Google Nexus 6P vs Motorola Moto X Pure Edition (2015)

Call Quality


Granted that their earpieces are loud enough to discern voices in the noisiest of conditions, the Moto X Pure Edition is nearly perfect with its overall performance. From the clear voices coming out of its earpiece, to the distinctive tones out of its speakerphone, we have no complaints about what it dishes out. Conversely, the Nexus 6P has some opportunities, like how voices sound artificial, which gives its overall package an average-like experience.

Battery


Based on their sizes, you’d think that the Moto X Pure Edition would be the one packing along the beefier battery, due to its thicker size, but it’s actually the slimmer Nexus 6P that’s carrying the larger 3450 mAh battery cell – versus the 3000 mAh one in the Moto X Pure Edition. Strangely, though, their battery performances don’t differ from one another, just because we’re able to generally achieve a good one-day of normal usage.

That experience is plainly reaffirmed running them through our custom battery benchmark test, where they reach nearly the same times – 6 hours and 29 minutes for Motorola’s offering, and 6 hours and 24 minutes with the Nexus 6P. In another close race, it doesn’t take all that long to get either one recharged back to full capacity. Impressively enough, it only takes the Moto X Pure Edition 76 minutes to achieve it – while the Nexus 6P isn’t too far away at 89 minutes.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Google Nexus 6P 6h 24 min (Poor)
Motorola Moto X Pure Edition (2015) 6h 29 min (Poor)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Google Nexus 6P 89
Motorola Moto X Pure Edition (2015) 76

Conclusion


Gone are the days of when high-end phones required you to spend a fortune on them, just because this year in particular, we’ve seen a huge shift by companies to deliver high-spec’d smartphones at significant discounts. Both the Google Nexus 6P and Moto X Pure Edition prove that this trend is an attractive prospect, as they come at us with some impressive qualities. Out of everything, it’s their sub $500 costs that make them the rogue bandits in the space – showing us that you don’t need to empty your savings just to pick up something high-spec’d.

Picking a winner is always tough, especially when there are so many things to factor in. When it comes to price point, there are certainly plenty of head-turning traits present here that shed light on these two products, but the Moto X Pure Edition’s starting cost of $399.99 is hard to overlook – more so when you’re spending $499 to pick up the Google Nexus 6P. To tell you the truth, you won’t be disappointed by either phones, just because they offer incredible value that’ll make you second guess a decision to pick up a phone above $600.

Going back to the difference in price, the $100 extra you’re paying for the Nexus 6P goes towards its more premium metal construction, stock Android experience, higher-tier processor, and fingerprint sensor. It’s a fantastic phone that certainly impressed us for bringing back the premium quality to the Nexus line, but Motorola’s efforts in the Moto X Pure Edition are tough to overlook. It’s still the only phone in the market that gives buyers that highly customizable touch with its design, and it brings to the table plenty of top-notch qualities that reaffirm its reputation of delivering great value

Google Nexus 6P

Pros

  • Stock Android 6 experience
  • Original looking design with premium feel
  • Built-in fingerprint sensor
  • Incredibly snappy performance in daily use
  • Camera is surprisingly good

Motorola Moto X Pure Edition (2015)

Pros

  • Hard-to-beat starting cost of $400
  • Highly customizable design
  • One of the brightest screens around
  • Near perfect call performance
  • Expandable storage via micrsoSD slot




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