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Samsung's Note5 emerges victorious from our blind comparison, smacks the iPhone 6 Plus on the head


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!

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 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:

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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Samsung Galaxy Note5 specs
  • Display 5.7 inches 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera) 5 MP front
  • Hardware Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 7.0 Nougat Samsung TouchWiz UI
Samsung Galaxy Note4 specs
  • Display 5.7 inches 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera) 3.7 MP front
  • Hardware Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3220 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow Samsung TouchWiz UI
Apple iPhone 6 Plus specs
  • Display 5.5 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera) 1.2 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A8 1GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2915 mAh
  • OS iOS 12.x
Xiaomi Mi Note Pro specs
  • Display 5.7 inches 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera) 4 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB,
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 5.0 Lollipop

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