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Nexus 5 vs Nexus 6 – What Was Changed On The New Phablet?


They’re finally here! We’re talking about the Nexus 6 and the new Android Lollipop 5.0, 2 in 1, Google’s latest “celebrities” that everyone is talking about. As a novelty, the giant company collaborated with Motorola and said good bye to LG, pushing the limits and increasing the dimensions of the Nexus 6 and making its screen 1inch larger. But we shouldn’t disregard the Nexus 5, which created some buzz exactly one year ago, when it was launched.

Displays and dimensions

The Nexus 5 doesn’t really impress with its appearance. Indeed, it feels solid, but the design is simple, and it features matte plastic and soft-touch sides. The phone is much thinner than the successor, having a thickness of 8.6mm compared to 10.1mm. The other dimensions are 137.9×69.2mm, while the Nexus 6 has a length of 159.3mm and a width of 83mm. The Nexus 5 feels more comfortable to hold and you’ll operate easier on the 4.95inches True HD IPS+ display, than on Nexus 6’s 5.96inches AMOLED display. However the extra 1inches has cost the Nexus 6 many grams in addition, weighting 184grams, with 54grams more than its predecessor. But, both devices are featuring Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on their displays and the resolution from the Nexus 5 (1080×1920 pixels with 445ppi) has suffered a big change, being increased up to 1440×2560 pixels, which resulted in a pixel density of 493ppi. A new improvement was done to the Nexus 6 – the water resistance feature, although the device didn’t obtain a certification.

Hardware and OS

The Nexus 5 still has one of the fastest processors, which is a Krait 400 with four cores, clocked at 2.3GHz, based on a efficient Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 chipset, which works in perfect harmony with an Adreno 330 GPU. But this is LG’s contribution, and Motorola decided to use an Adreno 420 GPU, which is 40 percent faster than the Adreno 330. Also, the processor is more powerful, being the latest Krait 450 with four cores and a clock speed of 2.7GHz. The chipset is Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, gorgeousness. While the Nexus 5 came with 16 and 32GB of internal storage and ran on Android v4.4 (KitKat) with 2GB of RAM, in the meantime, it was upgraded to 4.4.4 and it will support Lollipop as well. The Nexus 6 comes with this OS and has 3GB of RAM and 32 and 64GB of RAM, which can’t be expanded.


The old Nexus was equipped with an 8MP rear camera with optical image stabilization, autofocus, LED flash, HDR and other known features, but on the Nexus 6 was used a integrated a 13MP back camera with enchased capabilities, the single LED flash being replaced with a dual-LED flash. The 1.3MP front camera from the Nexus 5 was also improved, being now 2MP.


Although both batteries are non-removable, for the Nexus 5, a capacity of 2300mAh was sufficient to make it run for 17 hours when talking on 3GB. Google had to put a bigger battery on the Nexus 6, which is 3220 mAh and supports one day of talk time. Thanks to the Project Volta developed by Google, you can charge the battery within 15 minutes and use it for six hours.


Both phones support WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, wireless charging, NFC, microUSB slot, with digital compass, 3.5mm headset audio jack and Bluetooth, but which was upgraded from 4.0 to 4.1 on the Nexus 6.


The Nexus 32GB can be found on Amazon at the price of 549 dollars. The 32GB variant of the Nexus 6 will cost 780 dollars.