Another phablet test: The Apple iPhone 6S Plus vs. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5

Two super smartphones have entered the phablet market and today we’re comparing their key features and specs to help you decide.


Both devices are very similar in size and both are scaled-up versions of their predecessors. The iPhone 6S Plus is very similar to the 6 Plus, hanging on to its sleek aluminum design with rounded edges and an upgraded, stronger cover glass. This model feels good in the hand, but due to its size it is significantly heavier than the iPhone 6 (the 6S weighs 192g).

The Note 5 is said to be even more comfortable than the Note 4 as it shaves inches from its design and instead puts rounded edges on the back of the phone. This makes it easier to hold and the aluminum frame provides stability and a slimmer look. This model is lighter than the iPhone 6S Plus and weighs 171 g. While the 6S Plus is actually larger, the Note 5 has a better screen-to-body ratio with a larger 5.7-inch screen (compared to Apple’s 5.5-inch). That leads us to the next feature comparison.


It’s nice to have a competition between a very important feature, with both models using different screen technologies. Apple sticks to an IPS LCD and Samsung uses its famous AMOLED display. As a result, the Note 5 offers a higher resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels, making it much sharper with more vibrant colors that are great for viewing images and videos. However, the iPhone 6S Plus comes with Apple’s new 3D Touch technology. This is a pressure-sensitive feature of the screen that responds based on the user’s finger pressure. For those not keen on 3D touch, the Samsung is the clear screen winner this time around.


Regardless of how many apps you have open, whether it’s gaming, media recording, browsing, or other intensive uses, these two powerhouses can handle it.

Samsung’s Note 5 packs a 64-bit Exynos 7420 chipset, supported by 4 GB of RAM and a Mali T760 GPU. It’s a clear performance setup of the highest quality. On the iPhone 6S Plus you have Apple’s latest A9 64-bit chip and 2GB of RAM. It’s great to know that this time Apple has finally upgraded the internal RAM to stay competitive. This means smoother performance and fewer crashes.

It is important to understand that these numbers only have meaning when tested. Multiple performance tests show that the iPhone 6S Plus often beats the Note 5 for common tasks like opening email attachments or performance-intensive apps while others are already running in the background.


The iPhone 6S Plus offers a brand new 12MP camera sensor, while the Note 5 offers the same 16MP camera as the Galaxy S6. With both devices, the results are sharp, with accurate colors and fantastic contrast. Smartphone cameras fail to impress us in low-light situations, but this time both manufacturers have prevailed.

The actual camera app offers more customization options over the Samsung device, e.g. B. the HDR mode. Apple tends to keep things quick and simple, so it lacks the more professional camera options seen on the Note 5.

However, Apple also introduced Live Photos, which allows the user to capture a few seconds of footage on either side of your snap. You can then touch the image with 3D Touch and the scene will be played back to you.

Both devices support 4K video capture and editing, of course, so there’s no clear winner here. Photo comparisons on Google search for these devices and results can speak for themselves depending on what you’re looking for.

Battery life

It is important to take care of this function. In theory, it’s logical to go for a powerful device, but if its power source can’t support the system well, you’ll find yourself standing next to an AC outlet more often than you think.

In terms of specs, the Note 5 has a larger battery with a capacity of 3,000mAh, while the 6S Plus is smaller than its predecessor at 2,750mAh. However, Apple’s new chip and improved efficiency mean the device lasts as long as the 6 Plus.

Both phones can last all day and, if used wisely, well into the next. The Note 5 offers a more useful battery saver mode, allowing you to shave off those extra hours just when you need them. It also beats the iPhone with a wireless charging option and fast charging support. Both handy when you need a quick turn on.


Both devices are on the very high end of the price scale, so if you’re looking for an “affordable” smartphone, you won’t care. The Note 5 is slightly cheaper in price when comparing storage capacities, but your decision should be based on trying both and seeing which OS suits you best as their specs are very similar. Always compare the latest contracts from all networks and retailers to save money and find the perfect compensation package.

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