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7 Reasons The Note 4 Is Still Better Than The Nexus 6

Samsung remains king of the phablets

Michael Cruickshank
7 Reasons The Note 4 Is Still Better Than The Nexus 6© 2023 Google

The Nexus 6, is the smartphone which Google hopes will debut its new Android L operating system. Given the phone’s large size, its most apparent competitor is the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Despite having very similar hardware specs however, these phones still have some major points of difference, and indeed, as seen through our list below, the Note 4 still remains the better phone to buy.

1. Higher Resolution Front Camera

While the Note 4 shameless promotes its ability to take high quality selfie shots and even innovative “panorama selfies”, Motorola seems to have ignored this trend. The Nexus 6 features a mere 2MP front-facing camera, which pales in comparison to the 3.7MP sensor on the Note 4.

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2. Main Camera Better In Low Light

Given that the Nexus 6 has much of the same hardware as the Moto X, we known that its camera will suffer from the same poor image quality. While the 13MP sensor can theoretically shoot in very high resolutions, it struggles in low light conditions, and lacks the optical image stabilisation of the Note 4.  

3. Nexus 6 Too Big, Top Heavy

While Samsung, decided that 5.7 inches was the limit in terms of screen size, Motorola has tried to once again push the boundaries. Unfortunately, it is likely that the Nexus 6’s 5.96 inch display, will simply be too big for many users. Additionally, this may lead it to suffering from the top-heaviness that has plagued many large phablet phones.

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4. Google’s Price Is Too High

Prior to the release of the latest Nexus devices, the brand itself was seen as a mid-range option. With the Nexus 6, this is no longer true. The phone goes on sale for a huge $650 price tag, making it roughly the same price as the Note 4, despite having less features.

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5. Software Optimisation

One of the strong points of the Nexus 6 is that it runs the latest version of Android. While this may be a good thing in 6 months time, for the time being, this software will likely be buggy and poorly optimised. Furthermore, the Note 4’s Touch Wiz UI, already features many of the noteworthy elements of Android L, as well as unique multitasking layers.

6. Stylus Support

A major difference between the Note 4 and the Nexus 6 is the support for a stylus. This feature has contributed to the Note series being the highest selling in the phablet market, and is enjoyed by many. Business users, for whom this is particularly useful will find it hard to justify buying the Nexus 6.

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7. Fingerprint Sensor

While the Galaxy S5’s fingerprint sensor was somewhat of a hassle, it has been markedly improved in the Note 4. With this feature, a Note 4 user can easily secure their phone while a Nexus 6 user would have to put up with the annoyance of having to input a numeric code.


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