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Google Nexus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Google Nexus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Google Nexus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Google Nexus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Google Nexus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Big phones are big business, that’s certainly true by just peaking at what’s out on the market right now. These so-called phablets have perched in that spot in between smartphones and tablets, as they offer a few tablet-like qualities in a package that’s still reasonable to carry around in our pockets. No doubt a phablet of sorts, due to its immense size, the Google Nexus 6 is the newest entrant in the space – one that naturally showcases the most up-to-date experience in Android 5.0 Lollipop. Needless to say, that one particular notion is enticing on its own, but it’s going to need more than just that to knock off the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 from its pedestal of being THE phablet to own at the moment.


They’re a handful, that’s for sure. The Nexus 6 has a pretty solid construction, but the Note 4 has its own enticing assets.

Okay, so we know that we’re dealing with big phones here, as one-handed operation can prove to be cumbersome for those with smaller hands, but between them, the Nexus 6 is more of a handful to operate – just because it’s wider, taller, thicker, and heavier. Visually, though, it’s tough to say which of the two sports the better design, seeing that they both have their unique qualities . We’ll give the Nexus 6 the slight advantage when it comes to having a sturdier construction, but we also dig the Note 4’s design.

That 'more is better' mentality is well alive with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, which can be regarded as a good or bad thing depending on who you talk to, but either way, its arsenal of amenities give it a versatile punch over the Nexus 6. In particular it features an IR blaster, finger print sensor, removable battery, and a microSD card slot. Those are things that the Nexus 6 doesn't offer.

Google Nexus 6
6.27 x 3.27 x 0.4 inches
159.26 x 82.98 x 10.06 mm
6.49 oz (184 g)

Google Nexus 6

Samsung Galaxy Note 4
6.04 x 3.09 x 0.33 inches
153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm
6.21 oz (176 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


Don’t worry, their quad-HD screens pack a whole lot of detail. Still, the Note 4’s AMOLED screen boasts better qualities that make it more usable.Big phones carry big displays, and in the case of these two, their massive diagonals are also complemented with extreme resolutions to make them future-proof. Specifically, the Nexus 6 features a 5.96-inch 1440 x 2560 AMOLED display – while the Note 4 chimes in with a 5.7-inch 1440 x 2560 Super AMOLED panel. Sure, there’s a slight advantage on paper with the Note 4’s display when it relates to details, but in all seriousness, it’s really tough to distinguish that as we look at the two screens from the same, normal viewing distance. There's more than enough pixels on both displays!

While they are pretty evenly matched in the size and resolution departments, there are some differences that we need to mention. First off, the Note 4 manages to be the brighter screen with its measured maximum brightness of about 468 nits. Unfortunately, the Nexus 6's display maxes out at about 270 nits, which is fairly low. Despite that, both AMOLED panels are capable of displaying ultra vibrant and punchy visuals. However, the Note 4 features an alternative screen mode that allows it to switch to a more toned-down, natural-looking image, which is always a good thing to have. Still, we have to acknowledge that the Nexus 6's panel does exhibit a very nice and realistic color balance, which isn't something the Note 4 can totally claim, due to its slight yellowish tint.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 468
Google Nexus 6 270
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posted on 12 Nov 2014, 12:13 23

1. tech2 (Posts: 3323; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

There is just Amoled and then there is a SAMSUNG Amoled !

When it comes to Amoled NO ONE does it better then Samsung !


posted on 12 Nov 2014, 12:15 3

3. shaineql (Posts: 342; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)

Sammy king of Amoled
But Nexus with Snappy 805 / Android 5.0 is pure performance , less features, ALOT less features , but unmatched performance

posted on 12 Nov 2014, 12:23 15

4. tech2 (Posts: 3323; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

Oh Yeah ? Well then tell me if Nexus 6 is better in performance then Note 4 then

1. Why did Note 4 beat Nexus 6 (with so called 'pure' android) comprehensively in battery department inspite of being about the same battery size ?

2. Why if Nexus 6 is so snappy then why does it take 4 secs to take a picture while Note 4 does it in 2.8 secs ?

The thing is there is a perception out there that TouchWiz is heavy and laggy. Whereas, it has improved drastically with N4 and believe it or not it is even better then stock android. Visually it could use some facial uplift but it is extremely good and even better in some areas then stock android in performance department.

posted on 12 Nov 2014, 12:27 3

6. milesboy5 (Posts: 175; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)

Because Samsung with the use of TouchWiz was able to optimize their battery life in a way that stock android does not. Which is unfortunate. Fortunately the Nexus 6 still has an incredible battery life.

As for the camera, it has to do with the camera selection that moto made and the fact that stock android again does not include the specific optimizations for that camera as with Samsung has done with its cameras.

posted on 12 Nov 2014, 12:40 5

9. tech2 (Posts: 3323; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

It is well documented that the stock camera app (not the hardware but Google's camera algorithm) is absolutely dismal.

Tell me one Nexus which had a decent camera, just one ?! I remember seeing the camera comparison of GS4 international and GS4 Google play edition comparison. Even then with the same optics GS4 GPE lost to GS4 international.

posted on 12 Nov 2014, 12:42 1

10. shaineql (Posts: 342; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)

Oh im using Touchwizz for 3 years now on different devices , but im also using Pure android as you call it on my nexus 5.
I know Note 4 is better device in every possible way except when it comes to UI performance , i can switch between apps 2x faster on my Nexus 5 than i can on my Note 3, also when running some heavy apps or games like GTA SA and then press home button Nexus 5 reacts instantly while Note 3 takes 3-4 secs sometimes to redraw launcher ..

Benchmark is test of GPU power in 90% of cases , but in general use you and everyone else notices how smoother AOSP is compared to any other Android skin.

posted on 12 Nov 2014, 12:50 5

12. tech2 (Posts: 3323; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

I agree with you on the first para but not on the second.

Note 4's TouchWiz is a significant improvement over Note 3 that's why. Trust me I've tried it myself instore comparing it to my GS5 and Note 4 is much-much snappier then GS5.

Here see the difference yourself:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUHjYP5NXzE
Infact, it even beat iphone 6 plus:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVkaY-F6Zhs

.......and things will only get better when TouchWiz is introduced.

posted on 12 Nov 2014, 12:50 1

13. bigmaster (Posts: 198; Member since: 05 Sep 2014)

That's because of S voice enabled the double tap on the home button to activate S voice, Just disable it, Simple!

posted on 12 Nov 2014, 13:00 3

14. tech2 (Posts: 3323; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

Yup. didn't think of that. LOL

I just wish S voice just dies away. That thing shouldn't exist !

posted on 12 Nov 2014, 13:05 1

15. bigmaster (Posts: 198; Member since: 05 Sep 2014)

Yeah ,LOL!! Once I got my Note 4 that was the first thing I did !

posted on 12 Nov 2014, 17:13

21. DroidMystic (Posts: 76; Member since: 31 Oct 2014)

What do you call performance? Are you okay by saying that Samsung Touchwiz on the Note 4 perform better than the Nexus 6?
The man talk about performance not features or options.

Android Lollipop on Nexus 6 perform better than the Note 4 and you can see the performances through out the benchmarks. Samsung only get one higher speed than the Nexus 6. But for the rest the Nexus 6 kill the Note 4 in performance.

Performance is based on the OS and Touchwiz or any other UI will not beat the Android stock.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 04:02

32. shalinsaini29 (Posts: 5; Member since: 14 Nov 2014)

If you put stock android on note 4 note 4 wins with any phone out there
And if touch wiz did not had those features touchwiz is more snappy than stock

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 04:08

34. shalinsaini29 (Posts: 5; Member since: 14 Nov 2014)

If you put stock android on note 4 note 4 wins with any phone out there
And if touch wiz did not had those features touchwiz is more snappy than stock

posted on 13 Nov 2014, 00:19

25. laughmi (banned) (Posts: 283; Member since: 28 Oct 2014)

Also becz Samsung makes better performing batteries than Motorola

posted on 13 Nov 2014, 11:46

27. pulkit1 (Posts: 354; Member since: 03 Jul 2014)

don't give me this crap that touchwiz is faster than stock android . nexus 5 is smoother and faster than note 4 but looks like nexus 6 is having some encryption issues .

posted on 13 Nov 2014, 12:14 1

28. tech2 (Posts: 3323; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

I am not giving you any 'crap'. The facts are in front of you I am only staying them. However, if you want to turn a blind eye to the facts in front of you then it's your prerogative.

I've even linked some videos showing comparison between speed test of note 4 and iP6plus in some comments above. I only talk in facts if you can't swallow them its not my problem. 'encryption error' lol.

posted on 12 Nov 2014, 12:30 2

7. jdoee100 (Posts: 334; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)

Nexus 6 is like putting intel i7 into chrome computer, when even i3 is too much for chrome. Waste of cpu. Note series are maximize to use both hardware and software.

posted on 12 Nov 2014, 18:58

23. sorcio46 (Posts: 434; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)

Both AMOLED displays are manufactured by Samsung -.-

posted on 12 Nov 2014, 12:13 4

2. nwright94 (Posts: 191; Member since: 14 Oct 2014)

Both great phones but I know now I definitely chose right with the Galaxy Note 4.

posted on 12 Nov 2014, 12:25 10

5. rockers123 (Posts: 132; Member since: 08 Sep 2013)

What happened to the pure Android battery? Seems like Touchwiz is more optimized than Stock

posted on 12 Nov 2014, 12:37 8

8. Arte.8800 (banned) (Posts: 48; Member since: 10 Nov 2014)

Nexus6 to big.

posted on 12 Nov 2014, 12:44 6

11. bigmaster (Posts: 198; Member since: 05 Sep 2014)

Note 4 FTW Hands DOWN !!

posted on 12 Nov 2014, 14:09 5

16. junaidahmed (Posts: 103; Member since: 04 Sep 2014)

Loving my note 4 even more, glad i didn't wait for this

posted on 12 Nov 2014, 14:38 4

17. Arte.8800 (banned) (Posts: 48; Member since: 10 Nov 2014)

Will be getting mine in 4 weeks time. Exynos version. Imported from Korea.

posted on 12 Nov 2014, 16:38 1

19. sipha (Posts: 432; Member since: 12 May 2012)

How did you get it imported all the way from korea?? & was it cheaper??

posted on 15 Nov 2014, 02:33

30. junaidahmed (Posts: 103; Member since: 04 Sep 2014)

Awesome, mine is Exynos too. Hey, is the Exynos version 64bit?

posted on 12 Nov 2014, 14:51

18. Pattyface (Posts: 1510; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)

I was waiting for the nexus 6 but went ahead and ordered the note 4 instead. I should be receiving it soon. We shall see how great it really is.

posted on 12 Nov 2014, 16:51

20. nathan.carter (Posts: 416; Member since: 11 Aug 2014)

so everyone here knows everything about the note 4 and nothing about software. NOTE4 HANDS DOWN! give me a break.....

posted on 12 Nov 2014, 17:17 2

22. DroidMystic (Posts: 76; Member since: 31 Oct 2014)

Nexus 6 win for me because.

1. Nexus 6 come with water resistant
2. Lollipop is already there.
3. Fastest update to the upcoming android OS.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 04:07

33. shalinsaini29 (Posts: 5; Member since: 14 Nov 2014)

Samsung is better in giving updates of new os than htc and sony

posted on 12 Nov 2014, 20:48

24. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3699; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

Correction: The Verizon version of the Note 4 is actually the cheapest of the major carriers. $700.

posted on 13 Nov 2014, 05:06

26. uzbek-mobile-man (Posts: 16; Member since: 27 Sep 2014)

Please, tell me if you are using LG G3 and Google Nexus 6.

Right now I am using HTC One M7. It's one of the best smartphones. But, indoors, in low-light situations, its camera takes photos and records video awfully, there's red-purple tint issue. Its battery is not removable. Its display is not big for internet surfing.

I need best cameraphone for photos and videos, indoors and outdoors.
I need a phone with large display for internet and watching videos.

What about LG G3 and Google Nexus 6? Their cameras for taking photos and recording videos indoors and outdoors? Are their flash light during camera working, video ilght? If they are good phones, I will buy one of them instead of HTC One M7.

Please, tell me. Thank you beforehand.

posted on 14 Nov 2014, 08:59

29. ggg377 (Posts: 20; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)

Nexus 6 camera is useless at night. Please do a Nexus 5 comparison, because it actually might be better in low light situations.

posted on 15 Nov 2014, 18:20

31. MeGustaHC (Posts: 8; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)

Galaxy Note 4 has a ~5.665" (143.9mm) Diagonal...

posted on 17 Nov 2014, 00:56

35. travisatx (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Nov 2014)

I definitely understand what all of you are talking about when it comes to touchwiz vs stock android, but those things aren't even really my concern. My question to you guys is, what was your last good Motorola phone. The two android based Motorolas that I had sucked a d!@# for the most part. Granted, those two phones introduced me to android but... I've never owned a Nexus before and I'm considering it, but it's that s**tty Motorola part that's getting me. I have owned a Samsung device which is my current phone and it is hands down the best device I've ever owned. I agree with you that Touchwiz, at least on the S4, is bloated crap, but still better than any device I've ever owned. Still I have never owned a Nexus, so I can't say anything about its performance. I've read good things though. Touchwiz in my opinion has a tendency to put out features that sound great on paper, but they never really perform as promised. I just wish I could get a Samsung Nexus. I wouldn't even think twice.

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