Apple iPhone 6s Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note5
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...
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'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
|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%
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. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2111; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
Have anyone noticed that ever since the 6 Plus, the term "phablet" is rarely being used?
Great phones BTW.
9. Iodine (Posts: 1330; 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.
14. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2111; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
"Tablet" is still being used. For "phablets", they're replacing it with "smartphones".
37. roldefol (Posts: 4242; 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".
46. SupermanayrB (limited) (Posts: 571; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)
'Words' like deffinitelly should never be used.
20. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; 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!!!!!
49. roldefol (Posts: 4242; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
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.
25. McLTE (Posts: 821; 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.
43. iLovesarcasm (Posts: 527; Member since: 20 Oct 2014)
Because in 2011, Steve Jobs said that anything above 3.5" screen is ridiculous.
45. roldefol (Posts: 4242; 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.
2. janis (Posts: 322; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)
even Microdsoft with lumia 950xl made better phablet than the most advanced company
28. Panino (Posts: 48; 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.
52. kkmkk (Posts: 481; 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
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?
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.
44. iLovesarcasm (Posts: 527; Member since: 20 Oct 2014)
iPhone are always BS, buying Note 5 later.
7. darkkjedii (Posts: 21201; 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.
10. sergiobr (Posts: 707; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)
I like iphones (now) but it's impossibleto get one in Brazil ! ( $1,300 ) So ... keeping my Note
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+ $500. IPhone 6s new around 900$.
21. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; 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.
34. darkkjedii (Posts: 21201; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Like I'm actually gonna converse with your stupid ass.
39. roldefol (Posts: 4242; 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.
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
48. roldefol (Posts: 4242; 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?
53. darkkjedii (Posts: 21201; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
"Your" not smarter than I think, cause you keep using "your" in place of you're.
55. roldefol (Posts: 4242; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
I'm still waiting for "your an idiot" to show up on knowyourmeme. I want it to be a meme. Please don't be the way normal people spell.
33. Topcat488 (Posts: 1396; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)
That's only because Apple doesn't let any other OEM sell their hardware on iOS... Let Apple open up with Sony, Sammy, LG, Moto, or etc ... That runs the iphone operating system. The iPhone won't be selling like pretty i bet with that kind of "competition". O.o
12. Shocky (unregistered)
Also, why can't they get the brightness measurements right.
Note 5 brightness set to auto can reach 556 – 861 nits (YES, THAT'S 861!!!!) in high ambient light(Sunlight!!)
Get it right PA.
15. ogee4life (Posts: 105; Member since: 12 Apr 2014)
The samsung is the overall better phone without a doubt, better camera quality too and better looking as well. If i had a choice between them it will be Samsung, wider field of view i.e camera and better at max cropping plus a slightly better white balance. Can't wait for the z5 premium cause the note 5 i believe will have only one edge against it a slightly brighter display and that's cause the z4 is 4k.
17. TerryTerius (Posts: 1780; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)
Between the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium, Galaxy Note 5, iPhone 6S Plus, Nexus 6p, Galaxy S6 Edge Plus and LG V10 you have an amazing array of choices this year.
I don't think there's ever been a better time to be a consumer looking for a high end phablet.
18. Pattyface (Posts: 1612; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)
ith a premium chassis and record screen-to-body ratio, the Note5 design is now a match for the larger iPhone.
Right... Last year's note was a match for the plus.. Look how stupidity big the plus was for its screen size????
19. Clars123 (Posts: 722; Member since: 16 Mar 2015)
I'm guessing phonearena doesn't know that the Note5 also uses 7000 series aluminum...why do they talk about it like its an Apple exclusive?
22. marorun (Posts: 3561; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)
Because as much as PA love samsung its second to Apple for them.
Just look at how careful they are to minimize any advantage note 5 has and put a big light on apple one...
but when comparing samsung to other non apple OEM they do thats with samsung instead...
24. GOAT78 (Posts: 10; Member since: 17 Aug 2015)
Many websites refuse to admit that the Note5 is a better device than the iPhone 6s Plus. If you think this is bad, wait until Apple releases the iPhone 7 with wireless and fast charging. Everyone will pretend that they had never seen it before. Just like the screen being the flash for the front facing camera on the 6s. That's not new. If I didn't know any better, I would've thought Apple invented that. Same with live photos. Not new. CNET actually ran an article that said due to Apple putting 4K on the iphone, 4K will now become popular. Seriously?
40. roldefol (Posts: 4242; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Simple. It's not the primary material of construction.
23. GOAT78 (Posts: 10; Member since: 17 Aug 2015)
The Galaxy Note5 is a true multitasking beast. Today, I actually signed a contract on my Note5 and returned it to my agent. Lately, I find myself having facebook and google opened at the same time using multi-window just to paste links to the bogus articles people continue to post on Facebook. The S-Pen is in it's own league. Even though I have the 64GB version of the Note5, I use smart select to send stuff I find on the web instead of saving it to the device. The iPhone 6s Plus is not a bad device but I need to be able to do more. Being able to customize my device is also a big deal. You just can't do that with iOS. In my opinion, the Note5 has the better screen, camera, build and it offers more for the money. That's just me.
27. aesthetics (Posts: 128; Member since: 02 Oct 2014)
Actually the Galaxy Note 5 gets owned by 6S in multitasking department. Lol
51. iushnt (Posts: 1687; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)
I dont think iPhone 6S actually does split screen or pop-up multiwinow..And regarding the RAM Management, the more we use the more touchwiz learns what to kill and what not to
58. rizz911 (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Oct 2015)
No it doesn't. S pen and multiwindows just kill it.
29. sobit81 (Posts: 34; Member since: 18 Apr 2015)
How can anyone ca pay such much money on the iphone 6++++++++, with those 3 year old specs, a camera that you cant compare with lg's camera(eisa best camera phone)or samsung's or even sony.
31. nctx77 (Posts: 1959; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)
I stopped reading at "3 year old specs". The phone is damn near faster than some laptops. Get off the pec sheets and go use one my friend.
32. jeroome86 (Posts: 1124; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)
I know. When people say this they insult Android devices. They don't realize saying a device 3 years ahead is still lagging behind ios. I like both platforms a lot. Wish people would think a little.
38. roldefol (Posts: 4242; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
"Specs" in an iPhone vs Android discussion is a moot point. But try getting that through the thick skull of an Android specs nerd.
Besides, a 1080 screen isn't even 3 years old. Those had just started cropping up, and weren't Android mainstream until 2013.
41. shinywindow (unregistered)
Another iPhone arena dumb azz article. Love their hipocrisy. If android phones come with a 1080 display they make fun of it but when it iTurd then it's fine. This outdated piece of trash iTurd 6s with its 2013 specs could not touch the note 5. Maybe I will play neutral brotha in this comment and say the pc thing, " I own both an iTurd 6s and a note and they both are excellent phones!" Haha the sheep journalists always make a cracker laugh!!
50. rizz911 (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Oct 2015)
Exactly man seemed more leanient towards the iPhone. These guys have to get over it and admit that the note 5 is better off overall. They left out the part where Samsung also used aluminum for their frame to sound like it's exclusive to the iPhone only. Afew other specs were also twisted