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Galaxy Note 4 vs iPhone 6 – Which is a better phone?

Updated on September 12, 2014

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the Apple iPhone 6 are two of the most anticipated smartphones of 2014. Presented below is a comparison between the two.

The Design

With the Note 4, Samsung has tried to rectify the plastic-ky feel of the Note series of handsets. The chassis is still made of plastic and the back may still have a faux leather feel, but the Note 4 is now enclosed in a metal rim on the sides. The lines are smoother and cleaner and the phone has a more refined look. It measures 152 x 80 x 7.6 mm and weighs 176 g.

Apple has also gone back to the original curved corners design for the iPhone 6. The rear casing is made up of anodized aluminum. The glass screen bends and seamlessly melts into the iPhone’s 129g body. The iPhone 6 is 0.27 inches thick, 5.44 inches in height, and 2.64 inches wide, thereby making it the thinnest iPhone ever. The power buttons are now placed on the side which is great for users as they can now turn on and off with just one hand. It is available in space grey, silver/white, and gold colors.

The Screen

The screen on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is a 5.7 inch Quad HD Super AMOLED stunner with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels and 515 ppi. It also boasts of adaptive display, a feature which changes the light of the area being viewed on the screen, thereby offering the best viewing experience regardless of the area. The thinner bezels on the sides has also made the extra space added to the screen of the Note 4, less noticeable. The amazing resolution means more vivid colors, clarity of every minute detail, nil jagged edges upon zooming, seamless playback, and joyous use of the improved multi-layered S-Pen.

The screen on the iPhone 6 measures 4.7 inches and boasts of Retina HD display, 1334 x 750 resolution, increased contrast ratio of 1400:1 and 326 PPI. It also has wider viewing angles. Older apps will adjust just fine with the new better resolution. It does not have the much speculated shatterproof, water-resistant sapphire display.

The Performance

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is available in 2 CPU variants. In certain markets, the Note 4 will come with a 2.7 GHz Snapdragon quad-core processor, 805 chipset, and onboard Cat 4 or Cat 6 LTE support. In other regions, the Note 4 will come with a 1.9 GHz octa-core processor (consisting of 1.9GHz and 1.3GHz quad-core processors). Both versions will run on the latest Android 4.4 KitKat OS integrated with Samsung's Touch Wiz UI. Others features include 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, and external microSD storage option of up to 64 GB.

Running on iOS 8, the iPhone 6 will be powered by a second generation 64-bit A8 chip, meaning increased processing capacity and faster graphics. It can do up to 150 Mbps as well as support over 200 LTE global carriers, 20 bands, and ‘VoLTE’ or ‘Voice over LTE.’ Thus, if the carrier supports VoLTE, users can look forward to good audio voice quality. The data connection will not dip during a voice call. The iPhone 6 will be available for sale only in 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB versions.

The Camera

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is equipped with a 16 MP primary camera featuring optical image stabilizing system which can compensate for the effects of a shaky camera. The camera can also record 30fps HD video up to 3,840 x 2,160 and extend exposure time in dark places. The 3.7 MP front camera comes with wide angle lens; panorama shoot mode for capturing wider shots like group selfies; f1.9 for allowing additional light into the camera; and a default 90-degree shooting angle. Users can take photos via the capacitive Side button placed on the side, the heart rate monitor mounted on the back, and the touchscreen. The Snap Note option allows users to take photos of a whiteboard or a paper, convert it in an S-Note using the S-Pen, and then edit it.

The 8MP, 1080p iSight camera on the iPhone 6 comes with ƒ/2.2 aperture, 1.5µ pixels, and a new DSLR-like autofocus enhancing sensor called ‘focus pixels.’ Other improved features include panorama shots at 43 pixels; better noise reduction and local tone mapping; shooting of slo-mo videos at 120 to 240 fps and videos at 30 to 60 fps; video stabilization; and efficient face identification. The 720 p, 1.2 MP FaceTime camera on the iPhone 6 comes with a new sensor and a larger ƒ/2.2 aperture. Users can take 10 selfie photos per second using the ‘burst’ mode.

The Battery

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 comes with a Lithium-ion 3200 mAH featuring ‘wireless charging,’ ‘fast charging,’ and ‘ultra power saving mode.’

The iPhone 6 comes with a non-removable Li-Po 1810mAh battery that offers enhanced battery time.

Pricing

In the US, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will be available with carriers like Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T, and US Cellular for an on-contract price of about $300. The off-contract price may be about $600.

On a 2 year contract, the 16GB iPhone 6will cost $199; the 64GB, $299; and the 128GB, $399. Off-contract price is not known as yet.

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