The brand new Nexus 6 smartphone was announced last month and finally went up for pre-order last week, and potential buyers are still weighing their options and trying to decide if the large 5.96-inch screen is right for them. Here we’ll compare the Nexus 6 to its little but slightly older brother, the new Moto X for 2014.
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. Many questions asked how it looks compared to other big devices like the Note 4, but another one many are considering is the Moto X, as they’re very similar smartphones.
For months rumors suggested Motorola was making the Nexus 6, and that was confirmed last month by Google, and you can get one here sometime in November from most major carriers in the United States. The Moto X however, received a refresh and new design in September, and it’s very similar to the Nexus 6. These phones look nearly identical, with a few small differences, and ones much bigger. Check out our video after the break.
Many people have simply been calling the Nexus 6 “a bigger Moto X” but it’s much more than that. These phones look extremely similar at first glance, but it’s what’s under the hood that’s different. The Nexus 6 might look like a blown up Moto X, but the specs and what is has to offer is completely different, as is the price.
While we’ve already compared the two in terms of options, features, specs, and pricing, below is a quick video simply showing users how they look, and the size difference. Motorola fans know what they’re getting with stock Android 4.4 on the Moto X, can expect Android 5.0 Lollipop updates to arrive quickly, and want to know if a bigger version is worth carrying.
Prospective buyers will have to weigh all their options, and then decide if the big 5.96-inch screen compared to the smaller, easier to hold 5.2-inch Moto X is worth it. Take a peek below.
As you can see, the Nexus 6 is huge. It’s a phablet in every sense of the word. Motorola’s made the exact same design on the Moto X over an inch bigger, carried over the front facing speakers, camera, and aluminum sides, and that’s what completes the Nexus 6. However, here’s the numbers so you know what’s truly going on under the hood.
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 (64-bit support)
- 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
- 3,220 mAh battery
Moto X 2014 Specs
- 5.2-inch 1080P Display
- 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801 Quad-core processor
- 2GB of RAM
- 16GB and 32GB storage options
- 2,300mAh battery
- 13MP rear facing camera w/ 4k video, 2MP front camera
- Dual LED Ring Flash
- Android 4.4.4 KitKat
- Over 25 customizable back options
- 140.8 x 72.4 x 10 mm and 144 grams
The biggest difference is the screen. One being a quality 1080p HD panel, while the other is a blistering 5.96-inches and offering a stunning 2560 x 1440 Quad HD 2k resolution display. The Nexus 6 is big and looks good. Then of course we have a faster processor, more storage, a bigger battery, and no customization.
If you like a pocket-friendly smartphone and want to customize the color or get a leather or wood back, the Moto X is for you. If you want the absolute latest and greatest, and think you can handle a bigger size, check out the Nexus 6.
Read: New Moto X 2014 Review
Google’s new Nexus 6 is very similar in overall size as the Note 4, even though it has a bigger screen. We’d recommend trying the Note 4 at a carrier store near you to get a better idea of what to expect from the Nexus 6 in hand, and make sure you’ll be able to enjoy a screen of this size and caliber. If it’s too much, get the new Moto X from any of the five major US carriers, or from MotoMaker.com.
Stay tuned for more details and a full Nexus 6 review coming soon.