A comparative review of the Nexu 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Last updated: August 2, 2018.

Review of the Nexu 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

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There has been a big change in the Nexus line with the Nexus 6.  Not only does it mark a jump in size, but also a switch to a more premium design, with a raise in price to match.   Apple on the other hand, made the inevitable move to a larger form with their newest iPhone, the two versions of which are now of a size that is a closer match to Android smartphones.

In this review, we take a look at how these 6th iterations of the Nexus and iPhone lines stack against each other.  Here is a comprehensive look at both the Nexus 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus.

Design

  • Both the Nexus 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus are noticeably larger than their predecessors, the Nexus 5 and the iPhone 5 family respectively

iPhone 6 Plus

  • The iPhone 6 Plus has a rounded look that it shares with the iPhone 6, the difference between the two is that the larger iPhone 6 Plus also has a larger display.
  • The iPhone 6 Plus has a slightly concave front panel with 2.5D glass, adding to the phone’s overall rounded look.
  • The body is mostly metallic.
  • The size of the iPhone 6 Plus makes it a little hard to handle.

Nexus 6

  • The Nexus 6 looks like a larger versions of the Moto X (2014)
  • There are no buttons in the front so inputs need to be made with the software keys
  • A curved back helps the Nexus 6 fit comfortably in your hand.
  • A metallic frame makes the Nexus 6 one of the best looking Nexus devices so far.

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iPhone 6 Plus vs. Nexus 6

  • The iPhone 6 Plus is the thinner of the two phones with its rounded design making it a bit more comfortable to grip.
  • The larger bezels on the iPhone 6 Plus ends up making it a similar size as the Nexus 6.
  • The thickness of the Nexus 6 makes it hard to handle one-handed but the curved back makes it easy to grip.

Display

iPhone 6 Plus

  • Has a 5.5 inch IPS LCD display with a 180 x1920 resolution resolution for a pixel density of 401 ppi.
  • The IPS construction of the iPhone6 Plus’ display makes it easy to view during the day.
  • Compared to past, smaller versions of the iPhone, text is easier to view on the iPhone 6 Plus’ large display.
  • The color output of the screen is a little less vibrant compared to what you get with the AMOLED displays commonly used with Android devices.

Nexus 6

  • The Nexus 6 has a 5.96-inch AMOLED screen with Quad HD and a 1440 x 2560 resolution for a pixel density of 493 ppi.
  • A sharp and vibrant screen which allows you to read sharp text and enjoy media.
  • The Android 5.0 Lollipop has a highly colourful motif that pop’s nicely in the Nexus 6’s screen.

iPhone 6 Plus vs. Nexus 6

  • While the colors on the iPhone 6 Plus are okay, the Nexus 6 screen just presents more vibrant color.
  • The Nexus 6’s higher resolution makes it’s screen more power full and just a little bit better than that of the iPhone 6 Plus.

Performance

Nexus 6

  • The Nexus 6 uses a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, which clocks at 2.7 GHz. This is backed by the Adreno 420 GPU, and 3 GB of RAM.
  • This is the kind of high-performance processing packaging that is found on a Nexus smartphone and offers great performance.
  • This phone has 3GB of RAM
  • The Nexus 6 allows you to open, close and switch between applications quickly and easily.
  • Gaming can be very enjoyable because of the swiftness of the functions.
  • The Nexus 6’s operating system is the Android 5.0 Lollipop.

iPhone 6 Plus

  • With the iPhone 6 Plus, Apple put together their own processing package. They use an Apple A8 processor with a dual-core 1.4 GHz Cylcone chip that is backed by the quad-core graphics of the PowerVR GX6450.
  • The iPhone 6 Plus has 1 GB of Ram.
  • The experience of moving among the different applications is seamless and the system is able to keep a number of apps simultaneously running.

iPhone 6 Plus vs. Nexus 6

  • It’s a tie; with reports of both processing architectures working really well. The iOS of the iPhone 6 Plus performs how it should; and the Android 5.0 Lollipop works well on the Nexux 6.

Hardware

  • The hardware offerings of the Nexus 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus are what is typically expected.

IPhone Plus 6

  • The iPhone 6 Plus features a press version of the fingerprint reader. This means that you can unlock the phone by simply pressing down on and holding the home button.   This can also be used for a few other functions such as unlocking payments.
  • The iPhone 6 Plus features the standard fare of connectivity options, including NFC, but that is currently restricted to Apple Pay for now.
  • Mobile internet is not an issue as there are versions of this phone available over all networks.
  • Has a bottom mounted speaker that performs well.
  • The iPhone 6 Plus has an option for 16/64’/128 GB of memory
  • Uses a 2,915 mAh battery. The larger and higher resolution of the screen of the iPhone 6 plus is a considerable drain to the battery and the phone rarely lasts beyond the one day mark.
  • No MicroSD

Nexus 6

  • Unlike the iPhone 6 Plus, the Nexus 6 does not have a fingerprint reader.
  • The Nexus 6 has dual front-facing speakers that give a better sound experience then the bottom mounted speaker of the iPhone 6 Plus .
  • Features an open NFC that is not just a payment platform
  • The Nexus 6 has versions on At&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, US Cellular and it could be coming to Verizon as well.
  • Has a 3,300 mAh battery. The large display and the high resolution of the Nexus 6 also results in a big drain on the battery and the phone can only last to almost a day and a half.
  • Available with 32/64 GB of memory.
  • No MicroSD

iPhone 6 Plus  vs. Nexus 6

  • It depends on what you want. If the idea of a fingerprint scanner is a big draw for you, then the iPhone 6 Plus is the phone for you.  However, the dual front-facing speakers and gorgeous screen of the Nexux 6 lends itself to an excellent phone for media consumption.

Camera

  • The iPhone has had a good record when it comes to camera performance.  On the other hand, the Nexus line has not always had good cameras.
  • Both phones have similar video modes with optical image stabilization.\

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iPhone 6 Plus

  • The camera app is very simple, swiping on the viewfinder allows you to change modes and you can access the different options for you pictures using the buttons on the sides.
  • Modes available include regular photos, video, slo-mo video, square interface, panorama and time-lapse.
  • The photos taken with the camera of the iPhone 6 Plus are of good quality, which is to be expected of iPhone cameras.

Nexus 6

  • With this phone, the interface of Google Camera has gotten simpler. Swiping from the left side of the viewfinder will bring up the modes for photo and video as well as the Photo Sphere and Lens Blur feature.  You can access HDR+ via a small button on the opposite corner which also allows you to switch to the front facing camera and to add some elements on the viewfinder.
  • One of the best cameras’s featured by the Nexus line. The photos have high color saturation and good detail.
  • Video capabilities are a little better with the Nexus 6. It can record at 4k resolution.

iPhone 6 Plus vs. Nexus 6

  • The iPhone 6 Plus performs better then the Nexus 6 in low-light situations. Details are captured better by the iPhone compared to the Nexus 6 which gets grainier results.

Software

iPhone 6 Plus

  • Uses iOS. Remains about the same as previous incarnations.

Nexus 6

  • Uses the newest version of Android Lollipop.
  • Google Now is now the launcher and it has a second homescreen for quick news and contextual cues that it take from your Google history.

iPhone 6 Plus vs. Nexus 6

  • Both operating systems work well. When deciding on which phone and which operating system suits you better, it would depend on which applications you would want daily access to.

Price

  • Both these phones can be considered the premium editions of their lines and they come with price tags that reflect that.

iPhone 6 Plus

  • This phone’s price is in the $749-949 range

Nexus 6

  • The price is $649

There you have it, our review of the iPhone 6 Plus and the Nexus 6.  Both phones are examples of some of the best that their respective companies have to offer.  The deciding factor as to which of these phones are better is likely to end up depending on personal preference as to what you want from a phone.

What do you think?  Is it the iPhone 6 Plus or the Nexus 6, that will provide you with the phone you want and need? JR

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