Camera

The 16-megapixel camera on the S6 edge+ is great: it starts quickly, focuses quickly, and takes sharp, detailed, beautiful looking images. The Nexus 6 camera is good, but not great with a slower performance and smudgy detail.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ features a 16-megapixel main camera with support for optical image stabilization (OIS) and an LED flash, while up front, there is a 5-megapixel selfie cam. The Nexus 6, on its part, sports a 13-megapixel camera on its back and a 2-megapixel front-facing shooter. For the Galaxy S6 edge+ chances are that we’re dealing with the same setup used in the Galaxy S6: a 16-megapixel Sony IMX240 1/2.6” sensor with 1.2 micron pixels and 16:9 native aspect ratio.

When it comes to the camera experience, the Galaxy S6 edge+ has an instant advantage in the speed department with the awesome ‘Quick Launch’ feature, a neat option that allows you to double click the home button to start the camera app from anywhere (even from a locked device). The actual camera app differs vastly between the two: the Galaxy S6 edge+ has both an auto and ‘Pro’ manual mode, along with other more specific shooting modes, while the Nexus 6 has cut all the manual features, and instead offers only the auto mode with practically no manual settings. We prefer the S6 edge+ approach better: after all, it’s nice having the extra choice, and users who don’t want to deal with the details can always shoot in the neat auto mode. It’s also worth saying that it’s easier and quicker to find settings on the Galaxy: for instance, the essential HDR feature is accessible with one tap, while it takes some fiddling to find and enable it on the Nexus. In the ‘Pro’ mode, the S6 edge+ now you get a full-on manual ride with access to ISO and shutter speed, which is nice. The Nexus 6 lacks those capabilities.




Taking a pic Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec) Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ 2.1
2.7
791
No data
Google Nexus 6 4
No data
393
303

When it comes to actual image quality, the Galaxy S6 edge+ lives up to the hype with one of the best cameras around: it captures very detailed and sharp-looking images in all conditions. In fact, camera quality is almost identical to what we saw on the Galaxy S6. The Nexus 6, on the other hand, is also not a bad camera phone, but often misjudges color balance and errs badly with bluish, cold-looking images, plus detail appears smudged and overall images lack in dynamics. The S6 edge+, on the other hand, has the peculiarity of going a bit overboard with the warmth, adding a bit of excessive yellows, but that’s a rather small complaint.



Turning over to video, we have 4K UHD video recording (3840 x 2160 pixels) on both the S6 edge+ and the Nexus 6. Both phones are thermally limited and can’t record more than a few minutes before getting hot (or running out of storage). Videos, however, do look fine on both with the same peculiarities when it comes to color reproduction (preference for warmer colors on the S6 edge+, and colder-looking ones on the Nexus 6). Auto-focusing is very speedy on the Galaxy, and a bit less quick on the Nexus 6, but overall fast on both. Stabilization is again much better on the S6 edge+. Samsung has said that it uses both optical and digital video stabilization in concert for a better effect, and it can be felt.


Multimedia


When it comes to media, we look at three main apps and their performance: the video player, gallery, and music player. Since you should be familiar with the stock Android apps on the Nexus 6 for those purposes, we won't spend too much time explaining those, and you can take a look to freshen up your minds about their looks in the screenshots on the right.

When it comes to the new kid on the block, the Galaxy S6 edge+, it features a new version of TouchWiz, but the media apps have remained largely unchanged. The gallery app, for instance, is practically identical to the one on the Galaxy S6, allowing you to switch between a timeline of all of your images, as well as a per-album view, events view, and an automatically generated folders with different categories of images (the phone shows you all your selfies, pictures with other people, and scenery images, for instance). You can also do some basic edits via the gallery apps, and you have the neat search option allowing you to search images by time, categories, events, location, and people.

The video app on the S6 edge+ handles the overwhelming variety of modern codecs with ease, and we had no issues playing back videos in even the demanding Quad HD resolution.

Then, the music app that many people will spend a lot of time in, is now flatter with more densely packed text, and it comes with an equalizer that allows you to customize the sound to your preferences.


Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ 0.766
Google Nexus 6 0.98
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ 73.1
Google Nexus 6 75

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20 Comments

1. Slaughter

Posts: 27; Member since: Apr 29, 2015

One is gorgeous, the over is a Nexus :P

2. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

One looks original, other one is just a blown-up iPhone. *runs away with jumbo-sized sweet popcorn*

3. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Troll much? The edge looks nothing like an iPhone but nice try bringing a generic iphone into this conversation

8. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

how in the f**k you compare a phone in the edge of its time wIth a phone from 2011 wake up I-s**t

14. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

Geez guys, learn to take a joke, or whatever. :D I wasn't serious, and I am not that dumb. Who cares anyways, that could've been just my opinion, don't get so much butthurt about it. It is just an opinion, im not hurting or emotionally traumatizing anyone. I GUESS. But you do all need to defend your OEM's phone......for reasons. :V

17. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Sorry bug you had no ;) so it's hard to tell. Also I'm not loyal to any specific brand

18. ameran

Posts: 344; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

Which iphone had curved screen that Edge + is a copy of it?

4. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

The edge plus looks so much nicer than the nexus 6.

6. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Nexus sux

11. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

The Nexus was an awesome phone last year... Compared to the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+, anything "sux". SMH

13. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Agreed.. I had the whitewhite nexus 6 and loved it but it looks not so good compared to the edge plus

10. Scott93274

Posts: 6030; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I agree, excluding the interface. I would love a Samsung Galaxy Edge Plus Nexus. It'll never happen, but it would be nice.

5. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

from the box to the gs6 everything is some sort of a mimic of an iphone. look at the bottom of an gs6 from the soeaker cut outsto the antennae bands to the glass back of an earlier iphone 4. no other galaxy has that design of ports at the bottoms. to be even more like an iphone. no sd. no removable battery. etc. etc. yawn. lets see how many samsung products gets released today

7. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Similar yes but a copy no.. That's like saying iphone copied HTC for design and copied Samsung with their big phone. If design cues is all you have then you are reaching. Rumors that iphone will be testing amoled panels so that too must be a copy of samsung

9. Slaughter

Posts: 27; Member since: Apr 29, 2015

Let's compare GSIII's and GSVI's box...

12. kingEngine

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 05, 2014

Another pro to the nexus 6 is it can keep other apps open.

15. Tuxedo

Posts: 356; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

I'll take the Samsung, sell it, buy the Nexus, and keep the difference. I used S6 and Note 5 at BB, and I was immediately met with lag and jerkiness. SO much for UFS and the lack of lag inducing sd cards The Nexus, on the other hand, is a pleasure to use.

16. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I had lag on my s6 bug in was a lemon.. My s6 edge plus has been the fastest phone I've ever used and much faster than even my white nexus 6

19. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Maybe it is but will that hold up? Based on previous history, no. And we're not talking about benchmarks here, but rather system performance and general stability. In a couple of months when Android M comes out how fast will your Galaxy be updated? You'll have to wait a few weeks or months. It might never get updated because Samsung wants to sell you new devices.

20. snowgator

Posts: 3617; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

If I went Android, I would only want a pure experience, so the Nexus wins with me regardless. Temp me with a Google Play Edition, Sammy. I would listen.

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