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6 things iPhone 6 does that Galaxy Note 4 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 iPhone 6 outperforms the Galaxy Note 4.

I'm a two-smartphone kind of guy. My current smartphones of choice: The Apple iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

Both the iPhone 6 and Note 4 are high-end, cutting-edge devices packed with valuable and unique features. They're two of the best smartphones available today, which is why they've found homes in my pockets.

Neither device is perfect, though. When you use them alongside each other, their individual strengths and weaknesses quickly become apparent.

The following list details six things the iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus does that the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 can't -- or at least can't do as well.

(Note: The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are nearly identical, with three exceptions. The iPhone 6 Plus is notably bigger, the iPhone 6 screen resolution is lower than the 6 Plus screen, and the iPhone 6 Plus has an optical image stabilization, or OIS, camera feature that the iPhone 6 lacks. Unless otherwise stated, the conclusions I make about iPhone 6 can also be applied to the iPhone 6 Plus.) 

1) iPhone 6 and the Apple Ecosystem
Apple products are specifically designed to work together. With each new iPhone/iPad/Mac/whatever iteration, the integration grows stronger and more complex.

Apple builds its own computers and desktop software, and its mobile devices are specifically designed to integrate with those devices on an OS level. Samsung makes phones and PCs, but it doesn't develop the Android, Windows or Chrome software that powers them. As such, Samsung's Android integration with Windows PCs and Chromebooks doesn't offer the same experience as Apple's ecosystem. 

For example, the iPhone 6 can be used to control your Apple TV, and you can share content on your phone via your TV display. The latest version of Mac OS X, Yosemite, lets you start writing a message on your phone and then pick it up on your computer, or vice versa, using "Handoffs." You can use your Yosemite Mac to place a phone call via your iPhone's cellular connection. You can activate your iPhone's personal hotspot directly from your Mac so you don't ever have to take your phone out of your pocket. The list goes on.

Galaxy Note 4 users can download a variety of different apps to do many of these same things on their Macs or PCs. For example, multiple apps available on Google Play let you control Apple TV or Google's rival offerings, Chromecast and Nexus Player. It's easy to find apps that let you mirror your Android screen on your TV. In general, though, the experience is far more scattered and disjoined than the Apple experience, because you have to use different apps with various interfaces. 


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