Google Nexus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S5
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.
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.
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.