Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Introduction


Apple's acknowledgment of the big-screen phones trend resulted in the 5.5” iPhone 6 Plus. It's just inevitable that Apple's first foray in the 5”+ range will get compared to the Samsung line that started it all, that's why we are pitting the iPhone 6 Plus against the Galaxy Note 3. Samsung's phablet sports a tad larger display, but similar dimensions.. Which one is for you? Let's see...


Design

Tall, slim and handsome – that's the iPhone 6 Plus next to the Note 3, yet it's even more unwieldy to carry around, akin to its newfangled phablet status.

The iPhone 6 Plus is a plus-sized phablet indeed. It is way taller than the Note 3, which is already uncomfortable to carry around in a pocket, but is slimmer and less wide, so one-handed operation is a tad easier on Apple's biggie. Apple had to fit the inevitable Touch ID sensor underneath the display. That same fingerprint scanner comes rather uncomfortable to use on such a large device with one hand, as you have to stretch your thumb pretty hard each time you want to hit on the home key, or initiate an Apple Pay authorization, for instance. Not that the Note 3's home key placement is any better, though. As a whole, we wouldn't recommend you to use any of these two huge phones with one palm – these big phablets are designed for usage with both of your hands.

When it comes to the looks and build, the 6 Plus has the upper hand, as it sports a very slim, 7.1mm profile, and premium aluminum unibody that feels very light and classy in the palm. Samsung compensates the relatively thick and plastic-y design with more flexibility, such as the option to swap the battery at will, or expand storage with the supplied microSD slot. It also offers a stylus, called the S Pen, tucked neatly in the silo at the lower right, as an additional input method for those keen on doodling, handwriting, or precision-clipping on their phablet's display.


Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Dimensions

6.22 x 3.06 x 0.28 inches

158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1 mm

Weight

6.07 oz (172 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Dimensions

5.95 x 3.12 x 0.33 inches

151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm

Weight

5.93 oz (168 g)

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Dimensions

6.22 x 3.06 x 0.28 inches

158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1 mm

Weight

6.07 oz (172 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Dimensions

5.95 x 3.12 x 0.33 inches

151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm

Weight

5.93 oz (168 g)

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




Display

Apple's signature bright color-accurate panels make their way into its first phablet, too, whose screen tops the Note 3 on most all counts that matter.

Both Apple and Samsung went with 1080x1920 pixels of resolution, which is the typical option for most flagships out there. Due to the Note 3 having a tad larger screen size – 5.7”, against Apple's 5.5-incher, it flaunts 386ppi density, while the 6 Plus crosses into the 401ppi count. Both pixel densities are up to snuff, though, and you won't notice any jaggies or pixelization from a normal viewing distance.

The color representation round goes to the iPhone 6 Plus. It has more accurate colors and color temperature, while the Note 3 display is colder and colors are largely inaccurate, exhibting very saturated, even gaudy colors in all screen modes it has.

The Note 3 screen also sports a pretty low peak brightness, which makes it harder to tell outdoors, compared to the luminant iPhone 6 Plus display. Samsung's panel does sport a pretty good anti-reflective coating, which minimizes the light sent back to your eyes, and still Apple's phone looks noticeably more legible in bright sunlight.

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57 Comments

1. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Very legit comparision. Coz it cant compete with note 4.

3. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Note 4 will run away and hide from the plus-sized iToy. The only reason to buy the plus-sized iToy is if you must have a phablet that runs iOS. There are quite a few people that are in fact iOS bigots (aka iBigots).

12. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

To me the Note 3's size & compactness make it a better unit than the iPhone 6 Plus. Let's not forget it's lighter than the iPhone 6 Plus. Also the camera on the Note 3 STILL holds water compared to the iPhone 6 Plus even though it's a year old. Also lets not forget the S-Pen, that in it self makes it a much more compelling device than the iPhone 6 Plus... I think the iPhone 6 Plus is on par with a year old device & that is being nice... The Note 4 will totally trump the iPhone 6 Plus. +1

30. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

You neglected to mention the other old standbys - removable battery + external SD memory card…. Then there is the matter of the QHD screen. Once you have seen the clarity of a QHD screen, 1080p looks so… dated. Add in what appears to be a superior display (color accuracy, etc.), and the plus-sized iToy becomes only compelling for those who insist on an iOS phablet. My only bit of unhappiness is that VZW is probably going to be last of the U.S. carriers to launch the '4.

37. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

The Note 4 would be a better buy if the S-Pen was actually useful. Superior 3rd party support beats the 1 or 2 times a week (if that) you choose to write down a phone number instead of typing and beats all those scrapbooking features that I never see anyone use after Month 2. Where the Note clearly beats the 6 Plus is specs. But whether that translates to a superior user experience we'll have to wait to find out.

40. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

My main concern with my Note 3 or any Samsung Device is Call Quality and Reception. This has never been an issue with my iPhone 5. I was always told it was because I had AT&T(its not). However, I now have AT&T as personal phone and Verizon for Work. My Note 3 on Verizon is Horrible now with reception because of the KK update while AT&T was just fine. I dumped the S4 because it was so bad. Samsung needs to really work on the radio in the phones. I don't care about space on the iPhones because I have a 32GB and don't use memory cards in my phone because its unnecessary for me.

49. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Note 3 already totally trump the iPhone 6 Plus. Note 4 should be not even compared with this iToy

38. brawndoQC

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

iBigots, i like your unbiased attitude. I like both phone but it's a fact benchmarks always show that the iPhone is faster, both GPU and CPU. Check some of them on toms hardware. Also, External storage is for peasants, it's slow and unreliable. With 128 GB of internal memory, why would you want to expand anyway. I prefer my phones to be snappy, so even on my android devices I opt for internal storage over external capacity.

11. hateftotti

Posts: 223; Member since: May 03, 2011

Even with 5.7 inch screen,Note 3 is smaller and lighter than iFail 6 plus.

39. brawndoQC

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

It's called the iPhone 6+. Competition is great for the customer, don't know why you guys are so angry. Perhaps, get some sex or something.

41. AppleJuice

Posts: 145; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

Leave him alone, he must be a 15 year old kid.

48. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Yup And it was funny how the guy(PA) skip to comment the one-hand function on both devices. Where iPhone6+ offer some BS. Also didn't mention NFC capability of Note 3, THAT DOESN'T EXIST on iPhone6+, but speak long about some "iPayment". ROTFL. Note 3 beat to the punch iphone6+ even if it's exactly ONE YEAR OLD. P.S. Does this guy(PA) buy new Note3 when making the battery test now??????? And he didn't mention that Note 3 looks more beautiful and classy , even without sealed , aluminium tin can.

24. pulkit1

Posts: 354; Member since: Jul 03, 2014

it is not out lol. you delusional fanboys never stop to amaze.

2. JonathanAlexander7

Posts: 71; Member since: Jun 20, 2014

PA really knows how to start a war,coming in 3...2...1,action!

31. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

It is about click volume.

50. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

If the article was written with opposite bias, the click volume wouldn't be less. Right? But the apple propaganda prefer to make click volume only by bashing Samsung.

51. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

PA could start a war with opposite bias, too. Right? But as we know the apple propaganda prefer to start the war only by bashing Samsung.

4. sharifsumit

Posts: 22; Member since: Jan 27, 2012

believe me specs does not matter now !!! no matter how supreme your hardwares are....polished OS is very important....that's what apple showed with iPhones this yr.....with only 1 gig ram & still dual core processor they top on most of bench marks :) cheers

5. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Stahp

9. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

I hate to agree with you, but a spade is a spade. iOS just doesn't require the same hardware as android. But IMHO the Note 3 is just the better device to buy...its cheaper, has more functionality and a larger screen to in the same sized package. Its just hard to recommend the iPhone in the phablet space when Samsung pioneered the "phablet" and made clear its productivity and multitasking potential. In that respect, apple played it safe and as a result is lagging behind Samsung.

6. android_hitman unregistered

Jesus!!! Nothing about the PEN and what about split screen capabilities ... Bye bye PA... never gonna come to this site again.

43. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Of course not, if you want a real comparison between the two devices go to AndroidAuthority's comparison.

7. UglyFrank

Posts: 2188; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Apple struck gold when they bought the company that designs the custom processors for them.

8. wando77

Posts: 1166; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

No mention of backs and viewing angles in the display section...... just wins for the iphone..... hmmmmm

10. wando77

Posts: 1166; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Funny cause my note 3 shipped with 32gb

14. D.Lamore

Posts: 198; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

This site is utter crap

15. type23

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

So just to make sure I understand this correctly...we are comparing the iPhone 6, released Q3 2014 to the Note 3, released Q3 2013; rather than the Note 4, which was just released this month in Q3 2014?

52. durag1

Posts: 35; Member since: May 29, 2012

androidauthority.com/iphone-6-plus-vs-521180/ Enough said

16. wilsong17 unregistered

I6 plus _no removable battery _so SD card.. kudos for the 128gb but overpriced when a 128gb SD class 10 cost like 80 buck _no 16mp camera _no s-pen Sorry but my money is on then note 4. . Even though my note 3 is like new

17. Noonting

Posts: 135; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Smaller screen, bigger size iNNOVATION

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