When comparing Galaxy Note 5 vs OnePlus 3, the Slant community recommends OnePlus 3 for most people. In the question“What are the best Android phones?” OnePlus 3 is ranked 6th while Galaxy Note 5 is ranked 12th. The most important reason people chose OnePlus 3 is:
With a 3000mAh battery, and efficient display as well as processor allow the OnePlus 3 to provide a good battery life. For all but the most demanding users, this phone will last a full day off the charger. Very heavy users may need to top it up for 15 minutes or so, but thanks to rapid charging this will be enough. Running a full HD video for 90 minutes resulted in a 23% battery drop, and the battery has been tested to last up to 8 hours of web browsing or 13 hours of video playback under ideal circumstances.
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Pro Good performance
The Exynos 7420 is a powerful processor, as dhown by the following benchmarks; AnTuTu scored 56852, AndroBench 3 scored 385.39 MB/s for sequential read, and in Epic Citadel it averaged 48.2 fps on ultra high quality. These scores place it at the very top of the processing charts, and very high (but not leading) the gaming scores.
Pro Excellent display
The 5.7" Amoled display with its 1440p resolution looks stunning. Blacks are truly black, colors are extremely vivid, and viewing angles are great as always.
Pro Great build
Samsung has updated the build materials to look and feel very premium. The rear glass is curved so it's more comfortable to hold (which is important for a big phone), and the metal band on the sides help give the phone feel like it costs as much as it does.
Pro TouchWizz features
Samsung offer an incredible degree of customisability within TouchWizz (which has a far lighter "touch" to it compared to previous iterations.
Pro S-Pen Support
The usual Note feature of an S-Pen is included in it's best form to date (excluding the Note 7.. of course).
Pro Solid battery life
The Note 5 has really good battery life, and will last even heavy users a full day. In the odd scenario where you do need to charge it quickly, you can as it supports QuickCharge.
The Note 5 only drops 14% battery when playing a 90 minute looped video, and GSMArena rates the battery at 85h which is a solid score (for reference, 60h is considered around average).
Pro Great camera
The camera launches extremely quickly, and takes very good pictures as well. The focus time is low, and it has OIS which really helps with low-light photography.
You can also manually change settings such as ISO, white balance, and aperture.
Pro Multi-window support
Tap and hold the recent apps button to enter multi-window mode. This allows you to have two apps running on the phone at once (similar to Windows' snap-to-the-edges feature). Only specific apps are supported, but Samsung has a decent variety.
You can also minimize apps into a little bubble. Again, only certain apps are supported but Chrome and the calculator are two examples.
Pro All-day battery life
With a 3000mAh battery, and efficient display as well as processor allow the OnePlus 3 to provide a good battery life. For all but the most demanding users, this phone will last a full day off the charger. Very heavy users may need to top it up for 15 minutes or so, but thanks to rapid charging this will be enough.
Running a full HD video for 90 minutes resulted in a 23% battery drop, and the battery has been tested to last up to 8 hours of web browsing or 13 hours of video playback under ideal circumstances.
Pro Super fast app switching
With 6GB of RAM - 50% more than other industry-leading smartphone - the OnePlus 3 will be able to keep tons of apps loaded in memory. This means that apps won't have to re-load often, making the phone feel faster and also saving a bit of battery life (as the apps won't need to re-load which can tax the processor).
Pro Easy notification handling
The OnePlus 3 has a notification slider with 3 positions that toggles between all notifications, priority notifications, and do not disturb mode. This is very handy because you won't need to pull your phone out and turn the screen on to change the alert profiles anymore - you can do it from within your pocket.
Pro Battery charges very quickly
The OnePlus 3 will charge up to 60% in 30 minutes without heating up the phone like Qualcomm's QuickCharge.
Pro Good build quality
Instead of the plastic clad phones of yesteryear, the OnePlus 3 is encased in a metal body this time around. While the design is remarkably similar to the HTC 10 (and HTC One M7 - M9), it feels solid and looks great.
Pro Dual SIM compatible
With 2 SIM slots, users can be more adventurous with their carriers. Whether it be getting a cheaper talk & text plan on one SIM and a data-only tablet plan on the other, or a work SIM and a personal SIM, you have the ability to pick your SIM solution. While this isn't common in North America, many other parts of the world often request this feature.
Pro Customizable software
The OnePlus 3 uses their own Oxygen OS. Oxygen OS provides many custmizable features. For example, just for button options you have the ability to switch from on-screen to off-screen buttons, add a long-touch option, and even the button placement can be configured (back button can be either on the left or right).
Options like these are available for other areas of the phone as well, like the built-in dark theme to take advantage of the Amoled display, and the ability to move the clock in the status bar to the left, center, right, or remove it entirely (useful if you wear a watch).
Pro Great picture quality
No matter the circumstances - very bright, low light, or shaky hands, pictures taken on the OnePlus 3 always seem to turn out alright. While the absolute quality falls short of the top-tier manufactures cameras slightly, the OnePlus 3 is more than competent enough to get the job done in virtually any scenario.
Pro Great fingerprint sensor
The OnePlus 3's fingerprint scanner is both accurate as well as quick to act. It also doesn't click down (it's capacitive), which means that you just need to lightly put your finger on it to be read. As a minor side benefit, one less moving button means less chance of it malfunctioning or wearing out down the line.
Con No external memory support
Note 5 does not support external memory like Note 4, more over , battery is also not removable.
Con Painfully slow Android updates
Samsung take way to (unacceptably) long to pass on Android updates.
Con Design is not that great
The phone is quite slippery to hold, the back glass cover is not dust-proof, and the audio jack is located at the bottom.
Con Missing connectivity
No IR Blaster (used to control TVs, air conditioners, or other appliences that use a remote control) or FM Radio
Con Limited American carrier support
The OnePlus 3 won't work on Verizon or Sprint (but will work on T-Mobile, AT&T, and most GSM carriers world-wide).
Con Slightly blocky text when viewing it up close
The OnePlus 3 uses the Pentile submatrix for pixels, which makes the resolution not appear as crisp as it should be (compared to another 5.5" 1080p display it will look more pixelated). While not a big issue for most, some will be able to recognize the difference in sharpness when compared to other 1080p displays, and especially 1440p displays which are becoming common.
Con Poor VR experience
The display has 1080p resolution which will look good on its own, however will look very grainy if used with VR (virtual reality). This is significant, because OnePlus has released the Loop VR.
Con Shaky video capture
Even with OIS, videos come out with constant minor shakes. While panning these skakes are less noticeable.
Con Slow official updates
OnePlus has traditionally been very slow to update their phones to new Android versions - considerably slower than the major manufacturers.