Google released it first phablet in 2014, but its dimensions were somehow exaggerated and many buyers complained that the device is not as easy to hold in one hand. But its design is pretty awesome, not original, though. It copies the Moto X 2014 because it was created by Motorola and Google didn’t have any problem with that. The Galaxy S6 Active, on the other hand, is a very resistant phone that has most of S6’s specs. Below, you’ll find a comparison between a large phablet and a mid-tier phone with a camouflage plastic-type case.
The Nexus 6 is like a larger Moto X 2014, featuring a curved plastic back and metal sides, dual front facing speakers, and it has a thickness of 10.1mm. The design is pretty interesting, and Motorola used its own signature – the dimple with the M logo engraved inside. The Nexus 6 is resistant to water, but don’t drop it in the pool, because it will drown.
The Galaxy S6 Active has almost the same dimensions as the Galaxy S6 flagship, but it’s thicker because of the shock-resistant plastic back that makes the phone resistant to drops and other damages. Its colors are camo blue, camo white and camo gray and the front panel features three physical buttons, but the home button lacks the fingerprint sensor. However, on the left side there’s a programmable button which will launch your desired application (most likely, you’ll want to have easier access to the camera software). The device has two certifications: IP68 and MIL-STD-810G, so it should be resistant to dust, water, humidity, rain, salt, solar radiation, thermal shocks etc.
The Nexus 6 is fitted with a large AMOLED display sized at 5.96 inches, which supports 1440 x 2560 pixels and 493ppi. AMOLED is a technology developed by Samsung and it delivers vibrant images, very pleasant to the eyes, but which have a negative effect on the battery life. The Galaxy S6 Active couldn’t have other display than its S6 brother, being Super AMOLED and sized at 5.1inches. It offers the same QHD resolution as the Nexus 6, but the pixel density is higher at 576ppi.
In 2015, Motorola got its hands on the latest Qualcomm chipset, which is 32bit Snapdragon 805 with a quad core processor running at 2.7GHz that is backed by 3GB of RAM. The Nexus 6 has the same internal configuration as the Galaxy Note 4, but it’s not as powerful as Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Active, which uses the company’s proprietary Exynos 7420 octa core processor consisting of two quad core processors clocked at 1.5GHz and 2.1GHz. The S6 Active houses 3GB of RAM, but it received the faster DDR4 RAM.
None of the devices come with a microSD card slot, so their internal memories can’t be expanded. The Nexus 6 offers two variants of 32GB and 64GB, while the S6 Active has a 32GB of flash memory (faster UFS 2.0).
The back camera from the Nexus 6 is 13MP and has OIS, dual-LED flash and f/2.0 aperture, while the S6 Active received the same cameras from the S6: the main one is 16MP with wider f/1.9 aperture and Live HDR capabilities. While the Nexus 6 is fitted with a modest 2MP secondary camera, the S6 Active provides a 5MP camera for selfies.
The Nexus 6 came with a massive 3220mAh battery that is charged up to 60 percent within 15 minutes, thanks to then Turbo Charger feature. The Galaxy S6 Active has even a bigger battery of 3500mAh that lasts over a day under normal use.
The Nexus 6 received a price reduction, currently costing 500 dollars (32GB variant) or 550 dollars (64GB variant), while the Galaxy S6 Active is priced at 700 dollars, without a contract.