Best alternatives to the iPhone 6s Plus

Best alternatives to the iPhone 6s Plus
Well, folks, after Apple's supersized iPhone 6 Plus turned out to be a successful endeavor, it only makes sense that Apple would re-introduce the form factor with the iPhone 6s Plus. But, of course, it's not the end-all be-all of phablets, and while you may be tempted to grab one of these, along with a dozen of large-pocketed jeans, you probably want to check out some alternatives as well.

Well, here, we've compiled a set of high-class, large-screened handsets that you just may be happy to throw your money at. Combining beautiful design with great hardware, these are the 2015 top-shelf devices of their respective manufacturers. Of course, do let us know in the comments which iPhone 6s Plus alternative you consider best!

Samsung Galaxy Note5

Samsung's S Pen-toting phablet line is an institution of its own and certainly among the first devices that come to mind when one things “large-screened smartphone”. The Note5 was just released last month and bears cutting-edge hardware, such as Sammy's homebrewed octa-core, 2.1 GHz, 64-bit Exynos 7420, 4 GB of RAM, an immaculate 16 MP camera, and a 5.7” display with the crisp resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels.

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+

Just like the iPhone 6s Plus is purely an inflated version of the iPhone 6s, the Galaxy S6 edge+ is the larger doppleganger of the Galaxy S6 edge. Just as gorgeous, only larger; same hardware, but bigger batteryl. The Galaxy S6 edge+ is certainly among the most visually appealing phablets, with its dual curved screen and shiny materials. Just like the Note5, it has an octa-core, 2.1 GHz, 64-bit Exynos 7420, 4 GB of RAM, an immaculate 16 MP camera, and a 5.7” display with the crisp resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels.

Motorola Moto X Style

Motorola decided to push its flagship to phablet territory this year and gave the Moto X Style a huge 5.7” display. Fear not however, as the handset has a mindboggling screen-to-body ratio of 76%, which means that the device is quite smaller than what you would expect. Just don't think that you'd be able to easily operate it with one hand.

The Moto X Style is highly customizable, with various color options and even engraving available on the Moto Maker website, and rocks a pretty solid hardware setup – 1.8 GHz, hexa-core Snapdragon 808 SoC, 3 GM of RAM, a 5.7" display housing a 1440 x 2560 pixel resolution, and a 21 MP camera.


LG's leather-clad flagship handset is certainly a classy accessory in its own right. The manufacturer's signature screen-to-body ratio makes it to the G4, giving it slim bezels and a compact build, considering the 5.5” display, of course. The hardware under this slightly curved hood consists of a 1.8 GHz, hexa-core Snapdragon 808 SoC, 3 GM of RAM, a 5.5" display housing a 1440 x 2560 pixel resolution, and a 16 MP camera.

Huawei Mate S

Announced just a week ago, The Mate S sports a great looking build, a very good screen-to-body ratio, and a 2.5D AMOLED screen panel, waterfalling seamlessly to the sides, where the Mate S is just 2.6mm thin. The display is with a 1080p resolution, and the phablet is powered by Huawei's newest Kirin 935 chipset, coupled with 3 GB of RAM. The kicker is that the Mate S also has Force Touch (what Apple is calling 3D Touch) and it seems to offer some similar functions as Apple's tech, though, we aren't sure just how many of them there are just yet.

Xiaomi Mi Note Pro

Announced earlier this year, the Mi Note Pro is a beautiful glass sandwich, hailing from the East. The handset is equipped with a 2 GHz, octa-core Snapdragon 810, 4 GB of RAM, and a 13 MP camera. It's not easy to get a hold of in the West, but sites like Oppomart have it for about $520.

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Of course, let's not forget the iPhone 6s Plus' predecessor. Last year's iPhone 6 Plus still runs perfectly smooth and will be getting iOS 9. Sure, it will not have the upgraded camera, or 3D touch, but these things aside, we are fairly sure that you can happily use your iPhone 6 Plus for at least a couple of years more, should you decide against upgrading.

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1. tahnik

Posts: 201; Member since: Jul 17, 2011

No Z5 Premium?

5. sgodsell

Posts: 7450; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It doesn't have to be the Z5 premium. It could also be the Z5 which has a 1080p display. For that matter the Z5 compact could compete with the smaller iPhone 6s.

2. scramasax

Posts: 45; Member since: Mar 07, 2015

The Z5 Premium will not be available before mid November (I know it because after ordering it right away in Europe, Sony informed me that the first Z5 Premium should be available the 4th of November at the earliest... results I have cancelled my order). And therefore, UNFORTUNATELY, it is not really a competitor for the Iphone 6S Plus... just yet.

3. cGmC11

Posts: 152; Member since: Apr 02, 2012

Hey...and the recently announced BLU Pure XL 6" QHD Super Amoled screen for $350.

4. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

The Z5 Premium Despite Not Being Available Just Yet Should Still Be On This List.

6. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Huawei Ascend Mate 7 is better than any iPhone in my opinion. Normal use and turning it off at night means charging it every 48 hours. Can't beat that.

7. LittleGaGaKiller

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

Pathetic topic, nobody cares and the new iPhones will sell like hot cakes

12. coldspring22

Posts: 349; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Yes but what stock market cares about is if Apple can grow iphone 6S sales beyond the gigantic iphone 6 sales last year Q4? Will isheeps throw away iphone 6 to buy new iphone 6S? Those are the big questions. If Apple cannot continue to grow iphone sales geometrically year over year to ever increasing numbe of isheeps, there will be consequences as iphone accounts for bulk of Apple profit.. And if Apple stock tanks, heads will roll in cupertino

14. Manyci

Posts: 116; Member since: Aug 03, 2015

And that day would be a worldwide national feast-day... :D

8. oro_blu

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 08, 2015

Be very careful, Oppomart stole me almost 400eur on refound (sent me a used mobile of another old model and i sent back), they just wait PayPal time expire, don’t let time expire even they implore. Do not trust Oppomart. I buy from aliexpress and pandawill, it never happen something like this.

9. AlwaysBias

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 10, 2015

HELLO!!! Where's the Z5?

10. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 969; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Note 5 wins in every category.

11. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Agreed but the Moto X is an awesome contender!

13. Dave.Weinstein

Posts: 30; Member since: May 07, 2014

Come on guys, that's kind of a safe list. You left off: (1) Google's Nexus 6 (2) Google's upcoming Huawei Nexus (3) LeTV's Max 6.33" phone. (4) Sony's Xperia Z5 in both normal and 4K versions. It's bad enough that half the online journalist's pander to Apple, so we need to pander to Samsung as well?

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