Best iPhone 6 Plus alternatives: do you Note?

Best iPhone 6 Plus alternatives: do you Note?
Along with the new iPhone 6 with 4.7" display, Apple also revealed an even larger version of its newest smartphone - the iPhone 6 Plus. The Plus variation comes with a massive, 5.5" display, and as you can imagine, it's Apple's take on the phablet market. So you might have found that you actually like the idea of buying a phablet, but for some reason, Apple's entrant in this super-sized market doesn't really sound like your cup of tea. Well, good news is you're in luck, because there are some pretty nice offerings out there that will be able to deliver you a more than satisfying phablet experience.

Without futher ado, let's explore the best alternatives to the iPhone 6 Plus we can think of right now...

Samsung Galaxy Note 4


Coming out on October 10, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will be the latest installment in the series that actually initiated the phablet category. Since the first Note, Samsung has been leading the space with its S Pen-enabled monsters, and the Note 4 is really a worthy successor to that line of successful devices. A 5.7" QHD display, coupled with the next-gen Snapdragon 805 SoC and a best-in-class camera, the Note 4 really has a lot to offer to the individual seeking a very versatile smartphone that can offer a ton of features and great stylus integration.


Samsung Galaxy Note Edge


Similarly, the Galaxy Note Edge comes with all of the Note 4's goodies, plus an innovative extra feature: a curved Edge screen that can display various types of information, such as notifications, news, weather, and more. The Note Edge also has the signature S Pen stylus, and is expected to arrive on the market sometime in October.


Samsung Galaxy Note 3


Samsung's last-year Note, the Note 3, is still a great device that packs quite a lot of punch. It comes with the Snapdragon 800 chipset, plus the screen is still very large, at 5.7". Overall, it's a great all-around performer, which can now also be found at a slightly more affordable price, having been around for quite a while.


LG G3


LG's current flagship smartphone has the huge display size of 5.5 inches, which makes it perfectly competitive with the Apple iPhone 6 Plus. However, LG's handset differentiates with a thin-bezel design that makes its G3 look significantly smaller than the iPhone 6 Plus. Well, it's also thicker, but you know, you can't have it all. Needless to say, the G3 is a very versatile piece of machinery that comes with tons of functionality right out of the box. A great Android alternative to the iPhone 6 Plus.


Huawei Ascend Mate 7


And here comes the Ascend Mate 7 - a massive, 6" beast with top-notch specs and a touch fingerprint scanner of its own. Of course, it runs Android 4.4, but Huawei throws in its EMUI 3 interface, which looks suspiciously similar to a cross between MIUI and iOS, with a touch of Android L. Well, all joking aside, the Ascend Mate 7 shapes up as a pretty solid offering for phablet lovers. Just wait until it comes out... which should happen until the end of the year.


Nokia Lumia 1520


Well, let's we put a Windows Phone phablet in the list, shall we? The Lumia 1520 and its 6" display seem up to the task. The hardware may be a bit last-year, but Windows Phone is very well optimized, so we have no doubts that the Lumia 1520 and its capable camera will do a great job as an iPhone 6 Plus alternative. The only thing one should consider before going the Windows Phone's way is the app gap.

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34 Comments

1. TeeHee12

Posts: 15; Member since: May 04, 2014

OnePlus One?

5. damokles unregistered

stop dreamin' this phone ain't coming fo sho!

11. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

6. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

If one plus exists. I think xperia t3 should be here.

9. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

That phone is officially dead once Google announces the next Nexus. Oneplus one is already old and still not available.

22. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

I am so tired of hearing about WP app gap, especially when you consider the fact that the overwhelming majority of the most popular apps are on WP. The media seems to prefer to continue the chorus of "there's no apps!" First of all, this notion that you absolutely positively must have an app for absolutely everything in your life is ridiculous, and as of late has become little more than a tool for some in the tech press to tar Windows Phone with every chance they get. That kind of bias can't be helped, but it's shamefully poor reporting when so many claim that there's no app for this or that, when in fact there is. There's a lot of third party or "client" apps on Windows Phone, that do the EXACT same thing as their iPhone or Android counterparts, yet because they're not the exact same thing with the exact same name and logo as what you're familiar with on other platforms, they get ignored in favor of the "no apps" chant. That's not only lazy, it promotes ignorance, which is the exact opposite of what we should expect from the media.

28. T.Law

Posts: 423; Member since: May 10, 2014

You should check Appstore and Google Play store before you comment. That's all I have to say.

2. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Tragically, there are enough idiots out there willing to buy Apple gear for the logo (you know, the non-glowing one) to actually float the iPhone 6 plus. Their new innovative landscape mode will likely send iFans into a coma because of all its innovations, and possibly some competitors to the courtroom (Apple just retroactively invented landscape on mobile devices).

3. Python212

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 13, 2014

All these 'alternatives' are way better than the 6 plus LOL

4. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

OnePlus One doesn't deserve a mention? Yeah, I know there's still the question of availability and the pissy yellow band that some suffer with, but at less than half the cost, the 1+1 still should be considered. The Ascend Mate 7 looks pretty damn nice. .31" thin, yet packing a 4100mAh battery? LTE connectivity in North America? About damn time, China.

16. theizzz

Posts: 15; Member since: Oct 01, 2013

no pissy yellow band on my end, got lucky!

7. damokles unregistered

get these plastic bags outta ma face brah :o

8. mike2959

Posts: 694; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

If that Ascend had a 1080p...

10. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

It does.

12. twens

Posts: 1172; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Only a note can dethrone a note. All hail the king of 2014.... Note 4!!!!

13. Mels13

Posts: 116; Member since: Jun 23, 2014

note 4 and edge must come out in september as well.I thinks most of buyers will prefer note then i phone comparing these two devices.But if note will come only in october many buyers wll buy iphone because its come the first.

14. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Apple moved their regular flagship to mini sized. And created a phablet version with a 'standard' flagship size. They really like iTiny sizes. Still not better than heck, a Note 2.

15. ProblemSolver15

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 14, 2010

Guys, help me out here. I've never owned an iPhone, only Android devices. The only Apple devices I own are a 15 inch MacBook Pro Retina and an iPad Mini. (Check my devices page in my profile). I'm am not impartial towards one brand or the other. But, I love Android phones and my phone portfolio is vast. I had a Note 2 and have a Note 3 right now, however I am thinking of keeping my 3 and grabbing the 128gb 6 Plus and just picking up the Note 5 next year. I figure it'd be a decent "break" from Android for a year until the Note 5 is released next year. Thoughts? Don't be shy.

17. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Your current phones are already solid. Ask yourself, is the iPhone 6+ appealing with its large screen? It's essentially elongated/stretched iPhone 4. And not to mention the skyrocket price of the Plus. Note 3 should last a good 2 years, and Note 5 coming out next year (if it does) is a good choice. If you do want a break, and find the i6Plus appeals to you then I guess its good. Or you could try WP, but it's not as solid as Android or iOS. Just my thoughts here.

20. ProblemSolver15

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 14, 2010

I gotcha. I just like to switch things up more than frequently. I've had devices that were skinned, launchered, rooted, over clocked, colorwared, so I'm still leaning Note 4, but want to explore 6 Plus a little bit.

18. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

First off, 128gig iPhone six is $500 off contract. You cab get phones that beat the iPhone six for that much off contract, and even get more storage, with an SD card slot. The iPhone 6 should have been released in 2012 with its specs. My Lumia 810 beats it and comes close to it in a lot of ways. That is a mid range windows phone from 2012 that cost $300. I would stay tight with android, already being invested in that ecosystem. OR, like the article recommends, go try the 1520 if you want a break from Android. You can pick one up for about $500 off contract. And it has an SD card slot, so 128 gigs is possible. But anyway, that is just my two cents

21. silverangel304

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

I agree with everything gigaraga said. Also, another option to keep in mind is pure Android AOSP on the upcoming Nexus device, which most likely will come with Android L already installed.

25. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I know I said this in a different article, but the Lumia 1520 would be great for you. Read the info above.

19. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Why are these "alternatives" to a phone that hasn't even been released? Shouldn't it be the other way around? Welcome to 2012-2013 Apple.

23. realjjj

Posts: 375; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

Just noticed the price in Italy in one of your articles (i'm not from Italy) and was amused at the fact that the Meizu X4 is 2.5 times less (sure with a slowe SoC and slightly smaller screen). And it's not the only example or lacation where you can get high end phones for 2-3 times less but you guys focus on the dying brands.

24. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Even if huwai copy htc...Wow look at that slim bezel.

26. clbond78

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I'm just sayin;-)....Even though G3's 5.5 screen size rivals the iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung's current and future Note series. G3's overall form factor and thin bezels is what makes it easier to carry in comparison other devices with 5.5 and higher screens. #LG #G3 #Samsung #Note4 #Apple #iphone6plus

27. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

Note 4 is the king...........

29. sdreamer

Posts: 6; Member since: Jun 17, 2014

The Lumia 1520 might be last years stuff, but it's gonna get better with the next update (4k video recording, hands free Cortana, etc). For something that's from last year that still kicking by the end of this year and being brought up to par to this year's flagships, along with a MicroSD slot (potential of 192 GB of storage), I think that's a good option.

30. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

I am still laughing at how Apple chose "Plus" for its product name. Really? Seriously? A name associated with huge clothing sizes for fat women. That is the name of the new iPhone?? http://www1.macys.com/shop/plus-size-clothing?id=32147 iPhone 6 Plus -- "A plus-sized phone for your plus-sized body".

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