Phablet Wars: Google Nexus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4

The Motorola-made Nexus 6 was officially announced today and it is Google’s first Nexus smartphone to enter phablet territory at almost 6-inches. Like most flagship releases, we put it up against its rivals particularly the veteran in this category, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

Google Nexus 6Samsung Galaxy Note 4
5.96-inch Quad HD AMOLED display5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display
Corning Gorilla Glass 3Corning Gorilla Glass 3
2.7Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 quad-core CPU2.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 quad-core CPU
Adreno 420 GPUAdreno 420 GPU
32/64GB internal storage32GB internal storage
up to 128GB via microSD
13 megapixel AF rear camera w/ OIS & LED flash, f/2.0 aperture16 megapixel AF rear camera w/ OIS & LED flash, f/2.4 aperture
2 megapixel front camera3.7 megapixel front camera, f/1.9 aperture
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/acWiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.1, A2DP, EDR, LEBluetooth 4.1, A2DP, EDR, LE
USB 2.0USB 2.0, MHL 3
S Pen stylus
Fingerprint sensor, UV sensor, Heart rate monitor
3,220mAh battery3,220mAh battery
Android 5.0 LollipopAndroid 4.4.4 KitKat
159.26 x 82.98 x 10.06 mm153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm
184 g176 g
32GB - $649 (around Php29,000)

64GB - $699 (around Php31,000)

Summary of Advantages

Google Nexus 6:
• Larger display
• Larger rear camera aperture
• Ships with Android 5.0 Lollipop
• No UI skins or bloatware
• Quick OS updates from Google
• More affordable price by conversion

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4:
• Denser display
• microSD card support
• Better rear camera resolution
• Better front camera
• S Pen Stylus
• Fingerprint sensor, UV sensor, Hear rate monitor
• Smaller, thinner, lighter
• Officially available in the Philippines

Based on the summary of advantages listed above, the Galaxy Note 4 dominates when it comes to the number of hardware features like sensors and the inclusion of a stylus. The Nexus 6, on the other hand, wins when it comes to delivering a pure Android experience and fast update rollout.

When it comes to pricing, the Note 4 is obviously more expensive given its features. However, it is officially available here in the Philippines so buyers have local support. The Nexus 6 is more likely to be sold at a lower price by online sellers but warranty could be an issue especially if the unit arrives with a defect.

What do you guys think? Are you getting the Nexus 6 or the Galaxy Note 4? Share your thoughts below.

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This article was written by Louie Diangson, Managing Editor of YugaTech. You can follow him at @John_Louie.

11 Responses

  1. Avatar for totoy kobe totoy kobe says:

    hmmmm. they all have one thing in common. thief magnet!

  2. Avatar for Andrew Andrew says:

    Now this is a comparison. Googlerolla should consider selling this in more markets to justify their pricing. That would level the playing field for this two phablets. I a had the money to spare, will go with the Nexus.

  3. Avatar for AnnDroid AnnDroid says:

    The rear camera is important in my decision. One the Note 4, you say it has “Better rear camera resolution”. How can that be?

  4. Avatar for Easy E Easy E says:

    I remember the days when i am pro-samsung. Now its the opposite. Nexus6 FTW. Hardcore Android lovers would go for a Nexus. Will there be an android one phablet? Yuga should update its list of Phablets just to compare.

  5. Avatar for igniculus igniculus says:

    still the Motorola made Nexus (though the Note 4 is a tight contender) :)

  6. Avatar for Digest Digest says:

    Anything but Samsung. Nexus all the way.

  7. Avatar for kj kj says:

    e pano yan may note 4 na ako?

  8. Avatar for David David says:

    Go for NEXUS.

  9. Avatar for Justin Justin says:

    Anyone who truly knows Android would definitely choose the Nexus over the Note any day of the week.

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