BY KYLE VAN DEN HEUVEL
Around Sept., both Samsung and Apple like to announce their yearly revisions to their phone platforms. For those who like Android, Samsung announced two new phones in their Galaxy Note line on Sept. 3. Apple also held a conference a week later on Sept.10 in which they announced new versions of the ever-popular iPhone. Both conferences showed phones that break from the norm, which will be interesting to see when they materialize.
Samsung announced not only the Galaxy Note 4, but also the curved Galaxy Note Edge. Both of these are aiming at providing the latest version of Android, a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera as well as a 3.7-megapixel front camera (with photo modes specifically for taking selfies), an improved S-Pen digitizer stylus, and a biometric reader used for Samsung’s S Health app. What set the two phones apart is their screens. The Galaxy Note 4 has a 5.7-inch screen with a resolution of 2560×1440 while the Galaxy Note Edge has a 5.6 –inch screen that wraps around the side of the phone with a resolution of 2560×1600. To put those resolutions in perspective, the standard for HD right now is 1920×1080. The Galaxy Note 4 has a hard metal enclosure while the Galaxy Note Edge has the standard plastic enclosure.
At their conference, Apple announced not only the iPhone 6, but also the iPhone 6+. The iPhone 6+ is a departure from Apple as this is the first time that they will release a phone with two different size options. The normal iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch display with a resolution of 1334×750 and the iPhone 6+ has a 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 1920×1080. Both of these models will run the newest version of iOS as well as feature a new 8-megapixel camera. The phones will also feature “Apple Pay” which will allow you to pay for items at a store using your phone rather than carrying around multiple credit cards.
The iPhone 6 is to be available in stores on Sept. 19. However, the Samsung phones have no set release date, just stated in time for the holidays.