War Beyond the OS

By Vivek

Apple already launched its most rumored and awaited iPhone 6 yesterday and it surely comes with a massive overhaul and intense re-design. Moreover, it's not just the superficial remodulation in design language, but also in terms of hardware and software revamp.

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The Cupertino giant has also been receiving a lot of accolade because of the new sizes that it has used in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Moreover, these devices are the first ones coming from the house of Apple with a bigger display. Perhaps, most might call it a bit too 'un-Apple' a path.


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Also, since Apple iPhones were all smaller in size and were not categorized in a way to compete with other devices in full scale, but with the new bigger and better iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, it has entered into a cut-throat rivalry against most of the top-tier flagship devices.

Hilariously, to most of the Apple fundamentalists' joy, who might have disliked new design and size of the iPhones, smartphone makers like Nokia and Samsung have already started mocking it. With the recent most troubled iCloud hack, Apple's image as a secured service provider has also been tarnished to an unimaginable extent. Anyways, that could be dissolved with the wave of excitement that the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has brought in the tech industry.

But, since Apple has already made the 5.5-inch big phablet official, it surely makes way into the market to compete with newly launched flagship devices, in particular - the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Thus, some might think that iPhone 6 Plus is better while others, especially, the Android users might befriend the Galaxy Note 4 with their own claims.

Anyways, today, GizBot has come up with a in-depth comparison between the two devices, which might enlighten you with some of the new features that you might have ignored in the two phones. Lets go ahead.

Apple iPhone 6 In Pictures



The iPhone 6 Plus features a 5.5-inch ( 1920 x 1080 pixels) 16:9 display at 401 ppi pixel density with over 2 million pixels, while the Galaxy Note 4 sports a 5.7 inches Super AMOLED display with a QHD display (1440 x 2560 pixels) and churning out the pixel density of 515ppi.

The iPhone 6 Plus however offers a display technology where every pixel has three subpixels as opposed to the one used in Galaxy Note 4 which features only one sub-pixel. So even with a low-resolution, the image will be really crisp and clear in the new iPhone 6 Plus. Moreover, the iPhone also uses an IPS screen, which is not present in the Galaxy Note 4.


Processor and RAM

Processor and RAM

The iPhone 6 Plus is powered by the new A8 chip based on 20-nanometer process, has 2 Billion transistors, making it 50 times faster than the original iPhone and better GPU that is 84 times faster than the original iPhone. It is a 64-bit chipset with a Dual Core processor in it which is comparatively lesser than the 4 core Snapdragon 805 used in the Galaxy Note 4.

However, the new A8 chipset has an intense caliber to beat the best of the SoCs that it has been using since it first made iPhone. Again, though it has a lesser 2GB RAM, the iPhone 6 Plus can't be considered any lesser against the Galaxy Note 4's 3GB RAM. However, the advantage of the iPhone 6 Plus here is surely the use of the 64-bit processor which can, in fact, use up to 4GB of RAM.


Android KitKat Vs iOS 8

Android KitKat Vs iOS 8

One of the best thing that Android KitKat offers to a phone is that it is free and open source, which means that anyone can freely use, copy, study, and change the software in any way, and the source code is openly shared so that people are encouraged to voluntarily improve the design of the software. That is something that Apple doesn't allow.

However, there are several upsides and downsides to both the mobile platforms. Both are incredible in their own ways and have their own signature functions. But just to brief you in a concise way, Android KitKat will come with a supports 4K resolution, browser has word wrap, multi-user accessibility, has offline voice recognition, allows app installs on the device's external storage, supports Java and most importantly it is a customizable system. These are all absent in iOS 8.

What is positive in the iOS 8 is the fact that it supports the newest feature the Apple Pay, has a child lock and most importantly, it will get direct updates by OS vendor. Again these are the features that are completely not in the line of any Android smartphones.




Obviously, Samsung offers a better camera with 16 MP sensor offering support for 3456 x 4608 pixels. It is accompanied by optical image stabilization, autofocus and LED flash. At the front, it has a 3.7 MP snapper capable of recording 1080p@30fps video.

On the other hand, iPhone 6 Plus has an 8MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, optical image stabilization, autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash and a 1.2 MP frontal shooter.

If camera was so big of a concern, than it would be imperative to say that Galaxy Note 4 is the best. It has a wider aperture at minimum focal length and faster photo autofocus due to a phase detection autofocus when shooting pictures.




The Galaxy Note 4 comes with a monstrous battery of 3,220 mAh capacity which is far more larger than the one used in the iPhone 6 Plus. The iPhone 6 Plus is fueled by a 2,915 mAh unit. But the mesmerizing piece of detail comes from Apple which claims that it will offer up to 24 hours of talktime on 3G and standby time of up to 16 days.

But that is yet to be tested and found, anyways. It is needless to talk about the Galaxy Note 4's battery as it is far more potent in terms of capacity itself.




Early verdict about the two phones are pretty hard to offer at the moment, and also because these come from a completely different eco-system and OS background, it becomes even tougher to suggest the odd one out.
Anyways, there are several things that the smartphone users want in their phone like a microSD card slot, and build quality, the convenient size, particular sensors like fingerprint sensor, or even a form factor.

It is needless to say that Apple has taken a flight which is off the tracks, considering Apple's track record. And it has hit the off track at the right juncture where phablet business is sky rocketing.

Including the design which is curvy, the protruded camera, larger display, new sensors might make the new iPhone 6 Plus a comforting treat to the eye and it is surely the most awaited design that fans have been waiting from Apple to see.

However, if a verdict is to be declared in an apt way, the pricing of the iPhone 6 Plus will be the closest determining factor in that case.


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