Samsung Galaxy S6 edge vs Galaxy Note 4: vote for the better smartphone!

The Samsung Galaxy S6 edge, which arrived short of a month ago, is already aiming at the topmost tier of Samsung's portfolio, as it's a pretty well-spec'd phone that is the most serious embodiment of Samsung's design and engineering prowess to date. Currently, the throne is occupied by the Galaxy Note 4, a feature-packed phablet that won't give up its place that easy. 

The Note 4 is the perfect embodiment of everything that made Samsung a leading manufacturer years ago, employing features that can't be found in its latest phones, like a microSD card slot and a user-replaceable battery. Indeed, change is in the air. Don't get us wrong, both of these Samsung phones are top-notch devices, but we were quite torn between the two here at the office and had a hard time ruling out which is the better one.

This is why we decided to ask you, our dear readers, to vote and help us distinguish the better phone, be it the Galaxy Note 4 or the new S6 edge. We'll be comparing them in a few different categories and you can vote for one of the two contestants in each one. Let the comparison begin!


Flaunting sleek and head-turning design, the Galaxy S6 edge is a phone that definitely stands out from the rest of Samsung's lineup. Gone is the plasticky feel of Samsung's previous offerings - we have two sheets of Gorilla Glass 4 at the front and the rear, held together by an "aircraft-grade" aluminum chassis. Yes, the glass at the rear is a fingerprint magnet, but that's a price that those who value exterior design lovers will most likely be quite willing to pay, especially if such an interesting display is a part of the equation.

In the meantime, the Galaxy Note 4 is a bridge to Samsung's past - don't get us wrong, it's also a premium-feeling device, but the plastic elements at the front and the faux leather rear cover are no match for the Galaxy S6 edge's exterior. At least, it comes sans the hate-it-or-love-it fake stitching that was present in the Note 3. Just like the S6 edge, the an aluminum chassis is gracing the innards of the phablet, greatly adding up to t the premium feel. It's worth mentioning that the rear cover of the Galaxy Note 4 is removable and provides access to the battery of the handset, a feature that the S6 edge is devoid of. The Note 4 also comes with an S Pen stylus. 

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge


5.59 x 2.76 x 0.28 inches

142.1 x 70.1 x 7 mm


4.66 oz (132 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Samsung Galaxy Note 4


6.04 x 3.09 x 0.33 inches

153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm


6.21 oz (176 g)

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge


5.59 x 2.76 x 0.28 inches

142.1 x 70.1 x 7 mm


4.66 oz (132 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Samsung Galaxy Note 4


6.04 x 3.09 x 0.33 inches

153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm


6.21 oz (176 g)

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

Which one has the better overall design?

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
Samsung Galaxy Note 4


We can find Super AMOLED displays on both devices, both of which are employing a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels. Size-wise, we have a 5.1-inch display in the Galaxy S6 edge, whereas the Note 4 sports a 5.7-inch display. This translates to a better pixel density for the Galaxy S6 edge - 577ppi, while the Galaxy Note 4 boasts a slightly lower display density of 515ppi. 

The Note 4 had the most accurate display when it came around last year, but the S6 edge undoubtedly boasts an even better one. It's brighter, sharper, and its color accuracy is on par with the one of the phablet. Still, the Note 4 is definitely not trailing in this regard, as the differences between the two are not that easy to distinguish with the naked eye. Additionally, the larger screen of the Note 4 makes it a better option for multimedia viewing.

Which one is the better one, all things considered? Cast a vote below!

Which one has the better display?

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Interface and functionality

Android 5.0 Lollipop with TouchWiz is what you'd find on both Samsung top-tier beasts. As we already mentioned in our hands-on of the Galaxy S6 edge, it's tough to say whether it's the best iteration of TouchWiz ever, though it certainly feels faster. Moreover, we can certainly agree that it’s vying for a cleaner looking interface, one that also goes back to a simpler set of software features. It's still among the most feature-packed UIs out there, but more streamlined and toned-down.

Similar to the TouchWiz variation on the Galaxy S6 flagman, the Galaxy Note 4 is home to a number of additional spic and span features that further complement the S Pen functionality of the phablet. Functionality-wise, both phones have their strong and weak points - S Pen with a larger silhouette for the Galaxy Note 4, and a dual-curved display for the Galaxy S6 edge, which provides you with additional information and lights up in configurable colors if you have a missed call or other event vying for your immediate attention.

Which one has the better user interface?

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
Samsung Galaxy Note 4


Both devices employ have 16MP cameras at the back that employ one and the same sensor, a Sony Exmor IMX240. That being said, we expected the S6 edge and the Note 4 to perform similarly in terms of camera performance and image quality. However, the S6 edge has scored several new neat features, one of which is the much wider f/1.9 aperture of the lens (larger than the f/2.2 one on the phablet), as well as real-time HDR, infrared white balance, and tracking auto-focus when in video-recording mode.

The Galaxy Note 4 is certainly one of the best-performing Samsung devices in terms of camera performance, so we naturally expected the S6 edge to be on par or even better in this regard given that it hosts the features that made the phablet a worthy contender and adds up a few neat traits to the mix. 

How do the Note 4 and the S6 edge fare against one another? Check out yourselves by comparing a few camera samples in the gallery below and vote for the better performer! 

Which one has the better camera?

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Whoa, what a heated battle! Indeed, it's quite hard to distinguish which is the better overall device, as both are among the very best Samsung has ever churned out of its factories. Regardless, you will discern a winner with your votes. Have in mind that the polls above will be open until April 5, so don't miss your chance to take part in this intergalactic clash of titans!

Related phones

Galaxy S6 edge
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2600 mAh(26h talk time)
Galaxy Note 4
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 3.7 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3220 mAh(20h 3G talk time)



1. Aploine

Posts: 445; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

Note4 ftw :)

5. hateftotti

Posts: 231; Member since: May 03, 2011

As an owner of Note4 I should admit except the things I can do with my pen,S6 Edge is better than my Note4.

12. luzan

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

Same here, but Note 4 still have some advantages like replaceable battery and storage. what i like most from S6E is design.

20. tuminatr

Posts: 1141; Member since: Feb 23, 2009


9. AnTuTu

Posts: 1620; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Tough one, I would say both are great smartphones.

16. XaErO

Posts: 353; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Exactly !! +1 Here !! However, S6E is slightly more advantageous in terms of H/W (UFS, F1.9-Camera, Slightly accurate Super AMOLED screen, 14nm 64bit Processor etc.) and subsequent performance ..

2. drunkenjay

Posts: 1695; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

wow the interface and the camera was 50/50. lets keep it 50 50 =D

3. AlikMalix unregistered

If I was to pick one of these it would be the Note 4 only because the only feature I like is the s-pen accuracy of the pen... but I like the look and green color of the S6edge... The reason I'd choose Android is for Samsung s-pen - so all the camera, ui, and etc above dont matter much - both on par - it's the s-pen at the end...

7. seven7dust unregistered

the new touchwiz makes the S6 far more attractive than the Note , there's no comparison samsung really fixed their stuff , new touchwiz runs circles around the Note 4 touchwiz. plus new fingerprint reader is also miles better than the Swipe sensor.

14. AlikMalix unregistered

I agree, but I believe that Note 4 is ONE update away from S6 version of touchwiz and now it will have an s-pen to boot... But I'm talking for my own wants/needs not for general public...

28. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Sorry but the note 4 will always lag, even with a software update due to slow r and w speed of the memory due to sd card reader, and I mean without even having the card in th phone, even the 1+1 is faster buy a big gap

36. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

Get real. All devices have some sort of lag every once in a while. Note 4 is better than the majority of phones that supposedly don't lag. I'll take a Note 4 over a 1+1 any day. But that's just my opinion.

4. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Why S6 Edge vs the Note 4 and not the Note 4 Edge?

6. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

NOTE 4 FTW!!!!!!!!! YEAH BOYYYEEE!!!!! Best Samsung phone to date IMO.

8. Loubielou

Posts: 603; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Samsung made me Chose the Note 4 over the Galaxy S6 & S6 Edge after being so use to Removable Battery and Micro Sd Card,Losing the Options is a Big Mistake Samsung as Made,with the iPhone 6 being less Expensive over the Galaxy S6s,people could Switch to the iPhone 6 instead if they are not Bothered about losing the Removable Battery and Micro Sd Card Slot,after having All my Applications,Music,Pictures and Videos on my 64gb Memory Card i can use these All in the Galaxy Note 4 but would have to Start from the Begining to get these All put into the Galaxy S6s phone,Which could take Ages to Do,Sorry Samsung but Why?did you iPhone 6 in your Minds with Project Zero might Back-Fire on You

29. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Get real the sd card reader is what makes all samsung phomes lag like crap your note 4 and slower r and w speeds by a big gap then the 1+1, it will never run even close to the s6 speed even if they offer the same Tw

37. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

Now that the S6 is here, the IT thing to complain about is read write speeds. Get it together man. You could do a LOT worse than the Note 4 memory speeds.


Posts: 138; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

These 2 are both GREAT....however these are different phones for different needs...this article for comparison is totally irrelevant

11. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Just wait Note 5, the beast !

13. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Both are great.

15. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Note 4 + S6 Edge with SD slot = perfect for me.

17. DBounce

Posts: 171; Member since: Apr 26, 2014

I'll wait for the note 5, or maybe Note 6. Whichever one has a 4k screen. After trying out Gear VR I can tell you qhd is nowhere near enough resolution. We really need 8k, but that's a year or two away, so 4k will have to do. Snapdragon 805 and up support 4k so we might see a 4k Note 5 or 6. No doubt the S6 is a big improvement over the S5, but the Note 4 brings a lot to the fight. The bigger screen is very noticeable... all of the time. While any improvement in color accuracy or brightness that the S6 brings is marginal at best, because the Note 4 already has a great screen. Also the S-pen is a useful feature. Especially when navigating websites that have popups with little chechboxes to close them. It also made typing this response a snap.

30. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Note 4 slows down big time after time due to sd card reader

18. mrej201

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

I have the note 4 waiting for the note 5

19. _moboy

Posts: 62; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

Both incredibly remarkable phones! Great work gone into design and software that makes Samsung on a totally different side of the game from Apple Inc. Personally, Apple still needs to catch up!

21. Derekjeter

Posts: 1515; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Look at these idiots complaining about non removable battery and no SD card, you guys sound like a broken record. Get over it. SD card was going to slow down the phone I think even Samsung came out with a statement about it. As for the battery, what percentage of cell phone users walk around with an extra battery in their pocket seriously?! You guys are idiots the S6 Edge platinum is the best phone to come out of Samsung since ever!!! I hope it has the best sales numbers in Samsung history so you all can STFU!!

26. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

First off based on the facts I could gather, an sdcard will only slow the phone is you move your apps to it. I use it to store my media not my apps, so it has no effect on the device performance at all that I can gather. Now I tested my theory to see in a speed test if my device would get slower if I mived my apps to it. Even though some data is still stored on the internal flash, moving apps to sd does slkow the device down. How slow? Well it depends on what sdcard you have. Most people will just buy what is at the store. Theose are mid-ranged as far as speed and do slow the device down. I looked on Amazon and compared the speed ratings and I bought the faster SanDisk 64GB and a Lexor 128GB. The SanDisk usually costs about $40, but the faster ones still cost about $60. I paid $109 for my Lexor 128GB and it is very fast. I did move the games to it as I only paly them once in a while vs my regular apps. I do see a small hit in speed, but its mostly the app takes slightly longer to load. It doesn't slow the phone that much.

32. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Sorry you are very very very very wrong, it's not the sd cards that are the problem, you have no idea what you are on about, the problem is the SD CARD READER It damages the memory control bandwidth big time And in so doing so makes the phone lag like crap and also slows the phone down over time as you use up the space on the hd, this is due to it damages the r and w speeds of the any phone with the sd card reader with the sd card not even being in the phone I.e. At the top of the list is iphone 6 and then 1+1 all using cheap memory and made in China but have the fastest r and w speeds, oh no lag, then there is a big gap then you get the note 4 and then you get all the other sd card reader phone

40. psychok9

Posts: 43; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

@j2001m this is totally fake. It's an excuse for remove freedom to Android user and get more money from the producs (memory come at high cost). Same for the battery (worse than microSD excuse).

22. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Notes line going to be always the top of the Samsung smart phones, but still the worst when it comes to updates.

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