Samsung Galaxy S7/Edge vs Nexus 6P quick look

by: Joshua VergaraFebruary 29, 2016
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With the Nexus 6P, Google offers the purest Android experience possible with a flagship device. In the other camp, is the latest and greatest from Samsung. Unveiled only a few days ago at MWC 2016, the Galaxy S7  and S7 Edge certainly pack in all the bells and whistles when it comes to hardware, though Samsung further toned it down on the software side. How do these phones compare? We find out in this quick look at the Samsung Galaxy S7/Edge vs Nexus 6P!

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Design

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The Galaxy S7 doesn’t feature a major overhaul in design, but that’s not a bad thing, considering that Samsung did get a lot right with its predecessor. As expected, the Galaxy S7 comes with a premium metal and glass unibody construction, but there are some key refinements made that help with the handling experience. The corners and sides are more rounded off, and the backing now has curves along the sides, similar to what was seen with the Galaxy Note 5, which helps the device nestle nicely in the palm. The camera protrusion has also been significantly reduced, making it more aesthetically pleasing, and also less worrisome when handling the phone.

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On the other hand is the Nexus 6P, and with different OEMs given the opportunity to make the Nexus smartphone year from year, the Huawei-made device obviously comes with a fresh design compared to predecessors. The Nexus 6P is the most premium Google smartphone yet, featuring a full metal unibody design, with a black bar on the back housing the camera setup, that actually looks really good when you see the phone in person. Featuring a large 5.7-inch display, the Nexus 6P is a touch unwieldy, and outside the realm of comfortable one-handed use for most people.

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Choosing between two smartphones based on design always boils down to personal preference, but what you get here are two very premium smartphones that certainly don’t disappoint. If the handling experience and one-handed use are important aspects however, the Galaxy S7 holds an edge in this regard.

Display

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The Nexus 6P comes with a 5.7-inch AMOLED display with a 2560 x 1440 resolution, resulting in a pixel density of 518 ppi, while the Galaxy S7 features a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED screen, also with a Quad HD resolution and a pixel density of 577 ppi. Meanwhile, the S7 Edge goes up to 5.5-inch, keeping the same resolution. Quad HD is the order of day when it comes to current generation flagships, and with AMOLED tech at the base, both displays are impressive. You get vibrant, saturated colors, deep blacks, and good viewing angles and brightness with both, but Samsung does manage to make things pop just a little more. However, gaming and media-centric users will definitely appreciate the additional screen real estate available with the Nexus 6P.

The Nexus 6P comes with an Ambient Display feature, which gives a quick look at the time and your notifications without unlocking the phone. That said, it is quite difficult to trigger, and only picking up the phone is when it actually seems to work all the time. Samsung took things one step further by offering an Always On display, letting you see the time, your notifications, the calendar, the weather information, and more, with a glance, and without needing to wake the device.

Performance and hardware

The Nexus 6P comes with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, and is backed by the Adreno 430 GPU and 3 GB of RAM, while the Samsung Galaxy S7/Edge features the latest and greatest from Qualcomm, and is powered by the Snapdragon 820, backed by the Adreno 530 GPU and 4 GB of RAM. Things remain smooth and snappy while doing anything on these smartphones, but we’ll have to spend more time with the Galaxy S7 to see whether the Snapdragon 820 betters the performance of the Snapdragon 810 significantly in real world tests.

In hardware, the big story is the return of expandable storage and dust and water resistance with the Galaxy S7, and Samsung fans will certainly appreciate them coming back. Expandable storage was never a part of the modern Nexus line, and its continued unavailability isn’t particularly surprising.

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Both smartphones come with fingerprint scanners, but their different placements make for differing experiences, and it’s up to you as to which you prefer. The scanner of the Nexus 6P is on the back, and is placed perfectly around the area where your index finger rests. It’s very easy and quick to unlock the device when holding the phone, but obviously, you won’t be able to use the scanner when the phone is resting on a table. That isn’t an issue with the Galaxy S7/Edge, with the fingerprint scanner once again embedded into the physical home button up front. This placement might make it a little awkward to reach though, but shouldn’t be as much a problem with the relatively compact Samsung flagship. Both fingerprint readers are definitely fast and accurate, but we’ll have to test the Galaxy S7 more to check for reliability.

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Nexus phones don’t usually pack a whole lot of extras in the hardware department, but with the 6P you do get a dual front-facing speaker setup, which will likely prove to be far better than anything possible with the bottom-mounted single speaker unit of the Galaxy S7/Edge. The Nexus 6P also comes with an USB Type-C port, and it was kind of surprising to see Samsung yet to adopt the latest standard with their newest flagship.

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In battery, the Galaxy S7 comes with a large 3,000 mAh battery, which is a much needed upgrade, given the generally average battery life available with its predecessor, but we’ll find out more about the battery life of the Galaxy S7 when we get to the full review. The S7 Edge amps things up to 3,600 mAh. The Nexus 6P, on the other hand, features a larger 3,450 mAh unit, and given Huawei’s prowess for great battery management, along with the availability of Doze, the Nexus 6P can last up to two full days quite comfortably. While both devices offer some form of fast charging capabilities, the Galaxy S7 also comes with wireless charging.

Camera

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The Nexus 6P comes with a 12.3 MP camera with an f/2.0 aperture and a 1.5µm sensor, that allows for better performance in low light conditions. The Galaxy S7 takes things to another level however, with its also  12 MP rear camera with an f/1.7 aperture lens, and the sensor also sports a larger 1.4µm pixels, which should also  make for great performance in low light. The Nexus 6P does lack optical image stabilization though, which is available with the Galaxy S7/Edge. We can’t wait to put the camera of the Galaxy S7 through its paces and find out exactly how it performs in the upcoming full review and more in-depth comparisons.

Software

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Finally, on the software side of things, you get the latest iteration of TouchWiz on top of Android Marshmallow with the Galaxy S7/Edge. While things remain largely the same aesthetically, save for a more toned down color scheme,  perhaps the biggest change in the software is a new experimental feature, found in the Galaxy Labs section of the Settings menu, that allows you to turn off the app drawer altogether. Samsung also greatly improved the functionality of the Edge apps suite, allowing you to do more with the sides of the phone.

On the other hand, the Nexus 6P offers the latest and purest version of Android currently available, and while there are a few useful features to be found, such as Google Now on Tap, App Permissions, and Doze, things remain as minimalist as ever. That said, with all trends pointing towards the app drawer going by the wayside with Android N, this version may be the last time you get to enjoy it.

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Conclusion at a glance

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So there you have it for this quick look at the Samsung Galaxy S7/Edge vs Nexus 6P! Both are undeniably premium smartphones, but choosing between the two comes down to what is more important to you. The Nexus 6P offers a pure Android experience, a larger display, and fantastic front-facing speakers, while the Galaxy S7/Edge sees its advantages in expandable storage, dust and water resistance, and extra software features like the Always On display and more.

  • neau

    In my humble opinion the Nexus 6P is a more preferable choice to the S7. I am voting with my wallet and buying a Nexus device, showing the market that I, as a customer prefer customization and strongly dislike pre-loaded software with my phone. I prefer speed and usability, rather than gimmicks only to be used in marketing and reviews.

    I had several Samsung Galaxy devices in the past, but minor pet peeves like the aforementioned bloat is what drives my decision towards a more pure Android experience.

    Also, embracing USB-Type C as Samsung will be lagging behind, when the newest flagship devices will most likely include it.

    Thank you for your attention.

    • Frank Bales

      Just bought my 6P, and so far love it. I’m a little hard of hearing, and I absolutely love the speakers on this phone. I too like a phone free of bloat. I bought it now so I can give it to my wife in six months and buy the next Nexus for me when it comes out (don’t tell her). The biggest reason I bought it though is to switch to Project Fi. I hate Verizon, but love their coverage. So far so good with Project Fi. Called Canada (for free) over the weekend and sounded great. The one con I have is no sd card slot. I got a 64gb version so I’ll probably okay. Frankly I don’t use an sd card very often, but when I need it, well, I want it. You listening Google?

    • Eric

      From what I’ve heard Samsung has significantly reduced amount of bloatware, most is carrier bloatware. I though USB-C would be nice as well but it has no real advantages being utilized by any phones yet so it really just becomes a more convenient plug. Between bad USB-C cables frying peoples devices right now, compatibility with their VR sets, and the fact that average users are probably not to excited about buying new cables, you can see samsung reasoning.

      I was really really close to wording a 6p, however I find the audio output from the headphone back to be unforgivable. Its around .34 volts which is about as low as I’ve ever seen out of a phone. The note 5 for comparison was .6 volts, i believe the note 4 was in the .7 range and the iPhone is over 1 volt. I googled what people were saying about the audio and the volume is suppose to be abysmal. The two biggest qualities I look for in my phone are a capable camera and good audio as thats the two things I use frequently that really vary device to device, and sadly 6p stumbles on both.

      My only reservation with the S7 is slow updates, but that comes with any non-nexus phone. Hopefully google starts stepping up next year and can iron out a phone which has no major downsides.

      • *****

        Didn’t know that about the 6p. I’ll need to see what it’s like when it gets here this week. That is concerning.

        • cynicist

          Don’t be concerned. The guy is criticizing a phone that he hasn’t even used. The camera is great and the audio gets plenty loud. When I read posts like his I have to wonder how badly damaged people’s hearing is. I couldn’t turn the volume up to max without blowing out my ear drums, so I can’t imagine the need for something louder than that.

        • byteseyes

          That’s why it’s a Nexus. They’ve always been known for budget phones with a subpar experience, but for the low price it was at least somewhat forgivable.

          But even Google trying to sneak up the price a little in the last year couldn’t hide the fact that things like the display, battery life, build quality, speakers, and charging port on the 6P are mediocre in quality.

          • just_some_putz

            I must respectfully disagree.

            I’ve been a Samsung person since ditching my iPhone years back. First the Note 2 and then the S5. While I loved both phones, I got tired of the Samsung/Verizon bloatware and the locked-down bootloader. I like to “root” my phones.

            I purchased a 6P a month or so ago and have to say that short of some bluetooth issues it’s the best phone I’ve ever had. It is fast as all get out, the screen is beautiful, the camera is nothing short of amazing and battery life is the best I’ve ever experienced. I use my phones in the car for streaming music, talk etc and spend a significant amount of time on the phone. This is the first phone I haven’t had to keep plugged in while driving and when it gets low, the fast charge has it back to 100% in about an hour. The front facing speakers are far superior to anything I’ve experienced with Samsung too. The headphone jack isn’t as loud as the previous Samsungs but it is loud enough. I can’t turn it up all the way and listen comfortably and I have some really good earbuds. (Shure SE530) The charging port seems to be just fine but time will tell. I can say the BOTH of the Samsung units I have had in the past went back to their repair center in Plano to have their charging ports replaced within two years.

            Side note: To all of you Samsung users, If you have problems with your phone and it is out of warranty you can call them and unless it is water damaged or the screen broken they will issue an RMA and email you a second day UPS label. They will repair “everything or nothing” and second day it back all for around $70.

      • G3m1n1

        I never have issues with audio volume, using decent Sennheiser earbuds. How could I reproduce this suspicion?

        • AMD718

          Same here. Using sennheiser earbuds on my 6P and there is no way I could go to max volume. I top out at minus two notches. Any higher and it would induce pain. I can only assume either other headphones aren’t power efficient or that people have desensitized eardrums.

    • STAN24

      You can, of course, disable most of the bloat, especially the carrier stuff which is the majority of it anyway. It’s certainly a bit annoying, but it’s a once-and-done deal. I’ve had the occasion to play with both a Galaxy S6 & Nexus 5, and really couldn’t notice the difference between the two in terms of performance, bloat or not (maybe the difference would be found if I was a gamer, but for average uses like web browsing and watching videos the two might as well be identical). Touchwiz isn’t the greatest launcher in the world by far, but some of Samsung’s other features really do help usability, like the feature which keeps the screen on while you’re looking at it. I lost that when I tried rooting my old S3 a while back, but today with the Google Now launcher available, I think you get the best of both worlds.

      As for USB Type C, it would be nice, but with the wireless charging cover I use on my current S5, I think could count on one hand the number of times I have needed to use a cable for power, and probably never for data transfer.

      But as the article states, the choice is pretty much a matter of taste.

    • Andy

      I too am voting with my wallet and “showing the market” that I want physical reliability in all weather conditions (i.e. waterproof), convenience (fast wireless charging) and a quality camera. Hence the S7.

    • Daggett Beaver

      Yeah, always getting the latest Android first and having a reversible USB connector sure beats:

      * OIS
      * Expandable storage (microSD)
      * Water resistance
      * Wireless charging
      * Fast wireless charging
      * MST for payments at any card reader
      * The latest 820 vs. the old 810
      * Edge features for the S7 Edge
      * The best display available

      No doubt about it, the 6P is the winner here.

      • Charles Walker

        You forgot to mention how much more compact the S7E is despite only having a 0.2″ smaller display. As someone who keeps a phone on my desk more than in my pocket, the finger sensor on front is a big advantage.

  • Benjamin Rodriguez

    Why do you write/talk about the S7 while showing photos of the S7 Edge? It’s confusing, the device you are showing clearly doesn’t have a 5.1″ screen. This year the S7 and S7 Edge are not interchangeable. You should specify which of the two you’re talking about.

    • Toss3

      Yeah that seemed weird to me too.

    • Melonie

      Nexus 6P, 5X, 5 and more is now on sale only below

  • charlie Jason

    Damn the gold 6P looks good.

    • Dominick White

      I have one and it looks better in person, just like the gold note 5

      • just_some_putz

        Same here, gold 64.

  • sonybru

    Get some sleep Josh lol You’re confusing phones and have both the s7 and s7 edge going against the 6p

  • Nallaikumaran

    Nexus 6P

    No expandable storage (microSD card slot)

    No water dust resistant

    No Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) for the camera

    Lacks wireless charging

    No Thermal spreader (Water-cooling technology to avoid the phones overheating)

    Poor battery life- The large 5.7 inch display is an AMOLED capacitive touchscreen but not a Super AMOLED which is found on the Samsung Galaxy. Comparison wise the Super AMOLED consumes less power which can save the battery juice a lot and more importantly it have better viewing angles than a standard AMOLED, but sadly its ain’t any with Nexus 6P.

    • BigD

      Just to clarify battery life isn’t poor on the 6P and it does have a super amoled screen.

      • Nallaikumaran

        Good liar, Nexus 6P – Poor battery life and AMOLED (Not Super AMOLED)

        • Chris

          Fanboy

        • Billy_B

          Battery life on the 6P is superb. I get 5-6 hours of SOT easily. Usually can go 2 days on a charge.

          • xgudwilx

            Same here.

          • Chachacha

            Same here… Battery life lasts 2 days on a charge. 6P is amazing!

          • Nallaikumaran

            6P is amazing Battery life? Ahahaha. Dishonest shameless liars. how honest are you? how lame you are?. Have you no shame? Not at all. Shameful. I think all this fake just a propaganda for 6P.

          • SeanPR11

            Same here too, Billy.

        • Casey Fenton

          Have you ever thought that you may be biased? Also 6 hours and 24 minutes (which I’m assuming is their measurement of SOT, but its not labeled as such since that graph is just trash) is still pretty damn good. You have only given one set of data to try and prove your point. That data does not even prove your point since its not comparing the S7 and the 6P which is the entire point of this article!

        • Evan Willis

          Yeah a site called Android Authority is totally biased towards Apple

      • Nallaikumaran

        Hello, Dishonest shameless liars. how honest are you? how lame you are?. Have you no shame? Not at all. Shameful.

        Nexus 6P – AMOLED (Not Super AMOLED) Check out gsmarena or google.

        • BigD

          lol

          • SeanPR11

            He must be one of those paid samsung schills?

        • Daggett Beaver

          Don’t confuse the Nexus fanboys with facts.

    • Fitnesspro

      Poor battery life? Are you kidding? I use my NEXUS 6P as my daily driver, extensively and charge it every other day at which time it is showing 25-30% left. You wanna wireless charging & Optical Image Stabilization? I got them too ……. on my legendary Nexus 5. Bot are fast & furious, Pure Android, no bloat ware. Totally reliable. I’ve had three Galaxies, all of which developed terminal illness after the 12 month warranty ended. I would not touch a Galaxy with a 20 foot pole. I’d just as soon buy an iPhone than Galaxy. Got it Bozo?

      • neau

        Don’t get mad, he’s just a troll spreading misinformation for the sake of creating drama. Just down vote his comments, because they contribute nothing to the discussion.

        Have a nice day!

    • cynicist

      Super AMOLED has nothing to do with the power consumption of the screen, and a simple Google search could tell you that.

    • Joseph Savion

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      It’s a Kickstarter campaign soon to be launch.

      Galaxy S7 is supported as long as 99% of the smarthpons, and then you will have the IR blaster on S7.

      That way we will enjoy the wonderful S7 and still have IR in your smartphone.

      Please check it out here:

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      • Anat Shay

        Cool!

        • Joseph Savion

          Thanx

      • Jakob

        Nice innovation, maybe I’ll subscribe

      • Nallaikumaran

        Who fucking cares, You’re drunk. Are you a dumbass? You’re just mad because you are proven wrong. If Samsung doesn’t suit your needs, then don’t buy it. Nobody forces you.

    • Fernie

      Poor battery life? Have you used a Nexus 6P? I’m constantly getting almost 2 days of battery life on my Nexus 6P. The Doze feature of Marshmallow is the reason why I chose 6P over Note 5, plus the latest software updates. BTW I’m using Greenify with the beta version of Aggressive Doze to justify my claim for 2 days battery life.

  • Nallaikumaran

    S7 and S7 Edge- Best processor (“Thermal spreader” Water cooling technology to avoid the phones overheating), Best display, Best camera (Dual Pixels camera – A first in the smartphone world), Powerful Game Launcher and new Vulkan API. microSD or dual SIM, Fast wireless charging, Water-resistant (IP68 rating). Samsung Pay (NFC + MST), Edge UX and more. S7 and S7 Edge has the best in every single corner. And New Nexus 6P still falls short against the S7 and S7 Edge on everything.

    • Chris

      Because google a too stupid to understand what people other than nerds want

      • just_some_putz

        I don’t think it is stupidity but reaching a target audience and yes they are catering to the (as you so eloquently described) “nerds”.

        If you are looking for a phone that you can really goof around with, unlock the bootloader, root, experiment with different ROMs and change kernels all easily without having to jump through hoops and just as easily put it back to stock, then the Nexus line is for you. Also, Nexus always is the first to get OS updates.

        The 6P is the shit when it comes to Nexus phones.

    • *****

      I do really appreciate them bringing the water resistance back. I hope they keep pushing it to try and make it a standard.

    • cynicist

      I hope you get paid for your advertising lol.

      • Nallaikumaran

        Same to u, I hope you get paid for your advertising lol. Good liar, Nexus 6P – Poor battery life and AMOLED (Not Super AMOLED). I think all this fake just a propaganda for 6P. Confirmed, Google is a shameless dishonest company. Google f…..

    • Ronald

      No USB type C and no support for Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0 on Qualcomm s7 variant..huge loss and unacceptable. Samsung took away removable SD storage and now brought it back as a feature lol everyone rejoices it’s a joke. Android 6.0 isn only hitting Samsung devices now after debuting almost a year ago. Doesn’t give me confidence about samsungs upgrade schedule.

  • Kristoffer Tampus

    why am i reading this in josh’s speaking voice?

    • Chris

      Because you are gay

      • Kristoffer Tampus

        Well, it takes one to know one. ;)

        • Chris

          You’re right. I am gay. Thanks for noticing

          • Kristoffer Tampus

            You’re welcome!

  • RG

    I can always hear Josh’s voice in my head when reading an article he’s written. Particularly when he says his signature phrases like, ‘we find out in this..’, ‘on the other hand’ and, ‘are the order of the day’!

    • Chris

      Gay

      • Pedro Vilarinho

        So what you pathetic homophobe?!

  • *****

    I just ordered the Nexus 6p for two reasons. Cheap, no-contract phone service from Google Fi and no bloatware on the Nexus 6p. I like Samsung’s phones but the amount of Samsung and carrier-specific bloatware on their phones drives me mad. And, frankly, even if I bought an unlocked Samsung phone it might get rid of the carrier bloatware but the Samsung bloatware is still there. Wish me luck on my first Nexus phone.

    • Chris

      Spoken like a true nerd. How’s the single life in your mothers basement?

      • *****

        Lol what the hell? I just hate high phone bills and a ton of crap pre-installed on my phone.

    • Iceman

      Meh, Nexus has always come chock full with Google bloatware too, so bloatware is a minor issue to me when it comes to buying a phone. But for sure carrier bloatware sucks. Except for a couple, Samsung apps are actually pretty awesome though, so I don’t really consider them as bloatware. They add some really nice functionality that a Nexus experience lacks.

      • Fernie

        If what you say is true, you can uninstall them without rooting. Everyone wins.

  • Vinícius Azzolin

    Could you just integrate the YouTube player instead of this one, the quality of the video is kind of bad here, but the videos are fine on your YouTube channel.

  • Therealestmc

    I would choose the Nexus 6p just because of the faster update. I hate waiting six month to a year for an update everyone else I already enjoying. Samsung is terrible at that.

    • *****

      Very true. That’s always annoyed me too. I really like Samsung phones but I’m just going to give nexus 6p a try. If I don’t like it I can always go back to Samsung.

  • Darius

    I’ve had a Nexus 6p for a few months now and I love it, coming from a Galaxy Note 4. My battery life is truly great and having no bloat ware is great. You can compare lists of specs to this phone but in the end it’s great and the stock experience is the best in my opinion. It’s still the best phone out!

  • Sai Gautam

    Having a Nexus phone is like having an Apple phone without the restrictions and all the nice features. As in having the same company keeping order in the hardware and software of the product.
    My old Nexus 5 is the best phone I’ve ever used, not because of the hardware but the software updates every month. I upgraded to the 6p for the battery and fingerprint sensor. So far it’s been a very good experience. I still use my N5 when the 6p is charging.

    • Fitnesspro

      I do too, except that after I got my NEXUS 6P, I sold my 5 and then found a brand new on Amazon with 12 month warranty. Got it in three days and updated to Marshmallow 6.0.1. Fantastic performance. Pure Androids, fast and furious. Love both, the 6P & the 5. Splendid.

      • Sai Gautam

        Interesting – how’s the battery performance on the new N5.

    • just_some_putz

      For that whole one hour or so from 0-100%?

  • Kronos

    Why don’t you get the full review done sooner? These comparisons make no sense, people here can compare devices themselves. Focus on the full review please!

  • DerpyDan

    Nexus 6p has an 820, not an 810.

    • stacky

      Please tell me you are high.

    • Osakwe tochukwu

      Hahahahahahhahaha…hes high of some cheap drug

    • just_some_putz

      No, it’s the 810.

    • Harshit

      Bhai kitna peeta hai bc?? 6p has 810 v2.1. Mahioove bc 😂

  • 427SCJ

    I get feeling that a lot tech reviewer don’t like Samsung phones. If Samsung wasn’t in phone business, we probably looking at iphone 3 as greatest phone ever made(competition is good). I don’t think Sammy can make a phone that can satisfy anyone in the tech reviewer. Yes, they copy something from others but hey, everyone is copying everyone as long as it helps user. I pre-ordered S7 edge, I was thinking about getting Nexus 6p but S7 Edge have everything covered and more. I guess Apple needs step up with their i7 and Sammy will hit back with S8….

    • Dusty

      Yeah, it seems like a lot of tech reviewers jumped onto the iPhone band wagon when it debuted 8 years ago and got a lot of fame from it. Now that other smartphone OEMs like Samsung are overtaking the iPhone in specs and sales it’s creating a lot of backlash from readers when a perfect review comes out for iPhone when it is clearly falling far behind flagships and even most mid-range smartphones on the market. Samsungs always changing things up too, reviewers have a hard time keeping up with these changes and Samsung is usually mum on why they make changes. It makes for a lot more research and backlash from readers if they screw up on a detail like mentioning a S7 Edge insted of just S7 or trying to explain why Samsung removed the IR blaster and added waterproofing. It also makes it that much harder to be a biased iPhone lover and write unbiased reviews for Samsung.

    • Ronald

      Apple customers are not Android customers

  • Chase Masters

    Nexus 6P: ZERO carrier or manufacturer bloat. Fastest updates. One phone can work on all the major carriers with just a new SIM. Excellent camera too. Add the great price and it really can’t be beat.

  • Ericp2011

    I replaced my Blackberry Passport a couple of months back with a Nexus 6P and I love it, I have poor vision and the large screen is makes it easier for me. I also love the speakers. I just heard of the issues for the sound from headsets, but I never use that so I am still OK. I also love the Samsung products, my wife has a note 4 and my son a S5 and they love them. So I will not bash on other products, just get the device you like ans stop comparing after you purchase, there will always be something better. Just think 15 years ago and the phones we had…

  • Marius Piedallu van Wyk

    What’s the point? The one is running pure Android, and the other is powered by a turd. The one will get cool software updates for a long long time, improving on the experience, and the other will stop the moment you gave Samsung your money.

    This is not a difficult decision.

    • Eric

      Honestly, updates are overrated now though. There was once a time when
      android was so behind and underdeveloped that each update really was a
      huge deal. Things got better in Gingerbread but it still wasn’t perfect,
      and then KitKat finally made the OS polished and usable without really
      needing additional bells and whistles for most everyday users.

      Except
      for rare moments, updates now bring things that are mainly nice to have
      but aren’t absolutely necessary. Most people won’t care about new features in
      updates except for the enthusiasts like us who just like to see and tinker with
      them.

      It mostly has to do with smartphones reaching the point
      that their minimum offerings are already more than enough for most
      people.

      Security updates are a different story and all companies
      need to pick up the slack on that. Samsung, and I think LG, has already taken the initiative to push security patches on a monthly
      basis, at least for their flagships.

      So at this point, the only benefit that Nexuses had with faster updates pretty much became obsolete.

  • G3m1n1

    If the app drawer is gone in N, I’m switching back to a flip phone. Fcuk that garbage.

  • mercado79

    Josh, great video as always, but… please, take care of your hands man! I may be in the minority, but it’s distracting when your hands are crusty and ashy (4:32 minute mark).

  • rays

    wont buy till replaceable battery

  • ricardo brito

    use youtube video quality sucks

  • Daggett Beaver

    Nexus 6P vs. Galaxy S7? Next up, an article comparing possum roadkill to a finely aged porterhouse steak. And the Nexus fanboys will wax rhapsodic about the superiority of possum roadkill.

    • Loghorn

      I agree. This is a pointless comparison between a phone that has been released 6 months ago, & a phone that is getting released this month.

      Better to wait until Google releases their next Nexus phone this year that’s like the 6p to be fair.

  • Daggett Beaver

    “choosing between the two comes down to what is more important to you. The Nexus 6P offers a pure Android experience, a larger display, and fantastic front-facing speakers, [and a reversible USB C connector] while the Galaxy S7/Edge” has:

    * The best camera
    * OIS
    * microSD slot
    * Wireless charging
    * Fast wireless charging
    * MST pay at any magnetic strip reading terminal
    * THIS year’s SoC the 820 (not the crappy 810)
    * UFS 2.0 internal storage
    * The best display available
    * More efficient hardware (longer battery life)
    * Edge features (S7 Edge)
    * Always On display
    * Dust and water resistance

    So — what’s more important to you? The ability to plug in your phone with a reversible connector? Or a virtual cornucopia of features and improved hardware lacking in the 6P?

    • roninpenguin

      Well, that and a price tag that will probably be $200-$300 dollars less depending on if you are comparing the S7 or S7 Edge. I will admit that I was super disappointed that they removed wireless charging from the Nexus line as I have tons of chargers for my N5, but I have a hard time paying that much more for a phone now a days. I like not being on contract anymore and the initial cost of the device is a big deciding factor for us.

      • Daggett Beaver

        That would be fine if the article said, “It comes down to which is more important to you — the capabilities and quality of the phone or price.”

  • D3TH

    I noticed that no one mentioned that the S7 has a locked boot-loader. For me that is a giant deal-breaker.