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The global smartphone market is dominated by Apple and Samsung. From the moment they declared war on each other, they started improving their products to convince their fans to buy them. Apple was slow on adapting to the new phablet phenomenon, but the iPhone 6 Plus was a total success and this year, it received a successor. Samsung, on the other hand, changed the design of its Note 5, making it look like the Galaxy S6, which also came with a more premium aspect.

Designs and Displays

Samsung has made some terrible mistakes in the past, in terms of designs, because of the materials that have been used to build their exteriors. At some point, all mid-range models were having a glossy polycarbonate back and the sides were protected with a silver plastic frame painted to look like metal, which was peeling off after a while. The Galaxy S6 was the biggest upgrade ever, because its predecessor had an ugly plastic back with perforated dots. The new model came with a glass back and a metallic frame and it looks amazing, but this design has been used for the next flagships and the Note 5 is almost an identical copy of it, but it features the popular stylus. The phablet measures 153.2×76.1×7.6mm, it has a large 5.7-inch Super AMOLED screen supporting a resolution of 1440x2560pixels at 518ppi, allowing for deep blacks, high contrast, and has vibrant colors.

The iPhone 6S Plus has the same design as its predecessor, but it uses a new aluminum alloy, which is more durable and doesn’t bend. The dimensions are approximately the same and you won’t notice that the device is a bit larger and thicker (158.2×77.9×7.3mm). The screen hasn’t been upgraded, sporting the same size of 5.5-inch and Full HD resolution with 401ppi. The addition of the 3D Touch technology will allow you to perform various actions, depending on how hard or soft you’re tapping on the screen. Apple has added a new color for the back, which is Rose Gold and the device has the physical buttons positions in the same locations as the Note 5: the volume rocker sits on the left and the power button is placed to the right side.

Also, both devices have a fingerprint scanner integrated into their home buttons.


Both Samsung and Apple have improved their proprietary chipsets and while the Note 5 came with the new Exynos 7420 octa core processor clocked at 2.1GHz, being backed by 4GB of RAM, the iPhone 6S Plus has receive an Apple A9 dual core processor clocked at 1.84GHz, which supports now 2GB of RAM. Both phablets are able to handle multi-tasking and games rich in graphics. But, because they run on different operating systems, their hardware configurations have been adapted to the supported software. Also, none of the devices comes with a microSD card slot, so the Note 5 offers two variants of internal memories with capacities of 32/64 GB, while the iPhone 6S Plus is available in variants of 16/64/128 GB.

Remember that you can make mobile payments with both devices, but the iPhone 6S Plus uses Apple Pay and NFC, while the Note 5 has Samsung Pay and Android Pay, allowing you to use the Magnetic Secure Transmission which sends a small magnetic signal to a credit card reader.

Cameras and Batteries

The Note 5 has Galaxy S6’s cameras – 16MP with OIS, LED flash, autofocus, 1/2.6′ sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size and 4K video recording + 5MP on the front side. The iPhone 6S Plus has more advanced cameras, whose resolutions have been increased up to 12MP and 5MP. The main camera supports phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash and simultaneous 4K video and 8MP image recording, plus it offers a new feature called Live Photos, which records a video with 1.5 seconds before the shot + 1.5 seconds after the shot.

The battery of the iPhone 6S Plus has a capacity of 2,750 mAh unit, while the Galaxy Note 5 has a larger 3,000 mAh unit which supports wireless charging.