How Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Stacks Up Against iPhone 6 Plus

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2015-08-21
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    How Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Stacks Up Against iPhone 6 Plus
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    How Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Stacks Up Against iPhone 6 Plus

    iPhone 6 Plus or Galaxy Note 5? We compare these two larger mobile phones to help customers decide which one might best fit their needs.
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    Compare the Thin, Lightweight Designs
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    Compare the Thin, Lightweight Designs

    What's clear when looking at both the Galaxy Note 5 and the iPhone 6 Plus is that the devices have a similar design. Both Apple and Samsung designed their products to be thin and lightweight and, although large, still feel comfortable in a hand. Apple's iPhone 6 Plus has a bit more of a contoured design than the Galaxy Note 5, but they both have the look of a premium design—a key selling point in the higher end of the smartphone market.
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    How Important Is That Advanced S Pen?
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    How Important Is That Advanced S Pen?

    Those who prefer to tap around a display with their fingers would likely want to choose the iPhone 6 Plus. The Galaxy Note 5 is designed for the company's "advanced" S Pen stylus that not only handles simple tapping and swiping, but also includes support for handwriting on the screen. Some folks prefer the Galaxy Note because of its S Pen, and this could give the Galaxy Note 5 an edge.
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    Each Delivers a Totally Different Software Experience
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    Each Delivers a Totally Different Software Experience

    The software experiences built into the iPhone 6 Plus and Galaxy Note 5 couldn't be any different. The iPhone 6 Plus runs the standard build of iOS 8. The Galaxy Note 5 comes with Google's Android platform, including all of Google's apps and some of Samsung's own programs. So, customers will need to choose whether they want the Android experience or the iOS experience.
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    Both Handsets Provide Plenty of Screen Real Estate
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    Both Handsets Provide Plenty of Screen Real Estate

    Screen sizes in the higher end of the marketplace range from 5 inches on up to 6 inches. Both Apple and Samsung are offering products at the top of that range. The iPhone 6 Plus comes with a 5.5-inch screen, while the Galaxy Note 5 has a 5.7-inch display. Both options offer enough screen real estate to comfortably read books, play games, and run many different applications for work or play. Image 4: Please use this image:
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    Do you Prefer Apple Pay or Samsung Pay
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    Do you Prefer Apple Pay or Samsung Pay

    Customers who buy the Galaxy Note 5 will have full support for Samsung's mobile-payment platform, Samsung Pay. The iPhone 6 Plus offers support for Apple Pay. Customers who are heavily invested in Apple's services and already have a Pay account may want to choose the iPhone 6 Plus. Those willing to try out something new, however, could go for Samsung Pay. Ultimately, it might be best to see how Samsung Pay fares in its early days and determine whether it's a safe solution. So far, Apple Pay has held up well.
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    Compare Battery Life and Charging Features
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    Compare Battery Life and Charging Features

    The major difference between the battery in the Galaxy Note 5 and Apple's iPhone 6 Plus is that the former allows for wireless charging. Samsung says that its battery will recharge quickly, and there's a feature built-in, called Ultra Power Saving Mode, that extends text and talk time by turning off other system resources. The Apple iPhone currently doesn't provide such, but the company says its battery can last up to 24 hours of talk time on 3G and 80 hours of constant audio playback. In other words, both batteries are sufficient for most users.
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    Both Devices Pack Processing Power
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    Both Devices Pack Processing Power

    Both models deliver plenty of processing power. The iPhone 6 Plus comes with Apple's A8 chip and M8 motion coprocessor to add extended capabilities to apps. The A8 chip runs at 1.4GHz, according to various product testers. The Galaxy Note 5, meanwhile, boasts an Octa-Core processor that has two quad-core components with clock speeds of 2.1GHz and 1.5GHz, respectively. Both devices handle even the most resource-intensive apps with ease.
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    Both Devices Provide Similar Sensors
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    Both Devices Provide Similar Sensors

    Don't expect to find much difference between the iPhone 6 Plus and the Galaxy Note 5 when it comes to the sensors they offer. Both devices have accelerometers and gyroscopes to measure movement and come with geo-magnetic components. Most notably, the handsets have fingerprint sensors for additional security.
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    Samsung Grabs an Edge on Camera Resolution
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    Samsung Grabs an Edge on Camera Resolution

    Looking at the cameras, one could argue that Samsung's Galaxy Note 5 takes the nod. The handset has a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing lens. Samsung says that the front-facing camera is "selfie-ready," thanks to its support for wide-angle shots. The iPhone 6 Plus has an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, and its front-facing "FaceTime HD" camera comes in at 1.2 megapixels.
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    Both Models Provide Security, Device Management Features
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    Both Models Provide Security, Device Management Features

    Ultimately, the IT side is wondering about security and the value it'll derive from these devices. However, it's hard to find a winner when they're compared against each other. Apple has built out a strong mobile device management platform that enhances corporate security and governance. Best of all, it works with iPhone 6 Plus. The Galaxy Note 5, meanwhile, supports Samsung's Knox security platform, a major virtue in the eyes of IT professionals seeking better security. The iPhone 6 Plus and Galaxy Note 5 deliver strong security and device management controls that IT managers demand.
 

Samsung's attempts to stay on top of the smartphone market are now partially resting on a new handset called the Galaxy Note 5. The device, like its predecessors, comes with the company's S Pen, and has a big screen and other features brought together in a handset designed to compete with Apple's iPhone 6 Plus. So people getting ready to buy a new smartphone can choose between Apple's top-of-the-line handset and something a bit newer from Samsung. Considering either handset indicates that the buyer favors one of the larger handsets that provide nearly the screen real estate of a tablet. It also means that the smartphone shopper hasn't already committed to either an iOS or Android handset. But getting to the point of choosing which of these two models to buy requires some insight into what both phones offer. This slide show compares the features of iPhone 6 Plus and Galaxy Note 5 to help customers decide which one of these larger mobile phones might best fit their needs. Read on to find out more in our comparison of the Apple iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung's Galaxy Note 5.

 
 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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