Nexus 6 vs Galaxy Note 4 – The Battle Of Flagships
Apple has enjoyed its success with the latest iPhones. As much as they got popular, there are still many people who prefer Android over Apple’s iOS. Google and Samsung have both released their flagship phones for this year, and Android fans are finding it hard to choose between the two. Let’s discuss what both phablets have to offer.
Processor, GPU, RAM
The most important thing to look for in a smartphone is its processor. Samsung offers different versions of processor having variant clock speeds in different regions. However, the version which is being offered in most of the western regions in Galaxy Note 4 is 2.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 CPU. GPU fitted in Galaxy Note 4 is Adreno 420 graphics and it has 3GB of RAM.
Nexus 6 also features the same processor but GPU is different. Nexus 6 has Krait 450 to power graphics and offers 3GB of RAM.
So both of the phablets are almost identical in this regard.
Samsung has not brought much innovation in the design as compared to the previous version of Note. The only change is that Galaxy Note 4 features a metal body, which makes it look “slightly” better.
Whereas Nexus 6 is a huge phablet that features a very small-sized bezel. This makes it look beautiful. The bezel size of Note 4 is much more than that of Nexus 6’s.
But Note 4 is slightly smaller and lighter (153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm, 176g) than Nexus 6 (159.3 x 83 x 10.1 mm, 184g). The difference in size and weight is because Nexus 6 features a larger display than Note 4.
Galaxy Note 4 has a 5.7-inch display and offers 2K resolution. It has a pixel density of 515ppi, which makes its display look really good on such a big screen.
On the other hand, Nexus 6 features the largest display in phablet category. It offers a 5.96-inch display having pixel density of 493ppi. It also offers 2K resolution same as Galaxy Note 4.
Both of the phablets are protected by Gorilla Glass 3 and based on AMOLED technology.
The only difference is that Samsung has incorporated SuperAMOLED technology which makes the use of single touch-sensitive layer. This results in slimmer display and makes it perform good in poor light conditions. Another difference is in pixel density of both displays but it is negligible and can’t be comprehended by the naked eye.
On paper, Note 4 offers a better camera than Nexus 6 as it incorporates 16-megapixel lens as compared to Nexus 6’s 13-megapixel. But we can’t decide which camera is better without looking at the images.
However, Nexus 6 is said to perform much better than Note 4 in low-light conditions with its dual-LED flash. Both cameras offer optical image stabilization and autofocus.
As for front-facing camera, Note 4 features a 3.7MP camera at front, while Nexus 6 has 2MP.
OS is the biggest selling point of Nexus devices and of Nexus 6 as well. Nexus 6 provides latest Android Lollipop, which offers a beautiful interface and provides smoothest experience of the stock Android.
Samsung offers TouchWiz in its Note 4, which has not seen much change and the interface is the same old. It comes with native apps which can’t be deleted. TouchWiz, however, has been tweaked recently to offer better access to multitasking abilities.
Both of the phablets have 3220mAh batteries. Nexus 6 offers a turbo-charging mode, claiming that it can be charged up to 60% in just 15 minutes. Samsung offers a power saving mode that saves a lot of battery.
Nexus 6 comes with a price tag of $649, which makes it quite expensive compared to the previous Nexus release. But it does make sense when you consider how much Google and Motorola have packed into this powerful device. The Galaxy Note 4 is still more expensive with its price point of $700.
Both of the phablets are almost identical, providing same specs. However, considering latest software updates and a huge screen, Nexus 6 is the better option. It is also priced slightly less than Note 4. Moreover, if you already own Note 3, you will not experience much change in Note 4.