iPhone 5s outpaces Galaxy Note 4 in this improvised speed comparison

iPhone 5s outpaces Galaxy Note 4 in this improvised speed comparison
The Galaxy Note 4 has just been unveiled by Samsung, and boy is it a true beast - not only does it feature a super-sized and bright screen, but it also packs that lovely Snapgragon 805 chipset that we've been dreaming of for quite a while. But, as cool as all of this sounds, what's also very interesting is how Samsung's latest and greatest phablet is going to fare when it comes to day-to-day operations. In other words, will it be speedy enough when we're executing regular tasks with it? Will it be able to keep up with the supposedly busy and multitasking-heavy lifestyle of its owners?

These are all questions that should be put to the side for the time being, seeing that the phone is yet to hit retail, but then again, we think it'd be safe enough if we just take a quick peek at a pretty important aspect of the Galaxy Note 4's performance: namely, the speed at which it opens applications. In order to get an idea of just how quick (or slow) the Note 4 is, we put it right next to an iPhone 5s, and just like that, we came up with a pretty interesting speed comparison between the two. As we said, the results here shouldn't be considered conclusive, because the Galaxy Note 4 unit that we're using for the test may be running non-final software, but it's still very interesting to how these two smartphones compare in that respect.

Interestingly, it looks like the iPhone 5s may end up being the faster phone of the two, at least when it comes to its basic system performance. Cold-starting apps such as contacts, messaging, and the camera, the iPhone 5s was consistently faster then its galactic counterpart. Not by much, but the difference is there. Check out how both handsets race against each other in the video below!

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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)
iPhone 5s
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A7, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1570 mAh(10h 3G talk time)



1. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

*grabs popcorn

39. sar44

Posts: 278; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

Note4 have non final firmware. Galaxy s5 with last firmware faster then 5s.

45. nohatenofanboy

Posts: 515; Member since: Jul 15, 2014


112. quangvu

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 13, 2014

Do you have your eyes opened PDA? No sim No connection on 5s (work in offline mode), QHD vs 720p, tweaked 5s vs all max settings Note 4 for demo, weather widget vs none on 5s, list of pictures on contact vs a plain text none sim on 5s , emails loading vs none sim, no connection 5s... What a joke PDA

131. nohatenofanboy

Posts: 515; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

1gb vs 3gb , 2 cores vs 8 cores , 2013 phone vs 2014 phone , midrange specs vs highend (!) specs lol

141. na7noo7

Posts: 278; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

2 cores vs. 4 cores on this version. Stock vs. TouchWiz. I guess we need AOSP on the Note 4.

286. sgodsell

Posts: 7600; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Clearly you are blind. Just look at the apps he compared. Note was using and opening up images vs no images for most of the iPhone apps. Other then the camera and gallery apps. Real world. I will still take the Note 4 over the tiny iPhone 5s. Pixel difference 3686400 on the Note 4 vs 727040 on the iPhone 5s.

164. Onlinector720

Posts: 25; Member since: Sep 03, 2014

Do You know What is Snapdragon 805?running @ 2.7 Ghz?With 3 GB Of RAM?

245. opsys14

Posts: 8; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

PA will never leave a chance to curse a Samsung product. For them LG is the best OEM.

169. sgodsell

Posts: 7600; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I would still take the note 4 over that tiny non HD iPhone 5s any day of the week. Why don't they try VR comparison with the IPhone 5s. Oh wait the iPhone's don't support VR.

216. JohanSteyn

Posts: 10; Member since: Aug 26, 2014

There is not much hardware functionality to switch on on the 5S, not too many pixels either. The more fuctionalty you add to a device, the slower it will make it. These speed tests are flawed and useles like all the "early" speed tests. If this is legitimate, we should rather load Windows 3.11 on our desktops. It should boot in less than a second. Would you also regard it to be faster and better than Windows 7? Come on!!! I now see why I spend so little time on phonearena and more on Pocket now. Bye for now.

181. Topcat488

Posts: 1419; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

No... The Note 4 gave way more information and pictures on every application... iPhone is a Apps Launcher, Note 4 is true Multitasker. O.o

279. nasznjoka

Posts: 418; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

plus depends on where the ray s is left handed or right! Because the more strong hand will act more quickly than the other one. So if he is right handed then this comparison is bogus done by a dou..

57. nohatenofanboy

Posts: 515; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

even with 1gb ram iphone beats note 4 lol ok samsung I took the note

77. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Why not try iphone 5s with ios8...in this comparison video then you'll get the truth..... First of all lets wait for retail version....then you can talk trash about it....

116. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

In which case they should also try the Note 4 with Android L?

174. clearblack

Posts: 59; Member since: Sep 04, 2014


236. gregoryyy3 unregistered

Maybe because iOS 8 is in beta? I think this comparison more than fare considering the iPhone is running last years ios 7 shauibhere

93. sar44

Posts: 278; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

also airview adds more 80ms, it was necessary to disable it

102. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Optimization, not specs, is the REAL buying point of any smartphone. I wish fandroids understand this concept and stop dissing iPhones and WPs for their lower specs.

226. hurrycanger

Posts: 1775; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

WP overall isn't well optimized anyway. LOL. Apps can take forever to resume, or they may just stop resuming and quit even without multitasking. And how far optimization can go with little raw power? Can you explain to me how optimized it is again? I just hope WP fanboys stop with this low-specs-but-well-optimized BS. And iPhone don't have much lower specs. It is a powerful device (let's say... excuse the low resolution). No WP running on a quad-core Snapdragon 400 and 1gb of ram can be as powerful as the 5s, which you claimed to also have lower specs.

272. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

Ur so right.

187. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I do wonder if the Note is running ART or Dalvik. And it hasn't been optimized yet. Also 1 GB doesn't say a thing when it comes to opening 3 to 4 apps. Still shame touchwiz makes everything slower tho. Glad I own a N5

74. darkkjedii

Posts: 31624; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You should go take a nap, and have better excuses when you wake up. The iPhone have non final firmware too. iPhone 3G with final firmware faster than N4 :D

200. tedkord

Posts: 17479; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Come on, man. You're better than this. I can see trolling a troll like Arte, but you're reaching his level now. You know this comparison was bunk, that you need some way to launch both apps at exactly the same instant, which you'll never get with two hands. I said it when the Nexus 5 slaughtered the iPhone 5s in the same type of test, and I'll say it again - this kind of testing is invalid. It's flame bait. And seriously, even if Ray were able to hit both at exactly the same time and this test were true, would the millisecond differences dissuade anyone?

206. darkkjedii

Posts: 31624; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It's all in fun dude, notice I'm not insulting anyone, or being personal. Lighten up like the fandroids tell everyone to do.

211. tedkord

Posts: 17479; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yeah, I guess you're not. Carry on, then!

224. darkkjedii

Posts: 31624; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Nahhh, just some playful jabs. Some people got too serious though, so I stopped responding. I own one, and will own the other. Why do we get so serious about it though?

243. Oxygen

Posts: 125; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Just dont mind him.. He has had a hard time reading android fans comments making fun of his punny toy without being able to retaliate, so he has been waiting for this kind of opportunity to pay them back. It is clearly accumulated frustration.

256. darkkjedii

Posts: 31624; Member since: Feb 05, 2011


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