Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
While rivalry has always raged between the two manufacturers, we've often felt like they're waging a kind of a proxy war, and basically compete indirectly in a way. In other words, there was always a major differentiating factor (size, operating system, underlying philosophy) between their devices, and that, in a sense, instilled a feeling that theirs was more of a game of who's gonna get the farthest the fastest, and not who's going to make it out of the cage alive. But no longer.
With the iPhone 6 Plus, Apple is encroaching on core Samsung territory – one that it molded itself – and it has every intention of fighting for every last inch of it. That's where the brand-new, perfected Galaxy Note 4 comes in, ready to receive the 6 Plus. Will Apple's relative inexperience in this segment prove to be its downfall, or can its phablet come on top? We're about to find out...
Phablet lovers will adore these two.
With the Note 4, Samsung is finally transitioning towards different materials, and the phablet is seen sporting a chamfered metal frame that feels great in the hand. At the back, we're once again looking at a polycarbonate imitation of leather, though the texture has been changed to a slightly less grippy one, which, however, looks more authentic than the one available with the Note 3. In comparison, Apple has endowed the iPhone 6 Plus with an all-aluminum body and plastic is altogether missing – front or back.
The Note 4 is also different at the sides – the overall shape is still of a rectangular that is pleasantly rounded at the edges, but Samsung has actually implemented shock-absorbent bumps at the four corners of the device, much alike to the Galaxy Alpha. The iPhone 6 Plus – also a rounded rectangle (if slightly more so) – doesn't feature protective bumps, and is instead making use of a circular, tube-like frame that hugs your palm nicely.
All in all, we've gotta hand it to Apple – when it comes to the feeling you get when handling the two devices, the iPhone 6 Plus definitely inspires a greater sense of you toying with something truly high-end. Unfortunately, while it is the slightly narrower device, the 6 Plus is still plenty big. So big, in fact, that it towers above the Note 4, despite its smaller, 5.5-inch screen. In any case, we're still looking at two XL-sized smartphones, both of which are simply not meant to be used with just one hand.
Last, but not least, the Touch ID fingerprint scanner that debuted with the iPhone 5s can still be found embedded within the circular home button, and it's just as reliable and easy-to-use. We've got to say that we still prefer it over the swipe-type fingerprint scanner on the Note 4 (also a part of its home button), even though that one has seen some improvements from the frustrating early days of the Galaxy S5.
A Samsung Super AMOLED panel that offers a better color fidelity than an Apple IPS screen? Better believe it!
While Samsung has been gradually increasing the display size of its Note devices with each successive generation, this trend has been put to an expected stop with the Note 4, which shares a 5.7-inch diagonal with its predecessor. What did change, however, is the screen resolution – the number of pixels shot up by 77% to 1440x2560 (Quad HD), so the Super AMOLED panel on-board now boasts the whopping 515 pixels per inch. The iPhone 6 Plus, in turn, sticks to a smaller, 5.5-inch IPS display with a conventional 1080x1920 resolution, or a pixel density of 401 ppi. On paper, the difference in resolutions is non-trivial and very much in favor of the Note 4, but in real life, bragging rights are the biggest benefit of having all these extra pixels. When the two handsets are held at a normal distance from the user's eyes, the difference in screen resolution becomes indiscernible.
We went in-depth with the Galaxy Note 4's screen, and found that the new panel is the very best we've seen from Samsung. The display's color temperature is excellent at 6667 K – an absolutely negligible deviation from the optimal value of 6500 K – beating the iPhone 6 Plus' 7300 K, which causes a slight bluish overcast. But that's not all – this is actually the first phone with an AMOLED screen that is as faithful in rendering hues properly – color error is pretty small in Basic mode, and grayscale errors are also fairly low. The average color error on the iPhone 6 Plus is also decently-low, but colors are not quite as on-target as the ones available with the Note 4's display. The only downside to the Note 4's panel is its gamma value of 1.97, which is below the reference value of 2.2 – the iPhone 6 Plus is close to perfect, at 2.18. In practice, the lower gamma of the Note 4 is the result of brighter highlights only, with the shadows remaining as dark as they should be. This means that the screen ends up being a bit punchier and more contrasty than normal, though the effect is not so overdone as to be annoying or distracting.
Moving on, the brightness of the Note 4's screen is good, at 468 nits, while the one of the 6 Plus is excellent at 574 nits. However, outdoor visibility in broad daylight is very good on both, as the two of them sport very good and non-reflective glasses. The Note 4's display can be dimmed down all the way to 1 nit, which is outstanding and guarantees comfy usage in your bed, while the iPhone 6 Plus can do 4 nits, which is also excellent. One last advantage of the Note 4's screen is its ability to become highly-sensitive, allowing you to use it even with gloves – a great feature in light of the coming winter.
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 4||468
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 4||68.8%
|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.
3. Zenzui (Posts: 114; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)
Yup. but as a true power user it should be note4 all the way.
181. sgtdisturbed47 (Posts: 437; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)
I wish more people would recognize the incredible usefulness of USB OTG. This allows phones like the Note 3 and 4, S5, LG G2 and G3 and maybe a few others to use a hub plugged into the Micro USB port, which has a full-size USB port, Micro SD and full size SD ports. This gives the phone full control over a thumb drive or SD card. As a photographer, this has been incredibly useful in the field on my G2. iPhones need to get on this sort of connectivity.
240. drblank (Posts: 58; Member since: 22 Nov 2014)
I believe that would be the camera connectivity adapter if I'm not mistaken.
14. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10439; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Enjoying the 9+ hours of on screen time with my 6 Plus. :)
35. neela_akaash (Posts: 1118; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)
If battery usage is a concern. Go for Z3 Compact.
38. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10439; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Screen is too small for me. Battery is not a problem for me. I can easily go two days on a full charge with no problem.
48. neela_akaash (Posts: 1118; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)
I think not too long ago, IPhone 5S had the most practical and sensible screen size in the market.(according to Apple & Apple Fanboys).
Maybe Apple thinks users have became impractical and non-sensible.
50. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10439; Member since: 14 May 2012)
I've been using big devices since last year with the Note 3, so it made sense to jump to iOS 8 with the 6+.
161. BenCjamin (Posts: 80; Member since: 13 May 2011)
Good luck with that. let me know how your phone looks after 6 months of being in your pocket. i hope you like the bent phone look.
185. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10439; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Fits on the side of my waist perfectly with my case + clip combo. Stay mad my friend.
220. durag1 (Posts: 35; Member since: 29 May 2012)
Mad? Why would he be mad? He is getting the best phone. Your the one that will be mad. Good luck with all the trouble IOS is having. 8.0 back to 7.0, then up to 8.1 within a month. Security problems. Nothing you can fix or change on apple without going to repair shop. Battery, memory. Oh yea, make sure you buy the right memory on phone or apple will get your money on cloud too, Which also cost and is using data to upload and download and slower too. Yea, you'll be mad or you just don't know any better. Most fanboys don't though!
229. warswics (Posts: 19; Member since: 27 May 2014)
Had the phone for over a month now (the 6plus) and I've had no issues at all. Switched from Galaxy s4 and totally happy with it.
196. darkmarch (Posts: 4; Member since: 12 Oct 2014)
oh jeeze. you really believe thats going to happen cause you saw a guy bend it with two hands? thats just silly.
236. drblank (Posts: 58; Member since: 22 Nov 2014)
That's a little overblown about the bent case. Out of the tens of millions sold, less than 1,000 have surfaced and I'm sure most of them were from idiots that were purposely TRYING to bend the phone to get attention. People don't normally TRY to break something they bought unless they are some stupid YouTUbe product reviewer trying to get lots of views.
If someone is that worried about it, they can certainly get a case that will prevent any sort of bending or just simply not sit on it by having skinny pants. Some people are going to break their phone due to carelessness and some don't. My last iPhone lasted almost 3 years and there was NOTHING wrong with it. Never had to replace the battery, never cracked a screen, never bent or cracked a case, the thing was near flawless when I sent it back for a trade in towards my new iPhone. I'll stick with iPhones because I don't want to have to deal with another company. I use OS X and iOS for tablets and smartphones and I understand the benefit of having one company that actually answers their tech support line and helps out when/if I have an issue. No company is perfect, but at least Apple provides yearly OS updates, timely updates for security/bug fixes and I get them the day they release them and they typically have 4 years of usage whereas most Android phones only get about 2 years worth of OS updates, they aren't released in a timely manner, there are too many malware problems and the UI is just too complicated for a mobile device with Android and there is no consistency on that platform and I just don't like anything that Google puts on the market. It think they are a scatterbrained company with no clear idea of what they are doing and it reflects in their products/OS.
323. phoneuserlol (Posts: 8; Member since: 05 Mar 2015)
That's fake. The phone actually does not bend. It's Photoshop and time lapse over many, many hours of HIGH PRESSURE. Not the average walkaround with it in your pocket.
219. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1235; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)
How does that make sense? When you make the jump from the Note 3 to 6Plus....there is a paradigm shift. Note 3 to Note 4 is understandable, iP5s to iP6+ is also digestible....but Note 3 to 6+??
And this review isn't credible....In the conclusion it sounds as if the reviewer is taking Samsung to task and it seems as if Sammy is the brand that has the onus of producing a good phablet as ifg Apple had set previous benchmarks in this field!
Oh wait....WHAT? That wasn't Apple....it was Samsung! And the onus is on Apple to deliver a phablet that can reach up to Sammy's Note benchmark. Apple has a decent start....I'll give it that but Please nowhere near the Note line....not by a long shot!
235. drblank (Posts: 58; Member since: 22 Nov 2014)
I've run into a lot of Note 3 users that switched to 6+s and they were totally glad they switched. A lot of it was the thickness, but they really just liked the OS better.
238. gadget_lover (Posts: 35; Member since: 30 Jun 2009)
There are 3 possibilities, 1) you are not saying the truth, 2) You have run into a lot of crazy people, 3) You mixed up the sequence from iphone 6+ to Note 3 to Note3 to iphone 6+ (typo mix). reading all of the polls in different web sites proves this. Samsung Note series especially Note4 wins in all categories by a mile!!!
102. Ziggy (Posts: 79; Member since: 03 Oct 2014)
Actually, I have an iphone 4, I love the 5's screensize and really dislike both new phones so I'm switching to a Z3 compact, I think the screensize really affects the user experience and the ways it can be handled, also, smaller phone means a better grip.
234. drblank (Posts: 58; Member since: 22 Nov 2014)
Here's the problem. iPhone users typically want to use their phone comfortably with one hand. Apple kind of figured out how to make a larger screen work with one handed operation and it's a combination of their one handed feature AND the case size. Obviously, I'm glad Apple waited another year because I don't think the A7 with these larger screens would have been fast enough. It wasn't until the end of last year did Apple actually finalize the screen sizes. They were apparently playing around with a bunch of different screen sizes as Apple kind of likes to stick with one size for a period of time as changing screen sizes can create problems for developers developing apps that are written for different screen sizes. But to give you a little hint. I always wanted a larger screen size and I originally wanted about a 4.5 inch, but the 4.7 inch is perfect. Any larger than that and I don't know if I would like it. Maybe 5inch is about the largest I would want. But being able to hold it comfortably and use one handed operation is a good thing and the Android phones aren't as good because they are either too thick of a case and they don't have that one handed feature in the OS.
237. gadget_lover (Posts: 35; Member since: 30 Jun 2009)
Samsung had the one hand feature for ages. It is even simpler and more comfortable to use, apart from the fact that you can have various screens at one time for specific needs. Have you seen the surveys, Iphone 6/6+ is only better when compared to previous apple products. Loyal apple users buy them, the same ones that made fun of the Samsung/Android phablets that have been around for years. It is so obvious!!! Next Appl's move will surely be a dedicated stylus to copy Samsung Note series...
239. drblank (Posts: 58; Member since: 22 Nov 2014)
Apple doesn't use a stylus because that's the whole premise behind the iPhone in the first place. Obviously you forgot that memo. And let everyone know when Android finally gets to 64 Bit processing. So far, it's only 32 Bit, Oh, wait, you have to wait until 64 Bit processors come out next year.
Move along Android. Apple doesn't want to make clunky over bloated OSs with so many features, you end up not using the product. I know plenty of Android users switching back to iPhone and the only reason they went with Android in the first place was the large screen and that was it. Other than that, they prefer the iPhone.
324. phoneuserlol (Posts: 8; Member since: 05 Mar 2015)
looks at moto x, no bloatware there XD
120. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
Sony just can't play with the big boys when it comes to carrier support. People scream how good Sony is but when you're not on the nation's largest carrier like Verizon it's pretty hard to take you serious.
Shame because the Z3 compact is a nice phone; it's just a phone that I can't own. I won't jump carriers because of a single device.
147. Ziggy (Posts: 79; Member since: 03 Oct 2014)
Hey fanboy1974. The compact is pretty cheap, how about getting it unlocked? besides, there are strong rumours of a Z3 version heading for Verizon as the Z3c, I might jump into my first big phone if this happens. :(
151. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10439; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Can't seem to find the Compact anywhere with the cheap price tag. :(
221. lala99 (Posts: 6; Member since: 08 Apr 2014)
was considering that on Z3 with big long lasting baterry life yet I don't know why they didn't come up with super fast charging while they made it non removeble sadly :( that why i'm picking up note 4 I guess
157. k4ever (Posts: 156; Member since: 08 Oct 2014)
The Note 3 was already boasting two days are battery usage a year before the iPhone 6 Plus came on the scene. With the Note 4 getting a 5% boost in battery usage, even with the 2k display, this traditional will continue. As the reviewer stated, they should be on par with each other. However, the inclusion of ultra power saving mode on the Note 4 pushes it well over the top of the iPhone 6 Plus. With Ultra Power Saving mode, the Note 4 could theoretically last well over a week on a single charge; one day on a 10% charge.
214. simpleas (Posts: 196; Member since: 30 Apr 2014)
er..... you got 6 hours in the battery test.
227. plumix (Posts: 70; Member since: 28 Aug 2014)
the test are far from what you say ?
241. ameyabb (Posts: 11; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)
With a continuously working data connection, this hardly sounds believable, to be frank. I owned the iPhone 6 Plus. Used it for a few days, with a Data Connection always on. I could, at best, manage mediocre Battery Life, if not poor.
I finally gave up on the Plus and traded it for a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and I must say the Note 4 has at least 30 Percent more Battery Life compared to the Plus, which, in my opinion, is incredible considering the 1440p Panel and a power hungry Snapdragon 805 coupled with all the useless Samsung Bloatware.
Add to it the fact that the Note 4 goes from 0 to 100 with its Fast Charger in approximately half the time the Plus takes for the same, and you have the Plus paling yellow.
No offences btw. The Plus is a fab Phab. iOS and Android are two entirely different platforms with radically different approaches. The Plus is simply the best iOS device.
21. brar.arsh (Posts: 200; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)
Biggest Joke by PA: "To start off, despite the improvements Samsung made with the Note 4 in terms of its exterior – this is the best-looking Note yet - it still can't compete with the iPhone 6 Plus when design is concerned."
Yes It can't compete, because it doesn't bent!
24. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10439; Member since: 14 May 2012)
If you're going to troll, at least do it correctly. Btw, mine hasn't bent not even 0.00001 of a millimeter so I myself can say bendgate was kind of overblown.
61. maherk (Posts: 3490; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
You only represent yourself buddy when there are bending cases out there. The who saga started when people actually complained and tweeted with pictures about their bended phones.
I think you might need to slow down a bit and stop acting like darkkjedii, he hates on Android and Samsung for 10 days, then comes back saying that he owns a Note 3 and he loves everything about (to add more credibility to the "I am a tech guy" story), and you're not that different, all you ranted about on this article is that you own the 6+ and anyone who dare criticizes it will get a slap from you.
73. archangel9 (Posts: 233; Member since: 07 Feb 2010)
Yes darkjedi is a hypocrite to say the least.
75. hassoups (Posts: 471; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)
In fairness to him, that's the way almost everyone is. The moment we buy something, we fight long and hard to convince ourselves it's the one. It might be too, but I agree, he's kind of too sensitive towards 6plus naysayers lol
100. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10439; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Considering you defend Samsung with your life, you should be in no way shape or form to even make such a comment.
119. darkkjedii (Posts: 20085; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
How about you prove I don't own a Note 3, and if you can't, then STFU :D. I'll offer no help troll, the burden of proof is on you.
158. k4ever (Posts: 156; Member since: 08 Oct 2014)
The burden of proof is on you, since you are the one claiming that you own the Note 3.
179. billl (Posts: 12; Member since: 10 Oct 2014)
When ever I see you in public you always have an iPhone.
232. aba71983 (Posts: 805; Member since: 24 Jul 2014)
It because they have. Not just like you Lebanon that you smell strong union in your underarm. Don't get mad because that is true and I can smell you even your from.
Lebanese like iPhone
65. brar.arsh (Posts: 200; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)
Sorry for the typo, but AFAIK you were an Android fanboy some time ago. Or someone with a similar username used to praise android a lot some time ago on PA.
95. power_x (Posts: 264; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)
I was in a store , I tried bending the 6 plus and I can tell you , I could have died from the pressure I was putting on it. This thing just doesn't bend
105. Nkolsen (Posts: 60; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)
So what you are saying is that 10 year old boys are stronger than you?
166. Dodols (Posts: 6; Member since: 10 Oct 2014)
No offence...maybe what you're trying to bend is the dummy version :)
125. KonaStang4.6 (Posts: 174; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)
Google translate isn't your friend. Sorry.
171. Flippyphone (Posts: 67; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)
Right, because your experience is dispositive and overrides everyone else who's had a problem.
59. maherk (Posts: 3490; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
"though the texture has been changed to a grippier one that also looks more authentic than the one available with the Note 3"
add to it this joke. Here they are saying it is grippier, in the Note 4 review they claimed that the back is more slippery than the Note 3! Make up your mind PA, we miss it when you were more professional and less of Apple puppets.
66. donfem (Posts: 642; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
Do you expect PA to ever be "professional?"
131. Iodine (Posts: 1308; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)
But it's not Apple so nobody will care, like always.
160. ecmedic4 (Posts: 325; Member since: 02 May 2013)
You are exactly right, no one will care and it won't be reported on by very many tech news sites. It also won't get all the negative comments like Apples phone gets.