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Samsung Galaxy Note5 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus


Samsung Galaxy Note5 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus


Samsung Galaxy Note5 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Samsung Galaxy Note5 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Samsung Galaxy Note5 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Samsung Galaxy Note5 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Samsung Galaxy Note5 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Samsung Galaxy Note5 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
With the Galaxy Note5, Samsung vows to continue its ongoing crusade in the land of premium design, where it reserved itself a place with the snazzy Galaxy S6 and S6 edge earlier this year. Yet needless to say, there's more to the brand new Galaxy Note handset. Similar to the previous installments in the Note lineup, the new S Pen-boasting device is quite the well-endowed gadget.

Truth is that the Note5 has one real enemy on the market, and it's no other than the Apple iPhone 6 Plus. The latter is Apple's first foray into phablet territory, and, judging from the company's financial performance ever since the handset's debut, there has been a solid craving for a supersized iPhone. This means that the Galaxy Note5 is about to face much more severe competition than any of its predecessors.


The iPhone meets a formidable rival in the face of the Note5

Fully boasting Samsung's new design language, which was introduced along with the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, the Galaxy Note5 is another exquisite rendition of the same seemingly-winning formula. With a metal frame and glass at both the rear and the front of the Note5, it's hard to deny that it stands out with its head-turning design. However, this premium package has taken its unfortunate toll on three of the features that were once staples of Samsung's devices — the microSD card slot, the removable rear cover, and the removable battery, all of which are missing. Alas, the glass back is nothing short of a fingerprint magnet.

In the opposite corner, we have the Apple iPhone 6 Plus – a device that also employs a list of outstanding design traits. Well, the matte aluminum body is not shiny and as eye-catchy as the metal-and-glass Note5 sandwich, but there's virtually nothing to hate about the design of Cupertino's largest phone to date. On the contrary – it can be safely viewed as exemplar in terms of exterior looks. As an added bonus, the iPhone 6 Plus is not prone to attracting greasy fingerprint smudges (except for that Apple logo at the back – it's hard to keep it smudge-free!). Just bear in mind that the iPhone's surface is somewhat slippery, as is the case with the Samsung phablet.

Size-wise, the Galaxy Note5 is certainly the one boasting the superior screen-to-body size ratio – an often overlooked yet rather important metric. Samsung has succeeded in fitting a larger display than the one on the iPhone. Yet, that's not all – the Note5 is also a bit more compact than Apple's representative.

Both phones share many similarities in their layouts. First of all, we have power buttons positioned on the right side and volume buttons on the left side (bear in mind that the Note5 now comes with two separate hardware buttons for volume adjustment, similarly to the iPhone). The two rivals have their hardware home buttons placed at their front sides, below their screens. Moving on, both have their loudspeaker, data/charging ports, and 3.5mm audio jacks at the bottom; the rear cameras of each phone protrudes from its body, though the iSight one on the iPhone does so in a less intrusive way. By the way, there's a cool hardware feature on the iPhone that the Note5 is devoid of – a mute switch; meanwhile, the Samsung phablet has a S Pen stylus that allows you to scribble down digital notes, but we'll talk about it later in the comparison.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5
6.03 x 3 x 0.3 inches
153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm
6.03 oz (171 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Apple iPhone 6 Plus
6.22 x 3.06 x 0.28 inches
158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1 mm
6.07 oz (172 g)

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

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


The Note5 has a more accurate display, but the iPhone beats in terms of gamma reproduction

Continuing Samsung's years-long tradition, the Galaxy Note5 is equipped with a Super AMOLED display – a 5.67-inch unit with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels and a top-notch pixel density of 518ppi. The display panel is rather similar to the one that can be found on last year's Note 4, though a bit tweaked in terms of overall image accuracy. On the iPhone 6 Plus, we have a 1080p 5.5-inch display, which totes a pixel density of 401ppi. Although there's a huge rift between the sharpness of the two displays on paper, in reality, both appear pretty much on par to the unarmed eye in this regard.

How do these two displays fare against one another? The performance of both is top-notch, but the Note5 has the upper hand here. Although it has a lower maximum brightness than the iPhone 6 Plus (574 nits vs 470 nits), the Super AMOLED is superior in most other aspects. Kicking off with color representation, the Note5 matches with more of the ideal targets on the color gamut chart. The iPhone is also calibrated rather well, but its display reproduces whites with an ever so slight blueish tint, while magentas and yellows, for example, appear a bit darker than the ideal target.

Clocking in at 6722K, the Galaxy Note5 is closer to the ideal white point color temperature of 6500 Kelvins, while the iPhone 6 Plus is a bit colder at 7318K. In terms of gamma reproduction, however, the iPhone 6 Plus is a bit ahead – despite that dark areas of the image appearing slightly brighter than they should at the lower levels of the grayscale chart, the rest of the iPhone's gamma readings remain mostly aligned to the ideal curve of 2.2 for the rest of the ride; the Note5, while exhibiting mostly correct gamma levels up until a certain point, generally tends to display lighter areas of the image brighter than they should appear.

In terms of Delta E grayscale error, which shows whether the different shades of gray don't swerve from the ideal readings, the Note5 reigns supreme with a measurement of 1.94, whereas the iPhone 6 Plus is more inaccurate at 3.82 (the ideal reading is 0) and tends to add a slight blueish tint to the lighter hues of gray. Same can be said about the Delta E rgbcmy scenario, where the Note5 exhibits a lower margin of error (1.32) in comparison with the iPhone 6 Plus (3.05), with the ideal once again being 0. This means that the display of the Note5 is generally more color accurate as a whole.

Viewing angles on both devices are very good, with the iPhone losing way less of its grayscale and color accuracy when viewed under a 45-degree angle, whereas the Note5 doesn't tend to lose its gamma and brightness reproduction qualities in the very same scenario.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 470
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 574
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posted on 28 Aug 2015, 10:19 5

1. dorianb (Posts: 612; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

I think the comparison should of been the S6 Edge Plus vs iPhone 6 Plus. Because it's really just a matter of comparing blown up versions of their flagships, Galaxy S vs iPhone.

The Note is still in a different category of functionality due to the S Pen (& if it had kept the IR Blaster. -_-* )

posted on 28 Aug 2015, 10:24 2

3. Pattyface (Posts: 1646; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)

They already did compare the 6 edge plus to it earlier today

posted on 28 Aug 2015, 10:22

2. Ruturaj (Posts: 1483; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)

Iphone 6S plus vs note5 would be interesting as both phones would be from same time frame, the same way note 4 vs iphone 6 plus was interesting, right now 6 plus is a year old.

posted on 28 Aug 2015, 11:06 1

6. Well-Manicured-Man (Posts: 427; Member since: 16 Jun 2015)

I am pretty sure that this will be one of the first comparisons that PA is going to do when iPhone 6s is available.

posted on 28 Aug 2015, 11:30 4

8. tedkord (Posts: 14114; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

They will make that comparison when both are available. But is worth noting (no pun intended) that the Note 4,which was released concurrently with the iPhone 6+,was rated as the better device by nearly all tech reviewers.

posted on 28 Aug 2015, 17:23

18. Well-Manicured-Man (Posts: 427; Member since: 16 Jun 2015)

You are right in what you say. But Apple isn't about hardware but software. No one buys an iPhone because of its hardware but because of its software.

posted on 28 Aug 2015, 19:58 2

23. tedkord (Posts: 14114; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

Ok, though I don't see what that has to do with what I said.

posted on 29 Aug 2015, 02:24

35. Well-Manicured-Man (Posts: 427; Member since: 16 Jun 2015)


posted on 28 Aug 2015, 20:45 2

25. TSMan2 (banned) (Posts: 363; Member since: 20 Aug 2015)

Well few ago they were buying iPhone for the best hardware too, but since Apple lost the competition there , those times are gone.
And when this year they lost the design competition, only the software left. And not because is better, but because they are locked there.

posted on 29 Aug 2015, 02:24

34. Well-Manicured-Man (Posts: 427; Member since: 16 Jun 2015)

Hardware-wise, you can't say whether apple is behind because we don't know how iPhone 6s will perform.

posted on 29 Aug 2015, 08:03 1

37. phonearenarocks (Posts: 551; Member since: 26 Mar 2015)

No one buys an iPhone because of its hardware but because of its software, it might have been just you.

Everyone else buys iPhone coz they think it is a bigger brand inspite of it being worse than LG and HTC phones(Samsung is hard to catch for iPhone).

posted on 29 Aug 2015, 21:00 2

40. k4ever (Posts: 227; Member since: 08 Oct 2014)

Which is freaking ridiculous because software is way cheaper to produce than hardware, so Apple is ripping you off. Plus the software on the iPhone (iOS) is light years behind the software on the Note (TouchWiz/Android). The Note can do way more than the iPhone 6 Plus can, which is why most of us wonder why stupid tech "journalist" continue to waste our time and yours comparing the two. The Note will always have the upper hand because it is designed for a different type of user (power user). Whereas the iPhone is designed for a simpleton. You shouldn't have to pay a power user's price for a simpleton's phone. Apple is ripping you off.

posted on 28 Aug 2015, 21:06

28. TSMan2 (banned) (Posts: 363; Member since: 20 Aug 2015)

About the design iPhone 6S will be nothing new.
Same design. Same HUGE bezels, enormous size, disgusting plastic inserts.
The fugliest iPhone design yet.

posted on 28 Aug 2015, 10:37 9

4. monoke (Posts: 746; Member since: 14 Mar 2015)

Note 5 makes the 6+ look like a bezel monster.

posted on 28 Aug 2015, 17:37 1

20. -Shadow- (Posts: 95; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)

it is

posted on 28 Aug 2015, 21:00 2

26. TSMan2 (banned) (Posts: 363; Member since: 20 Aug 2015)

And I'm shocked , haw still all the reviewers say that the THE MOST FUGLIEST iPhone ever "can be safely viewed as exemplar in terms of exterior looks", and "device that also employs a list of outstanding design traits."
What traits ?
The HUGE bezels, the enormous size, the disgusting inserts on the back, or the "flexible" body???

posted on 29 Aug 2015, 21:11 2

41. k4ever (Posts: 227; Member since: 08 Oct 2014)

The iPhone 6/6 Plus are some ugly phones. However, everyone's afraid to tell the Emperor that he's not wearing any clothes. Tech "journalist" are afraid of Apple's PR department and goofy Apple fans, so of course these "journalist" don't want to admit that the new iPhones are ugly. They also don't want to admit (out loud) that Samsung's latest phones look way better than the current iPhones or any iPhone produced to this date. I own a Note 4 and wouldn't normally buy a phone without an SD card slot, but God darn the Note 5 and the S6 Edge/Edge Plus are some sexy phones!

posted on 30 Aug 2015, 08:47 1

46. TSMan2 (banned) (Posts: 363; Member since: 20 Aug 2015)

To be honest , first time when the images of iPhone6 leaked , almost all tech "journalist" said that the phone is ugly. Some of them even didn't believe(the ifans too) that this was the real iPhone6 images.
Even when iPhone 6 came , first few days the tech "journalist" said that it's not beautiful with those bezels , inserts, and useless size.
But little by little they have changed the tune, until now when all of the tech "journalist" are in love with the "premium design" LOL
Especially when it's clear that even the next iPhone6S will be with THE SAME stone-age "design"

posted on 28 Aug 2015, 10:40

5. bucky (Posts: 3132; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

I'm good with either if I wanted a phone this big.

posted on 28 Aug 2015, 11:16 2

7. BobbyBustєr (banned) (Posts: 11; Member since: 27 Aug 2015)

They forgot to mention that in the sunlight the Note 5's screen will become brighter for better viewing!

posted on 28 Aug 2015, 12:05 13

10. SirYar (Posts: 351; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)

There is something odd about this BobbyBuster.

posted on 28 Aug 2015, 18:14

21. ninja_master (Posts: 306; Member since: 27 Feb 2015)

This is not the real bobbybuster the "e" in buster is changed into"€"

posted on 28 Aug 2015, 22:00 3

31. TSMan2 (banned) (Posts: 363; Member since: 20 Aug 2015)

BUT HE IS RIGHT! (whoever he is)
On sunlight Note 5 hits 620nits. And is much better under sunlight than iPhone 6 Plus.
He is only wrong that "they forgot to mention it"
They just didn't want to.

posted on 28 Aug 2015, 11:47

9. DroidDaddyo (Posts: 30; Member since: 18 Jan 2015)

I've got the Note 5 and it's definitely brighter in strong sunlight than the 6 plus.

posted on 28 Aug 2015, 22:06

32. TSMan2 (banned) (Posts: 363; Member since: 20 Aug 2015)

It's 620nits
But here iPhone6+ must be rated "Excellent" and Note 5 only "Good"
That's why they didn't mention it.
And that's nothing. At GSMA in the review of Galaxy A8 they write plastic back. And is someone say they a wrong and A8 is actually full metal they delete the comments

posted on 28 Aug 2015, 12:07

11. joshtaylortwo (Posts: 5; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

I just traded in my iPhone 6+ for the Note 5, and I must say that the battery life benchmarks across all websites need to reconsider their methods.

I understand that most (Phonearena included) are all trying to document "Screen On" time in as life-like of a scenario as possible, however there is more to battery life than "Screen On" time.

Standby time is at least as important, as background processes will kill your ability to use that "screen on" time if your battery is constantly getting drained in the background. (while the screen is off).

My experience is this: Having configured each phone as similarly as possible, (corporate email on, sync set to 15 minutes, facebook enabled, instagram, etc. all set to same fetch status) the iPhone 6+ destroys the Note 5 in battery life. I was consistently going home with 50% + battery life left, I was even able intentionally skip charging one night, and I had enough battery to last most of the second day. Now with the Note 5, I am nearing 20% by the time I leave the office!

My usage has stayed the same, but I am back to worrying about my battery life, which I just getting used to forgetting on iOs.

I think this is a drawback with the flexibility of Android allowing apps to do things that iOs just doesn't allow, but I'm not sure. I just know that these metrics don't represent my real life.

posted on 28 Aug 2015, 15:26 1

17. PeterK. (Posts: 314; Member since: 13 Nov 2013)

You're right, you have a point. I'm personally using a 6 Plus and its standby battery life is practically discouraging me from getting an Android phone.

posted on 28 Aug 2015, 17:23 2

19. TMach (Posts: 465; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

The battery life on the S6 & S6 Edge are not so great either so the battery drain thing is not a drawback with the flexibility of Android but a Samsung thing. The Xperia Z series, LG G2 etc have stupendous battery life that would blow the iPhone 6 Plus away. For someone who usually dines at the top table of smartphones, I just got a Huawei P8 as back up, to my daily driver, and pay as you go phone (my daily driver is the S6 Edge) and the Huawei has outstanding battery life and only a 2,680 mAh battery. Amazed by its build quality which is probably only bettered by the HTC One and that is very doubtful indeed. Pick one up and you will be surprised, I was as I would never thought of getting one previously and at £340, not a bad price point for the phone!

posted on 28 Aug 2015, 18:19

22. ColinW (Posts: 254; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)

Standby times may be important for iPhone users as they do not have fast or wireless charging. Not so important for Note users, just drop it on the charger when not in use, easy. Getting low on battery, a short burst on the charger and you are up and back in business fast. When you need to use your phone the iPhone falls flat as they always have done. These are smartphones not just there for making calls. Unless you buy one for show they are used a lot, so battery life "in use" is the most important factor by far.

posted on 28 Aug 2015, 21:02

27. kajam (Posts: 211; Member since: 24 Jun 2015)

I had the same problem you have but after rooting my phone and disabling and deleting all the junk from samsung and t mobile now i am loving my phone again. with amazing battery life with 7+ hrs screen on time with wifi, data, Bluetooth and gps on all day.

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