iPhone 6 Plus versus the Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Which phablet is best for you?

Who wins the battle of the phablet heavyweights?

Now that the iPhone 6 Plus has been announced the battle of the phablets is on. There are two great phablet choices between the iPhone 6 Plus and the recently announced Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Which is best for you?

Screen

What makes a phablet a phablet? A large screen. So that's where we'll start. The iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5-inch screen with 1920 x 1080 (401ppi) resolution. That's impressive, but doesn't quite stack up to the Samsung Galaxy Note 4's 5.7-inch screen with 2560 x 1440 (515ppi) resolution, which Samsung refers to as Quad HD. Marketing terms aside, a bigger screen and higher resolution is better. so the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 comes out on top here.

Performance

On paper, you'd have to give the edge to the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 -- but it's the real world that matters. The Note 4 is powered by a 2.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 and comes with a substantial 3 GB of RAM. As for the iPhone 6 Plus, it's got a dual-core 64-bit A8 processor. As for RAM, it's not clear yet, but likely will be 1 GB. So you might figure on giving the nod to the Galaxy Note 4. But Apple engineers are brilliant at wringing out every inch of performance from their hardware. So until the devices are tested in the real world, I'll call this a tie.

Operating System

For most things iOS beats Android. If you like tweaking and customizing then the Galaxy Note 4 is for you. Otherwise, the iPhone 6 Plus wins.

Multitasking

Even though iOS overall is superior to Android, Samsung has done some tweaking to Android and made the Galaxy Note 4 a superior multitasker. Multi Window Mode makes it easy to run two apps onscreen simultaneously, changing their window sizes. Some apps on the iPhone 6 Plus can work in a dual-pane mode, but it's not true multitasking. Multitaskers will want the Galaxy Note 4.

Storage

We're comparing base units here, so the Galaxy Note 4 comes out a winner. It ships with 32 GB of storage, versus the 16 GB of the iPhone 6 Plus. The Galaxy Note 4 also comes with a micro SD slot so you can expand your storage even more.

Stylus

The Galaxy Note 4 has one. The iPhone 6 Plus has none. Advantage, Galaxy Note 4.

Bottom line

So which is best for you? If you're interested in a productivity phablet, the Galaxy Note 4 is the winner. It's got a bigger and better screen, more storage, does true multitasking, and includes a stylus. However, if productivity isn't as important, and you can't get enough of Apple's beautiful design, you'll probably want to opt for the iPhone 6 Plus.

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