With the iPhone 6 and Galaxy Note 4 being unveiled in September, the inevitable Samsung versus Apple clash has begun in earnest.
Apple released their newest iPhone 6 along with its larger iPhone 6 Plus variant to consumers on Sept. 19. Both versions of the iPhone 6 combined a 10 million sales just three days after the launch, excluding China. Yesterday, Apple announced that iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available in China beginning October 17.
Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 is expected to face tough competition from rival Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the South Korean company is pushing for a earlier launch date, which will arrive the U.S. stores on October 14.
In this guide, we will examine the strengths and weaknesses of the iPhone 6 Plus and the Galaxy Note 4 flagships, which are considered the top in their class.
Observers will immediately notice that the two flagships are evenly-matched in the dimensions contest.
The Galaxy Note 4 measures in at 153.5x78.6, and weighs 176 grams. By comparison, the iPhones 6 Plus measures at 158.1x77.8 mm, and weights 176 gram. Apple's iPhone 6 Plus is 7.1mm thick, while the Galaxy Note 4 has 8.5mm thickness.
Samsung's phone is slightly heavier, thicker, and shorter. Even so, this difference is hardly noticeable when the Galaxy Note 4 is placed next to the iPhone 6.
Regarding processors, the iPhone 6 Plus holds a very minor advantage with is A8 64-bit processors. In contrast, the Galaxy Note 4 runs on the Snapdragon 805 processor. Though reliable and fast, the Snapdragon chip is more-or-less a 32-bit processor.
Most consumers will find that the 32-bit processor is more than sufficient for basic needs such as running flash games and playing music. Nonetheless, 64-bit processors are the way of the future, which was the subject of excellent article published on Trusted Review.
Samsung has structured the Galaxy Note 4 around multi-tasking operations. The Galaxy Note 4 runs on a version of Android 4.4.4 KitKat, which has been modified for Samsung's TouchWiz user interface. One apparent feature of this design is the Multi-Window View that allows users to simultaneously run multiple apps on the screen. Galaxy Note 4 owners can also split the screen in half as well. Though the iPhone 6 Plus has multi-tasking functions, the device does not have nearly the same amount of options as the Galaxy Note 4.
The Galaxy Note 4 has a larger 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display (2560 x 1440), while the iPhone 6 Plus has the smaller 5.5-inch display (1920 x 1080). Though the iPhone 6 Plus possesses great clarity, the Galaxy Note 4 is slightly better with its higher resolution. Still, the difference is not too apparent.
On the other hand, the iPhone 6 has more customization options for the cover. Apple customers can choose between three colors that include gold, white, and gray.
Samsung is only offering the Galaxy Note 4 in either black or white. However, the South Korean company may release a blue and gold option at a later date.
Both the iPhone 6 Plus and Galaxy Note 4 comes with Optical Image Stabilization, which allows users to take clearer pictures. However, the Galaxy Note 4 has a rear-facing 16MP camera. Meanwhile, the iPhone 6 Plus has 8MP camera in the back.
For self-photos, the Galaxy Note 4 sports a 3.7MP front-facing camera while the iPhone 6 Plus has the front-facing 1.2MP camera.
In this category, the Galaxy Note 4 has the advantage, though Apple users can still take gorgeous pictures with the iPhone 6 Plus.
The Galaxy Note 4 has an S-Pen that allows users to scribble notes as if writing on a piece of paper. Compared with its predecessors, the newer Galaxy Note has better S-Pen sensitivity. Unlike Samsung, Apple has not included the S-Pen with the iPhone 6 Plus.
However, Apple has the Touch ID fingerprint sensor that is superior to the fingerprint sensor on the Galaxy Note 4. For a fingerprint reading, iPhone 6 Plus requires the users to hold their thumb on the home button with just one hand. In contrast, the Galaxy Note 4 users need to scan their fingerprint on a sensor while using two hands - increasing the risk of dropping the phone.
Recently, manufacturers are placing much emphasis on health-related features. The iPhone 6 Plus comes with a new Health app that tracks the user's health and fitness data.
However, the Galaxy Note 4 comes with health-specific hardware that includes a heat-rate sensor located near the camera. This measures the user's pulse. Also, Samsung's flagship has a separate sensor that gauges the level of UV radiation around the user. Apple has not included any of these sensors on their iPhone 6 Plus.
Apple offers three internal storage options for the iPhone 6 Plus - 16GB, 64GB, or 128GB. In comparison, the Galaxy Note 4 only comes with 32 GB internal storage.
Even so, the iPhone 6 Plus' advantage is negated with its lack of a microSD card slot that allows users to add more internal storage. The Galaxy Note 4 has a microSD slot that supports cards up to 128GB.
So, neither of the two phones have an advantage over one another in regards to internal storage capacity.
Additionally, the Galaxy Note 4 features a removable back that allows users to install longer-lasting batteries. The iPhone 6 Plus does not have this option, so users are stuck with whatever battery that Apple provides.
The basic Galaxy Note 4 comes with a 3220 mAH battery, while the iPhone 6 comes with a 2915 mAH battery.
Apple has confirmed the starting price for the iPhone 6 Plus. The retail value of an unlocked 16GB model costs $299.99, while the 16GB version sells for $399.99. Users wishing more internal storage can purchase the beefier 128GB model for $499.99.
The iPhone 6 Plus is much cheaper with contract from the major carriers. Prices may vary depending on the mobile service provider's policy.
Available in Charcoal Black and Frost White, AT&T is offering the Note 4 for $299.99 with a two-year contract. Customers can also choose to pay $34.42 per month for 20 months or $41.30 per month for 24 months. New customers and existing AT&T customers who activate a new line of service with a smartphone on AT&T Next will receive a $100 bill credit.
Sprint has a deal that allows qualified buyers to purchase the Galaxy Note 4 with $0 down and 24 month payments of $30. The nationwide carrier is also pushing out a $60 Unlimited Plan with the Galaxy Note 4.
Meanwhile, T-Mobile is offering a similar purchase option for $0 down and 20 monthly payments of $31.24. However, the deal only applies to participating T-Mobile stores as well as the company's online store.