September is a month of raining gadgets. Big names like Apple and Samsung host grand launch events for their long awaited products. Among these gadgets are Samsung Galaxy Note Edge which is a bold step by Samsung in terms of its display and Apple iPhone 6 Plus and we will compare them side by side.
Dimensions and Form factor
Apple iPhone 6 Plus is a sleek device and it is made of same aluminium alloy as it’s predecessors. Apple iPhone 6 is just 7.1mm thick and weighs just 6.07 ounces (172 grams).
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is thicker as compared to Apple at 8.3 mm thickness. And weighs approximately same at 6.14 ounces (174 grams).
Apple iPhone 6 Plus is more curved and surely feels great in hand as compared Samsung Galaxy Note Edge because of it’s weird edge display on one side of the main display. iPhone 6 Plus is made of Aluminium alloy which feels premium as compared to Note Edge’s plastic build (Contrary to its more premium sibling- Galaxy Note 4).
Both the devices are except for the fact that iPhone 6 comes with a great premium touch to it because it is made of aluminium alloy and Samsung continues to use plastic for Note Edge.
Both iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung edge sport BIG displays. One thing special/weird about Note edge is it’s curved display on one side of the display (Reason behind its name) which has independent functionality from the main display.
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge comes with 5.6 inches Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1600 x 2560 pixels at approx. 524 PPI pixel density which is shielded by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and comes with a curved Edge screen talked earlier.
The new Curved display may be Weird for some and Awesome for others but I believe it is a bold step ahead on how we use our smartphones. I cant stop thinking of the time when we get display all around a smartphone(here I start dreaming again!!). The curved display extends the functionality of the Note and the best part about it is it runs independently of the main display. That means user can use the display from anywhere in the app. It displays notifications, shortcut icons etc for fast navigation. It can also be used as a ruler (Scale).
One more thing is that Developers will get there hands on new libraries for building apps exclusively for the extended display which opens a window to an indefinite user accessibility from the display using those apps.
Apple also have worked extensively on making the display not just bigger but better. Apple iPhone 6 Plus comes with 5.5 inches LED-backlit widescreen display with IPS technology with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixel at approx. 401 PPI pixel density with a Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating. The display uses a Dual-domain pixels technology for wider viewing angles. We have seen the memorizing Retina display on iPhone 5 series but now the wow factor of the display in iPhone 6 is the fact that it sports a Retina HD display which is much more sharper than Retina display.
Display on both the devices are brilliant. Samsung’s effort to bring Edge display has definitely given an upper hand to Note edge, but in the end it is you who will decide if they want to go for the edge. It really stands out in the large screen phone category.
Apple iPhone 6 Plus is available in three variants – 16 GB, 64 GB and a whooping 128 GB varient. Note that Apple did not manufacture a 32 GB variant for the new iPhone.
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge comes with 32 GB internal memory which can be extended upto 64 GB.
Samsung’s ability to extend the memory via SD card makes it a better choice as it comes saves a lot of money of the user to just upgrade the memory with microSD card.
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge sports a 16 MP primary snapper with image resolution of 3456 x 4608 pixels. It has feature like optical image stabilization, Dual Shot, Simultaneous HD video and image recording, panorama, HDR etc.
Apple iPhone 6 Plus sports a primary 8 MP iSight camera with 1.5µ pixels. iPhone 6 has a unique feature of image stabalization in whcih camera element moves in all the direction to stabalize the image. Now you can record Slomo at 240 fps as compared to previous 120 fps which means more clear and sharper slomo videos. It has more features like simultaneous HD video and image recording, intelligent Focus Pixels on the camera sensor, this technology is used in High End DSLRs, face and smile detection, panorama, HDR.
The camera quality and technology of Apple’s iSight camera is great and can be compared to images of a high end dslr.
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge comes with “Advanced yet Simple” Samsung Touch wiz UI which has a materialistic design, new icons and UI features, and it is based on Android 4.4.4 (KitKat).
Apple iPhone 6 Plus comes with most talked and promising iOS 8 preloaded which provides great usability features like Continuity and other great features for iOS developers.
Some people love Android experience and others just are crazy for iOS and its simplicity. If I tell my personal choice here then obviously I love iOS experience. On the other hand you can do a lot of tweaks to your Android device which are not available on iOS. You decide what you want to go with.
Chipset and RAM
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge comes with 2.7 GHz Quad Core Processor and a 3 GB RAM which help Multi-window tasking work like a charm. It is loaded with a powerful GPU Adreno 420 (Snapdragon).
Apple iPhone 6 Plus uses all new Apple A8 chip with 64-bit architecture paired with M8 motion coprocessor which is much faster tham its predecessor.It has RAM of 1 GB.
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is backed up with a massive 3000 mAh Fast Charging battery which charges upto 30% faster. This has a capability to fuel you device for a complete day usage with ease.
Apple iPhone 6 Plus comes with a massive battery power which churns out enough power to support Talk time of upto 24 hours on 3G , standby time of upto 16 days and Audio playback of upto 80 hours.
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
The price without any contract for 16GB variant is $749, for 64GB it is $849 and $949 for 128 GB varient. The 64GB variant would be the best option for most people.
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
Samsung have neither announced the date of lauch of Note Edge nor the price. The expected price is approx $750 which is $100 more than Galaxy Note 4.
Both the devices are equally good in there respective areas. Edge is no phone like before and sets you apart from the crowd and the iPhone 6 plus is a highly refined OS and a very premium build quality. In the end it’s about your personal taste and preference.
If you are apple fan boy, and looking for a larger screen then iPhone 6 plus is definitely for you. If you are just looking to upgrade your 5S, you might want to give a pass on this.
If you are neutral, you should see them both first hand and decide, though we are sure you will pick the iPhone.
If you are a android lover, you might wanna wait till what the early adopters say about the edge display for the cheap build quality of samung you might wanna look else where.