Samsung Galaxy S6 edge vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Trying to predict the future is one of the many things people aren't very good at. Several decades ago, bright minds envisioned a 21st century dominated by glass dome cities, flying cars, jet packs, and, of course, self-lacing sneakers. What they probably didn't imagine us having are cell phones with curved screens (that weren't tiny CRT monitors). Yet here we are, holding one of the coolest smartphones ever made, and it is flaunting curves on both sides of its gorgeous display. The smartphone in question is the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge.
Now, we can't deny the fact that the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge is one of the coolest smartphones in the universe, but at the same time, it is our duty to compare it against every phone capable of giving it a run for its money. One such smartphone is the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, which is quite possibly Samsung's best smartphone for 2014. Let's dive straight into it and see how the two stack up.
With its premium build and unique design, the Galaxy S6 is Samsung's most attractive smartphone to date. Period. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4, however, stands out with its sheer size.
While the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 draws attention with its size, the Galaxy S6 edge makes heads turn with its appearance. As a matter of fact, the latter is probably Samsung's most attractive smartphone to date, and the curved screen edges contribute greatly to the device's “wow” factor. So do the high-quality materials used in its construction. On the downside, the practical applications of the phone's dual-curved screen are limited, and the unusually thin side frame does make the phone somewhat uncomfortable to hold compared to the Galaxy S6 or even the Galaxy Note 4.
Speaking of the Galaxy Note 4, it is a no-nonsense smartphone with traditional, flat-screen design. It doesn't draw as much attention as the Galaxy S6 edge with its “okay” design, but it is definitely not a bad-looking phone either. Size-wise, it dwarfs the average-sized Galaxy S6 edge – a trait that has both its positives and negatives. On one hand, large smartphones like the Note 4 are ideal for a number of uses, including but not limited to surfing the web, watching videos, and playing games. On the other, many might find it uncomfortable to operate the Galaxy Note 4 single-handedly.
As we mentioned, the Galaxy S6 edge is made of top-notch materials only, unlike previous Galaxy S handsets. The phone is surrounded by a solid metal frame – one that won't bend under every-day pressure, Samsung promises. Moreover, the frame's beveled edge raises slightly above the display's surface, presumably to act as a bumper when the phone is lying flat or in case of an accidental drop. Speaking of accidental drops, the front and back sides of the phone are covered by Gorilla Glass 4, which is known for its resistance to physical damage. The surface is like a magnet for fingerprints, however, so keeping the phone in pristine condition takes frequent rubbing. Or you can simply buy a case.
The Galaxy S6 edge comes in four different colors – black, white, gold, and green. All variants feature a special optical layer on both sides which creates a unique and quite fashionable reflective effect. In contrast, the Galaxy Note 4 sticks to a more traditional look, with no shiny elements distracting the user from their business. It can be had in black, white, gold, or pink.
Like the case is with the Galaxy S6, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4's sides are reinforced by a sturdy metal frame. Its back side, however, is made of plastic, textured to emulate the look of leather. The material isn't as fancy as the S6 edge's glass surface, we have to admit, but it doesn't look or feel bad either. It provides sufficient grip, it is immune to fingerprints, and it should prove durable over time.
Now seems to be a good time to mention that the back of the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge is tightly sealed. In other words, the glass plate will be hard to replace if damaged, and the user does not have access to the phone's battery should they ever need to replace it. The Galaxy Note 4, on the other hand, sports a removable back, behind which resides a user-replaceable battery.
Both the Galaxy S6 edge and the Galaxy Note 4 stick to Samsung's traditional button layout, with power and volume buttons on their right and left sides respectively, where they're easy to reach. These keys are made of metal and respond with an excellent click when pressed. We do have to commend Samsung for fitting the power key on the frame's side, where it's easy to reach, instead of placing it at the phone's top side. Under both phones' displays we find a physical “home” button, accompanied by capacitive keys for the “back” function and for listing recent applications.
Speaking of buttons, both smartphones have a fingerprint scanner embedded in their home button. It serves as an alternative to a traditional lock screen PIN or pattern, but can also be used for logging onto websites, for authorizing PayPal payments, and to replace a Samsung account's username and password. There's a huge difference between the two phones' fingerprint scanners, however. On the Galaxy S6 edge, you simply touch the scanner to have your fingerprint read, while the Galaxy Note 4 requires you to swipe down on the scanner. The latter solution works, but it is unreliable compared to the S6 edge's touch-based scanner.
As other members of Samsung's Note series and unlike the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge, the Galaxy Note 4 is equipped with an S Pen – a digital stylus made primarily for note-taking and drawing. It's a standout feature, there's no denying that, but not one the majority of Note 4 owners would use on a daily basis.
With their high pixel density and accurate colors, both phones' screens are a pleasure to look at. The Galaxy Note 4, however, excels in the color fidelity category.
As it's clear to see, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 stands out with its larger display, also protected by a layer of Gorilla Glass 4. It measures 5.7 inches in diagonal and dwarfs the screens of most other smartphones currently on the market. Anyone who spends a lot of time surfing the web, watching videos, or playing games on their handset will appreciate having such a spacious screen at their disposal despite the inconvenience of reduced single-handed usage. At 5.1 inches in diagonal, the display on the Galaxy S6 edge is not tiny either, although we do feel like its curved sides might prove a bit impractical in certain use cases – while watching full-screen videos or playing games, for example. Not a biggie, but it should be mentioned.
Size and shape aside, there's a number of traits the screens on the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S6 edge have in common. First and foremost, they're both packing the same number of pixels – 1440 by 2560 of them – which results in sharp and pixelation-free visuals, as we'd expect out of a high-end handset. As a matter of fact, the 577 pixels per inch produced by the Galaxy S6 edge's display is an industry-leading figure. The Note 4 is somewhat behind with its 515 PPI, but in all honesty, our eyes can't really detect much of a difference in the level of details produced by both screens. High-res graphics look equally stunning on both handsets.
The two phones' panels are of the Super AMOLED variety, which explains the wide viewing angles, the contrasty images, and the saturated colors they produce. And speaking of colors, both phones let you tinker with their screens' settings. One may choose between several different display modes, depending on the kind of color reproduction they prefer. Adaptive Display mode, enabled by default, automatically adjusts the color range, sharpness, and saturation of the display depending on what's being shown on the screen. It throws color fidelity out the window, however – colors are vivid and saturated, but not exactly accurate. Alternatively, there's the so-called Basic mode, which is present on both phones and designed to deliver utmost color precision. With this mode enabled, we ran our usual set of screen benchmarks to test how accurate the two screens could actually get.
Long story short, the display on the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge is among the most accurate AMOLED screens we've ever tested, although not quite as precise as the Note 4 when it comes to color reproduction. We measured a color temperature of around 6800K while benchmarking the S6 edge's display, which is great, but the Note 4, with its 6670K color temperature is a bit more precise. The Note 4's superior color fidelity is especially evident in our saturation sweep benchmarks. In the Note 4's case, the reproduced color values are very close to their reference values, while some irregularities are indeed observed in the Galaxy S6 edge's benchmarks. Nevertheless, we're pretty sure that to the average user, both displays would look equally awesome.
We can't complain about the outdoor visibility of either phone's screen. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 produces over 450 nits of brightness, all while reflecting a minimum amount of sunlight at the user's eyes, which allows the phone to be used comfortably on a sunny day. Same goes for the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge, which outputs over 550 nits of brightness – an impressive figure for an AMOLED display. In addition, the excellent minimum brightness of both screens, hovering around 1 to 2 nits, allows them to be looked at comfortably at night.
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|
|Samsung Galaxy S6 edge||553
|Samsung Galaxy Note 4||468
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 4||68.8%
|Samsung Galaxy S6 edge||70.5%
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. sobey1997 (Posts: 4; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)
There's no one that comes close to the King. The note 4 is in a different league of its own
6. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3702; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Note 4 has everything except the full metal and waterproofing.
10. thegeneral7010 (Posts: 315; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)
guys plz stop saying full metal full metal if there is full metal smartphone with a removable battery i agree but there isnt so plastic back in the note4 is looking great and i dont lose a big advantage.
8. sergiobr (Posts: 690; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)
+1 More than pleased with my Note ! Waiting Note 5 the beast !
11. Seattletech (Posts: 54; Member since: 14 May 2014)
As a note 4 owner. The s6 destroys the note except for a bigger screen.
13. sobey1997 (Posts: 4; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)
How so? Performance difference is marginal. Same RAM. Same resolution display. Same MP camera however the S6 does have a higher aperture but still very marginal. Note 4 has a huge battery which can keep up with anything you throw at it. Note 4 has a stylus which can come extremely handy time to time. Note 4 has removable back and SD card. Should I go on?... is the S6 better than the Note 4? Debatable, the only reason I see a note 4 user wanting to get the S6 is because they're not comfortable with the Note 4 screen size. The S6 doesn't DESTROY the Note 4. Note 4 easily keeps pace with the S6. This is 2015 when will people learn specs don't show the entire picture
14. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3704; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
You said it. +1. Perhaps he was referring to the Note 3.
18. Seattletech (Posts: 54; Member since: 14 May 2014)
The note 4 is a 32bit old weak power hungry 20nm soc. The note 4 battery life isn't even that good compared to other notes. Specs didnt matter in 2013 when most flagships had the same components. This is 2015 and samsung has put 2016 tech inside the s6. Nothing comes close. The "hard drive" ufs 2.0 in the s6 is up to 4 times faster than the note 4 and can read & write at the same time. The s6 has lpddr4 not lpddr3 and has twice the transfer rate. The performance difference is far from NOMINAL. The camera in the s6 launches much faster. I was one of the first americans with a note exynos & snapdragon. I still have over 6 notes ( 1 2 3 4). It seems there are alot of note 4 people in denial.
20. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3704; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
Did you seriously just call the 805 weak & power hungry? That's the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard. I've owned the Notes 2-4 & the latest iteration has the best battery life by far.
21. Seattletech (Posts: 54; Member since: 14 May 2014)
Yes 800 801 805 are all basically the same clocked higher with better graphics which no games maxes out. My lg g2 800 oc to 2.9 runs circles around my note 4. A good way to describe it is that an 805 is an intel core 2 quad and the exynos 7 is an intel i7.
22. Joche_16 (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Sep 2015)
Dude those changes provide MARGINAL improvment in real life usage... you can even ask the experts. So please... we all knwo it is better in terms of specs and yes it outperforms de Galaxy S6 but does it destroy ir...?
2. thegeneral7010 (Posts: 315; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)
note 4 is much better for me just need some damn care from stupid samsung enginners responsable for updates
4. Retrospective1 (Posts: 45; Member since: 24 Feb 2015)
I have Note 4... Have pre ordered S6. I'll keep both and enjoy best of both worlds. The S6 was way to tempting to pass up. Future proof to the nines. Hopefully I won't need to purchase another phone for a long time. Besides phones are reaching a plateau
5. johanbiff (Posts: 387; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)
Typ-O : "Not that the Galaxy Note 4 is a slow phone – its Snapdragon 810 can handle anything thrown at it" should be SD805
7. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3702; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Waiting for s6 edge vs note edge comparison.
12. hanumanbob (Posts: 1; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)
Yeah. I just spent 2 days playing with the s6 and s6 edge at BestBuy and add a result cancelled the edge and went with the standard.
The edge is at the end of the day a gimmick and things look better on the regular s6.
A few items of note. The display is sharper than the Note 4 and responds faster.
The camera us super fast and quite amazing. Did not test in low light though.
Do not buy a 32 gig! Bloatware is half of the available storage.
I'll be selling my note on eBay.
15. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3704; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
Incorrect. The phone has about 23GB of usable storage...the same as the M9, for instance. Most 32GB Android phones have between 22-26GB of usable storage. No way is that out of tolerance.
16. Neil2me (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Apr 2015)
S6 better be a better phone than my Note 4 cause my note 4 isn't much better than my Note 3.. To be honest if the note 3 an 4 had the same camera you wouldn't be able to feel the difference since the Note 3 lollipop update!! Piss on the S6 because once you use a Note " " no other phone will satisfy you !!! I'll set back and wait for the Note 5 an laugh at the S6 owners... Before you laugh about the Note 3, It's benchmarking a average 45,900 - 47,000 running Alliance lollipop Rom.. I shouldn't have even bought the Note 4 an just waited for the Note 5!!
19. kreemer (Posts: 14; Member since: 26 Apr 2013)
I use the stylus ALL the time. It's excellent for navigating, marvelous on Swype keyboard and all the link hovering etc makes browsing a joy.
Can't live without it now.