Introduction


The second half of 2014 proved to be an exciting time for fans of phablet devices. Samsung, the company which arguably started the whole phablet thing with the Note, released not one, but two new Note handsets. In addition to the Note 4 flagship, the company introduced the innovative Note Edge, which kept most of the Note 4's assets, but also added an intriguing curved screen edge to the equation. What's more, Samsung's arch-rival in the mobile space, Apple, also decided to jump on the phablet bandwagon with the launch of the iPhone 6 Plus. This means that lovers of excessively big screens on mobile devices have more choice than ever, and for the first time since the advent of phablets, that choice isn't narrowed down to Android.

We've already compared the Note 4 to the 6 Plus, and as you can imagine, it was an epic face-off. Now, however, we're going to experience something a bit more different. In comes the Galaxy Note Edge – Samsung's experimental phablet with curved screen, which is here to test the waters and see if the market is ready to welcome such an offbeat idea. Of course, the more pressing issue right now is to determine the exact benefits of the Edge screen, because, after all, that's what the Note Edge is all about – that little, curved screen area to the side. In order to prove that it's any good, the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge will inevitably have to face the iPhone 6 Plus. Apple's first phablet didn't quite redefine the way we think of phablets, but it did bring the iOS experience to the super-big-screen world, and for many consumers out there, that was enough to spark their interest in the 6 Plus, and the category as a whole. An experimental twist to a successful formula, versus an influential product with powerful characteristics that are easy to take advantage of... It's bound to be interesting!

Design

Super-sized, super-thin iPhone design meets Samsung's futuristic, but elegant proposition

The Note Edge is among the better-looking Samsung phones, we dare say. Whether due to the curved screen edge, or the refined body with eye-pleasing proportions, the Note Edge simply isn't as uncouth as the Note 4. Instead, it has a more elegant, sophisticated kind of look. Even then, the iPhone 6 Plus is a very tough opponent to beat in the design department.

Apple's handset has an extraordinarily great in-hand feel, thanks to its high-quality materials and razor-thin profile. Because of their physical characteristics, the iPhone 6 Plus is way more comfortable to hold and work with; unfortunately, the edge near the curved screen side of the Note Edge is very thin, making it feel a bit sharp and unpractical for holding. Other than that, the Edge (6.04 x 3.09 x 0.33 inches (153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm)) is pretty much of the same overall dimensions as the 6 Plus (6.22 x 3.06 x 0.28 inches (158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1 mm)), except for the thickness, that is. There also isn't a great difference in terms of weight - the 6 Plus is a just a tad lighter with its 6.07 oz (172 g), compared to the Edge's 6.21 oz (176 g).

Physical keys work well on both phones, but those on the iPhone 6 Plus are way better, thanks to their defined, clicky behavior. On top of that, we tend to prefer the positioning of the 6 Plus' power key, which is situated on the right hand side of the phone, instead of on the top, as it's on the Note Edge. When it comes to such massive smartphones, having the power button on the side almost always makes it easier to reach.

Both trying to be impressively high-end with their home buttons, the Note Edge and iPhone 6 Plus also offer integrated fingerprint scanners for a higher level of security. Once again, there isn't anything particularly bad about the Edge's home key, but that of the 6 Plus gets the higher marks for comfort and clickiness.


Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

Dimensions

5.96 x 3.24 x 0.33 inches

151.3 x 82.4 x 8.3 mm

Weight

6.14 oz (174 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 Edge

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

Dimensions

5.96 x 3.24 x 0.33 inches

151.3 x 82.4 x 8.3 mm

Weight

6.14 oz (174 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)

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



Display

Is a curved display better than a flat one? Not necessarily, but the Note Edge also has a higher resolution and additional screen modes to help it out

Phablets usually come with ginormous displays, and the iPhone 6 Plus and Galaxy Note Edge do not disappoint. The Edge's screen measures 5.6” and has a spectacular resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (515 ppi), while Apple's proposition sticks with a 5.5” 1080 x 1920 pixel panel (401 ppi). Both displays are extremely detailed, though that of the Note Edge is just a tad sharper and clearer, due to its enormous resolution. It's difficult to notice the difference through normal examination, but upon closer look, one can notice the subtle refinements that those extra pixels bring.

Aside from that, the screen technologies that these phones employ are drastically different. The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge makes use of AMOLED – Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diodes. This technology is newer than the IPS LCD tech employed by the iPhone 6 Plus, but being newer doesn't always mean being better.

In terms of maximum brightness, the iPhone 6 Plus is capable of reaching a higher number (574 vs 496 nits), but the difference in outdoor visibility isn't that great. We would say that reading the 6 Plus' display under the hot, bright sun is just a tad easier than doing so with the Note Edge, but you wouldn't have much trouble with the latter either. Minimum brightness is excellent on both, with the Note Edge managing the extraordinary 1 nit! The 6 Plus gets to 4 nits, which is also great.

In its Basic screen mode, the Galaxy Note Edge has respectable color accuracy and fidelity, although its slightly yellowish tint may not appeal to everyone. In contrast, the iPhone 6 Plus tends to be colder with its color temperature, exhibiting a higher amount of blue, but it may seem a bit more realistic in many occasions. However, both displays are quite close to the reference Delta E values (they are almost the same), indicating that both are doing a fairly good job at reproducing colors in an accurate, yet satisfyingly vibrant way. Still, it's safe to say that we've seen better mobile screens than these two titans.



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53 Comments

1. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Sad how the iPhone 6 Plus is so much taller than the Note Edge with a 0.2" smaller display...

2. Andrew5190

Posts: 55; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

0.1", but the point is still the same. iPhone 6+ is really clunky. Even the Nexus 6 with its mammoth screen is pretty close to the iPhone 6+. Guess that's also the price of capacitive/physical buttons.

9. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Really? Because the Note has buttons too. Hmmm. The fact is, Samsung design is simply better. It has a larger camera that is physically bigger. not just in pixel size. It has a handware button too and it has larger screen in both thickness and inches and they still managed to make an overall smaller device. Don't make excuses for Apple's rushed poor design. The bezels on the iPhone are ugly and thick. While Samsung is so then that if you remove the cover the LCD is almost right up against the edge because the bezel is so small. Both the Note and Note Edge both have way more sensors at the top of the phone plus an LED light and speaker and 2 cameras and mics and it still manages to be smaller even worth a larger screen. Think about the full picture, which the writer who is obviously biased to iPhone still can't get iPhone out of his wet dreams.

10. Iodine

Posts: 1503; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

That button is flat and doesn't incorporate a plane sensing fingerprint sensor. That larger camera housed in a big bump in a device which is far thicker than 6+ by itself. The 6+ also includes OIS and look at how tiny the camera is in comparison to note. The AMOLED screens are far thinner than any LCD and that is especially true for flexible AMOLED used in this thing. Yeah they made a bit shorter and a lot thicker and wider device, with not that much bigger battery (if they removed that silly plastic tube they could add at least another 300 mAh - That's what I call a poor design) despite being 18,5% bigger device. The LCD of the iPhone is also right up to the bezel, and so tell me how much thinner is the side bezel of the note compared to the 6+ ? On the iPhone you got a speaker, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, microphone and a great camera and it looks great compared to that mess around the top bezel of the note, but then there is that extremelly important feature of a shiny samsung logo that you forgot to mention. Thinking about this in a full picture ? People love Apple the entire planet does. So why are you surprised that entire world is biased towards what they think is best ?

11. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Brand recognition =/= being the best. Just because the iPhone is associated with the high end phone status doesn't mean it is the best one. I still get to this day "Is that the new iPhone 6?" by regular people when they see my M8. Average Joes buy Apple products just because they are Apple products, to some people that bitten apple is the best part of the phone.

13. FluffyBled unregistered

Well you sir deserve a cookie :O!

25. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

The Samsung has OIS too, and has had it long before the iPhone...

28. Fazz1977

Posts: 153; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Apple users are c**ts... end of story.

34. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Because being biased to what you "think" is best, doesn't make it the best. O and the whole world is not biased to the iPhone. Apple sales last year were 150M with 4 selling models while Samsung sold 350M, where over 150M were just the S4 and the Note 3. Hmmm! See where bias gets you?

54. sarkastick_

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 06, 2015

biased gets you reality .. peoples bias do determine if the phone is better or not. for starters, thats all of Samsungs sales ... not just their 2 flagship phones . Not here to have a biased opinion but at the end of the day, all that matters is how much people like the phone .. if that isnt what makes it better, then please correct me. but having owned the g1, evo, galaxy s3, iphone 4, and 5 ... i can say that the operating system in apple phones are far superior in functionality .... yes google gives you free range of the market place, but how bout just putting a enjoyable messaging app on the phone so i dont need go sms. or perhaps establishing a better language for your media player so when on shuffle, it wont play the same song back to back. im not saying that spec-wise the iphone is a better phone, but i had the 5 and changed over to the lg g3 (which is a phenomenal phone) and i am still inclined to head over 2 the 6+ because sometimes i want to pick up my phone and not worry about all the s**t . both operating systems are a bit laggy, but it seemed to take a little longer for that to manifest on the iphones i have had in comparison to my g3. As far as statistics, you failed to acknowledge the exponential growth over the years in mobile device sales for apple compared to samsung. Post-Nokia, samsung has dominated this market always .. if Apple isnt doing something right, how can they go from 45M in 2010 to 150M in 2013? On the flip side of that Samsung has simply went from 290M to 445M in those same years. That's a 233% sales increase versus a 53% sales increase. im willing to bet that you base your research on current events instead of trends and growth. At the end of the day, the majority consumer opinions determine if something is better or worse regardless of what is put inside ... no amount of specs or comparisons can determine which phone people like more ... P.S. - if you're not a troll .. i hate you !

33. pulkit1

Posts: 354; Member since: Jul 03, 2014

rant of a fangirl ?

8. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

poor design.

18. AnTuTu

Posts: 1621; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Living life on the Edge :)

44. Tracy1988

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

Samsung engineers are a bunch of idiots. Why is the stupid camera protruding like that? Every time I used my S3 on the desk I had to put napkins under it so it wouldn't wobble. And why do they still put the speaker on the back (S5)? Is the owner supposed to be the one who gets the better hearing from his/her device? So freaking annoying aspects. I'd rather have the iPhone even tho I don't like apple much.

56. Hilldomain

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 21, 2017

Are you serious? Once you put a case on it its not an issue. And personally i prefer a much better camera with higher pixels to iphone dated s**t.

3. wilsong17 unregistered

I take the note edge

22. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

I had my iPhone 6. When will you buy the Note Edge, Note 4, Z3 as you mention from your previous comments. I dareyou, you can't afford all of them but I'm sure you can buy one of those. Don't make us fool here and yourself because we don't see you, LoL. Lmao, iDroid.

4. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Is there a review embargo on the nexus 6 or something because I've been waiting for reviews for a while and everyone's taking their sweet time. And oh yeah, both of these phones slay!!!! I'd go with the Note Edge because of my huge investment into the google ecosystem and the fact that I'd have to start from scratch with apple. IMHO, can't go wrong with either phone and you nitpicking bunch are super pretentious for your little fights...

6. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

I know right John V has had that thing for as long as he has had the Nexus 9 and we saw an unboxing and nothing more... wtf John V

17. sipha

Posts: 440; Member since: May 12, 2012

Forbes says google has a lock on Nexus 6 reviews until the 12th of November..

19. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

whaaat? where does it say that?

20. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Found it nvrmind

53. newsman

Posts: 21; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

This model is very attractive. Functionality provided by strikes, I want to share even like the old model, it also is present multifunctionality favewallpapers.com/68729-girl-beautiful-mood-phone​.html

5. bendgate unregistered

Note Edge > Iphone 6/6+

7. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I can hear fandroids footsteps

12. gunnor

Posts: 25; Member since: Oct 22, 2014

all the android bashers out there need to ask mr cook where the heck is my removable storage,(stop forcing me to decide how much storage space you think i need) my ir blaster, (i've lost remote soooo many times but not my phone), my removable battery because i dont sit at and office desk or have a charge port in my butt im out and about, oh yeah dust, water, shock proofing the phone would be nice. why did you wait 4 years to make a bigger phone ( i was tired of watching movies on a small screen), oh and a heart rate sensor so i dont have to buy a watch.

14. Mels13

Posts: 119; Member since: Jun 23, 2014

They r not compareable.Of course edge is better and not only by specification but by unique design and the real innovation as well

15. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Galaxy Note Edge over iPhones everyday, anyday.

16. derivativex

Posts: 176; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

To compare this phone to the iPhone 6 plus is a joke (even the note 4) you guys should compare it to the note 3 for a better fight hehe

21. Agarwalm214

Posts: 31; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

Samsung is the undisputed king of phablets. No phablet comes close to the note lineup. Note FTW .

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