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Nexus 5 vs Nexus 6 vs Nexus 9 – Which One You Should Buy?

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If you want to buy one of Google’s mobile devices to be up to date with the latest Android versions, then you will surely be tempted to buy a Nexus device. The Nexus 5 and 6 are smartphones, while 9 is a tablet which came last year along with Nexus 6 and Android Lollipop. Here’s a detailed comparison between these three devices.

Designs, displays and dimensions

The Nexus 5 was created by LG and you will notice the similarities with other LG smartphones, such as the floating arc shape, but the device has a simple plastic back with three color options: black, white and red. The front panel is black and protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3, the physical dimensions are 137.9×69.2×8.6 mm, while the weight is 130grams. The phone feels comfortable to hold and you will easily operate with one hand on the 4.95 inches True HD IPS+ screen. The maximum supported resolution is 1080×1920 pixels at 445ppi.

The Nexus 6 was produced by Motorola and it’s the successor of Nexus 5. It has a totally different design, being inspired from the Moto X 2015. Motorola exaggerated a little bit with its dimensions, making it quite massive and heavy (159.3x83x10.1mm and 184grams) and while Samsung’s Note phablets are smaller, they come with a pen stylus, which the Nexus 6 lacks. The screen measures 5.96 inches and it’s using AMOLED technology, which means that it supports a resolution of 1440×2560 pixels at 493ppi. It’s protected with the same Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and the rest of the device benefits from a weak protection against water splashes.

The Nexus 9 was created by HTC and it has a simple matte plastic back with the rear camera located in the top left corner. There’s not much to say about the appearance of this tablet, only that it measures 228.2×153.7×8 mm and it has a weight of 425 grams – if you buy the WiFi model, or 436grams, if you choose the 3G/LTE model. Its screen is IPS LCD, sized at 8.9inches and it supports 1536×2048 pixels at 281ppi. It has the same Gorilla Glass 3 protection as the rest of the Nexus devices.

Hardware

The Nexus 5 received a Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 chipset that supports a quad-core 2.3GHz Krait 400 processor and Adreno 330 graphics, being backed by 2GB of RAM. It’s available in two storage options of 16 or 32GB, without the possibility to expand them.

The Nexus 6 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset, also built on 32bit architecture, and the processor is 2.7GHz Krait 450 with four cores, backed by Adreno 420 graphics and 3GB of RAM. The two variants of internal memories are 32 and 64GB, but there is not microSD card slot for expansion, either.

The Nexus 9 is powered by a dual-core 2.3GHz Denver processor based on an Nvidia Tegra K1 SoC and has Kepler DX1 graphics and 2GB of RAM. The WiFi model comes with 16GB of internal memory, while the LTE variant has double its capacity.

Cameras

The Nexus 5 smartphone and the Nexus 9 tablet have rear cameras of the same resolution: 8MP and they have in common features such as LED flash, autofocus, face detection and geo tagging, but the Nexus 5 has in addition optical image stabilization and it’s front camera is weaker: 1.3MP compared to 1.6MP. The Nexus 6 came with an improved 13MP rear camera, also with OIS, but it has dual-LED flash and supports dual recording, while the front camera is 2MP.

Batteries

All three devices have non-removable batteries, and their capacities are: 2300 mAh (Nexus 5), 3220mAh (Nexus 6) and 6700 mAh (Nexus 9).

Prices

Nexus 5 16GB: 360 dollars, 32GB: 580 dollars
Nexus 6 32GB: 535 dollars, 64GB: 550 dollars
Nexus 9 16GB: 402 dollars, 32Gb: 440 dollars.

These prices are listed on Amazon.