Battle of the phablets: Nexus 6 vs Note 4


The smartphone world has long been giving us bigger and bigger phones and since the birth of the phablet, each manufacturer has been making a bid to produce the best one.


nexus 6 vs note 4


Here we take a look at two of the biggest players in the smartphone market as their handsets take the Battle of the phablets – Nexus 6 vs Note 4.


Nexus 6 design vs Note 4 design


As you would expect from two phablets both smartphones give you a big impressive display, but how does the design compare?


nexus 6 design


The Nexus 6 has a slight arc in the shape of the chassis with it measuring just 3.8mm at the edges and 10mm in the centre. This incorporates the big 5.96-inch quad HD display with an impressive resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels – that’s 493 pixels per inch. The curve of the handset makes it comfortable to hold and while a weight of 184 grams may not be considered light, you can forgive the weight when you see the screen in action.


Samsung Galaxy Note 4 design


The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 delivers the same impressive resolution on its 5.7-inch quad HD Super AMOLED display. The Note 4 weighs less than the Nexus at 176 grams and the design on this phablet sees a textured back cover and metal frame body measuring 8.5mm thick which feels quality in the hand.




The Nexus 6 is water-resistant and features dual front-facing speakers, a 2.7GHz quad-core processor and 3GB RAM. The phone is available with either 32GB or 64GB of memory on board.


nexus 6 lollipop


The powerful 3,220mAh battery provides plenty of juice for a full days mixed use and includes a quick charge option that will give 6 hours of standby time from just a 15 minute charge.


note 4 s pen


The Galaxy Note 4 is packing the same powerful processor as well as 3GB RAM and 32GB on board memory, although this smartphone doesn’t offer water resistance. The battery is, again, a 3,220mAh power pack and the quick charge feature gives 60% battery power after just a 30 minute charge. Ultra Power Save Mode on the Note 4 shuts down non-essential features to give the longest possible battery time when away from a power source.


Nexus 6 vs Note 4 features


The Nexus handset has always been used as the launch pad for the latest Google OS and the Nexus 6 is no exception with the inclusion of Android Lollipop v5.0 on board. The latest lollipop features include a virtual carousel for scrolling through apps when multitasking, Google assistant and new gesture features including double tapping on the screen to bring the smartphone out of sleep.


The Note 4 comes with Android KitKat so the update to Lollipop will come later. Samsung has added their own touches to the OS which includes three multitasking windows with re-sizable apps. The S Pen is unique to the Note series and this latest offering includes Air Commands, new fountain pen and calligraphy modes. The S Pen also offers Image Clip, Photo Note, Action Memo and much more so once you get to grips with this pen you will wonder how you functioned without it.


Nexus 6 vs Note 4 camera


The latest Nexus 6 has a 13-megapixel camera with lots of tools to ensure your photos come out beautifully. Panorama shot, 4x digital zoom and Lens Blur are on board as well as PhotoSphere for a unique perspective on your surroundings.




Video recording is at 4k 2160p or 1080p and 720p options if you want videos to take up less memory. The front facing 2-megapixel camera is on hand for snapping a selfie or for enjoying VoIP calls.


The Note 4 delivers a higher resolution camera than the Nexus with a 16-megapixel lens that includes HDR rich tone, beauty shot, dual camera mode and virtual tour shot.


note 4 camera


Again video can be captured at 4k 2160p and this can be switched to 1080p at 60fps if required. The front facing camera out ranks the Nexus too with a resolution of 3.7-megapixels and 90 and 12- degree shooting angles.




The Nexus 6 and Note 4 stack up pretty evenly when compared but there are a couple of things to consider when choosing between them. For anyone that doesn’t want to wait for Android Lollipop and if water ingress is a concern in your mobile life then the Nexus 6 is the phablet for you.


The better camera specifications of the Note 4 will be a winner for anyone that loves taking snaps or sharing selfies and of course it has the S Pen for taking notes. So it really boils down to what you really want for your phablet – the choice is yours!


Written by: Carmel Brown

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