IPhone 6s Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 5: Which Phablet is Better?

If you are looking for a new tablet, you cannot ignore devices such as the iPhone 6s Plus and Samsung Galaxy Note 5.
Let's see how the iPhone 6s Plus looks like compared to the popular Samsung phablet.

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Samsung Note 5 looks very similar to the Galaxy S6. The front of the smartphone looks typical of Samsung, and again, shiny metal parts and glass back give the model a dignity and elegance. Samsung has slightly changed the design of the model. Unlike the Galaxy S6, the Note 5's back is curved around the edges, making it very comfortable to hold in your hand.

The iPhone 6s Plus looks exactly the same as the iPhone 6 Plus, with its unchanged one-piece aluminum casing with a glass front bezel that curves along the display edge. The case iPhone of the 6s Plus uses 7000th grade aluminum, making it stronger and more reliable than last year's model. We should also mention the popular new color Rose Gold, in which the phone can be executed.


The iPhone 6s Plus features a 5.5 ″ Retina HD display with 1920 × 1080 resolution and 401 PPI, much sharper than the iPhone 6s display, which is capable of 326 PPI. It is impossible not to mention one of the main features of the new displays, technology 3D Touch. With 3D Touch a new level of interaction with the device opens. In addition to the usual taps and other gestures, the display is able to recognize the force of pressing on it. The phone's glass screen is designed with a new dual ion exchange process that replaces sodium ions with potassium ions, resulting in what Apple says is incredibly durable.

The 5.7 ″ Quad HD display of the Galaxy Note5 has a 2560 × 1440 resolution, 577 PPI. According to experts from DisplayMate, this display is the most productive one they have ever worked with. However, they still need to test the display iPhone 6s Plus. We'll share the results of this testing, but since there haven't been many technological improvements to the 6S Plus display, it's likely that the Galaxy Note 5's display will remain the best technically.

The Note 5 comes with the S Pen, one of Samsung's flagship accessories. The new S Pen also has a few trump cards in store, such as the ability to write notes on the screen without unlocking it.

Processor and RAM

Onboard iPhone 6s are equipped with a 1.85 GHz A9 chip with an integrated co-processor and 2 gigabytes of RAM.

The Galaxy Note 5 has a Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7420 processor built around a 4-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 and a 4-core 2.1 GHz Cortex-A57. The same processor is found on the Galaxy S6. One of the common problems Galaxy S6 and S6 edge users have is multitasking issue. Despite 3 GB of RAM on both devices, running applications have a habit of unloading from memory, which almost completely kills multitasking on these smartphones. Samsung has tackled this problem by increasing the amount of RAM on the Note 5. The Note 5 is packed with four gigabytes of very fast and economical LPDDR4 memory, which helps deal with the poor memory management of the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge.

Although the processor on the iPhone 6s Plus has two cores and a modest 1.85 GHz, it outperforms the Galaxy S6 in single-core benchmark scores, scoring 2,448 points versus 1,213 points for the Samsung smartphone. The multi-core performance of the iPhone 6s Plus and the Samsung flagship is almost the same.

Single-core performance is probably the most important performance characteristic of a smartphone. The speed of any application depends primarily on this characteristic, while multi-core affects only some applications.


  • iOS benchmarks via Primate Labs
  • Android benchmarks


Both devices have very advanced cameras. The Note 5 has a 16MP camera with 4K video support, and the iPhone 6s Plus has a 12MP camera.

The Note 5's camera sensor has a large aperture, thus giving it an edge over the iPhone 6s in low-light photography. Optical image stabilization (OIS) is implemented in both cameras.

Smartphones Apple traditionally have very high quality cameras. One of the reasons to choose iPhone over Android – the device, has always had the best camera from the first. However, in the last couple of years, things have changed, OEM managers Android started to work better, and as a result – now cameras Android – smartphones sometimes even surpass their counterparts in iPhone.

The main and coolest feature iPhone 6s related to photography is Live Photos, animated photos. Some people think that it is only needed to increase sales, but people with children very quickly understand the value of this feature. It is very likely that Samsung will soon add a similar feature to its devices too.


Undoubtedly, device life is one of the most important things to consider when choosing a smartphone. The Galaxy Note 5 comes with a 3,000mAh battery, slightly more than the 2,750mAh of the iPhone 6s Plus. The operating time of both models is about the same, both phones should last a day without recharging without any problems.

Price and availability

The Galaxy Note 5 costs $ 740 for the 32GB model. iPhone 6s Plus is slightly more expensive, 16 GB model costs $ 749.

Thus, the Note 5 not only can be purchased at a lower price, but at the same time in the minimum package there will be twice as much permanent memory as on the 6s Plus. However, for some strange reason, there is no variant of the Note 5 with 128GB of storage on board. Therefore, if hard disk space is extremely important to you, then iPhone 6s Plus is your choice.

At the time of this writing, the Galaxy Note 5 is not available in Europe.

Technical specifications

Below is a detailed comparison of the characteristics of the two phablets. For example, 64 GB versions.

iPhone 6s plus vs Samsung galaxy note 5


Interestingly, Samsung is following in the footsteps Apple, abandoning proprietary features such as a removable battery, microSD slot and water protection. The most loyal fans of the company took this step without enthusiasm, since it was for the presence of these functions that Samsung technology could be preferred to smartphones Apple.

Let's take a look at the advantages of both models.

Benefits iPhone 6s Plus

  • Performance
  • 3D Touch
  • Close integration of hardware and software
  • Availability of a model with a 128 GB hard drive
  • Support

Samsung Galaxy Note5Pros

  • Low light photography
  • S Pen
  • Fast wireless charging
  • Fast charging

The key advantages of iPhone 6s Plus over Note 5 are performance, 3D Touch (in my opinion, the most important feature), ease of use due to competent integration of software, hardware and design, and support, which is generally the most underrated aspect in choosing a smartphone. On the other hand, Android is much more flexible and customizable, so it is more interesting for technically advanced buyers.

On the other hand, the Note 5 has a slightly better camera (in low light) and innovative features like wireless charging and fast charging, allowing you to charge the device accordingly without a cable and charge up to 50% in 30 minutes and up to 100% in 100 minutes (iPhone 6s takes 180 minutes to fully charge).

With the Note 5, Samsung has gone a step further with fast wireless charging. With an appropriate wireless charger, the Galaxy Note 5 can be fully charged in less than 2 hours. This is even less than some USB charging devices require. I must say that as a 6s Plus owner, I envy the Note 5 owners, especially after trying the wireless charging station for Apple Watch. I think the ability to just put the device on a flat surface without sticking anything into it looks very solid. Well, there will be no problems with breaking the insulation of the Lightning cable.

As for the S Pen, I somehow cannot think of an everyday situation in which it would be impossible to do without it. The stylus is needed on larger devices such as drawing tablets. However, this is my subjective opinion, a lot of people are just delighted with the S Pen.

Just like comparing the iPhone 6s versus the Galaxy S6, let's hope the review was honest and didn't sound biased.

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