Google just crashed Samsung's launch party for the Galaxy Note 4 by announcing its first phablet. The Nexus 6 has impressive specs, including Android 5.0 Lollipop, Quad HD display and more; let's see how they compare.
Samsung can take full credit for the phablet craze we're currently witnessing in the smartphone space. While many tech enthusiasts deemed its 5.3-inch Galaxy Note too large for users when it was announced in 2011, the company and consumers proved otherwise. Since then, Samsung has released larger and more powerful jumbo-sized smartphones in its Galaxy Note series and on Oct. 17 the company will launch its next-generation Galaxy Note 4.
As more consumers have warmed up to the idea of carrying around small-sized tablet smartphones, Samsung is no longer the only major player in the game. Apple's 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus has proven to be a hit and Google just entered the phablet arena with its 5.9-inch Nexus 6.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is packing a 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 and a pixel density of 515 pixels per inch (ppi). The Google Nexus 6 features a 5.96-inch Quad HD AMOLED display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 and a pixel density of 493 pixels per inch (ppi). The Galaxy Note 4 barely edges out the Nexus 6's display in terms of pixel density, but the Nexus 6 offers a slightly larger display. It's pretty safe to assume that both phablet's displays will be equally as crisp and gorgeous.
Samsung and Google are both using a 2.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, Adreno 420 GPU (graphics processing unit), and 3 GB of RAM. The Galaxy Note 4 includes 32 GB of internal storage and a microSD expansion slot that supports up to 128-GB microSD cards. The Nexus 6 will be offered with a choice of 32 GB or 64 GB of internal storage, but it lacks a microSD expansion slot.
The Samsung Galaxy Note has the upper hand when it comes to expanding its memory.
The Google Nexus 6 will be the first smartphone to ship with Android 5.0 Lollipop and you can be rest assured that Google has optimized it to run super smooth. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will ship with Android 4.4.4 KitKat and TouchWiz UI. The Nexus 6 tops the Galaxy Note 4 since it's running a stock version of Android 5.0 and doesn't have a skin running on top, which is known to occasionally slow down the overall user experience.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 features a 16-megapixel rear camera with OIS (optical image stabilization), continuous autofocus, 4K video recording @ 30 frames per second, 1080p video @ 60 fps, and a 3.7-megapixel front-facing camera for video chat and selfies.
The Google Nexus 6 uses a 13-megapixel rear camera with OIS (opitcal image stabilization), dual-LED flash, autofocus, 4K video recording @ 30 fps, 1080p video @ 30 fps, and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 tops the Nexus 6 in the camera department, as the company has more experience with high-end cameras compared with Motorola, which manufactures the Nexus 6.
Samsung has added some premium materials in the form of a metal frame surrounding its plastic body. The Note 4 phablet's design is very similar to Apple's iPhone 5s -- it's thin, light and has the same chamfered edges as the iPhone. It also has a fingerprint scanner embedded in its Home button and a heart rate monitor below its rear camera. The Note 4's dimensions are 153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm and it weighs 6.21 oz.
Google's Nexus 6 looks nearly identical to Motorola's new Moto X. It has the same contoured aluminum frame and plastic body and its dimensions are 159.3 x 83 x 10.1 mm and it weighs 6.49 oz.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is noticeably thinner and lighter than the Nexus 6. The Galaxy Note 4 also benefits by having a removable 3,220 mAh battery, and while the Nexus 6 matches its capacity, its battery can't be swapped out. The Nexus 6 includes the same fast-charging capability of the Moto X, which Google says can get up to 6 hours of use from only 15 minutes of charging.
The Google Nexus 6 and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 are equally impressive smartphones and both are sure to be very popular devices.
If you prefer using a phablet with tons of extra tricks, including the popular S Pen stylus, you can't go wrong with the Galaxy Note 4. If you prefer having the latest and greatest in terms of Android, the Nexus 6 and Android 5.0 Lollipop is the way to go. The Nexus 6 also has the added benefit of receiving Android updates whenever Google releases them; something Samsung usually takes a few months to roll out due to testing because of its insistence on including its TouchWiz UI on its devices.
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