Battle of the Giants: Apple iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung Galaxy Note 4

iPhone 6It is the time of year when new products are unveiled, just in time for the burgeoning holiday season. With Apple’s new iPhone promising to be bigger and better, it seems only natural to compare Apple’s new iPhone 6 Plus with the soon-to-be-released Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Comparing the baddest Apple to the baddest Android in a true “Battle of the Giants.”

In years gone by, there was no mistaking an Apple smart-phone from a Samsung one. Samsung’s were larger and, for the most part, offered better technology. Apple stubbornly maintained its smaller, sleek size and offered an integration to a variety of Apple products and platforms. It seem that Apple has finally seen the light, bigger can also mean better.

Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus, their top-of-the-line smart-phone was unveiled on September 9, 2014, with a September 19 release date. Samsung’s comparable version, the Galaxy Note 4, is scheduled for release at the beginning of October. With Apple’s major changes the two cell phone giants appear to have reached a similar playing field as the two battle for the all important customer support and dollars.

Size – At 6.22 inches x 3.06 inches the iPhone is longer than its competitor. The Galaxy, however, has a larger, 5.96 inch x 3.24 inch, overall screen. When it comes to thickness, the iPhone is 13 percent thinner, which makes it slightly lighter.

Construction – Taking a cue from its iPod touch, the iPhone 6 Plus has a unibody build made of smooth aluminum. On the other hand, the Samsung Note 4 is made of faux leather plastic with a metal band around its edge.

Display – While Apple has made great strides to catch up on the display size, Samsung’s is still larger, 5.7 inches to 5.5 inches. Apple’s 1920 x 1080 display resolution still lags behind Samsung’s 2560 x 1440. Samsung, with a 551 ppi pixel density, is still more pleasing to the eye than Apple’s 401 ppi. While Apple uses the IPS display technology, Samsung uses Super AMOLED, which, normally, has richer colors.

Processing – Apple’s new iPhone 6 Plus is reported to have a 64-bit A8 processor with a dual core 2 GHz chip. It has 1 GB of RAM. Samsung’s Note 4 has a quad-core processor with a 2.5 GHz chip. It has 3 GB RAM.

Battery – There’s not much difference in battery capacities. Apple has compacted its software to increase battery longevity. Samsung has a removable battery that can be easily replaced with a spare. The Android also features an ultra Power Saving Mode that reverts the phone to a multitouch device with bare essentials available. This feature can stretch battery life to 24 hours.

Camera – Apple has elected to maintain its 8 MP camera. Samsung has increased its camera to 16 MP. Apple has a 1.2 MP front camera for “Face Time” use, while Samsung has a 3.7 MP one. Both cameras use optical image stabilization, but the Galaxy Note 4 also has voice activation to make it easier to take popular selfies that flood Facebook timelines.

Storage – Apple’s model comes with 16GB, 64GB or 128GB options, while Samsung offers 32GB and 64GB models. The Android, however, has an added memory slot that can be used to upgrade the Note 4 to 128GB.

Pricing for the iPhone 6 Plus and the Galaxy Note 4 appears to be similar, in the 600 to 800 dollar range, and is dependent on whether or not a two-year service contract is included. There are additional differences between the two phones, such as Samsung including a stylus with its model. As the holiday season draws ever closer, these two giants of the smart-phone world will continue the back and forth battle for consumer dollars.

By Hans Benes

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