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Samsung Galaxy S7 edge vs Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge vs Samsung Galaxy Note 5


Samsung Galaxy S7 edge vs Samsung Galaxy Note 5
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge vs Samsung Galaxy Note 5
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge vs Samsung Galaxy Note 5
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge vs Samsung Galaxy Note 5
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge vs Samsung Galaxy Note 5
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge vs Samsung Galaxy Note 5
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge vs Samsung Galaxy Note 5
With the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge's release, Samsung is coming back with a bang, realizing what it started last year to its fullest potential. The Galaxy S7 edge has several things going over its predecessor, such as subtle design enhancements, significant hardware improvements, and user-centric niceties like water resistance and expandable storage. Although it lacks groundbreaking features, such as the iPhone 6s' 3D Touch interface or the LG G5's novel modularity, the Galaxy S7 edge is among the most attractive and technologically accomplished Android smartphones to date.

So is the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, which not only looks and feels like a premium device should, but also sets an example for what it means to be a Swiss Army knife of a smartphone with its overwhelming feature set. In the world of Android phablets, the Galaxy Note 5 is yet to witness a true competitor, although Samsung's other choices for high-end, big screen phones – ones like the Galaxy S7 edge – are pulling the rug under the Note series' once unshakeable feet. After all, not everyone's eyeing a big screen smartphone with productivity in mind, and neither are they willing to pay a premium for the S-Pen feature set.

With all this in mind, let's compare the Galaxy S7 edge and the Galaxy Note 5's many strengths, weaknesses, similarities, and differences so you can obtain an informed perspective over these amazing Samsung smartphones. Let's dig in!


Both phablets look and feel absolutely premium, but the S7 edge is more reasonably sized and waterproof, while the Note 5 has the S-Pen stylus.

Being an iterative upgrade, the Galaxy S7 edge doesn't look much different than its predecessor, but the incremental changes have refined the design. It is still a futuristic and elegant device whose dual edge curved screen is immediately striking. Samsung actually took a cue from the Galaxy Note 5, transplanting its curved glass back onto the Galaxy S7 edge. Thus, the back of the handset isn't flat like the S6 edge and it feels better in the palm. The Note 5 is also a sight to behold with its smooth glass back and carefully sculpted metal frame, but it goes for a comparatively conventional look. Alas, both devices are utter fingerprint magnets with their glassy bodies, needing a thorough wipe every now and then. When clean, though, both phablets look and feel absolutely premium.

Interestingly, the Galaxy S7 edge is reasonably sized for a 5.5-inch device and makes the Note 5 look and feel massive in comparison. The Galaxy S7 edge is therefore easier to operate one-handed with its smaller footprint, while the Galaxy Note 5 makes two-handed use a necessity in most cases. Weight-wise, both devices feel substantial with their metal and glass builds. They are sold in a somewhat conservative choice of colors, though – Black, White, Gold, and Silver. While all too predictable at this point, the color variants do look nice and classy, and the way light plays off both smartphones' metal and glass bodies is just fancy! However, the Galaxy S7 edge does have a design advantage over the Galaxy Note 5 in that the handset is IP68-certified, which means it's dust-tight and can be safely submerged into water 1 meter (3.28 feet) deep. The Galaxy Note 5 has no such superpowers, so you'll have to baby it, or get the bulkier Galaxy Note 5 Active.

Being rugged is one thing, but rocking a pressure-sensitive stylus is another level of cool, and the Galaxy Note 5 has that going for it! The S-Pen is the church's top when it comes to productivity-oriented functionality on a smartphone. The stylus is hidden in a silo along the lower right corner of the phone. Press down on it slightly, and the non-business end of the S-Pen pops out of the slot. Take it out for a spin and enjoy the special S-Pen features – writing with the screen off, Air Command, Write on PDF, and Scroll capture, among other things. Being the technological powerhouses they are, both handsets have fingerprint sensors for biometric security, heart rate sensors, wireless charging and rapid charging.

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
5.94 x 2.86 x 0.3 inches
150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm
5.54 oz (157 g)

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

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

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


Samsung's latest AMOLED displays are among the industry's best, but the Galaxy S7 edge doesn't improve the Galaxy Note 5's foundation much.

Samsung's latest AMOLED displays are one of the best the industry has to offer, and neither the Galaxy S7 edge, nor the Note 5 are exceptions to that. Both are very sharp with their 1440 x 2560 px resolution, and size-wise, the one on the GS7 edge is 5.5 inches, while that on the Note 5 is 5.7 inches by diagonal. We're talking big screens here, folks!

Both displays are reasonably color-accurate, although red colors, in particular, are somewhat off the reference points and appear oversaturated. Unfortunately, the Galaxy S7 edge's display can't really be called an improvement over the Galaxy Note 5's, but it still ranks among the best smartphone screens there are.

With a minimum of 2 nits and maximum of 493 nits brightness output, the Galaxy S7 edge presents a marginal improvement over the Galaxy Note 5's 2 nits minimum and 470 nits maximum. These are sufficiently bright displays that can be used under intense light and won't strain your eyes in the dark. However, there are other smartphones that offer a peak brightness output of 600 to 800 nits and above, so Samsung isn't a leader here. Viewing angles are good, but shifting the perspective introduces visible color distortion – a shortcoming of Samsung's current AMOLED screens.

While it lacks technological improvements, the S7 edge's display does have something to differentiate it from the Note 5's, and that's 'Always On' functionality. When it's outside your pocket, the S7 edge constantly keeps part of its screen on to show you glanceable info, such as the time, notifications, and appointments. The best part is that this is supposed to help with battery life, as Samsung and fellow 'Always-On' purveyor LG claim users turn on their screens up to 200 times a day just to check the time. The Note 5's display can't pull off such tricks, but it is bigger than the S7 edge's, and has the ability to receive input from Samsung's pressure-sensitive stylus, of course.

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 S7 edge 493
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 470
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posted on 10 Mar 2016, 03:45 4

1. jackto (Posts: 19; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)

better battery life for now:
bigger screen
s pen

micro sd

my opinion :
the winner is note 5 (for a student like me s pen is a big deal)
if only note 5 was waterproof and has micro sd

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 05:41 1

5. redmd (Posts: 1355; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

I think that's where the Note 6 comes in.

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 06:35 1

11. Landon (Posts: 711; Member since: 07 May 2015)

The Note 6 will definitely have a micro sd slot but I doubt it will be waterproof. I'm guessing the S Pen slot has something to do with why they haven't waterproofed the Note series since they would have to seal that area. I hope I'm wrong, though!

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 04:24

2. Totse2k15 (Posts: 470; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)

S7 Edge for me. Gotta have my microSD card.

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 04:36 10

3. wando77 (Posts: 1076; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)

Phonearena is the ONLY site that FAILS to mention the autotbrightness in comparisons. It is an intelligent feature that stops you smashing you're battery to bits but is there when you NEED it. The phones in this comparison go above 800 nits so you need to mention that

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 06:00

7. Chris.P (Posts: 567; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)

Yeah, no.

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 06:31 5

10. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

Except that you do.

I would rather believe testing methods of displaymate then your's. I mean the difference is humongous. Displaymate says its 855 nits and you say its 493 nits. Its obvious that your testing methodology is flawed and we all know Samsung's display get brighter in auto-brightness which you can't do manually.

Even your battery tests for S7/Edge are way-off then your competitors. Not just one, more or less all the reputed sites are saying S7 Edge's battery is excellent.

Its not a bad idea to listen to your viewers once in a while.

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 09:52 3

12. TechPhone (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Mar 2016)

I use my S7 (Edge) for games like Candy Crush (all of them), Hearthstone, Instagram, Facebook, Internet, Snapchat, Tumblr, and i use google music driving home from work and it's paired with an Android watch and this phone has lasted me 24 hours and it barely went down to 34%.

I don't think your "test" are valid in real world situations. When I read your comments on how awful the battery is according to PA...i can't help but laugh because i know its bull crap.

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 01:04 2

13. kevin91202 (Posts: 599; Member since: 08 Jun 2014)

Yeah, yes.

As a representative of PA, you should try not come off as a jackass with your terse reponses.

posted on 12 May 2016, 03:03

33. MrVang3034 (Posts: 9; Member since: 12 May 2016)

I usually turn off that auto brightness on my phone because that usually drains my batter fast the brighter the screen the more power it uses. I prefer to adjust the brightness myself.

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 05:24

4. miki69 (Posts: 15; Member since: 01 Mar 2012)

To be honest I not convinced S7 is much better (if any) than Note 5 (I have S6 edge) in camera department. I was expecting more especially after those bold claims 95% more light bla bla... Judging those photos you really need to stretch to see difference, if any. Some parts of S7 pictures have better focus, but upon closer inspection I see Note 5 has better focus on some other parts of same picture. As a personal preference, I like 16:9 aspect better. Would like to see comparison 16MP 16:9 S6 vs 9.1MP 16:9 S7 before make final decision.


posted on 12 Mar 2016, 16:00

20. yogihoy (Posts: 17; Member since: 17 Feb 2015)

If the camera pics are as go..im ok with that...at least they arent worse..it means its worth upgrading for all the other features....i have a note 4...

posted on 12 May 2016, 02:41

31. MrVang3034 (Posts: 9; Member since: 12 May 2016)

You must've got a defective phone if you think the note 5 has a better camera than the S7. Because the S7 that my wife has now the picture quality especially the front takes an incredibly crsytal clear picture even in a cloudy sky environment. And the focus was much faster and better when you move a lot or hand is shaking it was able to get crystal clear image without that blurriness

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 05:47 1

6. thegeneral7010 (Posts: 437; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)

Its a true loss for ppl who bought s6 and note 5 is the abscence if microSD card slot in my opinion samsung could have included it in note5 but they thought they can introduce it as a new feature in s7 just to increase its sales thats a shame.

posted on 12 Mar 2016, 06:32

16. TrevorB1 (Posts: 64; Member since: 30 Dec 2015)

Eh, its still a great phone. To me, it was worth the sacrifice of the microSD card slot. Great phone, and does what I need it to. Though this new update for Marshmallow takes up quite a bit of storage. Good thing I store most of my stuff online in my drive.

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 06:00

8. thegeneral7010 (Posts: 437; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)

Photos of s7 have regained the extra sharpness that was found in note 4 photos, it made photos even better.

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 06:30

9. miki69 (Posts: 15; Member since: 01 Mar 2012)

Yes, but at what cost? Just check S7 photo no. 7 (sunset in front of KIA saloon). Look at the sky around Kia sign - totally destroyed by harsh post-processing in S7, more pleasing with Note 5. Sometimes extra/unnatural sharpness isn't a plus (although I do understand some people prefer this).


posted on 11 Mar 2016, 09:19

14. SupermanayrB (Posts: 890; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)

"Although it lacks groundbreaking features, such as the iPhone 6s' 3D Touch interface..."

Slobbin the iPhone knob.

posted on 12 May 2016, 02:33

30. MrVang3034 (Posts: 9; Member since: 12 May 2016)

seriously no offense to iphone fans out there but there's really nothing ground breaking about the iphone 6s 3D touch interface. My sister has one and I didn't find anything awe about it other than the screen feels like you can poke a hole through it when you press against the touch screen. I'm not so sure about that 3D touch thing. i mean don't you need a 3D glass to be able to see that 3D touch interface feature.

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 17:03

15. Volklskier (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Mar 2016)

I thought my Samsung Galaxy 4S was the greatest phone out there, until I got the Note5. I'm not really what one would call a 'Power User', but with this phone YOU don't have to be. It does so many things for you automatically, that it makes you look like a Power User. The stylus alone makes this phone superior to any other phone out there. Although in the past I've not really used the camera on my cell phone much, but this phone takes such fantastic photos, I now find myself using it A LOT! I've never seen ANY camera take such excellent photos in very low light! Every time I take a picture in low light and show it to others, they cannot believe how great these pictures come out. Everyone comments on them; especially after they look at the photos they took using their phone of the same thing, at the same time I did. Absolutely NO COMPARISON. And the speed that this phone works at is fantastic. Although a 64GB model can be bought, 32GB is plenty enough for me, so I don't really care about not having the ability to insert an SD card; and I've owned at least 10 different phones over the years (Nokia, LG, Motorola, & Samsung) and I've NEVER, ever replaced a battery, so I don't care about not having a removable one either. There is a way to do a 'hard reboot' if you ever need to. This phone is THE phone to have!

posted on 12 May 2016, 02:24

29. MrVang3034 (Posts: 9; Member since: 12 May 2016)

I believe the Note 5 was a knockoff dumb down version of the note 4 without the expandable storage. in my opinion I really think the Note 4 was the best overall note series.

posted on 12 Mar 2016, 10:56

17. KimGriff (Posts: 6; Member since: 21 Jan 2015)

I can't believe the decision to Putilise these Two devices side by side. What about putting the S7 edge against the S6 edge + (something similar), to see what the differences were?

posted on 12 May 2016, 02:19

28. MrVang3034 (Posts: 9; Member since: 12 May 2016)

The S7 is waterproof tightly sealed from the inside so no worried about it being dropped into the water :) and better front and back camera.

posted on 12 Mar 2016, 10:57

18. KimGriff (Posts: 6; Member since: 21 Jan 2015)

(Put these Two devices...) sorry about that!

posted on 12 Mar 2016, 15:57

19. yogihoy (Posts: 17; Member since: 17 Feb 2015)

I have no issues with the photo comparisions you have posted..they look great..my isdue is your site!!! Scrolling through the pics was a lengthy process and in the end i gave up....fhats with the ulta invasive ads... they wouldnt allow the pics to be seen. I had to forward and back numerous times for each pic...

posted on 15 Mar 2016, 19:53 1

21. theo14461 (unregistered)

S7 Edge is better, come on!

posted on 12 May 2016, 02:16

27. MrVang3034 (Posts: 9; Member since: 12 May 2016)

One thing I didn't like about the S7 edge is that it creates too much glare in direct sunlight giving the facts that that whole front is made of glass and not only that I was worried about the front getting cracked if it falls down and hit an uneven ground surface. Which is why i chose the S7 instead for my wife.

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 04:56

22. TrevorB1 (Posts: 64; Member since: 30 Dec 2015)

SGN5 still looks more sexy compared to the S7 Edge. If only they kept the same color schemes. Performance wise, yeah, the S7 will beat the Note 5. I'm still happy with my Note 5, mainly because of the big screen and S pen. Although I do wish it still had the P68 certification, IR Blaster and Storage Expansion :P Can't wait to see what the Note 6 has in store for us. Bring it home Samsung!

posted on 21 Apr 2016, 06:22

23. Mohammed_Hasan (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Apr 2016)

I'm really happy with my Note 5.

My opinion is note 5 is the best because of S pen is a big deal and screen size is standard for operate no need to buy any tab.

Although I do wish it still had the P68 certification, IR Blaster and Storage Expansion.

Thanks to Samsung.

posted on 12 May 2016, 02:12

26. MrVang3034 (Posts: 9; Member since: 12 May 2016)

I didn't find the note 5 worth upgrading to from my note 4 since since samsung got rid of the micro sd card on that and on the S6 So i skipped those two model. Those two model phone was a big let down by samsung for all of us that love that expandable storage features.

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