Battle of the Behemoths: Galaxy Note 4 vs iPhone 6 Plus
It's a no-holds barred battle between the two giants, with legions of followers, as they gear up to launch their flagship products in India. Here's what sets them apart.
Look and feel
Like the brand new Galaxy Alpha, the Note 4 has a brushed metal frame with bevelled edges and a removable, soft touch back cover.It's a tad shorter than the iPhone 6 Plus despite having a larger screen -which means the bezels are thinner. The iPhone 6 Plus is all metal with some plastic inserts for wireless signals. It is significantly slimmer than the Note 4 though we doubt many people will use it without a case, thanks to the Rs bending' controversy.
Both devices have fantastic displays that are roughly the same size (5.7-inch for the Note 4 and 5.5-inch for the iPhone 6 Plus). The resolution and pixel density, however, is quite different. The Note 4 screen is 2560 x 1440 pixels while the iPhone 6 Plus is 1920 x 1080 pixels. In addition, the Note 4 employs a super amoled display which offers more vibrant colours as compared to the IPS LCD.
On paper, the Note 4 is the clear winner here with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 quad core processor (2.7 Ghz) and 3GB RAM. Apple doesn't specify the exact specifications but several reports suggest that the 64-bit A8 processor is a 1.4 Ghz dual core with 1GB RAM.The Note 4 also has the advantage of expandable storage -the 32GB memory can be expanded by another 128GB using a microSD.
Both phones are equipped with great cameras which offer optical image stabilisation. Often found in high-end digital cameras, this feature works to counter the effects of camera shake which results in blurry images. It also helps a lot when you're capturing photos in low light. Needless to say, these two are currently at the top of the heap when it comes to smartphone cameras.
The reason video comes under a different head is because both devices have some special tricks up their sleeve. The iPhone 6 Plus can record time lapse movies and slow motion of the box. Meanwhile, the Note 4 is capable of really good 4k resolution video at 30fps which will come in handy if you plan to upgrade to a UHD 4K TV or projector anytime soon.
Both devices have fingerprint sensors, though the implementation on the iPhone 6 Plus is better you only need to place a finger on the home button rather than slide it across like on the Note 4. The Note 4's killer features have to be the pressure sensitive stylus (which opens up tremendous possibilities if you like to drawwritesketch) .and the effortless multi-tasking (multiple active apps)
What Note 4 can do and iPhone 6 Plus can't
1. Shoot 4k UHD video at 30fps
2. Ultra wide 120-degree selfies, thanksto a new camera mode
3. Draw precisely with the new S pen stylus (2048 levels of sensitivity)
4. Powerful multitasking with multiple windows of apps
5. Swap out batteries, expand the memory by another 128GB
What iPhone 6 Plus can do and Note 4 can't
1. Shoot super slow motion video @ 240 frames per second
2. Reachability mode makes the large screen accessible with one hand
3. Touch ID identifies fingerprints by just placing finger on home button
4. Shoot time lapse videos without any additional apps
5. A new barometer measures elevation changes apart from stepsdistance