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Galaxy Note 4 vs. iPhone 6 Plus: Which Is Better for Business?

Galaxy Note 4 vs. iPhone 6 Plus: Which Is Better for Business?
The Note 4's screen is a bit bigger than the iPhone 6 Plus' display. / Credit: Samsung/Apple

Apple's big new iPhone gives business users tons of screen space to work on. The iPhone 6 Plus boasts a huge 5.5-inch screen that dwarfs all other iPhone models, including the iPhone 6, which sports a 4.7-inch display. iPhone 6 Plus also includes a few killer features, including a new mobile wallet platform and the latest version of iOS, Apple's mobile operating system. But is it the best phablet for business? Samsung's new Android-powered Galaxy Note 4 has a strong claim for that title, with an even larger screen and a built-in stylus. Read on for a feature-for-feature matchup to see how these two work phones compare.

iPhone 6 Plus: The iPhone 6 Plus boasts a huge 5.5-inch display that's by far the largest on any iPhone yet. Compared to the cramped 4-inch screen on previous iPhone models, the big new iPhone screen gives you a lot more real estate for serious productivity tasks. It's extremely sharp, too, with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's a plus for business users, since a higher-resolution screen can display more content on-screen at once. And if you're worried that your thumbs won't reach all the way across such a large screen, Apple has added a few new features to make the device more usable. That includes "reachability," which lets you double-touch the home button to bring the active portion of the display down about halfway, so you can reach the top of your apps.

Galaxy Note 4: If you thought the iPhone 6 Plus had a big screen, get a load of the Galaxy Note 4. It features an even bigger 5.7-inch display with a superhigh resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. The display delivers extremely vibrant colors and wide viewing angles, making it one of the best smartphone screens around. But the real story for business users is size, since the large screen gives you so much space to work, especially for screen-intensive tasks like editing a document or spreadsheet on the go. However, users with small hands might want to pick a smaller smartphone.

iPhone 6 Plus: Apple's smartphones have always been some of the most secure, and the iPhone 6 Plus is no exception. It sports the same Touch ID fingerprint scanner found on the iPhone 5s and iPhone 6, which lets you keep your work device locked down without fussing with password screens. And iOS 8, the operating system that powers all iPhones and iPads, is one of the most secure mobile platforms, thanks to Apple's strict app screening process. In addition, Apple's new iPhones introduce a totally new way to use Touch ID: With the Apple Pay mobile wallet platform, customers can wirelessly pay for items and services at brick-and-mortar shops. The fingerprint scanner ensures that thieves can't pay with stolen iPhones.

Galaxy Note 4: The Note 4 is the first smartphone in the line to feature a fingerprint scanner, making it the most secure Galaxy Note device yet. To unlock your phone, just slide your finger down over the home button. The Note 4's scanner has some functionality that the iPhone 6 Plus lacks: You can use the fingerprint scanner to unlock Private Mode, a hidden folder for your most sensitive work documents. The Note 4 also supports Knox, a security suite developed by Samsung. Knox lets you run apps in a more secure profile, and gives you more control over how your employees use company-owned smartphones. The Android operating system isn't as inherently secure as iOS, but the Note 4's features help make up for it.

iPhone 6 Plus: A stylus can instantly turn your mobile device into a note-taking machine. Unlike the Note 4, however, the iPhone 6 Plus doesn't include a stylus. But there are dozens of optional stylus accessories to choose from if you want to take notes and draw diagrams on your iPhone screen, and plenty of good note-taking apps, including Evernote and OneNote, can be downloaded via the Apple App Store.

Galaxy Note 4: What defines the Galaxy Note line is the included S Pen Stylus, which lets you start taking notes on your device right out of the box. And unlike most smartphones, the Note 4 includes a slot on the bottom of the device where you can stow the stylus when it's not in use, so you'll always have it at hand. The new S Pen is better than ever, with a slimmer design and greater pressure sensitivity on the tip compared to what you'll find on previous versions. As with the Note 3, tapping the button on the side of the Note 4's stylus lets you launch one of four handy note-taking apps, including Action Memo, which can convert your handwritten notes into digital text, and Screen Write, which lets you snap a screenshot and annotate it.

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iPhone 6: Despite its large screen, the iPhone 6 Plus still only lets you view one app on-screen at once. That means business users who want to multitask on their smartphone should look elsewhere. Apple did announce a new dual-pane mode for some apps, but it's not exactly a multitasking feature. Instead, it allows certain apps, such as Mail, to show a persistent navigation pane on the left side of the screen when the device is turned sideways. That lets you switch between various sections in your email inbox without tapping through hidden menus, for example. A smaller display wouldn't have room for the second pane.

Note 4: For mobile multitasking, it doesn't get much better than the Galaxy Note 4. Samsung's phablet includes all the multitasking features of previous Note devices, plus a few new tricks. For starters, there's Multi Window mode, which lets you view two full apps on-screen in a split-screen view. You can drag the border between the apps to resize them, and turn your phone to view them side by side or stacked vertically. The feature is handy for complex tasks like using the calculator while viewing an email, for example. New to the Note 4 is the ability to swipe in from the top left corner of the screen to open a floating app, which sits in a small window over top of your main app. You can drag the floating app to move it, or minimize it for later viewing.

The iPhone has always been a terrific business phone, and the iPhone 6 Plus might be even better for work, thanks to its big screen. It's also a good pick if you want the best library of apps and killer features like Apple Pay. On the other hand, Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 is the business phone to beat, with a bigger, sharper screen; great security features; and an included stylus. Your individual needs and preferences will determine which device is right for you.

Brett Nuckles

Brett Nuckles has been a working journalist since 2009. He got his start in local newspapers covering community news, local government, education and more before he joined the Business News Daily staff in 2013. He graduated from Ohio University, where he studied Journalism and English. Follow him on Twitter @BrettNuckles.