Cupertino tech giant Apple’s biggest rival is the Korean electronics manufacturer, Samsung. Each year around this time, both vendors introduce their flagship offerings to grab a good chunk of the market share across the globe. Samsung’s latest flagship offering is the Galaxy Note5, while Apple has just introduced its latest phones, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. On the first glance, the iPhone 6s Plus competes directly against the Galaxy Note5. However, the compact Apple iPhone 6s is also capable of competing against the Samsung’s phablet Galaxy Note5.
If you are confused between purchasing the best compact or phablet flagship smartphone of 2015, the iPhone 6s and Galaxy Note5 are among the best offerings. So let’s compare these devices, so you can decide better.
Apple iPhone 6s vs Samsung Galaxy Note5: which one is more worthy of your money?
Talking about the Galaxy Note5 first, it is one of the best looking smartphones Samsung has come up with till date. The Note5 sports a metal chassis and has a glass at the rear panel for a durable and appealing design. The smartphone measures 7.6mm around the waist and weighs 171 grams. Talking about the Apple iPhone 6s, it sports a bit slimmer 7.1mm waist and weighs 143 grams. The phone offers a much premium and durable design than the Note5 as it comes with aircraft-grade 7000 aluminium design and a strong ion coated glass for protection. Overall, the iPhone 6s is more durable than the Galaxy Note5, but they both offer impressive designs.
Display and OS
The Apple iPhone 6s offers a compact 4.7-inch LED-backlit Retina HD display, while the Galaxy Note5 is equipped with much larger 5.7-inch quad-HD screen with a pixel density of 515ppi. However, it’s worth pointing out that even the Galaxy Note5 offers a bigger Super AMOLED display, the iPhone 6s offers a much better media viewing experience than the former as it offers a smaller Retina screen. In terms of software, the Galaxy Note5 runs the latest Android OS, while the iPhone 6s runs the latest iOS 9, which is the best iOS software Apple has ever came up with.
As for the configuration, the Samsung Galaxy Note5 is powered by an octa-core Exynos 7420 SoC, aided by a meaty 4GB of RAM and a Mali T760 MP8 GPU. The iPhone 6s on the other hand is equipped with an enhanced Apple A9 SoC, of which clock speed and RAM details are not available as of now. However, we do know that it has an Apple M9 coprocessor for impressive graphics details. Storage-wise, the Galaxy Note5 is available in 32GB and 64GB variants, while the Apple iPhone 6s comes in 16GB, 64GB and 128GB internal memory editions. Overall, performance-wise, the Note5 performance better, but the iPhone 6s has better storage editions.
In terms of primary photography, the Galaxy Note5 offers a better 16MP rear camera with OIS, an LED flash, and a handful of imaging tweaks. The Phone 6s is loaded with a 12MP iSight camera, but still it offers impressive quality images OIS, 4K video recording, HDR, and Retina flash. For self-portraits, both smartphones are loaded with 5MP front snappers, delivering almost similar experience. However, Apple claims that its FaceTime 5MP camera is capable of generating better self-portraits than the competing devices under low light conditions.
Connectivity and Battery
In terms of connectivity, the iPhone 6s and Note5, both smartphones offer support for Indian 4G LTE bands. They come with latest-gen Wi-Fi standards, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, and GPS support. The iPhone 6s is capable of delivering 14 hours of talk time and 10 days of standby time. The Note5 reportedly delivers 11 hours of talk time. Overall, the even the iPhone 6s offers a smaller battery than the Galaxy Note5, the former is capable of offering better battery life than the latter. However, it is still all on the paper, so nothing can be confirmed at the moment regarding their battery capability.
The Samsung Galaxy Note5 is among the world’s finest and best Android-powered phablet smartphones at the moment with a large display, a meaty amount of RAM, impressive rear camera, and latest Android experience. However, even the iPhone 6s offers a smaller display, it doesn’t compromises with anything as it comes with the latest iOS software, latest haptic sensor-based 3D display, newest Apple processor, amazing iSight camera, and various internal memory variants. If you love compact devices, the Apple iPhone 6s is the phone you should go for, but if you like phablet offerings better, than the Note5 will impress you better.