Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus: price, specs and features compared

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The new Nexus 6 smartphone could be with us before the end of the month - because it's been unveiled but not released just yet. It’s a big phone, and it’s got plenty of competition - including the newest member of the big phone party, Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus. How do they compare?

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Nexus 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus: display and screen

The Nexus 6 has a 5.9-inch QHD AMOLED display delivering a pixel density of 493 ppi. The iPhone 6 Plus may be Apple’s biggest ever phone, but the screen is slightly smaller than the Nexus: it’s a 5.5-inch IPS LCD delivering 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. That’s 401 pixels per inch.

Nexus 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus: design and build quality

Motorola makes some nice hardware, but the Nexus 6 isn’t a patch on the iPhone 6: Apple’s famous engineering prowess produces some genuinely beautiful designs, and the iPhone 6 Plus is as good looking as anything Apple has made to date. Unfortunately, though, its ultra-thin aluminum case is less flexible than the less attractive but considerably tougher Nexus: the internet is awash with tales of iPhone 6 Plus phones that got bent inside people’s pockets. 

Nexus 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus: processor and RAM

The processor inside the Nexus 6 is a quad-core Snapdragon 805 clocked at 2.7 GHz, with 3 GB of RAM and an Adreno 420 GPU. The iPhone 6 Plus packs Apple’s own A8 processor and M8 coprocessor with 1 GB of RAM.

Nexus 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus: operating system

In its role as Android’s flagship phone, the Nexus 6 will run Android 5.0 Lollipop. Apple’s iPhone runs the latest version of iOS, iOS 8.0. We'll bring you full comparisons once we get Android 5.0 on October 17th via the SDK.

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You can never be too thin, or too bendy. Apple's iPhone 6 Plus gets bent. / © Unbox Therapy

Nexus 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus: camera

The Nexus 6 has a 2 MP front-facing camera and a 13 MP rear-facing camera with optical image stabilization. Apple’s camera is also stabilized, and while on paper its 8 MP sensor sounds worse than the Nexus, it is larger than before and delivers great shots in a range of conditions. Apple also offers 240 fps slo-mo recording. We'll have to wait and see if the Nexus 6 suffers from the same camera problems as the Moto X (2014).

Nexus 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus: battery

The Nexus 6 battery delivers 3,220 mAh, and the iPhone 6 Plus is slightly behind with 2,915 mAh. It’s too early to say what that means in real-world use, but both devices should last longer than their predecessors.

Nexus 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus: tech specs

  Nexus 6 iPhone 6 Plus
OS Android 5.0 Lollipop iOS 8
Display 5.9-inch QHD AMOLED

5.5-inch Retina HD LCD, 1,920 x 1,080 pixels (401 ppi)

Dimensions 82.98  x 159.26 x 10.06 mm

158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1 mm

Weight 184 g, water-resistant 172 g
Battery 3,220 mAh, Qi charging 2,915 mAh
Camera 13 MP with OIS

8 MP iSight / 1.5 micron pixels, f/2.2 aperture., "digital" image stabilization 240 fps slow-mo, 1080p at 30 or 60 fps

Processor 2.7 GHz Snapdragon 805 (quad core), Adreno 420 GPU Apple A8, dual core, 1.4 GHz, M8 motion coprocessor
RAM 3 GB  1 GB
Internal storage 32/64 GB

16/64/128 GB

Connectivity Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, LTE

Wi-Fi is 802.11ac, VoLTE, NFC (payments only)

Price 649 USD

920 USD unlocked Apple iPhone 6 Plus on Amazon

Nexus 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus: early verdict

The Nexus and the iPhone 6 Plus may do things differently, but ultimately they’re very similar devices: they’re big-screened smartphone flagships for people who find normal phones a little cramped. On paper the Nexus appears to be the winner here, but in practice Apple’s lock on hardware and the operating system enables it to optimize its devices in ways Android firms can’t - so for example the iPhone 5s trounced the Nexus 5 in benchmarks and we’d expect the same to happen here.

There are three big differences. There’s the OS, which is of course Android on the Nexus and iOS on the iPhone. There’s the design, with Apple offering something much prettier but apparently less sturdy than the Nexus. And more than anything, there’s the price. Apple phones are expensive and the iPhone 6 Plus is its most expensive yet; while it’s unlikely to be discounted much the Nexus 6 starts at an unprecedented 649 USD.

What do you think? Could Apple's iPhone tempt you off the Android path, or has the Nexus 6 nailed it?

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  • Sacco Svd Oct 16, 2014 Link to comment

    just hilarious to see the Nexus being better in every spec and still the iPhone is 300 bucks more expensive.

  • dean Oct 13, 2014 Link to comment

    Just the thought of a 5.9 screen running clean android l has my yfronts in a sticky mess! Sod apples over priced, over rated massive bezeled ugly phone.....

  • Dayle Steele Oct 13, 2014 Link to comment

    What I don't get is the 6 plus is a lot bigger phone with a smaller screen. I've compared it to my Note 3 an even that is looking small compared to the 6

  • Northstar Hamilton Oct 13, 2014 Link to comment

    Why, why do you do this? It's one thing to write an article saying "we expect the Nexus 6/9 to have..." or "rumors suggest that the Nexus 6/9 will have...", but to write definitive articles pre-announcement is just asinine. It smacks of clickbait and poor, desperate journalism.

    Seriously, people. Can we just stick to the facts?

  • Brian Olmstead Oct 13, 2014 Link to comment

    Can't wait for this beast..bring it on Google

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