6 things iPhone 6 does that Galaxy Note 4 can't

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.

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4) Wider Array of Built-In Storage Options

If you want to buy the Galaxy Note 4 from a U.S. wireless carrier, it's only available with 32GB of fixed storage. Of course, the Note has a microSD memory card slot that supports cards up to 128GB, according to Samsung. The iPhone offers more fixed storage options. Both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are available with 16GB, 64GB and 128GB of fixed storage.

5) iPhone 6 Cost of Entry

You can get an iPhone 6 for $100 less than a Galaxy Note 4. Specifically, the iPhone 6 with 16GB of storage costs $200 with a new wireless service agreement, while the 32GB Galaxy Note 4 costs $300 with a new contract.

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Comparing the iPhone 6 to the Galaxy Note 4 is kind of like comparing peaches to plums, though. It's more fitting to compare the iPhone 6 Plus 16GB, which costs $300 with a contract, and the 32GB Galaxy Note 4, which comes with more storage for the same price.

The unlocked 32GB version of the Galaxy Note 4 costs $840 in Samsung's online "factory outlet store." A contract-free 16GB iPhone 6 costs $650 via Apple's online store, while the 16GB iPhone 6 Plus goes for $750. (The contract-free iPhones in Apple's store are meant to be used on T-Mobile's network and may not be compatible with your wireless carrier.)

Bottom line: If you don’t want to spend more than $200 on a new phone, the iPhone 6 is an option. The Note 4 is not. 

6) Apple iPhone 6 is Golden 

OK, so this last point is a bit of stretch, and I probably could have skipped it. Gold phones are all the rage these days, and though Samsung advertises a gold Note 4 — and a pink one — the only colors available via U.S. carriers are black and white.

I'm perfectly fine with that. I like my black (err, "space gray") iPhone and my (frost) white Note 4. I also know that the average consumer cares more about the color of their phone than I will ever understand. Boring ol' black and white options often don't cut it.

If you absolutely need a gold phone, or just really want one, and don't want to $900 on an unlocked Note 4 via Samsung, you'll find a (gaudy) friend in the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus.

On the Flip Side…

As stated at the start of this post, I really like both the iPhone 6 and the Galaxy Note 4, and it wouldn't be fair to only spotlight the good stuff about the iPhone 6. So, on the flip side, here are "6 Things Note 4 Does That iPhone 6 Can't."


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