iPhone 6s Plus vs. Galaxy Note 5: Real-World Speed Test Proves Apple Is Faster


Super fanboys will have fun with this one: it looks like Apple's iPhone 6s Plus has smoked Samsung's Android-based Galaxy Note 5.

In today's mobile-centric world, the heated arguments about which mobile operating system is better — Android or iOS — are akin to the desktop Mac versus PC debates. For now, it seems Apple's iPhone 6s is edging out Android's mightiest Samsung Galaxy Note 5 (and by quite a large margin, too).

On paper, however, Samsung's Galaxy Note 5 is the clear winner in the specs race running an eight-core Exynos 7420 processor and a whopping 4GB of RAM. Apple's iPhone, on the other hand, seemingly chugs along at a slower pace with a dual core Apple A9 chip and "only" 2GB of RAM.

High-end specs will tend to reflect higher benchmark scores, but those numbers may get jumbled up in real-world situations where users really push their smartphones to the limits.

YouTuber David Rahimi does exactly that on his PhoneBuff channel. In the three-minute test, Rahimi compares an iPhone 6s Plus and Galaxy Note 5 side by side by testing how fast each unit loads and reloads apps and how speedily each tackles multitasking.

Rahimi begins by launching the stopwatches on each unit's clock apps. He jumps straight into the native apps from each handset such as the gallery and the camera. At this early point in the test, the Note 5 seems to run quicker through each app's animations. Once Rahimi gets into games like Temple Run 2 and Angry Birds, the tables soon turn in Apple's favor.

The iPhone starts to build up at least a whole second's lead over the Note 5 when Rahimi goes into Photoshop Mix and fires up each handset's mobile browsers and points them to Amazon's website. On this first "lap," the iPhone loads up Rahimi's apps in just 49 seconds while the Note is right behind at just 51 seconds.

It's the multitasking "lap" that Rahimi puts each phone through that ultimately shows how fast Apple's latest iPhone really is. Remember, the Note 5 has two more gigabytes of RAM than the iPhone 6s. The way that the Note handles multitasking in the background, however, drags it down.

The iPhone 6s Plus has all of Rahimi's apps ready to go back into action when needed; the Note 5's software forces each app to reload again because TouchWiz (for some reason) doesn't keep those same apps open in the background. In the end, the iPhone finished cycling through Rahimi's apps in 1 minute and 13 seconds while the Note 5 finally caught up after a full 16 seconds at 1 minute and 29 seconds.

Photo: Brett Jordan | Flickr 

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