After the launch of iPhone 6 Plus yesterday, now almost all the major smartphone manufacturers on the planet have phablet (a category that covers large size phones like Galaxy Note, Nokia 1520, Sony Xperia Z Ultra).
Of all the phablets, Galaxy Note has been most successful so far. Based on reports on BGR.com it has even made roads into tablet market share. It is predicted that tablet market growth rate will be witnessing a nose dive from 51% in 2013 to 6-7% in 2014. Will the launch of iPhone 6 plus hurt it more? A question for some other day.
Coming back to the main topic, the general prediction is that iPhone 6 plus will give stiff competition to the reigning champ of this category Samsung who has just introduced 2 new phablets – Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge. Let’s do a quick rundown of the specs.
|Galaxy Note Edge||Galaxy Note 4||iPhone 6 Plus||My Opinion|
L – How Big
B – How Wide
H – How Thick
B – 3.24”
H – 0.32”
|L – 6.04”
B – 3.1”
H – 0.34”
|L – 6.2”
B – 3.06”
H – 0.28”
|I myself was surprised when I read about these comparisons. iPhone 6 Plus is actually bigger but thinner than Note 4 / edge.|
|Weight||174g||176g||172g||Lighter in numbers, will be interesting to see if it actually feels that way.|
|Screen Size||5.5”||5.7”||5.5”||Almost the same size.|
|Pixel Density||525 ppi, 2k display||515 ppi, 2k display||401 ppi, full HD||Vast difference for someone who looks at the phone really really close. Will not matter for most users.|
|OS||Android 4.4.4||Android 4.4.4||iOS 8||iPhone will come with latest OS and will get the latest updates for atleast 2-3 years after its release. Samsung is notorious in this field and might not get Android 5.0 for atleast 5-6 months once the newer version is released by Google.|
|Camera||16mp, 3.7mp||16mp, 3.7mp||8mp, 2mp||Numbers show again a huge difference but from experience with current iphones and galaxy phones it is tough to decide which phone has better camera for an average user. Lowlight performance is definitely better in Galaxy phones but apple has improved it as well since 5S.|
|Unique features||Curved Edge Screen + Note 4 features||S Pen, 2K Display||Apple Pay||Edged screen on Note Edge works independently of the main screen. It even shows contextual information based on main screen e.g. in camera app it show extra shortcuts to take picture etc.
Apple Pay is being marketed as safest e-wallet around; it never shares card details with re-sellers or stores your purchase history. BUT I will not use it considering recent hacks of celebrity photos.
And what if my phone dies the same time as my car runs out of gas?
|Built-in Storage||16/32GB + microSD||32GB + microSD||16/64/128GB||Apple phones probably will never have microSD support.|
|Battery Capacity||3000 mAh||3220 mAh||Never disclosed||Apple has not ever mentioned about battery size; all 3 phones should be good for single day use.
iPhone 6 Plus is said to be lasting for 14 hours of video playback and 24 hours of 3g talk time (impressive?). But I won’t count unless tested. Same goes for Galaxy Note phones, need to be tested.
*mAh = milliampere-hour
|Price||Will be expensive than Note 4||$299 (based on history)||$299 / $399 / $499||All prices are with 2-year contract in the USA. In my opinion, iPhone 6 plus at $399 is best value among iPhones.|