Another Phablet Review: Apple iPhone 6S Plus Vs Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Two super smartphones have been placed on the phablet market, and today we compare the most important features and specifications to help you make up your mind.


Both devices are very similar in size and both are expanded versions of their predecessors. Much like the 6 Plus, the iPhone 6S Plus hangs from its sleek aluminum design with curved edges and an improved, stronger glass cover. This model fits well in the hand, but is significantly heavier than the iPhone 6 due to its size (the 6S weighs 192g).

The Note 5 is considered even more comfortable than the Note 4, cutting inches off its design and placing curved edges on the back of the phone. This makes it easier to hold and the aluminum frame provides strength and a sleeker look. Lighter than the iPhone 6S Plus, this model weighs 171g. 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). This brings us to the next feature comparison.


It is good to have competition between a very important feature, as both models use different display technologies. Apple sticks to an IPS LCD screen and Samsung uses its famous AMOLED screen. 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 function of the screen that reacts depending on the pressure of the user’s finger. For those who don’t care about the 3D touch, Samsung is the clear screen winner this time.


Regardless of how many apps you have open, be it gaming, media recording, browsing, and other intensive apps, these two powerhouses can handle it.

Inside Samsung’s Note 5 is a 64-bit Exynos 7420 chipset, backed by 4GB of RAM and a Mali T760 GPU. It’s a clear, high-quality performance setting. In the iPhone 6S Plus, you have Apple’s latest 64-bit A9 chip and 2GB of RAM. It’s great to know that Apple has finally updated the internal RAM this time as a means to compete. This means smoother performance and fewer crashes.

It is important to understand that these numbers only have meaning when tested. Various benchmarks show that the iPhone 6S Plus often outperforms the Note 5 when performing common tasks such as opening email attachments or high-powered apps with others already running in the background.


The iPhone 6S Plus offers a new 12-megapixel camera sensor, while the Note 5 features the same 16-megapixel camera that the Galaxy S6 offers. With both devices, the results are sharp, with accurate colors and fantastic contrast. Low-light situations are where smartphone cameras fail to impress us, but this time both manufacturers have prevailed.

The real camera app offers more customization through the Samsung device, such as HDR mode. Apple tends to make things quick and simple, which is why it lacks the more professional camera options seen with the Note 5.

However, Apple has also introduced Live Photos, allowing the user to capture a couple of seconds of footage on either side of their snapshot. Then you can 3D Touch on the image and it will reproduce the scene for you.

Both devices, of course, support 4K video recording and editing, so there is no clear winner here. Google search photo comparisons for these devices and the results can speak for themselves depending on what you are looking for.

Battery duration

It is important to worry about this feature. In theory, going for a powerful device makes sense, but if your power supply can’t support the system well, then you’ll be next to a mains socket more often than you think.

Specs-wise, the Note 5 has a higher capacity 3,000 mAh battery, while the 6S Plus has a smaller battery than its 2,750 mAh predecessor. However, Apple’s new chip and improved efficiency make the device last as long as the 6 Plus.

Both phones can last all day and, if used wisely, until the next. The Note 5 offers a more useful power-saving mode, allowing you to save those extra hours just when you need them. It also beats the iPhone with a wireless charging option and fast charging support. Both are useful if you need a quick start.


Both devices are at the higher end of the price scale, so you won’t be interested if you’re looking for an “affordable” smartphone. The Note 5 is priced slightly cheaper when comparing storage capacities, but your decision should be based on testing and seeing which operating system suits you best, as their specifications are very similar. Always compare the latest contracts from all networks and retailers to help you save money and find the perfect allocation package.

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