Google Nexus 6 vs Nexus 5

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Google has been delivering us their latest innovations with their Nexus range for a while now and the range has now added to with the bigger Nexus 6.


Motorola has produced the latest Nexus so here we take a look at how they have fared compared to LG who made the Nexus 5


Nexus 6 design vs Nexus 5 design


nexus 6 design


The Motorola Nexus 6 features an ergonomic design that sees the chassis taper at the edges to just 3.8mm. The centre measures 10mm, which is thicker than the 8.5mm of the Nexus 5 but this doesn’t feel like an issue thanks to the curvature of it.


The screen has take a big bump up on the Nexus 6 as it is a 5.96-inch Quad HD beast of a display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels at 493ppi. This certainly overshadows the 4.95-inch full HD display that was used on the Nexus 5.


The Nexus 6 is water resistant and includes dual front-facing speakers for even better sound when listening to music or watching videos. This latest Nexus model comes in either 32 or 64GB models giving more space compared to the Nexus 5 which is only available in 16GB or 13GB.


As you would expect from the most recent model the Nexus 6 is a more powerful handset with a processor in the form of a 2.7GHz quad-core chip and 3GB of RAM, while the Nexus 5 packs a 2.26GHz processor and 2GB RAM.


All of this extra power has given the Nexus 6 a weightier overall bulk of 184g with the Nexus 5 only weighing 130g.


Colour choices have now been replaced with the Nexus 6 coming in either midnight blue or cloudy white when the Nexus 5 was only available in standard black or white. The new Nexus 6 is also winning in the battery department with a whopping 3220mAh power pack that delivers up to 9.5 hours of Wi-Fi use, something the Nexus 5 can not achieve with the 2300mAh battery it has. The Motorola Nexus 6 also has a faster charging facility that delivers an extra 6 hours of standby time from just 15 minutes charging time.


Nexus 6 features vs Nexus 5 features


nexus 6 lollipop

The Nexus 6 has Android Lollipop at its core so many of the latest innovations from Google are on board including improved multitasking with a scrolling carousel for seamlessly switching between apps.


The Nexus 6 delivers some useful features such as priority notifications allowing you to choose who gets through to you at certain times. Notifications are all centralised and you can now respond to messages straight from the notifications window.


The Android Lollipop experience does outdo the KitKat OS seen on the Nexus 5 as you would expect and some useful features like waking the phone up with a double tap or accessing Google Assistant with the simple phrase “OK Google” will soon become second nature.


Nexus 6 camera vs Nexus 5 camera


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The 8-megapixel camera on the Nexus 5 was among the best on offer at the time the phone was released but that is no longer going to cut the mustard. The Nexus 6 now has a 13-megapixel lens with the all important Optical Image Stabilisation for less blur and the twin LED ring flash lights up your subject perfectly.


PhotoSphere and Les Blur add creative elements to your photos and you can choose from three different video recording levels. The top video recording option of 4K 2160p will deliver impressive clarity but if you require a less memory hungry video clip you can choose 1080p or 720p.


The front facing camera on the Nexus 6 has also been improved to a 2-megapixel lens, the Nexus 5 had a 1.3-megapixel camera on the front. The front camera is now more suitable for video calling than ever before thanks to the better resolution.


Nexus 6 verdict


As you can see the Nexus 6 has seen an improvement at every level so you are getting a high-end smartphone that is designed to make the most of the latest Google features on Android Lollipop.


The bigger screen makes for much better multitasking which is complimented by the advancements on the OS in this area. The improved power management, bigger battery and even better camera specifications certainly make this the next natural evolution of the Nexus range.



Written by: Carmel Brown

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