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Google’s Nexus lineup is often seen as one of the most affordable phones which don’t compromise on quality, offering comparable or even specs to the highest end of phones at lower prices. However, the Nexus 6 marks the beginning of a step away from that philosophy. So, in 2014 if you want a Google Nexus phone you have two very different options, the Motorola Nexus 6 which is a monster of a phablet and is brand new with all the nice benefits that brings, and the LG Nexus 5, a phone which launched at a lower price point and now costs even less, and which still packs a serious punch, albeit it a slightly less significant one as time has gone on.
We’ll be comparing both phones across their thickness and weight (and overall design) as well as screen size, processing power, storage and memory, camera and finally operating system and support. We’ll also be weighing up the phones value for money proposition with all of that considered to determine which is the best affordable phone!
We’ll start with the most noticeable part of any device, the look and feel. The Nexus 5 was a very sleek design which can be said to rival the best of the best. The Nexus 6 keeps as much of this elegance as it can, albeit it on a much bigger device. The Nexus 5 is just 8.6mm thick and weighs 130g, whereas the Nexus 6 is 10.1mm thick and weighs 184g. This makes it a very chunky phone designed to bridge the gap between phone and tablet, but the Nexus 5 is defintely a better fit for the current definition of a phone form factor.
Next is the most obvious difference between the devices, screen size. The Nexus 5 has a screen size of 4.95 inches with a 1080p HD resolution, whereas the Nexus 6 has a 5.96 inch screen with a 1440p QHD resolution. This makes the Nexus 6 MUCH better for consuming media or taking advantage of the screen estate, with a slightly higher PPI to boot. This doesn’t make the Nexus 5 unimpressive, though, as it it still vaguely similar to the iPhone 6 plus in regards to its screen size and resolution, a phone released a year later than itself.
What about the power under the hood? Not as big a difference as you might figure a year and a higher price tag would bring. The Nexus 5 comes with a 2.3GHz Krait 400, compared to the Krait 450 at 2.7GHz in the Nexus 6. This means a slight downgrade but nothing too noticeable for the standard user.
Next up, storage and memory, two important numbers that allow you to have more media and to have more open at the same time. The Nexus 5 has 16GB and 32GB models and 2GB of RAM, whereas the Nexus 6 has 32GB and 64GB models, offering an effective doubling while also slightly increasing the RAM to 3GB. The storage space will come in handy for music fans, as neither phone has MicroSD expandability.
What about the camera? If this is going to be your primary camera, it’s important that it’s good, right? The Nexus 6 takes an obvious lead here with it’s 13MP camera which can record 4k video as opposed to the Nexus 5 which has a 8MP camera capable of just 1080p video. This isn’t a big deal right now, but in a couple of years will absolutely be a limiter if you record video a lot.
Finally operating system and other features. The Nexus 6 is actually launching parallel to the new version of Android 5.0, and while the Nexus 5 will be getting it also in the coming weeks, it will be stuck with 4.4.4 till then. If you can deal with the wait, then they are almost unique here. The one small unique feature that the Nexus 6 has that you might want is actually its water resistance!
So, overall which should you pickup, the Nexus 5 or the Nexus 6? Well, with a used Nexus 5 costing around half the price of a brand new Nexus 6, you definitely get more phone for your money with the Nexus 5. However, if you want to have a slightly bigger, slightly more powerful water and future proof phone, the Nexus 6 might have to be the one you pick up instead, despite its high price tag.
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