The Note 5 emerges victorious from our reader comparison, beats the Nexus 6P in all but one category

The Note 5 emerges victorious from our reader comparison, beats the Nexus 6P in all but one category

When talking phablets, it's always this one company that immediately springs to mind. Samsung. And that's all kinds of deserved, to be honest, for it was no other than the South Korean giant that truly popularized the category. What's even more impressive is that, in what is a rarity in any industry, it was the large corporation that was ahead of its fans, and not the other way around. So while those same fans were screaming for the size madness to stop, Samsung persevered, betting that phablets will form a big part of the industry's future. The bet paid off, big time.

Today, Samsung continues to be a leader in the phablet vertical, with its signature Note line still going strong. This is reflected in our own review, which scored the latest member — the Note 5 — highly, but also in the results from our reader comparison, where it was pitted against Google's also excellent Nexus 6P. And here come the details.

A total of 11,200 votes were cast across four categories spanning design, display, interface, and camera. The final tally is 6,973 votes for the Samsung camp, and 4227 for the Google team, or a 62% to 38% split. A significant advantage, but not a thorough win — the Nexus 6P brings the UI medal home, with a 1598 to 1038 vote split in its favor. It seems that for all the progress Samsung made with this years's crop of devices, TouchWiz still needs work in the eyes of our readers. That, or we've all grown tired of waiting for months on end to get an update prompt promising to bring our devices up to speed with the times.

Here's the obligatory breakdown:

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Galaxy Note 5
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3000 mAh(22h 3G talk time)
Nexus 6P
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3450 mAh

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51 Comments

1. TyrionLannister unregistered

Note 5 is the better phablet. But if I was spending my money, I think the extra money spent for note 5 isn't worth it and I'd get the nexus.

27. Plume-Veil

Posts: 174; Member since: Nov 19, 2015

Which is very poorly made, and bends very easily . The Nexus4 had the best design. N5 way to big and weird looking. And now this.

34. techandbeers

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

The 6P is not poorly made. I'd take the 6P over the note 5 all day long, not even looking at price.

37. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Do you actually have one to make that statement, or are you just repeating what you read on the internet. Like I said in the last article, all of the issues it's having are affecting only a handful of people, but it's being reported over and over and making it look bigger than it is.

28. Acer_Predator unregistered

there is no better everything is same. You do the same with the any new phone.. main thing is the price! and u know that..

43. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Depends o what you want, note5 has better battery life and feels much smaller. I got one for price as of 6p, but i guess note5's price will keep dropping and eventually become cheaper.

50. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

i own s6 edge, i was worried about that touchwiz, i hate it, but no i am running some nova launcher and some adjustments it looks stock android, so problem solved about stock android

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The Note 5 is the best ever, not in all areas, it has its quirks, but overall it's tops.

5. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

So your 6S Plus doesn't "just work", Mr iJedii? So Note5 is best? *Scary comment from an iFan*

10. iushnt

Posts: 3053; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Why do you have to initiate fanwar in his honest comment!!

16. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Never mind, Jedii remains my buddy. I just wanted to let him know that I enjoy him alot here. no sarcasm.

19. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Yea....i jus think jedi is a fan of technology. ....iphone,android....i don't thunk he cares

20. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

*think

23. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Yeah too. I barely see guys like him who like both iOS and Android. Heck, I'm an Apple hostile and an Androu id loyal. I just hate iOS, it's so lock down that it suffocates me; I'll take total freedom over timely iUpdates any day.

30. Plume-Veil

Posts: 174; Member since: Nov 19, 2015

Same here to, I find it a lie beleiving in him.

39. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exactly bro. +1

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's the very I don't converse with him.

29. Plume-Veil

Posts: 174; Member since: Nov 19, 2015

You don't converse with him because people find it to hard to believe you. Because you are an iFan deep down.

24. Plume-Veil

Posts: 174; Member since: Nov 19, 2015

And it's very hard to believe !

3. murtazarzv

Posts: 14; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Note. 5 is way better ,...only smart9hone to buy in this category

35. techandbeers

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

I think the Nexus 6P is way better, and many sites called it "The Best Android Phone Out" So no, the note 5 is not way better.

4. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

As much as I hate lagwiz its still a better option on a high end flagship phablet. It gives note 5 tons of useful features. No need to install apps, no need to look for apps and guides, most of those features are already there. Not to mention the pen gives it a new life. 6P is brilliant. Its a great value especially in USA for its price. But it has nothing extra in terms of features that a 200$ motorola phone has.

6. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

the touchwiz lag is gone in 2015. Have you really tried the Note5 yet??? Or you just enjoy crap talk? Heck the Note5 got nothing extra versus a 200 bucks Motorola??? man, you're just a Sammy troll.

9. Deca-core

Posts: 75; Member since: Nov 20, 2015

He meant Nexus 6P.

11. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

alright, Mr 10-core

12. iushnt

Posts: 3053; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

read his comment properly. He didn't compare Note 5 with Motorola..

17. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Yeah, what I did is called poking. It always works!

45. Fire5

Posts: 315; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

You have a point there.

7. murtazarzv

Posts: 14; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Touchwiz is smooth now

8. murtazarzv

Posts: 14; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Touchwiz is smooth now

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