Galaxy Note 4 vs iPhone 6 Plus: vote for the better phone

Samsung and Apple have been going at it for so long that we're no longer even keeping score. But the truth is that, in a sense, the two companies competed indirectly. Sure, a lot of people still considered what both had to offer before settling on a device, but that choice was often already made for them – even if they didn't know it at the time. You liked big screens? Apple was a no go, then. You wanted to go lightweight and compact? Not with Samsung.

Fast forward to today, however, and we're living in a different world. Not only has Apple abandoned its long-held belief that people do not want large-screened devices, but it essentially went to the exact opposite extreme by introducing the mammoth iPhone 6 Plus. And we can only imagine that this move irritated Samsung (to put it lightly) – after all, its Note line pretty much created a market for phablet devices out of thin air. 

So, now that both devices have been available long enough for many of you to have had the opportunity to read everything there is to know about them and even test them out at your local brick & mortar, it's time for you to speak up and share your opinion on how they stack up against each other. That's right, it's time for yet another issue of our voting comparisons where you call the score. 

Let's do this.


Samsung definitely stepped up its game with the Note 4 – in comparison with the Note 3, Samsung's latest flagship phablet feels more refined. The company has also finally adopted a material other than polycarbonate for the body of the Note 4, so we now have a sturdy metal frame with four protective bumps at the corners for added impact resistance. As for the iPhone 6 Plus, we're looking at a full aluminum unibody that is also extremely thin (0.28 inches (7.1 mm) vs 0.33 inches (8.5 mm) for the Note 4). 

Also worth pointing out is the fact that the Note 4 is actually less imposing with its size, despite its larger screen, thanks to its slim bezels all around. Unfortunately, neither of the two devices is IP-certified, meaning no dust and water resistance.

Which one do you like more?

Design: Which one do you like better?

Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Apple iPhone 6 Plus


For the longest time we've been directing attention to the fact that those popping, even gaudy colors reproduced by Samsung's Super AMOLED screens are actually far from natural. At the same time, the IPS panels of the iPhones have traditionally been pretty spot-on in this regard.

With the Galaxy Note 4's 5.7-inch, 1440 x 2560 resolution (515 ppi) display, however, Samsung finally addressed this concern, at least if you put it into the optional Basic mode. Indeed, with an excellent color temperature of 6667 K (6500 K is the reference point here) and only slight errors in color and grayscale reproduction, the Note 4's display is one of the most impressive on the market right now. Of course, if you prefer the overstated colors of old, you can just stick to the default screen mode, which delivers just that. 

In comparison, the iPhone 6 Plus' 5.5-inch (1080 x 1920 resolution, 401 ppi) display has a color temperature of 7318 K and color and grayscale errors are a tad more severe. It also offers no dedicated display modes.

Display: Which display do you think is better?

Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Interface and functionality

Oh, boy, where to start!

First off, we're obviously talking about two different underlying platforms – we've got Android 4.4 KitKat with the Note 4 and iOS 8.1 with the iPhone 6 Plus. But while stock Android nowadays feels as intuitive as iOS, we've got to point out that Samsung's TouchWiz skin is far more complicated. Of course, on the bright side, you do get a ton of extra features.

Perhaps one of the defining layers of customization with the Note 4's Android skin is the comprehensive support for the included S Pen stylus. Features like MultiWindow (run two apps simultaneously) and One handed operation (re-size the entire UI so that it is easier to reach) are also not to be underestimated, especially since we're talking about a giant phablet.

The iPhone 6 Plus, too, has some perks up its sleeve, the most noticeable of them being the new Reachability feature. Simply tap the circular home button twice and the entire UI will be brought down so you can easily reach even the status bar whilst using the phablet with just one hand. Bundled with Control Center (swipe up from the bottom to get access to essential toggles), this makes for a powerful, phablet-friendly package.

Interface: Which one do you like more?

Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Apple iPhone 6 Plus


Both Samsung and Apple have consistently sat at the top of rankings when talking camera performance. This still is very much the case with the Galaxy Note 4 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Starting with the Note 4, we're looking at a 16-megapixel sensor with f/2.2 lens and an LED flash. The configuration is complemented by optical image stabilization, which kicks in when shooting video, lowering the amount of tremor and shake in the process. The iPhone 6 Plus' 8-megapixel sensor is also optically-stabilized and touts equally-wide, f/2.2 lens and a two-tone LED flash. Up at the front, we're looking at 3.7-megapixel and 1.2-megapixel selfie snappers with the Note 4 and the 6 Plus, respectively. 

In terms of video recording, the Note 4 shines with its ability to shoot 4K UHD clips at 30 frames per second, while the iPhone 6 Plus excels at slow motion video – it can shoot both at 120 and 240 frames per second at 720p resolution. Both devices can also shoot Time Lapse video.

Camera: Which one is the better shooter?

Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Voting will be open until Tuesday, the 25th of November. We'll be publishing the results on the following day after we analyze them. Even if you finished voting, you can always join the discussion down in the comment box and share the thinking behind your choices.

Related phones

Galaxy Note 4
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 3.7 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3220 mAh(20h 3G talk time)
iPhone 6 Plus
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A8, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2915 mAh(24h 3G talk time)



1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2279; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

What about durability?

5. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Exactly. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is more durable than the iSoft err... umm iLimp 6 Plus. +1

11. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

And Samsung Galaxy Note 4 also looks much better than iPhone 6 Plus. Note 4 FTW.

118. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 969; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Not only looks better, but the camera, battery life, feature list, and screen quality definitely place the Note 4 above the 6+. I'm glad I went with a Note 4.

123. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2361; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Cool story bro

76. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

iboomarang? I voted with my $$. Note 4 is pretty svelte.

126. MasterSyrron

Posts: 59; Member since: Dec 08, 2012

I voted with my money, too, and love my Note 4!

6. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 wins...

51. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Is it me, or do I have a sudden urge to buy some jewelry at Zales?

2. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

Most people here hate the iphone anyway so I don't see the point of this poll.

17. Malcolm.Merlyn

Posts: 160; Member since: Sep 28, 2014

That's exactly what I want to say. The Note 4 is probably the best android device of the year but that doesn't mean that its better than the 6 plus in every way. It does suffer from it own set of problems just like the 6 Plus. The purpose of this poll was not to bash the 6 plus or to extend support to the Note 4 but to elucidate the places where one fairs better than the other.

21. RoboBonobo

Posts: 62; Member since: Sep 13, 2013

Too bad most people are blinded by iHate. Note 4 won the camera vote by a landslide even though it's not as good at low light photos. And I even like the Note 4 in most of the other aspects, but the only reasons people would vote the Note 4 better camera is because of ignorance or bias.

39. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Low light is only one area. Note 4 still does good low light but also does better/higher res pics in good lighting, has 4 k video, many more camera modes and a MUCH better front camera. So to me the win goes to the note seen as the bulk of my pics are taking in good lighting

43. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Did you even look at the two video samples. The second video sample is a dark video example. To me the Note 4 sample looked brighter then the iPhone 6 plus. Also the Note 4 wins in audio recording because it has more physical mics so its better for sound capture. The physical display that's by preference. But for me hands down the AMOLED screens always win over iPS displays. But not only that the Note 4 display is QHD vs the iPhone 6 plus which is FHD, so the Note 4 has an extra 1.6 million pixels over the iPhone 6 plus. So what about all the things about the Note 4 that are not shown here. Like bigger removable battery on the Note 4. What about expandable 128 micro SD storage. What about 3gb of ram vs iPhone 6 1gb of ram. What about the stylus on the Note 4. What about the Heart rate sensor, UV, SPO2 which are all missing from the iPhone 6 plus. Hands down the Note 4 is superior to any iPhone.

52. RoboBonobo

Posts: 62; Member since: Sep 13, 2013

Good points. I'm gonna go buy the Note 4. Cyaz

83. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

the note four received twice as many votes as the iPhone 6 in the blind camera test, sorry but thousands of people disagree with you.

56. tedkord

Posts: 17415; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's not better in every way.The iPhone fingerprint scanner is certainly better. It will get OS updates more easily. It's external speaker is better, though nowhere near the top of the hill. And the reversible lightning port is a better solution. But other than that, the Note 4 is better all around.

102. P-YWS

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

tedkord, you probably raised the ONLY (or the biggest) strength of iPhone6+. Many people, techie or normal folks, kept saying that the UI on iPhone is easy to use, simple. But, the UI on smartphone is in principle designed to be easy to use, i.e. intuitive. Consequently, anyone with reasonable IQ should be able to master the different UI: Windows, Android, iOS. Therefore, the finger print scanner is the only strength of iOS. Some people may argue that iP6+ has the 64-bit CPU. In actuality, 64-bit CPU is near useless because only a few apps ever take advantage of 64-bit architecture. Besides, a very slow (< 1.4GHz clock frequency) CPU at 64-bit would not be faster than a very fast (> 2.4GHz) CPU at 32-bit and more on-board DRAM. To end, let me summarize the cons of iPhone6/6+: 1) pitiful resolution especially iP6; 2) non-environmental friendly due to the proprietary 9-pin connector; 3) pitiful resolution at 8M for the back camera while its pixel size is about the same or slightly larger than the competition (the b.s. from Apple is decidingly misleading); 4) the front camera is a joke under today's standard; 5) no micro SD card support (smartphone is now replacing DSC therefore removable storage is important); 6) top-end ASP$ for 2nd-rate hardware; 7) bezel is excessive especially when compared to Note 4 and the class leading Huawei Mate 7; 8) battery is, unlike the Note 4, non-removable (carrying a thin-&-light extra battery in many cases can be life-saving while Apple denies consumer of such life-saving experience!); 8) ugly design of the back (the two semi-transparent plastic strips to hide the antennae have the wrong color coordination); 9) Apple is a greedy merchants who is always trying to charge consumers a premium for essentially the same or lesser features and did next to nothing to return to the society (for example, Apple did nothing to help the needed and the aging engineers (and their families) who contributed a lot to the high-tech industry including Apple at Silicon Valley but were/being laid off due party to the excessive commercialism of the last 20 years). Except for the last two, the others are purely facts hence nothing to argue about.

127. MasterSyrron

Posts: 59; Member since: Dec 08, 2012

I do agree with you on the fingerprint scanner. I like Apple's touch scanner as opposed to Samsung's swipe scanner. But, I only use my fingerprint to access Private Mode, so not something that affects me daily.

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77. AlikMalix unregistered

I bet you real money that if you put any android phone (old or new, bad or good) on this poll here on PA iPhone 6 will always lose. People are voting with bias here and you can tell how many are android lovers and how many are not. I voted Note to be a better looking phone, but not entirely, there are details that are hideous (gaps between glass and frame, that protruding camera, the little crevices all over the place that will try dirt). But iPhone 6 should have looked like 5S. I find that video and photos are better on iPhone 6 (even on iPhone 5S) compared to Note 4. I've seen my own comparisons. The colors are just wrong on Note in real life - and the vivid effect on all the photos that it adds that everyone loves - I can do that with any editor including the native camera app on my iPhone: I rather have original to start with. But yes, most people here don't vote for Note4 but rather against Anything Apple!!!

104. P-YWS

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

AlikMalix, your opinion of bias could be right. But, if you stay on the facts and do not put your personal prejudice on, Note 4 clearly exhibits more pros than iPhone 6. For example, the description of the color on Note 4 simply reflects measured result. The measured result on Note 4's OLED screen show that the performance is closer to text book performance. This is unbiased. On the other hand, your opinion is trying to defend for the lesser performance of iPhone 6. Were we taught to always try to make an unbiased and objective comparison of products since we were a kid?

110. Fazz1977

Posts: 153; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

You bet your A$$ I vote against anything apple.

3. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 432; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

Note4 wins, obviously.

4. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Note 4 FTW. Things may change when it is the Note 5 vs. 6+S, but for now, it is the Note 4.

10. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

6+S or 6s+? I don't know, Samsung is going to push these fold-able displays in 2015. Maybe the Note 5 will be a folding revolution...

38. ePoch270

Posts: 193; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

You know your numbering scheme is out of whack when it starts looking like a 5th grade algebra problem. Solve for s 4*6s+(5c*5*3gs)

44. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

lolololololololololololololololol +1

128. MasterSyrron

Posts: 59; Member since: Dec 08, 2012

I came up with 5G XLTE. Anyone else?

7. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Smurfie, what did you vote for?

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