Nên mua note 5 hay iphone 6s plus


If you’re shopping for a top-end phablet, the iPhone 6S Plus và the Galaxy lưu ý 5 should be right up there in your considerations. But how do they compare with one another?

Samsung arguably won last year’s battle of the super-sized smartphones. We found the Samsung Galaxy lưu ý 4 to lớn offer a slightly more compelling package than the iPhone 6 Plus – though it was a closely run thing.

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So what chance does Apple have with the iPhone 6S Plus, which at first glance seems to be very similar to lớn its predecessor?

Better than you might think, as it turns out. These remain the best two phablets available, with chất lượng strengths and weaknesses that make a straight up decision even tougher to lớn come by.

Allow us lớn explain why.

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iPhone 6S Plus vs Note 5 – Design

Both of these phones are two of the best big handsets you can get your hands on, but for very different reasons. Samsung has decided to adopt a more uniform approach with all of its flagship phones, so the cảnh báo 5 is basically a Galaxy S6 blown up. We thinks it’s Samsung’s best-looking phone to lớn date, but it’s missing out on some of the lưu ý 4’s character.

With the iPhone 6S Plus, Apple has largely stuck to the same formula that worked so well with the 6 Plus. It has the same aluminium body kiến thiết and the new rose gold colour isn’t as tacky as it sounds. The 6S Plus is noticeably heavier than the 6S, though. You feel the difference as soon as you pick it up. It takes a bit of getting used khổng lồ và can make it a little awkward when you’re trying to take a pholớn with the phone in one h&.

The lưu ý 5 is a more manageable phone khổng lồ use. That’s largely down lớn the fact that Samsung has managed lớn shave some inches off the thiết kế. It’s also taken the curved edges from the S6 Edge Plus and S6 Edge and put them on the baông chồng of the phone instead. As a result, the Note 5 is even more comfortable than the chú ý 4 was, so thumbs up lớn Samsung on that one.


Other things you’ll inevitably notice are that the speaker, charging ports & tai nghe jacks are all still at the bottom of the chú ý 5. The positioning of the volume rocker và standby button likewise haven’t changed. Be warned: the standby button on the Note 5 can all too easily be accidentally pressed when it’s inside your pocket.

To get around that issue you can use the fingerprint sensor baked into lớn the home page button, which now supports activation by tap instead of swipe and is far more responsive và reliable as a result. Apple does, of course, have sầu fingerprint security too with its cảm ứng ID setup. Both can tư vấn Mobile payments (Apple Pay & Samsung Pay, respectively) although Samsung’s service is still only available in the US.

If you care about microSD thẻ storage và a removable battery, then be prepared for disappointment on both fronts. Historically Apple has never supported expandable storage or let you get at the battery. Samsung, however, changed its tune in 2015 and followed in the footsteps of Apple, but it offers wireless charging tư vấn as an added extra.

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We mustn’t forget about the S Pen. Samsung’s phone has a stylus và the iPhone 6S Plus doesn’t. Depending on how you feel about scribbling down notes Post-It style, this might not be an issue for you. If it’s something you value, then the chú ý 5 is the best phone for doing it. It hasn’t massively improved on the lưu ý 4’s S Pen, but remains the best way khổng lồ capture that experience.

iPhone 6S Plus vs cảnh báo 5 – Screen

For pure innovation, the lưu ý 5 still offers the best screen, as Apple has decided to lớn stiông xã with a similar Full HD screen to that featured on the iPhone 6 Plus. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. These are two great điện thoại thông minh displays lớn use và you won’t be disappointed if you opt for either.

What about size? Well, the cảnh báo 5 has the larger 5.7-inch screen in comparison khổng lồ Apple’s 5.5-inch one. The screen-to-body ratio is superior on Samsung’s phone, but personally that doesn’t bother us much.


The two phones opt for two very different screen technologies, with Apple sticking to an IPS LCD và Samsung using an AMOLED display. The cảnh báo 5 also offers a higher 2,560 x 1,440 pixel resolution & as a result, is much sharper, with punchier colours và generally a more vibrant place for images and đoạn phim. Out of the box, colours can look a little over-saturated but you can head over to the settings menu lớn solve sầu that if it’s really an issue.

Of course, with the iPhone 6S Plus you vày get Apple’s new 3D Touch tech. This is a pressure-sensitive sầu layer built into lớn the display that reacts differently depending on how hard you press it. For instance, you can press harder on the Camera icon khổng lồ quickly jump inkhổng lồ the selfie mode, or use it to lớn show a pReview of a link in Safari. It’s nifty, and certainly one for the future, but it really needs more developers khổng lồ get on board and make use of it.

If you own an iPhone 6 Plus, then you’ll know what to expect from the 6S Plus in terms of the screen unique. While you don’t get the same super-sharpness as from Samsung’s screen, it still delivers where it matters most. It’s bright, has excellent viewing angles & offers great outdoor visibility.

If we had to lớn piông xã one, we’d be inclined khổng lồ go with Samsung again.

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iPhone 6S Plus vs lưu ý 5 – Connectivity

If there’s something you don’t need khổng lồ worry about with either phone, it’s connectivity. Both feature công nghệ Bluetooth không dây 4.2 – that’s the lathử nghiệm edition – plus 802.11ac Wi-Fi và tư vấn for a load of 4G/LTE bands.

Both also have sầu NFC, though only the chú ý 5 can use it for anything other than sản phẩm điện thoại payments. Speaking of which, each phone is backing a different virtual wallet alternative sầu. As mentioned earlier, the iPhone 6S Plus has Apple Pay, a solution already available in the UK that works with all contactless terminals, while the Note 5 has Samsung Pay. Samsung’s version has the potential lớn be a more complete solution, as it works with all thẻ machines – even those with a magnetic strip readers – but it’s limited lớn the USA and South Korea currently.

iPhone 6S Plus vs chú ý 5 – Performance

When it comes to performance, these are two of the best on the market, no doubt about it. Gaming, intensive apps, browsing, emailing – whatever you want to lớn bởi, the chú ý 5 và iPhone 6S Plus are top of the class.


Powering Samsung’s lưu ý 5 is a 64-bit Exynos 7420 chipphối, backed up by 4GB of RAM & a Mali T760 GPU. It’s a beefy set-up & it certainly shows in the performance. On the iPhone you’ve got Apple’s lakiểm tra A9 64-bit chip and 2GB of RAM.

The 6S heralds the first time Apple has upped the amount of RAM in an iPhone, and it makes a big difference. Apps don’t crash quite so much & pages in Safari don’t always have to lớn reload. It’s a welcome addition.

Gaming performance is ace on both, though of course you bởi vì have sầu a better selection of games, in our opinion, available on Apple’s App Store. Even the most intensive of titles don’t give these two any issues.


In terms of benchmarks, the iPhone 6S Plus picks up a score of 4417 in Geekbench’s multi-core demo, but this is beaten by the chú ý 5 và its score of 5014.

iPhone 6S Plus vs lưu ý 5 – Software

This one is purely down lớn personal preference – are you an iOS or Android person?

iOS 9 is the best version of Apple’s di động operating system yet, and the iPhone 6S Plus is the best device to experience iOS 9 on. It might look lượt thích iOS 8 – and iOS 7 before it – on the outside, but delve sầu a little deeper & you’ll notice it’s much faster, Siri is smarter và it’ll even last longer on a charge.

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We vị give Samsung a lot of credit for noticeably paring bachồng the once overbearing TouchWiz UI on the chú ý 5. However, we’re still not fans. It’s much less childish và a lot more in line with Google’s Material Design philosophy, but parts like the notification shade & lock-screen are still a lot uglier than the versions found on standard, unskinned Android, as found on Google’s own Nexus devices.

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There’s also not yet an official timeframe on when we might see an update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow for the Note 5, although rumour has it this could be imminent. The best version of Android yet includes Now on Tap, Doze for conserving battery, and plenty of UI tweaks, but Samsung always seems lớn take a while getting OS updates onlớn its devices.

Between Lollipop and iOS 9, the former is still the better all-round operating system, though. It just might be a tough switch if you’re stuông xã in Apple’s iTunes, App Store, iMessage, etc ecosystem.

iPhone 6S Plus vs Note 5 – Camera

Again, these phones possess two stunning cameras. Probably the best around at the minute. Both are really ease khổng lồ use, fast and shoot sharp pictures without you having to lớn mess around with settings và menus.


Specs wise, the iPhone 6S Plus packs a new 12MPhường sensor, while the lưu ý 5 boasts the same 16MP camera that impressed us so much in the Galaxy S6. Results are sharp, with accurate colours và fantastic contrast.

Optical image stabilisation is present on both, steadying shots and improving low-light performance. Low light is an area smartphone cameras normally fall down on, but both these devices excel.

Samsung does have sầu the upper hand in a couple of areas, though. We find its HDR mode to be a lot more reliable, the phầm mềm is much more fully featured with a raft of manual options, và the double-tapping of the trang chính button khổng lồ quickly launch the camera is a revelation. The iPhone ứng dụng is simple và quick, but it lacks a load of the deeper options.

With the iPhone 6S Plus, though, Apple has also introduced Live Photos – a nifty feature that captures a couple of seconds’ worth of footage either side of your snap. You can then 3D Touch on the picture and it’ll play the scene baông chồng to you. It’s cool, but sharing the results is difficult and we often forget it’s turned on and kết thúc up with a load of videos of our feet. iOS 9.1 helped this a bit, but it’s far from ikhuyến mãi.

Both also support 4K video recording & editing – though Apple’s iMovie for iOS is way better than any solution on Android. There’s super-slo-mo support for footage captured at 240fps, too. If you have sầu somewhere khổng lồ view it, the 4K đoạn phim looks really good.

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It’s very cthua kém in this category, though the chú ý 5 pips the iPhone 6S Plus only marginally thanks khổng lồ the deeper camera app và better HDR mode.

iPhone 6S Plus vs Note 5 – Battery Life

We expect big phones lớn deliver big battery performance, and for the most part both of these phablets achieve that.

Interestingly, the cell inside the iPhone 6S Plus is marginally smaller than the one in the 6 Plus – it’s dropped down from 2,915mAh to 2,750, but thanks lớn a more power-efficient chip and all those battery improvements in iOS 9, it lasts about the same amount of time as its older brother.


Keeping the cảnh báo 5 chugging along is a 3,000mAh cell – a non-removable version, which is a blow for chú ý 4 users looking to lớn upgrade.

Both phones can easily last the day and in most cases run easily through the majority of the next. The chú ý 5 does have a much more frugal power-saving mode, though, & it’s great if you need khổng lồ eke some extra juice out.

The chú ý 5 has another couple of tricks up its sleeve sầu that the iPhone doesn’t – notably a wireless charger và support for fast charging. Both handy if you need a quick juice-up.

iPhone 6S Plus vs lưu ý 5 – Price

Looking for an affordable smartphone? You’re probably in the wrong place. Both the Note 5 and iPhone 6S Plus are at the top end of the price scale.


Apple’s flagship device starts off at £619 for the frankly useless 16GB model, so you really should be looking at the 64GB £699 Mã Sản Phẩm or the £789 128GB version. That’s a lot of money for a phone.

The Galaxy cảnh báo 5, on the other hvà, is cheaper, although UK buyers will have lớn search a bit khổng lồ find one. It’s available on sites for between £410 & £550 depending on the form size & colour you want, so it’s a good bit cheaper than the iPhone 6S Plus. But you can’t wander into lớn a Carphone Warehouse & piông xã one up on contract.

The Verdict

So which is best, the cảnh báo 5 or the iPhone 6S Plus? Both really are standout phones if you’re after a big handmix, which makes it all the more disappointing that Samsung hasn’t brought its S Pen-toting Note 5 to lớn the UK as yet.

There are a few ways to lớn look at this. If you care about kiến thiết, then the chú ý 5 is more elegant và more manageable than the 6S Plus. While Apple’s phone doesn’t scream beauty, the all-in-one aluminium has a more reassuring feel than the glass baông chồng và front on Samsung’s phablet.

In the screen department it’s a case of innovation with the Note 5, và reliability with the Full HD screen on the 6S Plus. Both are excellent screens, but if you really care about having the best place to lớn watch đoạn Clip, you’ll want a chú ý 5.

There’s very little separating them for performance, và their cameras are some of the best in business for both image chất lượng and ease of use. Where you will find some difference is in battery life. We’d be inclined to say the lưu ý 5 has the ability khổng lồ go a little further. And its quick-charging công nghệ is one of the best in the business.

We’d go for the Note 5… Unless you live sầu in the UK, in which case getting the Apple on contract might just sway it.