Galaxy S8+ vs Galaxy Note 5: Worth the Upgrade?

With the Samsung Galaxy S8 official and set to be released April 21st buyers are weighing all of their options or considering an upgrade. It has a huge curved screen and tons to offer, which is why many potential buyers are interested. For those that are, here’s how the new and bigger Galaxy S8+ compares to the Galaxy Note 5.

On March 29th Samsung formally unveiled both phones for 2017. The Galaxy S8 has a 5.8-inch curved screen, while the bigger S8+ has a 6.2-inch display. With the April 21st release date near, these key details will help you decide which is right for you.

Read: Best Samsung Galaxy S8 Deals

After the failure and recall of the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 is the last big phone available. As a result millions still use it today. Now that it’s starting to show its age, is it time to upgrade? This is everything you need to know about the Galaxy S8+ and how it differs from the Note 5.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 is still a great phone. It offers a beautiful premium design that’s all metal and glass. The screen is large at 5.7-inches with a Quad-HD resolution, and of course there is a stylus. Owners know what it has to offer, and what makes it great.

However, it’s now two years old and there’s no viable replacement in most Samsung users eyes. The Note 7 was canceled, and nothing else compares. And while the upcoming Galaxy S8 and S8+ don’t have an S-Pen, there’s so much more to appreciate. We have big screens, water resistance, a microSD slot (that’s a big one) and better battery life.

In fact, the “small” and regular Galaxy S8 has a bigger 5.8-inch display. Which looks about the same size as the Note 5 when you consider the rounded corners, curved edges and the taller design. And then there’s the Galaxy S8+ with a massive 6.2-inch screen. That’s what were here for. What the big new S8+ has to offer, and why you should switch.

Read: 13 Official Accessories for the Galaxy S8

If you’re eligible for an upgrade and are trying to decide on what’s available now, or to wait, we’re here to help. We wouldn’t recommend getting the Galaxy S7 right now, or the LG G5 and V20. Instead, get the Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus. Or learn some new Galaxy Note 5 tricks with our 45 tips.

It all comes down to personal preference, needs and your budget. But if you’re still using Samsung’s Note 5 here we’ll be discussing what’s different on their newest phone. Without further delay, check out the slideshow below full of helpful information, photos and more.

Galaxy S8+ vs Galaxy Note 5: Display

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Galaxy S8+ vs Galaxy Note 5: Display

 Obviously the first thing you're going to notice, and what most buyers are after, is the display. Samsung's lead the pack when it comes to screens for years, but they've outdone themselves in 2017.

The new Galaxy S8+ has a massive 6.2-inch Infinity Display, in a package about the size of most 5.5-inch phones. It's using a new S-AMOLED Quad-HD display with an even higher 2990 x 1440 resolution, and it looks stunning. The edges are curved, on both actually, and there's no flat model. If you chose the Note 5 over the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, that won't be an option this year. It looks like all of Samsung's flagship phones will have these beautiful curved screens from here on out. 

But that's a good thing. It looks good, feels great, and doesn't get in the way or have accidental touches. I've even turned off the "edge" features and just enjoy the premium design. You can too. 

As a comparison the Note 5 has a 5.7-inch Quad-HD display that's completely flat. IT's also not as tall and decently wider. That's how Samsung's managed to make such a big screen so usable. It's thin and tall, perfect for one-handed use. So if the Note 5 wasn't too much, you'll be just fine with the 6.2-inch Galaxy S8+. At the end of the day just know the screen has a slightly higher resolution, it's much bigger overall, and it's long and skinny. Rather than wide and slightly taller like the old Galaxy Note 5. 

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