After a fair amount of time spent bashing Android smartphones for their unwieldy size by Apple fans, the Cupertino company has submitted to the demands of the public and released a phablet of its own. The 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus shares a majority of the specs as the iPhone 6, but has some tricks of its own to set it apart.
Of course, the iPhone 6 Plus is going head to head with the latest version of the phablet that started it all, the tried and true Samsung Galaxy Note series, along with many other phablets. Below is a chart showing how the iPhone 6 Plus compares to some new and some not-so-new Android phablets.
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Apple's phablet holds its own
iPhone Plus ships with a large, 5.5-inch display, firmly solidifying its presence in the phablet market, and there's little doubt it'll sell like hotcakes. It may lack the stylus of the Galaxy Note series, but that's not terribly surprising, as not everyone really cares about that type of input, and Apple has shown little interest in pursuing styluses even on the iPad.
Of course, the iPhone 6 Plus ships with a Retina display, which is just a fancy way for Apple to create it's own display marketing, and incidentally, get away with not having an iPhone with an HD display: a trend that started in 2011 for Android phones. Rejoice, then, as the larger iPhone 6 Plus has a 1080p Full HD display!
Of course, pixel density is what really counts in smartphone and tablet screens, and Apple has done a decent job in this department, pushing high-PPI displays before Android..
With a pixel density of 401 PPI, the iPhone 6 Plus easily bests the likes of the mid-range G3 Stylus and the almost year-old G Flex, it can't compete with the 2K displays found on high-end phablets, like the new Note 4.
The Apple A8 processor is a beast (we think)
Featuring the new A8 processor and M8 co-processor, the iPhone 6's bigger brother is just as powerful the 4.7-inch model. The Plus is going to be a snappy piece of kit out of the box, but exact details are still on the sketchy side.
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What Apple discloses about the A8 processor notwithstanding, it'll take time time to find out exactly what's under the hood of the new chip, including how much RAM the A8 comes with. This also makes it hard to compare the A8 to existing processors on the market that ship in Android phones. By and far the hottest of them all would be the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, which is found on the new Galaxy Note 4.
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