Before releasing the Note 4, Samsung had big success with the Note 3 phablet, which came to the market in October 2013. Google didn’t give up the fight easily and announced a new phablet with which they’re hoping to replace the Note 3, called Nexus 6, made in collaboration with Motorola.
The phablet trend caught many mobile phone manufacturers’ attention and they released bigger and bigger phones to meet the market needs, and Samsung was among the companies that scored big time. The Note 3 was a total success, considering that its massive 5.7inches Super AMOLED display came with a resolution of 1080x1920pixels and 386ppi. The phablet made by Google has an even larger display of 5.96inches, absolutely perfect given that it’s a quad HD AMOLED screen with a resolution of 2560x1440pixels, which gives a pixel density of 493ppi.
AMOLED screens are famous for their quality, and you’ll notice the new improvements on the Nexus 6. The viewing experience will be much more exciting.
The first impression is somehow important, and a phone with a cool design is always eye-catchy. And Samsung knows how to attract its fans by offering them beautiful devices such as the Note 3, which features a faux leather rear panel with fake stitches on the edges. There’s also an aluminum frame surrounding the display, which is an inspired combination. The Nexus 6 is built from plastic but with has subtle curves and a thickness of 10mm, being a lot thicker than the Note 3, which measures 8.3mm in thickness. The Nexus 6 has front facing speakers like the Nexus 9 and HTC’s One M8, and a brushed aluminum ring which wraps around the display.
Hardware and OS
The Note 3 is a powerful device, without a doubt, the global version being powered by an Exynos 5 Octa 5420 octa core processor composed of a quad core 1.9GHz Cortex-A15 and quad core 1.3GHz Cortex-A7processor, which uses Mali-T628 MP6 graphics, while the other variant is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core 2.3GHz Krait 400 processor which teams up with an Adreno 330 GPU. The Nexus 6 comes with a newer and improved Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 quad core 2.7GHz Krait 450 processor and uses graphics from Adreno 420. Both phablets are housing 3GB of RAM, but while the Note 3 supports microSD card slots to expand its internal storage up to 64GB, the Nexus 6 has unexpandable storage with the capacity of 32 and 64 GB.
The Note 3 came with Android v4.3 (Jelly Bean) and was upgraded to v4.4.2 (KitKat), while the Nexus 6 will be launched along with the new v5.0 (Lollipop).
Both phones have 13MP rear cameras with mutual features such as autofocus, touch focus, dual shot, face detection, HDR and panorama. However, the Nexus 6 brought optical image stabilization and has dual-LED flash and photo sphere. However, both cameras are able to record videos at 2160p@30fps. The front cameras on both devices have the same resolution of 2MP.
The Note 3 has a user replaceable battery with the capacity of 3200 mAh which allows up to 21hours of talking time on 3G. The Nexus 6’s battery is non-removable and it’s with 20mAh bigger, allowing you to talk 24 hours on 3GB with your friends.
You’ll be able to buy the Nexus 6 starting from November 12th, via Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and US Cellular in the US and soon, it will be available on Amazon, as well.
The Note 3 costs less than 500 dollars on Amazon, but you can buy it with a two-year contract at the price of 199 dollars. The Nexus 6 32GB version will cost 649 dollars and the 64GB model will be 50 dollars more expensive.
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