iPhone 6 Versus Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Which Is Best?

Looking to upgrade your phone but not sure how to compare the iPhone 6 versus Samsung Galaxy Note 4? Both of these brand-new phones feature big screens, fast processors, and stylish designs, but here are some key differences between the two heavyweights that might help you decide which phone is ultimately right for you.

Operating System

The biggest difference between the iPhone 6 and the Samsung Galaxy 4 is the operating system. The iPhone 6 runs Apple’s latest and greatest iOS 8, while the Galaxy Note 4 ships with Android 4.4 KitKat (though reports indicate that the Note will be eligible for upgrade to the new Android L later this year). Both of these operating systems feature sleek interfaces that support plenty of apps from a variety of developers. However, with iOS 8, users who own other Apple products (like an iMac, MacBook, or iPad) will be able to extend their phone’s capability with the use of iOS 8 and the latest OS X update, according to ExtremeTech. However, if you are not already in the Apple ecosystem, you may enjoy the freedom that the Android operating system gives you to customize your phone.

Screen Size and Quality

While the screen size for the iPhone 6 is definitely bigger than that of its iPhone 5 and 5s predecessors, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 trumps them all with a phablet-style 5.7-inch screen that dwarfs the iPhone 6’s 4.7-inch screen. Though this does make the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 a little less portable, those who are looking for a big-screened phone (and don’t want to invest in an iPhone 6 Plus) will naturally choose this model. In terms of screen quality, the Note 4 also has a leg up on the iPhone 6 with its Super AMOLED, 1440-by-2560-pixel screen. Though the iPhone 6 does feature a Retina display, it only has a 750-by-1334-pixel resolution.

Processor Speed

We all want our smartphones to be as fast as possible, and make no mistake, the iPhone 6 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 are both incredibly speedy phones. The iPhone 6 features Apple’s newest A8 chip, and the Note 4 has a state-of-the-art Exynos 5433 chip. However, the edge in this battle has to go to the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, as it also features an 8-core, 1900-MHz, ARM Cortex-A57, and ARM Cortex-A53 processor, while the iPhone 6 just has a dual-core 1400-MHz, 64-bit processor. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 also has triple the RAM of the iPhone 6, meaning it can handle more apps and open processes than the iPhone.

Though Apple certainly has a winning operating system with iOS 8, those who are looking for something with a little more horsepower under the hood (and a bigger screen) may prefer the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Ultimately, the best way to decide the battle of the iPhone 6 versus Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is to take a trip to your wireless carrier and test-drive both models for yourself. Which of these devices do you think is better?

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