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Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Big-Screen Showdown
BY EUGENE KIM
Samsung may have fired the first shot with the category-defining Galaxy Note, but Apple appears poised with a volley of its own. Now big-screen fans will have an even tougher choice ahead of them—the Galaxy Note 4 and iPhone 6 Plus go on sale this week, though Samsung’s only opening up pre-orders at the moment. The stage is set for showdown of epic proportions. Is bigger better? Can Apple beat Samsung at its own game? Read on for a side-by-side comparison.
Let’s start with the most obvious comparison: size. Though it sports a larger 5.7-inch display, the Galaxy Note 4 isn’t proportionately bigger than the iPhone 6 Plus. The Note 4 is shorter at 5.95 inches to the iPhone’s 6.22 inches, which could factor into pocket friendliness. The iPhone 6 Plus is slightly narrower at 3.06 inches to the Note 4’s 3.09 inches, and generally speaking, the narrower the phone, the more comfortable it is in the hand, but this difference is pretty marginal.
Samsung steps up its build quality game with this generation, framing the Note 4 in a sturdy metal band that should help quiet the plastic haters out there. Still, Apple’s unibody design looks as impressive as ever and continues Apple’s dominance on this front. To Samsung’s credit, the Note 4 retains the removable battery and microSD card expansion that fans have come to expect from the Galaxy line.
|Name||Apple iPhone 6 Plus||Samsung Galaxy Note 4|
|Operating System as Tested||iOS 8||Android 4.4|
|CPU||Apple A8||Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 Quad-Core|
|Dimensions||6.22 by 3.06 by 0.28 inches inches||6.04 by 3.09 by 0.33 inches|
|Weight||6.07 oz||6.21 oz|
|Screen Size||5.5 inches||5.7 inches|
|Screen Type||Retina||Super AMOLED HD|
|Screen Resolution||1,920 by 1,080 pixels||2560 by 1440 pixels|
|Screen Pixels Per Inch||401 ppi||515 ppi|
|Camera Resolution||8 MP Rear; 1.2 MP Front-Facing||16 MP Rear; 3.7 MP Front-Facing|
|Video Camera Resolution||1080p||4K, 1080p|
|Read the Review||Read the Review|
Apple finally steps into the world of full-HD displays, though it still calls it Retina HD, while Samsung appears one step ahead with its quad-HD panel. That makes for 401ppi for the iPhone 6 Plus and 515ppi for the Note 4. Will you actually notice a difference? Maybe if you have above-average vision, but even that’s a stretch in most situations. The big differentiator here is the screen tech—Samsung’s Super AMOLED panels have been drawing rave reviews since the Galaxy S5, and DisplayMate has already crowned the Note 4’s display as the best yet.
I won’t dive into sheer performance or software—both phones have top-of-the-line processors and run the latest versions of Android and iOS. Some other key differences to keep in mind are stylus support and camera performance. Samsung’s best stylus gets even better with the Note 4, while Apple’s camera prowess is well documented.
This might be the most hotly contested smartphone battle of the year, but we’re reserving final judgment until we can get both supersized handsets into our labs for thorough testing. That shouldn’t stop you readers from chiming in, though, so let us know which phone you’ll be clamoring to grab this fall. I’d say keep it civil, but, well, you know how these things go.