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Nexus 6 vs Nexus 5 – Google’s Biggest Upgrade

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The Nexus 5 was created by LG, the company that was “used” by Google two years in a row, but the phone had some flaws which drew criticism. The battery was too small and didn’t have the best lifespan, plus the unit was non-removable, so the owners were stuck with it until they made enough money to get a new phone. But, one year later, Google released a new Nexus, this time being produced by Motorola, and the device was a real success. Here are the specs and features that the Nexus 6 came with.

Nexus 6

The successor is massive, a beast with a 6inches AMOLED display from Samsung, which can offer an increased resolution of 1440x2560pixels at 493ppi and as for the design, it seems that Motorola didn’t have any better idea than to draw inspiration from its Moto X 2014 model. So, the device has a hard plastic back and Google allowed Motorola to place its M logo inside the subtle dimple below the rear camera. The frames are made of metal, to make the phone more durable and immune to drops from a small distance and the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protects the screen against scratches as much as possible. The Nexus 6 is 10.1mm thick and weights 184grams. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with a pen stylus, so you’ll have to use both of your hands to operate on it. Currently, the phone runs on Android v5.1 (Lollipop), but it was launched with v5.0 (Lollipop).

It received a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset that supports a Krait 450 processor with four cores, clocked at 2.7GHz, it uses Adreno 420 graphics and supports 3Gb of RAM and LTE-A out the box, reaching LTE speeds up to 150mbps. Unfortunately, the internal memory is unexpandable and comes in variants of 32 or 64GB. The camera on the back is 13MP and has optical image stabilization, dual-LED flash and HDR, so, on paper, these specs seem pretty advanced. As for the secondary camera, it’s 2MP, but it’s not indicated to take selfies with it, because you won’t get the best results. The battery is huge at 3220mAh, but still non-removable, and you might think that a bigger capacity will extend its life. In reality, the QHD display and the faster processor are draining it pretty fast.

Nexus 5

The phone came with a floating arc design and its body is made of soft plastic, being thinner at 8.6mm and weighting only 130grams. This “dwarf” was equipped with a 4.95 inches True HD IPS+ screen with Full HD 1080x 1920pixels resolution at 445ppi, and received the same Gorilla Glass 3 protection.

On the inside, it has a powerful quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 processor based on a Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 chipset, and it pairs with Adreno 330 graphics and 2GB of RAM. The storage options are 16 and 32GB, but none of them supports expansion. The phone runs on the latest Android version and most likely, it will be upgraded to Android M this fall. The camera on the back isn’t extraordinary, supporting a resolution of 8MP and has standard features: optical image stabilization, autofocus, LED flash, HDR, photo sphere. The front camera is only 1.3MP, so you can use it for video calls. The battery is very small at 2300mAh and it should last around 17 hours when making voice calls over 3G.