Nexus 6P vs. LG V10 vs. Galaxy Note5: Jumbo joust

Jumbo joust

GSMArena team, 13 January, 2016.

Introduction

We've gathered three of the best Android phablets with a 5.7" screen. All three hail from the East but instead of Zen calmness they epitomize the latest and greatest in mobile technology.

We will focus on several key areas, starting with the screen quality and battery life. Those are the best things about large phones - large screens and large batteries. We'll also look at how their chipsets perform, how they do sound-wise (both with and without headphones) and we'll finish off with a deep dive in camera quality.

Nexus 6P vs. LG V10 vs. Galaxy Note5

If we have to summarize the differences between these phones our keyboards will run out of ink ribbon, so here is a more concise comparison.

Huawei Nexus 6P

  • All-metal unibody
  • Vanilla Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Stereo speakers
  • Large pixels for low-light shooting
  • Dual-LED flash
  • 8MP selfie camera
  • 240fps slo-mo
  • Bigger battery, 3,450mAh
  • USB Type-C
  • No memory expansion
  • Less RAM than the other two (3GB vs. 4GB)
  • No camera OIS
  • Screen colors not very accurate

This is the first Nexus to have an aluminum unibody (previous models used metal more sparingly) and it's the first one from Huawei. It features mostly the same specs as the LG-made Nexus 5X, except for the better screen (a larger, sharper AMOLED) and the faster chipset (Snapdragon 810 vs. 808).

LG V10

  • Durable body (double glass screen, rubber back, internal bumpers)
  • Replaceable battery
  • Secondary, always-on screen
  • 16MP camera with OIS, f/1.8 aperture
  • Dual 5MP selfie cameras: 80° and 120°
  • 4K TV-out (SlimPort)
  • IR blaster, FM radio
  • Snapdragon 808 chipset (only two high-performance A57 cores, weaker Adreno 418 GPU)
  • LCD screen doesn't handle sunlight very well
  • Heavier than the other two

The LG V10 is an improved version of the G4, the first of a new flagship line. LG made it more rugged and added a unique secondary display which can stay on 24/7. The company also improved the software for the impressive camera (same as the G4) and added a second selfie camera so you get a choice of solo shots (80° field of view) and group shots (120° FoV).

Samsung Galaxy Note5

  • Glass and metal body
  • Screen with accurate colors and great sunlight legibility
  • S Pen stylus with dedicated digitizer
  • 16MP camera with OIS, f/1.9 aperture
  • Selfie cam with 1440p video
  • Heart rate and blood-oxygen sensors
  • Fast wireless charging
  • Still not available in Europe
  • No memory expansion
  • No TV-Out

The Samsung Galaxy Note5 is like a grown up S6 in terms of design and specs, but it brings the signatory S Pen stylus. The Super AMOLED screen has been polished to perfection and you get the latest fast charging tech - the one that doesn't need cables.

Reader comments

  • Anonymous

I don't think it's tremendously fair to knock the V10's battery performance so much when you can actually get a full charge in under a minute... by swapping in another battery, something you absolutely can't do with the other two. That deserves point...

  • coftedy

LG V10 tc better than Google nexus #IG

  • AnonD-551984

Absolutely awesome review, appreciate the time spent here. Two things I'm bothered by, one even in final conclusion when speaking of battery you forget to point out the LG V10 will allow you to insert another battery with very little trouble. Th...