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6 Things Galaxy Note 4 Does That iPhone 6 Can't

Al Sacco | Nov. 6, 2014
The Apple iPhone 6 and Galaxy Note 4 are two of the hottest smartphones available, but they each have their own individual strengths and weaknesses. Here are six ways the Galaxy Note 4 outperforms the iPhone 6.

For context, you can get an iPhone 6 with 128GB of storage, though you'll pay handsomely for it. The iPhone 6 with 128GB of storage retails for $400 on contract, while the 128GB version of the iPhone 6 Plus goes for $500 with a new service agreement. In comparison, the Galaxy Note 4 is only available with 32GB of fixed storage -- at least if you buy it from a U.S. wireless carrier -- and it costs $300.

Modern smartphone users increasingly rely on the cloud for storage, but it can be valuable and convenient not to have to rely on a fast Internet connection to access and quickly transfer data.

5) Galaxy Note 4 Adaptive Fast Charging, Ultra Power Saving Mode 
The Galaxy Note 4 not only packs a removable, 3,220mAh battery, it also has two new features that let you charge your device more quickly and maximize battery life when your phone's almost dead. 

The Note 4's Adaptive Fast Charging feature lets you charge your device to half capacity in just 30 minutes, according to Samsung. But there's a catch. The Note 4 uses a standard micro USB port for charging, so you can use any compatible cord to power it up and sync it. The Adaptive Fast Charging feature, on the other hand, only works with specific chargers. Thankfully, the Note 4 ships with an Adaptive Fast Charging charger, so you'll be able to take advantage of the feature if you use the appropriate charger.

The iPhone 6 has a similar rapid charging feature, according to reports. Like the Note 4, that feature only works when you use compatible cords. Unfortunately, the iPhone doesn't ship with a compatible cord. If you want rapid charging you need to purchase a new cord, use the one that came with an iPad or plug your cord directly into a newer Mac that supports the feature. Using the appropriate cord, the iPhone 6 can fully charge in about two hours, according to iLounge. (For what it's worth, I'm able to fully charge my dead iPhone 6, via a new MacBook Pro that supports fast charging, in less than an hour and a half, so iLounge's numbers may be a bit off.)

Both the Galaxy Note 4 and iPhone have fast-charging features, but you have to buy a separate cord -- or an iPad or a new Mac -- if you want to take advantage of the iPhone feature. That's kind of silly.

The Galaxy Note 4 also has a new Ultra Power Saving mode that lets you limit the number of active apps on your smartphone, to reduce power drain. It also automatically dims your display via a black-and-white mode. The feature also limits the overall value of your device, but it's particularly useful if you only have a small amount of battery life left and you know you won't be able to charge for the foreseeable future.


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