Nexus 6 vs. Moto X2: phones running on stock Android do battle to win consumers' hearts

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The Android operating system is undeniably widespread nowadays, and it has become very closely associated with most mobile phones. To prove the success of Google’s open source operating system, version 6.0 of the Android OS, called Android M, is already on its way to users this fall.

However, with all these advancements, users seem to have lost the chance to experience pure Android: that is, stock Android. Most manufacturers today have their own UI interface running on top of Android, such as Samsung, Asus, Huawei, and Xiaomi, which deprives users of the real Android feel.

With the Motorola Nexus 6 and the Motorola MotoX2, users get to have just what Android isno more, no less. But which is better? Which will win in this face off?

Design

The Nexus 6 is slightly bigger than the Moto X2, with a display size of 5.96 inches. The Moto X2 display is only 5.2 inches wide. The Moto X2 has a 1080 x 1920 HD resolution. The Nexus 6 offers a brighter 1440 x 2560 HD resolution. Both handsets are equipped with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection and built to be water resistant.

Hardware

The Moto X2 runs under a 2.5GhZ quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, with and Adreno 330 GPU, option between 16Gb and 32GB of built-in internal storage, and more than enough 2GB of RAM. The Nexus 6, on the other hand, packs more power, with a 2.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 under the hood, Adreno 420 GPU, 16.32GB of internal memory, and 3GB of RAM. Both handsets do not support external microSD expansion.

The camera of the Moto X2 comes with a 13MP rear camera with the ability to record videos of up to 2160p resolution at 30fps, and a 2MP front camera with 1080p resolution. The Nexus 6 packs the same camera specs, a 13MP rear shooter, and a 5MP seflie snapper.

The Moto X2 is powered by a 2300mAh battery. The Nexus 6, meanwhile, will run longer as it has a 3220mAh battery. Both devices’ batteries are non-removable.

Software

The Nexus 6 comes with Android Lollipops v5.0 out of the box, while the Moto X2 boots only on Android Kitkat v4.4.4. However, both handsets now got their respective updates for the latest Android Lollipop v5.1.1, with the Moto X2 obviously making the bigger jump.