Samsung Galaxy Note 5 vs. Apple iPhone 6S: Which phablet should you get?

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Two of the most talked about devices released this year are the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Apple iPhone 6S. For those who are considering buying either of the two this holiday season, here’s a rundown of their specs to make deciding which to purchase much easier.

Display

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is equipped with a 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED Screen that has 1440 x 2560 pixels resolution. According to Neuro Gadget, the device’s display can reach 510 nits in terms of brightness and produce up to 193 percent of sRGB gamut. Meanwhile, the Apple iPhone 6S has 4.7-inch Retina HD display with 3D Touch. The LED-backlit widescreen has a total resolution of 1334 x 750 pixels at 326 ppi. Typical max brightness is pegged at 500 nits with full sRGB standard.

Processor

The device from the Korean tech giant is powered by an Exynos 7420 octa-core processor coupled with 4GB RAM. Internal storage choices for the Galaxy Note 5 are 32GB or 64GB. Also, the phablet runs the latest Android OS, which is 5.1.1 or Lollipop. As for Apple’s unit, it runs with the A9 chip with 64-bit architecture and embedded M9 motion coprocessor that promises to prevent lags when browsing the Internet or playing games. Storage options for the phone are 16GB, 64 GB, and 128GB.

Cameras and battery life

When it comes to cameras, the Galaxy Note 5 has a 5-megapixel front facing camera and 16-megapixel rear facing one. The cameras have x8 digital optic zoom, and they can record up to UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) videos. Flash and auto focus are also supported by the main camera. On the other hand, the iPhone 6s has a 5-megapixel FaceTime HD camera and 12-megapixel iSight back facing one. The iSight camera has auto focus with Focus Pixels, auto HDR, exposure control, and burst mode. In addition, it can shoot panoramas up to 63 megapixels and 4K videos.

Price and color variations

For many buyers, price can be the determining factor for their purchases. From the online store of Best Buy, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 starts at $249.99 for the 4G LTE with 32GB model and $349.99 for the 64GB edition. When bought from this retailer, the phone will come with a two-year contract. The iPhone 6S, meanwhile, starts at $649 for the 16GB, $749 for the 64GB, and $849 for the 128GB. Carriers may add more charges depending on the annual upgrade or data plan chosen.

As for color variations, the 6S is available in Silver, Gold, Space Gray, and Rose Gold. The Galaxy Note 5 comes in Black, Gold, and White.