LEFT: BERLIN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 05: A Galaxy Note 4 smartphone lies on display at the Samsung stand at the 2014 IFA home electronics and appliances trade fair on September 5, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. IFA is the world's biggest fair of its kind and is open to the public through September 10.
RIGHT: OREM, UT - SEPTEMBER 18: An Apple iPhone 6 Plus gold, is shown here at a Verizon store on September 18, 2014 in Orem, Utah. Apples new iPhone 6's go on sale tomorrow September 20, 2014. (Photo : Sean Gallup/Getty Images; George Frey/Getty Images)
Fresh off the hands of tech reviewers, Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has so far received a fair number of thumbs up, with some gadget pundits even saying that the South Korean tech company's latest release could teach Apple a thing or two about big-screened phones.
With that, let's compare Galaxy Note 4 and the iPhone 6 Plus in a phablet showdown:
"Both screens are quite beautiful and very readable," TechCrunch began. "But for my money Samsung's is striking in its clarity and brightness. I can read on the iPhone but I can read for a long time on the Note 4."
It's worth noting that Note 4 has a 1440 x 2560 resolution and pixel density of 515 ppi, whereas Plus 6 only has a 1080 x 1920 resolution and 401 ppi. Also, screen size for the Galaxy Note 4 is 5.7 inches, while its rival's is 5.5 inches.
A higher resolution means faster battery drain, truth be told. However, Samsung has included an Ultra Power Saver mode in the Note 4 so you are able to get "about 24 hours out of 10 per cent charge," Forbes observed. Also, the phone can recover 50% capacity within 30 minutes of charging. Then there's the fact that the battery is replaceable, unlike that in iPhone 6 Plus. You can carry an extra pack around and replace the one you're using once you run out of juice.
The Note 4 can record videos in 4K, which isn't the case for Apple's phablet. Plus the Samsung model has a 3.7-megapixel front camera and 16-megapixel rear cam, while the other only is 1.2 megapixels on the front facing one and 8 megapixels for the rear.
"Photos captured by the Note 4's camera are crisp and clear, thanks in part to the built-in optical image stabilization (OIS). Color reproduction is impressive, low-light performance is solid, and the camera software is packed with add-ons and enhanced selfie features, such zero-touch selfie capture capabilities," BGR reported.
Like the iPhone 6 Plus, the Note 4 can be yours for $299 (or more, if you want the ones with higher storage capacity).
What's particularly remarkable about Samsung's flagship product, aside from the specs mentioned above, is that it has a noticeably more efficient stylus pen. "Many of the early problems have been fixed now, and the recognition is very usable. With practice, it could even be faster than typing if you invest some time into learning how to use it," Forbes said.
Also, there's the fact that the pioneering phablet model has health and fitness features like "a heart rate monitor, blood oxygen saturation monitor and even a way to see how much UV radiation there is outside."
Generally, the Galaxy Note 4 is the best big-screen smartphone there is on the market today. However, the changes are not that much from the Note 3, so if you own the previous iteration, it's best to wait for the next release. But if you're looking to cross over from iPhone or smaller Android gadgets, Samsung's latest offering is your best bet.