Galaxy Note 5 and Nexus 6: What you need to know

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is finally official and will be available worldwide from August 21. This new phone is improved in almost every aspect over the original, it offers a beautiful 5.7-inch display and a premium design similar to the Galaxy S6, and it just looks good. As 2015 continues, with so many options available, buyers are making a tough choice. Here’s how the new Note 5 compares to Google’s larger Nexus 6.

At the annual Samsung Unpacked event in New York City on August 13, Samsung actually announced the new Note 5 and the massive curved Galaxy S6 Edge Plus. For those who just want to have a big phone, the Nexus 6 is the one to consider instead of the Note 5, and both have a few pros and cons, which we’ll explain below.

The new Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is a fantastic smartphone made entirely of glass and aluminum. It no longer feels like a cheap plastic Samsung phone, which is one of the few things that sets it apart from the Nexus 6. Potential buyers will want to read all the details about both smartphones and then choose the right one for them.

The Nexus 6 was originally announced and released around the same time as the Galaxy Note 4, so it’s actually a bit old but still has pretty good specs, the latest version of Android, and will get quick updates to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It may not be as powerful as the new Note, but buyers who don’t need a stylus may want to consider the larger 5.96-inch Nexus 6 as an alternative.

Samsung’s Note 5 has a lot to offer, but costs a little more, not to mention it doesn’t run stock Android. There are many things a buyer should consider before signing a 2-year contract or arranging monthly payments for a $700-800 smartphone.

Before heading to a T-Mobile or Verizon store, buyers will want to look at all the details below and see if the Note 5 is right for them, they just want a big 6-inch screen like the Nexus 6 or a Moto with the same size 5.7-inch screen. A cheaper option like the X Pure Edition is a better choice. Read on for everything you need to know and a few things that set Samsung’s Note 5 apart from Google’s Nexus 6.

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