Google Nexus 6P vs Motorola Moto X Pure Edition (2015)
Interface and Functionality
Being given the Nexus moniker, it means that the Nexus 6P is constantly going to be on tap to receive the newest updates for Android. At the current moment, it’s running stock Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Having that on board, there are few complaints about the experience because it strikes a favorable balance between visual appeal, performance, and features. The straightforwardness of stock Android gives its broader appeal.
To be fair, the Moto X Pure Edition isn’t very far from technically being vanilla as well, seeing that its Android 5.1.1 Lollipop is very much faithful to stock, but with a few enhancements from Motorola. Those enhancements help to deepen the experience, like how the phone knows you’re driving and can automatically reply to incoming phone calls with a text message. And even though it might not be as speedy as its rival when it comes to receiving new software upgrades, there’s no denying that they’ll still come in a relatively timely manner.
We don't consider the Moto X Pure Edition running the older software a deal-breaker, mainly because it’s still very much stock-like with some added features that complement the experience. On the flip side, though, you can never go wrong with stock Android with the Nexus 6P either.
Let’s not beat around the bush, the Nexus 6P achieves the snappier overall performance between the two. We shouldn’t be too surprised by that reality, not only because it’s running stock Android, but also because it’s powered by the more formidable hardware – a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC accompanied with 3GB of RAM and the Adreno 430 GPU. While it’s still a fearsome package, the Moto X Pure Edition’s hexa-core Snapdragon 808 chip with 3GB of RAM and the Adreno 418 GPU is consistently just behind its rivals pace in various benchmarks.
Benchmarks aside, we can tell you that the Moto X Pure Edition is super responsive, but the Nexus 6P just exhibits more snappiness, pep, and finesse with its overall operation. The Nexus 6P’s superiority is even notable with graphics processing, where it achieves smoother frame rates than Moto’s offering.