Call Quality


Neither phone is actually perfect when it comes to phone call performance, seeing that there are some unsavory qualities present in the two. In particular, you have the artificial sounding voices through the Nexus 6P’s earpiece, and the amount of crackle that’s evident when the Note 5 is placed on its loudest volume setting. Granted there are some challenges, their strong volumes enable us to comprehend voices under noisy conditions, but their overall qualities are nothing more than average performing.

Battery


For being the one with a lower capacity battery, the Note 5’s 3000 mAh cell delivers superior performance over the Nexus 6P’s beefier 3450 mAh one. That’s quite surprising, honestly, considering that we’d think that stock Android would bear significant optimizations to give the Nexus 6P some serious longevity. At the very least, we get a solid one-day of normal usage out of the Nexus 6P, but the Note 5 can at times get us close to 1.5 days.

The disparity between the two becomes more profound in our custom battery benchmark test, where the Note 5 reaches an impressive time of 9 hours and 11 minutes – versus the Nexus 6P’s mark of 6 hours and 24 minutes. Regardless of all that, we’re certainly content by how little time is necessary in getting them recharged. In fact, the Nexus 6P requires 89 minutes to achieve that, but the Note 5 beats it marginally at 81 minutes. Besides that, we have to also point out there’s the added convenience of wireless charging with the Note 5.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Google Nexus 6P 6h 24 min (Poor)
Samsung Galaxy Note5 9h 11 min (Good)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Google Nexus 6P 89
Samsung Galaxy Note5 81

Conclusion


Much like anything, a phone’s value and worth hinges a lot on its price, and in this case, there’s more of a compelling argument going for the Google Nexus 6P. And why’s that? Well, for being the newer of the two, while also packing a premium design that’s original, its price of $499.00 for an unlocked model is mind-boggling. Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 fetches for a premium at roughly around $650 to $750 depending on where you look.

Knowing all that, price conscious consumers tight on a budget can’t go wrong with the Nexus 6P, since you’re getting a quality performing phone that takes good photos, is extremely responsive, high-spec’d, and comes with the latest version of the Android experience. However, the higher price point of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is justified by its rich set of additional amenities, great productivity portfolio, and its updated design language. Sure, you’re spending more money picking it up, but in the process, you’re getting more with your money – like its built-in wireless charging, heart rate sensor, S Pen stylus, and longer battery life.

Power users will undoubtedly appreciate what the Note 5 has to offer on the software side, seeing that it comes with the best multi-tasking experience in a smartphone. You can still get plenty of work done when you’re not at your desk with the Nexus 6P, but the Note 5 is remarkably more equipped for the task. Then again, stock Android has its perks as well, so that’s something to remember.

Whatever you end up choosing, you can sleep knowing that both smartphones are arguably at the top of their game. The Note 5 isn’t a surprising candidate for that phablet of the year title, considering that the Note series by and large has always been highly acclaimed, but for Huawei and its Nexus 6P, it’s the first time they’ve struck gold on a global scale – so for them, it’s surely a long time in the making.

Google Nexus 6P

Pros

  • Lower cost
  • Stock Android experience
  • Original looking design that’s premium
  • Incredibly snappy performance in daily use

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Pros

  • Updated premium design that’s comfortable to handle
  • Added productivity features
  • S Pen for drawing and note-taking
  • Built-in wireless charging




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