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  1. robonik's Avatar
    I agree with Christine, I am totally hooked on the Note 5 after trying the Note 4 and setting my Galaxy S5 on the shelf as a backup. I thought the Note 5 would be my backup and the SGS 5 would be primary but after a week I was hooked and haven't used the S5 since. Yes it's pricey but you get what you pay for and it has more horsepower than anything on the market.

    However, if price is an issue get the cheaper phone. You won't be happy if it hurts your wallet.
    12-04-2015 12:52 AM
  2. Allenhardiman's Avatar
    Help me guys... I can't decide. I had the Note 5 for about 10 days (but I had to return it for a couple reasons). Now, I am looking for a new phone to buy before Christmas.

    Why I like the Note 5:
    1. S-Pen: I am a student, and for me the biggest draw is being able to write on microsoft word. Also really liked using it to browse the web and what not.
    2. Design: Both front and back are beautiful. No complaints. I put a clear case on it so fingerprint/holding isn't an issue.
    3. Fast. Upgraded from an iTouch 4 lol.
    4. Beautiful, big screen. I watch a lot of TV shows on mobile.
    5. So far, I have zero problems with Touch Whiz.
    6. I actually really enjoy the speaker output (again, I am coming from a 5 year old iTouch so anything would so amazing after that)
    7. Gear VR!
    8. Camera? Didn't have a lot of chance to take pictures before I returned it.

    Why Note 5 is not so good:
    1. Pricey. I am going to buy the 64 GB version.
    2. Bloatware from carrier. Shouldn't be too big of a problem with 64gb though.
    3. Fingerprint scanner isn't SUPER amazing.

    Why I like the Nexus 6P:
    1. So cheap! I can get the 128 GB version and it will be around the same as the 32 GB Note 5.
    2. Back design.
    3. Zero carrier bloatware!

    Why Nexus 6P is not so good:
    1. Ugly front black design.
    2. Big. I have big hands (one-hand Note 5 just ok), but the 6P seems really big.


    If I can't make a decision, I will probably get a 6P and see if I like it better than Note 5, otherwise I'll just ship it back and get the Note 5 again.

    ****I'll be using this phone for at least 3 years. Which one will still be snappy, no defects, in that time? Keep in mind I don't care all that much about having the newest OS, but if that makes the phone last longer and faster, then I'll make it a priority.
    I am a student just like you and I am absolutely in love with the s pen. If you are gonna keep your device for 3 years, take nexus 6p since you are guaranteed for software updates. Nonetheless, for me, I choose note 5 over the 6p .

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    12-04-2015 01:58 AM
  3. YoungSheeps's Avatar
    I am a student just like you and I am absolutely in love with the s pen. If you are gonna keep your device for 3 years, take nexus 6p since you are guaranteed for software updates. Nonetheless, for me, I choose note 5 over the 6p .

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    I don't really care about the big updates, but will the Note 5 be continuously updated on its current OS? (Like, 5.1.1, 5.1.2, bug fixes etc etc) That's how it was on iOS, not sure about Android.
    12-04-2015 09:51 AM
  4. YoungSheeps's Avatar
    If you want my unvarnished opinion, I'm not a fan of Samsung phones. Full-disclosure, I've never owned one, but I know people who have/do. Me personally, I don't like TouchWiz. I like a clean OS, clean interface. I've heard about battery life issues (with the Galaxy 6, anyways). I also don't really like their design aesthetic (which is totally personal taste) And Samsung phones are expensive. I currently have a Nexus 5X. I'm going to return it for a 6P because I find the screen too small. But using the 5X has given me a peek into Marshmallow, which is just very clean and straightforward. The Nexus 6P gets glowing reviews. But, again, you mentioned the SPen. I have heard that people LOVE the SPen. It's totally unique to the Note. That could be the feature that tips the scale for you. I don't know if that helped? Just reply if you want to bounce more ideas.

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    Is there a separate music and video app on the 6P? Or is it just Google stuff?
    12-04-2015 09:52 AM
  5. pool_shark's Avatar
    One other thing to keep in mind with the nexus is the ability to root and install custom ROMs.

    I know that isn't for everyone, but I enjoyed it a lot.

    I also enjoy the s-pen and s-note. If the nexus had something comparable to those I'd buy the nexus every time.
    12-04-2015 10:14 AM
  6. dswatson83's Avatar
    I debated the 2 and settled on the Note 5 after a $200 best buy gift card promotion bringing the prices more inline. I hate that the 64GB version is $100 more on the Note but I sucked it up and paid it. Don't care much about the bloat because I use a 3rd party launcher (Nova) and can hide/mute almost everything anyway. I'd say I'm very happy I went with the Note:
    I don't use the pen often, but when I do...it's amazing to have
    The battery life is better than I expected
    The camera is AMAZING and I love the Pro mode and other options that is has vs the 6P which is mostly only auto
    It's a well received design and name so you feel like you have a premium device
    Every day I find a cool feature or ability so not all the bloat is bad
    The size is much more manageable. Coming from a Note 3 I am used to large phones but the 6P is just too tall
    I prefer the fingerprint scanner on the front. I work at a desk with my phone face up beside me...fingerprint sensors on the back don't work well for that. If your phone is in your pocket, the back fingerprint isn't as bad.
    The Note is consistent...I can count on a nice Note 6 and Note 7 for an upgrade path. Nexus is really hit and miss with no consistency at all. Who knows what the next Nexus size/look/manufacture/features/price will be. They are all over the place. I had the Nexus 7 and 10 which did not receive an updated model at all with the Nexus 9 having a completely different style/market and even aspect ratio. Switched to the Samsung Tab S and now I can count out upgrades.

    I wish the speaker was a bit better and having 6.0 would be nice...but most of the good features are outside of the OS now so it's no as big a deal...I can wait 2 months. Overall I am very happy with the Note 5. The 6P is certainly the best Nexus and a great phone for the price, but ultimately the Note 5 is a more complete system and better device.
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    12-04-2015 11:09 AM
  7. PeltFrelken's Avatar
    Is there a separate music and video app on the 6P? Or is it just Google stuff?
    Seems like just Google Play Music and Google Play Movies.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    12-04-2015 12:12 PM
  8. pr627's Avatar
    Pelt, get the Nexus 6P, which is a nice looking device and save yourself some $$$. Size wise, the 6P is only about a 1/4 in taller, the width and thickness is almost the same. PURE Android. BEST fingerprint scanner. Dare to be different.
    12-04-2015 01:16 PM
  9. dmcman73's Avatar
    Is there a separate music and video app on the 6P? Or is it just Google stuff?
    There are a bunch of other music and video apps on the Playstore that are better than any of the proloaded apps from manufactures.

    For video, try VLC, it's a really good video player: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...g.videolan.vlc
    12-04-2015 02:45 PM
  10. YoungSheeps's Avatar
    There are a bunch of other music and video apps on the Playstore that are better than any of the proloaded apps from manufactures.

    For video, try VLC, it's a really good video player
    With the Google music/video apps, will I be able to transfer my own files over?

    Yeah, I have used VLC, used it to watch mkv files because the native video app on Note 5 had troubles playing it with subs
    12-04-2015 03:04 PM
  11. tanson1011's Avatar
    I'd probably get the note.
    -S-pen will be very useful for ya
    -n5 will get marshmallow maybe the version after. So if you do keep this for 3 years, you'll only be behind one version. Even on lollipop it runs pretty good. So I wouldn't worry about android upgrades. Maybe even worry about them if anything.
    -the 6p is made by a company I'm personally not comfortable giving hundreds of dollars too yet.
    12-04-2015 07:37 PM
  12. Jedroid's Avatar
    Choices choices. Came from an S6 edge not a note 5 but still Samsung. Yes the 6P is tall but still manageable. Even with my smallish hands. TouchWiz is a good UI but put Nova Launcher on the 6P and it blows it away in my opinion. Samsung does have a lot of bloat ware but it's not all useless. Side sync is pretty awesome but you can just use AirDroid on the 6P. The note does have S-pen but the battery and speed on the 6P is second to none. Again my opinion. Basically what I'm trying to say is anything Samsung can do Nexus can do better with a long list of great apps to help you do it better. Plus regular updates for added security. You have to ask yourself how bad do you want that pen. Oh yeah that awesome pen can break the phone if you haven't heard. LOL sorry I had to.

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    12-04-2015 07:52 PM
  13. dieselhazza's Avatar
    Nexus 6P would be better to keep longer
    12-04-2015 08:58 PM
  14. Sirromey's Avatar
    6p is a wafer of a phone. Screen is a poor man's note 5. I had a nexus before, having the latest software is not always a good thing. Bugs galore when lollipop was first pushed out, made my nexus run like crap. Random reboots and crashes became the norm.

    The note 5 already has doze like features to optimize apps when not in use and samsung is making battery improvements all the time. I just received another software update yesterday on my N920c to further improve battery life and security. People in the states should get it soon.
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    12-04-2015 09:03 PM
  15. adock22096's Avatar
    If you plan to keep it for 3 yrs get the 6p I have the Note 4 now and you'll quickly get tired of waiting for the next os update.
    Plus you'll most likely only get 2 updates with the Note 5. The 6p should be updated for the next 4 yrs or so.
    12-04-2015 09:57 PM
  16. getbretweir's Avatar
    If you plan to keep it for 3 yrs get the 6p I have the Note 4 now and you'll quickly get tired of waiting for the next os update.
    Plus you'll most likely only get 2 updates with the Note 5. The 6p should be updated for the next 4 yrs or so.
    I'd get the 6p regardless, unless the pen is worth the extra $200 to you, but yeah, if you plan on keeping it for a significant amount of time (I'd say 2 years instead of 3) then I'd definitely recommend the 6p. In addition to updates, TW would tire on me, and it wouldn't be unheard of for a Samsung phone to experience a bit more lag after 12-18 months, though that remains to be seen with the Note 5.
    12-04-2015 11:08 PM
  17. YoungSheeps's Avatar
    Wow this sucks. Now I am even more torn because I like the pen, I think it will be really useful for school (but I'll have a laptop with me so I am not sure how much I would actually use word/PDFs on Note 5). But I am also attracted to the cheaper price and all the good things I've heard about the software in the 6P. Keep in mind though, from my completely unbiased view coming from iOS fresh into Android, I quite liked TW. My sister bought a Moto G which seems to be very similar to Stock Android, and I immediately was put off a little. That was from like 1 minute of use though (however TW impressed me from the start).
    12-05-2015 12:14 AM
  18. YoungSheeps's Avatar
    Obviously there's no issue with the 6P, but does it matter which carrier I buy the Note 5 from? I had the Verizon version, but if I get the Note 5 again I want to get the T-Mobile 64GB Gold (or black) since it has no ugly branding. I am buying the device outright without a plan (want a prepaid for now until I move out)
    12-05-2015 12:17 AM
  19. getbretweir's Avatar
    Wow this sucks. Now I am even more torn because I like the pen, I think it will be really useful for school (but I'll have a laptop with me so I am not sure how much I would actually use word/PDFs on Note 5). But I am also attracted to the cheaper price and all the good things I've heard about the software in the 6P. Keep in mind though, from my completely unbiased view coming from iOS fresh into Android, I quite liked TW. My sister bought a Moto G which seems to be very similar to Stock Android, and I immediately was put off a little. That was from like 1 minute of use though (however TW impressed me from the start).
    keep in mind that stock will be completely customizable, so the experience you had on your sister's Moto G won't be the same as your phone after you install all your apps/widgets and launcher. And nothing personal against the Moto G, and I know you're just talking about software, but the 2 phones aren't in the same ballpark. The pen is nice, but for classroom use how much will you really need it, especially if you have the laptop.

    you've had the Note 5 so you can always grab the 6p, see how you like it, and if you prefer the Note just return Nexus before the 14 days is up. on the flip side, if you liked it that much I'm sure you can find somewhere else to store all your music/video. 128 is definitely nice but it's not like there aren't alternatives.
    12-05-2015 12:55 AM
  20. YoungSheeps's Avatar
    keep in mind that stock will be completely customizable, so the experience you had on your sister's Moto G won't be the same as your phone after you install all your apps/widgets and launcher. And nothing personal against the Moto G, and I know you're just talking about software, but the 2 phones aren't in the same ballpark. The pen is nice, but for classroom use how much will you really need it, especially if you have the laptop.

    you've had the Note 5 so you can always grab the 6p, see how you like it, and if you prefer the Note just return Nexus before the 14 days is up. on the flip side, if you liked it that much I'm sure you can find somewhere else to store all your music/video. 128 is definitely nice but it's not like there aren't alternatives.
    Yeah that seems to be the only way for me to make a decision. Good thing right now Google has the extended return period of about 1 month.

    I'll probably go for the 64GB or 128 GB. I did try Cloud, mostly used it for photos and documents, but I need my videos offline, I avoid streaming as much as I can.

    Also, do you know how much space the OS takes up? On the Note 5 it was like 8/9 GBs which was painful.
    12-05-2015 01:04 AM
  21. Eddster's Avatar
    Obviously there's no issue with the 6P, but does it matter which carrier I buy the Note 5 from? I had the Verizon version, but if I get the Note 5 again I want to get the T-Mobile 64GB Gold (or black) since it has no ugly branding. I am buying the device outright without a plan (want a prepaid for now until I move out)
    I'm so upset with Verizon for not offering the gold Note 5 in a 64GB configuration. It makes no sense that you can only get 64GB in Sapphire.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    12-05-2015 01:08 AM
  22. getbretweir's Avatar
    Yeah that seems to be the only way for me to make a decision. Good thing right now Google has the extended return period of about 1 month.

    I'll probably go for the 64GB or 128 GB. I did try Cloud, mostly used it for photos and documents, but I need my videos offline, I avoid streaming as much as I can.

    Also, do you know how much space the OS takes up? On the Note 5 it was like 8/9 GBs which was painful.
    http://forums.androidcentral.com/nex...-nexus-6p.html
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    12-05-2015 02:57 AM
  23. alexa04's Avatar
    Is Nexus 6P better?
    12-05-2015 06:11 AM
  24. kj11's Avatar
    Look at your list... 8 pros for the Note 5, you could only come up with 3 for the 6P. You're leaning Note 5, just pull the trigger!
    12-05-2015 07:03 AM
  25. mumfoau's Avatar
    If I could go out this morning and drop full retail coin on 1 of the 2 it would be the 6P. I've come to the conclusion that I'll only use a Moto device or a Nexus if I'm using an Android!
    12-05-2015 07:20 AM
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