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The superior Nexus 6 is the only smartphone that offers the complete stock Android experience with incomparable specs. A new pricing model also makes Google’s latest flagship device unusually pricey.

Below are five alternatives to the Nexus 6 that won’t burn a hole in your wallet.

Moto X (2014)

The Moto X (2014) closely resembles the Nexus 6. Motorola made both devices, so it’s not a surprise that they share a long list of common features. To start the second generation Moto X boasts a 5.2-inch Full HD 1920 x 1080 pixels OLED display, while the Nexus 6 features a 5.96-inch QHD 2560 x1440 pixels AMOLED display (4K).

Under the hood, Moto X (2014) supports a 2.5 GHz Quad-Core MSM8974-AC Snapdragon 801 Processor with 2GB RAM. The Nexus 6 is considerably faster, but the Motorola device is sufficient for daily, moderate use.

HTC One M9

The HTC One M9 is the newest phone to make it on the list. It comes with a ton of features that the Nexus 6 is lacking. The smartphone is packing a 2.2GHz 64-bit octa-core processor (MT6795T) with 3GB RAM.

Compared to the Nexus 6, HTC’s release has a smaller screen (5.2 inches). This isn’t necessarily a bad thing for those who were complaining about the latest Nexus device being too big.

Motorola Droid Turbo

If the Moto X (2014) didn’t win you over, the Motorola Droid Turbo surely will. The device is blistering fast. It also has a reliable battery, a gigantic 3,900mAh powerhouse that is difficult to burn through in one day.

With crazy specs that dwarfs most smartphones today, why isn’t everyone walking around with a Droid Turbo? First, the device is limited to Verizon users. It has no expandable memory and the design is severely lacking. If those factors don’t sit well with you, keep reading because the next device on the list is a game changer (hint).

OnePlus One


The OnePlus One is a very unique alternative to the Nexus 6. First, it runs Cyanogen 11S out of the box. Users can flash the company’s newly released OxygenOS to get a slightly modified version of the stock Android experience.

Overall, this device is almost too good to be true. It operates like a beast and takes sharp photos using a 13 MP, dual-LED flash primary camera with a 5MP front-facing secondary. The price is almost half of the Nexus 6, which proves it’s still possible to release a low cost smartphone with premium specs.

There’s no such thing as a perfect handheld device. For the OnePlus One, many users have issues with the manufacturer. The company makes it nearly impossible to buy the mobile phone without an invite. Firmware updates are also slow to rollout.

Xiaomi Mi Note


You’ve probably never heard of the Xiaomi Mi Note. The Verge calls it “the best phone you can’t have” because it’s an awesome phone that’s incredibly difficult to purchase unless you live in China. It runs on the latest MIUI ROM, which looks a lot like Apple’s iOS. For those who have never tried MIUI customization, let’s just say it’s light, responsive and packed with useful features.

Which smartphone do you think is the best alternative to the Nexus 6? Share your comments with us below.

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