I feel I should start with a disclaimer, lest I find myself burned at the stake as Head Apple Fanboy. See, I’m intentionally donning the iBlinkers here and being, well, not biased exactly, but admittedly one-sided. However! I’ll follow up next week – in the interest of fairness – with an equally one-sided take from the opposite side of the fence.
What the hell am I rambling on about? Oh, just five reasons to buy an iPhone 6 Plus over the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Hear me now.
Reason 1 to buy an iPhone 6 Plus over a Samsung Galaxy Note 4: long-term value
Apple’s smartphone (and tablet) wares tend to be more coveted – in the long term – than their Android counterparts. Come to think of it, I’m not entirely sure why that is – perhaps because the Android world is fast-moving and incredibly fickle?
In any case, your iPhone 6 Plus will still command premium bucks several months down the line, while the Samsung Galaxy Note 4’s price is tipped to fall by as much as a third in just a few months – that’s based on the price performance of the previous three Notes.
Reason 2 to buy an iPhone 6 Plus over a Samsung Galaxy Note 4: premium design
Yeah, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 arguably boasts a premium design, too, but I’m slightly concerned about the ability to shove a business card between that wonderful QHD display and the phone’s casing.
For what it’s worth, Samsung acknowledges the gap in the official Galaxy Note 4 manual, dismissing it as a “necessary manufacturing feature”, but I’m not convinced I’m ok with it. It's just begging to be filled with crumbs, man.
Reason 3 to buy an iPhone 6 Plus over a Samsung Galaxy Note 4: gaming
Android has a significantly larger market share than iOS, yet the App Store continues to rake in more money than Google Play, and will do for the next few years. iDevice users traditionally have more expendable income, and there’s the problem with piracy over on Planet Android, too, much to the chagrin of developers.
As such, the App Store is the place to be if gaming is your thing. The iPhone and iPad generally get the big-name releases first, sometimes months ahead of Google Play (République springs to mind).
Reason 4 to buy an iPhone 6 Plus over a Samsung Galaxy Note 4: software support
With Android phones, you’re lucky to get 18 months of software support; that goes for the big names as much as the little ones. It’s likely that the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will get the Android M update next year, but 2016’s Android N is probably a bit of a stretch – the Note 4 probably celebrating its second birthday around the latter’s release. Ish.
Meanwhile, Apple has just updated the iPhone 4S to iOS 8, a phone that’s now more than three years old. Just saying.
Reason 5 to buy an iPhone 6 Plus over a Samsung Galaxy Note 4: better FPS
I scribbled “better FPS” in my notes, and now I’ve no idea what I meant. Better frames per second? First-person shooters? Faster Payment System? What the…? Gimme a minute here…
Aha! Better fingerprint scanner. For our money, Android fingerprint scanners are nothing more than a case of Apple-did-it-so-we’re-doing-it-too. Admittedly Apple didn’t exactly invent the fingerprint scanner thing, but it certainly popularised it.
Specifically, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4’s fingerprint scanner demands a swipe while the iPhone 6 Plus’ accepts a simple press, and – furthermore – the latter is said to be more consistent.