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
Introduction


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.

Design

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

Google Nexus 6

Dimensions

6.27 x 3.27 x 0.4 inches

159.26 x 82.98 x 10.06 mm

Weight

6.49 oz (184 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Dimensions

6.04 x 3.09 x 0.33 inches

153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm

Weight

6.21 oz (176 g)

Google Nexus 6

Google Nexus 6

Dimensions

6.27 x 3.27 x 0.4 inches

159.26 x 82.98 x 10.06 mm

Weight

6.49 oz (184 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Dimensions

6.04 x 3.09 x 0.33 inches

153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm

Weight

6.21 oz (176 g)

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



Display


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.



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37 Comments

1. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

There is just Amoled and then there is a SAMSUNG Amoled ! When it comes to Amoled NO ONE does it better then Samsung ! #TakeABow

3. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

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

4. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 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.

6. milesboy5

Posts: 179; Member since: Nov 07, 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.

9. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 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.

10. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 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.

12. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 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.

13. bigmaster

Posts: 198; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

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

14. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Yup. didn't think of that. LOL I just wish S voice just dies away. That thing shouldn't exist !

15. bigmaster

Posts: 198; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

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

21. DroidMystic

Posts: 91; Member since: Oct 31, 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.

32. shalinsaini29

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 14, 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

34. shalinsaini29

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 14, 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

25. laughmi

Posts: 283; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

Also becz Samsung makes better performing batteries than Motorola

27. pulkit1

Posts: 354; Member since: Jul 03, 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 .

28. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 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.

38. relic74

Posts: 13; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

It takes me less than 1 sec, simply use a custom ROM like Pure Nexus, easy to install and will speed the phone up immensely. You can also increase the DISPAY NIT from 270 to 470.

7. jdoee100

Posts: 334; Member since: Jun 04, 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.

23. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Both AMOLED displays are manufactured by Samsung -.-

37. relic74

Posts: 13; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Actually Samsung cheats by increasing the saturation and NIT of their phones. Something that is easily replicated on your Nexus 6 by using a custom ROM like Resurrection Remix. I 've ncreased my NIT from 270 to 470, works and looks great.

2. nwright94

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 14, 2014

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

5. rockers123

Posts: 137; Member since: Sep 08, 2013

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

8. Arte.8800

Posts: 48; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Nexus6 to big.

11. bigmaster

Posts: 198; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

Note 4 FTW Hands DOWN !!

16. junaidahmed

Posts: 103; Member since: Sep 04, 2014

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

17. Arte.8800

Posts: 48; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

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

19. sipha

Posts: 439; Member since: May 12, 2012

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

30. junaidahmed

Posts: 103; Member since: Sep 04, 2014

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

18. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 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.

20. nathan.carter

Posts: 416; Member since: Aug 11, 2014

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

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