Occasionally, I visualise a selection of the world’s greatest smartphones competing for supremacy in a huge gladiatorial arena. The results are often chilling, although it always seems as though a member of Apple’s iPhone range emerges as the all-conquering champion.

Perhaps a superior strategy is to imagine a battle between Android phones, as these devices are similar and much more evenly matched in the current market. Take the Nexus’ 5X and 6P models and Samsung’s own S6 and S6 Edge, which are top of the line Android’s that offer considerable power, performance and state of the art design.

Which are the better handsets?

In this respect, attempting to choose one of the other is akin to distinguishing between degrees from Cambridge and Oxford. Samsung’s latest devices are clearly state of the art pieces of technology, for example, with the three dimensional quality of the S6 Edge and its twin-curved display must be seen to be believed. While the new Nexus Model’s lack this refined design, they include incredible attention to detail and are slim enough to provide a perfect fit for almost any size of hand.

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Additionally, the Nexus 5X and 6P models (manufactured by LG and Huawei) offer 5.2 inch and 5.7 inch displays respectively. These are marginally larger than the Samsung alternatives, while the resolutions of these displays make them a rival for any Android design. Given these performance measures and the compact nature of the handsets, it has to be said that the latest Google Nexus models are among the best and most comprehensive smartphones ever created.

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Performance and the bottom Line

In terms of performance, there is once again little to choose between the these handsets. Nexus models are powered by 1.8 GHz and 2.0 GHz processors, with the former being Qualcomm and the latter being octa-core Snapdragon. In contrast, both of the Samsung handsets use the same, quad-core 1.5 GHz Exynos processor, which drives exceptional graphics, performance and audio features. Both the Nexus and Samsung models also come with between 2 and 3 GB of RAM, while external storage of up to 64GB can also be purchased to augment this.

Ultimately, choosing between these two powerful Android handsets depends on personal preferences and potentially the smallest of margins. You may even allow your decision to be guided by cost, as you peruse the wide range of Nexus and Samsung Galaxy S6 deals. Whichever decision you make, however, you are sure to purchase an exceptional handset that combines the very best in design and performance.

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