Apple iPhone 6s Plus ReviewApple iPhone 6s Plus 9.2
Steve Jobs was notoriously known to be staunchly opposed to the idea of making ‘bigger’ sized phones, but in today’s landscape, it’s almost absurd to deny the kind of place that these monster-sized phablets occupy. With Tim Cook at the helm of Apple, though, the company managed to appeased the masses with the introduction of the iPhone 6 Plus last year.
People love big phones, that’s just the undeniable truth, seeing that each year companies are pushing the boundaries by trimming off as much of the fat as possible to still make them somewhat manageable to operate. Apple finally delved into the phablet space with the iPhone 6 Plus, which unsurprisingly enough, has gone on to become one of the most popular smartphones this last year.
Now, being one of those ‘S’ years, 2015 marks the appearance of the 6 Plus's successor – the Apple iPhone 6s Plus. True, the new phone might appear unchanged on the outside, but Apple has cooked up some special goodies to keep its phablet in contention for another year.
Competition has been fierce, even in the last month alone, because of the gravitating pull of the Samsung Galaxy Note5 – the phablet to beat in the space. While Sammy’s prized darling has already gone on to receive acclaim, and also a much-needed boost in its design, the iPhone 6s Plus is on its own journey to be the phablet to beat this holiday season. And that’s not all, as there are several notable 5.5-inch and up smartphones released in the last few months alone that have garnered impressive packages as well. Can the iPhone 6s Plus launch a counter attack to stave off the competition for another year? Let’s find out!
The package contains:
- Apple iPhone 6s Plus
- Wall charger
- Lightning cable
- Quick start guide
- Apple decals
Besides the new rose gold color option, this is still the same meticulously crafted, premium smartphone from before.
Being in that ‘S’ year, it shouldn’t surprise anyone to know that the iPhone 6s Plus doesn’t see any major changes with its design – so if we’re to put the two side-by-side, it’d be difficult to tell what’s what. There’s still that legendary premium design from Apple, one that’s accentuated most profoundly by its smooth and balanced aluminum frame. To be fair, though, they’ve gone on to employ an even stronger 7000 Series aluminum to give it greater strength and durability, so for those concerned about another bendgate scandal, don’t count on it.
The Apple iPhone 6s Plus continues to pay homage to last year’s model by sporting rounded edges, the same plastic antenna bands around its rear, and the same button placements from before. It looks good, it feels good – the characteristics that instantly become apparent the moment it’s grasped. Despite its solid construction and svelte profile, it still irks us that they haven’t solved that subtle detractive look with the hump to its camera lens.
Superficially it looks similar to the iPhone 6 Plus before it, but the 6s Plus actually bears some changes with its design. First and foremost, there’s now a new color option that’s available with the phone – rose gold. Frankly, it’s very subtle, because it looks more salmon-pink than rose gold, since it shimmers from its ‘rose gold’ color to silver, and even gold sometimes, depending on the angle we’re viewing it.
Secondly, the iPhone 6s Plus is technically heavier too, tipping the scale at 192 gr – while its predecessor weighed in at 172 gr. The difference isn't immediately noticeable, but it becomes apparent when you hold the two side-by-side. Combining its already wide figure, it makes the iPhone 6s Plus even more substantial to hold, thus, requiring two hands to operate it ideally. Meanwhile, the sturdier 7000 Series aluminum material might assure us that this is a stronger iPhone than what we had with the previous generation, but it still doesn’t prevent us from being precautious about its handling.
Apple’s newest phablet no doubt embodies all the qualities we’d want to find in a premium offering, so there’s little to complain about its recycled design. From its sturdy and new 7000 Series aluminum, all the way to its incredibly svelte construction, it’s indicative of a meticulously made smartphone. However, we’re still wondering how they’re not able to solve that odd protrusion with its camera lens yet. Oh well, there’s always next year!
Going with the recycled design, it means that all of its ports and buttons are situated in the same locations. Therefore, that means the power button is on its right side, along with its nanoSIM slot, and the volume controls with the mute switch are situated on the left. Meanwhile, the top edge is completely clean – whereas with the bottom edge, it’s home to the 3.5mm headphone jack, microphone, Lightning connector port, and speaker grill.
Apple has improved the Touch ID finger print sensor as well, which of course, is incorporated into the home button. All in all, we can say that Touch ID is slightly more responsive in reading a fingerprint now, but honestly, it's a really small difference.
158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm
6.77 oz (192 g)
158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1 mm
6.07 oz (172 g)
153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm
6.03 oz (171 g)
153.9 x 76.2 x 11.06 mm
6.31 oz (179 g)
The Retina Display sees some iterative improvements, but it’s 3D Touch that’s the star of the show.
Back for round two, the Apple iPhone 6s Plus is fashioned with a 5.5-inch 1080 x 1920 Retina Display, one that’s based on IPS-LCD technology, the same one that’s been favored by Apple all this time. Not one to embrace a Quad-HD screen resolution just for the sake of it, the 401 ppi pixel density of the iPhone 6s Plus’ display is more than sufficient in delivering sharp details that are pleasing to the eye.
Apple’s displays have always been accompanied with some fantastic qualities, so it comes to no shock that this latest one follows suit.
Moving onto its accuracy under the sRGB color spectrum chart, the iPhone 6s Plus performs exquisitely by hitting most of the target value marks – giving its colors that true-to-life, realistic tone. It’s not 100% accurate, but it’s pretty close to achieving that. And it even manages to exhibit fantastic viewing angles as well, where there’s barely any sort of distortion at varying angles.
Thus far, most manufacturers have mostly focused on improving smartphone displays by simply increasing their resolution. Apple doesn’t seem to believe that this is the best step to take, as they’ve never been the type to boast about having the best of the best specs. Rather, they’re introducing something very different in the form of 3D Touch.
Don’t mistake this for BlackBerry’s crummy SurePress technology; you know, that gimmicky clicking response with the BlackBerry Storm whenever the screen was pressed down on. Apple’s interpretation of depth is far most comprehensive and practical, as it coughs up some new and inviting interactions that we haven’t seen on a phone. Now, for those of you familiar with the Apple Watch’s force touch feature, this is essentially the same technology at work.
Instead of dissecting all of the intricate tech that’s behind it, we’ll focus the review on its purpose. At the core of it all, 3D Touch is classified by Apple as the next generation of multi-touch – one that adds a new dimension of functionality to the mix. While the screen itself isn’t physically manipulated to give off that illusion of tactility, it’s instead achieved by the capacitive sensors on the display to measure microscopic changes in pressure. Adding to that, its all-new Taptic Engine vibration motor enhances the interaction by delivering timely and subtle taps to let us know how firm we’re pressing.
It’s genuinely different, something we haven’t experienced before, and so it’s going to be interesting to see how this new technology is pushed to other things beyond the native apps. Generally speaking, it makes it simple to access things, like a link embedded in an email, without entirely committing to jumping into that particular thing. Well, 3D Touch’s primary functions boil down to these features below.
Peek and Pop: It’s the preview you’ve always craved. Employed in several of the native apps, it allows us to use 3D Touch to peek at a preview of something, like a hyperlink in an email or the body of an email in our inbox, instead of having to fully commit into launching that separate portal.
Quick Actions: Using 3D Touch, we can press down on several of the icons in the homescreen for some quick actions. For example, we have options to take a selfie, record video, record slo-mo, and even snap a photo by pressing down on the camera icon. It saves a few steps in the process, which is useful.
Trackpad: Sometimes it’s a pain precisely trying to place the cursor into a specific spot when typing using the on-screen keyboard. With 3D Touch, however, it eliminates the frustration because we have a finer degree of control adjusting its placement using 3D Touch.
Pressure sensitive drawing: Using the updated Notes app, it similarly attempts to replicate Samsung’s S Note app by providing us with a number to drawing tools – on top of the usual note taking functions. Using 3D Touch, it’s able to register varying degrees of pressure to produce more solid lines using any of the drawing tools. However, the process isn’t as seamless as using the S Pen, due to the degree of resistance when we’re trying to glide on the screen with our finger or stylus.
Display measurements and quality
|Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better||Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better||Contrast Higher is better||Color temperature (Kelvins)||Gamma||Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better||Delta E grayscale Lower is better|
|Apple iPhone 6s Plus||593
|Apple iPhone 6 Plus||574
|Samsung Galaxy Note 5||470
The numbers below represent the amount of deviation in the respective property, observed when a display is viewed from a 45-degree angle as opposed to direct viewing.
|Maximum brightness Lower is better||Minimum brightness Lower is better||Contrast Lower is better||Color temperature Lower is better||Gamma Lower is better||Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better||Delta E grayscale Lower is better|
|Samsung Galaxy Note 5||60.4%
|Apple iPhone 6s Plus||84.7%
|Apple iPhone 6 Plus||84.7%
The CIE 1931 xy color gamut chart represents the set (area) of colors that a display can reproduce, with the sRGB colorspace (the highlighted triangle) serving as reference. The chart also provides a visual representation of a display's color accuracy. The small squares across the boundaries of the triangle are the reference points for the various colors, while the small dots are the actual measurements. Ideally, each dot should be positioned on top of its respective square. The 'x: CIE31' and 'y: CIE31' values in the table below the chart indicate the position of each measurement on the chart. 'Y' shows the luminance (in nits) of each measured color, while 'Target Y' is the desired luminance level for that color. Finally, 'ΔE 2000' is the Delta E value of the measured color. Delta E values of below 2 are ideal.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
The Color accuracy chart gives an idea of how close a display's measured colors are to their referential values. The first line holds the measured (actual) colors, while the second line holds the reference (target) colors. The closer the actual colors are to the target ones, the better.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
The Grayscale accuracy chart shows whether a display has a correct white balance (balance between red, green and blue) across different levels of grey (from dark to bright). The closer the Actual colors are to the Target ones, the better.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
1. wg1234 (Posts: 23; Member since: 09 Sep 2015)
No removable battery, No SD card. Only 1080p.
3. phonehome (Posts: 568; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)
Apple can get away with that as has been their model since the original iPhone in 2007. Samsung can NOT as so many expect otherwise (even Samsung themselves have touted such with so many ads).
19. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3751; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Still, it doesn't make sense that Apple markets the iPencil as a separate accessory that has to be bought outside of the box, when it could have been made a proprietary addition. I give Samsung a heads up to that, cause S pen is more functional then an iPencil and it comes for free.
And to me the phone, according to John's own review, was 8.5-9 at best.
63. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)
Well the S-Pen isn't free, but it is included in the price.
But I agree 100% with you. Why advertise the pen with the tablet and not even include it. Guess what would happen if Samsung tried such! The Apple fans boy would be all over it.. But when its Apple, its simply overlook, said it isn't an issue.
79. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3751; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Of course, it comes at a price but the S pen is included in the retail package, that is what I meant. And while doing that, they're keeping the price in check at least.
22. wg1234 (Posts: 23; Member since: 09 Sep 2015)
Very true, but a negative for one phone should be a negative for another phone in 2015.
Common complaints I've heard about Android phones are not regularly mentioned about Apple phones.
No wireless charging, no quick charge, no usb type c, no stereo speakers (one mono), Siri uses Bing search engine (can this be changed?). No OIS on 6S.
60. FrenchGuy (Posts: 108; Member since: 12 Dec 2014)
You know, in this world, Android cons are Iphone pros.
86. SamsungPhanboy (banned) (Posts: 765; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)
Cry me a river.
You guys act very insecure about these product reviews. Phonearena believes the iPhone 6s Plus is an overall better package than the note 5. This doesn't automatically mean the Note 5 isn't a better choice for you personally.
Get over it.
103. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)
That is where you are wrong and right. You are right in yes it shouldnt affect my choice. What you are wrong about is, when a review paints one product in an unfair light when the product being review has the exact same cons or similar pros.
156. joey_sfb (Posts: 5741; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
Which Android device do you own, SamsungPhanboy? You claim that you can give fair assessment to both Android and iOS.
So far, i only see you praising iOS and putting Android down.
96. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)
100% agree. Any negative for any device being compared should be equal if another OEM does it. Example, Samsung was criticized for the original Gear being 100% tied to the Galaxy phone and not being a standalone device. Apple wasn't and should have been criticized harder since they released their watch 3 years later and it wasn't any better; especially since Samsung did make a standalone option a year after the very first.
Apple is never criticized for making half-assed upgrades to a newer model, while Samsung is blasted if they do it.
Any review should never be based on bias. It is suppose to be a fair opinion based on available option in the same category. Much like how cars and game consoles are compared an reviewed
136. jack11141 (Posts: 14; Member since: 30 Sep 2015)
According to phonearena iphone6s plus is better than note5.?????
Note 5 has bigger and higher resolution display and even better at colour accuracy.
Note 5 is overall smaller. Note5 has better camera. Note 5 has higher ram 4gb vs 2gb. Note 5 has better speaker, faster modem. Note 5's base model has 32gb internal storage vs 16gb. Note 5 is less expensive.
Only thing that iPhone 6s plus have which isn't in Note5 is 3d touch
And there are many things which note5 has and iPhone lacks like S-pen, heart rate moniter, multiwindow, Fast charging, wireless charging even when discounting shortcomings of iOS like no file manager,fake multitaking,No customization, No way to share files like pdf or zip to email natively, No ftp protocol for Bluetooth. No third party web browsers like Firefox or chrome...
Great Job by Phonearena.
9. TheJewishMerp (Posts: 12; Member since: 20 Sep 2015)
Is this such a big deal, I personally have NEVER owned an Android or iPhone with a removable battery, and I've never had an issue with it. I would love to have more options for storage however.
Is removable battery that much of a deal breaker?
14. Pattyface (Posts: 1612; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)
The point is that it was a con on the note 5 but here it's not a make against them
25. TheJewishMerp (Posts: 12; Member since: 20 Sep 2015)
Ah, a consistency issue, I understand now. I guess one could make the argument that they have to knock the Note 5 for that because it's predecessor did have an SD card slot, and removable battery, but consistency is more important.
35. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3751; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Consistently giving consumers options for a 16GB version when ya'll know that 4K video recording is going to tap that space out in less than few hours... Is a consistency consumers don't like. 32GB should've been the base model, for all phones without expandable support, while keeping the price the same... That wouldn't hurt anyone.
58. Manyci (Posts: 116; Member since: 03 Aug 2015)
Oh, you are so wrong. It does hurt someone: Apple. Then the profit of each sold unit wouldn't be $450... It's a robbery and that is a shame, that tech sites like this heal these products as they were gods... But I won't say anything after this, just let's see how many ponits did the Mi Note Pro, the MX 5 or even the Note5 get. And then delete your account and never come back to this truth-faker iPhonearena (OK, no one will delete his/her account, but this is ridiculous)
61. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3751; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Are you being sarcastic? Cause I didn't get it
104. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)
101. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)
YES!!!!! That is the "PERFECT" word...Apple fans have a consistency issue.
For Apple, I have never criticized them for not having sdcards, I did criticize them for not supporting mass storage and for the money they make, not offering more store at reasonable pricing.
For an OEM like Samsung who has always offered sdcards support, the removable from top phones is a technical issue they cant control and they still offer them on less fancier options. What I did hit them for is not doubling the internal storage to compensate for the change, that was a bad idea for them to do that.
But there are things equal to both Apple and Samsung that Samsung gets blasted for that Apple never does. Like half-ass upgrades. The S5 was blasted as a not so great upgrade over the S4 simply because they shared the same display resolution. Even though the S5 did offer several improvements like a larger battery, IP67 rating, it was an improved 1080p display not the exact same one as the S4, has many gimmicky features which plagued the S4's performance removed and more.
Writers are suppose to be fans, they are suppose to based reviews on being a Consumer, just like Consumer Reports does. They are suppose to be fair, reasonable, objective, as accurate as possible and shouldnt start flame wars with poorly written articles that praise one OEM for one thing and blast another for the exact same.
55. SamsungPhanboy (banned) (Posts: 765; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)
Holy s**t guys, it SHOULD be a con with the Note 5.
When the note 5 came out, people's pride and joy about the note series were 3 specific things: it was the ultimate productivity flagship, had a micro sd, and removable battery. The loss of micro SD and removable battery AFFECT A TON of note series users, including myself! There are so many people who opted for something other than a note 5 just because of those compromises.
iPhone users have never had the luxury of those features, nor do they want them. Putting that as a con would NOT make any sense at all.
57. Pattyface (Posts: 1612; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)
No... It should be a consistent review with all others in its class.. If it's a con in one it should be a con in another.. Hell the 6s looks identical to its predecessor, at least Samsung redesigned their new flagship
69. SamsungPhanboy (banned) (Posts: 765; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)
The 6s and iPhones in general always have a top 5 design in the entire mobile sector. Although I prefer android, I and many others, envy the design of the iPhone 6s and wish it ran android.
What's my point? The iPhone's design is a trademark that doesn't need to change much as it carries a timeless look. I can say the same thing about samsungs latest phones. If the design next year for the Note 5 remained the same, it wouldn't be a big deal because it's a GORGEOUS phone, and very timeless.
71. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
Please. You and I both know that if the Note 6 used the exact same design as the Note 5 it would get a 7 tops.
Only Apple can get away with that bs,
175. runrun395 (Posts: 3; Member since: 26 Mar 2016)
It's an "S" model genius. It's just a refresh like the PlayStation Slim models or when Intel uses the same die size in their next CPU. It's a tick-tock iteration methodology that allows high-tech companies to develop a new platform for the first model and then refine it for the second while they research additional functionality for upcoming ones instead of rushing out new features so you end up with an unpolished high-spec POS (looking at you LG V10)
68. FrenchGuy (Posts: 108; Member since: 12 Dec 2014)
"iPhone users have never had the luxury of those features, nor do they want them. Putting that as a con would NOT make any sense at all."
Really? So if a company has always done stupid thing (like Apple by not including interesting features) it is ok ? But if a company does it once, this is bad ?
You think the wrong way. When we judge a phone, we judge a single phone in the present so we don't give a sh*t about the previous models. So no, no removable battey, no fast charging are cons for the iphone. Whatever you think will not change this fact. Period.
72. SamsungPhanboy (banned) (Posts: 765; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)
What a stupid comment.
So Google is stupid for not putting a sd card slot and removable battery in Nexus devices?
Not having micro SD or removable battery may be "Stupid" to you, but not to most users. And this is exactly why the Note 5 has a con for not including either of the 2.
112. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)
Yes, if that is what you epect from them. Yes. Why shoudl it be any different.
What you seem to miss is very simple. A con is a con period.
Just because Apple has NEVER had sdcards and removable battereis, doesnt mean its any less of a con. What isnt a con is the fact Apple has been consistant in not offering these features and we know that they wont.
However, if Apple offer a specific features that is a pro, and no other OEm ever offered it, the are blasted for not offering it.
Example, Apple has been priase for their phone designs. Even though Samsung olders device has a more durable design, they were blasted for not looking as pretty. Now that Samsung has made similar changes they are now being blasted because you say they are copying Apple, yet this is what everyone asked for. using more premium materials means trades off like no removable batteries. Yes you can have removable batteries with a metal body, but the design wont be as thin and pretty. Which that OEM would be blasted for by someone, because the BlackBerry Storm is proof of this
88. tedkord (Posts: 11626; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
However, by all indications the Note 5 is selling better than the Note 4, so it's a net gain for Samsung.
93. SamsungPhanboy (banned) (Posts: 765; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)
There are 2 huge errors with your comment.
1. The worldwide note 5 sales numbers are not even out right now so off the bat, you already are spewing BS
2. Just because a phone sells better doesn't automatically make it a better product. Many like the Note 4 more right now.
114. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)
So if the Note 5 outsells the Note 4, that means that many more liek the Note 5 better...right?
Point one, Samsiung gave quarter sales which shows the S and Note both has a small gain over the same period last year. So they are selling more even if it isnt a huge number.
Which means this, Samsung surely did lose some people over the changes to the Note. I am one of them, but it had more to do with other cons that went beyond sdcards. I simply also just iike the S6 Edge+ design better. Also because I have a Note tablet, I didnt want 2 devices hat basically did the same thing.
110. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)
Then here is the problem. The Note 5 and the iPhone 6S/Plus are not in the same class as the Note 5. It should be compared with a phone in its class liek the S6 Edge+ vs the iPhone 6S Plus. The iPhone 6s vs the S/S6 Edge.
ANY phone that doesnt support expendible storage should ahve more internal storage. It deosnt matter if one model once had it and removed it. That shoudlnt be the con. the con is removing it and not providing more to compensate. The iPhone never had expandible storage. Hwoever, as the iPhone takes on more features, using those needs more space.
Simple example16GB. if you are going to have 4K recording or slow-motion, those files are much biger. if you have 16GB, where 4GB is taken by the operating system itself and its stock apps, and then you install 8GB of apps and photos and now you want to record 4K videos, you're only going to get to record maybe 5 of them. THIS IS CON. with 4K recording files are at minimum 375MB per minute of recording. Do the math and explain how since I cant expand storage am i to enjoy even doing a 4K recording when I wont even have enough space to record a single 5 min 4K movie?
The porint is adapting the hardware to its features. With the money Apple has 16GB should be gone especially since everyone has been offering 32Gb for at least 2 years.
I say the same with Samsung an the Note because I am consisitent unliek you guys. Removable batteries for me have always been a joke. I didnt buy the Note for that. I boguth it for its extra ice features over the S. I liek sdcards too. My problem with Samsung wasnt that they dropped sdcards do to a technical issue. They coudl have resolved it by offering 64GB as a base model and 128GB as an option. But they went 32/64 and that wa ssimply wrong. 32GB is fine for somethig liek the Galaxy S. But again since they dropped sdcards their too, they ofer a 128GB option which probably isnt needed but didnt for the Note.
Us Note users did get burned I agree to a point. I got burned too. But it could have been just a snall wound if they had made the 128GB option for the price I paid for 64GB and they should have dropped 32Gb for the Note period and made the 64GB model at the price of 32GB.
Unlike Apple, Samsung makes their own internal storage usually. This was a case where they bought it from a 3rd party. SO WHAT! For the cost to make millions of 64GB and 128GB they coudl have charge the same money as 32 and 64. They can afford it. and they would have sold more. They sold less trying to save money on component costs and it backfired.
I undetsnad they coudl have been trying to keep prices down. But we already know that 32GB of flash costs less than $30 on retail. 64gB cocts only $40 while 128GB is $80. They pay afar less.
As I said before and I sent to Samsung, if they want me to buy the next Note, the 128GB option must be available for the cost of 64GB at 799 tops, or i will consider another brand...not APple tho
122. SamsungPhanboy (banned) (Posts: 765; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)
Literally LMAO at that huge post.
Techie, I'll just give you a +1 for effort. But as a working man, I ain't got the time to read all that. But here, +1 my dude LOL
119. Ordinary (Posts: 2316; Member since: 23 Apr 2015)
Yet GSMArena and other sites do it...
157. joey_sfb (Posts: 5741; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
So you are saying we should have different review standards for different brands and models?
Then what is the point of giving each review phone a score when there is no point of reference??
From your thumbs up i know SamsungPhanboy are just SnakeBoyVincentLiu alias. LOL!
111. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
I personally don't need it and prefer a unibody but I would factor it into my review regardless.
171. Centuries (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Oct 2015)
I think that all devices with a removable battery can affect it's SIM, it will be a Micro SIM since I didn't see any devices with a removable battery was this fancy, except the Lumia 950, and some devices. Apple doesn't want people to customize their phone, so that's why it's sealed.
10. Hallyu (Posts: 394; Member since: 21 Jul 2015)
Note 5 has much better spec and better overall, and it only gets 9.0
Nice try iPhoneArena!
56. SamsungPhanboy (banned) (Posts: 765; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)
"Note 5 is better overall"
This is why I hate phonearena.
How the hell are people agreeing with a statement like this?
1. That's very debatable given the user
2. Just because phonearena thinks the iPhone is a better product this time around shouldn't make you claim they are Apple biased and call them "iphonearena"
Commenters at phonearena have issue with giving credit where it is due, just because there is a fruit on the back of the device. We get it, you hate Apple.
66. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
How can you not agree with a statement like this? Take out the subjective and the Note 5 is better....
74. SamsungPhanboy (banned) (Posts: 765; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)
....by not agreeing with it.
83. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
Well nothing subjective about most of it. The only thing that is really subjective is the IOS vs Android parts.
Hardware is hands down in the Note 5's favour, that's not subjective.
So unless you and iPhonearena give 80 out of a possible 100 points to software the Note 5 is better than the iPhone 6s Plus. So I think his post is valid. I might not agree with his demeanour and what not but it's accurate no matter how you isheep try to spin it,
159. ninja_master (Posts: 306; Member since: 27 Feb 2015)
"Hardware hands down in the note5's favour" except for storage,chipset,gpu
117. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)
It doesnt matter if you dont agree. The Note 5 is better than any phone sold today because of its UNIQUE capabilities that other phones dont possess. PERIOD!!!
Its that simple. Whether you agree the Note is better or not doesn't change this fact. THIS IS A FACT.
1+1 is 2. Even if you dont agree with it, it doesnt change the fact.
There si a difference between a fact and a subjective opinion. The Note is the best phone in its class because of its unique abilities. That si not subjective. It si fact because no other smartphone on the planet possess its Abilities. Even that other phone that comes with a pen from China cant do what a Note can. That is fact! Can't you understand this?
121. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)
Dual quadcores are better than a single dualcore. 4GB of RAm is better than 2GB of RAM, 16MP camera is better than 12MP, 1440p display is better than 1080p, the fact the Note 5 has a bigger screen and yet has a smaller package is better tahn the iPhone 6S Plus having a smaller screen and the device is bigger, the Note 5 has a bigger battery than the 6 Plus, it also charges in half the time, it has wireless charging too, faster modems, more features that make the device better even before you include the S-Pen. All those things make the Note better.
It doesnt matter if you need those things, like those things, or even care about those things. Not liking more RAM doesn't mean having more RAM isnt batter. THAT IS FACT!
Its a fact you butthurt fanbois just dont understand. That's why I'm not a fanboi.
When the first iphoen arrived and I was using my Motorola RAZR which was a very nice phone, even though I didnt liek the very first iPhone, I cant deny it was BETTER period than what I was suing.
But you are doing the opposite. Your whole argument is faulty because you want to make and define the word "better" as only to have a subjective meaning. Apple taught you that and that is stupid.
Better is defined:
None of those meanings are "subjective". In fact, "subjective" isn't even a part of speech. Subjective is preference. Preferring what is better for you, doesn't mean its better overall.
A Porsche is a better car than any car you will buy from even some of the top luxury brands whether you want/like/need/prefer a Toyota.
176. runrun395 (Posts: 3; Member since: 26 Mar 2016)
Ok, you stop right there. I am a 3rd-year electrical engineering student taking my second computer architecture course and the FIRST thing the professor says in regards to CPU is "more cores does not mean better". Try to run your entire computer on an NVIDIA chip with 1024 cores and tell me how far you get.
Comparing chips with completely different architectures by throwing their core and frequency numbers at eachother is moronic, making you a moron. The Apple A9 may only have two cores, but each core is IMMENSELY more capable because of a smaller process die and better caching efficiency.
And that comment about RAM is almost as stupid. Everyone who knows there orifice from their elbow understands that Android uses JAVA for memory management which might be the biggest flaw in the Android system period. You have a process running in a VIRTUAL MACHINE--meaning it only exists IN SOFTWARE--controlling something as low-level as GARBAGE COLLECTION... and people wonder why Android phones can develop serious lag and crashing issues.
RAM is half about how you manage it, and Google needs a lesson in low-level stuff from Microsoft and Apple who developed their own native languages and compilers. I doubt people working at Google even understand what an assembly language is.
To throw your car argument in your face, the Android is more like an old 70s mustang. It's got a big engine, but it unsurprising cant get as much power out of it as a modern Nissan. Also, sometimes the brakes don't work, and the steering isn't as tight.
77. Hallyu (Posts: 394; Member since: 21 Jul 2015)
LoL I like how you try to gain credit again this time around. You seldom did it, didn't you? The best part of the joke is when you initially tried to act like an idiotic Apple basher all time while using your name to make bad image of Samsung fans. Terrible acting, right?
89. SamsungPhanboy (banned) (Posts: 765; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)
To everyone posting my previous comments: you are making yourself look dumb.
Don't you see that if you represent yourself as a hardcore Android fanboy, no matter what, you are well liked on this website. I used to act like an arrogant phanboy on purpose just to expose the general view of the sites commenters.
People would like ANYTHING making fun of Apple or praising Android. I KNEW EXACTLY what I was doing. So please, continue posting my previous comments, as my point was well recognized.
95. techloverNYC (Posts: 601; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)
U are exactly right. I stop taking comments serious because of this. The hate on apple is so thick it isn't funny anymore. U can't even have a good discussion because the hate is so real. Anything anti apple or pro andriod will instantly get u likes and ppl agreeing. Anything pro about apple gets hate spill on right away.
123. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)
Really? You actually think that?
My argument is very simple.
You liek other fans cant and don't seem to understand "subjective" opinion.
Anything no matter what it is, from a person to a personal possession, your reasons for wanting it or liking it or needing it is subjective.
The word "better" by definition can NEVER be subjective. Just because the women you picked is the "best" woman for you, doesn't make her the best women woman.
Just because the iPhone or whatever phone you may own is the best phone for you, doesn't make it the best phone in the world.
The iPhone as a fact is the best selling phone in the world. Whether I like the phone or not doesn't change this as a FACT. It is factually this "the best selling phone".
But it is not the "best" phone which is a fact, and what I may or may not think of it doesnt mater.
That is fact that has nothing to do with my personal choice of a phone.
I hate name calling with a passion, but dude you are the one making yourself look dumb.
if you have even an ounce of God given common sense, look at what you are saying and see who is being the biggest fanboy. ITS YOU!!!!
I'm not a fanboy. I hate brands as a whole because you all's argument is all based on branding. Branding by Apple, these stupid clueless writers and your won mindset. You get so stuck in these that you don't even think for yourself.
You need to think outside your box, or your own world. There is a world out here before you existed and there are things your existence cant change. The world doesn't revolve around you and your opinion.
Yes the iPhone 6S is better than the Note 5 at a few things, but its not better than the Note at everything. The Note is not better than the iPhone at everything, but it is better at more things. because the Note is better than the iPhone at more things vs the iPhone being better than the Note, then the Note is a better device between the 2...its simply that easy.
116. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)
Again this is what makes you wrong. When it comes to "better" we arent always talking what is better for YOU personally.
Example...Just because you dont own a Porsche and it may not be the best car based on the fact, it isnt smart to use it as an everyday car, dos that mean its not "betetr" than the car you drive?
YES or No.
Here is a fact you cant change. Theer are things in life that are better than what you "think" is better because they are simply better.
Just because you may be ok with $1M dollars, does mean having $10M dollars is "better". Just because you are comfortable with the device you have, doesnt mean another device is better.
You are foolish to think otherwise.
125. roldefol (Posts: 4242; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Can we please have a moratorium on car analogies? Nobody here cares if your Note 5 is a Porsche and the iPhone 6S+ is an Audi. It's a goddamn phone, not a car.
And if you must know, yes, my Mazda is better than a Porsche, because it was affordable, gets double the fuel economy, and it's all the car I need.
82. amro99 (Posts: 105; Member since: 29 Nov 2012)
I'm an android user , but it really makes me sick that all android fans brag about is specs, specs, specs! Dude, use a note 5 and iPhone 6 plus (let alone 6s plus), each for a month and I guarantee you will laugh at what you have just said!
87. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
My work phone is an iPhone 6s. And I am not laughing so please, no more retarded guarantees. Lol
99. Fire5 (Posts: 298; Member since: 13 Feb 2015)
You speak, note 5 is a smartphone elite better battery, fast charge, plus 32 GB vs 16 best price, just a iZombie think of an iPhone 6s after having a plus note 5
124. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)
Its not about specs. Its about capabilities that those specs bring. What you people who know nothign about tecnology is simply. SPECS MATTER.
Her is why. The less specs you have, means the less capabilities in software. Software cant do more than what hardware can allow...that is fact.
The reason the Note has full multi-tasking, the reason it can have more tahn one app on the screen at the same time, the reaosn the camera has picture in picture, the reaosn it has a pen, is because of its hardware specifications.
You cant have one without the other. You can have the best hardware in the world, but if your software doesnt show it off it means nothing. The iPhone has great specs, but it cant do what an Note does. Byt here is the problem, it can do it.
Why does the iPhoen 6 have splitscreen. Splitscreen has been availble on Galaxy devices since the S3. Its been on tablets since the original Tab from Samsung and Windows. Why is the iPad just now having such? is it because of its specs? NO! It has the specs needed.
Software can't exist without hardware that si fact. This is why Microsoft killed IBM. Because IBM thought all the money is in hardware...it isnt. Hardware in the case of computers isnt a selling point. What makes it a selling point is what software you plan to use, so your hardware must meet a minimum spec to use it and anything extra is a bonus.
What good is the iPhone having an awesome GPU and yet doesnt have 1440p to show it off, or splitscreen view an more?
That's way the iPhone wins simple ass benchmarks. The present iPhone hardware, couldnt even handle what the Note can do because all those features would either not work or crash trying too. THAT'S IS FACT. However the Note can do everything the iPhone can and does it all better in most cases.
158. joey_sfb (Posts: 5741; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
We are not even talking about comparing Android phone with iPhone. Because we should NOT!
PA have one review standard on Android phone and another set for iPhone.
There really no point giving iPhone any score since its the only brand and model that runs iOS.
iPhone is the Alpha and the Omega of iOS.
11. zeeBomb (Posts: 2093; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)
On the final episode of PhoneArena Ball Z, will miket1787 defend all predators from reaching to his final form? Will Papa Smurf and Snakeboyliu tag team to fight off the undefeated essay champ Techie? Did JohnV finally do an iPhone review without his crazy bias of hybrid autofocus with OIS? Let's find out...
15. miket1737 (Posts: 2541; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)
lol it was pretty funny the first time but the 4th, 5th time now is just meh to me. cant overdo it man
not too bad though this time, first one was alot funnier but +1