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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!

OnePlus One Bamboo cover coming soon to Mobile Fun

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

ToughGuard OnePlus One Bamboo Replacement Back Cover    ToughGuard OnePlus One Bamboo Replacement Back Cover

The OnePlus One is one of the best looking and nicest feeling Android phones on the market, particularly in its 64GB Sandstone finish. Today though, we’re unveiling an even sweeter back cover for the OnePlus One: the ToughGuard Bamboo.

The Bamboo is a perfectly crafted piece of real bamboo, with a beautiful golden brown finish that adds class and unique style to the rear of your OnePlus One. Wood cases remain rare items built only by craftsmen, so it’s great to see some wider availability of a quality wood case for the OnePlus One.

This back cover adds no bulk to your OnePlus One either, as it replaces the existing back cover instead of sitting atop of it. You’re free to keep your stock cover, and switch between the two as it suits you, to match the occasion. You can change the cover relatively quickly, so you’ll never be caught flat-footed with the wrong back!

ToughGuard OnePlus One Bamboo Replacement Back Cover

The ToughGuard Bamboo is durable, with a protective coating that resists scratches and other damage. This a premium cover that will definitely stand up well to the rigours of day-to-day use. Of course, you’ll want to add a OnePlus One case for full impact protection if you’re likely to drop your phone.

The ToughGuard Bamboo replacement cover for the OnePlus One looks like one of the best cases that’ll be available for the phone, and I’m excited to try it out for myself. In the meantime, you can see more information – including live pricing and availability data – on the product page, linked below.

Thanks for checking out the article and let me know what you think of the case in the comments below! As always, you can also reach us on Twitter via the @mobilefun handle with your questions and feedback.

Add Qi wireless charging to the OnePlus One and other Android phones

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

There are two types of phones in the world: phones with Qi wireless charging built in, and those without. Thankfully though, you can add wireless charging pretty easily. Just pick up a Qi wireless adapter that’ll sit behind your phone, inside your case, and you’ll get the benefits of wireless charging without needing a special case.

enCharge Universal Qi Wireless Charging Adapter    enCharge Universal Qi Wireless Charging Adapter - Micro USB Port B

There are two different kinds of wireless charging adapters available, depending on the orientation of your phone’s microUSB port. If your microUSB port has the wide side at the bottom and the narrow side at the top, you’ll need the standard version. If it’s the opposite – wide top, narrow bottom – then you’ll need the inverted version.

Standard orientation

Inverted orientation

The OnePlus One requires an inverted connector. Other phones compatible with the Type B include the Google Nexus 5, the HTC One M7 and M8, and almost every other HTC smartphone. For a full list, see the compatibility tab on the inverted version product page.

Almost all other phones use a standard orientation microUSB port, including nearly all Samsung, Sony, Motorola and LG phones. For the full list (and it’s a long one!) see the compatibility tab on the Standard version product page.

To place your order and to see more information, please visit the product pages linked below:

Got any questions? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll happy to help you out. You can also reach us on Twitter @mobilefun and on Facebook at Love Your  Mobile. Thanks for checking out the article and have a good week!

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Nillkin Super Frosted Shield cases for OnePlus One

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Nillkin Super Frosted Shield OnePlus One Case - Black    Nillkin Super Frosted Shield OnePlus One Case - White

The OnePlus One is one of the most heavily anticipated smartphones on 2014, and after weeks of teasing we’re finally getting closer to seeing units start shipping out. We’re doing our part at Mobile Fun with a range of new cases for the OnePlus One, starting with these covers from Nillkin: the Super Frosted Shield Cases. Let’s take a closer look.

The Super Frosted Shield is a hard case, made from a tough impact-resistant plastic. The case snaps on easily, and thereafter provides good protection from drops without adding a sufficient amount of bulk.

The screen of your OnePlus One is protected too whilst in this case, with a raised bezel that ensures that any drop will hit the case instead of the screen. This helps obviate the need for a dedicated OnePlus One screen protector, but one is still recommended.

Nillkin Super Frosted Shield OnePlus One Case - Gold    Nillkin Super Frosted Shield OnePlus One Case - Red

The final aspect of the protection provided is scratch resistance. Simply, this case will take the scratches and nicks that’d otherwise mar the phone’s body, preserving the OnePlus One’s resale value and keeping it looking as good as the day you took it out of the box.

The Nillkin Super Frosted Shield case is available in five colours: black, gold, brown, white and red; no matter what your style you should be able to find a case that suits you. These cases are inexpensive too, so you could pick up multiple colours too.

Nillkin Super Frosted Shield OnePlus One Case - Brown    Nillkin Super Frosted Shield OnePlus One Case - Black

The Nillkin Super Frosted Shield is coming soon to Mobile Fun. For more information and to place your pre-order, please visit the product pages linked below:

Thanks for checking out the article and let us know what you think of the OnePlus One and these cases on Twitter @mobilefun.

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OnePlus One tempered glass screen protector announced

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

MFX OnePlus One Tempered Glass Screen Protector

The OnePlus One is one of the most exciting smartphones to be announced this year, offering a tremendous amount of hardware power with CyanogenMod Android 4.4 at a very low price. We’re beginning to prepare our range of OnePlus One accessories, and today I’m happy to unveil the very first one: the MFX OnePlus One Tempered Glass Screen Protector.

Tempered glass screen protectors have only recently emerged in the mobile market, but it’s clear to see why they have had such a rapid adoption rate recently. Glass provides a much more significant barrier against scratches and impacts, preventing damage for longer. While plastic screen protectors tend to need replacing often, glass tends to be more durable, often lasting the lifetime of your phone. The glass used in this screen protector has a hardness value of 9H, and comes with an anti-shatter coating that ensures even if the glass is cracked, it won’t fall to pieces and remains safe to handle.

Another advantage comes in light penetration. Many plastic screen protectors only let around 80% of light to pass through the protector, resulting in a noticeably dimmer screen. This tempered screen protector, on the other hand, has a light penetration value of 95%, almost the same as not wearing a screen protector at all.

This tempered glass screen protector for the OnePlus One doesn’t add much thickness either – in fact, adding just 0.26mm to the phone. That’s barely noticeable compared with the 8.9mm thickness of the phone itself. Installation is easy too, as you don’t need to worry about bubbles as you would with a plastic screen protector.

The OnePlus One screen protector is available for pre-order now and will be a perfect fit for the new phone. Feel free to leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

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