Nexus 6 vs Nexus 5: early look

by: Ankit BanerjeeOctober 22, 2014
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After months of rumors and speculation, Google took the wraps off the highly-anticipated Nexus 6 last week. Manufactured by Motorola, the latest addition to the Nexus line takes things to a whole other level, or, in this case, a whole new size.

But sometimes bigger isn’t better, especially if the increased size comes with a suitably large price tag. Complicating the choice, Google has kept the smaller Nexus 5 on sale in the Play Store.

So what does the Nexus 6 bring to the table when compared to its predecessor? Let’s find out, as we examine some of the differences between the Nexus 6 and Nexus 5!

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Obviously, the biggest difference between the two devices is their size. While Motorola has done its best to keep the device at a reasonable size, but the thin-bezeled Nexus 6 is still a giant next to its predecessor, due to that massive 5.9-inch display. There’s been a lot of discussion over whether adopting such a large display on the Nexus 6 is a good move, but for now, we’re just glad that a new Nexus smartphone is out there.

In terms of design, the Nexus 5 did take on a more minimalistic look, with its soft touch plastic build material, and clean lines that probably aren’t going to turn any heads.

Google has always made it a point to have Nexus smartphones differ from their flagship OEM counterparts, but that doesn’t look to be the case this time around. The Nexus 6 is eerily reminiscent of the new Moto X, only in a much larger body. You get the same metal frame, curved back design, rear camera with the dual LED flash in a chrome ring around it, and the large, dimpled Motorola logo. Things remain largely the same up front, with the Nexus 6 now featuring front-facing speakers.

While the Nexus 5 may have been a study in modesty, allowing for its performance and software experience to shine through, the Nexus 6 is anything but. With a more premium look and metallic accents, the Nexus 6 offers what many users may have been looking from the Nexus line, but that translates to the price point as well.


When it comes to the display, the Nexus 6 features not only a massive upgrade in size, but an equally impressive jump in resolution as well. The Nexus 5 offered a 4.95-inch IPS LCD display with a 1080p resolution, resulting in a pixel density of 445 ppi, allowing for a fantastic overall viewing experience. In the case of the Nexus 6 though, the display gets a boost to a 5.9-inch monster, with Quad HD resolution, resulting in a pixel density of 496 ppi.

Nexus 6

Another big difference is the screen technology – on the Nexus 5 you get LCD, while the Nexus 6 offers AMOLED. Many prefer AMOLED thanks to its deeper contrast and great viewing angles, but the more true-to-life LCD has its proponents too.

We’ll update this comparison as soon as we get the Nexus 6 and we can see precisely just how nice that crisp screen is. For now, we can say that, size difference aside, both phones offer great viewing experience, and the lower nominal density of the Nexus 5 should not deter you from trying it out.

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Performance is one area where Google generally doesn’t compromise. That was true for the Nexus 5, which featured the best processing package available at the time, and it continues with its successor. With its quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, Adreno 420 GPU, and 3GB of RAM, the Nexus 6 should fly through the elements of the stock Lollipop experience. This processing package is found only on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 for now, and we know how good the performance is in that case.


No Nexus device has ever featured expandable storage, and the Nexus 6 is no different. The Nexus 5 was available in 16GB and 32GB variants, though for most users the 16GB option proved insufficient, especially with no expandable storage. So it’s a great move on Google’s part that the Nexus 6 is available in 32GB and 64GB flavors, with the additional free Google Drive storage alleviating any further storage concerns. The usual bevy of connectivity options are available on both devices, and the latest Nexus smartphone offers wireless charging, just like its predecessor.

The Nexus 5 came with a relatively small 2,300 mAh battery, that was more perfectly functional, but did leave some users disappointed – put bluntly, the Nexus 5 will likely not get you through a day of moderate usage. The huge upgrade in size, display resolution, and specifications definitely warrants a larger battery in the case of the Nexus 6, and its 3,200 mAh battery unit should do a decent job, though that remains to be determined in a hands-on test. The beefy battery on the Nexus 6 is great, but the icing on the cake is Motorola’s turbo charging feature, which lets the device power up significantly faster than conventional charging devices.

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The camera was an area where compromise was evident in the case of the Nexus 5. While the 8MP rear unit allowed for relatively decent image quality, it was nowhere close to the photography capabilities of its Android flagship siblings.

That looks to have changed with the Nexus 6. While the camera interface remains as minimalistic as ever, the 13MP rear camera of the device should allow for better capturing, and, at least on paper, looks to be far more competent than its predecessor. Of course, we’ll have to wait and see how its performance compares to the current crop of top smartphone cameras, but signs are encouraging.



In terms of software, the Nexus 6 boasts the latest stock Android Lollipop experience, and all that it entails. Of course, being a Nexus device, the Nexus 5 will be one of the first to receive the update to Android 5.0, so whenever it is released, the software experience on both smartphones should be identical.

One feature that the Nexus 6 has and the Nexus 5 doesn’t is Ambient Display, which is basically the stock Android equivalent of Motorola’s Active Display feature. This shows notifications on the screen as soon as you pick it up, and lets you wake up the device with a double tap on the screen. This feature is coming to select devices dependent on their hardware, but it looks likely that the Nexus 5 doesn’t meet the requirements.

Nexus 4 to get Android Lollipop

We’ll take a close look at the features of Lollipop and how they translate to the screens of our two contenders in a future hands-on comparison. As a refresher, some of the most important user-facing changes include a new lockscreen, smarter, floating notifications, a redesigned notifications and quick settings screen, the revamped recent apps feature, as well as general Material-themed updates to UI. Google also packed Lollipop with new features for developers, including the big new Camera 2 API that should let manufacturers make the most out of the device’s imaging hardware.

Specs comparison

 Nexus 6Nexus 5
Screen5.96" AMOLED4.95" LCD
Resolution1440x25601080 x 1920
SoCSnapdragon 805Snapdragon 800
CPU4x 2.7GHz Krait 4504x 2.3GHz Krait 400
GPUAdreno 420Adreno 330
Storage32/64 GB16GB/32 GB
Rear Camera13MP (OIS)8MP
Front Camera2MP1.3MP
Battery3220 mAh2300 mAh

Pricing and final thoughts

There’s no doubt that the Nexus 5 has its shortcomings, but what makes those “cut corners” easy to forgive is the unbeatable price tag. With the glaring exception of the OnePlus One, it’s still difficult to get even a solid mid-range smartphone for the price at which the Nexus 5 is available. Pros (good performance, good design) and cons (poor camera and battery life) aside, what made the Nexus 5 so incredibly popular was its price point.

That continues with the Nexus 6, but only to some extent. The Nexus 6 is pricier than its predecessor, which is understandable given the massive upgrades the device features. But while the difference may not be as significant anymore, it is still more reasonably priced that other Android flagships that are currently available. And, if our early impressions are correct, the corner-cutting may be a thing of the past.

In a lot of ways, the Nexus 5 was the smartphone for everybody, and it just felt right. Unfortunately, that isn’t exactly the case with the Nexus 6, that could possibly isolate a large part of the consumer market because of its size. But if that is something you’re looking for, or at the very least, don’t mind, then the Nexus 6 is basically the embodiment of everything one could hope for from the latest Nexus smartphone – top of the line specifications, solid build quality, great camera, and fantastic software experience, all to be enjoyed on a massive Quad HD display.

Sound off!

  • fatspirit

    N6 is nice, powerful and HUGE.

    • bondosho

      That’s what she said. Sorry, had to say it.

  • PhilRenwick

    The Nexus 6 looks great, but it’s just too big for my pocket. I hope Google does the right thing and brings us an updated Nexus 5 in 2015.

    • Martin

      LG G2 cam and battery, maybe I just want a cheap GPE G2

      • ShockWave

        Just get a stock Android Rom, and actually if you go for ROMs you can find many improvements for the LG G2 that can enable 4K shooting and 120 FPS HD videos and other great features that the G3 alone have.

        • jimv1983

          Is there really such thing as a stock ROM that you can install on a phone? I’ve never seen one. Only Nexus and Google Play editions have stock.

          • ShockWave

            Stock Android ROM which gives you basically vanilla Android UI with no bloatware.

          • jimv1983

            Again, I’m not aware of any custom ROMs that are actually stock Android. Can you tell me where I could find one?

          • ShockWave

            I believe that’s what you need if you want the Stock Android ROM However, if I had a G2 I wouldn’t go for stock ROM I would go for ROMs that gives me more cool features instead of taking them away but of course everyone has a unique opinion on what to do with their phones, and customizability is what defines Android fortunately.

          • jimv1983

            That is interesting. I have seen so many people mention things like Cyanogen when I say stock ROM. Cyanogen isn’t stock at all.

          • ShockWave

            Cyanogen is not for sure a stock ROM, anyway it’s for those who like Stock ROMs, if I had a G2 I would go for CloudyFlex or CloudyG3 ROMs it gives you much more great features that you will never need a G3 instead of a G2 with it and with LG XCam you get 4K Video shooting and 120 FPS HD Videos with a much better control over things like focus and exposure and saturation.
            It’s all about your taste,IMO stock ROMs are nice for easy usage but more feature-rich ROMs are what truly use the whole power of the device.

          • jimv1983

            For the most part what you consider a “feature” I would likely consider bloatwear.

      • h_f_m

        Actually a GPE Z3C would be outstanding.

    • MY

      Maybe a Nexus5/s you mean? I think Google should have come with a Nexus5S (smaller like the Nex5 or just a tad big) and the Nexus6 as it is now. Really can’t (wait even though it seems big) for this Nex6 to arrive to Canada and go try it myself. But gotta a feeling I’ll be continuing my Nexus Line update and get this one :-) (Nexus6 or Note = debating) lol

      • h_f_m

        It’ll just be Nexus 5 (2015) and Nexus 5 (2013) .. Much like the iterations of the Nexus 7.

        I don’t think the N5 is going anywhere in their lineup, too many people want them to update it.

      • jimv1983

        Both the Nexus 6 and Note are too big but between the two the Nexus 6 is the best. The Note 4 has TouchWiz which is garbage. I will never buy another Samsung phone.

    • Connor Bunten

      Or a nexus 6 mini?

      • Galaxy366

        Just call it: Nexus 5 (2014) and be done with it. They did the same with the Nexus 7 (2013).

        • h_f_m

          Exactly what I’ve been waiting for to be announced. Probably not quite necessary yet, but it’s coming. Definitely.

          • Edgars

            Yeah in 2015

          • bondosho

            Which is just over 2 months away.

          • reda zaher

            actually it’s more like the end of 2015

          • leetrevor81

            Judging by the nexus site which displays at the top of the page “5, 6, 9” nexus 5 is here to stay.

            This gives me the impression that their new strategy is to have a 5 inch regular sized phone, a phablet (the nexus 6) and a 9 inch tablet.

            The nexus 5 is still a great device, has no lag, and with android you may see an improvement in battery life. They may keep nexus 5 around for another year alongside nexus 6. Maybe next year is the updated nexus 5, the year after updated nexus 6, etc etc

          • reda zaher

            i assume next year’s nexus is going to be around 5.5 inches max

          • chickenfactory

            If a Nexus 5 revamp is coming, why not wait for a 64bit processor? 810, and maybe better (in production) ones by the end of 2015 may pop up and be used in the N5. That would be great. A 5 inch, QHD SAMOLED, 2800mah, all other stuff N5. I don’t mind if the phone is a little thicker to accommodate the larger battery. I would definitely buy it

        • Karly Johnston

          It has to have the same size screen dumba$$

      • Ralph Bretz

        There is a Nexus 6 Mini…. The Moto X Pure Edition…. But you can only use it on GSM carriers.

        • frhow

          Thats what I dont get. Everybody keeps talking about the size of the Nexus 6 but just get a Moto X 2014. Basically the same phone minus the qHD screen/size and battery. The Moto X will get Lollipop I am sure within a matter of weeks. Plus they get a few cooler features built in. I honestly dont get it. Yea it might not say Nexus but thats it.

          • Reginald Spence II

            Only thing is, development isn’t nearly as good for the Moto X as it is for Nexus devices. Rooters and ROMmers will be a bit disappointed.

          • SaRPeR

            With qHD you meant QHD right ? Because qHD is 960×540 and QHD is 2560×1440.

          • jimv1983

            I was thinking about the new Moto X to replace my Nexus 5 but the Moto X has the same size battery as the Nexus 5 and the battery life is horrible.

          • Jusuf 757

            the battery on the moto x isent that bad, with some configurations i get 3.5 screen on time and 15-18hours in totall.. and the black moto x is just really beautiful

          • jimv1983

            3.5 hours screen on with 15-18 hours total? Sorry but I consider that pretty bad. Especially if that includes no games, no GPS, very low brightness, on WiFi the entire time, etc.

          • Jason Crumbley

            No 64GB option with the Moto X.

        • h_f_m

          If there was a GPE version maybe… I don’t want MOTO’s flavor of Android, I want Google’s.

          • Ralph Bretz

            A GPE version would be the Nexus. Moto didn’t add anything to the OS.

        • reda zaher

          yeah but it’s not quite a nexus



        • jimv1983

          It’s pretty bad that 5.2″ would now be considered Mini.


          • reda zaher

            true and i don’t really think the next nexus will be called a nexus 7 cuz that’s a tablet

          • reda zaher

            remember when the iphone 4 and galaxy s2 were big

          • jimv1983

            Yeah, I miss those days.

          • reda zaher


      • Pincheweyy

        nexus 6 mini? is a moto x bruh.

      • Jusuf 757

        i went for the moto x after my N5 i can only say I LOVE THIS PHONE!!!

    • Zachary Locks

      I agree with this. Not everyone wants a huge phone that won’t fit in a pocket. I wish manufacturers would quit thinking that bigger is always better

      • Bradley Uffner

        People with big hands need phones too.

        • SaRPeR

          And 5 inches is more than enough for people with big hands. Phones should be 5.5 inches maximum.

          • Bradley Uffner

            I disagree. There is obviously enough of a market for phones larger than 5.5 inches or manufacturers wouldn’t be making them. There are plenty of high powered, smaller phones to choose from.

          • Guest 123

            Well I sure am glad you aren’t ruling the world!

            Get over yourself, you don’t know what works best for everyone!

        • h_f_m

          I’ve got big hands and I think the N6 is just going too far for something I want to keep in my front pocket of all the pants I wear and use with one hand while strap-hanging on my commute. Bring on the N5 (2015) to replace the N5 (2013).

          I’m not saying the N6 shouldn’t be available for those that want it, I’m all for that. I just don’t want it. Well.. I do want it.. I just don’t want it. :P

        • Guest 123

          I’ve got small hands and I want a 6″ phone, been saying that since android was introduced.

          It’s about how you use the device as well as hand size, IMO.

          Not like there haven’t been small nexus devices for some time. People need to get over the size and move on.

          • jimv1983

            How do use a 6″ phone with small hands. I have average size hands for a 6 feet tall male and even the Nexus 5 is too big.

        • jimv1983

          I don’t know anyone that has big enough hands to make 6″ a reasonable size. I have average sized hands for a 6 feet tall male and even the Nexus 5 is too big. A phone like the Nexus 6 will require hands that are average size for someone that is like 7 feet tall.

          • Bradley Uffner

            My girlfriend’s Note 3 fits very comfortably in my hand. With the Nexus 6 being only a few mm larger I don’t foresee any issues.

            BTW, she is only about 5’5 and LOVES the size of the Note 3. Comfort is in the eye of the beholder.

          • jimv1983

            Different priorities for different people. One handed use(which means holding comfortably and securely in one hand and being able to easily reach every part of the screen with just my thumb) and COMFORTABLE pocketability are important to me. Those things might not matter to you or your girlfriend. That’s fine. They do matter to me.

          • Kelvin Boateng

            In all honesty, with my friends Note 4, I can reach all the parts of the screen with no “hand acrobatics”. And I know quite a few people with larger hands than me, so not be to a douche(for lack of a better word for it) I think there are quite a few people who think 6″ is comfortable.

    • sluflyer06

      The trend for flagship phones being larger will have to change before that can happen. So if that does…then maybe so :).

    • JRomeo

      If you were to put it inside your front pants pocket, you’ll discover it slides in nicely and you can even sit down and go about your day.

    • leetrevor81

      What kind of pants do you have? I had a bigger phone that fit in all my pockets (galaxy mega 6.3 inch). If you haven’t tried a device that size in your pockets before make a cut out of the size of the nexus 6. You might be surprised how pocketable it is.

      If you wear skinny jeans, or have already tried pocketing large phones, disregard everything I have said :)

    • Alex

      You would think that the motorola turbo is a perfect candidate for an upgraded nexus 5. It’s specs are in all ways as good or better than the nexus 6 and the battery life is much better. I just wonder about it’s 20mp camera. Stick a Snapdragon 810 into it so it can process 14bit photos and you would have my next phone.

      • Dahveed

        Rumor has it that the Droid Turbo will be available on AT&T and T-Mobile as well under the name “Moto X Play.” It will have all of the specs of the N6, but with a 5.2″ scree and a much bigger battery.

    • reda zaher

      it is still available in the playstore wich is really nice cause as soon as the nexus 5 launched last year google discontinued the nexus 4.

  • I will probably stick with nexus 5. If the software is going to be the same soon anyways and the snapdragon 800 is good enough 4 me on stock android. i prefer the smaller phone i don’t want everyone looking at what I’m looking at when I’m on the bus or something lol.

    • Aaron Shafer

      I still think that my Nexus 5 is a fantastic phone. The battery life kind of sucks but I haven’t had any performance issues at all. I’m not quite sure why processing power is such a big deal on phones. The hardware exceeded software capabilities long ago. It’s easy to get caught up in techno lust but the reality is that there’s not much more the manufacturers can do for performance. That’s why they are shifting to enormous screens and wearable tech.

  • Konstantin Stefanov

    N5, looks better, feels better, yes spec wise is less, battery is pretty bad, camera is meh, but the phone it self resembles what i prefer – more minimalistic and off the radars look with great performance, and amazing software, while on the other hand N6 looks pretty bad, has a premium feel, and better specs, but who needs those specs when they are pretty much useless having in mind that the software runs smooth as butter on both devices :)

    • Connor Bunten

      How do you know what the nexus 6 feels like?

      • MJay

        Exactly what I was going to ask.

        • Aaron Shafer

          Doesn’t look like English would be his first language. Cut the guy a break. I don’t think he literally means that he has held the phone.

      • TMOTECH

        Look at his name. He is Russian. Probably got it on the black market. :-)

      • Ben Edwards

        Possibly had his hands on the new Moto X? Would be close enough to tell.

        • Connor Bunten

          Not for size though.

          • Ben Edwards

            Oh yeah, for sure. I was leaning more towards the build quality feel of the device rather than the actual size.

    • TheSony/AppleFanatic

      Looks better? Feels better? wtf, no.

  • tibor ric

    We can always change to Iphone 6 :-)!

    • Connor Bunten

      No. Just no.

  • Planterz

    HTC Nexus One had expandable storage.

  • tiny

    No Nexus device has ever featured expandable storage

    Dont forget Nexus one

    • awareunlikeu

      Thats right.. the Nex1 was my first real device and still to this day, one of my favorite’s. The only shitty part, is I had it on T-Slowbile 3G at the time.

    • Boswell

      I was just going to say that

  • Guest

    I’ve been waiting for a long time to get this phone but the 6″ screen is just a nope for me 5.5″ maximum for phones

  • Mike Bastable

    Good specs for the N6 bar one, the size. I think that the N6 andN9 are actually warning shots to the big OEMs that Google WILL compete with them directly if they do not play ball. The note competitor, and Tab alternative say to everyone, behave, or we can and will enter your market segment with a glory model to better your top products. The higher prices this time round underline the warning shot nature of these releases, these products were comissioned when Samsung and Google were less friendly. Google is also keen to see if they “can do an Apple” and actually make money on their own premium profitable handsets. I dont think they will sell much really since both new N devices are overpriced.
    All in all a strange few weeks for Google. Nexus goes premium. Google tv returns (why?), a new Chromecast that has no new features, pressure on some OEMs to stop using open source Android…someone at Mountain View is looking for a new strategy.
    Lollipop looks awesome though runs like extra buttery butter on my Nexus7


      The OEM’s? Like Motorola?

      • Mike Bastable

        Dont get it? Google is flexing its muscles at everyone…

    • ThatGuyzx

      Overpriced? Sure, the last 2 Nexus devices were subsidized by Google, but the 64gb Iphone 6+ is $850 compared to $700 for N6.

      • Mike Bastable

        Hi, sorry the Nexus Handsets are more expensive in Europe, I should nuanced by saying “much more expensive than before”,the Euro price points will affect sales here negatively.

  • shishimaru

    Nexus 6 is too big for every use (it’s impossible for me to bring it to work) and it costs an eye and two legs in EU (€650-699).

  • Kristoffer

    Lollipop sped up the 5 and now that you can get RAW data from the camera, the camera issues should be a thing of the past. I’ve actually used the l-camera app and the pictures and video are awesome. IMO, unless you want a phablet, there’s no reason to buy the Nexus 6

    • frhow

      Better camera (still), bigger battery, better screen, better design (imo) beefier processor, a lot better GPU, turbo charging, front facing (stereo) speakers, and its a MOTOROLA NEXUS finally. I mean given those added benefits I can see why theres no reason to buy a Nexus 6.

  • longhairbilly

    I don’t care about the size, it’s the price that will keep me from buying the nexus 6. The Nexus line got me to start buying my phones outright and ditch the contract, I can’t go back now. I’ll be trying to pre-order the One Plus One in their massive one hour long ordering window Monday.

  • Hey

    Nexus 5 has OIS as well.

  • shivakool

    I don’t thnk nexus 6 is over priced its actually cheaper than i phone 6 plus or note 4 if you buy those outright with out any contract

    • oneyedmonkey

      Plus people don’t have to stand in line outside for days for the nexus, then again who would do that….

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  • reda zaher

    i think google should go with categorizing their nexus line, basicly what i mean is make a product in each line, nexus 4 is the compact one with the 4 inch display, the nexus 5 is the more common choice for users cause of its reasonable pricing, and the nexus 6 for the more premium Galaxy note like expirience and for it just being a phablet.

  • Fred Shepard

    Nobody understands why the daddy long legs hopped into the frying pan. Do you know why the egg puffers have 3 candy canes tied to them? I just thought maybe all the beaver discharge filled the room with arroma and nobody knew what to do. Who knows!? I just know that it tastes like a winner! Yes, I know…Everyone is alot smarter now from reading this….you’re welcome friends!

    • Jessica H.

      Lmao…wtf over?.

  • Nizar GHRIBI

    I think in the case of the Nexus 6, it is more logical to compare it with the Moto X

  • sluflyer06


    The Nexus 5 camera is OIS as well, the table needs an update.

  • Cuco

    Nexus phone always is great. Can use this ultimus Qi dock to charge it.

  • Fabian Taveras

    I’ll take the nexus 6 because I love a big screen and a big battery. And also quick charging and the great graphics that the snapdragon 805 will provide are big pluses. I just wish the nexus 6 was designed more like the LG g3 but with better build quality. And a SD card slot and removable battery.

  • SaRPeR

    I would buy the Nexus 5 just because of Nexus 6’s ridiculous size.

  • iainbong

    I would prefer a nexus 6 in a nexus 5 size. That, will be a beast.

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  • amportfolio

    Still going to get a Nexus 5.

  • Why does everyone bash the nexus 5 Camera and battery? I think the camera is more than adequate. Look it is a camera on a phone, if you want good pictures it works fine. But if you need great pictures get a DSLR. As for the battery I have been running the dev previews and it easily increased battery life by 10-15%. But the battery has always made it through the day for me.

  • Sheikh Aaron

    For those who thinks N6 is too big, you may want to consider the upcoming and powerful 5’2in Moto Droid Turbo. Due to be released in a week’s time..

  • h_f_m

    Are those images to scale? If so WTF.. forget that noise.

    ALSO: ” Pros (good performance, good design) and cons (poor camera and battery life) ”

    The Nexus 5 camera is FAR from poor, it’s average at worst, i’d call it above average.

  • logoster

    nexus 6 looks amazing, would gladly get it (i personally prefer bigger screens, so this 6inch screen really makes me happy) if i had $600+ anyway, hopefully the 2 year contract price isn’t too bad

  • Hussam

    Nexus 5 has OIS too

  • anona

    Proof read your article before you publish it. Just got through the second paragraph and I had to stop because of all the structural grammatical errors.

  • Rick_Deckard

    My fear is the camera (my favorite feature)… The front camera only 2 mega.. And the 13 mega pixel…. Everybody knows the weakest point of the Nexus series always has been the camera… Also, no finger scanner, display should not be as good as the Note 4, no heart scan, Camera, no S Pen and no microSD expansion…

    Sadly enough, the Nexus 6 comes with Sony IMX214 image sensor, the same one found in the OnePlus One, I wanted to see something better, a new updated sensor model… “…image quality is average at best and depending on the lighting, you may end up with a very noisy picture with muddy details.” CNET review…

    Although, I totally understand that Nexus 6 has a great shooter and it comes to the software processing…

    Not to mention, the Note 4 camera is now considered as the Best Cellphone Camera of 2014… Packed with the brand new SONY EXMOR R IMX240… I am aware that the new API Lollipop for the camera is making wonders for the Nexus 5… Although, when the Note 4 gets the lollipop update, with the better sensor will make the Note 4 even better than before…

    Which means, there no possible way that the older sensor IMX214 can be better than IMX240, newer sensor…

    My biggest frustration is that the Nexus used to be the cellphone free from all carriers… Not anymore… People will need to save money with the 2 year contract to get the Nexus 6 cheaper… So… Can you imagine all the bloatware from carriers that you can’t uninstall?? And also, future updates?

    I can only buy cellphones at the full price… And spending $649 + tax (32 gb) or $699 + tax (64 gb)… Makes me wonder if the Note 4 International model (SM-910U or SM-910F) could be a better choice…

    I really hope Google may adjust it for a fair price… Nexus 32 gb for $499 and Nexus 64 Gb for $549… Because I would save money and I could deal with the camera with IMX214 sensor…

    Right now… I dont know which one I will buy… Note 4 or Nexus 6… Although, the Note 4 seems to be the right choice… I will wait for the Nexus 6 reviews though…..

    • Ben Edwards

      I would personally get the Note 4, it does seem to be a better phone.

    • reda zaher

      seem like you want a note 4

  • Heimrik

    I never thought I’d ever consider a larger phone larger than 4.5″ but then I went with the Nexus 5 and thoroughly enjoyed it. And now I am even considering going with something even bigger. But the major buzz kill with the Nexus 6, for me, is the lack of a MicroSD slot. I know it has the option of getting up to 64gb internal storage, but I want MORE. I have a large demand for storage. So I am going to have to go with the Galaxy Note 4. I hate TouchWiz, but I definitely need the storage. If only Google would drop their grudge with MicroSD. Then I wouldnt even hesitate and go straight for the Nexus 6….

  • h_f_m

    So I used this image from BGR that is scaled exaclty, downloaded it, and zoomed carefully until it fit my N5 actual size on my monitor.

    My god the N6 is a freaking monster, there’s no way that’s fitting a normal adult jean or slacks pocket.

  • Heimrik

    These new flagship devices will bring back the fad of manpurses (Satchels) and perhaps even fannypacks? lol

  • Will Ś.

    Even though I like the Nexus 6, over the internet there has been nothing but disappointment ever since it launched. Its a shame they didn’t refresh the Nexus 5 & 7 along with the new Nexus’s…

  • Arturo Raygoza

    I don’t want the 6, so I’ll buy my N5 a case and cherish it.

  • irishrally

    N5 cam has OIS too.

  • Rafał Mucha

    Had the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 7 (2013) and Nexus 5. Was eager to continue on that path, but… Price tags are acceptable, screen sizes not so much. Seems that I have option A) staying with the N5 for now, or B) going with the Moto X 2014 (and keeping fingers crossed that they continue to have a nexusish approach to software updates). C’mon Google, gimme options, please! Nexus 5.5?

  • Alex

    What “on paper” makes this new camera look better than the old one. The number of pixels really don’t tell you anything and neither does OIS. If it had a 2/3 inch sensor maybe that would tell you something.

    Although having said that, the sony Z3 has a 1/2 inch 20mp sensor and it only rates as well as the new iPhone in tests.

  • fonephreak

    The nexus 5 also has an OIS camera you missed that out in the specs comparison

  • OG

    It hurts my heart to not upgrade to the Nexus 6. It’s just too big! Awesome but big. The Nexus 5’s size is already “Pushing” it for me as in size, and I can’t go bigger. But on a good note, I would just get the Moto X 2014 since its based off of it.

  • osikiri

    Nexus 5’s 8MP camera sensor has larger pixel size(1.4um) than Nexus 6’s 13MP sensor(1.12um). Larger pixel size means less noise and brighter picture.

  • Nigel Antonio

    Ummm nexus 1 had expandable storage

  • BZ

    And.. the nexus lost it’s magic… would rather get a note 4 or get keep my nexus 5

  • TheSony/AppleFanatic

    If the Nexus 6 was smaller I would LOVE it, but the thing is bigger than a Note 4…

  • bulldurham

    The Nexus 6 appears to be the best phone google has ever put out but it is no longer a product that is priced for people on budgets. It now is overpriced just like the iPhone is and is being marketed to the stupid people who want to believe that the more you pay the better the product. I have always bought Nexus phones because of the clean affordable android experience but now I am seriously looking for a new non android and non apple experience. Maybe its time to look in to a Mozilla or Umbutu option and get out of this disappointing ecosystem.

  • Detroit Eastside

    Not worth switching there is no wow factor I will keep my 5. You are playing all that money for the same thing. Another IPhone scam

  • “No Nexus device has ever featured expandable storage, and the Nexus 6 is no different.”

    Actually the Nexus One did have a Micro SD card.

  • sss

    I think imo most of the journals and mags are in la la land. If ALL people had to pay for their phones unlocked, and all phones were priced unlocked, then most all people would buy the most affordable phone with the best value in terms of technology. And imo, that would be in the $100-400 range and no more. Free market economy and most manufacturers are afraid of this because it would mean commoditization of technology. Regardless it will happen in due course of time. As it did with TVs.

  • Jbaile2733

    I just hope the price for the nexus 6 is cheaper than 649.99. If not might as well get the note 4 and then get the Google now launcher

  • Guest

    What’s with the terrible grammar? Did anyone even proof read this before publishing it? Simple structures like the: “While , “, get screwed up — “While Motorola has done its best to keep the device at a reasonable size, but the thin-bezeled Nexus 6 is still a giant next to its predecessor, due to that massive 5.9-inch display.” No ‘but’ required. Honestly, this article’s grammar is pathetic, especially for a site as well known as Android Authority.

  • Bryan Lee

    What’s with the terrible grammar? Did anyone even proof read this before publishing it? Simple structures like the: “While [first clause], [second clause]”, get screwed up — “While Motorola has done its best to keep the device at a reasonable size, but the thin-bezeled Nexus 6 is still a giant next to its predecessor, due to that massive 5.9-inch display.” No ‘but’ required. Honestly, this article’s grammar is pathetic, especially for a site as well known as Android Authority.

  • Guest

    “the more true-to-life LCD has its proponents too” That’s not how you use ‘proponents’. Are you serious, Ankit Banerjee (author of this pathetic article)? Also, who is the editor? I think Android Authority might want to consider a new one. So much for doing his job right. He or she could have glanced through this and fixed so many grammatical mistakes, but I guess that’s too much effort.

  • Pincheweyy

    the one plus one looks more like a true nexus 6 than this over sized moto x plus that google is calling the nexus 6.. the nexus 5 was only needed to improve on it…. keep the same look but improve the features and remove more bezel.. nut no..they just took the moto x plus.. and named it a nexus. the one plus one looks like a nexus and is priced like a nexus..

  • Adon

    I havent seen the Nexus 6 in person. So ill reserve “which do you prefer?”. BUT, based on hardware,the Nexus 6 is topped up. BUT, have to give credit to LG, the NEXUS 5 has held its value very well “low depreciation”,plus value for money,its still great

  • KC

    So, I have a Nexus 4. Held off on N5 because of N6. N6 is too big for me. Now what?

    • reda zaher

      lol nexus 5 price droped now so thats a good choice

  • ekdikeo

    “No Nexus device has ever featured expandable storage,” ?

    So.. what is the SD card slot on my Galaxy Nexus?

  • jaffar ali

    ok….nexus 6 seems to be nice here……..