Interface and Functionality

The battle between the Nexus 6P’s stock Android 6.0 Marshmallow experience and the Note 5’s TouchWiz UI on top of Android 5.1.1 Lollipop is an interesting one, mainly because they appeal to specific users. Obviously, you can’t go wrong with the Nexus 6P and its stock, most up-to-date Android 6.0 Marshmallow experience, seeing that it has the simplicity and straightforwardness to cater to almost everyone. The visual appeal is there as well with Material Design’s presence throughout the interface, but the single and most important part about everything is that the Nexus 6P will always be on tap to receive the newest Android updates – way before its rival here.

Sure, the Note 5 might take longer to get updated, but seeing that it’s such a popular thing, you know Samsung will be working hard in getting it updated ASAP. While TouchWiz’s look and feel isn’t quite as clean as stock Android, it hinges on its productivity-centric features to appeal to users who just need to get more work done on the road. Not only is it the best when it comes to true multi-tasking, but the S Pen adds a whole different dimension to using the handset – one that can’t be matched by the Nexus 6P.

Each experience has its perks, so it’s a matter of which one appeals to you more. Samsung clearly has a comprehensive experience with TouchWiz, one that’s been fine-tuned and optimized in almost every way imaginable, so it’s a great experience for the professional user. Conversely, though, the Nexus 6P favors an experience that might be light on the multi-tasking features, but it comes without any frustrations or complications.

System Performance

The Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7420 chipset inside of the Note 5, which is paired with 4GB of RAM, is undeniably a beast when it comes to the benchmarks – where it’s always near the top of the ladder in many tests. Never one to be counted out, the Nexus 6P’s octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC with 3GB of RAM isn’t one to be messed around with either. Even though it trails the Note 5 in many of the benchmark tests, its real-world performance is a completely different matter.

We will certainly say that the Note 5 is responsive, but the Nexus 6P is quite frankly snappier with its movement. In fact, the way we’re able to navigate around the platform in such an effortless, fluid motion with the Nexus 6P is unbelievable by itself, showing that there’s a benefit to running vanilla Android as well.

Over on the graphics processing side, we’re satisfied by how swell these two Quad-HD screen packing phones are able to maintain solid frame rates when the action becomes intense.

AnTuTu Higher is better
Google Nexus 6P 60007
Samsung Galaxy Note5 67207
Vellamo Metal Higher is better
Google Nexus 6P 2361
Samsung Galaxy Note5 2532
Vellamo Browser Higher is better
Google Nexus 6P 4703
Samsung Galaxy Note5 5476
Sunspider Lower is better
Google Nexus 6P 1079.7
Samsung Galaxy Note5 677.7
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen Higher is better
Google Nexus 6P 36
Samsung Galaxy Note5 37
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
Google Nexus 6P 17
Samsung Galaxy Note5 15
Basemark OS II Higher is better
Google Nexus 6P 1894
Samsung Galaxy Note5 1765
Geekbench 3 single-core Higher is better
Google Nexus 6P 1265
Samsung Galaxy Note5 1431
Geekbench 3 multi-core Higher is better
Google Nexus 6P 4561
Samsung Galaxy Note5 4717

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