Samsung's Note5 emerges victorious from our blind comparison, smacks the iPhone 6 Plus on the head
posted by Chris P. / Aug 24, 2015, 8:10 AM
Last Thursday, we finally had enough time to sit down and pull some photos taken by the Samsung's new super-phablet, the Note5, and mix them with identical snaps produced by competing devices including the Apple iPhone 6 Plus, the Galaxy Note 4, and even the exotic Xiaomi Mi Note Pro. A true phablet standoff!
iPhone 6 Plus according to you. In fact, the total score it accumulated beats that of the Note 4 and the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro, too. Here's the final split:Instead of sitting judge ourselves, however, this time around we thought we'd go for one of our popular blind comparisons and see what you thought before weighing in (in a separate piece). So we labeled the images in a way that you wouldn't know which is which (to avoid bias) and arranged them for you to judge them. Well, voting has now been closed, and we're ready to share the results with you, which are unanimous in that Samsung's Note5 produces more compelling images than the
1. Samsung Galaxy Note5 — 5,642 votes
2. Samsung Galaxy Note 4 — 4,526 votes
3. Xiaomi Mi Note Pro — 1,359 votes
4. Apple iPhone 6 Plus — 1,020 votes
Scene 1: The back yard
Scene 1: Which photo do you like best?
Photo A (iPhone 6 Plus)
Photo B (Mi Note Pro)
Photo C (Note 4)
Photo D (Note5)
Scene 2: Hobbymasters
Scene 2: Which photo do you like best?
Photo E (Note5)
Photo F (Mi Note Pro)
Photo G (iPhone 6 Plus)
Photo H (Note 4)
Scene 3: 16 Moore St
Scene 3: Which photo do you like best?
Photo I (Note 4)
Photo J (Mi Note Pro)
Photo K (iPhone 6 Plus)
Photo L (Note5)
Scene 4: A waving banner
Scene 4: Which photo do you like best?
Photo M (Note5)
Photo N (Mi Note Pro)
Photo O (Note 4)
Photo P (iPhone 6 Plus)
Stay tuned for part number two of our blind camera comparison series, this time centered on low-light performance. Coming end of week!
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Note 4 is still better than Note5
posted on Aug 24, 2015, 8:13 AM 13
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Well,it depends, cos Note 5 battery last longer,its camera is better than N4 and built in memory always make the phone snappier,and the difference is noticeable so I think Note 5 is better even without the 2 options that are available in Note 4.
posted on Aug 24, 2015, 8:21 AM 19
Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012
still note4 has better camera from this comparison note5 only took the overall number of votes because of the big MARGIN on photo 1. and it even beaten by note4 on other photos. plus note4 has removeable battery and expandable memory.
posted on Aug 24, 2015, 8:41 AM 8
Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014
With manual mode on note5 pictures could have been improved. Also note 5 has better SOC, DDR4 RAM vs DDR3. It's not which phone is best for everyone, it's more like best for individual person, I chose note 5 as it suits my need better and bought one.
posted on Aug 24, 2015, 10:29 AM 8
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Note 4 doesn't have the better camera if you take into account the manual adjustments and RAW support. RAW is what sets the 2 apart. Better low-light photos is also a plus. Removable battery was an issue that was solved years ago with external backup battery banks, which can charge the phone more than once and aren't expensive. Expandable storage is nice, but most people would do fine without it. Buy a WD My Cloud and you're set for storage backup.
posted on Aug 24, 2015, 1:32 PM 2
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You lost all credibility with your battery statement "external backup battery banks", really, LOL. Sorry but a removal battery can not be beat by external battery banks "which I also own", a phone with a removable battery you can have a 100% charged phone in 1 minute, but having abutting attached to it, I still have not come across an external battery back that can chefs a phone to 100% in one minute "the time it takes to pen the back cover, remove the depleted battery and install the fresh battery".
posted on Aug 25, 2015, 10:09 PM 0
Posts: 31; Member since: Aug 17, 2014
Even if it lasts one hour longer, it means nothing, when you battery is completely drained in your Note 4, all you have to do is pop open the back cover, remove the depleted battery and install a fresh one, and in one minutes time you have a fully charged phone,while with the Note 5 you will be looking for an outlet, or have to attach a power bank "brick" to it to charge it.
posted on Aug 25, 2015, 10:13 PM 0
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Built in memory always make the phone snappier ( what a joke ) I will ask those simple questions. : Is the Android system or apps installed by default on SD card? nope thays are in the built in memory you idiot! How can having no SD make your phone faster if your OS and apps are not on it ? : its wont make a single difference you moronic fool. So when we dont know what we are talking about we dont talk. SD card DO NOT MAKE YOUR PHONE SLOWER. its only give you extra option you fool! Now using faster onboard memory thats will give you extra speed but having or not an SD card has NOTHING TO DO WITH IT!
posted on Aug 24, 2015, 1:41 PM 1
You win stupidest post of the day. Congrats. Your reasoning amounts to: "SD Card isn't slower if you don't use it, duh!" Anything you put on the SD Card is going to have read/write speeds slower than if it were on the built-in memory... so, yes, a phone will run "snappier" without the SD Card unless you don't use it, but then what's the point. My photo gallery opened so slowly from the SD Card in my Note 4, I had to switch it back to the internal memory, and my camera and gallery instantly worked much better.
posted on Aug 24, 2015, 5:22 PM 3
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Since you're clearly not familiar with how a phone actually works, I'll explain. The UFS 2 on board memory on the Note5 is about 80 TIMES faster than the fastest sd card and 10 TIMES faster than the Note 4. When the phone had to reference the sd card (not just use, but reference it) it dramatically slows down the phone. The phone doesn't actually have to be using the sd card, but have the possibility of using the sd card. If you can save a file or send a file from an app then the phone had to look at the sd card. If that's the case, the non sd card phone will ALWAYS be faster. Always. Since the camera is one of those processes that continually references the sd card, having one in would slow down the phone tremendously while shooting pics. Now go shooting in RAW/pro mode and those gigantic files to see how an sd card affects the performance.
posted on Aug 25, 2015, 6:26 AM 2
Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012
I wonder why PHONEARENA did not do like this ( Put the OVERALL TOTAL VOTES when they put LG G4 vs Samsung S6 camera comparison? as far i know the G4 got more votes than S6.
posted on Aug 24, 2015, 8:43 AM 0
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The Note 4 Uses Software That Shape The Pictures It Takes Making Them More Artificial. The Note 5 Like The GS6 Did Away With This Software So The Pictures The Note 5 Produce Are A More Accurate/Realistic Representation Of Whatever Is Being Photoed.
posted on Aug 24, 2015, 11:14 AM 4
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And the 6S+ will probably beat the Note 5 with its new sensor and 12MP camera
posted on Aug 24, 2015, 8:14 AM 4
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Exactly! Every year they start doing all these test against a year old iPhone. We are literally a few weeks away from launch and this dude writes the article as if the 6 plus just came out last week.
posted on Aug 24, 2015, 8:19 AM 4
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Here you go with your lame excuses. The Year old Note 4, still beats the year old iPhone 6/6+ shots. It's not our fault, Apple chose to use 5 year odl cameras. Its not our fault the next iPhone 12Mp cameras were standard on many phones in 2012. Stop crying. Go tell Apple they need to step up and use the 16MP sensors. But it doesn't matter right? because you and all the dumb sheep will still keep buying inferior products because you simply are to dumb to know any better.
posted on Aug 24, 2015, 10:23 AM 7
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And the design of the new iPhone 6S will be amazing, too.
posted on Aug 24, 2015, 8:22 AM 0
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