You have spoken: The Note 4 outshines the iPhone 6 Plus in our reader comparison

As of recently, we've gotten into the habit of giving you folks the opportunity to voice oit your own opinion on smartphones and how they measure up against their rivals – we just plug the essential, technical info for your reference. The rest is up to you.

Last week, we did exactly that, and the devices we chose are well-known to all of you – Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 and the Apple iPhone 6 Plus. These two phablets share a ton between themselves, like large and color-accurate screens, premium constructions, and great cameras. But they also differ. One runs Android, while the other makes use of iOS. One is extremely-thin and completely made out of aluminum, while the other mixes different materials (including metal) together. The list goes on and on.

So which one do you prefer? As it happens, this particular match-up was completely one-sided. Indeed, Samsung's Note 4 appears to have won itself a place in the hearts of many of you, and that shows – it gathered the vast majority of votes. In the design section, for example, the iPhone 6 Plus netted just 1634 votes (27.14%) versus the 4387 (72.85%) for the Note 4. Samsung's phablet's advantage is even more pronounced in our readers' minds, at least when it comes to the display: a whopping 82.29% of poll-takers thought so, at least. 

Moving onto the interface section, it would appear that the many, many (many) extra features Samsung bundled together with the Note 4 are paying off, for 70.74% of votes went to its darling, leaving Apple's first phablet with a third of the votes. Even in the camera department, the Note 4 reigned supreme, at least according to you – 76.86% of votes went to its name, while the iPhone 6 Plus ended up with just 23.14%.

But, hey, don't just take our word for it – take a look for yourself!

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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. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Part of me regrets ditching the N4 for the Plus. :(

12. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Dude you've been owning a Samsung product for as ages. Its not a bad idea to switch for a while. It will make you realize what you're missing :)

16. tedkord

Posts: 17415; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It did make him realize what he's missing - the Note 4.

23. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014


86. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

My Mother needed a new phone, since she is far sighted I got her a SIMPLE large smart phone. I got her a iPhone 6 Plus. The phone is just very limited for someone who is used to the bells & whistles a Note series phone has. I am sorry but based on what a modern Android phone can do, I could never ever go back to an iPhone. The interface is TOO bland & technically it's an OS or really a glorified app drawer. I kinda feel for Papa. But I am sure he will get back to Android, because iOS is just way too similar to iOS of say '09. There is just too much he is missing & he will crack... It's only a matter of time. It starts with admittion, then it moves to buyers regret, then outright device change.

137. aryanfr1

Posts: 125; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

Exactly super android. I switched to iPhone 6+ but I now don't feel it anything special. I still opt for my s4 and even I use iPad but I don't use regularly the iPhone 6+. Thankfully I will continue with s6 when it comes.

206. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

"Laptop replacement" beats the "mini-tablet replacement"......

211. sprateek

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 02, 2014

My teenager son needed a new phone, since he just drools over numbers so i got him a note 4. The phone is just so poor for someone who actually follows on-screen benchmarks(​enchmarks ), wants updates for the next 3 years or more, whose OS will not be buggy as hell when next version of android drops in, who is actually gonna have metallic body(project zero) coz plastic and fake leather backs just didnt generate any revenue. Im sorry but based on simplicity of iOS, i cud never go to touchwiz which has 1000 gimmicks that im not gonna use. But Im sure he'll get back to iphone after he reads this. There are so many gimmicks & he will crack...its only a matter of time. It starts with admittion, then it moves to buyers regret, then outright device change.

27. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I would say the same but the lag and overwhelming touchwiz killed it for me.

39. maherk

Posts: 6965; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Says the guy that never bought or even have the thought of buying a Samsung phone. 5 weeks so far, rooted with xposed and not a freaking lag on my Note 4. Maybe you need to check the speed comparison between the N4 and the 6+ before you talk about this non existing lag.

46. stealthd unregistered

If you have to root to have a good experience then it's not a good phone.

55. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Couldn't have said it any better.

60. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

If you have to jaikbreak to get what everyone on android already has, you're paying too much for a premium phone. John B.

63. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I rather have a working feature than a half baked feature.

97. tedkord

Posts: 17415; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Like the half baked "reachability", which is just a poor copy of the Note series one handed mode?

72. maherk

Posts: 6965; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I should've put "Even" before my sentence, i forgot that Apple trolls on this site have thick heads. But i ll break it down for you, EVEN with a rooted and heavily modified Note 4, i still fave no lag what so ever. P.s: next time you clowns wanna mock android and touchwiz, just put into consideration the fact that Apple is in the verge of releasing a 4th update within 2 months in order to fix the lags and crashes ALL iPhones are facing. Keep that in mind troll.

78. nwright94

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 14, 2014

The experience without rooting it is great in my experience. People that want to change it still have the freedom to root it and change it to their liking rather than being forced to deal with what came with it. Its the same reason many people jailbreak iPhones.

92. tedkord

Posts: 17415; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You don't need to have root to have a good experience. The phone is basically lag free out of the box, and any bloat you don't like can be disabled even without root. It is, simply put, the best large smartphone you can buy right now by a large margin. Bar none.

123. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Does that go equally for jailbreaking? My Note 4 isn't rooted and I have an excellent experience. WHy? Because I don't expect more than hardware is capabile of period. My laptops has quadcore i7 with hyper-threading with 8GB or RAM and a Samsung Evo 840 Pro. When I click on an app, I don't expect it to instantly load. Lag is part of computing. If your device doesn't lag that means it isn't doing anything. Its that simple bro. Lag isn't a problem, you are just looking at it wrong because Apple taught you that BS. Its their excuse to give you a lame experience. Why? Because they don't have the experience to give you anything better. After all, look at OS X. It is a mess and even at its high price can't match Windows. The reason why Apple tried to stop Windows and Android is because they offer what Apple can't It's that simple. Since sales numbers are you guys only ,metric for what is a good product. Android runs on over 1billion devices. Windows runs on over 1B devices. OS X runs on 300M devices. iOS run on 700M devices. Yet Mac OS/OSX is older than Windows and iOS is older than Android. HMMM!

57. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Bought it, used it, didn't like it. Unlike your note, I don't need to jailbreak to get it to run smoothly.

111. g2a5b0e unregistered

Funniest thing about this is that you still expect any of us to believe that. LMAO. Your whole life is a joke.

164. meanestgenius

Posts: 22287; Member since: May 28, 2014

Indeed! Mxyzptlk is still lying about buying a Note 4.

44. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

I did experience lag on my older s3 sometimes, my note 4.. NOPE.

50. proto

Posts: 59; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

Boy.. i have 1 and half year old S4 .. and lags.. it had problems at start. but now? nope.

64. Fishbowl

Posts: 23; Member since: Jun 21, 2013

As someone who used to have an S4, I have to admit there was lag there. There was always a delay going back to the homescreen, going into the settings, or the gallery app. A slight delay, but delay nonetheless.

94. tedkord

Posts: 17415; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

There is occasional lag on every device. It's unavoidable. The Note 4 has a little lag as any device available.

59. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

The truth hurts. When you're still blinded by the number of votes. N4 STILL far better than the ip6 Plus. But you don't care other wise. Nor iPA

69. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Does this guy speak English?

116. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

yes I speak english little boy. You only care bout Apple and their high sales. When you look at the votes on this page the N4 STILL WINS hands down. Go put your hate some where else for a change. You HATE Motorola and GOOGLE. Big Deal stop posting your hatred when ever there's a Motorola or Samsung article. Go play with your #Bendgate IP6.

61. Fishbowl

Posts: 23; Member since: Jun 21, 2013

You keep saying there's lag on the N4, but i have yet to experience any on mine (minus the recent menu lag, which is annoying. I hope this gets fixed). All apps open quickly, going back to the homescreen is instant, and everything moves smoothly. All of this was out of the box. I will concede to your overwhelming tw point though.

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