We’ve put the Nexus 6 and Note 4 up against some pretty amazing competition over the past few weeks, and they’ve held up exceptionally well. Both phones prove that the end of 2014 has produced some terrific devices—maybe the best really is saved for last. So we wanted to know: which phone would come out on top when put head to head? That’s no doubt one of the harder decisions consumers will make this holiday season.
The thing about the Nexus 6 and Note 4 is that they’re similar in a some respects—at least in the category most tech geeks hold nearest and dearest to their hearts: specs. They both have QHD screens, beefy processors, more RAM than is necessary, and batteries big enough to last through a heavy day’s use. Look beyond the the spec sheet, however, and you’ll find that the two aren’t alike after all.
The most obvious difference is that the Nexus 6 comes with vanilla Android (Android 5.0 Lollipop), whereas the Note 4 sports Android 4.4.4 KitKat with TouchWiz on top. For all of TouchWiz’s issues (lag, unappealing design), it offers some lovely tweaks, such as Multi-Window support, along with some other great features specific to the S Pen, which is great for power users. For a full recap of what Lollipop has to offer, you can check out the Nexus 6 review below.
The Note 4 also, as it always does, offer a removable battery and expandable storage, while the Nexus 6 does not. When you’re dealing with 64GB of storage, that really should be more than enough for the average user but, again, power users might find the Note 4’s expandable storage incredibly handy, especially if you want to bring some extra movies and music along during a trip.
Mark dives into the messy battle and ultimately comes up with a winner. Which one comes out on top? You’ll have to watch the video to find out.
Google’s Nexus lineup has always been a terrific showcase for pure Android. From the start, these devices have been important for developers and die-hard enthusiasts, but let’s be honest: the Nexus brand has never been desired the way a Note or iPhone has. Consumers just don’t know any better.
Slowly, surely, that’s begun to change. The Nexus brand has started to build an audience (albeit, a very small one) outside of elite tech circles. Today, “Nexus” is a name people actually associate with Google, and that’s a very big deal. Consumers who might normally purchase something from Samsung or HTC are now spending their money on Nexus devices, signaling a shift in the industry. People are seriously starting to take notice of the look and performance of pure Android.