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Nexus 6 vs. OnePlus 2 – Old vs. New Phablets

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One year has passed since Google launched its first phablet, the Nexus 6, which was created by Motorola, but it didn’t have the same success as the Nexus 5 because of its enormous body. But overall, its performance was amazing because it received the fastest 32bit processor from Snapdragon. The OnePlus 2 has a few months since it was released, but obviously, its specs are more advanced. Here’s a comparison between the two models, which will help you decide which one to buy.

Designs and Displays

The Nexus 6 was inspired from the design of the Moto X 2014, being like a larger version of it, having a curved back and a metal frame, but it’s available only in two colors, Midnight Blue and Cloud White. The device is a bit thicker at 10.1mm, but it doesn’t feel uncomfortable to hold in your hand. The device is water resistant and has a massive AMOLED screen with a diagonal of 5.96-inch, whose resolution is QHD (1440×2560 pixels), which gives a pixel density of 493ppi.

The OnePlus 2 looks pretty much the same as the predecessor, featuring a plastic back with a sandstone texture, but the shape of the body is now rectangular, not a floating arc, and it’s 1mm thicker, measuring 9.9mm (the sides are covered with a metal frame). The screen is LTPS LCD and it measures 5.5-inch, but it supports a lower resolution of 1080×1920 pixels at 401ppi. OnePlus added a fingerprint reader below the screen, which is integrated into a home button, and it’s surrounded by two capacitive buttons.

Hardware

The Nexus 6 received a powerful 32bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 quad core processor clocked at 2.7GHz, which was paired with Adreno 420 graphics and 3GB of RAM, and the phone lacks a microSD card slot, but there are two variants to choose from: 32GB and 64GB.

The OnePlus 2 comes with the newer Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 octa core processor which consists of two quad core processors running at 1.56GHz and 1.82GHz, and this combination uses the latest Adreno 430 graphics, but there are two variants of RAM capacities: 3GB for the model with 16GB of storage, while the other model has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.

When it comes to batteries, the OnePlus 2 is barely a winner because it sports a slightly larger unit with a capacity of 3300mAh, while the Nexus 6 has a 3220mAh battery which should provide 24 hours of talking time.

Cameras

The rear cameras have an identical resolution of 13MP and many mutual features such as OIS, dual-LED flash and 2160p video capture @30fps, but the OnePlus 2 has a more efficient laser autofocus and its front camera supports 5MP, which takes much more accurate selfies than the 2MP secondary camera of the Nexus 6.