Moto X 2015 vs Nexus 6: 5 Key Differences

With 2015 more than halfway over multiple smartphones have been announced by all major manufacturers for potential buyers to choose from, and that includes the newly revealed Moto X for 2015. With so many to choose from, here’s we’ll be comparing the new Moto X Pure Edition “Style” to Google’s own Motorola-made Nexus 6.

On July 28th after months of leaks Motorola took the stage and unveiled three brand new devices. An upgraded Moto G for 2015, and two variants of the Moto X which are called the Moto X Style and the Moto X Play. In the US the Moto X Style will be sold as the Moto X Pure Edition, and the Play won’t be released stateside.

Read: Moto X 2015 “Pure Edition” Release Date Breakdown

This year Motorola has an excellent new flagship smartphone in the 2015 Moto X, but it’s huge 5.7-inch screen size surprised many, and now puts it in the same market as the Galaxy Note 5 and Nexus 6. Below is a comparison and highlights of a few key differences for those considering one of these two smartphones.


In October the Motorola Nexus 6 was announced and it eventually was released in mid-November, and is available on almost all carriers in the United States. A first for a Nexus in a long time, even being available on Verizon Wireless.

The Nexus 6 is Google’s biggest Nexus smartphone, most expensive, but arguably the best with lots of top tier features. And while a new Nexus 5 and/or Nexus 6 for 2015 are reportedly coming soon, the current Nexus 6 is still a great phone that many are considering.

Motorola’s new Moto X for 2015 is a completely different phone from past years. It looks very similar to previous models, but has been upgraded across the board, has a huge 5.7-inch screen, and even a front facing camera flash for selfies. It’s a bold new smartphone or “phablet” but is it enough for buyers to choose it over the Nexus 6 or Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5? We’ll have to wait until September to find out. With that in mind, here’s everything you need to know about the new Moto X Pure Edition for 2015, and how it compares to the Nexus 6 from late 2014.


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The new Moto X and Nexus 6 are actually very similar in terms of design, and that's because Motorola made the Nexus 6 for Google last year. Some are even calling the new Moto X just a smaller Nexus 6, with a few changes. That said, they're still pretty different devices. The Moto X is smaller, more powerful, and extremely customizable.

Both phones have a big display with small bezels and front-facing speakers and an aluminum ring around the entire frame for durability. From the front you'll barely be able to tell the difference, even though one is bigger than the other.

The 2015 Moto X though, is a completely different approach. The back can be completely customized with over 100 different combinations to look how you'd like, which we'll talk more about in a minute.

We can't give one a nod vs the other as I've yet to try the new Moto X, but if it's anything like the Nexus 6, it will be a popular smartphone. They both have the same curves, the same design, the same front speakers and more, so this decision will come down to hardware specs, camera, and likely the price.

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