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Spec Ops: iPhone 6 Plus vs Nexus 6 vs OnePlus One vs Note 4

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

In this article, we’re going to consider how the biggest phablets of the year stack up. We’ll be looking at three Android smartphones – the Nexus 6, Note 4 and OnePlus One - in addition to Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus. Let’s begin!

Display

Nexus 6 Note 4 OnePlus One iPhone 6 Plus
5.96 inches 5.7 inches 5.5 inches 5.5 inches
2560 x 1440 2560 x 1440 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080
493 ppi 515 ppi 401 ppi 401 ppi

It seems only natural to start with the defining feature of these phones: their displays. Each one comes with a display greater than 5.5 inches across the diagonal, putting them firmly in phablet (phone / tablet hybrid) territory. The One and 6 Plus are the smaller pair, while the Note 4 and Nexus 6 are closer to the tablet end of the scale. Despite their greater size, the higher resolution 1440p displays of the Note and Nexus grant them denser screens, which should make text and images appear more crisply.

Display technologies are also important; the Nexus 6 and Note 4 use AMOLED while the OnePlus One and iPhone 6 Plus are using IPS LCD displays. AMOLED is traditionally more power-efficient and has more vibrant colours, while IPS LCD tends to be more colour accurate with better viewing angles. Each display used here is high-end though, and so these differences are minimised.

Ultimately, there’s little here to differentiate these phones from each other; rather it depends what size you’re most comfortable with. We’ll get more into that with our next item – dimensions.

Winner: Tied

Dimensions, Weight and Materials

Nexus 6 Note 4 OnePlus One iPhone 6 Plus
159 x 83 x 10.1mm 154 x 79 x 8.5mm 153 x 76 x 8.9mm 158 x 78 x 7.1mm
184 grams 176 grams 162 grams 172 grams
Metal-framed plastic Metal-framed plastic Metal-framed plastic Metal

Given the differing screen sizes, we have surprisingly close results when it comes to dimensions. The Note 4 comes out barely ahead, thanks to fitting a 5.7-inch screen in dimensions close to the 5.5-inch OnePlus One. The iPhone 6 Plus is the outlier here, with a very wide and tall body for its screen size. Despite this, it pulls something back with a svelte 7.1mm thickness.

Each phone is constructed better than many of its peers and predecessors; the Note 4′s metal frame is a big improvement over the all-plastic body of the Note 3, for instance. When it comes to durability and in-hand feel, the sandstone back and metal frame of the OnePlus One give it the edge in the my eyes, with the iPhone 6 Plus’ fragile but gorgeous metal body close behind.

Winner: OnePlus One

Internals: CPU, RAM, Storage

Nexus 6 Note 4 OnePlus One iPhone 6 Plus
Snapdragon 805
quad-core 2.7GHz
Snapdragon 805
quad-core 2.7GHz
Snapdragon 801
quad-core 2.5GHz
Apple A8
dual-core 1.4GHz
3GB RAM 3GB RAM 3GB RAM 1GB RAM
32/64GB 32GB + microSD 16/64GB 16/64/128GB

When it comes to raw power, the two most recent Android phones – the Nexus 6 and Note 4 – have the edge. Their Snapdragon 805 chipsets provide an excess of CPU and GPU horsepower, just ahead of the OnePlus One’s older Snapdragon 801 chip. The iPhone 6 Plus seems outgunned here, but the Apple A8 chipset is surprisingly good for its clock speed, and offers similar performance to the 801 in many benchmarks.

Where the Apple handset really falls behind is in RAM, offering only 1GB compared to the 3GB of its rivals. This has a very noticeable effect, as you can only keep a couple of apps open at a time. Go back to an app you had open a few minutes ago, and you’ll have to launch it from scratch. Having to reload tabs in Safari every time you go back to the app gets old really fast. Conversely, these Android handsets can keep apps ready to go in the background for ages, saving your position in the app and saving you time and data.

When it comes to storage, the 6 Plus’ default 16GB loadout is quite limiting, and the jump to 64GB is expensive. The OnePlus One avoids this with a cheap jump to 64GB, while the Note 4 and Nexus 6 start with 32GB of storage onboard (and the Note 4 can add more storage cheaply with microSD).

Winners: Nexus 6 and Note 4

Battery Life

Nexus 6 Note 4 OnePlus One iPhone 6 Plus
3220 mAh 3220 mAh 3100 mAh 2915 mAh
24hr talk-time 20hr talk-time 20hr talk-time 24hr talk-time

One advantage to going with a phablet is that you can fit a giant battery inside. These phones’ batteries average over 3,000 mAh, granting the ability to talk for nearly a full day. Using the giant display reduces these figures somewhat, but with mixed usage you’re still looking at one or two full days of use between recharges. The iPhone 6 Plus is particularly impressive, with 24 hours of talk time from the smallest battery in the field.

Winner: iPhone 6 Plus

Camera

Nexus 6 Note 4 OnePlus One iPhone 6 Plus
13-megapixel
OIS, dual-LED flash
16-megapixel
OIS, LED flash
13-megapixel
dual-LED flash
8-megapixel
OIS, dual-LED flash
2160p30
1080p60
2160p30
1080p60
2160p30
1080p60
720p120
1080p60
720p240
2-megapixel 3.7-megapixel 5-megapixel 1.2-megapixel

While Android manufacturers have been chasing the spec sheets with higher megapixel counts, Apple has been focusing on image quality. The 6 Plus is their best effort yet, and takes fantastic pictures compared to other smartphones. Still, the higher megapixel counts of these Android phones do allow for better results in well-lit conditions like landscape shots. Ultimately though, the 6 Plus takes better pictures. The only disappointment is the front-facing camera, which at 1.2-megapixels is behind the competition.

When it comes to videos, it’s a little closer. Each Android phone shown here boasts 4K 30fps video recording, while the iPhone 6 Plus has excellent 240fps slow motion video at 720p. The slow motion video seems more useful than 4K, so once again the edge goes to the iPhone.

Winner: iPhone 6 Plus

Connectivity

Nexus 6 Note 4 OnePlus One iPhone 6 Plus
10-band LTE 9-band LTE 7-band LTE 20-band LTE
WiFi ac
Bluetooth 4.1
NFC
WiFi ac
Bluetooth 4.1
NFC
WiFi ac
Bluetooth 4.1
NFC
WiFi ac
Bluetooth 4.0
NFC (Apple Pay)

Connectivity is an interesting area. On the one hand, the iPhone 6 Plus has twice as many LTE bands as most of its competitors, making it much more likely you’ll find your favourite carrier is supported. Conversely, the Android phablets have a slightly later version of Bluetooth – 4.1 – which includes better coexistence with LTE signals, smarter connectivity and direct data transfers between Bluetooth accessories. The Android representatives also include NFC, which can be used for a range of purposes like transferring files, reading ads or contactless payments, while the iPhone 6 Plus only uses NFC for Apple’s own contactless payment system.

Winner: iPhone 6 Plus

Software and features

Nexus 6 Note 4 OnePlus One iPhone 6 Plus
Android 5
Stock
Android 4.4
TouchWiz
Android 4.4
CyanogenMod 11S
iOS 8.1
Stock
Water-resistant
Wireless charging
Stereo front speakers
S-Pen stylus
Removable battery
Multi-window
Fingerprint sensor
Tap-to-wake
Optional soft buttons
Touch ID
Continuity

Features are probably the hardest aspect of a phone to reduce down to a simple comparison, but at least you can see the features that each manufacturer wants to highlight (that we haven’t touched on already). Each phone has its strong points: the Nexus 6 has a strong hardware design with water resistance, wireless charging and stereo front-facing speakers, while the OnePlus One focuses more on software features like tap-to-wake and optional soft buttons. The iPhone 6 Plus’ Touch ID is the best implementation of a fingerprint sensor thus far, while Continuity allows the phone to work well with Mac computers. The Note 4 is probably the feature king though, with the S-Pen and some unique multi-tasking / multi-window features that make good use of the large screen.

When it comes to software, it’s a matter of preference. iOS 8.1 lacks the depth and customisation of Android, particularly compared to the CyanogenMod build on the OnePlus One, but does many things well and looks beautiful. iOS also boasts the larger app store, and more apps appear exclusively here than on Android. Conversely, many apps are just off-limits on iOS – you can’t get a torrent client, emulators or any content which Apple finds offensive or overly political.

Winner: Note 4

Accessories

Nexus 6 Note 4 OnePlus One iPhone 6 Plus
39 products 140 products 27 products 221 products

When it comes to accessories, Apple have enjoyed a healthy advantage almost since the first iPhone. With only a couple of models to choose from, accessory makers can be assured of a big market for each item they produce. The biggest Android models enjoy similar popularity, but the Nexus 6 and OnePlus One are not as well supported.

Winner: iPhone 6 Plus

Price

Nexus 6 Note 4 OnePlus One iPhone 6 Plus
£529 ($649) - 32GB
£569 ($699) - 64GB
£575 ($749) - 32GB £229 ($299) – 16GB
£269 ($349) - 64GB
£619 ($749) - 16GB
£699 ($849) - 64GB
£789 ($949) - 128GB

When it comes to price, the OnePlus One is the least expensive and the iPhone 6 Plus is the most. The iPhone 6 Plus also puts the highest premium on additional storage, with the next tier costing an extra £80 compared to £40 for the Nexus 6 and OnePlus One. The Note 4 has only one storage option, but does come with a microSD card slot which allows even less expensive storage upgrades.

Nexus 6 prices are based on announced US prices and previous UK conversions, including VAT, and should be reasonably accurate.

Winner: OnePlus One

Overall

Nexus 6 Note 4 OnePlus One iPhone 6 Plus
1 win 2 wins 2 wins 4 wins

As it stands, the iPhone 6 Plus seems the best phone in more categories than its peers, taking home victories in battery life, camera, connectivity and accessories. The Note 4 won in hardware and features, while the OnePlus got the nod for dimensions / materials and price. The Nexus 6 took only one win in terms of hardware, which it shared with the Note.

Ultimately though, each of these four phones is a viable choice. The Nexus 6 offers bleeding edge specifications with the latest version of stock Android; the Note 4 is the feature-king with an improved design and good hardware; the OnePlus One has a great in-hand feel and is so inexpensive; the iPhone 6 Plus has an awesome camera and battery life, and enjoys a strong app and accessory ecosystem.

I hope this breakdown has made your choice easier. Let us know which one you’d pick in the comments below, or share your questions. Thanks for checking out the article and have a good week!

Here’s why you shouldn’t buy the iPad Mini 3

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Last week Apple announced their latest tablets: the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3. Both tablets are on pre-order now for £80 more than their predecessors, but only one is worth buying. Here’s why.

The Air 2 is something of a technical triumph for Apple, incorporating a faster processor, Touch ID sensor and improved camera in a dramatically thinner frame. Apple spent the bulk of their presentation over the Air 2, and it makes sense – the tablet is a significant advancement over the original Air, and is now probably the most desirable tablet in the world.

Conversely, the iPad Mini 3 was touched upon with uncharacteristic haste. That’s because there simply aren’t any real substantive changes between the Mini 3 and the Mini 2. In fact, the list of useful changes is precisely two items long: the tablet now includes the Touch ID fingerprint sensor and is available in gold. That’s it – no thinner chassis, no upgraded processor, and no improved camera.

If you had a choice between the two tablets at the same price, then you’d pick the Mini 3 – why not? But instead, Apple are selling this tablet for an £80 premium, which makes no sense at all.

So my advice to you is this: if you want a small Apple tablet, pick up the Mini 2 while you still can, and avoid the Mini 3 unless you simply must own a tablet rendered in champagne gold. At £239 the Mini 2 is simply the far better deal.

n.b. If you have an iPhone 6 Plus, you may want to steer clear of the Mini line altogether. The increased screen size of the newer iPhone models means you’ll get much less of a boost in screen real estate when moving from an iPhone to an iPad Mini than owners of previous iPhones did. Already many 6 Plus owners are leaving their iPad Minis at home because they already feel  they have a big enough screen in their pocket.

This case adds Qi wireless charging to your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Qi Charging iPhone 6 Case - BlackQi Charging iPhone 6 Plus Case - Gold

Wireless charging is pretty cool and convenient, but so far Apple haven’t brought the technology to their iPhones – so accessory manufacturers have stepped in to fill the gap. Last month we showed you a standalone Qi wireless charging receiver that you could add to your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus; today we’re showing another option for those of you that want to add Qi wireless charging to your new iPhones. The new option is the Qi Charging Case, which combines a Qi charging coil with a protective iPhone case, a single piece solution. Let’s take a closer look.

The Qi Charging Case is a simple plastic case which adds good scratch protection and a bit of impact protection as well. Of course, the real magic is inside – there’s a Qi charging coil that will work with a wide range of Qi charging pads. This is joined up with a Lightning connector that can be plugged or unplugged without taking the case off. That’s quite useful if you need to charge your phone using a wired connection or connect it to your PC to sync media and apps.

Qi Charging iPhone 6 Case - Black    Qi Charging iPhone 6 Case - Black

The Qi Charging Case is available for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, in black and gold. For more information, to pre-order or to receive a notification of stock availability, please visit the relevant product page linked below:

Thanks for checking out the article! Stay tuned to the Mobile Fun blog for more new accessories for the iPhone 6 and many more phones besides. Please feel free to leave a comment below or reach us on Twitter @mobilefun.

Top 5 iPhone 6 Plus flip cases

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Whether you call them flip cases, wallet cases or folio covers, these folding cases are some of the most popular on the market for the iPhone 6 Plus. Providing a classical sense of bookish style and practical screen protection, there’s a lot of sense behind the form factor. Today we’re going to celebrate these strengths by taking a look at some of the best iPhone 6 Plus flip cases on the market.

5. Encase Carbon Fibre-Style Case with Stand - Black

Encase Carbon Fibre-Style iPhone 6 Plus Wallet Case with Stand - Black    Encase Carbon Fibre-Style iPhone 6 Plus Wallet Case with Stand - Black

We begin with an inexpensive flip case with a more modern look. The Encase Carbon Fibre-style Case comes with the look and feel of carbon fibre, as you’d expect, granting the case a cool and contemporary air. The case uses a protective combination of microfibre and plastic on the interior, granting a safe and secure space for your iPhone 6 Plus.

4. Muvit Wallet Folio Case and Stand - BlackTurquoisePinkDark RedWhite

Muvit Wallet Folio iPhone 6 Plus Case and Stand - TurquoiseMuvit Wallet Folio iPhone 6 Plus Case and Stand - Black

Our next case has a more traditional look, although once again we’re looking at a high quality synthetic material instead of leather. The case is practical too, with a built-in media stand and a few pockets for credit cards or important pieces of paper. I quite like the lime green highlights in the black coloured version, and if it’s not to your taste you have a choice of four more colourways, each nicely rendered.

3. Knomo Leather Folio Wallet Case - BlackBrown

Knomo Leather Folio iPhone 6 Plus Wallet Case - Black    Knomo Leather Folio iPhone 6 Plus Wallet Case - Brown

Our middle case today is the Knomo Leather Folio, which is made of real leather. This means the price is a little higher, but you do get that desirable look, feel and smell. I feel like leather also wears more nicely than synthetics, as soft scratches form a rugged, unique worn look. Inside the case you’ll find microfibre to protect the screen, and the case is quite slim as well thanks to the high quality of leather used. The case is available in two classic colours, black and brown.

2. Muvit Made in Paris Crystal Folio Case - BlackPinkBrownPurpleOrangeLime

Muvit Made in Paris iPhone 6 Plus Crystal Folio Case - Pink    Muvit Made in Paris iPhone 6 Plus Crystal Folio Case - Lime

The Made In Paris collection is a rarity, which is technically a flip case but looks quite different to its peers. The case leaves the top and bottom of the rear of your phone free, just sticking to the middle section. The case does cover the whole front of your phone, ensuring that useful protection that can obviate the need for an iPhone 6 Plus screen protector.

1. Case-Mate Stand Folio Case - Black / Grey

Case-Mate Stand Folio iPhone 6 Plus Case - Black / Grey    Case-Mate Stand Folio iPhone 6 Plus Case - Black / Grey

Our winning case is the Case-Mate Stand Folio. The case has a look that straddles classic and contemporary, with a slim padded design that adds minimal bulk to your iPhone 6 Plus. The case includes both pockets in the front cover and a media stand, allowing you to easily watch videos or see incoming notifications on your train table, desk or nightstand. It’s a classy looking case, and right now it’s our number 1 choice for the iPhone 6 Plus.

Conclusion

That’s all for now, folks! Thanks for checking out our iPhone 6 Plus case recommendations, and feel free to make your own in the comments below. You can also reach us on Twitter or Facebook – or even Google+ if you feel so inclined! Thanks once again and have a good week ahead!

10 ways to preserve your iPhone 6 Battery Life

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Preserve your draining iPhone 6 Battery Life

Following the initial apprehension about iOS 8, iPhone users have, in majority, shifted their music, photos, apps and everything else to the iCloud. Despite this, the new features and technology combined in iOS 8 mean that battery life is increasingly suffering, so we’re here to help you get the most out of your iPhone with 10 easy tips to stop your battery draining and conserve that all-important power!

1. Have a look at what is draining your battery

Apple has finally given users a way to monitor the battery life, with a detailed breakdown of exactly which things are taking up the most power. Stored in Settings > General > Usage > Battery Usage, you can see what is consuming your battery so fast. Damn you Candy Crush!

What drains your battery?

2. Change your location settings

Most of your apps are tracking your location in the background, which imposes a huge drain on your device’s battery. You can arrange for location services to only be enabled when absolutely necessary through Settings > Privacy > Location Services. Some apps allow you to select “While Using” which is the perfect choice for apps like Facebook.

Change Your Location Settings

3. Only share your location when you need to

Being able to share your location when you need to meet up with people is great, but not when it kills your battery the rest of the time. Go into Settings > Privacy > Location Services > Share My Location and turn it off when you don’t need it to avoid it updating constantly and therefore draining your battery.

4. Disable Handoff

Handoff allows you to swing seamlessly between your Apple devices, but if you don’t do this, or you’re not even sure what this is, you can just turn it off at Settings > General > Handoff & Suggested Apps.

Disable Handoff

5. Turn off Suggested Apps and Push Notifications

Whenever you download an app, it will ask if you would like to allow push notifications – you can decline this when you download an app, or alternatively go to Settings > Notifications and do it manually there.

Push Notifications

6. Modify Spotlight Search

Spotlight is the handy search tool that appears when you swipe down, but it searches the whole website and your phone for every search. You can change this in Settings > General > Spotlight Search, and deselect those sources that you don’t want to use. Not only does this save battery life, it also means you are more likely to find exactly what you were searching for, as the results aren’t overwhelming!

Spotlight Search

If you have gone through your phone settings, and your iPhone is working exactly how you want it to, but you’re not happy with the battery life, we have some other suggestions for you:

7. Top up on-the-go with our range of portable chargers, power banks and car chargers

Mobile Fun offers a huge range of portable chargers and power banks for those moments where your phone needs a boost of power while you’re on the go. Small and compact, the Veho Pebble Smartstick and Olixar enCharge Power Bank are the perfect choice if you’re on the go during the day!

Veho Pebble Smartstick Portable Charger - Black   Olixar enCharge 2000mAh Portable Power Bank - Blue

Alternatively, you could invest in an in-car charger which would keep your phone topped up whilst you’re driving, so it is fully charged when you reach your destination! The Olixar Dual USB Super-Fast Car Charger or the Avantree High Power In-Car Charger would be the perfect thing!

Olixar Dual USB Super Fast Car Charger - 3.1A   Avantree High Power 3.1A Dual USB Universal In Car Charger

8. Keep your extra power “to-hand” with a battery case

Perhaps you don’t want to carry something extra around with you, but you still want something “to-hand” to charge your phone in case of emergency. Well, we have the perfect solution, and one that also protects your handset from drops and falls! The PowerJacket Case and Lepow PIE Magnetic Battery Case more than double your original battery capacity, so you’ll never fall short!

Power Jacket iPhone 6 Case 3000mAh - Black   Lepow PIE Magnetic iPhone 6 Battery Case 3,000mAh - Green

9. Charge without messy wires and cables using a wireless charger

Mobile Fun also have a Qi Wireless Charging Receiver, for those of you that would like to just put your phone down on a Wireless Charging pad and have it charge up while you’re working or chatting with friends.

Qi iPhone 6 Wireless Charging Receiver

10. Charge your phone almost 9 times over with an external battery pack

Last, but by no means least, another option is to treat yourself to an external battery pack, which come in all ranges of sizes and capacities. The top-rated Olixar enCharge Dual USB Portable Charger offers a 15,000mAh capacity whilst the Ye!! Energy Pocket Charger offers 6,000 mAh. Although slightly larger than a standard portable charger, these are still easily portable, and mean you can charge not only your own phone more than once, but your friends’ also!

Olixar enCharge 15,000mAh Dual USB Portable Charger   Ye!! Energy Pocket Lightning Portable Charger - 6,000mAh

Conclusion

So there you have it, our 10 top tips on how to improve your iPhone 6 battery life!

Let us know how you stop your phone battery from draining in the comments below!