The Nexus 6 is one of the hottest smartphones right now. We have compared the new device to devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy S5 and the Nexus 5, but there is one comparison we simply can’t miss. How does the Nexus 6 fare against the almighty iPhone 6+?
Because of their gargantuan sizes, these devices happen to be natural competitors. Yes, the Nexus 6 is still bigger than the iPhone 6+, but at least now they are close enough to call this a fair fight.
There are multiple factors to consider when trying to find out which is the best phone for you, so let’s jump into all the details and see.
Nexus 6 specs
- 5.96-inch QHD (2560x1440p) display (493 ppi)
- 2.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor
- Adreno 420 GPU
- 3 GB of RAM
- 32/64 GB of internal storage
- 13 MP rear-facing camera
- 2 MP front-facing camera
- 3220 mAh battery
- Wireless charging
iPhone 6+ specs
- 5.5-inch LED 1920x1080p Retina Display
- A8 processor with 64-bit architecture
- M8 motion co-processor
- 1 GB of RAM
- 16/64/128 GB of internal storage
- 8 MP rear-facing camera
- 1.2 MP front-facing camera
- 2915 mAh battery
- No wireless charging
Design and build quality
These phones are completely different in terms of look and build quality. Which one you think is best will depend much on preference, but we must consider Apple has always been known for its design and sleek construction.
The Nexus 6 has a metal frame, but most of its other materials consist of plastic. It’s an amazingly solid device, but we do know some of you still prefer metal smartphones. I happen to love how the nexus 6 looks and feels, though. It is a solid phone.
On the other hand, the iPhone 6+ has a full aluminum body that is sleek and elegant. But beware, I find these phones to be more slippery than I would prefer. Not to mention it may be a bit flexible (and not in a good way).
The almighty iPhone Retina Display. It is one of those marketing schemes that Apple has been way too successful on. Don’t get me wrong, the iPhone screens are great, always showing vibrant colors with real tones. These panels are gorgeous, but they will not beat the Nexus 6 in definition.
Did you know an iPhone 6+ Retina Display only offers a 1920x1080p resolution? And no, 1080p is not bad, but you can start noticing the pixels when the screen is so large. If you want a crisp display, the Nexus 6 does offer a QHD (2560x1440p) resolution.
Performance and software
While we see a huge difference in specs, both phones will perform amazingly well. Both will be fast, powerful and snappy. Apple can achieve great performance with lower specs by fine-tuning its hardware and software very tightly.
The difference will clearly lie in your software preferences. iOS offers a much simpler and cleaner experience. Your icons are simply laid out in your home screens in an orderly fashion. There’s no app drawer or confusing launchers. It’s just iOS. It’s simple and “it works”.
The Nexus 6 does come with Android 5.0 Lollipop, the latest and greatest Android version. It comes with many improvements and the OS has evolved amazingly. It’s just as fast and offers a plethora of features, as well as customization that will never be matched by Apple.
Here is one area where the iPhone 6+ will clearly win. Apple smartphones are known for their outstanding cameras, and I must say not many smartphones can really compete with the iPhone 6+. It takes some stunning shots.
The Nexus 6 may have a 13 MP camera, taking larger photos than the iPhone’s 8 MP sensor, but the quality will certainly not match the iPhone’s. It simply won’t. The iPhone 6+ is the clear winner here.
With a large device, there usually comes a large battery. Both of these come with stunning batteries. The iPhone 6+ features a 2915 mAh battery that can offer up to 12 hours of continuous video playback.
Meanwhile, the Nexus 6 sports a whopping 3220 mAh battery is said to offer up to 10 hours of video playback. I guess that’s where all those extra pixels start hurting, right?
In terms of camera and battery life, the iPhone 6+ definitely has the upper hand here. The rest of the factors will be purely subjective, though. What do you want from your smartphone? Are you well invested in either one of these ecosystems? I know I prefer not to go away from Google, as all my services now revolve around it.
You may feel the same about Apple’s ecosystem. You may also prefer the simple and clean UI Apple has to offer. The display preference will also depend on what you like. Both displays are superior in their own ways, but I would give my vote to the Nexus 6’s QHD resolution.
What do you guys think? Which phone are you going for?