Apple just announced the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus during its press conference today in California. But how does it stack up against one of the leading phablet smartphone families on the market and, more specifically, the most recent flagship phablet from Samsung? We’re here to find out, at least from a spec standpoint. Here, you’ll be able to see how the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus measures up against Samsung’s brand new Galaxy Note 4, which was only announced last week during the IFA 2014 trade show in Berlin.
We of course know these are two different beasts. One runs iOS 8 and the other runs Android KitKat with TouchWiz on top. The Note 4 has an S Pen and a bigger focus on creating content through writing, drawing and more, while Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus doesn’t include such an accessory. There are plenty of other hardware differences. Check out how they stack up here:
Metal versus plastic
Apple’s iPhone continues to favor aluminum craftsmanship, while the Note 4 adds a metal frame. The LG G3, meanwhile, sticks with a lighter plastic construction for its phone housing.
One of the major differences along these phones comes down to the screen resolution. The iPhone 6 Plus has the same 5.5-inch display size as the LG G3, but is the only one of the three to use a 1080p resolution display instead of the more pixel-packed Quad HD resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels.
As a result, the iPhone 6 Plus’ pixel density is significantly lower than both the Note 4 and the G3. When we hold the screens side-by-side we expect to see that difference on content that supports ultrarich detail, like 4K videos and photos.
The megapixel war rages on among most handset-makers, pushing up the number of pixels captured to 13 and 16-megapixels. Apple (and separately, HTC) takes a different tack, keeping megapixels steady at 8 for the rear camera and 1.2 for the front.
Any camera buff will tell you that megapixels don’t matter nearly as much as other photo-processing elements, like how well a camera handles light, noise, and focus. Apple is certainly banking on this, though we’ll have to analyze image quality in a full-blown camera test.
Optical image stabilization, rather than digital, is another big deal, one that makes smartphone cameras a lot more like DSLRs. All three supersize phones use it (but not the smaller 4.7-inch iPhone 6.)
It’s a little trickier to compare pricing without all the details (Samsung Galaxy Note 4), but it’s safe to say that it should cost about the same as last year’s Note 3 — about $250 or $300 on-contract in the US and $600 off; about £400, and AU$1,000.
The LG G3 is likely the most affordable of the bunch, offering some pretty enviable specs in the process.