Nexus 6 vs Nexus 5: in-depth specs comparison

We're tempted to say that with the Nexus 6, Google is going back to the line's roots -- flagship specs at flagship prices. That's right, for those of you who either don't remember or were altogether unaware, the Nexus line wasn't always sold at as dirt-cheap prices as the Nexus 4 and 5. But with the Motorola-built Nexus 6, Google is not only putting distance between itself and that particular pricing strategy, but it's also going down a yet unexplored path, by building the first Nexus phablet...
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49 Comments

31. g2a5b0e unregistered

I think this is becoming a lost cause. Math is clearly not his strong suit.

33. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I am really trying here. +1

41. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Lel alright fine. I give up......

17. mdorno

Posts: 42; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

Wrong. Soon to be Nexus 6 owner here.

6. nomancool unregistered

PPI on the nexus 5 is 445 on 4.95 inch screen . not 441 on 5 inch.

7. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I miss the Nexus 5 design :( ugh

40. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I do as well. I wish they stuck largely to the N5's design, but kept the metal sides and front speakers (i.e. I wish the N6 was a scaled-down Nexus 9, NOT a scaled-up Moto X.)

8. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Does anyone know if this phone can be bought with credits on Google Play store?

27. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I have purchased all Nexus devices since the Nexus 4. Yet I am going to pass on both the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. Seems like Google really dropped the ball on this one strictly based on size. The Nexus 6 is way too big and the Nexus 9 is both too big and too small. So a 6 inch phablet is awesome but a 10 inch tablet is too big and a 8 inch tablet is too small? What were they thinking here......

32. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

It's funny, & I totally respect your opinion, but I completely feel the opposite. This year the Nexus line is all that I wanted. The Google Nexus 6 in white for me cause the face is black & the back is white. Totally digging the 2 tone. The Google Nexus 9 in the Gold, cause it looks sophisticated. Not shiny but the sweet BMW beige like interior!

37. g2a5b0e unregistered

"the Nexus 9 is both too big and too small." This screams for a Jackie Chan "dafuq" meme.

38. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

The reason why is right there in the last line. It's too small if you want a 9.7 to 10 inch tablet. Sorry, I am used to the standard 10 inch size and am not giving up the extra size. And the tab pro 8.4 is about as big as a small tablet should get and that's why it's too big. The Nexus 9 has this queer Surface type idea that it can replace both a small and big tablet at the same time like the Surface line has a queer idea that they can replace both a tablet and laptop at the same time. Queer hybrids just don't work. In fact, that's exactly why Google dropped the ball this year. The Nexus 6 is trying to replace both a tablet and phone while the Nexus 9 is trying to replace both a small tablet and a large tablet. And they failed hard on both IMO. Which is strange because the Nexus 5 hit everything on the money with me. They knew the 5.2 inch G2 was too big at the time and that the back buttons were stupid so they put their foot down and redesigned everything. This year, they gave Moto and HTC too much freedom and there is a reason why those two companies are not selling products and slipping fast. It's because they make poor calls like these...

39. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I don't think they gave Motorola or HTC too much freedom. They told Motorola we want the TOP of the like 1440p 6" screen with stereo speakers, 13MP OIS Camera & the top processor with 3GB of RAM. Google had the input. it was not Motorola's call to do as the please... The Same with HTC. They wanted the 8.9" screen with the NEW Tegra K1 & with the stereo speakers. I know for a fact Google didn't give HTC the freedom to make those spec choices...

44. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I dunno. It seems like the same people in charge of the Nexus 5 had nothing to do with these two monstrosities.

42. g2a5b0e unregistered

I completely disagree. First off, it can't be both too big & too small simultaneously. It might be too big for some people & it might be too small for some people, but it obviously can't be both for any one person. Also, you could leverage that same claim against any tablet. In addition, a ton of people will find the size completely suitable. Lastly, how am I supposed to trust your opinion when you have spent zero time with either device in your possession?

43. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

It is for me. 8.9 is too big to be my small tablet/eReader and too small to be my Web browsing and gaming tablet. So yes it is too big and too small for me at the same time since I am looking at replacements for both.

45. g2a5b0e unregistered

Touche. I didn't consider it that way. Still, I don't think most people will agree with you. Also, I think you might possibly change your mind after some actual hands-on time with the device.

46. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Yeah I might end up trying it anyways. I have a crazy soft spot for mobile devices and tend to buy first and sell later if I am not satisfied.

28. DocOc

Posts: 143; Member since: Apr 23, 2014

These reviews of phones that are not out yet are so ridiculous. First of all, the design of the Moto X 2014 has been very well received and so the Nexus 6 will be too. This uncertainty over the battery life is baffling to me. The Nexus 6 will have over double the battery life of the Nexus 5. That is pretty significant. The camera is also leaps and bounds better than the N5. Lollipop will make things even better. I'm not sure what the problem people are having with the size either. It's just another option. If you think it's too big, but like it otherwise, get the Moto X 2014 which is the same thing just smaller.
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