Is It Time To Upgrade To a Nexus 6?
With the release of a new Nexus device it's oh so tempting to upgrade from your current Nexus phone. Motorola's new Nexus 6 is a beautiful device, packed to the brim with the latest specs, but is the price-tag really worth it? This guide is meant to help those that currently are sporting the Nexus 4 or 5 (or devices with similar specs) decide if its time to grab the hot new phablet or hang on for another year.
|Model:||Nexus 4||Nexus 5||Nexus 6|
|Release Date:||Nov. 13, 2012||Oct. 31, 2013||Nov. 13, 2014|
|Screen:||4.7 in. 768x1280 px (318 ppi) IPS||4.95 in. 1920x1080 px (445 ppi) IPS||5.96 in. 2560x1440 (493 ppi) QHD AMOLED|
|CPU:||Qualcomm 1.5 GHz quad-core Krait||Qualcomm 2.26 GHz quad-core Krait 400||Qualcomm 2.7 GHz quad-core Krait 450|
|GPU:||Adreno 320||Adreno 330||Adreno 420|
|RAM:||2 GB LPDDR2||2 GB LPDDR3||3 GB LPDDR3|
|Battery:||2100 mAh||2300 mAh||3220 mAh|
|Cameras:||Back: 8 MP Front: 1.3 MP||Back: 8 MP Front: 1.3 MP||Back: 13 MP Front: 2 MP|
|MSRP:||No Longer in Production||$349 for 16 GB Storage||$649 for 32 GB Storage|
The current trend in smartphone design seems to be "bigger is better" and the Nexus line reflects this. The Nexus 4 has a comparatively paltry display coming in at 4.7 inches (about the size of the iPhone 6). The Nexus 5 is only a bit bigger at 4.95 inches, but its 1080p screen is a vast improvement over the Nexus 4's 720p. The Nexus 6 trumps both those phones with a whopping 5.96 inch screen, making it tower over even the Galaxy Note 4. Its 1440p QHD display is also stunning delivering quality that definitely rivals if not tops Apple's Retina lines.
Although the Nexus all run Android 5.0 Lollipop, this is one category that users will notice a difference. The Nexus 4 with its aging CPU and LPDDR2 RAM is definitely starting to get long in the tooth. Although Lollipop works well on the Nexus 4, quite a bit of lag and stuttering are starting to plague the device, although it is still a very serviceable phone. The Nexus 5 still works great and features a smooth experience, it was a great device when it came out and Lollipop has done nothing but improve its already great performance. However, if the Nexus 5 is great, then the Nexus 6 is stupendous, it's blindingly fast and sets the standard for current Android models.
Each phone is very stable on Android 5.0, meaning no awkward system crashes needing reboots or system restores. The cameras on the Nexus 4 and 5 are similar, both are adequate but not award winning. They'll do for casual shots, but if you're documenting anything really important you'll wanna have a dedicated camera with higher fidelity. The Nexus 6 has a great 13 Megapixel camera with Optical Image Stabilization and a dual-ring flash, the fancy camera does add to the much higher price though. The battery on the Nexus 4 has always had trouble making it through the day, and although Lollipop is reported to improve battery life, the fact is that users will need to keep their chargers on their person if they want to use their phones even moderately. The Nexus 5 although only having a modestly bigger battery, seems to not burn juice nearly as bad. Its battery life isn't anything extraordinary, but it keeps a charge similar to other phones in its class. The Nexus 6 once again goes above and far beyond its predecessors with a reported 24 hours of talk time. With its huge battery it can be supposed that users will get to enjoy that big screen at their leisure as opposed to the wall socket's.
Should I Upgrade?
If you have a Nexus 4....
If you are still rocking the Nexus 4, it may be time to think about moving on. Although its still a serviceable phone, its feeling its age. With the stuttering and battery issues as well as the lack of official LTE support you might want to at least check out the Nexus 5 which will more than likely go down in price in the next few months.
If you have a Nexus 5....
The Nexus 5 is still an absolutely wonderful phone. Many recent flagship models are still running the same CPU, GPU, and amount of RAM as the Nexus 5, and even if the phone was released today as opposed to a year ago it would still be a great deal. The Nexus 6, although having quite a few bells and whistles that the Nexus 5 doesn't, is over twice the price. There is also not enough apps or media that take advantage of the Nexus 6's premium specs. If you've got a Nexus 5 you might wanna hang on to it till next year's Nexus phone comes out.