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Is the iPhone 6 Plus better than the Galaxy Note 4?

iPhone 6 Plus vs Galaxy Note 4: which is the better phablet?

The Galaxy Note 4 and the iPhone 6 Plus are the new staples for the phablet trend around the world. Both these phones come with huge displays that render one-handed use obsolete, to say the least. Even though you’ve got a one-handed mode on the iPhone 6 Plus, it doesn’t make the large phone any manageable. That doesn’t mean that having a large phone is a bad thing, though, as the large screen real estate lets you watch videos and do your thing in a much more comfortable way, especially if you have bad eyesight.

I tend to choose large smartphones because I do have bad eyesight and I prefer to have a large screen on which I can set fonts and things larger, so that I don’t fiddle too much with the small screens on which zooming in is cumbersome and bothersome. Besides being phablets, the iPhone 6 Plus and the Galaxy Note 4 are also top-notch flagships for Apple and Samsung and both have been launched to positive reviews last Fall. Let’s see how these two phablets size up next to each other.

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Design and Display

The iPhone 6 Plus design is made up of an aluminum chassis with annoying little antennae lines on the back and a protruding camera. Apple aimed for a super-thin, lightweight phone with the iPhone 6 Plus, and they pulled it off pretty well. The issue with that design concept is that having such a large, thin phone will make it more susceptible to bending, as countless bendgate videos proved. That doesn’t mean that with average use, the iPhone 6 Plus will bend in your pocket or in your hands. Nothing will happen to the phone if you use as it is supposed to be used, so bendgate is in no way a crucial defect in the iPhone 6 Plus. Still, despite the high-end build materials and high quality chassis, the iPhone 6 Plus seems slippery and easy to damage, which is a negative part of the phablet.

The Galaxy Note 4 stands as proof that Samsung is trying to improve its design language. The Galaxy Note 4 design includes a metal frame, something which users have been asking for for a long time. The metal frame looks, feels and behaves much better than the faux chrome plastic frame on the Galaxy S5, for example, which chips off after a few weeks of use. The sturdy body of the Galaxy Note 4 isn’t as durable as the aluminum chassis on the iPhone 6 Plus, but it holds out nicely in the face of damage anyhow. The phone keeps the overall staple design for Samsung, but it comes in with smooth edges, a metal finish and a soft-touch back panel that is in no way as obtrusive as the Galaxy S5’s band-aid back panel.

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Apple went big with the iPhone 6 Plus, targeting phablet lovers. The iPhone 6 Plus display measures 5.5 inches, which is pretty big for an iPhone and it came as an unexpected feature from Apple. Still, it was extremely successful all around the world, so Apple hit the jack pot with the decision. The 5.5 inch LED-backlit IPS LCD doesn’t have the highest resolution ever, measuring in at 1080*1920 and 401 ppi pixel density. Despite the average resolution, the display on the iPhone 6 Plus is one of the best smartphone displays on the market, as the LED-backlit panel offers up an immersive touchscreen experience.

The Galaxy Note 4 display is even larger than that, measuring 5.7 inches on a Super AMOLED display. The display has a QHD resolution of 1440*2560 which adds up to 515 ppi pixel density. It looks much brighter than the iPhone 6 Plus display and it has better outdoor visibility, but it does consume a lot of power. Despite that, the battery management in the phone bypasses a short battery life, as the Galaxy Note 4 can actually handle two days of mixed use with no problem, as long as you don’t set brightness to a maximum. Color accuracy and viewing angles are a bit better than they are on the iPhone 6 Plus.

Hardware and Camera 

The iPhone 6 Plus is the latest and greatest smartphone from Apple and its performance matches up to expectations. We get a 64 bit Apple A8 CPU under the hood, clocked at 1.4 GHz, backed by only 1 GB RAM. Performance is pretty good on the iPhone 6 Plus with iOS 8, but many say Apple should have put more RAM into this phone and we agree. It would have been a much smoother experience if the iPhone 6 Plus had at least 2 GB RAM. There haven’t been too many complaints about performance, but there certainly is room for improvement in this department. The iPhone 6 Plus features an improved TouchID fingerprint sensor which was pretty acclaimed by users as it works flawlessly. More like 9 out of 10 times, but that’s pretty close in any case.

The Galaxy Note 4 has become just a bit outdated thanks to the LG G Flex 2 since it was launched, but it still comes with excellent performance and hardware. The specs of the Galaxy Note 4 include a Snapdragon 805 CPU clocked at 2.7 GHz, backed by 3 GB RAM and Android 4.4.4 KitKat. You get a nasty TouchWiz UI on top, which makes things a bit slower, though, so that’s a minus for the phablet. Nonetheless, performance on the Galaxy Note 4 is exemplary. It also comes with a fingerprint sensor as well as an S-Pen stylus. The fingerprint sensor is greatly improved on the Galaxy Note 4 compared to the one on the Galaxy S5, but it still isn’t as good as TouchID.

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The iPhone 6 Plus camera has been criticized because it actually protrudes from the chassis, which is bothersome for those who tend to lay their phones flat on a table. The iPhone 6 Plus will wobble a bit, but the camera is protected by sapphire glass, so scratching it is nearly impossible under normal usage conditions. It comes with an 8 MP iSight sensor and optical image stabilization, so the overall photography and video recording experience is pretty neat on the iPhone 6 Plus. The front camera is a 1.2 MP FaceTime camera, which isn’t anything to write home about, but it does take decent selfies.

The Galaxy Note 4 comes with a massive 16 MP sensor that has proven itself to be pretty high-end. It also comes with optical image stabilization, which helps a lot when it comes to video recording. The camera takes excellent photos, but it does struggle a bit in low-light conditions. Nonetheless, you will get an above average photography and video recording on the phablet. The front camera measures in at 3.7 MP, and the photos you take with it look a bit better than those taken with the iPhone 6 Plus front facing camera.

Prices and conclusion

Both these phablets are very expensive, especially if you want to get the most storage available. The iPhone 6 Plus base model costs $750 unlocked, while the 64 GB version foes up to $850 and the 128 GB version will set you back $950. That’s a pretty high price to pay for a smartphone, to be honest. Still, you do get top-notch hardware and software, Apple Pay but no microSD card slot and a restrictive company to go with it. The Galaxy Note 4 isn’t much cheaper, to be fair, though. The 32 GB version will set you back about $650, depending on the retailer, while the 64 GB one costs around $700.

Both these handsets are top-notch, but the Galaxy Note 4 might be the better investment, as it comes with a larger, higher resolution display, long battery life, better camera and a less restrictive software. TouchID and build quality are better on the iPhone 6 Plus, which is more of a premium phone, but paying more for less doesn’t seem like a good deal in my eyes. If you want a huge phone with a high-end display and packed with features, as well as an included stylus, you should go for the Galaxy Note 4.

About Egon Kilin

My life-long dream has been to test out every gadget on the market! Considering the fact that I've rapidly destroyed almost every gadget I've had so far, I'm not inclined to owning something, so my ideal outcome would be to have a different gadget each month. I'm really into smartphones, wearables and tablets and I love Playstation and Xbox, I'm sure I'll beat you at your own game (after a month of training... or two)

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  • Qcknot

    IPhone 6 vs note 4 which is better? I find it hard to believe that this is still a question, of course NOTE 4 is better in every way.

    • meir cohen

      100% agree

  • rai chu

    Note 4 all the way.

  • Johnny B.

    How could you even compare the two? The iPhone is not half the beast as the note four. You obviously didn’t dig too deep for writing this article. Camera only slightly above average on the note 4? Are you out of your mind? Please do more research. I mean any including input from anyone that uses these devices for specific roles to see what makes them tick as a user. Daily driver.

    • I do prefer Lumia flagships when it comes to cameras, and I’ve tested phones with better camera performance than the Note 4, although I admit I didn’t have too much time for testing just the camera. I would love to hear your opinion about the Note 4 and its camera, as well as performance, as not many people can afford to buy the phone where I work so I can’t really sit down and talk to a daily driver like you. And I do have my doubts when it comes to online testimonies, unless there’s proof of use and/or ownership. Feel free to send me your impressions!

      • ecit…stage left

        I will think a bout it.

      • osama bin laden

        The worst is slill ahead

  • My Galaxy Prime

    Paying more for less shouldn’t make sense to anyone yet, millions still do it. I don’t understand why.

    • MdeGrauw

      Millions still like apple above android because it is fruit and they think it is more healthy. For all others android rules.
      Note 4 for me but with octa core N910c

    • Me neither. It’s the reputation and misconception that Apple is the best because their products are more expensive.

      • My Galaxy Prime

        It’s a terrible way to think because u can be taken advantage of so easily

        • Indeed. Look at the iPhone 5S, it’s basically a low-end phone, but it’s still to expensive, yet in some countries, it’s the most popular version of the iPhone.

          • My Galaxy Prime

            Someone once told me the iPhone is an over priced, over rated feature phone. Then I started to wonder what an iPhone does right out of the box and it does nothing until you purchase another over priced apple product or you start buying overpriced apps. If you look at iPhone commercials, it doesn’t even highlight what the phone actually does. Instead, it shows off apps made by developers outside of Apple. The phone does nothing, ever year, every iteration, is the same as the last with minor upgrades that Apple sells at a premium, which makes people line up to purchase it. Perfect example is the iPhone 5 and 5c. It is literally the same exact phone. I wonder if Apple is really that smart or if people are really this stupid.

  • Kim Griff

    Awful, awful review with a contradition every other paragraph!
    Note 4 for me anyway 🙂

    • Can you give an example? I try do be objective when doing these comparisons and take into account user testimonies, too. Also, don’t consider the comparison a review, because it isn’t supposed to be one. It’s supposed to be an informative comparison of what each phone offers for the price. Oh and I didn’t have the chance to compare the phones in use, because I only had little time to test each out, one at a time. Just enough for me to form an opinion and understand the pros and cons of each.

  • pam

    They sell 64 gb of Note 4? Why buy more gb when you can just use a mini SD card?

    • Chad

      Because Android won’t let you move apps to an sd card anymore

      • jt

        You can if you root you phone. It’s very simple.

      • I can still move mine on Android 4.4.4, but not all apps. (no root)

  • Billy Joseph

    The actual premise of the article is misleading. Note 4 or iPhone 6 Plus which is the better “phablet”? Here’s the answers, there’s only one phablet the iPhone 6 Plus is just a big ass phone. A blown up iPhone 6 that offers little to nothing more in terms of functionality.

    • ‘cept for optical image stabilization, which is unfair. Why not put it in the iPhone 6?

      • Billy Joseph

        The ois on the plus was a ploy for added value. I don’t think tha apple knew the were actually going to sell those big ass phones. I meant that they add nothing in terms of functionality, no floating Windows, no split screen, no multi window. So much real estate, no actual way to take advantage of it.

        • Oh, you’re right about that. There is that one-handed mode, reachability if I’m not mistaken, but I think it looks bad and it doesn’t really help. It didn’t help me whatsoever.

          • Billy Joseph

            Exactly comparing the iPhone 6 Plus to the note 4 is apples to oranges, no pun intended. Imo the iPhone 6 ‘ Android equivalent would be the nexus 6. The note 4 is in a league of its own.

      • mohamad sharki

        Go fuck yourself

    • exit…stage left

      Nice.

  • Todd

    The headline should read “note 4 vs iPhone 6 comparison if you only use social media” There really is no debate that can be made against the fact that an iPhone is simply a phone and web browser whereas android is a full blown Linux PC. If you don’t see why that matters then odds are an iPhone is for you like they are for my parents.

    • I don’t think my parents could cope with iOS. They are typical “I have no idea what I’m doing” but they still chose Android.

  • Todd

    Came in here hoping to stir the pot a little but after reading the comments it seems that might not happen lol

  • John Charles

    Anyone who still uses the term “phablet” automatically invalidates themselves so didn’t even read.

    • I like phablet! Sounds so glamorous.

      • LA Stone

        I think Phablet is a perfect term for any phone that merely has a large screen. The Note is something more than that so it needs a more fitting descriptive title. It’s like a modern PDA. It attempts to be somewhat of a pocket PC.

    • noobanalyzer

      The iPhone 6 Plus is a phablet!

  • szenninja

    I have a note 4 and this phone is bad ass. I cant even beleive that anyone would think the iphone 6 plus can compare. 1 gig ram to 3 gigs of ram, 16 mp to 8 mp, a stylus, super amoled display. Multi-windows. It isnt even a contest.

    • I do fancy the LED-backlit displays from Apple, but more resolution would have been better anyway.

  • Jack

    Apple’s iPhone is a eco-phone (bio), they put in millions in marketing and people will think it’s the best one out there. iPhone 6 Plus is a good phone with great software and runs smoothly but in terms of hardware power the Note 4 is a winner. But i have to mention that Android needs better hardware for it to run smooth as the iOS is a much better coded software so it doesn’t need so much hardware power to run flawlessly.

  • meir cohen

    Great article.
    iphone, the last smartphone on my list.
    only 1 gm ram???? WTF…..it’s a joke or what??
    iphone is the best show off device.
    note 4 is the best usefull and practical device.
    thank you.

  • exit….stage left

    I can’t uderstand how you comper note 4 vs iphone 6 plus ( or 6).
    This article is comletly a JOKE !!
    SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 4 IS THE KING OF ALL TIMES BABY.
    WAKE UP…….

  • Grant Hill

    SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 4.

  • trob6969

    I had to stop reading this article once it mentioned the iPhone’s one-handed mode but not the Note 4’s that makes it’s one-handed use actually ONE handed….smh.

  • Adolf h.

    GET A LIFE EMILY.

  • Adolf h.

    אמילי שקוף שאת בת של זונה בת זונה בואי תמצצי לי את הזין כלבה אמריקנית עלובה 6מזוהמת.

  • the twin towers

    Who is the bich that dare to comper nite 4 vs i shit ????

  • Tammy pink

    I think that the two devices are very good but the samsung galaxy note 4 has some uniqe things that put it above all .
    you have to comper iphone with device on iphone level and not with the best of the best like the not 4.
    galaxy note 4 is the best on the market today.

  • Zack Podany

    Frankly if you’re asking which is the better phablet the note wins hands down because it’s the only one that does anything above and beyond a regular phone. I actually don’t like Samsung (or Apple) but I have to admit the S-Pen is brilliant and makes good use of all that screen space. It gives you a good reason to want to use out with two hands. The iPhone and even my beloved nexus 6 are just bigger versions of other phones.

  • LA Stone

    The Note series is certainly more useful than the iPhone. But that matters less to most people I think than what the iPhone does for their self image. I’m on my 3rd Note. I didn’t get the Note 4 but I still feel like picking one up off Ebay at a reduced price. For me the Note is obviously a better device, but the slickness of the iPhone is very nice. I was amazed at the autofocus on the iPhone 6. The Note 4 doesn’t impress. In fact, I noticed while messing around with it that it has the same problem as my Note 3 of sometimes not being able to focus at all. The iPhone focus felt more like “continuous focus”. Like, it never lost focus as you moved the camera around. Still, I want a camera with more megapixels because I want bigger images. Bigger. I didn’t say better. Hopefully that will preempt all the people who are ready to stary yelling about more megapixels don’t equal better pictures. I carry a Pureview 808 in my bag for when pictures really matter.

  • The iphone feels like a toy compared to the Note 4

  • Dump Trump BADWEAVE

    Love the article. Any word yet on AT&T unlocking and allowing their Galaxy Note 4 to be rooted?