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 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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51 Comments

51. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

no! Note5 is better in every war!!

49. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 895; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Imo except camera, nexus 6p is better than note 5

48. chenski

Posts: 798; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Which phone is better is all subjective, just buy the one you like and ignore all the haters

47. SamJasper

Posts: 12; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

Oh man! I don't own any of these two phones but I was voting like hell for the note 5 by just knowing the specs and I wasn't wrong.

42. yunikmaha

Posts: 29; Member since: Oct 19, 2013

for me it's 2 on 2. note 5 for display and design nexus 6p for the OS and camera

38. steelew

Posts: 222; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

How do they all know the screen and camera are better? I can see asking the rest of the questions because they are all a matter of opinion but the other two are basically facts and I'm sure none of these people have had the pleasure of trying both devices. I'm gonna have to call shenanigans on those two.

46. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

The camera is a tricky question - depends on your point of view. Overall colors and camera interface go to the Sammy, where detail and dynamic range go to the Nexus. Beyond that opinion is subjective - how you come away depends largely what kind of pictures one tends to take, as well as typical settings and time of day.

36. tokuzumi

Posts: 2031; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

That's because Touchwiz is still the worst skin ever created atop android. It might be marginally better than MIUI, but not much. Only Samsung and LG like to put massive skins atop android (HTC to a much smaller degree), whereas companies like Moto and Sony are leaving things mostly stock-looking. If moto made a new MotoX (2014) sized device with a snapdragon 8XX in it, and a great camera, they wouldn't be able to keep it on the shelves.

41. Plutonium239

Posts: 1263; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

LG doesn't put as massive a skin like Samsung. The reason the word "Lagdroid" exists is primarily due to Samsung, however, most android devices lag over time anyways, Samsung just gets the worst of it.

32. Quduz

Posts: 84; Member since: Aug 18, 2015

hate that ugly stock android icons and app drawer.you can always use material dark theme on the Samsung theme store,looks beautiful than stock android on nexus 6p

22. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Stock android makes my eyes bleed

26. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

How so? Kinda weird

31. Plume-Veil

Posts: 174; Member since: Nov 19, 2015

I hate stock Android. It's got no feautres. Touchwiz is the rich feautres .

21. Supersonic

Posts: 226; Member since: May 15, 2015

The king is the natural choice. Is there any phone which can stand up against Note5?

40. Plutonium239

Posts: 1263; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

The Lumia 950 XL, iris scanning, continuum, usb type-c, 20 MP Pureview camera, liquid cooling, polycarbonate body. Yes, the 950 XL handily beats the Note 5.

44. Techist

Posts: 311; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

That's assuming the iris scanning actually works reliably, the 20 MP camera actually produces better pictures, the liquid cooling actually enables the Snapdragon 810 to perform better than the Exynos 7420, none of which has been objectively proven in real world comparisons. When they are proven, I (and I am sure many others) will agree with your conclusion. Until then, the Note 5 retains the crown.

18. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Stock Android is the only thing which is great in the Nexus devices. Nothing else matters in them.

15. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

Men, 6P feels way better to use. I don't like the software on the Note 5, and that's what you use every time you use the phone, so it just feels a little gross to look at. Nexus 6P is the top Android Phone of 2015 I think.

14. Vitabis

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

I think the Note 5 is better on much categories too, but I'd still choose the Nexus because of stock android, fast updates and probably more fluid...

13. R3DgRu

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

Note 5 has one problem: it doesen't have multitasking. So I would choose nexus 6P of these two. Still I going to keep my current phone, because it's so new so no need to change it.

33. Quduz

Posts: 84; Member since: Aug 18, 2015

latest update fixed poor ram manahement......watch this ....http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-9JJCXLu2zc&itct=​CCkQpDAYASITCJCxlNuKn8kCFdYwFgodVoMCzFIfbm90ZSA1IH​ZzIG5leHVzNnAgbXVsdGl0YXNrIGluZw%3D%3D&hl=en&gl=US​&client=mv-google.

8. murtazarzv

Posts: 14; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Touchwiz is smooth now

7. murtazarzv

Posts: 14; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Touchwiz is smooth now

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: 3190; 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.

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