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.


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 (Good)
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 8h 43 min (Excellent)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Google Nexus 6 98
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 95


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.



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: Infact, it even beat iphone 6 plus: .......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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