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 Note5
  • Display 5.7 inches 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera) 5 MP front
  • Hardware Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 7.0 Nougat Samsung TouchWiz UI
Nexus 6P
  • Display 5.7 inches 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP (Single camera) 8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 3GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB,
  • Battery 3450 mAh
  • OS Android 8.1 Oreo

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