This one is called the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, and it’s a beast. Bigger than bigger and more beastly than ever. Bullet point by bullet point this is the phablet that Samsung will use to topple Apple from the premium mountaintop. If only anyone actually cared about the specifications.
The Hulk Of Phablets
With the Galaxy Note 4, compared to Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus, well, there is no real comparison. Samsung has the numbers to back it up.
Take what you know about the iPhone 6 Plus and lets compare it to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 (I don’t know about you, but that name just rolls off my tongue; and onto the floor).
What’s in the iPhone 6 Plus? A big screen. Maybe you heard it’s 5.5-inches across. You probably hear it’s faster, thinner, lighter than competitors.
You’re also aware of the Retina display (now packing more pixels per inch than we can see without a magnifying glass). And, well, that’s about it. Oh, and you’ll need to stand in line and wait awhile to get one.
What about Samsung’s Pop-Tart 4? Compared to the anemic iPhone 6 Plus, it bristles with a faster CPU, a larger display, more pixels per inch, more RAM, more storage in the base model, a camera with double the pixels, more internal radios, a larger battery, and more size and weight.
iPhone 6 Plus is doomed.
At least, doomed if everyone cared about all those hardware specifications, which, apparently, Samsung, ZDnet and every other digital rag run by the technorati elite care about.
What About Usability?
At a very basic level, smartphones, phablets, and tablets– whether running Android OS, iOS, or SomeOther OS– do the same things. Connect to the internet, play games, do email, make phone calls.
What I want, however, is something more. I want all the pieces to work well together, to play nice-nice with my Mac (even a Windows PC; not that there’s anything wrong with that), exchange date freely yet keep it secure, give me a gentle learning curve for new functionality, and hold value until I decide to get a new device.
Apple’s focus– Mac, iPhone, iPad, iCloud, App Stores, et al– appears to be on how the user interacts with the technology. From Google to Samsung to Motorola to HTC, the focus appears to be on price and specifications, user and usability be damned. For many, that difference is not subtle. For the great unwashed masses, there is no difference.
I choose the former, not the latter. What do you choose and why?