Samsung had recently launched two new smartphones on the market: the Note 5 and S6 Edge+. But which one should you choose: Note 5 or S6 Edge+? Well the decision depends purely on how you use your phone as a daily driver and what your priorities will be. We will help breakdown the key differences between the two.
The Note 5 and S6 Edge+ are pretty similar in design aesthetics and specifications. Both have a 5.7 inch Super AMOLED display that provides crisp and clear images with good color accuracy, have the same camera systems (16MP on the Front and 5 MP on the back), 3000 mAh battery, fast charging and fast wireless charging capabilities, same processors (an Exynos 7420 chipset Octacore processor) and 4 GB RAM. They also come in the same memory variations: 32GB, 64 GB and 128 GB.
In other words, the main difference is the concept between the two: the Note 5 is more for people who like to multitask and get work done on the go while the S6 Edge+ are for those who primarily enjoy media consumption and like a different style or design.
The Note 5 comes with an all new S Pen which now has a more satisfying click to resemble a true pen experience. This also brings in Air Command and added note features like taking notes while your phone’s display is off.
The S6 Edge+, much like the S6 Edge, brings the edge capabilities and features like People Edge and App edge that help you bring up your favorite contacts and apps with just a swipe on the edge of the screen. The Edge also when placed upside down on a table shows a colored animation when there is an incoming call with the color you have assigned with a specific contact.
The Note 5 and S6 Edge+ also has an accessory called the Keyboard Cover which is sold separately and allows you to have a physical QWERTY keyboard along with physical navigation controls on your device allowing for a more faster typing experience for when you may need it.
You can get a full charge with rapid charging via micro usb in about 90 minutes and 120 minutes through wireless charging with the new Samsung Wireless Charger capable of fast wireless charging.
In terms of design, Both feature a glass and metal construction with glass on the front and back and a metal frame holding it in place. While this does make the phones a bit more slippery (which can be cured by slapping on a skin), it provides a premium feel unlike the plastic materials used in previous generation devices.
This does remove the ability to use a microsd card for expansion or have a removable battery. But this still isn’t a deal breaker. The Note 5 has edges on the bottom which seem to be more comfortable to hold while the S6 Edge+ provides the edges on the front as part of the screen.
For most general users, 32 GB must do just as well and again Samsung provides options up to 128 GB for when you need it. If you’re unsure on what to get, we wrote a little article to help you figure it out here.
The battery however maybe a little smaller but it still isn’t too bad due to the addition of rapid charging capabilities on both devices.
In terms of pricing, the S6 Edge+ will be more expensive than its Note 5 equivalent.
If you are someone who does a lot of traveling and loves to get work done without taking out your laptop, do a lot emailing or is pretty social, the Note 5 will definitely get the job done. For those who like to use their devices primarily for watching videos, like to experience a fancy new design or even like to try out a new experience and does not prefer the smaller screen (5.1 inch display) on the S6 Edge, the S6 Edge+ is your better bet. Do keep in mind that as its name suggests, the S6 Edge and Edge+ are pretty similar in specifications and design. Your primarily paying for the bigger screen although you do get some extra goodies like an additional gig of RAM and a slightly larger battery.