Introduction


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.

Design


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.


Google Nexus 6P

Google Nexus 6P

Dimensions

6.27 x 3.06 x 0.29 inches

159.3 x 77.8 x 7.3 mm

Weight

6.28 oz (178 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Dimensions

6.03 x 3 x 0.3 inches

153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm

Weight

6.03 oz (171 g)

Google Nexus 6P

Google Nexus 6P

Dimensions

6.27 x 3.06 x 0.29 inches

159.3 x 77.8 x 7.3 mm

Weight

6.28 oz (178 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Dimensions

6.03 x 3 x 0.3 inches

153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm

Weight

6.03 oz (171 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page



Display


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.



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50 Comments

1. Ashoaib

Posts: 3282; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Dear PA... please do 6 way camera shoot out now, as you were doing before... it is a very interesting topic... please include lastest flagships like 6p, Lumia 950xl, Note 5, ip6s, V10 etc

8. Jango

Posts: 376; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

Bro, the Note family starts to slow down and become less responsive over time. I just used my mate's Note 4 and I was very disappointed at how slow it was. Sometimes giving me the impression that I hadn't pressed the icon, when I did. Samsung is the reason why iSheep make these complaints about Android. I had the S1, the S2 and got tired and went GNexus, G2, HOX, Nexus 4, Z3 and now the Nexus 6P. I am not loyal to any brand in the Android side of the fence. I even own two ipads and have an iPone 6+.

12. slev_ad

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

100% AGREED

22. osanilevich

Posts: 287; Member since: Sep 29, 2009

There is some truth to this. I've owned the GS2, GS3, Note 2, Note 3 and GS5. Every phone towards the end of my use with it became unbearably slow, its like they're designed to become laggier over time so you go get new phones. I'm on the 6p now and while it's blazing fast for now, it remains to be seen if it will feature the same depreciation in performance like my sammy phones did

23. rkoforever90

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

nope my moto x 2013 still runs fine as day 1. blazing fast , but I'm still getting a note 5 as its suits more to my personal needs now

55. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

It happens on every iPhone. The last year of updates started with the oldest supported phone getting blasted in time for you to order the newest model. They get "fixed" a few months afterwards. It's planned obsolescence. That being said, a wipe and reinstall, sans unused apps, fixes most phones.

14. bambamboogy02

Posts: 838; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Depends on what apos are on the device primarily. I have a GS4, and it runs fine. I use the same setup on all my devices, same launcher, same icon packs, same gestures, transitions, effects, sounds, alerts, etc. My GS4 is still as fast as the day I got it. I only have .7GB of free memory on the device at that. Tons of pics and videos, I don't play a lot of games, maybe 3, but a slow device usually means rogue apps running in the back, mate.

19. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Hahahahah

26. Ashoaib

Posts: 3282; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

well, I will agree with you partially... I sold note 4 after owning it for 4 months only and purchased vivo xplay 3s... there is something which is not right in the software. But I didnt find it slow by any mean... I dont know whats wrong, but note 4 made me use the phone less and less... I am happy with xplay 3s, it is very fast... still very fast and the funtouch OS is better than most of the android ROMs... I really like chinese ROMs due to their flexibility and smoothness... I can search and download any song right from the music player, thats really cool

27. Acer_Predator unregistered

yeah we have ipad mini 2 and it is very slow.. even turning screen portrait or land it stuttering

31. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Well, I used to use only Samsung phones, I used to be so shy, didn't have any friends, used to feel very aloof. Didn't understand what was going wrong. Thought issue is with the phone that I am using...So changed it to the next generation phone right from Galaxy S1 to S6 Edge+. One day, there was a dream where God showed up and suggested me to buy an iPhone 6S+ and Wow, all my problems are resolved. I now have lot of friends and Girlfriend too. Thanks Apple. Wait!!! What??? Doesn't this sound similar to few comments ??? Damn!!!

41. T-rex unregistered

Haha! good one. your name sucks though

44. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Yeah it was during those days when I used to like the website.

34. nodes

Posts: 1159; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Stock Android FTW.

51. Seattletech

Posts: 54; Member since: May 14, 2014

Jango saying the note 5 slows down because the note 4 is slow is like saying the nexus 6p is slow because the nexus 4 is slow. Note 5 is fast in a way a 32bit snadragon 805 can never be.

52. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Start by removing Facebook. Turn Off Device Hold Power + Home Button + Up. Select Wipe Cache. Enjoy Samsung device with new device smell.

56. stilwelloklahoma

Posts: 34; Member since: Sep 05, 2015

For his situation , you better just go get a nexus 6P , the pure edition is so smoothy

2. Panino

Posts: 62; Member since: Aug 13, 2015

With the Note 5 dual sim variant you get another functionality unseen in Nexus line.

3. TyrionLannister unregistered

This is one of the best comparisons I've seen on this site. Excellent job PA.

10. Jango

Posts: 376; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

They should have mentioned how the Note 5 struggles even with 4GB of RAM.

15. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

lol, no. "I used my mate's phone and it was slow so all note's are slow." Very in depth study you did there.

21. drifter77

Posts: 401; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

No it doesn't. I own one and it flies. Some aggressive RAM management "sometimes" happens, but not so much. Overall it's a great phone in terms of camera, speed and battery.

24. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Agreed.. My s6 edge plus is just as fast as it was the day I got it..

33. iushnt

Posts: 3097; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Maybe u also started to believe this thing, it's just TouchWiz learning which app to run and which not.. After few weeks of usage, u will see how great 4 gb ram works. That's why 3450 mah battery bowed it's head to 3000 mah battedy

35. nodes

Posts: 1159; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

it's mostly Exynos. Exynos 7420 is a lot more efficient than SD810 on Nexus 6P. just look at the Meizu Pro 5, it has the same Exynos, with 3050mah, it fares better in battery life than the Note 5. so no, it's not TouchWiz doing the magic, it's the opposite. i think if Note 5 runs Stock Android, it would be even better, unless Flyme OS is really optimized, but i doubt that Flyme OS is more optimized than Google-made Stock Android.

53. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Stock Android is very wasteful with Battery life as it strives to achieve smoothness over everything. Have tested on multiple Snapdragon devices. The HTC/Samsung Roms always get better battery life because of more jerky CPU behavior. Occasionally this leads to lag, but absolutely saves battery life in the long run.

4. baldilocks

Posts: 1505; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

I prefer stock Android and timely updates. Real world performance favors the 6P as well. I'll keep my Nexus 6P any day.

11. Jango

Posts: 376; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

Amen brutha

5. crazysaulat

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 25, 2015

Note 5 is a beast

6. vladimir86

Posts: 85; Member since: Oct 15, 2011

Me to 6p all the way f**k DAT glass on note 5!

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