Friday, April 3, 2015
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For the price of 650 dollars, what is the Nexus 6 capable to do? Many things, if we take into consideration the improvements that have been done to the new model. The Nexus 5 remained behind with the price, but you’ll see that it’s way behind its successor’s specs and features.
Designs and displays
If you got used to the narrow design of the Nexus 5, which is also thinner and has a flat frame made from the same material as its rear panel – matte plastic, then you will have to expect from a totally different design from the Nexus 6, which is a lot taller and has an aluminum frame that surrounds the plastic body with matter effect. The design of the Nexus 6 is very similar to the Moto X, and that’s because Google collaborated with Motorola to make the new Nexus model. So, the Nexus 6 is now water resistant, but without a certification, it weights 184 grams and its dimensions are 159.3x83x10.1 mm, while its predecessor is 54grams lighter and it measures 137.9×69.2×8.6mm. This means that the screen from the Nexus 6 is almost 1inch bigger, measuring now 5.96inches (AMOLED) and has a resolution of 1440×2560 pixels and 493ppi pixel, compared to 1080×1920 pixels and 445 ppi from Nexus 5’s True HD IPS+ screen. Indeed, the screen on the Nexus 6 is huge and thanks to the AMOLED technology, it will offer a great quality.
Hardware and OS
A monster like the Nexus 6 definitely must impress with its internal specs and it can’t disappoint you considering that its chipset is the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, which is the perfect choice when it comes to teaming it up with a fast processor like the Krait 450, which has four cores clocked at 2.7GHz. The rest of the team is completed by the Adreno 420 GPU and 3GB of RAM, and as far as the internal storage goes, well, it doesn’t go anywhere because the device doesn’t support a microSD card slot, so you’ll have to settle for 32 or 64GB of memory capacity.
Regarding the Nexus 5, at that time when it was released, it created some buzz, considering that it came with an efficient quad core 2.3GHz Krait 400 processor, backed by a Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 chipset and coupled with an Adreno 330 GPU. The device brought 2GB of RAM which contributed to the increase of the processor’s efficiency. However, the internal memories are unexpandable and their capacities are 16 and 32GB.
Until now, the Nexus 5 took only a step and upgraded from Android v4.4 (KitKat) to v4.4.4 (KitKat) and it’s waiting to receive the Android v5.0 (Lollipop), which is found on the Nexus 6, the first smartphone that comes installed with.
The major drawback of the Nexus 5 was the rear camera, which has a resolution of 13MP as a compromise measure to make the device cheaper. Thankfully, the Nexus 5 brought a few features that made the images look very accurate, and here we’ll remind the optical image stabilization option, which started to be added to more and more smartphones. The Nexus 6 has it too, but as a novelty, it replaced the single LED flash with a dual-LED flash and now it supports dual recording. The resolution of its rear camera is 13MP, being capable to record videos at 2160p@30fps, instead of 1080p@30fps. The front camera of 1.3MP from the Nexus 5 was replaced with a 2MP shooter.
The battery from the Nexus 5 has a capacity of 2300mAh and it claims to provide 17 hours of talking time, thanks to the Project Volta developed by Google. The Nexus 6 is also a part of this project, but its battery is way bigger at 3220mAh, and according to the test results, it provides 10 hours of 4G web surfing and 24 hours of talktime. If you’ll charge it within 15 minutes, the phone will be alive for the next 8 hours.
The new Nexus 6 can be bought at the price of 650 dollar, without a contract, while its predecessor is 300 dollars cheaper.