Samsung had a stormy comeback, releasing its latest flagships in two variants: one with a flat screen and the other one having a curved screen wrapping both sides of the device. The fans love the new flagships, especially the Edge version, which has additional features, but in this article we won’t focus merely on the Galaxy S6 Edge and we’ll try to highlight the difference between this premium smartphone and Google’s current phablet, the Nexus 6, which was launched last year.
Without a doubt, the Galaxy S6 is looking extraordinary, featuring a metallic frame and both on both sides, but the problem is that you must be very careful with it not to drop it, because you’ll risk cracking the back and it’s very expensive to replace the damaged part. The phone has a thickness of only 7mm, which makes it very comfortable to hold.
The Nexus 6 has a plastic shell and a similar design to Moto X 2014, since the phone was created by Motorola. The device isn’t spectacular but rather sturdy and has thickness of 10.1mm. It’s much larger and has a bigger screen, but it lacks a pen stylus and the owners must use hands to operate on it. Though, the Nexus 6 has a slight advantage: the front-firing stereo speakers from the top and bottom.
Both devices are equipped with displays from Samsung and they support the same QHD resolution of 1440x2560pixels, but if you’re obsessed with larger displays, then you’ll love Nexus 6’s 5.96inches screen with a pixel density of 493ppi. Unfortunately, the screen is a fingerprint magnet, but at least it has great viewing angles. We hope you don’t mind the asymmetrical bezels which make the device look odd.
The screen on the Galaxy S6 Edge supports up to 577 ppi and has improved brightness levels, reaching up to 600nits. The Super AMOLED display measures 5.1inches and it’s protected with the latest Corning Gorilla Glass 4.
The Nexus 6 came with pure stock Android 5.0 Lollipop, but now it’s upgradable to 5.1 Lollipop. The interface is clean and transparent, being packed with basic applications. The Galaxy S6 Edge, on the other hand, is using the new TouchWiz Android interface which is less cluttered and more user-friendly. Samsung added the fingerprint sensor as a security measure, which means that you can lock and unlock your phone using your fingerprint.
The Galaxy S6 Edge received the 14nm octa-core Exynos 7420 processor on which Samsung has been working hard and paired it with 3GB of RAM and ARM Mali T760 graphics and in all benchmarks, the results were remarkable, showing that this configuration offers high quality performance.
The Nexus 6 runs on last year’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor which has only four cores, but it also supports 3GB of RAM. Unfortunately, it can’t keep up with Galaxy S6 Edge’s performance.
Regarding the storage options, neither the Galaxy S6 Edge nor the Nexus 6 support microSD card slots, so you’re stuck with the built in memories with capacities of 32/64/128 GB (UFS 2.0) and 32/64 GB respectively.
The Galaxy S6 Edge not only has a rear camera with a higher resolution (16MP), but it’s also helped by many useful features: F1.9 aperture (the Galaxy S5 had F2.2 aperture), HDR, infrared white balance and it launches very quickly, double-press of the home button. The front camera is 5MP and it takes great selfies.
The Nexus 6 offers a 13MP rear camera with F/2.0 aperture, dual-LED flash, optical image stabilization and it’s capable to record UHD 4K videos. Its front camera doesn’t produce accurate images because it’s only 2MP, but if you make video calls, the shooter is very useful.
The battery on the Galaxy S6 Edge is 2600mAh and lasts 12 hours when browsing over WiFi, or 11 hours when browsing over LTE. If you’re watching videos, the phone lasts 13 hours, and if you’re listening to music, the battery will stay alive for 49 hours. The fast wired charging option will give you 4 hours of usage if you’ll keep the phone 10 minutes on the charger.
The Nexus 6 has a 3220mAh battery which should last around 8 hours with on-screen usage. The device supports wireless charging and the fast charger will take the battery to the full capacity in one hour and a half.