With the smartphone market evolving at the rate of knots, we, as Users, are being conferred some of the most amazing technologies, right in our hands. In an era where Desktop-class performance is sought to be inculcated on the smartphones that come loaded with some incredible processors, cameras and displays from various manufacturers, what we are now starting to see in this ever-so-competitive smartphone market is the addition of various stand-out features that try and take the game away from the competition. One such feature has been the additional of enormously large displays to smartphones, famously called as Phablets. While this segment of smartphones viz ‘the phablets’ came to the fore among much criticism over its usability and mere screen size, we have seen radical evolution of this specific smartphone market with virtually every major smartphone manufacturer jumping in, including Apple. With Samsung still the undisputed king of phablet market, Apple is going hammer and tongs ever since its inception into this segment of smartphones it once ridiculed for various reasons. Thus then, in order to rightfully project the Phablet battle between this year’s flagships from Apple and Samsung viz. the iPhone 6s Plus with 3D Touch Support and improved camera setup, the Note 5 with radical design and camera upgradations and the Galaxy S6 Edge+ that breaks cover to a new breed of Smartphone range from Samsung that has made people sit-back and take notice of its ultra-beautiful design, and to help all those who are feeling a pain in their head trying to decide the best of these 3, we bring to you the most neutral and even-minded review, pitting Apple iPhone 6s Plus vs Samsung Note 5 vs Galaxy S6 Edge Plus against each other. Take a look!
Apple iPhone 6s Plusvs Samsung Note 5 vs Galaxy S6 Edge Plus : Detailed Comparison
Look, Design and Feel
Apple iPhone 6s Plus : 7.3mm thick, weighs 192g
A super-sized sibling to the smaller iPhone 6s, 6s Plus comes with a larger 5.5inch display that in-cooperates 3D Force Touch panel in its display, is built up with a stronger 7000 alloy aluminum to let to of the ‘Bend-gate’ saga and has slightly thicker aesthetics to its predecessor, just like the 6s. All in all, an aging but fantastic design language that still gets many hearts thumping, specially with the new Rose Gold color option on-board.
Samsung Note 5 : 7.6mm thick, weighs 171g
While with the Edge smartphone range Samsung broke into a distinctive curved edge design philosophy, Note 5 also comes with a breakthrough design with curved edges on the back of the phone that help the much needed cause of having a firmer grip on such a monster device. Also, with the overall body-to-screen ratio surging to an all-time-best that helps a larger display to be in-cooperated into the relatively smaller body frame, 5.7inch Galaxy Note 5 feels more compact than the 5.5inch iPhone 6s Plus largely due to slimmer bezels, thinner edges and lighter chassis.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus : 6.9mm thick, weighs 153g
A larger-sibling to the very distinctive S6 Edge, S6 Edge Plus comes with a larger body frame that fits in a 5.7inch dual-curved display that sweeps across the edges to delve into the aluminium mettle frame on the sides that in-turn houses on a fingerprint-magnet glass-built back. While the dual-curved edges do make it harder to get a firmer grip on this phablet plus the exaggerated risk of damaging the same on accidental drops, they do offer added functionalities plus a very distinctive look that stands out in its own right.
Winner : Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus
Apple iPhone 6s Plus : 5.5 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (~401 ppi pixel density)
On papers, Apple’s aging Retina display doesn’t even stand a chance to compete with what Samsung has in-cooperated on its flagship, but in real-world, the display seems to fare out well enough to leave its users with accurate color reproduction, top-notch viewing angles and incredible under-sunlight legibility. Also, with the 3D touch support now embedded, iPhone’s display brings in a whole new capability to how a smartphone’s display behaves and differentiates across various taps and touches based on their sensitivity.
Samsung Note 5 : 5.7 inches, 1440 x 2560 pixels (~518 ppi pixel density)
A warmer color producing display, that’s touted to be over-saturated by many, with oozing pixels that makes the colors pop with extremely fine viewing angles, Samsung Note 5 has got a stellar display fitted to it. Add to this the best-in-class body-to-screen ratio, as briefed above, plus the additional functionalities that Stylus compatibility offers, Samsung is at the top of its game in the display segment, giving Apple’s aging Retina Display a run for its money. But then, this high on resolution, high on pixels display backfires with higher battery consumption that mares the overall performance of the phone to some extent. But then, with riches hues, darker blacks and brighter display, Note 5 offers a display that sets it apart from the competition.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus : 5.7 inches, 1440 x 2560 pixels (~518 ppi pixel density)
This is where Samsung has taken giant leaps. The ‘infinite’ dual-edge curved display that comes packed with oozing pixels and ultra-clear picture reproduction, the S6 Edge Plus scores heavily over the iPhone 6s Plus and even its sibling Note 5 on the display front to say the least. What further exaggerates the usefulness of such a brilliant display is the set of additional functionalities and features its dual-curved display brings along, such as Information Stream and Edge Lightning, not to forget the bragging rights it gets for its stand-out design.
Winner : Samsung Note 5
Processor and Performance
Apple iPhone 6s Plus : Apple A9 Chipset, Dual-core 1.84 GHz CPU with 2GB RAM
This is where the real game begins. Apple has had a methodology of offering lesser but faster cores on its CPU as compared to Samsung’s way of hogging up multiple cores and variable clocking rates. What that means is that the iPhone 6s Plus smokes both S6 Edge+ and Note 5 with performance that’s way ahead of both of these in single-core tests, but falls face-first in multi-core tests. Well, in real world performance testing, Apple’s iPhone 6s Plus feels and is faster to both of the Samsung counterparts, largely due to slick and optimized iOS 9. Also with an updated A9 chip that claims to bump up the CPU & GPU performances by 70% & 90% respectively and 2GB of RAM, iPhone 6s Plus is the fastest phone available right now.
Samsung Note 5 : Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2.1 GHz Cortex-A57 CPU, Exynos 7420 Chipset with 4GB RAM
While on specs sheet, iPhones have never had a chance to with-stand Samsung’s multiple-core power-packed processors, what then makes iPhones stand out with crisper, smoother performance all this while is the difference in optimization of amalgamation of hardware with the software these devices run. Well, by no stretch of imagination is Note 5, or even S6 Edge+ for the case be, any walkovers. It’s about the TouchWiz UI Samsung devices come powered with that mares the overall performance, only when compared side-to-side with iPhone 6s Plus. Apart from that, Note 5 is nothing short of a powerhouse with some seriously fast Octa-core CPU and top-notch 7420 Chipset to go along with 4GB of RAM that helps it iron-out any hiccups, even while hard-core multitasking.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus : Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2.1 GHz Cortex-A57 CPU, Exynos 7420 Chipset with 4GB RAM
Keeping the internals unchanged to those on the Note 5, S6 Edge+ offers near equivalent performance. The major difference comes only to the display section wherein the dual-curved display offers added functionalities along with the bragging rights for a phone that simply stands out for its appeal.
Winner : Apple iPhone 6s Plus
Apple iPhone 6s Plus : iOS 9
This is where it all comes down to. iOS vs Android! Security vs Compatibility! Intuitive UI vs unnecessary Bloatware! Well, it really comes down to personal preferences to choose among these 2. Well, one thing’s for sure, with iOS 9 and 3D touch capabilities embedded on iPhone 6s, Apple holds the edge largely due to addition of a whole new dimension of tracking the pressure sensitivity in order to distinguish between a light tap and a hard tap, thus enhancing the interactive capabilities. Also, with the most slick iOS to date and the reliable security iOS comes bound to offer, iOS for iPhone 6s works like a charm.
Samsung Note 5 : Android Lollipop OS with TouchWiz UI
Same old story! A beast of a device with top-of-the-line internals, a re-invented design language and the World’s most famous OS on hands only to be marred by the bloatware Samsung’s TouchWiz UI infects this ultra-powerful device with. Mind you, both the Android, with Android Lollipop, and the TouchWiz UI are at the top of their game right now offering the most slick UI they ever have been till date, still, there’s nothing that can beat the Stock Android’s flawlessness and overall-polished feel, not even iOS perhaps. While Apple seems to have found a new winner on its hand with the 3D Touch support on iPhone 6s Plus, giving Note 5’s Stylus aesthetics a run for its money with the claim of the former being used more widely and regularly than the latter. But then, the S Pen functionalities such as letting users scribble on the screen directly without even unlocking the device or annotating PDF directly without having to take screenshots first or the split-screen functionalities, Note 5 has surely taken shorter but firmer steps to help it have better multitasking capabilities.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus : Android Lollipop OS with TouchWiz UI
For all the minuses- Same as above. What then sets S6 Edge+ apart is the additional functionalities its curved display brings along. Notifications and messages can be accessed from the edge using the new ‘People Edge’ mode wherein you can set upto 5 contacts and have shortcut access to them via swiping gesture on the Edge of the display. You can even set a specific color to flash when a particular person calls. The edge on the display can also double up as a bedside clock with Night Clock mode ‘On’. These functionalities to some extent do extend the capabilities a flagship device is expected to offer, bring in various new dimensions with the dual-curved edge display.
Winner : Personal Preference
Apple iPhone 6s Plus : 12 MP, 4032 x 3024 pixels, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash rear camera, 5 MP front facing camera
Bumping the camera setup from 8MP to 12MP for Rear camera and 1.2MP to 5MP for front snapper, iPhone 6s Plus offers improvements not only on the hardware front but a plethora of them on the software front. Be it the Retina flash, that lights up the screen up three times brighter that normal, touted to help you take brighter selfies in dim light or the Live Pictures that help you capture a second-and-a-half both before and after a picture is clicked and animate it later, Apple has tried to regain lost ground in the Camera department. Add to this the Optical image stabilization system embedded, faster shutter speed, 4K Video Recording capabilities, Slo-mo at an incredible 240FPS and a steller low-light photography setup, 6s Plus’ camera surely offers the most snappy, crisp performance an iPhone has ever had.
Samsung Note 5 : 16 MP, 5312 x 2988 pixels, optical image stabilization, autofocus, LED flash rear camera, 5 MP front facing camera
Samsung has been giving Apple’s renowned Camera setup a run for its money ever since but what makes Apple’s camera standout is it intuitive and crisp nature, as briefed above. While on zooming into the pictures taken by iPhone 6s Plus and Note 5 result in slightly better detailed pictures in both natural & low-light photography by Note 5′ camera, it does fall short on various fronts such as 4K recording capabilities with a restricted limit of 5 minutes or the Slo-mo videos that maxes-out at 120FPS compared to 240FPS as that on 6s Plus. Apart from this, Note 5 seems to produce warmer, over-saturated colors on the photos in nigh-light photography that might well dent the natural colors, but then, they are so pleasing to the eyes that you surely can’t hate it. For the Day-light photography, Note 5 seems to in-turn produce lighter-colored pictures as compared to iPhone 6s Plus, resulting in more brighter, well-lit up pictures. For the Selfie cameras then, Apple has a prolific camera setup that Samsung still can only dream of competing. Be it the various color modes or the added ‘Retina Flash’, iPhone’s Selfies still earn those bragging rights, authoritatively.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus : 16 MP, 2988 x 5312 pixels, optical image stabilization, autofocus, LED flash rear camera, 5 MP front facing camera
An unchanged camera setup to that on the Note 5 makes little to no difference in the overall camera quality.
Winner : Samsung Note 5
Apple iPhone 6s Plus : Non-removable Li-Po 2750 mAh battery
What makes up for a battery that’s strangely cut down to smaller capacity as compared to the predecessor, iPhone’s battery still claims to get you through a day without charge. A better battery management aesthetics with detailed battery consumption details drawn app-wise plus a Low-Power mode that claims to increase the overall battery backup by 2-3 hours, iPhone’s battery does have the upper hand on the Samsung flagships for sure
Samsung Note 5 : Non-removable Li-Po 3000 mAh battery
A larger screen and a battery-hungry processor to feed to, Samsung’s Note 5 does fall short with a very moderate battery backup. But where Samsung scores heavily is the support for both wired and wireless charging options plus faster-charging technology that gets the S6 faster out-of-the-block with upto 20% battery charge for mere 10 minutes of charging.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus : Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
A slightly bigger battery, perhaps for the little curved edges? Well, it still disappoints like its sibling Galaxy Note 5 to say the least.
Winner : Samsung Note 5/Galaxy S6 Edge Plus (for faster charging & both wired & wireless charging options)
Apple iPhone 6s Plus vs Samsung Note 5 vs Galaxy S6 Edge Plus – VERDICT
First up, there’s no doubt that all of these 3 devices are hugely powerful, hugely popular and consequently, would be sold in Millions. What we try and bring to you, here at GeekViz, is the first-user review for all of these flagships to help you steer clear of any doubts, conceptions or indecision you might be facing to find out the best of the lot. While all of these flagships try and improve on there predecessors shortfalls, they are still found wanting on various issues that need to fixed ASAP! For iPhone’s, it’s time Apple considers a serious update to its aging Retina display to stand a chance to compete with the ones fitted on the Samsung flagships plus improvements such as faster-charging technologies and dumping 16GB entry model. Samsung then seems to be going two-steps-forward-one-step-back by letting go of the removable battery, expandable storage and water-resistance capabilities. Also, the long overdue call for Samsung to stop infecting its ultra-powerful devices with the stupid TouchWiz bloatware has had no ears so far. But where Samsung’s Note 5 then outclasses iPhone 6s Plus is the better body-to-screen ratio, display quality, redefined design language and the stylus compatibility, only to be exaggerated on the S6 Edge Plus with dual-curved display doubling up to offer extensive list of features such as the new ‘People Edge’ mode wherein you can set upto 5 contacts and have shortcut access to them via swiping gesture on the Edge of the display, setting up specific colors for the ‘Edges’ to flash when a particular person calls or using these Edges as a bedside clock with Night Clock mode ‘On’. Coming to iPhone 6s Plus, Apple manages to improve on its forte with ever-so-slick and polished iOS plus the new 3D touch setup that in-cooperates new dimension of touch based on the sensitivity of touch made. In a nutshell then, all of these smartphone do improve on their predecessors in a certain way and are still the best flagships you can choose from with all of it coming down to personal preferences amongst the iOS and Android.
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