Apple iPhone 6S Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 5: Phablet battle begins

Apple recently announced the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus to compete against the newly launched smartphones from its closest rival in the smartphone industry. Putting the iPhone 6S Plus and Samsung Galaxy Note 5 in a head to head competition, we would know which one of the smartphone is better and why.


Apple iPhone 6S Plus features the same old iPhone 6 form factor but is stronger and little thicker than the predecessor. Made out of the Aluminum 7000 series alloy, the iPhone 6S Plus measures 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm with a score of 192g on the weighing scale. On the right side, we have a power switch and on the left mute switch and volume up/down buttons. In the bottom section, there we have speaker and mic grills, headphone jack and Lightning connector port for the charging and syncing. Color options for it are Space Gray, Silver, Gold, and Rose Gold.

Coming to the Galaxy Note 5, the smartphone features the dimensions as 153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm and weighs 171g. On the front side, we have the home and the Back and Options capacitive touch buttons. On the right side, it has power button with the volume rocker on the left. Bottom section is almost similar to that of an iPhone. Color variants for this device are Black Sapphire and Gold Platinum.

Both the smartphone feature a fingerprint scanner on the home button.


Apple iPhone 6S Plus features a 5.5-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD, Capacitive Touchscreen, Ion-Strengthened Glass display with Oleophobic Coating and a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels (401 PPI). It also has a 3D Touch allowing the smartphone to detect pressure.

On the other hand, Samsung Galaxy Note 5 features a 5.7-inches Super AMOLED Capacitive Touchscreen with the Corning Gorilla Glass 4 on the panel. The display features a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (515 PPI) giving a rich media experience. Apple iPhone 6S Plus falls short on the screen resolution but has the 3D Touch to enhance the overall experience of the device.

Processor and Specifications:

let’s now talk about the driving force under the hood. On the iPhone 6S Plus, we have the Apple A9 processor that is 70 percent more powerful than the A8 and delivers 90 percent more GPU power. Apparently, the processor is a dual-core clocked at a frequency of 2 GHz. Along with that, iPhone 6S Plus now sports a 2GB of RAM with no information regarding the GPU.

On the Galaxy Note 5 we have Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2.1 GHz Cortex-A57, Exynos 7420 processors that in every aspect are powerful than the Apple A9 processors. Apart from this, Note 5 comes coupled with the 4GB of RAM and Mali-T760MP8 GPU to drive the graphics.

Android is the prime operating system for the Samsung devices, except when the company tried to introduce the Tizen smartphone. On the other hand, we have the iOS 9, and comparing the Android 6.0 and iOS 9.0 is going to ignite a war here and make the article unnecessary long. Wait till they both of them are in action, and we will do a smackdown.


Big news for the Apple fans, the Cupertino giant has finally updated snappers on the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. Both the smartphones now feature 12 MP rear snapper featuring Live Photos, OIS, Phase-Detection AutoFocus, Geotagging, Simultaneous HD Video And Image Recording, Touch Focus, Face/Smile Detection, and HDR (Photo/Panorama). As far front snapper FaceTime camera is concerned, iPhone 6S Plus now features a 5MP shooter with a flash generating from the Retina display. Apple added an extra chip with the A9 processor to illuminate the Retina display fully. Also, iPhone 6S Plus can now even shoot the 4K videos.

Galaxy Note 5 features a 16 MP closing the shutter on the images with a resolution of 5312 x 2988 pixels. The camera features, Autofocus, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), Dual Shot, Simultaneous HD Video And Image Recording, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face/Smile Detection, Panorama, and HDR. On the front side, we have the same 5MP camera shooting great selfies.


Apple iPhone 6S Plus comes with the same storage options 16GB/64GB/128GB where the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 sports 32GB/64GB variants. None of them has the expandability option.


Except the 3D Touch, Samsung Galaxy Note 5 made the iPhone 6S Plus fall behind on various aspects. The copious specs of the Note 5 are better, but that doesn’t mean Apple iPhone 6S Plus falls any short in the performance. Rich gaming and media experience can be achieved from the Apple’s smartphone, and apparently despite the low specs it has been fully optimized to take the best use of resources available.