Call Quality


No complaints here. Sound quality through the earpieces of the Galaxy S6 edge and Galaxy Note 4 is more than acceptable. Although neither of them is among the best we've ever treated our ears to, if we have to be honest. Both work fine in loudspeaker mode, in case you ever need to use that. On the other side of the line, calls made from the Galaxy S6 edge are slightly thinner in quality, while the Galaxy Note 4 delivers full, rich audio tones. Both smartphones filter out background noise pretty well.

Battery


First, here are the raw figures you need to know – inside the Galaxy S6 edge we have a 2,600mAh battery, which is significantly smaller than the 3220mAh juicer inside the Galaxy Note 4. But as we mentioned previously, the Galaxy S6 edge packs more power-efficient hardware. Would this make a difference? Well, we suppose it does, yet it's not enough to outrun the Note 4. The Galaxy S6 lasted through 8 hours and 11 minutes of our battery benchmark routine, while the Note 4 clocks in at 8 hours and 43 minutes, lasting over 30 minutes longer.

The Galaxy S6 edge stands out with is rapid battery recharge time. It takes just 83 minutes to top its battery cell, which is an outstanding figure. The Galaxy Note 4 requires 95 minutes to go from zero to top, which is also an excellent charging rate. Both times were achieved using the phones' stock chargers.

Wireless charging is a cool perk you don't see on any phone. The Galaxy S6 edge supports the two major wireless charging standards, while the Note 4 requires a special back cover, sold separately, to get along with Qi charging pads.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge 8h 11 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 8h 43 min (Excellent)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge 83
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 95


Conclusion


If you feel like the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge is the right phone for you, just get it. And if your inner voice is telling you to pick the Galaxy Note 4 instead, just get it. Both devices rank among the best Androids money can buy and likely won't disappoint you with what they bring to the table.

Yet we must admit that the Galaxy S6 edge is better than the Note 4 in many ways, and we're not talking only about the outstanding design and build quality it draws so much attention with. Samsung's curvy flagship phone shines with its blazing hardware performance and with the responsiveness of its software, which is enough for us to recommend it over “older” Samsung handsets. Not that the Galaxy Note 4 is a slow phone – its Snapdragon 805 can handle anything thrown at it – but the Galaxy S6 edge is more refined of a smartphone with its superior hardware configuration, and that's a plus.

On the other hand, we must admit that the large and beautiful display on the Galaxy Note 4 is a valuable asset, and we have a feeling that users who need a phone for heavy multimedia use would rather go with that over the gorgeous but smaller and curved screen on the Galaxy S6 edge. Also, the Galaxy Note 4 managed to outrun the S6 edge in our battery endurance test, which is why the phablet should be picked by those who prioritize battery life. And if that's not enough, the Galaxy Note 4 provides you with the convenience of expandable storage, while the Galaxy S6 edge relies solely on whatever it has built in. And higher-capacity S6 edge units cost a pretty penny.

As far as camera performance goes, we didn't notice any significant differences in the way the phones' snappers perform. Both produce great images even in tricky conditions, and the same can be said for the excellent 1080p and 4K videos the two capture. If you're a hardcore camera buff, however, you might like the Galaxy S6 edge's camera interface better as it is better exectuted and packed with more handy manual controls.

And lastly, we must point out that the Galaxy S6 edge is the more expensive smartphone among the two, costing $300 on a 2-year contract, while the Note 4 can be found for $100 less. But if your goal is to have a smartphone that puts power and style over one roof, spending the extra Benjamin on an S6 edge would be worth it.



Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

Pros

  • More premium build
  • Lighter, thinner, and more compact
  • Much more reliable fingerprint scanner
  • Newer, more responsive TouchWiz version
  • Faster processor, RAM and storage

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Pros

  • Larger screen
  • Bigger, longer-lasting, user-replaceable battery
  • MicroSD card slot makes storage expansion easy
  • Bundled with S Pen stylus and Wacom digitizer
  • Fingerprint-free back cover

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22 Comments

1. sobey1997

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

There's no one that comes close to the King. The note 4 is in a different league of its own

3. thegeneral7010

Posts: 437; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

yup +1

6. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Note 4 has everything except the full metal and waterproofing.

10. thegeneral7010

Posts: 437; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

guys plz stop saying full metal full metal if there is full metal smartphone with a removable battery i agree but there isnt so plastic back in the note4 is looking great and i dont lose a big advantage.

17. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

Full metal body is stupid.

8. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

+1 More than pleased with my Note ! Waiting Note 5 the beast !

11. Seattletech

Posts: 54; Member since: May 14, 2014

As a note 4 owner. The s6 destroys the note except for a bigger screen.

13. sobey1997

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

How so? Performance difference is marginal. Same RAM. Same resolution display. Same MP camera however the S6 does have a higher aperture but still very marginal. Note 4 has a huge battery which can keep up with anything you throw at it. Note 4 has a stylus which can come extremely handy time to time. Note 4 has removable back and SD card. Should I go on?... is the S6 better than the Note 4? Debatable, the only reason I see a note 4 user wanting to get the S6 is because they're not comfortable with the Note 4 screen size. The S6 doesn't DESTROY the Note 4. Note 4 easily keeps pace with the S6. This is 2015 when will people learn specs don't show the entire picture

14. g2a5b0e unregistered

You said it. +1. Perhaps he was referring to the Note 3.

18. Seattletech

Posts: 54; Member since: May 14, 2014

The note 4 is a 32bit old weak power hungry 20nm soc. The note 4 battery life isn't even that good compared to other notes. Specs didnt matter in 2013 when most flagships had the same components. This is 2015 and samsung has put 2016 tech inside the s6. Nothing comes close. The "hard drive" ufs 2.0 in the s6 is up to 4 times faster than the note 4 and can read & write at the same time. The s6 has lpddr4 not lpddr3 and has twice the transfer rate. The performance difference is far from NOMINAL. The camera in the s6 launches much faster. I was one of the first americans with a note exynos & snapdragon. I still have over 6 notes ( 1 2 3 4). It seems there are alot of note 4 people in denial.

20. g2a5b0e unregistered

Did you seriously just call the 805 weak & power hungry? That's the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard. I've owned the Notes 2-4 & the latest iteration has the best battery life by far.

21. Seattletech

Posts: 54; Member since: May 14, 2014

Yes 800 801 805 are all basically the same clocked higher with better graphics which no games maxes out. My lg g2 800 oc to 2.9 runs circles around my note 4. A good way to describe it is that an 805 is an intel core 2 quad and the exynos 7 is an intel i7.

22. Joche_16

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Dude those changes provide MARGINAL improvment in real life usage... you can even ask the experts. So please... we all knwo it is better in terms of specs and yes it outperforms de Galaxy S6 but does it destroy ir...?

2. thegeneral7010

Posts: 437; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

note 4 is much better for me just need some damn care from stupid samsung enginners responsable for updates

4. Retrospective1

Posts: 45; Member since: Feb 24, 2015

I have Note 4... Have pre ordered S6. I'll keep both and enjoy best of both worlds. The S6 was way to tempting to pass up. Future proof to the nines. Hopefully I won't need to purchase another phone for a long time. Besides phones are reaching a plateau

5. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

Typ-O : "Not that the Galaxy Note 4 is a slow phone – its Snapdragon 810 can handle anything thrown at it" should be SD805

9. Ray.S

Posts: 457; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

Thanks. Fixed!

7. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Waiting for s6 edge vs note edge comparison.

12. hanumanbob

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

Yeah. I just spent 2 days playing with the s6 and s6 edge at BestBuy and add a result cancelled the edge and went with the standard. The edge is at the end of the day a gimmick and things look better on the regular s6. A few items of note. The display is sharper than the Note 4 and responds faster. The camera us super fast and quite amazing. Did not test in low light though. Do not buy a 32 gig! Bloatware is half of the available storage. I'll be selling my note on eBay.

15. g2a5b0e unregistered

Incorrect. The phone has about 23GB of usable storage...the same as the M9, for instance. Most 32GB Android phones have between 22-26GB of usable storage. No way is that out of tolerance.

16. Neil2me

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 01, 2015

S6 better be a better phone than my Note 4 cause my note 4 isn't much better than my Note 3.. To be honest if the note 3 an 4 had the same camera you wouldn't be able to feel the difference since the Note 3 lollipop update!! Piss on the S6 because once you use a Note " " no other phone will satisfy you !!! I'll set back and wait for the Note 5 an laugh at the S6 owners... Before you laugh about the Note 3, It's benchmarking a average 45,900 - 47,000 running Alliance lollipop Rom.. I shouldn't have even bought the Note 4 an just waited for the Note 5!!

19. kreemer

Posts: 28; Member since: Apr 26, 2013

I use the stylus ALL the time. It's excellent for navigating, marvelous on Swype keyboard and all the link hovering etc makes browsing a joy. Can't live without it now.

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