It took a long time for Apple to finally embrace the “phablet” category, but now we’re in the second generation of their big phone. The iPhone 6s Plus was just announced at Apple’s September event. As usual, we like to compare the best of Android with the best of Apple. The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is the newest Android phablet on the market. Let’s see how these two compare.
On the outside the new iPhone 6s Plus looks a lot like the old iPhone 6 Plus. The only real difference is you can now get it in a new “rose gold” color. The internals and display tech are where the iPhone 6s Plus is different. Samsung still beats the iPhone in terms of screen resolution, 1080p vs 2K. One thing that Samsung doesn’t have is something Apple calls “3D Touch.” It’s basically like a deeper long-press.
3D Touch could end up being an amazing feature, or it could end up being something normal people never use.
Samsung just recently surpassed the iPhone’s camera quality with the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Note 5, but Apple won’t let that stand. They’ve upped the megapixel count from 8 to 12, and it can record 4K video. They also upped the front-facing camera to 5MP, and the display can be used as a flash. All of these specs don’t mean a lot. Apple has consistently made great cameras, and we expect the iPhone 6s Plus to challenge the Note 5.
Oh, and Apple invented GIFs, too. They call them “Live Photos.”
Gauging iPhone performance is always a tough thing to do. They don’t provide a lot of details. We think they upgraded the RAM to 2G, and they have a new Apple A9 processor. The Note 5 has Samsung’s Exynos 7420 processor and a whopping 4GB of RAM. The Note 5 is a blazing fast phone right now, but sometimes Samsung phones get slow and laggy over time. Of course, iPhones have been known to do the same thing.
Battery life is another issue. Apple kept the size of the battery from the iPhone 6 Plus, and Samsung notoriously shrunk the battery from the Galaxy Note 4. We haven’t been terribly impressed with battery life on the Note 5. This is one category where the iPhone may take the win.
iPhone vs Galaxy gets harder every year. Both Apple and Samsung are making great devices. It really comes down to your OS preference. If you’re reading this site you probably would prefer the Note 5, but if you’re looking to give the iPhone a try this is a good time to do it. 3D Touch could potentially be cool, and you know the camera will be great. Which phablet reigns supreme? You be the judge.
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