One of the main reasons people switched from an iPhone to an Android smartphone was for their larger displays. So it was great to see Apple finally launch iPhones with bigger screens to take on Android smartphones last month.
Even amongst the Android based smartphones, smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy Note line that come with 5.5-inch or bigger screens (also called phablets) have been growing in popularity. Apple seems to have acknowledged their popularity by launching the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, which was unthinkable a few years back. And if that wasn’t enough, Google surprised everyone by launching Nexus 6, their flagship smartphone with a massive 6-inch screen.
We take a look at how the iPhone 6 Plus stacks up under the hood against Google’s Nexus 6, Samsung Galaxy Note 4, which was unveiled last month and went on sale last week and LG G3, which has received positive reviews.
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As you can see from the comparison table, the iPhone 6 Plus does not have the most impressive specs, but benchmarks have shown that the iPhone outperforms the competition when it comes to performance (Note: we’re still waiting for the benchmarks for Nexus 6). iPhone continues to also have the advantage when it comes to ease of use thanks to the tight integration of hardware, software and services. iPhone 6 Plus also addresses one of the biggest gripes people have had with the iPhone, which has been poor battery life. With the iPhone 6 Plus, you can easily get more than a day’s battery life, which should make it a non-issue for most people. With the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple has also caught up on features such as NFC that has been available on flagship Android smartphones for years, though it is only restricted to Apple Pay for now. With Apple Pay, Apple has again proved that doing a better job at something, is more important than being first to a market. One of the critical factors that doesn’t get captured in the tech specs is ease of getting support, which is one of the advantages of buying Apple devices.
Apple has addressed some of the limitations of iOS in iOS 8 by including features such as iCloud Drive, support for third-party keyboards, Safari extensions and custom actions. But Android phones still have an advantage, as they’re lot more tweakable, which makes it a compelling option for power users. Though I believe now that a jailbroken iPhone 6 Plus gives you the best of both worlds.
Some of the Android phones have features such as IR blasters, Heart Rate monitor, UV sensor, replaceable batteries and expandable storage, which are not available on the iPhone 6 Plus. Those are not deal breakers in my opinion, but it could be for some people. LG G3 Plus is also cheaper than iPhone 6 Plus and other Android flagships, which should appeal to users on a tight budget.
Let me know which one you would pick in the comments and why.
* The battery life was based on the tests carried out by AnandTech.