Motorola’s fate suddenly changed for the better, after collaborating with Google to create the Nexus 6 phablet. This phone is 1 inch larger than the previous Nexus, but some phablets fans believe that Motorola made a mistake by not adding a pen stylus to help people with small hands to easily operate on the screen, and that the device feels kind of uncomfortable to hold, because of its thickness. The Moto X second generation, on the other hand, is the source of inspiration for Nexus 6’s design, but it has weaker specs.
Designs and displays
The Moto X 2014 has a 5.2inches AMOLED display that is able to support a decent resolution of 1080×1920 pixels at 424ppi and you won’t need to worry about the fine scratches because the device has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on top of the screen, for protection. As for the design, you will be happy to find out that there’s a program that allows you to customize the cover and you’ll find plenty variants on motorola.com/us/motomaker (leather, wood or even bamboo and various colors for the plastic variants). This phone has a thickness of 10mm and on its back you’ll recognize the famous dimple with the M logo encrypted inside, while the top has a subtle dip and the front panel has two horizontal bars.
The Nexus 6 is a bigger copy of the Moto X 2014, having a plastic body with the same form and features a metallic frame, but on its back, below the dimple, is written nexus on the vertical. The device is also water resistant, but this protection is pretty weak, so make sure not to drop it into the pool, because it will surely drown. The screen measures 5.96 inches and uses AMOLED technology, which means that the colors are vibrant and the viewing angles are great. Also, the resolution was increased up to 1440×2560 pixels (493ppi), from 1080×1920 pixels (445ppi), which was supported by the previous Nexus 5. The Nexus 6 is 0.1mm thicker than the Moto X 2014 and has weird asymmetrical bezels.
Hardware and OS
The Nexus 6 has better specs, and at the time when it was released, the latest Qualcomm chipset was Snapdragon 805 and it was built on 32bit architecture. On this SoC was integrated a quad-core 2.7GHz Krait 450 processor that was paired with Adreno 420 graphics and 3GB of RAM, having the same combination as Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 and Edge.
The Moto X 2014 has the previous MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 chipset with a quad-core 2.5GHz Krait 400 processor that is backed by Adreno 330 graphics and 2GB of RAM, and has internal variants with capacities of 16, 32 or 64GB, but neither the Moto X nor the Nexus 6 come with a microSD card slot for expansion.
Both phones are upgradable to Android 5.1 Lollipop.
Both models have cameras with the same resolutions: 13MP on the back and 2MP on the front and they’re utilizing dual-LED flash, but the Nexus 6 has additional features such as optical image stabilization and dual recording.
The Moto X 2014 can be bought from Amazon at the price of 300 dollars (16GB), while the Nexus 6 32GB costs around 500 dollars.