Google Nexus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S5
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.
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.
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.