Camera

It’s a close race to the finish line, with both phones doing a respectable job in the photography department.

Google’s direction with the stock Google Camera app in the Nexus 6 is quite clear, it’s simple and straight to the point. In fact, it only lays claim to a few shooting modes – and no manual controls whatsoever. In contrast, the Galaxy S5 takes a totally different approach, since it’s filled to the brim with all the controls and shooting modes to give the user complete control in how a shot is compiled.



Superficially, it’s pretty tough to declare a winner between the Nexus 6’s 13-megapixel camera, and the Galaxy S5’s 16-megapixel one, just because their qualities closely match one another. When it comes down to it, however, we’ll give the slight advantage to the Galaxy S5. In all fairness, the Nexus 6 is a fantastic shooter, but the Galaxy S5’s camera is able to produce just a smidgen more detail – and that’s about it! Under low light, neither one produces results that are dramatically better than the other. However, we will mention that the Galaxy S5 shots are somewhat brighter lit – at the expense of having the same soft detail as the Nexus 6.



Taking a pic Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec) Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Google Nexus 6 4
No data
393
303
Samsung Galaxy S5 2.5
3
300
243

With their high-end statuses, both handsets are equipped with shooting video in up to 4K resolution – so that’s 3840 x 2160 pixels. Honestly, the qualities are very similar – with the exception that the continuous focus with the Nexus 6 isn’t as smooth in comparison to the Galaxy S5. Aside from that, we can’t complain about the results from either the two smartphones.


Multimedia

From its dual front-firing speakers, to the sheer size of its display, the Nexus 6 is an absolute joy for multimedia consumption.

Being a Samsung product, the Galaxy S5 complements the usual Google Play Music app with its very own TouchWiz music player – whereas, with the Nexus 6, we’re only presented with the Google Play Music app. Between them, we can’t stress enough about how we appreciate the dual front-firing speakers of the Nexus 6, which thankfully musters up a potent 75dB of power, though it’s pretty light on the bass. Conversely, the Galaxy S5’s single speaker somehow manages to produce an even stronger output of 81 dB – accompanied with a slightly deeper tone.


Videos play smoothly on both smartphones, but we prefer watching them more on the Nexus 6 and its larger display, which is an ideal quality for the occasion. Still, we do like how we’re given that multi-tasking aspect with the Galaxy S5.

Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
Google Nexus 6 0.98
Samsung Galaxy S5 0.43
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
Google Nexus 6 75
Samsung Galaxy S5 81


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6 Comments

1. Qbancelli

Posts: 75; Member since: Mar 11, 2010

Played with the N6 over the weekend in a T-Mobile store. The display is way too warm and dim. But I already sold my N5, and the N6 I ordered is on its way.

2. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

So I'm guessing the HTC one m8 is dead, I haven't seen it in vs from the iPhone 6. Wth PA!!!!!!!!!

3. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

iphone 6 is faster but overall I think the m8 is better, they already compared it

4. mike2959

Posts: 699; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Compare the Nexus 6 to the Galaxy s5 Lte-a 906! I have this version of the S5 and it's got the 805 processor, 3gb ram and the QHD.

5. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

Good luck on the software support without voiding the warranty...

6. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Where did he do his research? Galaxy S5 goes for between $516-600 usd not "650 outright...

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