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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Much in the same way as Apple sparked a revolution on the smartphone market, Samsung essentially started a whole separate category within the industry with the original phablet – the 2011 Galaxy Note.

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...

Design

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.


Samsung Galaxy Note 4
6.04 x 3.09 x 0.33 inches
153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm
6.21 oz (176 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Apple iPhone 6 Plus
6.22 x 3.06 x 0.28 inches
158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1 mm
6.07 oz (172 g)

Apple iPhone 6 Plus


To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


Display

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
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 468
(Good)
1
(Excellent)
unmeasurable
(Excellent)
6667
(Excellent)
1.97
1.56
(Excellent)
3.1
(Good)
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 574
(Excellent)
4
(Excellent)
1:1376
(Excellent)
7318
(Good)
2.18
3.05
(Good)
3.82
(Good)
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posted on 08 Oct 2014, 12:33 1

1. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2173; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Interesting.

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 12:35 28

3. Zenzui (Posts: 114; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)


Yup. but as a true power user it should be note4 all the way.

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 12:48 5

14. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Enjoying the 9+ hours of on screen time with my 6 Plus. :)

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 12:57 29

21. brar.arsh (Posts: 201; 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!

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 12:59 9

24. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Bend*

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.

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 13:04 1

31. KingDingaLing (Posts: 324; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)


Yep, 2 days of usage easily.

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 13:10 4

35. neela_akaash (Posts: 1217; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


If battery usage is a concern. Go for Z3 Compact.

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 13:13 2

38. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; 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.

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 13:13 23

39. D.Lamore (Posts: 198; Member since: 15 Aug 2014)


6 plus is an overrated crap,i will take note 3 any day over this POS. if you want to see a true comparison, visit youtube . NOTE 4 is the ultimate King, LG G3 and Z3 is still better than plus crap

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 13:14 5

42. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Wow so much hate in one comment. Accept reality bud - 6 Plus is a fantastic phone.

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 13:19 21

48. neela_akaash (Posts: 1217; 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.

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 13:21 1

50. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; 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+.

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 13:38 19

55. spin9 (Posts: 310; Member since: 31 May 2014)


You just misspelled that, it's iCrap+

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 13:49 9

59. maherk (Posts: 4435; 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.

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 13:53 15

61. maherk (Posts: 4435; 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.

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 14:06 3

64. DogeShibe (Posts: 1115; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


This site is filled with too many fandroids.
We have to start reporting.

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 14:09 5

65. brar.arsh (Posts: 201; 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.

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 14:13 9

66. donfem (Posts: 683; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Do you expect PA to ever be "professional?"

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 14:19 5

73. archangel9 (Posts: 233; Member since: 07 Feb 2010)


Yes darkjedi is a hypocrite to say the least.

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 14:23 2

74. hassoups (Posts: 473; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)


On 4 nits? Maybe.

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 14:26 6

75. hassoups (Posts: 473; 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

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 15:45 1

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

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 15:50 12

96. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Note 4 is for real tech Geeks.

This device has a special crowd. I would love to take this device to meetings take notes and show off all those crazy features.

Just can't wait :)

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 16:02 1

100. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; 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.

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 16:04 4

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.

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 16:08

104. Ziggy (Posts: 79; Member since: 03 Oct 2014)


Leave PA alone!

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 16:08 6

105. Nkolsen (Posts: 60; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


So what you are saying is that 10 year old boys are stronger than you?

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 19:13

119. darkkjedii (Posts: 22955; 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.

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 19:23 1

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.

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 21:25

125. KonaStang4.6 (Posts: 175; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


Google translate isn't your friend. Sorry.

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