The mobile industry is going crazy for the new iPhone devices, as you would expect. But how does the bigger iPhone 6 Plus compare to the best Android smartphones? We’ve put their specifications against one another to see what comes out on top.
iPhone 6 Plus: 5.5″ (1920 x 1080) 401 PPI
Samsung Galaxy Alpha: 4.7″ (720 x 1280) 312 PPI
LG G3: 5.5″ (1440 x 2560) 534 PPI
Sony Xperia Z3: 5.2″ (1080 x 1920) 424 PPI
Verdict: Despite offering a Retina HD display, the iPhone 6 Plus falls some way behind same-sized LG G3. During our time with the LG G3, we couldn’t find a single fault with the LG G3’s display, which is testament to the work that’s gone in with it. The Alpha is noticeably lacking behind the rest of the group.
iPhone 6 Plus: Apple A8 dual-core processor (1.4GHz)
Samsung Galaxy Alpha: Exynos octa-core 5430 (1.8GHz quad + 1.3GHz quad)
LG G3: Snapdragon 801 quad-core (2.5GHz)
Sony Xperia Z3: Snapdragon 801 quad-core (2.5GHz)
Verdict: The Samsung Galaxy Alpha has the power of the octa-core processor behind it, which means that it’s hard to see how anything else will even get near it. For a bigger device, it seems strange that Apple wouldn’t include at least a quad-core processor. However, the A8 is definitely their fastest processor yet.
Memory and storage
iPhone 6 Plus: 2GB RAM, 16/64/128 GB storage
Samsung Galaxy Alpha: 2GB RAM, 32GB storage
LG G3: 3GB RAM, 32GB storage
Sony Xperia Z3: 3GB RAM, 32GB storage
Verdict: Having that extra bit of RAM is a great addition for both the LG G3 and Xperia Z3. It can make a real difference if you want to multitask on your device. We commend Apple for having a 128GB storage option on the iPhone 6 Plus, which will undoubtedly sell really well.
iPhone 6 Plus: 8-megapixel rear (3264 x 2448 pixels), 1.2-megapixel front
Samsung Galaxy Alpha: 12-megapixel rear (4608 x 2592 pixels), 2.1-megapixel front
LG G3: 13-megapixel rear (4160 x 3120 pixels), 2.1-megapixel front
Sony Xperia Z3: 20.7-megapixel rear (5248 х 3936 pixels), 2.2-megapixel front
Verdict: Sony always lead the way when it comes to mobile cameras, and that trend seems to be continuing with the Xperia Z3. The 20.7-megapixel camera will offer users unprecedented detail on their photos. All four cameras in this list have the stats that any average smartphone user will be happy with.
Winner: For now we would wholeheartedly say that the LG G3 is still the best device out there. We expect both the Galaxy Note 4 and Moto X (2014) to push it mighty close, and we’re looking forward to being able to get our hands on them to do a proper group test. Apple’s new device will undoubtedly sell in its millions and rightly so. By no means is it a bad device, but it’s still playing catch up to the best of what Android has to offer.