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Nexus 6P vs Xperia Z5 – Vote best smartphone – Mobile Madness 2016

by Roy Choi | March 18, 2016March 18, 2016 2:00 pm PST

Next up on Mobile Madness pits Huawei’s Nexus 6P versus Sony’s Xperia Z5. We’re still in the play-in round of this totally random tournament style picke-em poll.  Yesterday we saw the BlackBerry Classic go up against the OnePlus X.

The Nexus 6P is probably the first time most U.S. users have set their eyes on a Huawei device.  Then again, some may argue it is equally difficult to get an Xperia device here in the U.S. market as well, at least as far as sales distribution is concerned.

The Nexus 6P has pretty much all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a Nexus device, though some may argue lack of wireless charging is a deal breaker, it does have USB type-C fast charging, though. The Xperia Z5 is waterproof and has some nice clean design features you’d expect from the Xperia line. Which one trumps the other?

Read more below and check out how their specs compare.

Vote below, and vote as often as you’d like. Have fun and be kind to each other.

Nexus 6P

Finding the right balance is a near-impossible task. In cooking, neglecting to use spices can leave a dish bland and without personality; add too much and you ruin the meal entirely. The same thing can happen in mobile.

I’ve used and tested a lot of really great phones this year, but none have struck that perfect balance between design, speed, battery life and software. Some come close, but there’s always that one thing that keeps a phone from being The One.

The Nexus 6P is different—or comes about as close to perfection as I’ve seen. What I find most impressive is how the Nexus 6P’s excellence feels so natural, like it isn’t trying too hard to be the best. It just is. Everything works in perfect harmony to create one of the most exciting devices in a long, long time… read more

Sony Xperia Z5

With a familiar industrial slab design, the Sony Xperia Z5 sports a 5.2-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 810 chip, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage. Additionally, it sports Android 5.1 out of the box, IP68 dust and water-resistance, and a 23-megapixel camera with advanced image stabilization. Oh, and it also sports a 2900mAh battery. That’s not the beefiest out there, but because this has a 1080p screen, it should be good enough to get you through a heavy day of use… read more

Huawei - Nexus 6P Sony - Xperia Z5
Display Size 5.7-inch, 1440 x 2560 pixel display (515 ppi) 5.2-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixel display (424 ppi)
Resolution X 1440 1080
Resolution Y 2560 1920
Display Type WQHD AMOLED TRILUMINOS
Operating System Android 6.0 (at launch) Android 5.1 (at launch)
Processor 2.0 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 v2.1 Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core 64 bit processor
RAM 3GB 3GB
Storage
  • 32GB
  • 64GB
  • 128GB
  • 32GB
External Storage No Yes
Main Camera (Back) 12.3MP 23MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 8MP 5MP
Networks
  • CA DL: B2-B2, B2-B4, B2-B5, B2-B12, B2-B13, B2-B17, B2-B29, B4-B4, B4-B5, B4-B13, B4-B17, B4-B29, B41-B41
  • CDMA: BC0/1/10
  • GSM/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900
  • LTE (FDD): B2/3/4/5/7/12/13/17/25/26/29/30
  • LTE (TDD): B41
  • UMTS/WCDMA: B1/2/4/5/8
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.2 N/A
Battery 3450mAh 2900mAh
NFC Yes N/A
Connectivity
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • USB Type-C
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Fingerprint
  • Gyroscope
  • Hall
  • Proximity
GPS
  • Digital Compass
  • GLONASS
  • GPS
Height 159.4 mm (6.28 inches) 146 mm (5.75 inches)
Width 77.8 mm (3.06 inches) 72 mm (2.83 inches)
Depth 7.3 mm (0.29 inches) 7.3 mm (0.29 inches)
Weight 178 g (6.28 oz) 154 g (5.43 oz)
Colors Aluminium, Frost, Graphite Black, Gold, Green, White
Supported Audio Formats N/A N/A
Supported Video Formats N/A N/A
In The Box N/A N/A

 

Poll closes March 19, 2:00 PM PT.

Play-In

March 17 BlackBerry Classic vs OnePlus X
March 18 Nexus 6P vs Sony Xperia Z5
March 19 Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs OnePlus 2
March 20 Samsung Galaxy Note 5 vs HTC One A9
March 21 Nexus 5X vs Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
March 22 iPhone 6S vs Microsoft Lumia 950
March 23 LG G5 vs Samsung Galaxy S7
March 24 iPhone 6S Plus vs Nextbit Robin
March 25 HTC One M9 vs Microsoft Lumia 950 XL

Round 1

March 26 Motorola Droid Turbo 2 vs Winner of March 17
March 27 Winner of March 18 vs Winner of March 19
March 28 Xiamoi Mi 5 vs Winner of March 20
March 29 Winner of March 21 vs BlackBerry Priv
March 30 Huawei Mate 8 vs Winner of March 22
March 31 Winner of March 23 vs LG V10
April 1 Moto X Pure Edition vs Winner of March 24
April 2 Winner of March 25 vs Motorola Droid Maxx 2

Round 2 – Quarterfinals

April 3 Winner of March 26 vs Winner of March 27
April 4 Winner of March 28 vs Winner of March 29
April 5 Winner of March 30 vs Winner of March 31
April 6 Winner of April 1 vs Winner of April 2

Semi-final Round

April 7 Winner of April 3 vs Winner of April 4
April 8 Winner of April 5 vs Winner of April 6
Final Round
April 9 Winner of April 7 vs Winner of April 8

Roy Choi

Roy Choi is a Southern California native. He has been infatuated with technology reviews ever since he bought his first crummy laptop in the summer...

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