Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Apple's acknowledgment of the big-screen phones trend resulted in the 5.5” iPhone 6 Plus. It's just inevitable that Apple's first foray in the 5”+ range will get compared to the Samsung line that started it all, that's why we are pitting the iPhone 6 Plus against the Galaxy Note 3. Samsung's phablet sports a tad larger display, but similar dimensions.. Which one is for you? Let's see...
Tall, slim and handsome – that's the iPhone 6 Plus next to the Note 3, yet it's even more unwieldy to carry around, akin to its newfangled phablet status.
The iPhone 6 Plus is a plus-sized phablet indeed. It is way taller than the Note 3, which is already uncomfortable to carry around in a pocket, but is slimmer and less wide, so one-handed operation is a tad easier on Apple's biggie. Apple had to fit the inevitable Touch ID sensor underneath the display. That same fingerprint scanner comes rather uncomfortable to use on such a large device with one hand, as you have to stretch your thumb pretty hard each time you want to hit on the home key, or initiate an Apple Pay authorization, for instance. Not that the Note 3's home key placement is any better, though. As a whole, we wouldn't recommend you to use any of these two huge phones with one palm – these big phablets are designed for usage with both of your hands.
When it comes to the looks and build, the 6 Plus has the upper hand, as it sports a very slim, 7.1mm profile, and premium aluminum unibody that feels very light and classy in the palm. Samsung compensates the relatively thick and plastic-y design with more flexibility, such as the option to swap the battery at will, or expand storage with the supplied microSD slot. It also offers a stylus, called the S Pen, tucked neatly in the silo at the lower right, as an additional input method for those keen on doodling, handwriting, or precision-clipping on their phablet's display.
To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.
Apple's signature bright color-accurate panels make their way into its first phablet, too, whose screen tops the Note 3 on most all counts that matter.
Both Apple and Samsung went with 1080x1920 pixels of resolution, which is the typical option for most flagships out there. Due to the Note 3 having a tad larger screen size – 5.7”, against Apple's 5.5-incher, it flaunts 386ppi density, while the 6 Plus crosses into the 401ppi count. Both pixel densities are up to snuff, though, and you won't notice any jaggies or pixelization from a normal viewing distance.
The color representation round goes to the iPhone 6 Plus. It has more accurate colors and color temperature, while the Note 3 display is colder and colors are largely inaccurate, exhibting very saturated, even gaudy colors in all screen modes it has.
The Note 3 screen also sports a pretty low peak brightness, which makes it harder to tell outdoors, compared to the luminant iPhone 6 Plus display. Samsung's panel does sport a pretty good anti-reflective coating, which minimizes the light sent back to your eyes, and still Apple's phone looks noticeably more legible in bright sunlight.
Display measurements and quality
|Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better||Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better||Contrast Higher is better||Color temperature (Kelvins)||Gamma||Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better||Delta E grayscale Lower is better|
|Apple iPhone 6 Plus||574
|Samsung Galaxy Note 3||360
The numbers below represent the amount of deviation in the respective property, observed when a display is viewed from a 45-degree angle as opposed to direct viewing.
|Maximum brightness Lower is better||Minimum brightness Lower is better||Contrast Lower is better||Color temperature Lower is better||Gamma Lower is better||Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better||Delta E grayscale Lower is better|
|Samsung Galaxy Note 3||56.1%
|Apple iPhone 6 Plus||84.7%
The CIE 1931 xy color gamut chart represents the set (area) of colors that a display can reproduce, with the sRGB colorspace (the highlighted triangle) serving as reference. The chart also provides a visual representation of a display's color accuracy. The small squares across the boundaries of the triangle are the reference points for the various colors, while the small dots are the actual measurements. Ideally, each dot should be positioned on top of its respective square. The 'x: CIE31' and 'y: CIE31' values in the table below the chart indicate the position of each measurement on the chart. 'Y' shows the luminance (in nits) of each measured color, while 'Target Y' is the desired luminance level for that color. Finally, 'ΔE 2000' is the Delta E value of the measured color. Delta E values of below 2 are ideal.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
The Color accuracy chart gives an idea of how close a display's measured colors are to their referential values. The first line holds the measured (actual) colors, while the second line holds the reference (target) colors. The closer the actual colors are to the target ones, the better.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
The Grayscale accuracy chart shows whether a display has a correct white balance (balance between red, green and blue) across different levels of grey (from dark to bright). The closer the Actual colors are to the Target ones, the better.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
1. DogeShibe (Posts: 1110; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)
Very legit comparision.
Coz it cant compete with note 4.
3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Note 4 will run away and hide from the plus-sized iToy.
The only reason to buy the plus-sized iToy is if you must have a phablet that runs iOS.
There are quite a few people that are in fact iOS bigots (aka iBigots).
12. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4808; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
To me the Note 3's size & compactness make it a better unit than the iPhone 6 Plus. Let's not forget it's lighter than the iPhone 6 Plus. Also the camera on the Note 3 STILL holds water compared to the iPhone 6 Plus even though it's a year old.
Also lets not forget the S-Pen, that in it self makes it a much more compelling device than the iPhone 6 Plus... I think the iPhone 6 Plus is on par with a year old device & that is being nice... The Note 4 will totally trump the iPhone 6 Plus.
30. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
You neglected to mention the other old standbys - removable battery + external SD memory card…. Then there is the matter of the QHD screen. Once you have seen the clarity of a QHD screen, 1080p looks so… dated. Add in what appears to be a superior display (color accuracy, etc.), and the plus-sized iToy becomes only compelling for those who insist on an iOS phablet.
My only bit of unhappiness is that VZW is probably going to be last of the U.S. carriers to launch the '4.
37. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
The Note 4 would be a better buy if the S-Pen was actually useful. Superior 3rd party support beats the 1 or 2 times a week (if that) you choose to write down a phone number instead of typing and beats all those scrapbooking features that I never see anyone use after Month 2.
Where the Note clearly beats the 6 Plus is specs. But whether that translates to a superior user experience we'll have to wait to find out.
40. bigdawg23 (Posts: 446; Member since: 25 May 2011)
My main concern with my Note 3 or any Samsung Device is Call Quality and Reception. This has never been an issue with my iPhone 5. I was always told it was because I had AT&T(its not). However, I now have AT&T as personal phone and Verizon for Work. My Note 3 on Verizon is Horrible now with reception because of the KK update while AT&T was just fine. I dumped the S4 because it was so bad. Samsung needs to really work on the radio in the phones.
I don't care about space on the iPhones because I have a 32GB and don't use memory cards in my phone because its unnecessary for me.
49. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)
Note 3 already totally trump the iPhone 6 Plus.
Note 4 should be not even compared with this iToy
38. brawndoQC (Posts: 2; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)
iBigots, i like your unbiased attitude. I like both phone but it's a fact benchmarks always show that the iPhone is faster, both GPU and CPU. Check some of them on toms hardware. Also, External storage is for peasants, it's slow and unreliable. With 128 GB of internal memory, why would you want to expand anyway. I prefer my phones to be snappy, so even on my android devices I opt for internal storage over external capacity.
11. hateftotti (Posts: 194; Member since: 03 May 2011)
Even with 5.7 inch screen,Note 3 is smaller and lighter than iFail 6 plus.
39. brawndoQC (Posts: 2; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)
It's called the iPhone 6+. Competition is great for the customer, don't know why you guys are so angry. Perhaps, get some sex or something.
41. AppleJuice (Posts: 145; Member since: 12 Sep 2013)
Leave him alone, he must be a 15 year old kid.
48. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)
And it was funny how the guy(PA) skip to comment the one-hand function on both devices. Where iPhone6+ offer some BS.
Also didn't mention NFC capability of Note 3, THAT DOESN'T EXIST on iPhone6+, but speak long about some "iPayment". ROTFL.
Note 3 beat to the punch iphone6+ even if it's exactly ONE YEAR OLD.
Does this guy(PA) buy new Note3 when making the battery test now???????
And he didn't mention that Note 3 looks more beautiful and classy , even without sealed , aluminium tin can.
24. pulkit1 (Posts: 354; Member since: 03 Jul 2014)
it is not out lol. you delusional fanboys never stop to amaze.
2. JonathanAlexander7 (banned) (Posts: 71; Member since: 20 Jun 2014)
PA really knows how to start a war,coming in 3...2...1,action!
50. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)
If the article was written with opposite bias, the click volume wouldn't be less. Right?
But the apple propaganda prefer to make click volume only by bashing Samsung.
51. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)
PA could start a war with opposite bias, too. Right?
But as we know the apple propaganda prefer to start the war only by bashing Samsung.
4. sharifsumit (Posts: 22; Member since: 27 Jan 2012)
believe me specs does not matter now !!! no matter how supreme your hardwares are....polished OS is very important....that's what apple showed with iPhones this yr.....with only 1 gig ram & still dual core processor they top on most of bench marks :) cheers
9. Birds (Posts: 1154; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
I hate to agree with you, but a spade is a spade. iOS just doesn't require the same hardware as android. But IMHO the Note 3 is just the better device to buy...its cheaper, has more functionality and a larger screen to in the same sized package. Its just hard to recommend the iPhone in the phablet space when Samsung pioneered the "phablet" and made clear its productivity and multitasking potential. In that respect, apple played it safe and as a result is lagging behind Samsung.
6. android_hitman (unregistered)
Jesus!!! Nothing about the PEN and what about split screen capabilities ...
Bye bye PA... never gonna come to this site again.
43. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3104; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Of course not, if you want a real comparison between the two devices go to AndroidAuthority's comparison.
7. UglyFrank (Posts: 1583; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)
Apple struck gold when they bought the company that designs the custom processors for them.
8. wando77 (Posts: 808; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)
No mention of backs and viewing angles in the display section...... just wins for the iphone..... hmmmmm
15. type23 (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)
So just to make sure I understand this correctly...we are comparing the iPhone 6, released Q3 2014 to the Note 3, released Q3 2013; rather than the Note 4, which was just released this month in Q3 2014?
52. durag1 (Posts: 35; Member since: 29 May 2012)
16. wilsong17 (unregistered)
_no removable battery
_so SD card.. kudos for the 128gb but overpriced when a 128gb SD class 10 cost like 80 buck
_no 16mp camera
Sorry but my money is on then note 4. . Even though my note 3 is like new
46. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
Same old same old.
18. Symon_Fleece (Posts: 335; Member since: 30 May 2014)
Comparing this two phablets is just like comparing iphone 5s with higher and bigger screen resolution with iOS 8 in Note 3. Well, Note 3 is the real Phablet, not the iphone 6 plus.
19. blizzard07 (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)
My year old Note 3 came with 32 Gig, standard.
If iPhone 6 Plus really wanted to win this, should have compared to my old Note 2
This is very biased...
nfc: I just paired my new Plantronics Edge headset by tapping the back !
nfc: I have nfc tags that I tap to perform activities
I can change my battery
No memory cards, wtf
ChromeCast rocks with portability and screen-mirroring
NO Mention of Google NOW!
Google Now voice options blow away Siri
Google Navigation, tied to Google Now !
Google Now is backed by Google Search.
Plus, NOT ONE MENTION OF NOTE 4 COMING IN THREE WEEKS...
Screen resolution and pixel density not even comparable
Love to see this comparison against the Note 4...
20. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 582; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)
"Note 3 display is colder and colors are largely inaccurate, exhibting very saturated, even gaudy colors in all screen modes it has."
Ugh. I thought there is an article that says "The Note 3 has better, more accurate colors."
21. Carlitos (Posts: 500; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
There are many features of the Note 3 that have failed to be mentioned in this comparison (Split screen, and how Samsung actually uses the big screen efficiently.
Even with said feature not mentioned, the Note 3 still manages to come on top of the iphone 6 plus in this comparison.
22. pego99 (Posts: 86; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)
John V is a fanboy. Who appointed him for this analysis anyway?
23. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2071; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
I find this comparison highly biased and inaccurate. My friend's Note 3 easily last's 2 days, and in an earlier article, PA mentioned that the iPhone 6 Plus' battery life isn't great. And this review, it is mentioned that both their battery lifes are on par. PA has really crossed a line of fanboyism after the two new iPhones have been released. This is why I'm moving elsewhere for tech news. This site should really be renamed iPhoneArena.com
28. Fuego84 (Posts: 341; Member since: 13 May 2012)
Lost all respect for John V. Lol 2 iPhone reviews the 6 and 6+ and 4 comparison review all posted under 2hours ago. Someone doesn't want anyone else in Phonearena to get an ipaycheck
29. evan79 (Posts: 3; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)
note 4 32g+ samsung watch+ 64 mini sd= $$
iphone 6 plus 128g= $$$$$$$$$$$$$$
32. Twisted247 (Posts: 282; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)
This is the MOST biased review I've ever read PERIOD.
Anything the Note excels in its either completely left out or subtlety mentioned with a dig at the end. With straight insults in totally inaccurate areas. When the i6+ is pointed out its hailed as the holy grail..
Whoever wrote this needs to quit they suck hardcore and know nothing.
33. DillWeed (Posts: 149; Member since: 14 Mar 2014)
Soon there will come a day when this site regrets their decision to go down this path but it will be too late.
Www.gsmarena.com has been around for ages and they actually review devices.
35. voxmarc (Posts: 331; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)
John V.....i praised you for comparing That apple to a year old note 3,cause thats where it belong. a year or two behind on most flagship devices....but, you forgot to mention how dumb Apple is, they made a large screen devices without utilizing the screen size,and it ended up as just a Blow up iphone 5s, there's absolutely nothing! No two screen multi tasking as in nothing just a big iPhone!...stupid like the guy who wrote this!...ive been clamoring for PA to fire this dumbf**k....but he still here writing.
36. KonaStang4.6 (Posts: 169; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)
I don't know why everyone is so butthurt...the Note IV will get a 9 or 10. The iPhone is good at what it does. Why can't people understand that ? I guess the interwebz won't allow logical thinking. I digress....
45. gigaraga (Posts: 1454; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)
The Note 3 is far more better device. Software, hardware, display, design. Heck, even a 2012 Note 2 beats the iToy6+. All the iCrap 6+ is a large iPhone, and a waste of screen space. Note 3 thrashes iToy6+ everyday, anyday. NOTE 3 FTW. What a poor review by the way.
47. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
And believe me, he has not replied to a single post.
53. kevin91202 (Posts: 519; Member since: 08 Jun 2014)
"The Note 3 screen also sports a pretty low peak brightness, which makes it harder to tell outdoors, compared to the luminant iPhone 6 Plus display. Samsung's panel does sport a pretty good anti-reflective coating, which minimizes the light sent back to your eyes, and still Apple's phone looks noticeably more legible in bright sunlight." - PA's John V.
There is no way the iPhone 6+ has better sunlight legibility than the Note 3. Let's take a look at PA's own (flawed) measurements:
Apple iPhone 5s..............587
Apple iPhone 6 Plus........574
Samsung Galaxy S5........442
Samsung Galaxy Note 3..360
According to the above table, the iPhones should blow the Samsungs out of the water in outdoor readability. But, in real world testing, it's quite the opposite. The Galaxy S5 has the BRIGHTEST display. Take a look at PA's own comparison:
The Galaxy S5 with "only" 442 nits clearly outshines the iPhone 5s (587 nits), while the Note 3 comes in second place. But, If the iPhone 6+ has 574 nits, which is less than the iPhone 5s, how can the iPhone 6+ look "noticeably more legible in bright sunlight" than the Note 3 if the brighter iPhone 5s is not actually brighter than the Note 3? It should be Galaxy S5 > Note 3 > iPhone 5s > iPhone 6+, and not the other way around.
54. derivativex (Posts: 176; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)
Better screen than the note 3? Once again pa bias with color accuracy lol
55. yungcole (Posts: 32; Member since: 23 Sep 2014)
I find these color accuracy measurements pointless!! Samsung deliberately oversaturates their screens for tht nice eye candy tht some of us adore. Who cares if tha iphone 6's screen has better color accuracy?? Note 3 duz a beta job wen it comes to true multitaskin as opposed to tha task switchin on tha iphone 6. All devices have their merits but this review makes the iphone 6 plus a flippen fort knox tht completely alienates tha note 3 I mean seriously?? Stop tha flippen fan boyism n give us unbiased reviews!!
57. steodoreben (Posts: 229; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)
SRSLY? Therefore, the reviewer is an Apple fan, you can tell. iFAIL article. :3
58. fergie130 (Posts: 18; Member since: 12 Sep 2013)
Phonearena sure loves the iPhone SMH! Note 4 will be far superior in every category!