Call Quality

Neither one really impresses us, but at the very least, we can handle conversations with some ease.

Neither smartphone delivers an outstanding call quality experience, so the results put them both in the average quality. Even though we’re able to handle conversations for the most part, they exhibit their own unpleasant qualities – such as the static tones through the Nexus 6’s earpiece, and the muffled sound of the Galaxy S5.


Battery life isn’t an issue with them, but we get a little more out of the Nexus 6.

In our everyday usage, we’re content with the battery life we get out of them. Specifically, the Nexus 6, being the larger of the two, gives us a little bit more gas in the tank by the end of the day with its 3220 mAh battery. Well, the Galaxy S5’s 2800 mAh battery is still pretty good as well – giving us enough endurance to last us through a solid 8-hour work shift with ease.

Checking out their performances in our battery benchmark test reveals results that aren’t all that surprising, as the Nexus 6 achieves a slightly higher mark of 7 hours and 53 minutes – whereas the Galaxy S5 isn’t too far behind at 7 hours and 38 minutes.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Google Nexus 6 7h 53 min (Average)
Samsung Galaxy S5 7h 38 min (Average)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Google Nexus 6 98
Samsung Galaxy S5 122


Being new onto the scene, there are several reasons why the Nexus 6 stands out more profoundly than its rival in the Galaxy S5. For starters, there’s no arguing the fact that it’s the fresher of the two devices – aided by its cutting-edge hardware, future proof status, and stock Android 5.0 Lollipop experience. Naturally, too, the attachment to the fabled Nexus series means that it’s going to receive future Android software updates a lot faster than its customized rival.

Nevertheless, we still can’t count out the Samsung Galaxy S5, since it manages to deliver a solid package that’s still capable of contending with newer devices. Best of all, it doesn’t require a fortune to pick up as well. By now, it can be snagged for relatively cheap with a 2-year contract, as low as free in some cases, which is a lot easier to swallow than the Nexus 6’s $200+ on-contract cost – so there’s an incentive to go with the Galaxy S5 when we look at their contract prices.

If that’s not a route you wish to pursue, choosing instead to go the outright way, then it makes more sense to go with the Nexus 6 – that’s because the two are both slapped with the same $650 outright cost. For the money, you’re getting a newer and better spec’d smartphone, which of course, has the distinct privilege of being the first smartphones to run Android 5.0 Lollipop.



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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