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Spec showdown: Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs. the Galaxy Note 4, LG G3 Stylus, and LG G Flex

Blake Stimac | Sept. 10, 2014
Apple's officially in the phablet game, but how does it look when compared to the best Android phablets?

The A7 was a blazing fast processor, and Apple claims the A8 is has a 25% faster CPU and 50% faster GPU, so we expect it to hold its own against Android phones through the coming year.

We should note that Apple doesn't give battery specs, but claims that the iPhone 6 Plus will last two hours more than the 4.7-inch version when browsing the web, and has nearly twice the talk time and audio playback time. There's definitely a much bigger battery in there, but the larger screen eats away at it when activities call for screen-on time.

Enhanced iSight camera
As a follow-up to the last generation iSight camera, the iPhone Plus has an updated sensor for the 8 megapixel shooter. While a vast majority of Android smartphone surpassed the use of 8 megapixel cameras a few years ago, Apple hasn't seen the need to, and for good reason. It's still a solid camera that takes great photos, no matter how you spin it. 

The camera features are identical between the 6 and the 6 Plus, including super slo-mo 240fps video recording, enhanced panorama, and phase detection autofocus.

One of the few differences between the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is that the latter comes with optical image stabilization (OIS). A feature that's still isn't found in too many Android smartphones today, the OIS on the iPhone 6 Plus should have a lot of people excited. 

The FaceTime camera has seen very few updates. It's still the 1.2 megapixel shooter found on the previous iPhone, but it now has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.2 instead of f/2.4), Burst photo mode, and HDR for videos. 

NFC finally makes an appearance with Apple Pay
A feature that Apple's really been lagging behind implementing NFC into its smartphones, and it, along with Apple Pay has been introduced with the new iPhone lineup. While Android smartphones have been shipping with these NFC chips for years, the payment system backing them, Google Wallet, never got off the ground. 

Now that Apple's in the game, there's a good chance that Tap to Pay will actually become a "thing" now. With Apple's marketing prowess, mobile payments could take off in a way that it'll even benefit its competition in the process. 

More expensive than the standard model
Unsurprisingly, the iPhone Plus will cost more than the 4.7-inch model. This is the case for a handful of Android phablets, and Apple's premium hardware and design wil run you $300 for a 16GB version on a new contract. You'll just need to think about how important an extra 0.8-inches of screen real estate is to you. 

 

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