Google Nexus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S5
Interface and Functionality
Android 5.0 Lollipop in the Nexus 6 is that step forward for Google, but don’t count out TouchWiz and its insane arsenal of features.
Yes, we certainly know that they’re both Android phones, but in looking at their respective experiences, there’s barely any resemblance between the two. That’s because the Nexus 6 is running the most up-to-date version of the platform, Android 5.0 Lollipop, which benefits from having a cleaner presentation and an arsenal of new features that haven’t been otherwise seen before. Conversely, the Galaxy S5 is running Sammy’s TouchWiz UI on top of Android 4.4.4 KitKat. Even though it’s technically an older build of Android, the customization that Samsung has done also enhances the experience appropriately for a phablet.
Before we get into how their particular software features enhance the Android experience, let’s first place our attention on their visuals. Without a doubt, stock Lollipop sports a better layout and presentation than TouchWiz – thanks in part to the bold colors, natural motion, new typography, and other new elements that accompany its Material Design. Meanwhile, TouchWiz’s design has evolved a little bit from its cartoonish looking beginnings, but it’s still in need of a modern touch to catch our attention.
Where TouchWiz lacks in the visual department, it undeniably makes it up in its supreme set of software features. Don’t get us wrong, Lollipop introduces several new elements on the Nexus 6 that elevates the overall Android experience to a higher level, like having support for multiple users, prioritizing notifications, and pinning apps, but TouchWiz running on the Galaxy S5 offers that exemplify its more is better mentality. For example, we have true multi-tasking with its Multi Windows feature, Samsung’s suits of S-branded apps, various Air Gesture features, and much more.
Processor and Memory
There’s just more snappiness with the Nexus 6’s performance.
Between them, basic operations are generally handled in the same manner – albeit, there’s a noticeably snappier performance out of the Nexus 6. That, of course, is mostly attributed to its newer quad-core 2.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 SoC, coupled with a beefy 3GB of RAM and the Adreno 420 GPU. Not to mention, the optimizations with Android 5.0 Lollipop also contribute to the Nexus 6’s smoother operation. Well, the Galaxy S5’s quad-core 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC with 2GB of RAM and the Adreno 330 GPU is still pretty great at handling all sorts of tasks, but it just can’t match the Nexus 6’s finesse.
At the bare minimum, the two prized stallions are stuffed with a spacious 32GB of internal storage, but the Galaxy S5 benefits from having a versatile microSD card slot to supplement its capacity.
Internet and Connectivity
Donning the larger and higher resolution display, the Nexus 6 is the more practical device to use for surfing the web. It’s an aspect that marginally supplements the experience for the Nexus 6, mainly because they boast the basic elements that make the experience so enjoyable – like their LTE connectivity and smooth navigational controls.
Both handsets are available in an assortment of configurations; both GSM and CDMA. On top of that, they offer support for a variety of LTE bands – while also laying claim to the nearly the same set of connectivity features. They include aGPS, Bluetooth 4, dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, and NFC. We have to point out, however, that the Galaxy S5 also packs along an IR blaster, which doubles it as a universal remote.