Apple’s latest release highlighted the company’s new targets into the tablet smartphone market with the iPhone 6 Plus. Their biggest smartphone ever produced showed a keen interest in competing with a major competitor, Samsung, who recently released the Galaxy Note 4. To decide which device belongs in your pocket, we compare their key features in a summarised review.
Design and Build
Both smartphones hold on to the ability for use in one hand without having to call in the other. Samsung have ditched the use of plastic for a front casing and opted for an aluminium build, putting it closer in design terms to the Apple iPhone, giving it that much needed sleekness. While the iPhone 6 Plus is a little taller than the Note 4, it is significantly thinner, giving it the overall edge in comfort. Where the Note 4 does win is with its removable back cover, allowing easy service and battery replacement.
With the iPhone 6 Plus, you receive a large 5.5-inch 1080p IPS LCD, while the Galaxy Note 4 gives you a larger 5.7-inch QHD Super Amoled screen with a far higher 2,560 x 1,440 pixel resolution. Numbers wise, the Samsung is a clear winner, famous for their spectacular smartphone displays and fantastic contrast ratios, perfect for use in darkened rooms.
Power and Performance
Specifications compared, the Samsung is the power brute. Running on the latest Snapdragon processor, this device has more RAM than the iPhone and the latest Adreno GPU to handle advanced gaming. The iPhone 6 Plus runs on the new A8 processor and the quad-core PowerVR GPU copes just as well with gaming applications but on paper is weaker. If you’re a multi-tasker that flicks between games and emails, the Samsung Note 4 will no doubt cope better than Apple’s device.
Both devices are fantastic for taking photos, up-close and from afar. The main change is the adding of optical image stabilisation, fantastic for photos in low-lit environments. If you really want to know megapixel counts, the Samsung offers 16-megapixels while the iPhone offers 8-megapixels, but most consumers are aware this is insignificant in today’s world.
As an overall larger device, it’s no surprise that the Samsung holds a larger battery. But it’s important to note it also has a more advanced processor that will eat through its battery supply. Upon thorough testing, the Samsung lasts ever so lightly longer than the iPhone, which has a poor reputation for battery life. Luckily, both devices charge most of their batteries extremely quickly as a result of advanced technology.
If you’re looking for a tablet smartphone that has impeccable design, ease of use and high responsiveness, then the iPhone 6 Plus is the winner. If you’re in search for something new and innovative, with higher power and more advanced technology, then the Galaxy Note 4 is a no-brainer.