Nexus 6 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 5 – The Bigger, The Better?
Last year, Google made some waves with its first phablet which carries the signature of Motorola. The manufacturer was given the opportunity to test the upcoming Android Lollipop OS on the Nexus 6, an extra large Moto X 2015 with better specs. Samsung did a good job with the Note 4, which had many things in common with the Nexus 6, but the Note 5 is a total innovation, and we’re pretty sure that many Samsung fans will want to buy it.
Designs and Displays
The Nexus comes with a curved body made of matte plastic, it’s available in two variants of colors: Midnight Blue and Cloud White and has metal sides. The “nexus” logo is located below the dimple, which has Motorola’s logo engraved inside, and on the front side are found two horizontal bars. The screen is exaggerated, too large as some would say, because it measures almost 6-inch and it’s impossible to operate on it using only one hand – you won’t be able to reach the upper corners. The resolution is QHD, giving a pixel density of 493ppi, and the screen technology is AMOLED, from Samsung, which means that it makes the colors more vibrant than they are in reality. The device measures 159.3 x 83 x 10.1 mm, it weights 184 grams and it’s water resistant.
The Galaxy Note 5 is also a copy of another device, but it imitates the Galaxy S6 flagship, which came with a revolutionary design. The previous Samsung phones were looking cheaper because of the plastic bodies with ugly textures, and the company made some drastic changes, adding glass on the back. The Galaxy S5 came with an uninspired dotted pattern, while the Note 4 had a faux leather back. Now, both of their successors have the new design and they look more premium. The Note 5 is smaller than the Nexus 6, measuring 153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm, it weights 171 grams and it sports a Super AMOLED screen sized at 5.7-inch, which offers also a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels, but which supports a pixel density of 518 ppi. Don’t forget that the Note 5 comes with a stylus and a fingerprint scanner.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 was the most powerful 32bit processor in 2015, and the Nexus 6 was really a best thanks to the quad core CPU clocked at 2.7GHz, which was backed by 3GB of RAM. The Note 5 uses the same configuration as the Galaxy S6 – a 64bit Exynos 7420 octa core processor, but it’s backed by 4GB of RAM, to deliver a higher performance. Both devices have internal memories with capacities of 32 and 64GB, but none of them can be expanded.
The Nexus 6 has a larger battery of 3220mAh which supports built-in wireless charging (Qi) and quick charging, while the Note 5 has a battery of 3000mAh with Qi/PMA wireless charging and Rapid Charge. The rest of the connectivity options include WiFi, GPS, NFC and Bluetooth – the Nexus 6 has 4.1, while the Note 5 is newer and comes with version 4.2.
The Nexus 6 has a primary shooter which goes up against the 16MP camera from the back of the Note 5. Both cameras support optical image stabilization and record 2160p videos at 30fps, but the Nexus 6 has dual-LED flash. The front camera of the Note 5 is much more advanced, supporting a resolution of 5MP, which easily beats the 2MP front-facing camera of the Nexus 6.