The Moto X Style isn't exactly a small handset, but the Nexus 6 has a larger footprint, measuring 4 percent taller and 9 percent wider than its rival.
The Style is 10 percent thicker than the Nexus.
There's very little difference between the two devices on the scales: the Moto X is just 3 percent lighter.
Both handsets have metal frames.
The Nexus 6 is available in midnight blue and cloud white backs – both made of matte plastic.
There's a lot more choice when it comes to the Moto X, which is available with various different materials on its back cover, and with a choice of back and accent colors via the company's Moto Maker service.
The Moto X Style's display is anything but small, but the Nexus 6 gives you 9 percent more screen real estate.
Both panels are extremely sharp, offering the same top-tier Quad HD resolution. Thanks to its smaller screen size, the Style packs 5 percent more pixels per inch.
We're used to seeing AMOLED panels on Moto X line smartphones, but the company opted for a TFT screen this time around.
You won't find a fingerprint sensor on either smartphone.
You'll get a choice of storage capacity with both smartphones, but only the Moto X Style is offered in a 16 GB variant.
Only the Moto X smartphone packs a microSD card slot.
The Style's processor isn't quite top-of-the-line, but its 64-bit, hexa core nature makes it more capable than the Nexus 6's 2014 chip. That doesn't however, stop the Nexus smartphone from providing a buttery-smooth Android experience.
Both devices pack a healthy 3 GB memory.
The Nexus 6 offers a slightly higher capacity battery than its rival.
Neither smartphone allows the user to swap in a fresh battery.
Both handsets include fast charging tech. According to Motorola, if you're using the supplied charger with the Moto X Style, you'll be able to get an extra 10 hours battery life out of a 15 minute charge.
The Nexus 6 has built-in wireless charging tech, something Motorola left out of its 2015 flagship.
The Moto X Style packs more megapixels in both its front and rear cameras.
Both rear shooters offer a ƒ/2.0 aperture – a number we've been seeing a lot of in high-end 2015 flagships (the LG G4 takes the cake with ƒ/1.8).
Whichever handset you opt for, you'll be running stock Android Lollipop right out of the box.
By the time the Moto X Style ships, the Nexus 6 will have been available for ten months. We'll likely see at least one new Nexus before the year ends.
Starting price (full retail)
The Moto X Style comes in at $100 cheaper than the Nexus 6's current pricing. Is that 9 percent bigger screen – and wireless charging – worth an extra Benjamin? That's going to be a big part of your decision.
For more on the Nexus 6, you can check out Gizmag's full review.
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