The US is Motorola’s home and it’s normal to be successful on the American mobile market. Last year, the company was selected by Google to create the next Nexus and it was a phablet which looked a lot like the Moto X 2014 flagship. The new Moto X (high-tier version) will challenge the Nexus 6 and you’ll see which one is better.
The Nexus 6 came with Project Fi, which connects to several network towers in order to provide the better service and it seems that Motorola added this feature to the new Moto X Pure Edition, as well, and it works flawlessly. According to Kellex of Droid Life, the users can “make/receive calls, use LTE data, browse the web, listen to music, chat with the crew on Hangouts”, but it isn’t sure yet “if calls placed with WiFi connected are actual WiFi calls”.
The price of the Nexus 6 has been reduced to 350 dollars for the 32GB variant, while the 64GB variant is 50 dollars more expensive. The Moto X Pure Edition is available for preorder and its price starts at 400 dollars.
Both devices have a similar design – curved bodies with metal sides, but the Nexus 6 is a lot bigger and has a matte plastic back, while the Moto X comes with a rubber back with diagonal lines, which can be customized via the Moto Maker websites, where there are other material options such as wood or leather. The Moto X has also a metal strip placed on the vertical, and it can be replaced as well.
The Moto X measures 153.9 x 76.2 x 11.1 mm, it weights 179 grams and it features a water repellant nano-coating, while the Nexus 6 measures 159.3 x 83 x 10.1 mm, it’s 5 grams heavier and it’s water resistant.
The Nexus 6 and the Moto X 2014 use an AMOLED display from Samsung, while the Moto X 2015 is equipped with a TFT screen sized at 5.7-inch, and which supports a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels with 520 ppi. As we were saying above, the Nexus 6 is a lot larger and its screen has an exaggerated size of 5.96-inch, but the resolution is QHD, resulting a pixel density of 493ppi.
The Moto X Pure Edition came loaded with Android v5.1.1 (Lollipop) out of the box and it’s powered by a newer Qualcomm processor, which is a 64bit Snapdragon 808 with two cores clocked at 1.8GHz and four cores running at 1.44GHz. The Nexus 6 received the most powerful 32bit Qualcomm processor, a quad core Snapdragon 805 clocked at 2.7GHz, which was paired with 3GB of RAM. The phablet came with the Android 5.0 Lollipop OS, which was launched by Google last fall. However, the graphics are slightly better on the Nexus 6, because the phablet received an Adreno 420 GPU, while the Moto X uses the previous Adreno 418, which is backed by 3GB of RAM.
When it comes to internal storage, you’ll be tempted to buy the Moto X because it offers a microSD card slot to expand the internal memory up to 128GB, but there are three variants you can choose from: 16/32/64 GB. The Nexus 6 limits you to 32 or 64GB of internal storage.
Both of Moto X’s cameras are way more advanced, supporting higher resolutions, such as 21MP on the back and 5MP on the front. The list of features includes phase detection autofocus, dual-LED flash, auto-HDR, slow-motion video recording, Quick Launch Instant On, Tap (anywhere) to capture etc. Also, the front camera has LED flash, to obtain the best selfies in low light conditions.
The Nexus 6 has a simple 13MP rear camera with OIS, dual-LED flash, dual recording and other standard features, while the front camera is 2MP.