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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.

If you're not a Mac user, and you're not invested in the Apple ecosystem, you may not care much about all of this integration. Apple products aren't for everyone, and I'm not trying to imply that Apple's ecosystem is superior to other options. The reality, however, is that this integration is one of Apple's unique value propositions. If you're an Apple customer, you'll likely get unique value from the iPhone 6 that you won't from any other smartphone.

2) iPhone 6, Touch ID and You
Both the iPhone 6 and Galaxy Note 4 have fingerprint readers built into their home buttons for authentication. On first glance, the two scanners look similar, though Apple's is round and Samsung's is an oval. They both sit at the base of their gadgets' displays.

The similarities end there.

Apple's Touch ID finger scanner is easier to use and works much better than Samsung's rival offering. For example, you can use Apple's Touch ID in any orientation; it works whether you touch it with an upright finger, a sideways digit or an upside-down thumb. Samsung's Finger Scanner requires you to slowly swipe your finger from top to bottom or from bottom to top. It's finicky. I usually have to swipe my finger multiple times to unlock my Note 4. Touch ID on the iPhone is much more reliable; I rarely have to touch it more than once to unlock my phone.

Apple's mobile payment system, Apple Pay, has received a lot of attention since its launch last month, but the idea isn't a new one, and the Galaxy Note 4 can also use a set of mobile apps to make NFC payments, including Google Wallet and PayPal. Like Apple Pay and Touch ID, you can use the Note 4's fingerprint scanner to authorize mobile payments when you use PayPal. However, the Note 4 finger scanner often takes multiple swipes to work. That kind of ruins the experience, especially if there's a long line of shoppers waiting as you repeatedly swipe your finger. Apple Pay is more seamless, due in large part to the effectiveness of Touch ID.

It's not accurate to say that the iPhone 6 lets you do away with passwords for authentication and the Galaxy Note 4 doesn't. The Touch ID experience is head and shoulders above the Galaxy Note 4 finger scanner, though, and it's one of iPhone 6's standout features, which makes the Galaxy Note's scanner seem that much more disappointing. The Note 4's scanner is so unreliable that I've mostly stopped using it. Touch ID, on the other hand, is probably my single favorite iPhone 6 feature. I use it constantly.


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