"iPhone 6 Plus vs. Galaxy Note 4"
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iPhone 6 Plus vs. Galaxy Note 4
It's two of the hottest smartphones that everyone has an opinion on.
It's the iPhone 6 plus versus the Galaxy Note 4. So let's break them down for you.
And we start off with design, where the iPhone did bring a rounded metal unibody design, while the Note 4 brings a metal rim with this faux leather backing.
Size also matters with the iPhone 6 Plus.
Slightly taller at 158mm compared to the 154 for the Note 4. And the iPhone is 13% thinner at 7.1mm compared to 8.5 for the Note 4. Now the 6 Plus is just 2% lighter at 172 grams.
Compared to 176 grams for the Galaxy Note 4.
But this is all about the screen, where the Note 4 brings an impressive 5.7 inch beast with a QHD screen with a 2560 by 1440 resolution.
Now the iPhone six plus' first tablet entry goes at 5.5 inches at ten ADP.
Alright, it's Samsung's touchscreens versus Apple's IOS8 user interface.
IOS is still the easiest to use, and Apple brings a double tap that allows you to still reach everything on screen without shifting the position of your hand.
And touch ID still works a lot better than Samsung's fingerprint scanner.
But the Note 4 can do so much more with their split screen multitasking, and stylus specific applications and functionality, that make Apple's iPhone just look silly.
It's not even a contest.
Now when it comes to features, it's another blowout.
The iPhone's camera made some improvements with a faster autofocus.
Optical image stabilization and still brings the best overall color balance we've seen even with normal and low-light situations.
Even with its lower megapixel count at eight megapixels compared to the notes 16 megapixel lens and Apple's dual led flash.
Now Touch ID is a lot more responsive compared to Samsung's fingerprint scanner.
And Apple Pay has proven to work very well, if it's available.
But the Note 4 brings a microSD card slot with expandable storage up to 128 gigs.
That's on top of the 32 on the phone.
A user-replaceable battery, which is big.
A heart rate sensor that's one of the best on the market for any device, a better front-facing camera at 3.7 megapixels that shoots 1440p video compared to Apple's 1.2 megapixel camera that shoots 720p.
And an NFC chip that really can be used for anything and isn't tied or locked down.
Siri has improved a lot, but Google Voice is still better in speed and accuracy.
And Google Maps is still better than Apple Maps.
Now there's so many things both of these phones can do, but no phone can really top what this Note 4 does.
Now, performance is always key, so here's the breakdown in the 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited test.
The Galaxy Note 4 out-performed the iPhone 6 Plus.
But, in the Geekbench 3 Benchmark Test, the 6 Plus was the winner here.
Also, based on our initial battery drain test, the Note 4 is the clear winner with it's beefy battery that gives it over 17 hours of juice compared to the 6 Plus that squeezed out just under 11 hours.
So what does it all come down to?
It's almost always the ecosystem that will decide this for you.
If you love Android to touch with, you'll side with the Note 4. And, if you're deep into the Apple ecosystem, you'll go iPhone.
But, if we strip all that away, there's really no denying that the Note 4 does more than any phone or tablet can really do with or without a stylus, and it's hands-down.
The best tablet on the market.
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