Call Quality

Phone calls just sound better on the Note 4.

There are just more pleasing qualities with the Note 4’s call quality, ultimately making it the preferred device for phone calls. In our experience, voices in general have a clear and distinct tone to them on both ends of the line with the Note 4. On the flip side, the Nexus 6 exhibits some static through the earpiece – plus, its speakerphone has a squeaky tone to it.

Battery

Armed with 3220 mAh batteries, the Galaxy Note 4 impressively edges out the Nexus 6.

There are few commonalities between the hardware of the two phones here, but interestingly enough, they bear the same battery capacity of 3200 mAh. In our real world experience, they’re able to power us through a solid 8-hour work shift with heavy usage – and in most cases, a solid one-day with normal usage.

Under the standardized conditions of our own battery benchmark test, the Galaxy Note 4 proves that it’s longer lasting than the Nexus 6. To be more exact, it achieves a mark of 8 hours and 43 minutes, which is better than the 7 hours and 53 minutes mark of the Nexus 6. We should point out, however, is that the Nexus 6 includes built-in wireless charging – whereas with the Note 4, you’re required to purchase another rear casing for the feature.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Google Nexus 6 7h 53 min (Average)
Samsung Galaxy Note4 8h 43 min (Good)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Google Nexus 6 98
Samsung Galaxy Note4 95

Conclusion


Paying attention to their prices, it’s plainly obvious that there’s considerable savings with the Nexus 6. In the US, Google’s prized smartphone can be snagged for the outright cost of $649, which is easier to swallow than the over-$720 cost of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 – and that’s Sprint’s price, which is the cheapest amongst the major carriers.

Undeniably, there’s a lot to like with these two smartphones, seeing that they’re outfitted with delicious hardware that makes them class-leading and future proof in several ways. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4, we have to say, has the upper hand in a bunch of categories, such as taking photos/videos, battery life, call quality, and the sheer amount of features baked in. Still, the Nexus 6 is absolutely not to be overlooked, because it does have a more polished and consistent overall user experience, as well as Motorola's signature sturdy build quality.

It’s not like the Nexus 6 is an inferior smartphone, considering that we’re greeted with the most up-to-date Android experience with Lollipop, one that not only brings forth a cleaner and more modern interface, but it also deepens and extends the experience to heights we haven’t seen before with its diversified portfolio of new software features. At the core of it all, though, is that we’re dealing with BIG phones here – phablets to be more exact, and for everyone that sees phablets as devices that should be a bit more functional and versatile than regular smartphones, the Galaxy Note 4 will probably stand out as the more appealing choice.


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