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Phablets FaceOff: Apple iPhone 6 Plus Vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4

by Felix Omondi

Phablets FaceOff: Apple iPhone 6 Plus Vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Apple is now trending on all social media platform following the announcement of its iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and the Apple Watch. These devices are expected to hit the shelves starting September 19th.

This appears to set the stage for the phablet confrontation of Apple’s flagship iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung flagship Galaxy Note 4. The iPhone 6 Plus is definitely Apple’s first attempt at a phablet and most would agree given the specs under the hood of the iPhone 6 Plus, it’s a pretty decent try.

So let us take a review of Samsung Galaxy Note 4 against the new iPhone 6 Plus and determine, between these two phablets, which one carries the day. Let us first start with the quick features comparisons:

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Vs iPhone 6 Plus

Phablets FaceOff: Apple iPhone 6 Plus Vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4

After taking a comparative look at their basic features, the iPhone 6 Plus is 0.2 inches smaller in terms of Display size, so Note 4 win there. But the iPhone is packed is a very sleek looking body (7.1mm to Note’s 8.5mm), which in my opinion is a plus and compensates for its small Display size compared to Note 4. The Galaxy Note 4 is 4g heavier than the iPhone, this would be negligible to most.

For the type of Display, we see Samsung maintained the Super AMOLED, while Apple went for the IPS display; though it had been rumored it will have the sapphire protection which is not there. Instead it has a layer of oleophobic coating and a shatter-proof glass. The Note 4 has the latest Gorilla Glass 3 protection.

Reviewing both phablet’s resolution, Note 4 clearly beats the iPhone with its 1440×2560 resolution and a 515ppi. But before you draw conclusions on this, please not that the Apple’s full HD Display is really efficient and you would probably not readily identify any big difference are you are very critical of it.

The iPhone comes with a A8 processor made up of 2 billion transistors, essentially making it 25% faster for your conventional computing task, about 50% faster for the graphics, so says Apple. The company also never specified on the RAM’s availability on this device, then again Apple is not big on sharing much technical details about its devices, but we should expect it to run fast.

On the other hand, Samsung Note 4 packs under the hood, the latest Snapdragon 805 processor clocking at 2.7GHz, backed by a 3GB RAM. So we can confidently conclude that the Note 4 will run all of your apps, without any problems. Coming to storage, Apple gives you the option of choosing the iPhone with a 16GB, 64GB or 128GB internal ROM, and the Samsung comes with and internal ROM of 32GB which can be expanded to up to 128GB.

On paper the Battery performance of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus looks good

On paper the Battery performance of the iPhone 6 & 6 Plus looks good

Looking at connectivity, both devices are equipped with latest state of the art Bluetooth and other connectivity option. So I would say they are at par in terms of connectivity. So what about battery performance? The Note 4 has a 3,220 mAh battery, but Apple fell short of mentioning the battery capacity. But the company said it had improved on the battery performance in comparison to the predecessors of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

The Note 4 camera sensor has double the resolution, but as a smartphone user, you ought to know that high resolution doesn’t necessarily equate to better quality picture. Apple paid more attention to other factors, such as the ability to neutralize too much light and noise among others.

It would be hard to make a definite decision on which of these two devices outdoes the other. It all depends on what you value most on a smartphone, so in this case I won’t render a verdict. But, if Apple delivers its promise on the 24 hours battery life and the NFC payments, it might just swing more votes on its side and carry the day.

Additionally, Apple promised to partner with many companies in the US, and many smartphones users will appreciate the NFC payments. Then there is the other factor of preference between the Android KitKat (also assuming Android L update will be forthcoming soon) on Note 4 and the iOS 8 on iPhone 6 Plus.

Phablets FaceOff: Apple iPhone 6 Plus Vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Another swing factor could be their prices, but considering the highly competitive relationship Samsung and Apple have. I will not be surprised if Galaxy Note 4 goes on sale before the iPhone 6 Plus hits the shelves.

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