Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Apple iPhone 6

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Apple iPhone 6
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Apple iPhone 6
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Apple iPhone 6
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Apple iPhone 6
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Apple iPhone 6
Introduction


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.

Design

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.


Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Dimensions

6.04 x 3.09 x 0.33 inches

153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm

Weight

6.21 oz (176 g)

Apple iPhone 6

Apple iPhone 6

Dimensions

5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 inches

138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm

Weight

4.55 oz (129 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Dimensions

6.04 x 3.09 x 0.33 inches

153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm

Weight

6.21 oz (176 g)

Apple iPhone 6

Apple iPhone 6

Dimensions

5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 inches

138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm

Weight

4.55 oz (129 g)

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



Display

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.



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73 Comments

1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Engrossing.

4. sar44

Posts: 278; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

iphone 6 is better better sound in headphones Stereo Crosstalk (higher is better) iphone 6 -65.1 note4 -55.2 Dynamic range (higher is better) iphone 6 93.8 note4 93.5 better display note4 display have 240ghz flickering it is harmful for the eyeshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynHdzrnBxI4&feature=player_detailpage#t=132https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mdneth_AKKA&feature=player_detailpage#t=130http://www.ixbt.com/mobile/images/samsung-galaxy-note4/oled-mod.png better camerahttp://forum.xda-developers.com/general/general/best-camera-smartphone-comparisons-t2901826

5. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

And A8 seems performs great.

63. SebastianFox

Posts: 21; Member since: Oct 17, 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: 294; Member since: Sep 12, 2014

Wow, that may just be the longest sentence in history. Well done!!

7. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 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: 5554; Member since: Feb 10, 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: Oct 02, 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: Jan 15, 2011

Sounds like you have a personal and vested investment in this technology.

31. Leo_MC

Posts: 5879; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Great comment! I also think both are the best in their own category.

9. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

zedfer? eq5555?

11. maherk

Posts: 6522; Member since: Feb 10, 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.

14. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Troll detected.

41. engineer-1701d unregistered

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: May 29, 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: Oct 13, 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: 21; Member since: Oct 17, 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: 294; Member since: Sep 12, 2014

Congratulations, you have just beaten your own world record for sentence length.

62. SebastianFox

Posts: 21; Member since: Oct 17, 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: Jan 09, 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

8. AnTuTu

Posts: 1580; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Note 4 any day any time..!!!

16. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 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: Nov 03, 2012

Nice comparison Chris. Note 4 anyday.

3. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Note 4 for me. Its the best phablet and functions almost like a PC (my opinion).

15. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

It's almost a mini PC.

53. phichart

Posts: 335; Member since: May 03, 2014

it's a mini laptop!

6. imran86

Posts: 208; Member since: Sep 14, 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: 6522; Member since: Feb 10, 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: Mar 28, 2013

Its just like when they use to test the display.

17. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Note 4 ≥ iP6+ > iP6 Well done Samsung. The Note is getting better every year!!

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