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Samsung Galaxy Note5 vs Samsung Galaxy S6

Samsung Galaxy Note5 vs Samsung Galaxy S6


Samsung Galaxy Note5 vs Samsung Galaxy S6
Samsung Galaxy Note5 vs Samsung Galaxy S6
Samsung Galaxy Note5 vs Samsung Galaxy S6
Samsung Galaxy Note5 vs Samsung Galaxy S6
Samsung has seemingly taken to heart the ever-rumbling complaints about their plasticky flagships, and has quietly been working towards a total overhaul of its phone line towards thin, premium and classy-looking handsets.

The newest Note5 phablet is no exception to this rule that got established with the Galaxy S6 before it, and it sports almost identical specs, too. Thus, we are pitting the 5.1” S6 and the 5.7” Note5 against each other to help you find out whether the phablet only has the big screen as an advantage on its side, or if there something else.


The Note5 carries Samsung's new premium design tradition established with the S6.

While many were complaining about Samsung's all-plastic design paradigm until earlier this year, then continued complaining about its move to more premium, sealed bodies, Samsung had been quietly moving towards a silent revolution in the design of its phones, and of handsets in general. Besides introducing a metal-and-glass S6 that could be the envy of even more established premium chassis makers, it doubled down on the concept with the new Note5, improving on the high-end casing where it counts most on big-panel phones, the screen-to-body ratio. Carrying a 75%+ screen-to-phone-size ratio, the Note5 is one of the most compact 5.7" phone, despite the fact that, just like the Galaxy S6, it sports Samsung's now-obligatory fingerprint-reading home button.

This is not to say that the Note5 is still not a large handset – it is, and is, naturally, much harder to handle and operate with one hand than the 5.1” Galaxy S6, which sports a 70% screen-to-body ratio. The Galaxy S6 has edges that feel slightly sharper when held, while the Note5 feels more ergonomic and natural in the hand, if we discount the much larger size. The new S Pen stylus is tucked in the lower right corner, as usual, but this year's edition gives it an auto-eject overhaul – you simply push it in, and the sprint mechanism releases the stylus for easy take-out, so you don't have to fumble with your nails to push it out anymore.

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

Samsung Galaxy S6
5.65 x 2.78 x 0.27 inches
143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm
4.87 oz (138 g)

Samsung Galaxy S6

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


The two remarkable displays are equals in most everything but screen diagonal.

The Note5 and S6 are equipped with Quad HD Super AMOLED displays of 5.7” and 5.1” sizes, respectively, making the record 577ppi pixel density count go down to 518ppi, though at these values there's hardly anyone able to tell the perceived difference in screen definition. Both displays are exhibiting the typical for AMOLED screens oversaturated, cold colors in the default Adaptive Display mode, but when you turn the screen to the Basic regime, color-calibration becomes much better, with credible presentation, and color temperature very near the reference white point. The lowest and maximum brightness levels are also excellent, which, coupled with the low screen reflectivity, contributes to the phones' good outdoor visibility. The viewing angles are very good, too, though tilting the phones even slightly shifts the colors way towards the colder side of the spectrum, as if you've switched to a different screen mode. You can operate the two panels with gloves on, as they have a high sensitivity switch tucked neatly in the display settings.

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
Samsung Galaxy S6 563
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posted on 14 Sep 2015, 04:16

1. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 2195; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)

thought saw this a few days ago, note 5 is my pick.

posted on 14 Sep 2015, 17:05

13. cheetah2k (Posts: 1746; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)

If the Note5 had a 128gb version, I'd be on it like donkey kong... Until then I'll stick with my S6 128gb

posted on 04 Oct 2015, 01:42

14. stilwelloklahoma (Posts: 34; Member since: 05 Sep 2015)

NOTE 5 can give more than just a phone .
The s pen and the functions from it will be a kill if you are a business man

posted on 14 Sep 2015, 04:22 1

2. Super.Vegito (Posts: 43; Member since: 04 Aug 2015)

Wow! So quick.
BTW, I would get galaxy s6. If note 5 didn't have the pen problem, I would have chosen it over s6.

posted on 14 Sep 2015, 04:28 2

3. amanjain1 (Posts: 56; Member since: 28 Apr 2015)

The pen problem is over exaggerated..I had note 3 and I never put the pen in the opposite direction. It won't b a problem for most of the ppl I think..

posted on 14 Sep 2015, 04:57 1

5. Super.Vegito (Posts: 43; Member since: 04 Aug 2015)

I know but still I wouldn't take it for granted that I'll never do such a mistake.
Its unlikely, but still possible.

posted on 14 Sep 2015, 11:25

8. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3814; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

While I agree with you, there is a difference. On the Note 3, you cannot put the pen in backward. It won't fit. Same with the Note 1 & 2. On the Note 4, however, I accidentally put it in backward multiple times while just not paying attention. If you put it in all the way, it can be difficult to get out, but it causes no damage. Didn't stop me from buying the Note 5, but I will clearly have to be more careful.

posted on 14 Sep 2015, 13:13 1

10. darkkjedii (Posts: 24899; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Every time I use my pen, I look to make sure it's positioned right. The video made me paranoid lol.

posted on 14 Sep 2015, 04:37

4. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 449; Member since: 26 May 2011)

Samsung only offers a 32 & 64GB model of the Note 5 and that's simply not enough storage space for me. So I would go with the s6 128GB model.

posted on 14 Sep 2015, 05:11

6. .KRATOS. (Posts: 385; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)

As for the new interface Samsung pushed an update for the s6 which I got it like a week ago n it did include in the new interface n some camera extras like live broadcast.

posted on 14 Sep 2015, 08:09

7. DeusExCellula (Posts: 1322; Member since: 05 Oct 2014)

you have to be a supreme idiot to put the pen in backwards

posted on 14 Sep 2015, 11:27

9. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3814; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

I guess I'm a supreme idiot then. My guess is that most people who say this have never owned a Note 4 or 5. Or rarely use the pen if they do.

posted on 14 Sep 2015, 14:06

11. viper7916 (Posts: 25; Member since: 21 Jun 2013)

Even my 3 yr old daughter knows to put the pen in right on my note 4.

posted on 14 Sep 2015, 15:20

12. natypes (Posts: 1106; Member since: 02 Feb 2015)

Love my S6, but since the Note 5 is the same, but bigger form factor I decided to give it a go. It will be here tomorrow.

posted on 04 Oct 2015, 02:01

15. stilwelloklahoma (Posts: 34; Member since: 05 Sep 2015)

lol , for a new user of note 5 , you does need a good protection ,
go get otterbox or UAG if you want to check them our @walmart

i got mine from a company called Artech 21 @Amazon

posted on 04 Oct 2015, 02:03

16. stilwelloklahoma (Posts: 34; Member since: 05 Sep 2015)

alway like note series , it will give your more on the production part

the spen

especially for business people

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