The introduction of a stylus on the Galaxy Note series of phablets was received with great interest. The users were fascinated by this new tool because they were able to take notes or to draw directly on the screen and Samsung kept improving the stylus, increasing the pressure sensitivity and adding new functions. But Samsung isn’t the South Korean manufacturer which added a stylus to its phones. LG brought a “Stylus” version for its G3 flagship, and this year, we have a successor. Here’s a comparison between the Note 5 and the LG G4 Stylus.
Designs and Displays
The Note 5 is a big improvement over its predecessor. Samsung ditched the cheap looking plastic back with faux leather pattern in favor of a glass and metal design. After years of bad reviews because of its bad choices regarding the appearance of its phones, the company has asked its best designers to think of something new and their efforts paid off. The Galaxy S6 came with a slippery glass back which has four variants of colors: Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, Silver Titan and White Pearl. The Note 5’s sides are protected with a metal frame and the physical dimensions are 153.2×76.1×7.6mm. The screen measures 5.7-inch, being identical to that from the previous model, which means that it kept its QHD resolution (with 518ppi) and below it’s found the usual oval home button with the fingerprint scanner hidden inside.
The G4 Stylus looks a lot like the G3, featuring a brushed metal back (Metallic Silver or Floral White) and the volume and power button sit under the rear camera. The device seems to be taller and thicker than the Note 5, measuring 154.3×79.2×9.6mm and the screen has the same size, but a lower resolution of 720x1280pixels at only 258ppi. While Samsung is usually using its own Super AMOLED screen technology, LG is creating IPS LCD panels which produce colder tones, likewise the Note 5, the LG phablet comes with a stylus.
The LG G4 Stylus has the specs of a mid-range phone, because it comes with an inferior Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 chipset, but there are two variants of processors – the LG H635 model is powered by a quad-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A53 processor, while the 3G model has a more powerful octa-core 1.4GHz processor, but both of them share an Adreno 306 GPU. You’re allowed to expand the internal memory up to 128GB using a microSD card, but the LG H635 model supports 16GB of internal storage and 1GB of RAM, while T-Mobile is offering a model with 16GB of storage and 2GB of RAM.
The Note 5 has the latest and currently the most powerful proprietary processor, which is an Exynos 7420 with four cores running at 1.5GHz and four cores are clocked at 2.1GHz. So far, you’d think that we’re talking about the Galaxy S6, but Samsung added an extra gig of RAM, so its capacity has been increased up to 4GB. Now, the phablet doesn’t support a microSD card slot, so you’ll settle for one of the two variants of internal memories of 32GB or 64GB.
Cameras and Batteries
The Note 5 outperforms its rival in any area, but if you are curious to learn more about its cameras, then you should know that the one from the back has a resolution of 16MP and it’s accompanied by features such as OIS, autofocus, LED flash, 1/2.6′ sensor size, 1.12µm pixel size and a wider aperture of f/1.9, while the front camera has been upgraded from 3.7MP to 5MP.
The LG G4 Stylus features a 13MP main camera on the model sold by T-Mobile and its features include OIS, dual-LED flash and laser autofocus, while the LG H635 model sports a weaker 8MP back camera with LED flash and laser autofocus, on the front side was used a decent 5MP camera.
Both batteries are non-removable and have a capacity of 3000mAh, but only the Note 5 supports wireless charging and quick charging.