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Nexus 6P vs Moto X Pure Edition: 5 Things to Know



This week Google announced its impressive new Nexus 6P, and it’s available for pre-order right now. As a result many user are weighing all of their options when it comes to phones this big. Another great 5.7-inch device with nearly stock Android is the Moto X Pure Edition (3rd Gen) and below are a few key differences for potential buyers.

Motorola announced the Moto X back in July, but it didn’t go up for pre-order until early September and is still just barely shipping to buyers. It’s available now though, in stores and customizable online, and it’s a great option when compared to the Nexus 6P.

Read: Moto X Pure Edition Hands-on and First Thoughts

The Moto X Pure Edition is the first big Moto X, coming in at 5.7-inches, but there’s also a first with Google The Huawei Nexus 6P is Google’s first all aluminum phone, and it also has a beautiful 5.7-inch HD display. It’s a premium Nexus smartphone unlike any before it. Prospective buyers will want to read on for all the details about both smartphones, then choose what’s right for them.


Both the Moto X Pure Edition and the new Nexus 6P are excellent Android smartphones with big screens, nearly stock software, promised quick updates, great cameras, and are wallet-friendly phones. It’s this, that makes the choice so hard for many potential buyers.

Deciding between something like the 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 5 is easier, as it’s nearly double the cost, but the Nexus 6P and Moto X are very similar in multiple ways.

At this point we know everything about the Moto X Pure Edition, as it was released last week and is shipping to eager buyers as we speak. The Nexus 6P though, is only up for pre-order and not yet in the hands of buyers. As a result, we can’t make any recommendations yet, but we can break down some important details for those considering on vs the other.

Nexus 6P Release Date

Nexus 6P Release Date

Google announced the new Nexus 6P on September 29th, but it won't be in the hands of buyers until late October or early November. The Moto X Pure Edition is available now, in Best Buy stores, and some may have already bought it. There's nothing wrong with that, as it's a great phone, but the Nexus 6P is a decent alternative for those still on the fence.

The biggest question we've had for months full of rumors leading up to the Nexus 6P launch was the release date, and now we finally know.

The Huawei Nexus 6P from Google went up for pre-order the same day it was announced, September 29th. Users can pre-order it as we speak from the Google Store, but it isn't available just yet.

Read: Nexus 6P Release Date Breakdown

The Google Store has shipping listed as "leaving the warehouse" in 4-5 weeks. Some who ordered it right away could get it before the end of October, but almost all buyers will be waiting until the first week or two of November.

That means buyers have to decide if they should wait over a month for the Nexus 6P, or snag the excellent Moto X Pure Edition right now, which also works on all carriers in the United States.



  1. Charles

    10/02/2015 at 4:17 pm

    Google has also upped their incentive with (for a limited time in the U.S.) a $50 Google Play credit on any Nexus pre-order.

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  4. John Ginnane

    10/05/2015 at 4:44 am

    I waited for the 9/29 Goggle product announcement … and then went and ordered a Moto X with 32GB RAM. Reasons?

    First, the microSD slot. 128GB storage, able to be written to with “4K video”.

    Second, if there’s any issue with a 21 megapixel camera with Sony inners, I’m pretty sure it will be adjusted with software.

    Third, between 6 and 8 cores in the Snapdragon chip isn’t an issue in 2015-16 because there’s almost no software taking advantage of the extra cores. And if you need that much processing, go buy a computer.

    Fourth — there *IS* a difference in price. “$50 Google store credit” brings the 32 GB devices together, assuming you want to spend an extra $50 at Google buying 1 1/2 new Chromecasts. But what that really means is that Google overpriced their phone in relation to the market, and instantly realizes it.

    I’m leaving a family of Nexus 5es, Nexus 7es, and a Nexus 9, and the Motorola purchases are an original Xoom and a 1st-gen Moto X that my wife still prefers over the Nexus 5.

    Not yet ready to buy any of the excellent Chinese alternative phone products, because I need to see some smidgen of US-based support before I go there. But like with Chinese-built cars, I keep watching every year for improvements.

    • Trevor

      10/06/2015 at 10:16 am

      The price difference isn’t much at all considering the Nexus 6P comes with more internal storage. I’m planning on getting the 64gb version of the Nexus which is $550. The 64gb version of the Pure Edition costs $500 and you also don’t get the $50 credit.

      • mbkhalil

        10/13/2015 at 10:36 am

        * 16 GB Moto X = $399
        * 64 GB MicroSD = $30 on Amazon (SanDisk).
        * 80GB Moto Style = $429

        * Nexus 6P 64 GB = $550
        * You also get $50 in Monopoly money — ahem, excuse me, Play Store gift card.
        * You also get 16 GB less storage.

        Get what you want, both phones are outstanding; all I’m saying is, don’t fool yourself into thinking the prices are comparable. They’re not.

        • Laury

          10/15/2015 at 10:50 am

          When all is said and done there is over $100 price difference or more.

          I priced out both. The Nexus would need to be upgraded to at least 64GB, while I didn’t see a need to upgrade memory on the Moto X seeing I already have a large Sd card.

          Then I added in the extended warranty for both (Nexus is $89.99, Moto X is $79.99). The Nexus plan allows 2 incidents over 2 years with an $89 deductible per incident, compared to Moto X plan which allows 3 incidents over 2 years with a $49 deductible.

          I also added a wood back for the Moto X = $25.

          Total price for the Nexus was $639,
          Total price for the Moto X $504

    • Eric Bowling

      01/18/2016 at 6:12 pm

      I really doubt you bought any phone on the market with 32 gigs of ram.

  5. Michelle C. Torres-Grant

    10/16/2015 at 9:38 am

    Something to think about if you need a lot of storage for photos, video & music: things seems to work faster of the internal storage vs. an external microSD card, and not all apps are movable to an external microSD card. Also, if you are using Google Photos (I do) deleting all versions of an image can be tedious if you’re storing your photos on an external microSD card. The deleting won’t sync *everywhere* like Google Photos is designed to do, and you’ll have to delete from your phone’s gallery as well as from the Google Photos app. I was seriously considering the Moto X Pure, but now I’m leaning toward the Nexus 6P. Ideally, I would like a large internal drive *and* a microSD slot. I won’t consider Samsung any longer or any other phone with bloatware. Plus Samsung color in photos is weird (I had a Galaxy).

    • Robert Willians

      11/12/2015 at 4:49 am

      Do yourself a favor and look into Android M’s adoptable storage. It may change your mind regarding the Moto X Pure. It fixes your SD card problem, and all you’ll have to do is wait for the M release on the X Pure.

      • Cody Swartz

        12/25/2015 at 1:55 am

        I’m on a phone that has 1.4GB of internal storage (for apps) 500-600MB goes to basic system apps etc (huge PITA; I considered trying to steal 100MB from the cache partition but that sounded dangerous). Link2SD has been my savior every since, I finally took the time to make a second partition on my micro sd card – it uses symlinking so that the file looks like it’s on the phone’s internal storage, when in reality it’s on the sd card :) I assume that “adoptable storage” either works the same or just works more native and directly w/o the symlinking.

    • Cody Swartz

      12/25/2015 at 1:57 am

      If you need to do a lot of SD card operations w/o a USB3.0 device just grab a card reader so you can perform faster ;) although it could get tedious over time if you do it a lot – I just do it once in a blue moon though – for mass amounts of files or large files.

  6. Dennis

    11/01/2015 at 7:34 pm

    The Nexus 6p has a 300 MB/sec Wi-Fi which is double what I get with any earlier phone. However as someone who carries unprotected phone in a trouser pocket, I am horrified by the screen crack after scratch and the super easy bend wreck, my 6P is going back. The USB C connection must have been designed by Apple, it does nothing but charge and connect to a PC; no HDMI and it doesn’t read my flash drives or SSD drives.

  7. Dale B

    12/05/2015 at 2:33 pm

    First of all, I would go for a Square Trade warranty for $99 for 2 years no deductibles and includes drops & spills.
    This way I would also avoid Motorola’s repair and repair exchange programs. Every interaction with Motorola is an opportunity for a mistake to be made as I found out when ordering a 16GB Moto G and receiving an 8GB phone.
    Their customer service is well-meaning but prone to make errors.You only have go to their community forum to see my experience was only one drop in the bucket. Ironically, their forum moderators are very helpful and do assist.with individual issues.

    Maybe ‘Lenevo’ is the real issue. I ordered a new laptop from Lenovo only to have it arrive from their factory in China DOA.This was 2 months before I ordered my phone.

    Given all that I do think Moto phones are among the best value.

  8. Cody Swartz

    12/25/2015 at 2:00 am

    I imagine the bigger battery will be nullified by the bigger processor which will drink down more power with more cores and higher gfx processing.

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