6 key reasons why the Apple iPhone 6s Plus is not as good as the Galaxy Note5


Yesterday, Apple lifted the veil off of its two new iPhones for 2015, the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. We already summed up everything you need to know about them, but here's the gist of it: While the design remains virtually unchanged, the specs sheets of the duo have seen bump in a lot of aspects, with a handful of new interesting features added on top of it all. 3D Touch is undoubtedly the most interesting one, as it unlocks a whole lot of new user-interface interactions.

But how does Apple's refreshed plus-sized phablet, the iPhone 6s Plus fare against the arguably most advanced phone of Samsung, the Galaxy Note5? The powerful hardware inside the Note5, paired with its larger-than-life 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display, S Pen stylus and feature-rich Android 5.1 make the South Korean phablet an extremely dangerous member of the food chain. 

Here are some of the more noteworthy reasons why the Note5 is better than the iPhone 6s Plus. Of course, you will certainly be able to find even more. That said, feel free to mention what your reasons would be to pick the Note5 over the new iPhone phablet right in the comments section below.

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41 Comments

1. Rajanvir

Posts: 56; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

what about give me a 6 reasons why should i choose Note 5 over Z5 Premium

6. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

1. S Pen 2. Samsung Pay 3. Better screen to body ratio 4. Better processor 5. Charges faster 6. Larger screen 4 Reasons why you should choose Z5 Premium over Note 5: 1. Better screen 2. Better camera? 3. Larger battery capacity (I don't know if it lasts as long as the Note 5) 4. Waterproof I'm sure people can come up with more for each phone. :)

7. tomislav96

Posts: 8; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Nor the screen nor the camera is better on the Xperia, Xperia loses in every photo contest over a Galaxy phone and AMOLED is superior to LCD, its not everything in resolution and megapixels.

19. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

What about the Z5 finger print scanner is the first to use ultrasonic to scan your finger print. So your fingers can be dirty or wet. Something that the others won't work under those conditions. Not to mention its on the side of the phone where the power button is. Therefore leaving more screen and less bezel on the front face of the phone. Z5 has the best finger print scanner on the market. You can even use thin plastic gloves.

20. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I am actually surprised PhoneArena.com put iOS as a con stating Android was a better OS. First time for everything I guess...

22. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

from what I Have seen the Xperia has a better camera, the note 5 is good, but Sony is better IMO, display quality is debatable, we have to look at them up close, as for pros go expandable storage should be one if I recall correctly.

10. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

How does Z5 have better screen than Note 5? Sony is notorious for bad display and calibration. Where did you get that Z5 has better display? And if you tell me that you can notice individual pixels at more than 500PPI, I would like to test you eyes! Clear advantage for Sony is waterproof.

13. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

I was referring to the PPI in which I 100% agree with you...it's almost negligible (unless you're using a vr headset). Camera-wise I'd like to see a head-to-head comparison of the Note 5 and Xperia Z5 Premium...not older models. The end result will probably be similar to comparing what supermodel is hotter than the other. At the end of the day, I love my Note 5 and will be holding onto this until the Note 7 or 8.

16. Rajanvir

Posts: 56; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

Lets take a Look 1. Reason why we choose Touchscreen smartphones is because we dont want any instrument to operate other then our fingers. 2. i will rather go with Apple Pay instead of Samsung Pay because of security reasons 3. Better screen to Body ratio(whats that really mean) 4. Better Processor ( can say that but still i have to check its reliability cuz in that case Apple, Intel and Qualcomm processors r unbeatable) 5. Charges faster? go to service center of Samsung and Sony(numbers will tell u) 6.Larger screen (Yeah clearly an advantage) Reasons to choose Z5 Premium over Note 5 1.That Design Without Gates and Still Waterproof 2. Camera (Yeah) and by the way u know Iphone 6S + camera will outperform Note 5 camera 3. Larger Battery Yeah AND by the way it also charges Faster too bro 4.WaterProof(yup) 5. Longer,Stable and reliable services and support by sony(xperia Z,ZL) just got a new and stable update 6.Stereo speakers(yeah surely a Deal breaker) 7.Oh by the way MicroSD (missing in my Oneplus One and i know its an advantage)

18. iushnt

Posts: 3122; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

I can see a lot of points just being biased..

21. heyhi

Posts: 137; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

"1. Reason why we choose Touchscreen smartphones is because we dont want any instrument to operate other then our fingers." who said so?? with the pen you have A CHOICE, more features, more OPTIONS. Thats your opinion, not a fact. Ironically Apple apple lauched an iPad with a Stylus?? am i right? "2. Camera (Yeah) and by the way u know Iphone 6S + camera will outperform Note 5 camera" what?!?! the other reasons you wrote, i dont know or i agree those are great phones. Personal preferences. dont be so biased man or kid, be realistic. "yeah"!!

41. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

I'm all for options but the stylus on the phone is something which a lot of people don't care about. As an artist I actually love the stylus and have been shocked that it took Apple so long to bundle one with the iPad.

29. chaosnightmare

Posts: 182; Member since: May 20, 2010

Lets be honest, sony phones always impress with camera specs but never deliver the quality of their rivals, we should wait to see the dedicated camera comparisons but I highly doubt it will do better than samsung, micro sd slot however is a key feature of z5 premium ove note 5

42. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

This has been a major ding against Sony. Given that the updated xperia devices are just refreshes with newer internals I hope they concentrated on the software. With newer and better sensors on these phone cameras they could get the advantage if the get the software algorithms right. Either way we should wait and see but the early sample photos showed that Sony's photos are good. It does crack me up how PA and other websites only do full automatic mode and that's the only thing that matters when for any serious photographer that immediately goes out. The hardware in the Sony camera is better. For a real photographer with fully manual mode they will get more out of the Sony camera. For the casual folks the Samsung device is excellent and may still be better.

2. johntheone

Posts: 24; Member since: Jan 22, 2015

Bait.

3. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

Next article: "6 reasons why you should wipe your butt"

31. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

^^ True man.

4. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Can't tell that the camera in the Note 5 is better without seeing picks from the 6s plus. The graphics & gaming will be better on the 6s plus & Apples UI isn't nearly as sucky as TouchWiz

11. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

Some of the reason are actually why the Note 5 sucks: - Poor design cripples the phone if the stylus accidentally slides in backwards - Android on board makes the phone slower, more buggy and unreliable than any iPhone Let us not forget the malware flood on android. The Note still after all this time has no fix for Stagefright. Tests show the Note 5 multi-tasking is so poor it gets crushed by the old iPhone 6. Despite meaningless specs (octocore vs dual core, 4GB RAM vs 1 GB) Touchwiz and android cripple the Note5 Glass back on the Note 5? The same design the droid fanboys said sucked in 2010 when Apple put it on the Apple 4? Drop you Samsuck and the front and back glass will break too. No removable battery and no SD card. That's why the iPhone was so horrible! But now that Samsuck has again copied Apple its great. Bottom line - Note 5 has good looking specs, but nothing else.

14. tedkord

Posts: 17415; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Not a poor design, a stupid user would be the cause of a reversed pen. For several years running now, Android has had fewer crashes than IOS. The iPhone doesn't multi-task, so you can't compare. Real world tests showed the Note 4 was faster overall than the iPhone 6+. The Note 5 is faster than the Note 4. Several drop tests on YouTube have shown the Note 5, back and front, holding up better than the iPhone 6+. The copy claims are so retarded, they're not even worth addressing. Bottom line - the Note 5 is the most powerful, flexible and functional phablet in the world, and that won't change in the next month.

32. darkkjedii

Posts: 31320; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Ted, I'll say this and be done. I own an iPhone 6 Plus, and a Note 5. The Note is better in just about everything they mutually do, and I don't even need to mention the things my iPhone can't do, that my Note does. The iPhone crushes the Note in multitasking? Lets see him put two apps and 5 floating windows on the screen at once, whip out his S-Pen, and jot down a quick note. I'll wait lol.

34. Blazers

Posts: 751; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Dude, I have a Note 5, and I'm not taking any chances with that glass back. Cased it up, and I don't care if it ruins the aesthetics.

23. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Dude!!!1 I am goign to show you how stupid your post is line by line YOU - Poor design cripples the phone if the stylus accidentally slides in backwards. ME - microUSB you could also potentially damage the connector by forcing it to plug in backwards. In fact many have done so, especially while trying to plug it in, in the dark. Yet this was never consider an issue or a esign flaw. YOU - Android on board makes the phone slower, more buggy and unreliable than any iPhone ME - FALSE - IOS has been proven to crash apps more than all Android versions combined. Android has been proven to be more stable considering it has more hardware capabilities to track, has more services, has full multi-tasking. Side by side tests of a Nexus 5 running Android was still significantly faster vs even the iPhone 6 in many tasks. Bugs? iOS has had more patches for each OS update than Android. Example, iOS 8 is already at 8.3 while 5.0. only had 5.01 and now we have 5.1. YOU - Let us not forget the malware flood on android. The Note still after all this time has no fix for Stagefright. The only time you will ever be exposed to Malware is if you install apps from 3rd parties who arent trusted developers. I have NEVEr downloaded malwars from the Play Store. It has happened many times on Apple's own App Store. As far as a fix for Stagefright? Why do I need it? StageFright - The gist is that a video sent via MMS (text message) could be theoretically used as an avenue of attack through the libStageFright mechanism (thus the "Stagefright" name), which helps Android process video files. I dont send video via MMS because they tend to be too big. Even if I did, the chances I would be exploited from 1.2Billion Android devices is small. I have a better chance of walking out my door and getting shot and killed. YOU - Tests show the Note 5 multi-tasking is so poor it gets crushed by the old iPhone 6. Despite meaningless specs (octocore vs dual core, 4GB RAM vs 1 GB) ME - The old iPhone 6 doesn't have multi-tasking. I fail to see how that compares.The Note 5 simply has a RAM management issue which si typical with virtual machines, the only fix is direct RAM access. Hwoever, the fact the Note can multi-task and the iphone negates what you said. You - Touchwiz and android cripple the Note5 ME - TW actually brings features to the Note. What features does the iPhone 6S Plus have that even compare? Lets compare one-handed mode. With the Note, even with one-handed mode, I still see 100% of what is on the screen, except its smaller. On the iPhone I lose 40% of what was on the screen. On the Note I can slit 2 apps that support the feature to 50% screen size each, you cant do that on the iPhone at all. I can switch bewteen apps faster on the Note vs the iPhone and I can run several apps on the screen at the same time and drag content between them. Can you? But you claim TW cripples the Note? Well those features I mentioned are just a few of the TW features..

24. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

YOU - Glass back on the Note 5? ME - TEs, better tahn when Apple did it as the Note and the S6's use dual Gorilla Glass, while Apple used Gorilla Glass 3 and some cheaper piece of s**t on the back for the 4/4S. Even their own iOS strenghthened glass isnt as durable as drop tests have shown the iPhoen shatter much quicker. You -No removable battery no sdcard? YOU -Bottom line - Note 5 has good looking specs, but nothing else. Read more athttp://www.phonearena.com/news/6-key-reasons-why-the-Apple-iPhone-6s-Plus-is-not-as-good-as-the-Galaxy-Note5_id73627/comments?post=1273516#post_1273516#LfqFGuBbX8wQXIEL.99 ME - The iPhoen doesnt either. So what's your point. Do they need one? At least the Note does have 32GB as the base model, the iphoen is still using 16GB. The Note has betetr battery-life and features liek fast charging, wireless quick charging and has 2 power saving modes. The Note lasts 2 full work days on a single charge. The iPhone doesnt even off half the features and it barely lasts 6 hours. You sound uneducated and simply repeating thinsg you've heard, but have no experience with. You Bottom line - Note 5 has good looking specs, but nothing else. ME - bottom line you are an uneducate trolling loser who woudlnt knwo a good phoen if it slapped you int he face. Bettre specs, better multi-taskign capabilities, s-pen features and a better looking design where the Note is a BIGGER phone ve sthe iPhone 6/6S Plus yet is smaller. 2 days of battery life even with dual quadcores 1440p display and better cameras and more. You're simply stupid. You are proof positive of why Apple fans are constantly insulted by others. You are the perfect stereotypical idiot.

33. darkkjedii

Posts: 31320; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Ummm, c.hack? Did someone hack your brain? Samsung is kicking Apples ass right now. I own both dude, nuff said.

39. ojdidit84

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

And this is coming from Dark who we all know has been an avid supporter of Apple for the last few years here on PA. That should tell you something...

35. jalebi2000

Posts: 181; Member since: Mar 01, 2015

Android app failure rate is 1.9 percent. iOS has an appointment failure rate of 2.2 ( iOS 8.1 )

5. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

The title says it all: '6 KEY reasons why the Apple iPhone 6s Plus is not as good as the Galaxy Note5' '5 reasons Note5 gives way to the new iPhone 6s Plus' The author did a good job of putting down just the 'key' reasons otherwise the list would've been longer. HIgher res screen Amoled screen, Wide angle front camera, S-pen, minimum 32GB variant for Note5, etc ;)

8. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Only 6 ? come on PA you can do better than that.

9. Fuego84

Posts: 357; Member since: May 13, 2012

My Android is better than your Android. IPhone isn't even in the picture.

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