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Ultimate Phablet Battle: iPhone 6s Plus vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 5

The Apple iPhone 6s Plus and Samsung Galaxy Note 5 are both large, beautifully crafted pieces of hardware that some people like to call “Phablet” genre of devices. You could be forgiven for taking a quick glance at each phone and make comparisons between the two based on size and pure visual appearance. The fact is that while they do have undeniable similarities, they both have astronomical differences under the hood and in the features they provide. Below we take a look at these differences.


Both mobile phones feature premium materials in their design build, with Apple betting on a durable 7000-series aluminum unibody, and Samsung cladding its Note5 in a glass and metal chassis.

The Note5 uses thermal nanocoating, applying numerous layers to achieve transient, reflective mirror effect. The metal side frame feels quite slippery in the hand, though, and so is the metal body of the iPhone 6s Plus. The choice of premium materials, and the extra functions that both phablets boast, are making them rather heavy in the hand, especially the iPhone, which clocks in at the cringing 0.192kg, while the Note5’s chassis comes in at 0.171 kg.

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iPhone 6s Plus comes with a much sharper 5.5-inch Retina HD display with a 1920×1080 resolution serving up to 401 PPI. It also comes with 3D Touch, one of the major new features of the device. 3D Touch introduces a completely new way with how you interact with your iPhone. Instead of just tap and gestures, the iPhone 6s Plus is also capable of detecting how much pressure has been applied on the screen.

The glass screen of the new iPhone is manufactured from a new dual ion-exchange process, which involves replacing sodium ions in glass with potassium ions, which Apple says makes it the strongest glass ever used on a smartphone.
Galaxy Note5 comes with a larger 5.5-inch Quad HD display with a 2560×1440 resolution serving up to 577 PPI. Note5 also comes with a S Pen stylus, which is one of the hallmark features of the Galaxy Note line. The new S Pen stylus has a few more tricks up its sleeve, such as the ability to write notes on the screen without even turning it on.

Processor and RAM

iPhone 6s is powered by Apple’s new 1.85 GHz A9 chip, which comes with an embedded coprocessor and 2GB RAM.
Galaxy Note 5 is powered by Samsung’s Exynos 7 Octa 7420 chip comprising a quad-core 1.5GHz Cortex-A53 and a quad-core 2.1GHz Cortex-A57. The device comes with 4GB of super fast and low power LPDDR4 RAM.


If there is something you do not need to worry about with either phone, it is connectivity. Both feature Bluetooth 4.2 – that is the latest edition – plus 802.11ac Wi-Fi and support for a load of 4G/LTE bands.
Both also have NFC, though only the Note 5 can use it for anything other than mobile payments.

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iPhone 6s Plus and Galaxy Note5 both come with terrific smartphone cameras. Note 5 comes with a 16-megapixel camera with 4K video recording capabilities, whereas iPhone 6s Plus comes with a 12-megapixel camera.
Note5’s camera sensor comes with a bigger aperture so it has an edge over the iPhone 6s when it comes to taking photos in low-light. Both the smartphones feature Optical Image Stabalisation (OIS). One of the new features in the iPhone 6s pLus is Live Photos, a way to bring photos to life.


One of the things that probably matters most when it comes to the smartphone is battery life. Galaxy Note5 comes with a 3000 mAh battery, which is slightly bigger than iPhone 6s Plus’ 2,750 mAH battery. Both devices offer similar battery life, and should get you through the day on a single charge without any issue.

Pricing and Availability

Galaxy Note is priced at N165,000 while the iPhone 6s Plus is a little more expensive and starts at N227,000.


As you can see from the specs and feature highlights above, both smartphones are powerful and solid in their own right. As for which one should you get? That totally depends on which platform and ecosystem you are tied into. Also since both smartphones were released recently, any phone you buy now should easily last you two years. Really, you cannot go wrong with either.



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