Samsung’s newest Note device brings a few refinements to the established formula, but it has to contend with a few of the other flagship devices that are similar in size. And what better competitor to put it up against than what is considered the purest Android experience? This is the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 going up against the Nexus 6P.

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We are looking at two different devices with very different styles and perspectives on the Android experience. Even from first glance, it is clear that both devices bring unique styles to the space. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 continues the glass and metal design that has permeated the most recent iterations of the Galaxy line, though there are some very noticeable refinements. The main ones come in the form of water resistance, which both the body and the S Pen benefit from. This means that writing using the S Pen can be done underwater, though we’re still unsure why you might want to.

The Note 7 also gets a curve on both the display and the glass blacking, both of which come down to meet the metal lip – but altogether it makes for a very smooth side feel that makes the phone simply pleasant in the hand. Other than that, however, the elements of the Note 7 are largely the same as before, including the S Pen, which gets its own refinements – it is now 200mm in length but is as light as ever. And no, it does not go backwards into the slot, so it will no longer get stuck and break.

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On the other hand is the Nexus 6P, the Huawei made all-metal device that brought a new design language to the Nexus line. There is no denying that this is a very premium feeling phone due to its metal, but it does suffer from some slippage that isn’t helped by its sheer size. That said, a couple of the Nexus 6P’s best design features include the dual front facing stereo speakers and the placement of the fingerprint reader, which is easily accessible by one’s index finger compared to the embedded sensor in the tactile home button of the Note 7.

Though it took some time to get used to with the Nexus 6P, by now the USB-C port that is a change in the Note 7 should be easier to fathom. Not to fear for those who still have microUSB cords lying around, however, as an adapter will be part of the box contents for the Samsung phone.

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Both displays are 5.7 inches in size, but the curves on the Super AMOLED Quad HD display of the Note 7 help it feel a little narrower than the somewhat bulky Nexus 6P. Though flat sides and a bit more heft make the Nexus feel pretty secure, it’s hard to deny how nice the new Note feels compared to even the Note 5 that came before it.

The Note 7’s Super AMOLED display now boasts the Always on Display, which is a nice way of getting information at a glance without having to turn on the device. The Ambient display of the AMOLED Quad HD display on the Nexus 6P can help with this as well, but it is less reliable as information that simply pulses or appears when the phone is picked up.

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Performance favors the newer phone, which is expected – the Note 7 gets the same processing package as the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, which can be the latest Exynos or the Snapdragon 820 depending on one’s region. The Nexus 6P, despite rocking the Snapdragon 810, should be able to keep up with smooth and snappy optimizations due to having the latest stock version of Android. In our short testing with the Note 7, we did not notice much slowdown in this newly streamlined version of Samsung’s UI, but we will be testing this further when we get our review unit.

Samsung finally made choices that benefit power users by putting 64GB as the base onboard storage – there are no other versions of the Note 7, and the 64GB can be bolstered by microSD cards. There is no expandable storage option in the Nexus 6P, but if you are able to handle paying a little more, 128GB versions of the phone are available over the 32GB base or the 64GB middle models.

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Battery life should be pretty similar between these two phones, as the Nexus 6P has only a 50mAh deficit compared to the 3500mAh battery unit found in the Note 7. It’s great that the Note has a bigger battery, finally, and the fast charging capabilities brought over from the Galaxy S7 should help it get power in no time. The Nexus 6P is able to power up pretty quickly, as well, with its own brand of fast charging. This year’s Nexus devices don’t have wireless charging, however, which is a feature that Samsung has adamantly backed for the last few Galaxy generations.

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Security was and is a big deal for both phones, as Nexus Imprint was a focus of this current generation of Nexus devices. As a result, the rear mounted fingerprint reader is one of the best out there, as resting index fingers on there simply wakes and unlocks the phone in very little time. The same can be said for the sensor on the Note 7 which requires a press of the home button.

However, the main new feature on the Note 7 is the Iris Scanner, which uses a dedicated camera near the selfie cam to search for a registered set of eyes to unlock the phone. When set up, it is simply a matter of waking the phone, swiping up on the lock screen, and lining one’s eyes up with the scanner. When the elements are all in place, it means an unlocked and ready phone in what feels like no time at all. A closer look at the scanner is found in a Feature Focus piece also available in our Note 7 coverage.

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Though we have no samples to compare between these two, the camera packages for both these devices are actually very similar. The Nexus 6P somewhat started the trend of less megapixels in favor of larger megapixels, and with 12 to boast at f/2.0 aperture, low light performance was a priority. The same went for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, which leveraged 12 dual pixel megapixels to make autofocusing a snap on top of a f/1.7 aperture that furthered its case in the low light department. This same camera is what is found in the Note 7, so comparisons between these two phones can feasibly be done using samples from the previous Galaxy device.

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At the very least, there is a good deal of optimization put into the Note 7 camera software. Despite having a ton of features that could overwhelm users, the ability to swipe on the viewfinder to change modes or cameras helps its handling in one hand. On the other hand, the Nexus 6P does not have as many features to boast in its camera, but its auto mode works quite well for the typical user who needs good looking photos in a snap.

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Overall, the user experience of these phones will predicate on Android and multitasking preferences. The Note 7 has a myriad of features to boast, including all of the different methods of multitasking that include the Multi Window and the Pop-Up View – and, of course, the S Pen brings its own very long list of features to the fold. Sharing is easier than ever in the Note, with tools like Screen Write, the Notes application that consolidates pretty much all ways of working with digital notes, and the Smart Select that now has a tool for recording 15 second GIFs of (almost) anything that is going on in the given frame. And for the users who need a constant reminder of any piece of information, the Screen Off Memo can pin notes to the Always on Display so that it is constantly within view. Take a closer look at the new S Pen features or for the highlights, check out the video below:

On what might be the very other end of the spectrum, the Nexus 6P is considered the pure Android experience, and that comes with it a number of different implications. First of all, this is the experience that Google envisions for their operating system – a fully functional user interface that plenty of companies like Samsung add tons of extra features on top of. But at its core, the app drawers, notification dropdowns, multitasking via the recent apps screen, and Google Now elements are totally functional and easy on the eyes because they are stock and pure.

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There is a whole different layer to the Nexus experience, however, and it benefits those who truly need to be on the bleeding edge of Android – users are able to get the newest versions of Android as they come out, including all of the security updates. And for those who want extra credit, the latest beta versions of Android can be installed so people can get early looks at the upcoming leap in Google’s operating system. I am one of these people in this case, as my Nexus 6P is rocking the latest available version of Android N before its final release within the coming months. And I have to say, Android Nougat is so far quite delightful, bringing a lot of refinements to what we are used to in Marshmallow, including better ways of handling tasks and notifications as well as a bit more eye candy to please the design-minded.

While it is true that the Nexus 6P is undoubtedly the less expensive phone at $399 for the base model, you also might get what you pay for when considering sheer feature sets. The Note 7 is stacked and every Note device has done well to reflect that in their price points.

So it really comes down to what kind of experience you want out of your phone – but in either case, you can definitely say that you are on the bleeding edge. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is at the forefront of new features that include the S Pen and the Iris Scanner, but Android purists likely already have the Nexus in mind when they want to try the very latest that the OS has to offer.

Joshua Vergara
Writer, blogger, and videographer - Josh is a former support technician that learned much about technology by fixing everyone else's. On the side, he wrote and performed spoken word, maintained his own personal blogs, and began his own video podcast. Now, he's here at Android Authority looking to put it all together!
  • No benchmark tests? ‘m surprised.

  • The S-Pen is 200 mm long? Who the hell pulled that number out of their ass? It quite clearly isn’t 200 mm. In what universe does a 200 mm pen fit within the length of a 153 mm phone? Don’t speak this bs in every article. It looks to be something like 110-120 mm, if even that.

    • Heiro78

      Joshua seems to have done some cut and paste from his article specifically on the S-pen. He made the same typo there.

    • Gumbopudding

      The Note 7 is bigger on the inside.

      • Daggett Beaver |dBz|

        It’s magic. There’s a space-time wormhole in the pen slot. The top of the pen actually exists in another dimension when you insert it.

  • Pez Smith

    In term of hardware features the 64GB Nexus 6P is overpriced compared to the 64GB Note 7.
    The 6P is about 2 generations behind in hardware, material and design.

    • balcobomber25

      It’s also an older phone which is why this comparison makes little sense. But as for being overpriced, the 64GB 6P is currently selling for $449 unlocked at Best Buy, the 64GB Note 7 is selling for $849 unlocked at Best Buy. Not sure how $400 cheaper = overpriced.

      • Pez Smith

        It’s $655 in my country.
        I believe you can buy the Note 7 with lots free gifts in the US. One retailer was offering a $150 voucher etc…
        The SD card, Pen & IP6x are worth the extra for some people. I wouldn’t buy a Note 7.

        The SD810 is a very bad SoC and is complete mess of a design.
        Many OEMs had to use the the SD808 because of that.

        • balcobomber25

          Which country do you live in?

          In the 6P the 810 performs very well and doesn’t suffer from a lot of the problems that plagued earlier phones.

          Those “free gifts” don’t add up to much, they often overinflate the value to make it seem like you’re getting more than you actually are. Most of those deals still require you to pay the full price of the phone, either up front or through payment plans. For instance ATT is giving away a free Gear VR and a Galaxy Tabe E for $1. The catch is you have to sign up for a 2 year agreement for that Tab E. It’s still a lot cheaper for the 6P + VR headset. Other retailers are giving away a free Gear VR or 256GB SD Card. Free gifts are always good especially if you were planning to get the phone anyways, but they still don’t make the 6P overpriced by comparison.

          • zeth006

            Plus this website’s more so geared to US viewers. To be brutally honest, idgaf about how much it costs in other countries. $400 is nothing to sneeze at for most of us in the middle class. That’s almost the price of–ya guessed it!–another Nexus!

          • balcobomber25

            You can get the Nexus 5X and still save $50 lol.

          • seattle tech

            5x is a toy.

          • balcobomber25

            Works very well as my work phone.

          • seattle tech

            I have a 5x for my android N phone and everytime i hold it the screen quality makes me feel like i bought the phone in 2014.

          • balcobomber25

            Good for you. Everytime I hold mine I think wow I got this for only $350? I am not even a huge fan of Nexus phones either, I hate vanilla Android, it’s just an excellent work phone that has never failed me.

          • seattle tech

            Really cuz I bought mine for $200 and I think man my nexus 5 was so much better for its time

          • balcobomber25

            Good for you? Do you want a cookie?

          • bkm

            The theory of the perfect android phone of 2013 while the G2 was the real star of that year.
            It featured an awful camera and battery life even for its time and speedwise my z1 compact could give it a run for its money.
            The 5X is one-hell-of-a-workhorse that I was reluctant to buy at first but makes me appreciate it more and more as time goes by..

          • bkm

            Then you probalbly know nothing about displays

          • bkm

            100% agree.Perfect everyday workhorse!
            On the weekend I use either my 6p or my Xiaomi Mi Max though.

          • balcobomber25

            I mainly got it for Project Fi. I work around the globe and I love not having to carry 25 different sim cards with me anymore and try to remember which one belongs to which country. And for the price if something happens to it or it get’s stolen I can easily get another one and still not pay as much as a Galaxy S7.

          • David Martrano

            Plastic junk if you ask me. No s/d slot and big deal it’s got marshmallow. I purchased one and could not have returned it fast enough! 2 gb’s and very slow for gaming. No thanks. Will see what the new nexus phones are like!

          • seattle tech

            6P performs well because it’s always running on its small weak cores.

        • gurudeep p

          Sick , 810 in Nexus 6p works brilliant. Do some research kid.

      • seattle tech

        6P light years ahead of design?? Why don’t you just admit it you are such a huawei fanboy. Yeah a big bulky phone with huge bezels that is horrible to use daily is light year ahead of the note 7 which all reviewers are gushing over its design and ergonomics. I have held the note 7 and it even puts the s7 edge design to shame.

        • balcobomber25

          I am a fan of good looking phones. The Galaxy S7/Note 7 is not one of them IMO. I am a fanboy of two companies and I have no problems admitting it, Huawei isn’t one of them. They are Xiaomi and Gionee. Why don’t you just admit you despise anything associated with Huawei?

          Those same reviewers gushed over the 6P, several of those reviewers use the 6P as their daily driver.

          • seattle tech

            Yes Huawei is one of them. Don’t lie to yourself.
            JFYI I had the 6p for months before i decided to throw it across the room. Anyone and everyone that is replacing their 6p’s complain because it’s just too big.

          • balcobomber25

            I have plenty of friends that love the size of the 6P it’s all about perception, you personally didn’t like it but millions of people love it. Anyone and everyone that still has theirs brag about how amazing it is.

          • seattle tech

            That is the very first time I have ever heard anyone say they love the size of the 6p with its huge bezels. Maybe you heard them wrong saying they love big screens. Which the note 7 has with thin bezels.

          • balcobomber25

            I guess you didn’t read any reviews of the phone you supposedly bought or talked to anyone else who owned it. There are thousands of reviews for you to read, and most of them praise the way it feels in the hand.

          • D P

            I have a 6p and switched to the 7 edge for a few months. I eventually came back to the 6p. The Samsung, while light years better than it used to be, still has lag in day to day things. Also, while the photos look great on the phone, when you put them on a bigger screen there is a loss of detail. The Nexus does not suffer this in my daily experience. While the photos are a bit darker, there is more detail there than the brighter Samsung pic. This is important for the work I do. I need the detail. Video is an issue to an extent if you’re shaky. thankfully I don’t use video. The thing I miss about the Samsung is water resistance. Otherwise I’m happily back on the 6p. There is no reason to bash over the other. They each have there strong points. Which is why you should buy what works for you not because of branding.

          • seattle tech

            6P can get a better daylight shot over the s7 which i agree with and it sounds like that is the most important spec for you. While more people with phones value how fast their phones can launch focus and shoot. Which is important for people that take pics of say their kids. For me, Video is most important and I only record in 4k so you can see how i felt about my 6p.

          • bkm

            It’s not the 6p’s camera fault if you suffer from Parkinson’s disease my friend

          • bkm

            At last someone that admits the truth..

          • Mohammed Fahad

            brother first off all nexus is not for every one, it’s for android purists who don’t like bloatware and love the sweetness of vanilla android. and as far as for those bezels you are talking about, you get front facing stereo speakers which are wayyy better on any samsung device.

          • John Wilkes

            Nexus 6p pulled me away from Apple like Samsung ever did , Pure Android wins it for me. It’s perfect size for me

          • balcobomber25

            According to Seattle Tech you need to replace it because it is too big.

          • John Wilkes

            Actually thinking of rocking it until next year

          • balcobomber25

            Nope it’s too big for you! Those BEZELS!!!

          • Ekansan Pikachan

            indeed sir seattle tech thinks he knows about all of us more than we do about ourselves XD

          • bkm

            Did you pay real money out from your pocket to buy the Nexus?

          • bkm

            Will you pay 850 euros to buy your beloved NOTE7?

        • bkm

          Well I look forward of your splashing 850euros for buying it then,
          By the way why did you get the Nexus for ?
          Just for the price?

      • chris

        a discount price is not an official price so your math is wrong. from state to state it is different. and if you live in Europe it is also completely different. The only price is the official oem price.

        • balcobomber25

          Official price varies depending on where you live and it doesn’t change when a phone gets older. If you live in Europe you can buy the 6P from Amazon for 498 Euro which is still about $300 cheaper than the price of the Note 7. There’s also retailers across Europe that have it for discount prices.

          • chris

            Nothing under 600 euro here for the 64gb model. (You have to deal with taxes too when you import it) I think the faster processor, the wireless charging, the waterproof, the bigger battery, the sd card option, the nicer screen, the Iris scanner, the gear vr or gear s2 in the bundle and the s pen makes up for this 200 difference.

            The only comparison here is pure android or TouchWiz.

          • balcobomber25

            To you those are a difference. To me and many consumers they don’t make up for the price difference.

            I disagree with your last line though, Touchwiz isn’t the only comparison:

            Battery – the difference between the two is 50mAh. That could make a difference, it could mean nothing. We won’t know till it’s tested.

            Screen – both of them have Quad HD Amoled’s with 518ppi.

            Gear VR – you can buy generic ones for $20 on Amazon, they are exactly the same except one thing: the logo.

          • chris

            Not so many if you see the sell numbers difference between Samsung phones and nexus phones. Samsung is number one because a lot more people agree with me.
            And comparing the gear vr and a cardboard is ignorant. It only shows that you never tried one. I own 3 different headset before the gear vr and the difference is huge. The image quality, the precision, the games, netflix, the Web browser,…

            And for the screen the resolution is not enough. The quality is better. The note 4 had a 2k screen too but there was a difference between the note 4 and the note 5. The same way the s7 edge is brighter and better looking than the note 5. And those differences shows in VR quality. I’m talking from experience.

            I tried the nexus 6p for a week. It’s an amazing phone. It works very well and has amazing performance but it isn’t in the same level as the note 5 or the s7 edge. The note 7 is even too far.

            You may think that all its features are gadgets but people actually like it. The numbers speaks for itself.

          • balcobomber25

            Samsung is number 1 because it is available in over 200 countries worldwide, Nexus is sold officially in 12 countries. Nexus was never designed to compete with Samsung for sales but it still sells well for what it is.

            I didn’t compare Gear VR with Cardboard, show me anywhere in my comment that I mentioned cardboard. I said you can get a comparable VR headset which you can.

            I never said the Note 5/7 or that it’s features are gadgets. What I have said is that those features aren’t worth the extra money for me. For many people they are.

          • Ekansan Pikachan

            no mate your opinion is wrong. DEAL WITH IT! XD

          • balcobomber25

            So it’s my opinion that Samsung is sold in more countries than Nexus? Or it’s my opinion that the Nexus was never meant to compete with Samsung? Both of those can be proven correct, those are called facts.

            It’s my opinion that you can get generic Gear VR’s (which were actually out before the Gear existed) for much less money? Once again that is another fact as you can get them on Amazon, Aliexpress and many other retailers for as little as $20.

            What I have to “DEAL WITH” is you seem to have trouble separating opinions and facts.

          • Ekansan Pikachan

            So according to you the thing that sells most is always the crowds’ favourite?

          • chris

            In smartphone business most of the time YES. People buy what they like.
            The general consumers don’t even know about nexus.

  • balcobomber25

    This is kind of a pointless comparison, the 6P is almost a year old and will be replaced in the next few months.

    • Cai

      But for us who aren’t stock Android users, it’s the best we got.

      • balcobomber25

        There’s many alternatives for those who don’t like Stock Android.

  • Daggett Beaver |dBz|

    This comparison could easily be summed up in what I say all the time:

    Nexus is the phone for people who want the latest Android first, and the best phone features last.

    • Pamela

      The Nexus 6p is months old for one, and you are comparing a $500 phone with a $850 phone. I would hope for $350 more you get better specs, but at months old and $500 the 6p is still good enough for most users

      • Daggett Beaver |dBz|

        And the Galaxy S3 is almost 4 years old and has more features than the Nexus 6P, including features Google promised to deliver in Marshmallow, but won’t even deliver in Nougat. Then there’s the Note4 and Note5, both of which are just as old as the Nexus 6P (or older) and packed with features you won’t see in stock Android on Nexus for many years.

        Face it, I’m spot on with my slogan: Nexus is the phone for people who want the latest Android first, and the best phone features last.

        • Pamela

          There isn’t a single feature or gimmick in the s3 and the note 4 that I’m missing in my Nexus 6p. If you are referring to s health, Knox or the other bloat that requires their phones to have 4gb of ram because of so many running junk tasks you can keep it .

        • Lolcocks

          You mean the bloatware shit that only noobs like you use.

        • Cai

          Ah, but unless you root and put on a ROM with the latest security features, the S3 is outdated and very unsecure.

      • Ronald

        months old but has the lastest version of Android, and thats the point

      • David Martrano

        Agreed, the 6p is a great phone so why compare it to samsung’s latest. Kinda stupid if you ask me there’s no comparision between the two. For a 2015 model it’s still in the top tier of smartphones so how good is it. And now it can be purchased for 499.00 on Amazon, great deal I’d say!! And the 64gb model is 549.00. Nothing wrong with that picture!!!

    • balcobomber25

      It depends what you mean by best phone features. If you mean software related than you are correct, plain Android is light years behind those from competitors like Samsung, Xiaomi and Meizu. But if by features you mean hardware then the 6P is right in line for a 2015 flagship, which is what it was.

      • Daggett Beaver |dBz|

        You mean like the Nexus 6P having wireless charging? Fast wireless charging? OIS on its camera? MST for payments at any magnetic strip reader? The S Pen? You mean all those hardware features? Oh, wait, the Nexus 6P doesn’t have ANY of those things. And it’s one of only two phones last year that you can easily snap in half.

        Not even the display is in line with the Note5, even though it’s supposed to be the same generation Samsung display.

        Nexus people are in deep denial. It’s a fact. Nexus is the phone for people who want the latest Android first, and the best phone features last.

        • seattle tech

          What are you talking about ? Have you ever tried to record 4k video with no ois on a nexus 6p? You start to feel sick. Oh and try listening to music through earphones. It is the worst experience

          • balcobomber25

            I am talking about in 2015 OIS wasn’t on every flagship, if it’s not on a 2016 phone there is no excuse.

        • balcobomber25

          I am not a Nexus “person”, but nice try. I do own a Nexus 5X but it’s only my work phone. I wouldn’t have bough it otherwise.

          I know plenty of flagships last year that didn’t have wireless charging or OIS. So yes it did have many flagship level features of a 2015 phone.

          • seattle tech

            No OIS is not a flagship. It’s one of those sneaky cost cutting measures that don’t usually show up on the first few lines of specs.

          • balcobomber25

            In 2016 no OIS isn’t a flagship, in 2015 not so much.

          • Daggett Beaver |dBz|

            Nexus 6P was a 2015 flagship. The Note5 was a 2015 flagship. I demonstrated that the Nexus 6P sucks moose compared to the Note5. So it’s not on par even in terms of hardware. End of debate.

          • balcobomber25

            So the only flagship in 2015 was the Note 5 and Nexus 6P? There were no other phones released in 2015 that were flagships?

          • calden74

            In what way, there is absolutely nothing and I mean nothing an Nexus 6p can’t do that a Note 5 can. The debate isn’t over because there is none, Samsung phones are a bloated mess, their phones takes up more memory than any other phones on the market. Before a single app is started on a Note 5, the system takes up almost 2GB of sometimes more depending on what’s enabled, my Nexus 6P, 680MB. My system install image was less, 400MB and I’m running every single app and utility that I could ever want, including all of the Blackberry Android apps, i.e. their Hub. Every single Samsung app is available online as a separate download, so even if a Nexus user wanted a specific Samsung app, they can have it, without all of the extra garbage no one wants, including extras from the mobile providers, that comes attached when buying a Samsung phone.

            It’s fine that you require training wheels, depending on others to create your environment for you, but don’t think for a secondary because a Nexus phone doesn’t provide the same, it’s a bad option. Just the opposite, it’s for those who don’t need others to tell them what they need or want.

          • Yeah, two of the listed features are Samsung-exclusive. Nothing to do with flagship features. LOL

          • balcobomber25

            You can spot the Samsung fans, they all claim they owned a 6P, but then everything they say about it is opposite what actual 6P owners and reviews say.

        • Randy Janine Braun

          DB your comments are ridiculous and highly annoying.
          Vanilla Android is great, does absolutely everything I want it to, and does it well.
          Samsung TouchWiz UI is a laggy sucky piece of turd, overloaded with features just cut Samsung has to make new things, regardless of whether they have any practical use.
          And now you’re gonna argue bitterly and predictably about whatever I said, and you’ll make a bigger prick out of yourself than you already were… let’s watch…

        • Mariano Moreira

          Ironically Google did decide to remove wireless charging from 2015 Handsets (But both Nexus 5 2013 and Nexus 6 2014 had wireless charging; OIS being ditched is another questionable move)*
          (Much like Samsung’s decision for 2015 to exclude Water resistance, expandable storage, and removable battery….)

          I think part of Google’s reasoning may have been with the decision to solace Nexus Imprint (fingerprint) on the back of the device and were working with 2 different manufacturers that were following a similar design.

          As for smartphone features: Stock out of the box I will give Samsung the win hands down.

          -Taking in to account Xposed/gravity and ability to still get warranty work…I’d say it is about a wash.

          By the time Custom ROMs are brought into the equation some software features for tweaking the device hardware make the comparison different.

          *as far as I am aware Root kills both Samsung Pay and Android Pay so that is basically a feature loss on both devices or 2 features lost on Samsung device

          New audio, radio, camera, kernels are abundant even some that tweak charging input.

          Nexus devices are unlock bootloader friendly – it is an official step to flash Factory Image.

          Unlocking of Samsung Bootloader is Not Samsung approved…flags???

          I would rather say Nexus devices are for those that are looking for Bloat-free Pure Android Experience with easy access to customisation (Root/kernel tweaking) & Samsung Flagships are a much better feature-rich device when looking to enjoy out of the box.

      • Cai

        It’s because it’s STOCK Android. You can at least add features, unlike these other phones, loaded with features maybe we could use, but with the inability to delete (real delete, not just simply disable) for those of use who would rather free up for our music, photos, and caches for apps we do use.

        • balcobomber25

          Except for those Google Apps, no way to delete those if you don’t use them. Many of those other phones do offer expandable storage though for people who need more space.

          • Cai

            Stock Android may still have stock Google apps you have to disable, but it’s far fewer you have to do that to, as opposed to all the bloatware Samsung lays on.

          • balcobomber25

            I agree Samsung is terrible with bloatware.

  • John Wilkes

    My Nexus 6p is a beast! Note 7 will be a beast too. But I’m sticking stock Android an the speakers omg!…

  • chris

    I never felt the need for stock Android. I always found it empty. lack of basic features that make your phone easier to use. The notification bar never was on point. The volume system sucks, no good app to view videos, stream them to your connected tv. The screens always sacked compare to Samsung’s. plus I don’t like the vanilla UI until last year but it still kind of sucks. I understand the need of something simple for people who don’t know much about android but it lacks too many stuff I’m use to with Samsung’s devices. plus lately with the ip68, wireless charging, the curve, gear vr,… man Samsung is just the best. you don’t even have to bring the note 7. I’ll take a s6 100 time before I touch the 6p. but I can understand the nexus appeal. it just don’t talk to me.

  • chris

    at some point having the latest android version meant having the fastest device but not anymore. The 6p don’t even compare to the note 5.
    Android is not ios you don’t have to update your software all the time to be able to use the latest versions of your favorite apps. The security angle is overated since I never had a problem with that living in Europe. The nexus is too far behind and too expensive.

  • SPOKANESE

    I’ll be waiting for the Note 7 vs Nexis 7 comparison.

  • boawkaba

    the rage of fanboys in comment section… mmm!! so beautiful~! :’-)

  • 1213 1213

    Where are the fanboys talking about how the nexus 6p has better hardware, better software, better design, better camera, better performance, and liquid cooling made with Jesus’ sweat?

    Oh… there they are.

    • balcobomber25

      Where are the fanboys that are comparing a newly released flagship with a phone that is a year old and proclaiming the newer one is better.

      Oh… there they are.

      • 1213 1213

        I’m wondering why you’re still here when you claim you don’t use nexus. And you’re the one who seems to be saying its better regardless of how old it is. You’re such a blatant fanboy.

        • balcobomber25

          I am a fan of technology. The 6P is a great phone for a 2015 flagship, it’s not for me because I dont like stock Android (and if you check my comments, i have plenty of them, you will see this repeated over and over for years on end).

  • D B

    Nexus 6P is the shiz. Owned the S7 Edge and the Note 7 will be jus bigger version with a pen n more gimmicks. I would never go behind Samsux again, they locked down. Development is no go, sad they do have best hardware. Touchwiz will always be dookie in my eyes. Ill take the latest updates and security patchs over some overpriced apple reject. Nexus 6P is running beast with Resurrection Remix. Once you go pure you never go back!!

  • TheUnArchiver

    nexus 6p looks better on the rear but the edge blows it away with its edge display…samsung wins again

    • David Martrano

      The edge is the better phone but the 6p is also a great phone. When comparing apples & oranges the 6p was released in 2015. It’s still in the top tier of smartphones so I don’t think it’s fare to compare the two. For anyone looking to buy the 6p it’s a great deal for 499.00 on Amazon. Spend alittle more and get the 64gb’s of storage you can’t go wrong!!!

  • calden74

    Simply put, if it’s not running vanilla Android or a version that is as close as possible, i.e. Nexus, a phone running CyanogenMod or equivalent, I’m not interested. I’m simply fed-up, especially with the likes of Samsung, releasing these bloatware ridden monstrosities upon us and that’s not even after the those greety mobile providers get their hands on them, then forgetting that they even exist after a year. I’m completely satisfied with what my Nexus phones provide me, their fast, stable, bloat free, get updates faster than any other handset available, etc. Though I also own a NextBit Robin, a fantastic handset by the way, it’s running CyanogenMod 13.1, fully supported and runs like a dream. My Nexus 6 and 6p, using debloated versions of the Nexus system and kernel, take up less than a gigabyte of RAM and system space. They are the very definition of instant computing, as in zero of lag of any sort and both of their desktop LDPi’s are set to 380, which is when tablet mode is initiated, talk about a dream setup.

    Do yourself a huge favor, change your desktop LDPI right now if you own a 5.5” or larger phone, I mean what’s the point of owning a large display phone when it has the same display real estate as a 4” phone, which guess what, your now using. The difference is night day, ever wondered why Chrome has not tabs, why MS Office looks completely different on a phone than on a tablet, this is why. Do it right now, don’t wait.