Google Nexus 6P vs Samsung Galaxy Note 5
When it comes to the phablet domain, Samsung’s Galaxy Note smartphones have consistently been the frontrunners in its class ever since the segment’s inception. This year’s latest iteration, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, sees a tremendous shift in its design – while also improving on what it does best. That, of course, consists of being incredibly spec’d to the roof, and accompanied with a diversified portfolio that caters to the everyday professional.
Interestingly enough, it has a strong competitor in a newcomer to the space. The Google Nexus 6P has been one of the biggest surprises this year, showing that Chinese maker Huawei can dish out high-caliber devices on a global scale. With an original looking premium design, combined with the most up-to-date vanilla Android experience, it seemingly might be the new phablet king.
Outstanding! When we think of phones that impress with their designs, these two undeniably have the qualifications – thanks in part to their sturdy constructions, high-quality materials, and slick aesthetics. It’s a battle between the Note 5’s all-glass chassis and metal trim, versus the Nexus 6P’s unibody aluminum metal construction. Not only do they look exceptionally well to attract our eyes from afar, but they also match their visual appeals with their meticulous and solid constructions.
Specs aside, we do like how the back edges of the Note 5 are curved, ensuring for a more ergonomic feel, but the Nexus 6P’s metal body is quite resilient to smudges and fingerprints – whereas the Note 5’s glass body is a notorious offender. Still, the way light bounces off the Note 5’s body is compelling and entrancing at the same time.
It’s really a tough call on which of the two has the better designs. When it comes to visual appeal and ergonomics, we like the Note 5, but sturdiness and originality goes to the Nexus 6P.
One of the many things we love about the two handsets is that they both offer fingerprint sensors, which gives us an alternative option to securing them. Between the two, however, we have to give credit for Samsung endowing the Note 5 with some additional amenities – like its S Pen stylus, and built-in wireless charging. It’s truly a Swiss Army Knife of sorts in the smartphone kingdom.
Highly regarded as being at the top of the food chain, both handsets live up to that argument with their Quad-HD displays. The two of them measure up at 5.7-inches, have resolutions of 1440 x 2560 pixels, and employ AMOLED technology. In earnest, they look beautiful in every facet, as they exhibit all the qualities typical of the technology – like their phenomenal clarity at wide viewing angles, high contrast, and true deep black color reproduction.
Needless to say, they amaze and impress when it comes to watching videos, surfing the web, and even browsing through photos.
Both phones can produce pumped-up colors, but they can also be set to a more natural-looking state using the appropriate screen modes.