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Apple iPhone 6s Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note5

Apple iPhone 6s Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note5
Apple iPhone 6s Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note5
Apple iPhone 6s Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note5
Apple iPhone 6s Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note5
Introduction


Danger, danger, big screens incoming! The new Apple iPhone 6s Plus and Galaxy Note5 are poised to become the most talked-about phablets for the foreseeable future, so we are left with no choice but to stage a cage fight between these two juggernauts of the mobile industry.

Thin and with premium build, the phones are not only stuffed to the gills with the best that the mobile hardware industry can offer, but also offer two distinctively unique extra input methods – the new and clicky S Pen on the Note5, and the 3D Touch pressure-sensitive screen on the 6s Plus. Which one is to prevail? Read on to find out...

Design

With a premium chassis and record screen-to-body ratio, the Note5 design is now a match for the larger iPhone.

Both handsets feature premium materials in their design build, with Apple betting on a durable 7000-series aluminum unibody, and Samsung cladding its Note5 in a glass and metal chassis. The Note5 uses thermal nanocoating, applying numerous layers to achieve transient, reflective mirror effect. The metal side frame feels quite slippery in the hand, though, and so is the metal body of the iPhone 6s Plus. The choice of premium materials, and the extra functions that both phablets boast, are making them rather heavy in the hand, especially the iPhone, which clocks in at the cringing 6.77 oz (192 g), while the Note5's chassis comes in at 6.03 oz (171 g) .

Apple's handsets, including the iPhone 6s Plus don't have good screen-to-body ratio. Meanwhile, the Note5 excels in that metric, thanks to slim bezels all around.

Long story short, the 5.7” Note5 is more compact than the 5.5” iPhone 6s Plus; moreover, it still finds a place for the S Pen stylus silo on the lower right corner. Nevertheless, Samsung's phablet is still a pretty big device that is not comfortable to use with one hand, or carry in tight pockets, and the iPhone 6s Plus takes those portability dramas even further.


Apple iPhone 6s Plus
6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches
158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm
6.77 oz (192 g)

Apple iPhone 6s Plus

Samsung Galaxy Note 5
6.03 x 3 x 0.3 inches
153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm
6.03 oz (171 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 5


To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


Display

Apple's 3D Touch screen technology adds extra layer of input possibilities that will likely see more use on a daily basis than the stylus input.

Apple and Samsung are renowned for their display quality prowess, and their poster kids don't disappoint. Equipped with diametrically opposite screen technologies – LCD for the iPhone 6s Plus and AMOLED for the Note5 – they converge when it comes to the quality of their panels. The Note5 has the upper hand when it comes to pixel density, as it sports 1440x2560 pixels Quad HD resolution, against the 5.5” 1080p panel of the iPhone 6s Plus, which can't really be considered a disadvantage at today's crazy pixel densities.

When it comes to color presentation, brightness, contrast and viewing angles, the phones deliver on all fronts. The iPhone 6s Plus displays slightly colder colors overall, when measured against the 6500K white point benchmark, but not to the point of this being severely noticeable, whereas the Note5, on paper, comes out closer to the reference point, yet this is only in one of its screen modes – Basic – and not in the default Adaptive Display regime. Moreover, even in the Basic mode, when you tilt the phone about 30 degrees or further, the colors become every bit as cold as we were accustomed to with AMOLED displays before Samsung started outing them with more credible color presentation in the last year or so. Speaking of viewing angles, they are great on both phones, even to the extremes.

When it comes to outdoor visibility, the two phones seem about on par. The iPhone 6s Plus has higher peak brightness, though in auto mode, the Note5 can boost its brightness well beyond its measured peaks, and perform admirably, too, due to the low screen reflectivity, and its high contrast. The Note5's display has a supersensitive mode, allowing you to operate it with gloves on, but this has nothing on the iPhone 6s Plus pressure-sensitive screen layer, called 3D Touch, that can distinguish between a normal tap, and a deeper press, and react accordingly.

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
(Excellent)
5
(Excellent)
1:1407
(Excellent)
7018
(Good)
2.19
2.32
(Good)
2.76
(Good)
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 470
(Good)
2
(Excellent)
unmeasurable
(Excellent)
6722
(Excellent)
2.09
1.32
(Excellent)
1.94
(Excellent)
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posted on 08 Oct 2015, 09:05 14

1. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2146; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Have anyone noticed that ever since the 6 Plus, the term "phablet" is rarely being used?

Great phones BTW.

posted on 08 Oct 2015, 09:35 1

9. Iodine (Posts: 1349; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


Have you noticed that since the iPad, words like "tablet"/"tablet PC" are being used much less ?

This is deffinitelly the same trend.

posted on 08 Oct 2015, 09:50 4

14. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2146; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


"Tablet" is still being used. For "phablets", they're replacing it with "smartphones".

posted on 08 Oct 2015, 15:28

37. roldefol (Posts: 4327; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


"Phablets" have gone mainstream, starting with the G3 last year and continuing through the Moto X Pure and Nexus 6P this year. By next year, the 5.2" S7 will be considered "small".

posted on 08 Oct 2015, 19:10

46. SupermanayrB (Posts: 611; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


'Words' like deffinitelly should never be used.

posted on 08 Oct 2015, 11:28 8

20. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 10618; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


The iPhone ^S PLus isnt a phablet.

To be a phablet its takes more than size. The device also need to offer tablet-like capabilities which all these large phones dont offer with exception of the Note.

The fact that these terrible media blog sites tried to call every big phone is Phablet was wrong. They know this and so did many of us.

Phablet is defined as a blend of a phone and tablet. So what does this mean? Its means not only does the phone take on "some" physical characteristics of a tablet, but it would also need software tweaks too.

Like real tablets come with a stylus. How many of the Phablets have a stylus? So far I know of 3 devices that comes with them by name. They come with apps typically used for note-taking, drawing, and apps specifically designed to use the stylus, they also come with special embedded hardware to work with the stylus, like special digitize rs under the display. Like WACOM or N-TRIG.

What tablet features does the LG G4 have? Or the Nexus 6? OR the iPhone 6/6S Plus? NONE!!!!!

posted on 08 Oct 2015, 23:38 1

49. roldefol (Posts: 4327; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


From Wiktionary:
phablet ‎(neologism) A mobile device intermediate in size between smartphone and tablet.

You don't get to decide what is and isn't a "real" phablet. It's a size distinction only. If we say the average phone is 5", and tablets start at 7", anything around 6" is a phablet. It has nothing to do with styluses or functionality.

The iPhone Plus counts because it has such a crappy screen:body ratio that it's the same size as your average Android phablet.

posted on 08 Oct 2015, 12:32 13

25. McLTE (Posts: 874; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


"With a premium chassis and record screen-to-body ratio, the Note5 design is now a match for the larger iPhone."

I got to this point and my inner hate for PA's writing starts to really boil.

Um.. the Note 4 was more than a match for the big iPhone.

posted on 08 Oct 2015, 17:48 2

43. iLovesarcasm (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Oct 2014)


Because in 2011, Steve Jobs said that anything above 3.5" screen is ridiculous.

posted on 08 Oct 2015, 18:37

45. roldefol (Posts: 4327; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I'm sure he would justify the 4.7" iPhone based on how thin it is. Say it's the right size and Apple just needed to perfect it.

posted on 17 Oct 2015, 03:15

61. arya3789 (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Oct 2015)


oh yeah

posted on 08 Oct 2015, 09:06

2. janis (Posts: 329; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


even Microdsoft with lumia 950xl made better phablet than the most advanced company

posted on 08 Oct 2015, 09:08 18

3. Djz89 (Posts: 321; Member since: 25 Aug 2014)


Ill choose sammy this time.

posted on 08 Oct 2015, 09:35 5

8. sergiobr (Posts: 712; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


Sammy any time !

posted on 08 Oct 2015, 12:55 3

28. Panino (Posts: 50; Member since: 13 Aug 2015)


I've choosed Sammy too. No complain with the Note 5 Dual sim apart from ram management. Hope this will be fixed soon.

posted on 09 Oct 2015, 05:02 3

52. kkmkk (Posts: 493; Member since: 06 May 2013)


it will be fixed in android M update
you can fix it easily by rooting your device but it is seriously not a big issue anyway to be fixed IMO

posted on 08 Oct 2015, 09:11

4. zeeBomb (Posts: 2137; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


This gonna be a fun match to see.

posted on 08 Oct 2015, 09:30 6

5. Neros (Posts: 1016; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)


Iphone = the king of bezels. Are you going to add ip to the hall of shame because of its terrible battery charge time?

posted on 08 Oct 2015, 09:33 12

6. Shocky (unregistered)


The Pros the iPhone 6s are BS

Smoother and more relivable performance based on some synthetic benchmarks? really? I've used both and both perform flawlessly, no lag at all on the Note 5 and none on the iPhone 6s+

Better app ecosystem? there are fair more apps available for Android, yes iOS gets some exclusives but then again so does Android. Most high profile apps and games are released for both platforms.

3D touch is handy? is it really? as apposed to having a back or menu button or heaven forbid long pressing? that remains to be seen.

posted on 08 Oct 2015, 17:52 5

44. iLovesarcasm (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Oct 2014)


iPhone are always BS, buying Note 5 later.

posted on 08 Oct 2015, 09:35 10

7. darkkjedii (Posts: 22019; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Love both, own both. Each has its pros and cons. The S-Pen sets the note apart and ahead of any other phone.

posted on 08 Oct 2015, 09:37

10. sergiobr (Posts: 712; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


I like iphones (now) but it's impossibleto get one in Brazil ! ( $1,300 ) So ... keeping my Note

posted on 21 Oct 2015, 20:03

62. renzop915 (Posts: 5; Member since: 27 Oct 2014)


You can travel to peru(my country), there the phones cost cheaper, even the half. Second hand phones up to $450 an iPhone 6, iPhone 6+ $500. IPhone 6s new around 900$.

posted on 08 Oct 2015, 11:41

21. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 10618; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Have you tried any other "Note" from any other OEM that has a pen? I am curious as to how they perform.

posted on 08 Oct 2015, 14:45

34. darkkjedii (Posts: 22019; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Like I'm actually gonna converse with your stupid ass.

posted on 08 Oct 2015, 15:38 1

39. roldefol (Posts: 4327; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Watch yourself. He might launch into a two page diatribe demonstrating why owning a Note 5 definitively proves his ass is of utmost intelligence.

posted on 08 Oct 2015, 17:44 2

42. darkkjedii (Posts: 22019; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


LMAOOOOO! You're right, my bad lol.

posted on 08 Oct 2015, 22:06

47. discharge (unregistered)


I thought u were a Apple guy you actually own a note 5 like I do?? Wow your smarter than I thought one leg up for you

posted on 08 Oct 2015, 22:27 1

48. roldefol (Posts: 4327; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


It's the damnedest thing, right? He enjoys devices from both ecosystems. It's as if both have their strengths, and neither is clearly superior. Infuriating, isn't it?

posted on 09 Oct 2015, 05:13

54. darkkjedii (Posts: 22019; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Imagine that bro.

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