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Video shows the Galaxy Note 5 can’t keep up with the iPhone 6 despite superior hardware

Published Aug 25th, 2015 3:30PM EDT
Galaxy Note 5 Vs. iPhone 6 Speed Test
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If you were to pit the Galaxy Note 5 against the iPhone 6 in terms of raw specs, the Note 5 would clobber Apple’s 2014 flagship phone. As we’ve seen in the past, however, hardware specs don’t tell us everything we need to know about a phone’s performance.

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A YouTuber with the account name DroidModderX ROOT Master (in other words, not an Apple fanboy) recently decided to pit the Galaxy Note 5 against the iPhone 6 in a speed test for opening up various applications. Despite the fact that the Note 5 has 4GB of RAM and the iPhone 6 has just 1GB of RAM, the iPhone 6 kept pace with the Note 5 in terms of being able to quickly open and load common apps.

But where the iPhone really blew the Note 5 out of the water was when DroidModderX started opening up apps for the second time. In this case, the apps that had already been opened once on the iPhone 6 popped up instantly while the apps that had been opened on the Note 5 still had to go through their full load times.

“As you can see, [the iPhone 6] is kind of blowing the Note 5 out of the water now because it doesn’t have to totally reopen apps,” DroidModderX explains during the video. “The Note 5 closes out every app and then totally has to reopen it… Part of the problem with TouchWiz is the way it handles memory… where as the iPhone 6 was able to just reopen the app from in the background.”

Check out the whole video below and see for yourself.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.