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5 reasons why you should buy a Galaxy S6 rather than a Nexus 5X

The Nexus 5X has come under fire for lacking some important features and we've defended it time and time again. The Galaxy S6 is by no means perfect either, with Samsung having dropped some of the Galaxy S series' most celebrated features. But it's still a great device, and outshines the new Nexus. Here are five reasons to buy the Galaxy S6 rather than the Nexus 5X.

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This is why you should get a Galaxy S6 (left) rather than a Nexus 5X. / © ANDROIDPIT

Superior performance

Samsung may have made the right decision when it split with Qualcomm, given how strongly its Exynos 7420 processor performs in the S6. The Galaxy S6 was the fastest Android phone in the world for a time and the Nexus 5X, with its Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor and 2 GB of RAM, just can't compete.

The reality is that multitasking and switching between apps are far smoother on the S6 than on the Nexus 5X. It might seem insignificant, but for those who care about such things, the S6 offers speeds that the 5X cannot compete with.

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The Galaxy S6 Edge Antutu 6.0 score (left) and Nexus 5X (right). / © ANDROIDPIT

QHD display

The Nexus 5X has a full HD (1,080 x 1,920) display, similar to what was found on the Nexus 5 released towards the end of 2013. The Galaxy S6 features a QHD (1,440 x 2,560) display.

Though pixel count isn’t the be-all-and-end-all of display design, and QHD resolution output isn’t being taken full advantage of by most media just yet, this isn't the only area where the Galaxy S6 screen is better.

The Galaxy S6 display has more impressive contrast and highlights. Its colors are deeper than the Nexus 5X's, and it's also brighter, even when looking at it at an angle. The Nexus 5X viewing angles are relatively weak; the screen appears dark when viewed slightly off-centre.

What's more, the Galaxy S6's display is coated in Gorilla Glass 4 protection, making it significantly more durable than the Nexus 5X's Gorilla Glass 3-covered screen. 

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The Galaxy S6 display has the best brightness and contrast. / © ANDROIDPIT

Better camera

The Nexus 5X features the same camera tech as the 6P, which is a marked improvement upon previous Nexus devices, particularly in low-light. However, it’s still not up to the standard of the Galaxy S6 camera.

The Galaxy S6 camera offers optical image stabilization, which is always welcome on smartphone cameras since we tend to use them to take pictures more spontaneously than other types of cameras. This is missing on the Nexus 5X, and it sometimes makes it difficult to achieve focused shots. 

What's more, the Galaxy S6 camera provides more detail, the color reproduction is more natural, and the contrast is stronger.

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The Nexus 5X camera is capable in low-light. / © ANDROIDPIT
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But the Galaxy S6 camera creates the more natural pictures. / © ANDROIDPIT

TouchWiz has its benefits

Of all of the points raised, this may be the most controversial. People love the stock Android interface found on Nexus devices. People love fast updates. But the Galaxy S6 has a handful of desirable features that don’t appear on the 5X.

These include the impressive ultra power saving mode, faster download speeds courtesy of Download Booster, superior multitasking thanks to split-screen mode, and a greater number of options within the camera software. 

The S6 software does include irremovable apps, and it won't receive updates as quickly as the Nexus 5X, but it might be worth it if the features above appeal to you. 

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Ultra power saving mode and download booster are just two of the great TouchWiz extras. / © ANDROIDPIT

The price is (almost) comparable

This would be a more difficult case to make if the Galaxy S6 price was still in the US$600 bracket, but the 32 GB model can now be picked up for US$489 unlocked. If you want the 32 GB Nexus 5X officially sold by LG on Amazon, you have to pay US$379.99.

This means the S6 is only around 110 bucks more than the Nexus 5X with equivalent storage. Sure, 110 bucks is a substantial sum of money, but you'd be getting quite a serious upgrade in quality for that 110 bucks. The Nexus 5X does come in a cheaper 16 GB option, but many people feel that 16 GB just isn't enough storage.

We know from experience that the Play Store prices of the Nexus devices don't drop over time like the prices of other manufacturers' handsets do, so we think the Galaxy S6 is only going to become a more attractive option as time goes on.

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The Galaxy S6 (left) price is dropping, and it's only going to continue to do so. / © ANDROIDPIT

Lowest price: Samsung Galaxy S6

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Lowest price: Google Nexus 5X

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That's five good reasons, and we haven't even begun to talk about wireless charging, design or Gear VR potential. But I’m sure many of you see it differently, so let me know in the comments if you think the 5X is still a better purchase than the Galaxy S6, and why.

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  • I hate samsung phones i like newest androids and i like built in home buttons.

  • Odd comparison...

  • If you want a brand name phone synomous with (Cr)apple then you should get the samsung, if you care more about software than hardware get the nexus

  • With the current prices here in india. .. Its a no brainer . a better phone for a lesser price.

    The s6 32gb is available for aprox 90$ lesser that what the 5x 32gb retails for .

  • The one (and only necessary) reason you should get the Nexus instead: You don't get updates 6 months late.

  • I-Dzign Dec 10, 2015 Link to comment

    This isn't a fair comparison. The S6 is a flagship phone and the 5X is a midrange phone. The better comparison would've been between the S6 and 6P as they are both flagship phones.

  • like comparing glass and plastic...

  • storm Dec 10, 2015 Link to comment

    These two phones don't really compete in the same segment of the market. Seems a forced sort of comparison.

  • Paolo Dec 10, 2015 Link to comment

    The Galaxy S6 still has a SUPERIOR camera to the Nexus. And the software is easier to use for average-to-beginner smartphone users, the Nexus only makes sense to the most tech-savvy of users. Also, the lag is bearable and minimal, STOP EXAGGERATING THAT IT MAKES THE GALAXY S6 UNWORTHY OF A FLAGSHIP! Those people who say the S6 is slow and unresponsive at times are probably the same people who said Volkswagen is killing the Earth by inaccurately reporting emissions figures!

  • No way! I left a Galaxy S6 edge for a nexus 5X and couldn't be happier. My S6E heated up too fast and too often, the animations all stuttered, the aggressive RAM management was horrible, the fingerprint sensor was subpar compared to nexus imprint and the Frankenstein monster of Android Samsung put on that phone. Not TW, but elements left over from KK like the old status bar notification scrolling...

    If TW wasn't that bad, then why would Google be working with Samsung to tidy up TW?

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