Samsung has once again released two more high-end devices to its top notch device portfolio, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+. These new debuts will undoubtedly diversify the company’s list of devices which have gained popularity among the consumers after their previous Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. Samsung has followed their previous trend of splitting its phablet variants into two massive but somewhat similar fantastic devices.
Let’s break down their differences, and hopefully help you decide which to go for:
Design and Build Quality: Galaxy Note 5 vs Galaxy S6 Edge+
Considering that these two flagship devices were released at the same time, it is not surprising the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge+ are almost identical in the design and build department.
Though the Galaxy Note 5 is a bit bulkier compared to the Galaxy Edge+, both phablets feature a sophisticated design look and feel. Galaxy S6 Edge+ weighs 153 g and measures 154.4 x 75.8 x 6.9 mm whereas the Note 5 comes in 171 g with a measuring of 153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm.
It can be tricky deciding which of the two devices has a better design, though the look of the screen may help you decide. The Galaxy Note 5 features sloping back edges that add a comfortable hold compared to the flat, sharp found on the Galaxy S6 Edge+.
Display Screen: Galaxy Note 5 vs Galaxy S6 Edge+
Similar to the S6 Edge+, the Note 5 offers 2560 x 1440 pixel at 518 ppi on a QHD Super AMOLED 5.7-inch display screen, though the S6 Edge+ has a slightly curved display on its right and left edges. Both displays are awesome with bright and excellently vivid visuals, with great viewing from all angles.
With a QHD Super AMOLED, expect sharp displays though they can be adjusted to your preference on the handsets settings. The screen comes with an advanced Gorilla Glass protection which guarantees 80% enhanced durability compared to the glass on other smartphones.
The luxurious curved screen on the S6 Edge+, though good to look at, it doesn’t really add much to viewing media content on your device, in fact it mostly distracts you from it. This due to the fact that most of the time there is always a tiny reflection of light.
Processor, Storage Capacity and Battery: Galaxy Note 5 vs Galaxy S6 Edge+
Both the Galaxy Note 5 and the S6 Edge are equipped with an eight-core Exynos 7420 processing chip, with four cores clocked at 1.5 GHz and the other four at 2.1GHz. They are both embodied with a 4 GB RAM and both come in two versions, one with a 32 GB internal memory and the alternative with 64 GB with no microSD support.
They both pack a 3000 mAh battery capacity and feature power management and power saving options. In addition, they come with fast-charging support, wireless charging as well as cable charging. The features of the edge display on the Galaxy S6 Edge+ is said to save on battery power, due to the fact that they avoid the use of the entire QHD display.
Camera: Galaxy Note 5 vs Galaxy S6 Edge+
The two devices are complemented with a 5MP front-camera and a 16 MP main camera that features optical image stabilization along with a sensor similar to that on the Galaxy S6.
Software: Galaxy Note 5 vs Galaxy S6 Edge+
Both the devices run on Android Lollipop integrated with Samsung’s TouchWiz interface. What distinguishes the two devices is that the Note 5 software includes the S Pen options while the S6 Edge+ combines the edge screen features.
The edge screen on the S6 Edge+ has a nifty tricks that allow you access to information on your device without having to unlock the phone. The edge screen aside from featuring an apps shortcut menu that lets you access a list of apps from the side of the screen, it also comes with an edge lighting functionality which automatically lights up when you get calls or notifications while your S6 Edge+ is facedown and an information stream for news feeds, updates and notifications.
Note 5’s software features the stylus Pen which can be pretty handy. This allows users to write, draw and quick input of numbers in the dialer. It also comes with a handwriting recognition feature and Smart Select functionality which lets you share things such as weblinks with ease.
The Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ are neck to neck when it comes to the internal features. However, if you plan on choosing one or the other, the software and build design may be the determining factor.
Which do you think takes the crown? Share your thoughts in the comments.