Google came out with two new devices in 2015, the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P. Nexus 5X is an upgrade to the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 6P to the Nexus 6. Though Nexus 5X is still made by LG, the Nexus 6P is manufactured by Huwaei.

From trying out these two models that have come out, the Nexus 6P is a much better value for money and a natural upgrade to someone who has the Nexus 5 already. I don’t really see any value in buying a Nexus 5X if you already own a Nexus 5 that works fine. But I would definitely recommend upgrading to Nexus 6P if you can, because it is an awesome phone. I have a Nexus 5 and my friend recently got a Nexus 6P and I’m so envious of her now :p

Here are five reasons why you should upgrade from Nexus 5 to Nexus 6P


Nexus 6P comes with a  5.7 Inch screen and the screen resolution is absolutely amazing. When both devices are checked side by side, the quality of images on Nexus 6P is so much better and it is easy to notice this. It feels so good to read on this device and also watch videos on the go. HD videos come out with such amazing clarity. It has a screen resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels and 518 ppi compared 1080 x 1920 and 445 ppi for the Nexus 5. The screen is made of Gorilla Glass 4 which makes it much harder to break than previous screens. 

Nexus 6P- Screen


The Nexus 5 was never really known for its camera. To be honest though, I do like the camera in Nexus 5 and have been able to take some great photos with it. But the Nexus 6P takes it a notch higher. With a 12.3 megapixel camera, the photos taken in this phone are absolutely brilliant. It also takes good photos even in low light which was not possible in a Nexus 5. The front camera is really nice too. In the age of selfies, sometimes the front camera seems more important than the rear camera and Nexus 6P has delivered in this area by offering an 8 megapixel front camera which is able to take really good photos.

Nexus 6P Camera

Battery life and Rapid Charging

One thing that I really hated about the Nexus 5 was its battery life. I had to charge the phone at least twice a day even with moderate use like reading, using whatsapp, Facebook etc. But the Nexus 6P with its 3450 mAh battery offers really long battery life. You could go almost a day and half in one charge and moderate usage of the phone. This phone also has a USB Type-C charger which helps with quick charging. It charges to about 75% from 10% in 10-15 minutes.

nexus 5


The Nexus 6P has a Snapdragon Octa-core processor with Adreno 430 GPU over the Nexus 5’s Quad core processor. The Adreno 430 GPU  delivers an optimized performance of enhanced graphical user interface, for games, animations with minimal power consumption. This phone, with it’s Octa-core processor and the brilliant screen resolution, is really great to play games with. There is no lag at all in any of the new high-graphics games. There are some cool accessories available for the Nexus 6P too.

Nexus 6P - Side View

Fingerprint Scanner

This is a new feature in the Nexus 6P. The fingerprint scanner is much better than a password or swipe code because it’s unique and you don’t need to remember anything. The scanner is located at the back of the phone in a Nexus 6P unlike the iPhone or other Samsung phones. Having used this phone for a while, I do think this is an ideal spot for the scanner.

Bonus – Stock Android

Ok, this isn’t something different between the two devices. The reason I want to include this is if you own a Nexus 5 and are planning to upgrade to a better phone from Samsung or HTC or something, I’d suggest the Nexus 6P over those devices because of the stock android. This device runs Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) which is really easy and simple to use. There are no frills as with some of the other phones and is ready to be used right out of the box.

I’ve made a Technical Specifications-comparison between the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6P. This table only has the topics I’ve talked about.

Nexus 5 Vs Nexus 6P Spec Comparison

I hope I’ve convinced you to buy the Nexus 6P. Do let me know your thoughts in the comments section.

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