Nexus 6 vs Galaxy S5: Size Comparison

Now that we’ve received the Nexus 6 and posted our initial hands-on and impressions video, we’re getting a lot of questions from potential buyers regarding the sheer size of the device. It’s a big phone, and here we’ll quickly compare it to the popular Samsung Galaxy S5 released earlier this year.

Google’s new Nexus 6 is a whale of a smartphone, a phablet if you will, coming in with a massive 5.96-inch Quad-HD display and some stunning features to accompany the new Android 5.0 Lollipop. And while we can’t show you everything just yet, below we’ll compare it to Samsung’s latest Galaxy smartphone.


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In our video below you’ll see a side by side comparison of the new Nexus 6 compared to the Samsung Galaxy S5. They both have impressive specs, and are widely available, but unlike the Note 4, the Galaxy S5 is a bit smaller. The Nexus 6 release date hasn’t arrived yet, but hopefully this will help prospective buyers have a better idea of what it’s about before they buy, or let them comfortably get the Galaxy S5 instead.



Last month Google announced the all new Nexus 6 smartphone along with the Nexus 9 tablet, and Android 5.0 Lollipop. Later, it confirmed a Nexus 6 pre-order date for October 29th. Right on time, the Nexus 6 went up for pre-order as expected, but sold out in less than 5 minutes by my count.


The Nexus 6 pre-order didn’t last long. Many buyers were angry with the pre-order problems, but rest assured, all five carriers will be offering it soon and you’ll have plenty of opportunities (hopefully) to get one. For those who haven’t ordered yet, but plan to, read on and watch the video below to see how the Nexus 6 and Galaxy S5 size stack up against each other. As well as a few specs for those curious.

As you can see, the 5.1-inch Galaxy S5 is no match for the overall size of the Nexus 6. Thankfully Samsung fans can get a Note 4 if they’d like, but the Nexus 6 has plenty of features that may have them moving to the Google side.

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 was announced in February and released in April, so it isn’t quite as loaded with features as the Nexus 6. Google’s Moto-made Nexus smartphone has the latest hardware, the latest Android 5.0 software, and a few noteworthy features that didn’t make it on the Galaxy S5. The video above should help those debating the two simply for the size, and the info below paints the rest of the hardware picture.


Galaxy S5 Specs

  • 5.1-inch 1920 x 1080p HD AMOLED display
  • 2.5 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 801 with 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB internal storage (Micro-SD expansion)
  • 16 Megapixel camera and 2MP front shooter
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat with a new TouchWiz (Android 5.0 coming soon)
  • USB 3.0, infrared port for remote
  • IP67 dust and water resistant
  • Fingerprint and heart rate sensors
  • 2.800 mAh battery

Nexus 6 Specs

  • 5.96-inch 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD Display
  • 2.7 GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 805 processor with 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB/64GB internal storage
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • 13 Megapixel camera with OIS, 2 MP front camera (4k video capture)
  • Dual Ring Flash similar to Moto X
  • Dual Front-facing speakers
  • Aluminum frame around device like the new Moto X 2014
  • Turbo Charger Support
  • 3,220 mAh battery

The Galaxy S5 has a fingerprint scanner, it’s IP67 dust and water resistant, and also has an IR blaster for remote control features. The screen is also smaller and only 1080. The Nexus 6 has dual front facing speakers that sound excellent, a bigger and higher resolution display, a larger battery, and runs pure Android 5.0 Lollipop. There’s more to it than that, but most buyers are likely looking for a good phone, while also debating if the large Nexus 6 is too big, or if they’ll manage.

As we said in the video above, if you’ve seen or used the Note 3 from last year, the new Note 4, or the iPhone 6 Plus then you know what to expect. They’re extremely similar in overall physical size, so try one out before you buy the large 5.96-inch Nexus 6.

Below are a few more photos for those interested.