Hands-on with the AT&T LG G Pad X 10.1: A nearly perfect Android tablet for …

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Battle of the phablets: iPhone 6s Plus against Samsung Edge+.

The battle between Apple’s newly minted iPhone 6s Plus and Samsung’s rival premium superphones is afoot, so how do these big phablets — half phone, half tablet — line up? The technology lets you buy goods most anywhere that accepts card- or NFC-based payments, so you probably won’t have to fret about bringing out your wallet at the local shop.

You’ll need a Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+ or Note 5 running on one of four big US carriers (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile or US Cellular), and you’ll need an American Express, MasterCard or Visa card issued through large banks like Bank of America, Citi or US Bank. While the 6s Plus is the larger phone, the Edge+ also has the larger screen, 5.7 inches as opposed to 5.5 inches, thanks to its incredibly thin bezel. Samsung uses an 8-core Exynos processor: four cores at 2.1 Gigahertz and four at 1.5 Gigahertz, which means the phone can handle powerful tasks but saves energy by using the less powerful cores for lighter tasks such as web browsing. You’ll get to keep your current user name (as long as it doesn’t contain invalid characters, in which case you’ll have to go through a few extra steps to make the transfer), and all your old comments will eventually (not immediately) migrate with you. In my test with AnTuTu benchmark v5.1.1, Apple’s A9 processor rated as the more powerful overall with a score of 58855 against the Samsung at 51847.

Apple’s upgrade to the front-facing camera means better-quality selfies and with the display acting as a flash, you can take them in dark conditions. Neither device supports micro SD card storage, so you’re left with either a finite 32GB or 64GB of RAM on the Edge+, or 16GB, 64GB or 128GB on 6s Plus. In iOS9, split-screen multi-tasking where you run two apps side by side is available only on iPads, but apps such as mail and calendar run in a two-column view in landscape mode. Research firm Telsyte managing director Foad Fadaghi says that iPhone 6 Plus represents about 30pc of iPhone 6 handsets sold, but users were migrating to the larger phablets, lured by bigger batteries and screen sizes. Samsung’s own operating system Tizen can be stunning, as it is on its upcoming Gear S2 smartwatch, but to change to Tizen on its smartphones would be a massive call.

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