Galaxy Note5 and S6 Edge+: Wrap Up
Most of our benchmarks showed the Galaxy Note5 and S6 Edge+ running neck and neck with the original Galaxy S6. In the browsing and graphics related tests though, these new Samsung flagships pulled somewhat ahead. System level benchmarks didn’t show much of a performance difference, but in real world use, the experience is enhanced by the additional memory—running many apps, switching between them, etc. is buttery smooth.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ And Note5 - Find Them At Amazon
Save for a couple of features, the Galaxy Note5 and S6 Edge+ are very similar. The Note5 includes Samsung’s S-Pen and some additional software to support it, while the S6 Edge+ eschews the stylus in favor of a beautiful curved screen and associated bezel that gives the device a slimmer feel. Both of the phones sport all of the Android goodness of the original S6 / S6 Edge, with some tweaks to the camera app for more stable video, along with quick charging capabilities (you can fully charge the phones in roughly 90 mins), and fast wireless charging options too. Finally, the cameras in these phones are top notch as well, producing some of the best stills and video we've taken from a smartphone.
Depending on your perspective, there are a couple of drawbacks to these devices, however. The same design choices that give the Galaxy Note5 and S6 Edge+ their premium build quality and feel, are what make their batteries non-removable. Neither device has expandable storage via microSD card either. If those features are what made the Note 4 (or previous versions) attractive to you, the Note5 and Edge+ may not be quite as appealing. There is also cost to consider. The Samsung Galaxy Note5 starts at $249 on-contract for the 32GB version; the Galaxy S6 Edge+ will set you back $299 for the 32GB version. Of course, pricing shoots up considerably should you want either device off-contract.
Those prices are certainly high in light of some of the excellent, much more affordable smartphones from this past year, but there are clearly more than a few reasons why Samsung can charge a premium here. The Samsung Galaxy Note5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ are easily two of the best large-screen smartphones we have put our hands on thus far.