Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Apple iPhone 6
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is a phablet. One of the very best on the market right now, actually. But its 5.7-inch screen can be a polarizing factor. So much so that another popular device, the iPhone 6, will likely also come to mind if you're considering a new handset. Especially if you're uncertain that a larger screen is necessarily the better choice. In that kind of scenario, when you're feeling on the fence between two form factors, digging out the pros and cons of both phones can swing the discussion in either one direction. So take your legal pad out, for we're about to go through the Note 4's and the iPhone 6's every nook and cranny.
The chubbier Note 4 is less elegant and inspiring next to the iPhone 6 and its all-aluminum unibody, but we can't argue with the practicality of its design.
Putting aside the differences in size for now, it should be immediately obvious that the underlying design philosophy with Samsung and Apple is quite different. For its part, Samsung definitely managed to create the most attractive Note device yet – the phablet's most basic shape is still of a rounded rectangle, but some changes are impossible to miss. For example, while still on the topic of the shape, Samsung has added four bumps at the four edges of the Note 4, the idea being that they'll better absorb shock from the inevitable drops that most devices go through. Also different are the phone's frame and rear shell – we're now looking at a metal encasing and a newly-textured, but still fake leather back.
With the iPhone 6, the narrative is different. For one, Apple continues its track record of using aluminum only for the exterior of its phone, but there are some generational changes from the now aging, iPhone 5s. The most important of those is the switch to a circular, tube-like frame, and the addition of several contrasting plastic bands at the back, where the antennas reside. Obviously, deciding which one you like more is a personal matter, but we tend to like the way the iPhone 6 sits in our hand better.
Unpinning the topic of size, it should be perfectly understood that the Note 4 is a significantly bulkier device in all possible meanings of the word – height, width, thinness, and, of course, weight. Indeed, despite the relatively bezel-heavy construction of the iPhone 6, it's still a one hand-friendly device, while the Note 4 requires you to make use of both for the most part. Thankfully, Samsung (and Apple, too) have had the good sense of placing the power and volume keys on the right and left side of the device, respectively, making them easy to reach. We are also happy to note that these all provide great travel and feedback.
The Note 4's display is not only larger and more pixel-dense, but also more color-accurate overall.
You already know that the Note 4 is the bigger device between the two, and the only culprit here is its display. We're looking at a massive, 5.7-inch Super AMOLED screen by Samsung, with an extremely high resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD). This works out to a whopping 515 pixels per inch – more than your eyes can take advantage of unless you spend your hands-on time looking at the screen an inch from your face. Turning to the iPhone 6, we've got a much smaller, 4.7-inch IPS screen with a comparatively lower resolution of 750 x 1334 pixels, good for a density of 326 ppi. Sure, this implies an obvious disadvantage for the iPhone 6, but as we noted before, in most usage scenarios, the iPhone 6 appears essentially as sharp as the Note 4.
But what about color reproduction? Interestingly enough, we have a pretty unusual development here – Samsung's Super AMOLED screen actually proves to be superior, which hasn't been the case at all until now. Instead of the usual overstated hues that have become synonymous with AMOLEDs, we now have a well-tuned display if you choose the 'Basic' display mode, with an outstanding color temperature of 6667 K (6500 K being the reference value), and fairly low levels of color and grayscale errors. All of this translates into a natural image that adheres to the conventional sRGB color space, and that's great. In comparison, the iPhone 6 is slightly lagging behind, but only because the Note 4 aced this category. Its screen's color temperature is good, at 7162 K, but a bit cold in comparison. Color error is also fairly low, but not as good as the Note 4. Of course, those of you who appreciate the AMOLEDs of old, can still choose 'AMOLED photo' to get the familiar, punchy look that Samsung devices are known for. Lastly, we do have to point out that the Note 4's average gamma, at 1.97, is inferior to what you get with the iPhone 6 (2.23, with 2.2 being the reference value). This is result of brighter highlights than optimal only, however – dark parts of the image are still as dark as they should be, so this translates to slightly more contrasty image.
One area in which iPhones traditionally excel remains a domain of the 4.7-inch panel of the 6, however – maximum brightness. The Galaxy Note 4 peaks at 468 nits, which is good, but not exactly as great as the 606 nits of the iPhone 6. In practice, both phones provide a great viewing experience out on the sunlit street, though the iPhone 6 is a bit better in this regard. For what it counts, the AMOLED screen of Samsung's phablet can go as low as 1 nit (7 for the iPhone), and that implies a bit superior comfort in environments with poor lighting, like reading in the bed.
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||606
|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||82.3%
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.
4. sar44 (Posts: 278; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)
iphone 6 is better
better sound in headphones
Stereo Crosstalk (higher is better)
iphone 6 -65.1
Dynamic range (higher is better)
iphone 6 93.8
note4 display have 240ghz flickering
it is harmful for the eyes
63. SebastianFox (Posts: 16; Member since: 17 Oct 2014)
not really,about performance testing,it's just a graphic performance testing,the benchmarks mean nothing,it's qhd display with 515 ppi and 5.7 display,s5 with snapdragon 805 at gfx and other benchmarks already outperforms apple iphone 6 even though the s5 has bigger and higher display BUT IT HASN'T QHD AND SAME PPI OF THE NOTE 4 go ahead and test the same chip on the same resolution and pixel density and it will score better for sure,so APPLE IPHONE 6 HASN'T GOT A BETTER CHIP,exynos 5433 scored 40303 for overall performance on antutu only 1400 away the tegra k1 32 bit(no need to explain further,this one already beats a8 and snapdragon 805 on 3dmark,icestorm benchmark and several other benchmarks),the last is benchmarked at lower resolution,we all know Nvidia sheild tablet doesn't have qhd so exynos 5433 did the about the same performance of the tegra k1 with qhd,youch!don't be shocked by that,mali-t760mp6 has 16 cores 700 mhz horsepower and 206-326 gflops(imagination tech quadcore gx6450 managed to get 115,adreno 420 172 and nvidia tegra 192 cuda cores gpu 326 gflops,powervr,you lose!)and if you notice the note 4(on both 805 and 5433)gives better gpu quality graphics rendering just a proof that mali and adreno were designed to give a mid range desktop graphic card experience with mid graphic performance and high cpu performance due to the chip itself(for exynos,because it has much better performance than snapdragon 805 look for antutu benchmarks,yup,apple insider was lying)however,I liked the way that the post explained the qhd reason as sacrifising from samsung,and not a wrong engineer choice just like apple insider did,true smasung sacrifised the graphic performance and the heart of their phone to make you happy with your qhd so you can finally goof around freinds with that beautiful display :\
64. tnuc2014 (Posts: 224; Member since: 12 Sep 2014)
Wow, that may just be the longest sentence in history. Well done!!
7. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1384; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
Both are great in their own ways. I can point out many advantages favouring note 4 too. Like, bigger better display, and all those great features like multi window s-pen etc. More ram therefore better multitasking, and all those Android's unique functionalities. And for iPhone , better ecosystem, great processor even with unimpressive specs, timely updates , better camera for night shots, etc.
12. vincelongman (Posts: 4150; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
The A8 has brilliant specs
CPU specs are not just cores and clock rate
There's many other things such as architecture, transistor count and many other more complicated stuff I dont understand
Basically, Apple's cores are bigger than Qualcom's
Which is why the A8 has the best single core performance
And why 805's multicore performance is about the same even though the 805's quad core and clocked higher
29. Ardalan.PER (Posts: 3; Member since: 02 Oct 2014)
Just wait for android L and 64bit support for samsung exynos 5433 , and note 4 , and then compare them , it will bash every soc that is in market now .
57. ctt1wbw (Posts: 2; Member since: 15 Jan 2011)
Sounds like you have a personal and vested investment in this technology.
31. Leo_MC (Posts: 1137; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)
I also think both are the best in their own category.
11. maherk (Posts: 3464; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
Why not find one full article that support all of your claims? But I applaud the dedication you put into your fanboyism, and to take it to a higher level, I advise you to use google translate, I bet you will find a few more links that supports your fanboyish dream that the iPhone 6 is better than the Note 4.
41. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3271; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
haters gonna hate and ainters gonna aint
suck is fanboy your apple cry apple will never be as good as a note
58. durag1 (Posts: 35; Member since: 29 May 2012)
Who writes this crap? Is Apple so bad it has to compare their smaller screen phone to the note 4? No comparison. Compare the Note 4 with the Apple 6+. Amazing how stupid people are believing some of phone areana articles. Hey, lets compare a prius and hummer in comparison for gas mileage!
66. killerfrog7000 (Posts: 3; Member since: 13 Oct 2014)
5.5 and 5.7 are not that different screen sizes so even if the actual phones aren't comparable the screen sizes are pretty similar
61. SebastianFox (Posts: 16; Member since: 17 Oct 2014)
infact when it comes about camera,the apple iphone 6 and 6 plus are a big fail when it comes about colorful scenes,less colors and high rates of dark colors ruin your experience specially if you are a photographer,like if you took a shot of a red rose it appears darker on the 6 and 6 plus while it tends to be more vibrant on the note 4,note 4 tends to catch minimum details from far places on the iphone 6 you can't see the exit sign on airport if you took a 20m range photo go search cnet if you don't believe me,however why you haven't mention the dynamic range of front facing camera & 4k vs video recording??or did the cat bit your hand??however,basically note 4 have significantly better screen the iphone always tends to be colorless the 326 ppi don't help with that big display,apple was forced to put a higher 404 ppi to make it looks more vibrant and not just me,but many ppl who bought these phones said that iphone 6 plus has better display than the iphone 6,so no matter how much it harms your eyes but when you grap your phone infront of your friends who have note 4,it's more like...a fail,i mean common powervr is that the best thing you have??115 gflops?,however about performance testing,it's just a graphic performance testing,the benchmarks mean nothing,it's qhd display with 515 ppi and 5.7 display,s5 with snapdragon 805 at gfx and other benchmarks already outperforms apple iphone 6 even though the s5 has bigger and higher display BUT IT HASN'T QHD AND SAME PPI OF THE NOTE 4 go ahead and test the same chip on the same resolution and pixel density and it will score better for sure,so APPLE IPHONE 6 HASN'T GOT A BETTER CHIP,exynos 5433 scored 40303 for overall performance on antutu only 1400 away the tegra k1 32 bit(no need to explain further,this one already beats a8 and snapdragon 805 on 3dmark,icestorm benchmark and several other benchmarks),the last is benchmarked at lower resolution,we all know Nvidia sheild tablet doesn't have qhd so exynos 5433 did the about the same performance of the tegra k1 with qhd,youch!don't be shocked by that,mali-t760mp6 has 16 cores 700 mhz horsepower and 206-326 gflops(imagination tech quadcore gx6450 managed to get 115,adreno 420 172 and nvidia tegra 192 cuda cores gpu 326 gflops,powervr,you lose!)and if you notice the note 4(on both 805 and 5433)gives better gpu quality graphics rendering just a proof that mali and adreno were designed to give a mid range desktop graphic card experience with mid graphic performance and high cpu performance due to the chip itself(for exynos,because it has much better performance than snapdragon 805 look for antutu benchmarks,yup,apple insider was lying)however,I liked the way that the post explained the qhd reason as sacrifising from samsung,and not a wrong engineer choice just like apple insider did,true smasung sacrifised the graphic performance and the heart of their phone to make you happy with your qhd so you can finally goof around freinds with that beautiful display :\
65. tnuc2014 (Posts: 224; Member since: 12 Sep 2014)
Congratulations, you have just beaten your own world record for sentence length.
62. SebastianFox (Posts: 16; Member since: 17 Oct 2014)
so basically samsung made a masterpiece when it comes about graphics-display-colors-chip-front facing camera-video recording let's calculate the specs i proved it's better with yours:6-2,sorry apple but i have to take a note this time :)
69. AngelCute (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Jan 2015)
LMFAO look around you? Do you know without A8 chip made by Samsung your iPhone 6 is not that good? BTW stop compare apple to orange ..Apple only good with IOS Samsung in high technologies. If you open the iPhone and let me know which parts Apple made I will give you big "Bravo!"...LoL
16. hung2900 (Posts: 951; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)
About Note 4 overexposing in strong light under lơlight condition, the live-time HDR mode will help a lot and it's unique in the industry.
2. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Nice comparison Chris. Note 4 anyday.
3. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1384; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
Note 4 for me. Its the best phablet and functions almost like a PC (my opinion).
6. imran86 (Posts: 166; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)
Only read the display part in order to judge the whole article and PA is hypocrite and pathetic as usual when it comes to comparing fruit vs the rest.
10. maherk (Posts: 3464; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
Why is it that PA is so stubborn that they don't want to test the maximum brightness of Samsung phones under auto mode?? Everyone knows it will get much higher than the 468 nits reported.
13. Nkolsen (Posts: 60; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)
Its just like when they use to test the display.
17. DogeShibe (Posts: 1111; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)
Note 4 ≥ iP6+ > iP6
Well done Samsung.
The Note is getting better every year!!
18. salaal (Posts: 109; Member since: 08 Dec 2013)
As if the iPhones are getting worse every year
20. DogeShibe (Posts: 1111; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)
So appreciating Samsung means blaming apple?
Troll please leave.
26. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10439; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Reading comprehension not your strongest suit? Read his comment again and stop using the word troll so freely. Calling everyone a troll who don't have the same opinion as you makes you one.
28. DogeShibe (Posts: 1111; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)
Where did i say iphones are getting worse?
He's just trying to get attention. And that's what trolls do.
Also , here is the definition of 'Opinion' -
45. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10439; Member since: 14 May 2012)
As IF, meaning he was being sarcastic.
19. wando77 (Posts: 813; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)
515ppi vs 326ppi and there is no difference???
I love how when the iphone used to be top dog with its 326ppi and you compared it against android phones that were maybe only 20ppi behind that you always said the iphone was NOTICABLY sharper. What a joke!
43. killerfrog7000 (Posts: 3; Member since: 13 Oct 2014)
The thing is that once your eyes can't really distinguish each individual pixel you stop really noticing the difference. So at some point more pixels is just wasting the battery. I'd say the point where it's stops being really important is about 400 ppi but I don't really know. What I'm trying to say is that it's much easier to tell the difference between a 275 ppi and a 325 ppi than it is to tell the difference between a 325 ppi and a 375 ppi so maybe that's why the reviewer used those words
21. geordie8t1 (unregistered)
Haha you have to laugh at this quote.
"The chubbier Note 4 is less elegant and inspiring next to the iPhone 6 and its all-aluminum unibody, but we can't argue with the practicality of its design"
why even try compare a phone and a phablet and then critisize the latters looks based on its specifications, that quote belongs in the iphone 6+ vs note 4, as its unfair to say such remarks against 2 totally different devices. but then it would be the iphone 6+ that would be considered as chubby and less elegant, as its bigger then note 4 with less screen lol
22. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)
interface & function=note 4
camera multimedia=iphone 6
note 4 is champ.
30. chaosnightmare (Posts: 125; Member since: 20 May 2010)
Multimedia is actually better in note 4 since it has a bigger/better Display to enjoy content.
And note 4 camera stills are clearly superior in daylight and even in indoors (contrary to what PA claimed) iPhone 6 uses higher exposure to make the images look brighter but still lacking detail when compared to note 4, the last one can even change exposure in camera settings and still show a lot more detail, I give night shots to iphone 6 due to burned bright areas in note 4 auto mode in low light conditions, perhaps this could be corrected with HDR.
35. dmakun (Posts: 315; Member since: 06 Jun 2011)
Just curious, why do you rate iphone 6 camera better than note 4?
59. durag1 (Posts: 35; Member since: 29 May 2012)
Didn't know they did, dmakun. Strange how PA did blind camera comparison for week or so with assortment of photos from all brands and had total of over 6,000 votes. Note 4 won 1st with 2656, Apple a distant 2nd with 1379 and 4 others took the rest. Note 4 blew Apple away! Also compared screens at best buy and Note 4 was by far the best!!!
23. wando77 (Posts: 813; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)
And 1 nit minimum vs 7 nits minimum is ONLY a bit superior? lol
24. HildyJ (Posts: 294; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
So, according to the review, the iPhone 6 is better for low light photography, access to new games, and not being a huge phablet.
The Note 4 is better for everything else.
27. wando77 (Posts: 813; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)
There is a 64Gb version of the note 4 coming and you say users have to settle for 32gb?
How about apple users have to settle for 16gb unless they fork out and extra $200? And the read speeds don't matter as you have the apps on the internal memory and the extra space on any phone (apple or android) is usually used for music and videos (which the microsd cards read more than fast enough)
42. killerfrog7000 (Posts: 3; Member since: 13 Oct 2014)
Correction an extra 200 dollars will give them a 128gb handset and an extra 100 dollars will give them a 64gb handset
55. wando77 (Posts: 813; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)
What I was getting as was for the max iphone it was $200 more. For a 64Gb note 4 you can pay $80 to get an extra 128gb on top of the 64Gb. Gives you 64Gb more than the top end iphone at a far lower cost
32. Whateverman (Posts: 3251; Member since: 17 May 2009)
I'm slowly losing respect for Phone arena. You guys have every right to thing the iPhone is a better device, that's perfectly fine. But now there are at least 2 PA writers going out of their way to degrade the Note 4 while most other tech reviewers are calling this the best looking phone Samsung has ever made. Every other reviewer is using superlatives while PA users words and phrases like "chubbier", "less elegant" and "doesn't feel as sophisticated". Hell, I'll bet even the Apple insider would give the Note a more objective review than iPhone rent right about now.
I was looking for every reason I could to skip this device, but when I saw it and felt it in the hands I knew this was the best phone on the market period! You can disagree, but you guys are doing much more than that with all the negativity. What gives?
34. darkkjedii (Posts: 20016; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Looks awesome to me bro, especially the white/chrome one.
37. Whateverman (Posts: 3251; Member since: 17 May 2009)
Heck yeah! You know I'm not a fan of the iPhone, but I'm willing to admit it is a really nice looking phone now that I've seen it in person. This new iPhone 6 and 6 plus are fantastic looking devices, so much so that for the first time I actually thought about getting one myself(and still might). But never have I seen PA seemingly bash a device that everyone else is praising just to keep the iPhone in its own separate "premium handset" status.
40. tedkord (Posts: 10602; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
I've seen them person, even tried them. The grey is almost passable, the other two colors are hideous phones. The iPhone 4/5 were beautiful devices (except in tacky gold). That was one of the best looking designs out there. This is just ugly. I'd put a case on it even if it weren't prone to bending in pocket.
The Note 4 is actually a more attractive device, and I never thought I'd be saying that. I never gave Jobs much credit with Apple designs, but seeing iOS7+ and the new iPhones, it's become clear Ive needed his guidance and veto. Steve Jobs kept Jonny Ive in check.
(and of course, the looks take nothing away from the performance, which is, as always, great. And that is ultimately more important)
44. Whateverman (Posts: 3251; Member since: 17 May 2009)
I agree, the Note 4 just kills the iPhone design-wise. The old iPhone is a much better design, but I love the fact that you can switch orientations now. I know, it's simple but I've been waiting for Android to do that since the beginning. I prefer landscape and the only way to get it with most Android devices is to download a different launcher. There is still the crippling lack of customization that's holding me back, but other than that... The 6 plus it's a winner.
54. Chris.P (Posts: 548; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)
I personally don't think it's an overall better device. But I do think it is prettier (the iP6) and that it definitely feels more elegant in the hand. To a certain extent, this is obviously a subjective call (and always will be), but not entirely.
And sure, the Note 4 is Samsung's best-looking phablet yet, but this is a comparison, and it doesn't quite compare just yet - even though Sammy is getting there. Slowly.
By the way, nobody is going out of their way to 'degrade' the Note 4 here. We're just sharing our opinion. Oh, and we try to steer clear of what every other tech reviewer says about the Note 4 (or any device, for that matter). It's our review, after all.
56. Whateverman (Posts: 3251; Member since: 17 May 2009)
I respect you for the reply back, thank you for doing so. I will try to keep in mind that these are your opinions as well. But I'm being totally honest with you when I say there seems to be nothing Samsung or any other OEM can do design-wise that will ever compare to the iPhone in PA's eyes. Most devices deserved the bashing they got, especially Samsung. The Note 4 is arguably the best looking phone but PA had been slamming it on every review and comparison. I could be wrong, but it seems as though you guys are biased. I know that word gets thrown around a lot, but that's how it looks in this end.
And sorry if I came off like a rabbit fancy in the first comment.
68. Chris.P (Posts: 548; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)
Late reply, I know, but whatever.
There's no bias here, just opinion. I wrote this review, and sure, it went through edits like every review does, but the design section is pretty much untouched. I'm an Android user, and have been for years. The last Apple product I've owned was the ancient iPhone 3G. That's it. I don't plan on buying an Apple product any time soon, but that's because I know precisely what I want, and it's not what Apple has in store right now, not because their products "suck" as the Android diehards are constantly asserting. Apple doesn't pay my salary, PhoneArena.com does, so I really don't understand what kind of ulterior motive one would suspect me of having to suggest that I'm favoring a product intentionally.
Credit where credit is due. That's how I go about my job. Branding is unimportant.
71. psychok9 (Posts: 43; Member since: 06 Jul 2014)
Than you must look again this:
Where you see more noise?
Which is the more bright photos?
If you look Ip6 photo is really dark and noisy.