Saturday, January 31, 2015
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If you’ve been following the phone world recently you’ll have no doubt seen the Motorola Moto X 2014, a high end smart phone which offers all the features you’d expect of high end smart phone but manages to fit it all into a 5.2 inch phone. If you’re also familiar with the Nexus 6, you might start to get suspicious about the two devices, as besides the Nexus branding and a obviously larger 6 inch screen, the phones look identical.
These thoughts only get more support from the fact that Motorola is still owned by Google, and the early code name for the Nexus 6 was the Nexus X. So, the phones shared a lot of development and obviously share a lot of design philosophy as a result. Which one should you pick up then? Let’s find out by comparing the phones across a variety of measures.
We’ll start with the biggest and most important part of the phone, it’s appearance and the actual dimensions of its screen and the quality it can display. The Morotola Moto X has a screen just 5.2 inches across compared to the Nexus 6’s 5.96 inch monster, which also supports 1440p compared to the Moto X’s 1080p. This gives the Nexus 6 a higher PPI which means smoother looking menu’s and everything around the OS, but given the lack of 1440p penetration into media the Moto X does have the small bonus of being better for MOST media. Of course, the main deciding factor here should be your readiness for a 6 inch phone.
As mentioned before, both phones look very similar besides the screen size, and the Moto X is just 0.3mm thicker than the Nexus 6, at 10.4mm. This puts both phones at 20-30% thicker than the competition, not an ideal place to be. Further adding to the burden it’ll place on you, the Nexus 6 is over 35% heavier than the Moto X too, meaning the bulk of the phone really will start to effect you.
Anyway, onto more exciting internals. The extra space in the Nexus 6 means it can a slightly higher clocked 2.7GHz Quad core Krait processor (compared to the Moto X’s 2.5GHz) which should result in roughly similar performance for most tasks, given the larger number of pixels that need to be driven. So, pretty much equal on processing power and graphics.
Next up, RAM and Storage space. The Moto X has 2GB of RAM and the options for 16GB or 32GB of internal space whereas the Nexus 6 has 3GB of RAM and 32GB/64GB options. The RAM may come in useful, but far more interesting is the 64GB storage option, which is necessary for people who enjoy storing media, as neither device has storage expansion via micro SD. A clear win for the Nexus 6.
What about the camera? Given the way a smart phone has completely replaced the camera for most, what do both phones bring to the table? Unfortunately, the same camera. The Nexus 6 and the Moto X both come equipped with 13MP cameras capable of 4k video at 30fps. While this is a very good camera, it’s a step below much of the high end competition, which is disappointing.
So, in conclusion, which is a better phone for you, the Nexus 6 or the Moto X 2014? The Nexus 6 brings with it the first opportunity to try Android 5.0, and all the usual perks of buying a nexus device. However, besides this it’s large screen and better storage options are the only areas you’ll see improvement, two things which might not matter to you at all. If that is the case, the Moto X is a much more reasonable 5.2 inches, will see Android 5.0 soon and will cost a similar price. Hopefully this comparison helped you choose a phone!