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Motorola Nexus 6 vs LG Nexus 5: Comparison of The Google Phones

The anticipation about the flagship device from Google keeps on rising as the battle between the expected Nexus 6 and other high end smartphones continues along the way. In the recent times, we have compared the flagship model from Google; Nexus 6 with other smartphones like Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z3, etc.. As it turns out, Nexus 6 is ahead at various instances when compared to the devices. Today we will take a look at how much ahead the upcoming Nexus 6 stands compared to its predecessor, LG Nexus 5. The expectation will be that the upcoming flagship devices from Google leads the last year’s product by quite a distance and still maintains the quality which makes Nexus devices, the wanted ones.Nexus 6 and Nexus 5: compared on paper

Google Nexus 6 comes as a successor to the last year’s Nexus 5 as the expectation rises further with every day. According to the reports, Nexus 6 has received an update in every department from the preceding model. Google has ensured that the next Nexus devices come with a class and quality which makes the standard such that others find tough to achieve. The specifications have been upgraded along with the screen size. Now, one will also have to think that with the increase in the size of the device, Nexus 6 can also give away a few of its customers due to it. It will be interesting to put Nexus 6 and Nexus 5 to the battle on paper to see where are the extended benefits.

Motorola Nexus 6 and LG Nexus 5: a brief comparison


Let us straight away head into the display unit of the smartphones. As the name suggests, Nexus 5 has a 5 inch screen and Nexus 6 will be having a 6 inch screen. With the 6 inch screen, Nexus 6 partially falls into the category of Phablets. On the other hand, Nexus 5 has a resolution of 1920×1080 pixel 445 ppi display, whereas Nexus 6 will be having a 2560×1440 pixels 493 ppi QHD display. The experts believe that the display of Nexus 6 might not go with a few of its customers, but it will certainly give iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, a run for its money.


To be really true, Nexus 6 technically outclasses Nexus 5 in this department. Nexus 6 is clearly one step ahead of Nexus 5 with the processors. Nexus 5 has a 2.26 GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, whereas Nexus 6 comes a step ahead with a 2.7 GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor. Thus, it is very clear that Nexus 6 will be much faster that Nexus 5, giving its users a much anticipated better performance. Faster processors will also aid a better viewing experience on Motorola Nexus 6 compared to Nexus 5.

Operating System

The availability of a pre-defined upgraded operating system will come in handy for Nexus 6. Nexus 6 will be launched with the upcoming version of Android; Android Lollipop. Currently, Nexus 5 enjoys an Android KitKat operating system, which is presently the best. It is expected that Nexus 5 will also receive an update roll out with Android L but it will be in the distant future, which will certainly allow a breathing space for Nexus 6.


Well, if you are also looking forward for a better photographic experience, then Nexus 6 will be expected to steal the show. Nexus 5 holds a 8 MP primary camera with an LED flash and a secondary camera of 1.3 MP. On the other hand, Nexus 6 will be having a 13 MP camera, with dual LED ring flash and a secondary camera of 2 MP. With the upgraded flash in Nexus 6, it will be expected to provide the users with a much better photographic experience.

Memory and Storage

This is also a clear upgrade from the last model. Nexus 5 has a 2GB RAM and comes as a 16GB and 32GB variant. On the other side, Nexus 6 will be having a RAM of 3GB and will be coming as 32GB and 64GB variant. The fact that Google has dumped the 16 GB variant for Nexus 6, it will mean that the users will not be able to complain about the space crunch anymore.


Nexus 6 will hold on to a battery of 3220 mAh with a talk time of approximately 24 hours. On the other hand, Nexus 5 has a battery of 2300 mAh with 17 hours talk time, which is approximately 7 hours less than that of Nexus 6. On the other hand, it will also be important to see that whether Nexus 6 will be able to hold on to the battery with the upgraded specifications that it has. In case, Nexus 6 can provide a battery back up of similar sorts, the upcoming device will certainly overpower Nexus 5 by a great margin.


As always, Google tries to keep the price tag of its Nexus series of smartphones pocket-friendly. But, compared to its predecessor, LG-made Nexus 5 which was priced at $399 for 32GB, Google has almost doubled the price tag of its latest addition to the Nexus series. 32GB model of Nexus 6 is available for $649, while the 64GB variant sells at $699. LG Nexus 5 was launched with the price tag of $349 (16GB) and $399 (32GB).

Now that we have laid down all the expected specifications and the possibilities for Nexus 6 on the paper, it is quite clear that Nexus 6 will be expected to deliver a much better and improved performance compared to Nexus 5. Along with this, Google will also be expected to match up to the mark maid by Apple Inc.’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus with its flagship model. A lot will be expected out of Android Lollipop as well.

Still, if you are concerned about the budget, you could go for the previous Nexus 5 as it provides a good option. And, if you have that $700 to spend, spend it wisely on the Nexus 6 with bigger screen, faster processor, and better specs.

About Wayne Murphy

Writer and specialized in Mobile Phones (iOS, Android, BB etc), who was with the TND team since it's inception. Other than Blogging, he is also pursuing his graduation on Business Management at CA, California University. All posts by Wayne

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