Samsung Galaxy Note5 vs Google Nexus 6
Google Nexus 6 – it was not among the clearest sounding devices for calls, but the issues with clarity were still fairly minor. The Galaxy Note5, on the other hand, can definitely boast about having very good call quality on both sides of the line. Voices sound clear and natural, with almost no distortion, and side noise is filtered out nicely. We also appreciate the option to boost volume an extra bit via one tap on a new button in the dialler – this way more distortion is introduced, but this allows for the volume boost and you can actually hear the other person in even noisier environments.
The speakerphone on the Nexus 6 is definitely loud, but also a bit squeaky. The Galaxy Note5 is somewhat similar: speakerphone sounds loud but not ideally clear.
A smaller battery on the Galaxy Note5 doesn’t hurt battery life: it’s better than the Nexus 6, and also better than most other phones. The Note5 is also the fastest charging phone we’ve tested so far.
Making a thinner and more stylish handset meant that Samsung had to take some shortcuts, and one of them was the battery. The Note5 features a 3000mAh battery, slightly smaller than its predecessor. The Google Nexus 6, on the other hand, features a 3220mAh battery, but do keep in mind that the phone also has a larger screen that consumes more energy.
We’re also happy to see Samsung further improve its quick charge solution: the Note5 is capable of juicing back up from dead to full capacity in just and hour and 21 minutes, faster than the already speedy Nexus 6 (it takes 1 hour and 38 minutes to fully charge a Nexus using a quick charger).
Both phones also support wireless charging right out of the gate, and this is one great convenience: you do need to buy a wireless charger separately, but once you have that, you can just leave your phone there and have a peace of mind that your phone will always be in optimal battery condition.
Looking at the list of features alone (with no regards to price), the Galaxy Note5 looks like the vastly superior device: a much faster and consistently good camera, a significantly better and brighter AMOLED display, the S Pen that is a nice extra, neat wireless charging option, a thinner, better looking design, the presence of a fingerprint scanner and option for future use with Samsung Pay... the list goes on.
Quite importantly: the Note5 is also much more compact at almost the same screen size, and this makes a big difference, as the Nexus 6 just feels inconveniently gigantic - it’s hard to use with a single hand and barely fits in pockets (even when it fits, climbing stairs can be a painful exercise).
However, if one considers price, this difference is indeed reflected in the cost. The Google Nexus 6 has the advantage of having been on the market for nearly a year now, and this has brought a significant price drop: from an initial MSRP of $650, the phone is now officially sold for $500 (full retail price). The Samsung Galaxy Note5 looks like a costly device in comparison: it comes with an MSRP of $750, exactly 50% higher price than the Nexus 6.
Put in simple terms, the Galaxy Note5 is clearly the superior phone in most aspects. But is a 50% difference in price justified? It’s up to your wallet to give a judgment about that.
- Stylish design and a compact-for-the-screen-size body
- 'Basic' display mode offers very good colors and calibrationTop-notch performance with Exynos 7420 system chip and 4GB of RAM
- Outstanding camera
- Long-lasting battery
- Fastest charge times we've seen on a phone
- New TouchWiz brings a fresh look
- Stock Android runs very smoothly
- Guaranteed to get Android updates fast
- Comparatively affordable
- An even larger canvass
- More streamlined user experience