IPhone 6 Plus Vs. Galaxy Note 4: The Big Bang: Display, Connectivity, Battery Life

By 08:48 Sun, 15 Aug 2021 Comments


Display

For software reasons, Apple stuck with multipliers of its original 320 x 480 pixels resolution. The iPhone 5 stretched out the classy screen to 16:9, leaving apps with a black bar until they were updated. The iPhone 6 Plus is the first to break away from the HVideo Graphics Array (VGA) legacy and moves to an industry-standard 1080p resolution with a "desktop class" image scaler for apps that don't support the recent classy screen yet.

Apple's bet is that the higher pixel density - 401ppi, better than Retina's 326ppi - is enough to cover upscaling artifacts. Truth be trecent the gamble has worked well enough, text remains readable even at small font sizes.

The classy screen itself is an IPS Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) with excellent colors, contrast and viewing angles. It's protected by the recent Ion-strengthened glass. Apple claims it's tougher than Gorilla Glass 3, which we can't feel in our fingertips but what we can feel are the chamfered edges, which create side-swipes smooth as butter.


Samsung saved its first phone QHD classy screen for the Galaxy Note 4, while keeping the classy screen size from the Note 3. The result is an impressive 515ppi, a number that melts away the incompatibility between PenTile and RGB matrices (for the record, the Note 4 has a PenTile Super AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) screen).

Colors are a matter of taste and Samsung gives you an option of multiple classy screen modes that adjust both saturation and the white balance. Viewing angles and contrast are perfect, as can be expected from an advanced Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) display. Samsung continues its relationship with Corning (those two have a joint venture) and uses Gorilla Glass 3. The glass has chamfered edges too, but the sharp metal rim makes off-classy screen swipes a bit less comfortable.


Perhaps due to the increased resolution, the Galaxy Note 4 classy screen is not the brightest AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) Samsung has produced recently, it tops out at 400nits. That doesn't compare too well against the 700nits or so of the iPhone 6 Plus. The LCDs employed by Apple are top quality too, with an impressive 1361:1 contrast ratio.

Display test

50% brightness

100% brightness

Black, cd/m2

White, cd/m2

Contrast ratio

Black, cd/m2

White, cd/m2

Contrast ratio

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 0 291 0 399

Apple iPhone 6 Plus 0.17 208 1197 0.52 705 1361

Samsung Galaxy S5 0 274 ∞ 0 529 ∞

Sony Xperia Z3 - - - 0.65 866 1333

LG G3 0.14 109 763 0.72 570 789

HTC One (M8) 0.2 245 1219 0.46 577 1256



Maximum brightness is usually only used in broad daylight and it turns out the Galaxy Note 4 doesn't need all that much. In our sunlight legibility test it showed an impressive result, virtually equal to the likes of the Note 3 and the iPhone 5 - and better than the brighter Galaxy S5's screen.

The Apple iPhone 6 Plus doesn't do as well as its smaller sibling and while its result is certainly fine enough, you'll have to bump up the brightness on a sunny day.

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Sunlight contrast ratio

  • Nokia 808 PureView

    4.698

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4

    4.033

  • Apple iPhone 5

    3.997

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3

    3.997

  • Apple iPhone 6

    3.838

  • Samsung Galaxy K zoom

    3.675

  • Nokia Lumia 930

    3.567

  • Apple iPhone 5s

    3.565

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

    3.549

  • Alcatel Idol X+

    3.527

  • Apple iPhone 5c

    3.512

  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha

    3.509

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo

    3.487

  • Motorola RAZR MAXX

    3.42

  • Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III

    3.419

  • Nokia Lumia 925

    3.402

  • Gionee Elife S5.5

    3.386

  • Samsung I9505 Galaxy S4

    3.352

  • Samsung Omnia W

    3.301

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 mini

    3.174

  • Samsung I9000 Galaxy S

    3.155

  • Samsung Ativ S

    3.129

  • Samsung I9190 Galaxy S4 mini

    3.127

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 zoom

    3.118

  • Nokia N9

    3.069

  • Apple iPhone 6 Plus

    3.023

  • Samsung Galaxy Note

    2.97

  • Samsung Galaxy Premier

    2.958

  • Sony Xperia Z1

    2.95

  • HTC One S

    2.901

  • Samsung I8730 Galaxy Express

    2.861

  • BlackBerry Q10

    2.856

  • Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II

    2.832

  • Samsung Galaxy S II Plus

    2.801

  • BlackBerry Z30

    2.79

  • Sony Xperia ZR

    2.672

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue P1

    2.655

  • Sony Xperia Z3

    2.618

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

    2.616

  • Sony Xperia T3

    2.609

  • BlackBerry Passport

    2.595

  • Nokia Lumia 900

    2.562

  • Motorola Moto G 4G

    2.546

  • HTC One Max

    2.537

  • Nokia Lumia 720

    2.512

  • HTC One

    2.504

  • Motorola Moto G

    2.477

  • Sony Xperia Z

    2.462

  • Xiaomi Mi 4

    2.424

  • Samsung Galaxy S III mini

    2.422

  • Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro

    2.416

  • LG G Flex

    2.407

  • HTC One (M8)

    2.371

  • Motorola RAZR i

    2.366

  • Sony Xperia ZL

    2.352

  • Samsung Galaxy Note II

    2.307

  • HTC One (M8) for Windows

    2.291

  • Oppo Find 7a

    2.279

  • Alcatel One Touch Hero

    2.272

  • Apple iPhone 4S

    2.269

  • HTC Desire 600 dual sim

    2.262

  • Nokia Asha 311

    2.25

  • LG Nexus 5

    2.228

  • Samsung Galaxy mini 2

    1.114

The Galaxy Note family is not only the bestselling phablet, but it's also the last bastion of the stylus. It's a feature that didn't quite catch on but much of the Note experience is centered around the S Pen and we certainly find it useful in daily usage.

The recent S Pen and the classy screen digitizer are more accurate, with increased sensitivity to pressure and even the angle of the stylus. Hand-written notes turn out remarkable even if you don't have the best handwriting (and we must admit after so much on-classy screen and hardware keyboards, our penmanship has waned).






The S Pen is the defining feature of the Galaxy Note series

The Galaxy Note 4 classy screen is extra-sensitive and can detect the S Pen from a distance (hover is used in parts of the UI), but also gloved fingers.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 4. A slightly bigger classy screen fits into about the same frame and it's sharper to boot. On a more practical note, the sunlight legibility is better and the S Pen grows on you.

The Apple iPhone 6 Plus has a top-notch screen, though early, upscaled apps don't utilize it to its full potential and the sunlight legibility isn't as fine as the iPhone 6.

Connectivity

With 2G and 3G connectivity practically maxed out, it's the LTE that matters. Here the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 comes in two versions - Cat. 6 (300Mbps) with the Snapdragon chipset and Cat. 4 (150Mbps) with the Exynos chipset. Both upload at 50Mbps.

The Apple iPhone 6 Plus has a Cat. 4 modem, but it supports HD Voice with Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE). There's HD Voice support on the Galaxy Note 4 as well, but for both handsets you'll need carrier support for the feature to work.

Both devices also support Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) calling (aka UMA), which can utilize a Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) connection to place voice calls. You need carrier support for this to work and a generous carrier will let you utilize any Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) hotspot, no matter which country you are in (remarkable for calling home from abroad).

In terms of local connectivity, both devices can utilize the latest Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) 802.11ac standard, if you have the router for it. Otherwise it's dual-band a/b/g/n. The Galaxy Note 4 supports Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) Direct (and Samsung's similar alternative) for sending files between devices, while Apple uses its proprietary Air Drop system.

For Bluetooth the Galaxy supports the latest v4.1 standard, while the iPhone offers v4.0, both support Low Energy. That mode is used for wearables - smartwatches, sport bands, etc. - but the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 also offers ANT+ for wider support of sport accessories.

The other vital wireless standard is NFC, which enjoys full support on Android, while Apple only piggybacks it for its Apple Pay system and nothing else.

Wired connectivity is handled by Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 but with different connectors. Samsung dropped the faster Universal Serial Bus (USB) 3.0 and now uses a standard microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 port with MHL support, while Apple sticks to its proprietary Lightning adapter (which can be plugged in two ways).




Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0-based wired ports: proprietary Lightning adapter and standard microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0

Both can be turned to HDMI via an adapter, though Lightning seems limited to 1080p, while MHL will acquire out full UHD TV resolution. How else are you going to watch those 2160p videos you shot? Well, wireless Miracast is an option, which works with Smart TVs, Chromecast (and similar) sticks and the recent Android TV. The iPhone 6 Plus can do wireless classy screen mirroring too, but only if you have an Apple TV hooked to your HDTV.

While on the topic of multimedia, the Galaxy Note 4 has an IR blaster for digital equipment at home. The app is mostly limited to A/V tech, but you can install third-party apps too.



The IR blaster is transmit-only, it can't learn commands from existing remotes

Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Several small wins secure the victory: the 300Mbps LTE option (if your carrier even supports it), full NFC 2160p video over MHL, IR blaster, ANT+. You can dismiss each individually as something you won't use, but things pile up.

The Apple iPhone 6 Plus is the best connected iPhone yet (on par with the 6), things like the 150Mbps LTE and Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) 802.11ac, which we consider standard on Android flagships were not available on the iPhone 5s. The property limits of Apple's walled garden are easily seen in the proprietary Lightning adapter and the lobotomized NFC though.

Battery life

Apple continues to push for thinner devices, even when some users are calling out "it's thin enough, give us more battery!" Still, with Apple's complete control of the hardware and software ecosystem, it has always managed to provide remarkable battery life out of relatively few milliamps.

Still, with its first time phablet-sized classy screen that has more pixels than the regular Retina screens every milliamp counts. And the count shows the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has a 10% advantage with 3,220mAh versus 2,915mAh. The Note's battery is easy to swap out for a fresh one too.

Anyway, our battery test show the 10% incompatibility in the Endurance rating - the Galaxy Note 4 gets 87 hours, while the iPhone 6 Plus gets 79 hours. Note that we used the Snapdragon 805 version of the Galaxy phablet.

Phablets are known for their remarkable battery life and these two don't disappoint though a clear winner emerges quickly. It starts with a 5 hour lead in the Talk time test. Not that you'll ever talk for 24+ hours straight, but this just means voice calls don't have much of an impact to the overall battery life.

Talk time

  • Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro

    33:20h

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    33:19h

  • Nokia Lumia 1520

    28:34h

  • HTC One (M8) for Windows

    28:34h

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4

    28:34h

  • Sony Xperia Z1

    26:53h

  • LG G3

    25:54h

  • Samsung P6800 Galaxy Tab 7.7

    25:45h

  • LG G Pro 2

    25:37h

  • LG G Flex

    25:19h

  • Sony Xperia T2 Ultra

    25:16h

  • LG G2

    25:15h

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate

    25:12h

  • Alcatel Hero

    25:02h

  • Oppo N1

    25:01h

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo

    24:52h

  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra

    24:23h

  • Apple iPhone 6 Plus

    23:49h

  • Sony Xperia Z3

    23:13h

  • Samsung P6200 Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus

    22:42h

  • Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue

    22:16h

  • Nokia Lumia 1020

    22:13h

  • Samsung Galaxy Core LTE

    22:13h

  • Sony Xperia Z2

    22:13h

  • Nokia Lumia 1320

    22:13h

  • HTC One Max

    22:13h

  • Samsung ATIV SE

    22:05h

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

    21:20h

  • Motorola RAZR MAXX

    21:18h

  • LG Optimus G Pro E985

    20:45h

  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

    20:42h

  • Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX

    20:24h

  • Motorola RAZR i XT890

    20:07h

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate7

    20:06h

  • Oppo Find 7

    20:03h

  • HTC One (M8)

    20:01h

  • BlackBerry Q10

    20:00h

  • OnePlus One

    19:56h

  • Samsung Galaxy Grand 2

    19:55h

  • Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 I9200

    19:54h

  • Sony Xperia SP

    19:49h

  • Sony Xperia T3

    19:48h

  • HTC Butterfly S

    19:14h

  • Oppo R819

    19:03h

  • Asus PadFone X

    18:45h

  • Xiaomi Mi 4

    18:15h

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3

    18:12h

  • LG G2 mini

    18:11h

  • Oppo Find 7a

    18:11h

  • Samsung I9505 Galaxy S4

    18:03h

  • Sony Xperia ZR

    17:48h

  • HTC One (E8)

    17:47h

  • Samsung Galaxy Note II N7100

    16:57h

  • HTC Desire 700 dual sim

    16:56h

  • Samsung Ativ Odyssey I930

    16:41h

  • Samsung I9295 Galaxy S4 Active

    16:40h

  • LG Nexus 5

    16:40h

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

    16:40h

  • Sony Xperia M2

    16:40h

  • Nokia Lumia 930

    16:40h

  • Sony Xperia M2 Aqua

    16:39h

  • Motorola Moto E

    16:38h

  • Motorola Moto E Dual SIM

    16:38h

  • Sony Xperia Z

    16:03h

  • Samsung Galaxy K zoom

    16:01h

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 zoom

    15:32h

  • LG Optimus G E975

    15:30h

  • Sony Xperia ZL

    15:22h

  • Nokia Lumia 720

    15:17h

  • Xiaomi Hongmi 1S

    14:51h

  • HTC Desire 816

    14:46h

  • Alcatel Idol X+

    14:41h

  • BlackBerry Q5

    14:31h

  • Sony Xperia E3

    14:28h

  • Oppo Find 5

    14:17h

  • LG Nexus 4 E960

    14:17h

  • Nokia Lumia 620

    14:17h

  • Motorola Moto G 4G

    14:17h

  • Pantech Discover

    14:17h

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    14:17h

  • Nokia Lumia 635

    14:17h

  • Nokia Lumia Icon

    14:15h

  • Motorola Moto X

    14:06h

  • Motorola Moto G

    13:41h

  • HTC One

    13:38h

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue P7

    13:36h

  • Nokia Lumia 520

    13:33h

  • HTC One X+

    13:31h

  • Sony Xperia C

    13:29h

  • Xiaomi Mi 3

    13:28h

  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha

    13:20h

  • Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo

    13:20h

  • Nokia Lumia 630

    13:20h

  • Samsung I9190 Galaxy S4 mini

    13:10h

  • HTC Desire 616 dual sim

    13:00h

  • Samsung Galaxy Grand I9082

    12:45h

  • LG Optimus GJ E975W

    12:39h

  • HTC First

    12:31h

  • Motorola DROID RAZR M

    12:31h

  • Sony Xperia M

    12:31h

  • Sony Xperia L

    12:30h

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue P1

    12:30h

  • Nokia Lumia 928

    12:27h

  • Apple iPhone 6

    12:23h

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 mini

    12:18h

  • Samsung Galaxy S III I747

    12:18h

  • HTC Butterfly

    12:18h

  • Samsung Galaxy Note N7000

    12:14h

  • HTC One mini

    12:04h

  • Samsung I8530 Galaxy Beam

    11:58h

  • HTC Desire 600 dual sim

    11:58h

  • Samsung Galaxy Core I8260

    11:52h

  • Gionee Elife S5.5

    11:32h

  • HTC Desire 500

    11:31h

  • Samsung Galaxy Premier I9260

    11:30h

  • HTC DROID Incredible 4G LTE

    11:25h

  • Asus PadFone 2

    11:20h

  • Nokia X

    11:13h

  • HTC DROID DNA

    11:07h

  • HTC One SV

    11:07h

  • Samsung S8600 Wave 3

    11:07h

  • LG Optimus L9 P760

    11:07h

  • HTC Windows Phone 8X

    11:07h

  • Samsung I9105 Galaxy S II Plus

    11:06h

  • HTC Desire X

    11:03h

  • Meizu MX3

    11:02h

  • Samsung I9500 Galaxy S4

    11:01h

  • Apple iPhone 5s

    10:46h

  • Nokia XL

    10:45h

  • Apple iPhone 5c

    10:18h

  • Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III

    10:15h

  • Samsung S7710 Galaxy Xcover 2

    10:03h

  • HTC One V

    10:00h

  • Samsung Galaxy Express I8730

    10:00h

  • Meizu MX 4-core

    10:00h

  • HTC One mini 2

    09:58h

  • HTC One X

    9:57h

  • HTC One S C2

    9:42h

  • HTC One S

    9:42h

  • Samsung I9103 Galaxy R

    9:40h

  • Samsung Galaxy Ace 3

    9:32h

  • HTC Sensation XL

    9:30h

  • Sony Xperia J

    9:14h

  • Acer CloudMobile S500

    9:05h

  • Nokia Lumia 710

    9:05h

  • Nokia Lumia 810

    9:05h

  • Motorola ATRIX HD MB886

    9:04h

  • HTC Vivid

    9:02h

  • Nokia Lumia 920

    8:56h

  • Nokia Lumia 610

    8:51h

  • HTC Rhyme

    8:48h

  • LG Optimus 3D Max P720

    8:42h

  • Apple iPhone 5

    8:42h

This gives you more battery juice for things like browsing where the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 scores another victory with 1 hour and 40 minutes lead. We put the brightness sliders on both phablets at 50% but the Galaxy Note 4 is brighter at that setting (290nits vs. 210nits) so you can squeeze out more out of the Note 4.

Web browsing

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate2 4G

    16:41h

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

    14:52h

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate7

    13:53h

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 mini

    13:14h

  • Sony Xperia C

    12:45h

  • Nokia Lumia 1520

    12:40h

  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

    12:37h

  • HTC One (M8) for Windows

    12:31h

  • HTC Desire 700 dual sim

    12:30h

  • Sony Xperia T2 Ultra

    12:17h

  • Sony Xperia Z3

    12:03h

  • Nokia XL

    11:54h

  • HTC Desire 816

    11:48h

  • LG G2

    11:42h

  • Sony Xperia Z2

    11:32h

  • HTC One Max

    11:20h

  • Sony Xperia ZR

    11:20h

  • HTC Butterfly S

    11:07h

  • Asus PadFone X

    11:07h

  • LG G2 mini

    11:02h

  • Nokia Lumia 1320

    10:58h

  • Motorola Moto G 4G

    10:52h

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4

    10:44h

  • Apple iPhone 6

    10:29h

  • Nokia Lumia 630

    10:18h

  • BlackBerry Q5

    10:04h

  • HTC One (E8)

    10:02h

  • Nokia Lumia 635

    10:00h

  • HTC One

    9:58h

  • Apple iPhone 5s

    9:58h

  • Apple iPhone 5

    9:56h

  • Samsung Ativ Odyssey I930

    9:54h

  • Sony Xperia M2

    9:48h

  • Sony Xperia E3

    9:48h

  • Samsung I9190 Galaxy S4 mini

    9:47h

  • OnePlus One

    9:46h

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo

    9:43h

  • Alcatel Hero

    9:40h

  • Samsung Galaxy Core LTE

    9:37h

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

    9:36h

  • LG G Pro 2

    9:31h

  • Xiaomi Mi 4

    9:31h

  • LG G Flex

    9:31h

  • Sony Xperia T3

    9:23h

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 LTE

    9:16h

  • Motorola RAZR MAXX

    9:12h

  • Samsung Galaxy K zoom

    9:10h

  • HTC One (M8)

    9:06h

  • Oppo N1

    9:05h

  • Apple iPhone 6 Plus

    9:05h

  • Samsung Galaxy Grand 2

    9:05h

  • Apple iPhone 5c

    9:05h

  • Motorola Moto G

    9:04h

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3

    9:04h

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 zoom

    8:51h

  • Samsung Galaxy Note II N7100

    8:48h

  • Motorola Moto E Dual SIM

    8:42h

  • Motorola Moto E

    8:42h

  • BlackBerry Q10

    8:42h

  • Sony Xperia M2 Aqua

    8:38h

  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha

    8:25h

  • Asus PadFone 2

    8:20h

  • Nokia Lumia 810

    8:20h

  • Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 I9200

    8:17h

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    8:17h

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    8:17h

  • HTC One mini

    8:12h

  • Xiaomi Mi 3

    8:04h

  • Nokia Lumia 610

    8:01h

  • HTC One X+

    7:56h

  • Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo

    7:43h

  • Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro

    7:42h

  • Motorola DROID RAZR M

    7:42h

  • Sony Xperia E dual

    7:42h

  • Samsung I8190 Galaxy S III mini

    7:38h

  • Nokia Lumia 720

    7:37h

  • Samsung I9295 Galaxy S4 Active

    7:35h

  • Samsung I9505 Galaxy S4

    7:24h

  • Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX

    7:23h

  • Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue

    7:23h

  • HTC Radar

    7:17h

  • Nokia Lumia 520

    7:15h

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue P7

    7:13h

  • Samsung ATIV SE

    7:12h

  • LG Optimus GJ E975W

    7:11h

  • Samsung Galaxy Grand I9082

    7:09h

  • Samsung Galaxy Express I8730

    7:09h

  • Oppo Find 7a

    7:09h

  • Meizu MX3

    7:09h

  • Sony Xperia M

    7:09h

  • Motorola RAZR i XT890

    7:06h

  • Sony Xperia J

    7:06h

  • Samsung I9500 Galaxy S4

    6:58h

  • Apple iPhone 4s

    6:56h

  • Samsung P6800 Galaxy Tab 7.7

    6:54h

  • Xiaomi Hongmi 1S

    6:54h

  • Samsung Galaxy Core I8260

    6:54h

  • HTC One V

    6:49h

  • Sony Xperia E

    6:40h

  • LG G3

    6:40h

  • Sony Xperia L

    6:40h

  • BlackBerry Curve 9380

    6:40h

  • Samsung I9105 Galaxy S II Plus

    6:40h

  • HTC DROID DNA

    6:40h

  • LG Optimus G Pro E985

    6:40h

  • Samsung Galaxy Premier I9260

    6:40h

  • Motorola ATRIX HD MB886

    6:40h

  • HTC First

    6:39h

  • Samsung Galaxy Ace 3

    6:38h

  • Sony Xperia Z

    6:37h

  • Samsung S7710 Galaxy Xcover 2

    6:35h

  • HTC Desire 600 dual sim

    6:34h

  • HTC One mini 2

    06:33h

  • HTC Desire 500

    6:31h

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue P6

    6:30h

  • Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III

    6:27h

  • BlackBerry Z10

    6:27h

  • HTC Butterfly

    6:24h

  • Sony Xperia SP

    6:18h

  • Samsung Galaxy S III I747

    6:16h

  • Samsung Focus S I937

    6:15h

  • HTC One SV

    6:15h

  • Nokia Lumia 510

    6:13h

  • Sony Xperia ZL

    6:04h

  • Samsung Galaxy mini 2 S6500

    6:03h

  • Samsung P6200 Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus

    6:02h

  • Samsung Rugby Smart I847

    5:53h

A decisive victory comes in the video playback test - both devices have large, 1080p screens that let you view FullHD footage at 1:1. Here the Galaxy Note 4 wins by over 50% with a whopping 17 and a half hours, while the iPhone manages the still-respectable 11 hours.

Video playback

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    19:57h

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    18:01h

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4

    17:25h

  • Motorola RAZR MAXX

    16:35h

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

    15:03h

  • Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX

    14:17h

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    14:04h

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3

    13:32h

  • Samsung I9190 Galaxy S4 mini

    13:12h

  • Nokia Lumia 1020

    13:12h

  • Sony Xperia T2 Ultra

    13:12h

  • HTC One Max

    13:11h

  • Sony Xperia C

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In the end, it's the iOS' efficient standby that allows the iPhone 6 Plus to remain this close to the Galaxy. Android has more lax multitasking rules, which enables plenty of helpful background services but that does have an impact on battery life.

Ultimately, you can acquire three days of moderate usage with both devices, but under heavy utilize the Galaxy Note 4 will easily outlast the iPhone 6 Plus.



Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 4. It won all three tests by fine margins and while its standby is not the most efficient, the Galaxy Note 4 battery is a long distance runner. And you can have two if you want.

The Apple iPhone 6 Plus numbers are fine on their own but heavier usage impacts battery more than it does the Galaxy and the only option to extdiscontinue it is a bulky battery pack.


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