Now yes, we have all the contenders who will fight to be the best mobile year on Android. IFA had covered most of the holes but had left a couple of vacancies that would fill in brief: the new Nexus, Nexus 5 X and Nexus 6 p as in other occasions, the leaks have not had mercy and as it has been approaching the date each of the details (to the same box) has been known for what today’s event has been more a mere formality to formalize what we already knew.
With all the high end combat-ready, It’s time to put them all face to face to decide what is the best smartphone of the year. While we wait for that you reach our hands to analyze them, we bring you our comparative classic to go see what offers each one of them. To 2015 has not been memorable for the more powerful phones, the struggle continues as nice and tight.
Nexus has always been synonymous with power, round terminal. Was perhaps not the best in all categories (the camera for example has always been an unresolved issue) but the feeling that was to be a range of balanced high able to do everything right and with an attractive incentive for the most staunch user of technology: have Android updated constantly without anyone that Google put most date to each version.
This year they do not disappoint, and Google has decided to define two different high-end profiles: one more modest where Snapdragon 808 and a 5.2-inch Full HD screen make the difference. On the other hand we have what will be the most powerful model with Snapdragon 810, 3 GB of RAM and 5.7 WQHD resolution AMOLED Panel. Let’s see what such make it against the rest.
|Dimensions||147,0 x 72.6 x 7.9 mm||159,4 x 77.8 x 7, 3mm||154,4 x 75.8 x 6.9 mm||144,7 x 69.7 x 9.6 mm||148,9 x 76.1 x 6.3 – 9.8 mm||146 x 72 x 7.3 mm||151.8 x 74.9 x 9.9 mm||149.8 x 75.3 x 7.2 mm|
|Weight||136 grams||178 grams||153 grams||157 grams||155 grams||154 grams||175 grams||156 grams|
|Screen||5.2 inches / IPS LCD||5.7 inch / AMOLED||5.7 inch / Super AMOLED||5 inch / Super LCD3||5.5 inch / IPS LCD||5.2 inches / IPS LCD||5.5 inch / LTPS LCD||5.5 inch / AMOLED|
|Resolution||1080 x 1920 pixels||2560 x 1440 pixels||2560 x 1440 pixels||1080 x 1920 pixels||2560 x 1440 pixels||1080 x 1920 pixels||1080 x 1920 pixels||1080 x 1920 pixels|
|Processor and GPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 / Adreno 418||Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 / Adreno 430||7420 Exynos / Mali T780MP8||Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 / Adreno 430||Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 / Adreno 418||Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 / Adreno 430||Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 / Adreno 430||HiSilicon Kirin 935|
|RAM||2GB||3GB||4GB||3GB||3GB||3GB||3GB / 4GB||3GB|
|ROM||16 / 32 GB||32 / 64 / 128 GB||32 / 64 / 128 GB||32 GB||32GB||32 GB||32 / 64 GB||32 / 64 / 128 GB|
|Battery||2700 mAh||3.450 mAh||3,000 mAh||2.840 mAh||3,000 mAh||2,900 mAh||3300 mAh||2700 mAh|
|Connectivity||4.1 Bluetooth, GPS, WiFi, USB 1.0 C Type||4.1 Bluetooth, GPS, WiFi, USB 1.0 C Type||4.2 Bluetooth, GPS, WiFi, USB 2.0||4.1 Bluetooth, GPS, WiFi, USB 2.0||4.1 Bluetooth, GPS, WiFi, USB 2.0||4.1 Bluetooth, GPS, WiFi, USB 2.0||4.1 Bluetooth, GPS, WiFi, USB 1.0 C Type||4.1 Bluetooth, GPS, WiFi, USB 2.0|
|Cameras||12 / 5 megapixel||13 / 8-megapixel||16 / 5 megapixel||20 / 4 megapixel||16 / 8-megapixel||23 / 5.1 megapixel||13 / 5 megapixel||13 / 8-megapixel|
|Operating system||6.0 Android Marshmallow||6.0 Android Marshmallow||5.1 Android Lollipop||5.1 Android Lollipop||5.1 Android Lollipop||5.1 Android Lollipop||5.1 Android Lollipop||5.1 Android Lollipop|
|Other||Wireless charging, fingerprint reader, NFC||Wireless charging, fingerprint reader, NFC||Wireless charging, fingerprint reader, NFC||Fast charging, NFC, infrared port||Wireless charging, fast charge, NFC||Fast loading, fingerprint reader, NFC||Fingerprint reader||Fingerprint reader, Force Touch|
Despite the problems with the Snapdragon 810 this year, It has been the header processor this year. Almost all models carrying it (with the exception of One M9) do with the revised version 2.1 that slightly lower clock speed but (partially) solve the problem of global warming. This year in SoCs surprise has given the Samsung which has opted for a home-made architecture and has achieved excellent results in all top range that led it them. Huawei continues to improve with their Kirin but still below.
QHD or Full HD has been another of the great dilemmas. There are those who resist, with arguments such as the lack of a real need to render as many pixels, and others for which it is fundamental. Without going any further, one of the hooks of the S6 Edge Plus is your screen size, quality and resolution. Here Nexus has managed to swing and offer two different configurations. We will see if the AMOLED of the 6 p works.
One of the aspects that most make a difference is the camera. Here it is important to remember that quality is seen in what is not reflected in the table: sensor, opening, processing software and application of the camera. Difficult combination where the Megapixels are on the sidelines. The Nexus here going to be very difficult because the Samsung and LG have marked a very high level. We do not expect great thing from them and already take for granted that will be an aspect in which going to limp. Of course, it is only a guess and until not Let’s take what we can not dictate verdict.
The battery can be key, and here the Nexus have a temporal differential advantage: the software. Marhmallow comes with improvements in the management of the battery and should (see analysis) increase the numbers of Lollipop. Emphasize that all will be equal when the rest have been updated but meanwhile, a fact to highlight to others.
Then we have small details who also want their share of limelight: load fast, and wireless NFC for Android Pay among others (though still sounds to investment in the future) and readers of fingerprints, something that is increasingly in more top. There are added together and the Nexus (another year) become pioneers in these little details.
Software and updates will continue to be the key, another year
Nothing changes at the Nexus: they are still a few good high-end Android phones but they are not the best of the year. They have commitments and once more the main attraction will be being the latest in Android and a few years (at least two) with everything up to date. Attractive to some, but not for the general public seeking other fortresses.
Another of their assets will be the price, prices that have come out of the series are very attractive and make the high-end very accessible to returning to demonstrate that the Nexus not only want to be a phone for developers if not a terminal of reference for manufacturers and above all, one choice to consider, although not necessarily the best.