Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
The Nexus 6 is far sturdier and more attractive than most other Nexus phones, but it still lacks the meticulous, premium finish of the iPhone 6 Plus.
We applaud the Nexus 6 for the sturdier construction and more appealing design it has over the Nexus phones of previous years, but in comparing it to the iPhone 6 Plus, it can’t quite match its premium finish. It’s simply plastic versus metal here, as the iPhone 6 Plus’ aluminum body exudes the more luxurious feel. However, when it comes to drops, we feel that the Nexus 6 would fare better – especially if these guys are impacting concrete or something hard. We already know that the iPhone 6 Plus is a handful to operate, but the Nexus 6 is bigger in every way – it’s wider, taller, thicker, and heavier.
Due to the premium finish of the iPhone 6 Plus, its power button and volume controls feel more solid – whereas the Nexus 6’s set are thin and less distinct. Over on the Nexus 6, we really appreciate that it features dual front-firing speakers, which are more ideal because they disperse audio towards us. Meanwhile, the iPhone 6 Plus differentiates itself by incorporating a Touch ID finger print sensor into its home button. Honestly, it’s a special amenity that has its usefulness in securing the device and making payments via Apple Pay.
The Nexus 6 is impressive for its quad-HD resolution, but the iPhone 6 Plus has a brighter and more color accurate screen.
Despite its amazing quad-HD resolution, the Nexus 6’s display lacks the same polished qualities we see in the iPhone 6 Plus’ Retina Display. For starters, visibility isn’t an issue with the iPhone 6 Plus because its screen emits a blinding 575 nits of brightness – far more potent than the 270 nit brightness of the Nexus 6. In addition, colors are more accurately reproduced on the iPhone 6 Plus. In contrast, the Nexus 6’s display exhibits excessively saturated colors. Those do look nice and jolly, but we tend to value accuracy more.
Overall, it’s a tough call which one comes off as more appealing. Of course, the Nexus 6 excels in the resolution department, but we can’t forget how the iPhone 6 Plus comes to the table with better visibility and precise colors.
Display measurements and quality
|Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better||Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better||Contrast Higher is better||Color temperature (Kelvins)||Gamma||Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better||Delta E grayscale Lower is better|
|Apple iPhone 6 Plus||574
|Google Nexus 6||270
The numbers below represent the amount of deviation in the respective property, observed when a display is viewed from a 45-degree angle as opposed to direct viewing.
|Maximum brightness Lower is better||Minimum brightness Lower is better||Contrast Lower is better||Color temperature Lower is better||Gamma Lower is better||Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better||Delta E grayscale Lower is better|
|Google Nexus 6||45.2%
|Apple iPhone 6 Plus||84.7%
The CIE 1931 xy color gamut chart represents the set (area) of colors that a display can reproduce, with the sRGB colorspace (the highlighted triangle) serving as reference. The chart also provides a visual representation of a display's color accuracy. The small squares across the boundaries of the triangle are the reference points for the various colors, while the small dots are the actual measurements. Ideally, each dot should be positioned on top of its respective square. The 'x: CIE31' and 'y: CIE31' values in the table below the chart indicate the position of each measurement on the chart. 'Y' shows the luminance (in nits) of each measured color, while 'Target Y' is the desired luminance level for that color. Finally, 'ΔE 2000' is the Delta E value of the measured color. Delta E values of below 2 are ideal.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
The Color accuracy chart gives an idea of how close a display's measured colors are to their referential values. The first line holds the measured (actual) colors, while the second line holds the reference (target) colors. The closer the actual colors are to the target ones, the better.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
The Grayscale accuracy chart shows whether a display has a correct white balance (balance between red, green and blue) across different levels of grey (from dark to bright). The closer the Actual colors are to the Target ones, the better.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
1. TimCook (banned) (Posts: 450; Member since: 23 Oct 2014)
The top 3 phablets at the moment are:
1. iPhone 6 plus
2. Note 4
3. Nexus 6
2. tech2 (Posts: 3458; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
LOL......iPhone 6 is on top ?! Did you put it on 3rd then it bent and bomeranged onto top position ?!
4. Arte.8800 (banned) (Posts: 48; Member since: 10 Nov 2014)
What do you expect from an iFan....?
6. TimCook (banned) (Posts: 450; Member since: 23 Oct 2014)
The IPhone 6 is the largest selling smartphone in the world
So I don't know why you are so surprised
8. tech2 (Posts: 3458; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
Can you explain that logic please ? If highest selling it your criteria of 'top' then Nokia 1100 is the best phone in the world right now. It sold 250 million units, more then any iPhone, Note or Galaxy !
Highest selling doesn't mean best. The very word 'phablet' was introduced by Note.
12. nctx77 (Posts: 1970; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)
Ok. So, let's talk about market share.....
24. Jillsandwich (Posts: 62; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
how many Android phones to the few iPhones again?
One iPhone to any one other smartphone. Guess which will sell better?
14. TimCook (banned) (Posts: 450; Member since: 23 Oct 2014)
First of the Nokia 1100 is a phone not a smartphone, I said the iPhone 6 is the largest selling smartphone.
Some devices sell well because they are affordable, example Moto G.
But the IPhone 6 is one of the most expensive smartphones in the market but people still buy it. They buy it for a reason, because is the Best
46. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1457; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
Because it is most popular not the best (still a great product indeed)
59. shalinsaini29 (Posts: 5; Member since: 14 Nov 2014)
Note 3 alone sold more than 15 million
15. bucky (Posts: 2582; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
The word yes but the first phablet came from dell
16. Sauce2 (banned) (Posts: 199; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)
Back then, when it sold, it was. He also said Smartphone.
26. darkkjedii (Posts: 21357; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Yeah, but the device was introduced by Dell.
47. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1457; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
And there is Nokia's 5230 or something sone similar named smartphone sold alot too.
23. Jillsandwich (Posts: 62; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
More than the Note 4 and Nexus combined will ever sell.
45. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1457; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
Please provide a link (not arguing but just curious).
28. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4210; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
And the Ford Fiesta is the highest selling car in the world. So that means it's the greatest as well right?
31. vincelongman (Posts: 4445; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
I thought the Toyota Corolla was the highest selling car in the world
But anyway your point still stands
34. Jillsandwich (Posts: 62; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
The difference is, the Ford car is a value car, So poor people get it. The iPhone sells more, despite its premium price point.
Why? Because it's just that much better than Android.
43. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1457; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
Better for you but not for everyone.
52. Jillsandwich (Posts: 62; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
Better for people who want their phones to not lag.
30. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
Selling the most doesn't make it the best. It makes it the most popular. But popular doesn't equate to best. By your definition, Rolls Royce and Bently are not the best in luxury vehicles because they don't sell as well as a BMW.
37. HildyJ (Posts: 294; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
I'll make you a deal. I'll concede that the iPhone 6 is better if you'll concede that Android and Windows are vastly superior operating systems to iOS and OSX and that a Dell Latitude computer is much better than MacBook Air. After all, sales prove it.
41. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1457; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
We are talking about 6+ not 6. Sales number doesn't define anything. What happens when there is alot of die hard fans who buys anything their favourite companies produce?(though apple make good products but not the best)
22. darkkjedii (Posts: 21357; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Not a bad order lol. With the S-Pen I have to put the Note 1.
40. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1457; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
No matter what, iPhone plus cant beat note 4. It is just enlarged iPhone 6 .it doesn't have anything special from iPh6 (special phablet features). Note 4 is not an enlarged version of s5. There is no phablet In the market that can beat note 4 (my opinion). IPhone 6+ may be best for you because you prefer iOS or Apple products. But saying iph6+ better because it sells more is kinda stupid. It is better for you to say "the top 3 phablets at the moment 'in my opinion' are" because its just your opinion. I'm not a fan of anything I don't even use android at the moment(using WP now) but I still consider note series best in phablets because its different from other phablets and I love innovative techs.
63. ThirdEye (Posts: 31; Member since: 31 Oct 2012)
Touche! Note is one of the rare cases of great Device innovation from Samsung. The way it made the Pen transform into something far useful than just a pointer while keeping the functionality of a big phone in case you do not use that is above its class.
This is spoken as a guy who does not have any Samsung smartphone and do not plan to buy any.
44. phichart (Posts: 282; Member since: 03 May 2014)
Lol... I-Bend Sick plus is No.1... Sure.. you are I Sick!
48. laughmi (banned) (Posts: 283; Member since: 28 Oct 2014)
If you gotta be buying phablet it should be Note 4. It blows away ip6+ and n6 in quality. Plus it has a stylus and more usable 32GB memory and Android 5.0L + new TW super features which won't make it boring like iOS.
7. CreeDiddy (Posts: 749; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)
I would like to see Apple release the iPhone 7 in 5" and 6" variants. I believe 5.5" for me is too small. I think 6" is perfect. I have the 6+, but would like them to match the size of the Nexus 6. Also 4.7" is way too small. 5" size is perfect especially since they can slim the bezels and retain the same form factor.
13. nctx77 (Posts: 1970; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)
How the heck is 5.5 to small? Looking at both phones side by side, it's hardly enough of a difference that going to change anything. I could say the same between 4.7 and 5 inches. Apple needs to keep the screen sizes the same and make the phone smaller. You sir need to go by a tablet.
18. Awalker (Posts: 1505; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)
He should just walk around with the iPad mini.
9. jove39 (Posts: 1859; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Google just screwed therwise oexcellent phablet with below par QHD screen...poor rated brightness. Wish they stuck with decent 1080p display.
10. TMach (Posts: 457; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
Can't say I consider this an objective review! In a nutshell, it seems in most areas, the N6 is the better phone but the reviewer prefers how the IPhone 6 Plus does it regardless of not doing it as well as the N6! Z3 and iP plus user but looking forward to buying the N6 on UK release.
25. Jillsandwich (Posts: 62; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
Yet another Android phone falling before an iPhone.
Does it ever stop?
33. Jillsandwich (Posts: 62; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
Note 4 is just another victim to iPhone.
The next thing is here. It's called the iPhone.
36. Thedefenitionofawesome (Posts: 51; Member since: 04 Sep 2014)
Yup, the next overpriced piece of crap is the next big thing. Disapointing. The Note 4 falls victim to the iphone when comparing the "lousiness" factor.
51. Jillsandwich (Posts: 62; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
No, it fails behind because despite the fact that they were three years ahead in the large screen segment, went full on anti apple with their marketing, went as far as emulating certain iOS designs and had numerous celebrity spots, they still can't compete with apple in sheer brand recognition,
55. Thedefenitionofawesome (Posts: 51; Member since: 04 Sep 2014)
We are talking about phones, not brand recognition. You do know apple fans basically buy anything with an apple logo on it, right? And since when has samsung been emulating the iphone's design? I have never seen a samsung phone that has ugly and huge bezels nor one with a protruding camera as fugly as the iphone's.
58. Jillsandwich (Posts: 62; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
Apple fans buy Apple because they're good products. And they have a consistent history of this. This isn't like Samsuck, who releases a hundred crappy different things, hoping one will get it right.
Samsung has been emulating Apple since original GS1. Look up the history. And you're right. You won't see the protruding camera on the GS. You'll just get ugly, cheap looking hardware, period.
32. MobileNico (Posts: 67; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)
The iPhone 6 plus will sell way more phones than the Nexus 6, but none of the reasons are because it's the better phone. They are on par with one another. Far greater brand recognition, superior marketing and limited Google inventory all play an immense factor in the sales gap we're gonna see.
Oh, and if TouchWiz wasn't so god-awful, I'd agree with you Samsung fanboys.
35. Thedefenitionofawesome (Posts: 51; Member since: 04 Sep 2014)
The reviewer stated that the ip6+ took better videos than the nexus 6 in the conclusion. However, he stated that the nx6 took better videos with 4k. I just do not understand the need to compare 1080p to 1080p videos. The reviewer should have compared each of the phone's strongest assets.e.g Nx6's 4k ( it's best) against ip6+'s 1080p(it's best). The fact that in the conclusion the reviewer saying that the ip6+ took better vids is just bs and shows his biasedness. Furthermore, he failed to comment on Nx6's smaller bezels which mean better design. He said the ip6+'s aluminium design is enough to justify its price. But how about the big bezels? It is also part of design. A phablet should have as small bezels as possible. How about the ugly protruding camera?? Have you readers realized that ever since the iphones were released, it has all been weather a phone is metal or plastic or aluminium or plastic in the design department comparisons? The fact that the nx6 is almost as small as the ip6+ is almost as small deserves praise. Also, you realise the reviewer tends to say both phones are equal in departments where the iphone loses right? For example, resolution. He said the difference was unnoticable. Screen size: He said that the difference when surfing the web was negligible. However, when color accuracy to is unnoticable unless closely inspected. But, the reviewer had to comment on how the bigger nx6 will be harder to handle just because it is slightly bigger.( Note that the difference is negligible)
62. ThirdEye (Posts: 31; Member since: 31 Oct 2012)
I think he missed the below.
Apple with its ip6+ gives you a curved display for just a Jean and a back pocket while Nexus 6 remains the same :-D
Advantage : - iPhone
John V is pathetic.
49. HarryWild (Posts: 60; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)
Great back and forth attacks! Love reading these comments! WP forever! LOL!
64. Jillsandwich (Posts: 62; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
I agree. Watching the android fanboys damage control is funny
53. ggg377 (Posts: 20; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)
Camera is abysmal in low light just as I expected. Motorola doesn't have the right software (or the team to make it) for a top notch camera.
54. uzbek-mobile-man (Posts: 16; Member since: 27 Sep 2014)
Please, tell me if you are using LG G3 and Google Nexus 6.
Right now I am using HTC One M7. It's one of the best smartphones. But, indoors, in low-light situations, its camera takes photos and records video awfully, there's red-purple tint issue. Its battery is not removable. Its display is not big for internet surfing.
I need best cameraphone for photos and videos, indoors and outdoors.
I need a phone with large display for internet and watching videos.
What about LG G3 and Google Nexus 6? Their cameras for taking photos and recording videos indoors and outdoors? Are their flash light during camera working, video ilght? If they are good phones, I will buy one of them instead of HTC One M7.
Please, tell me. Thank you beforehand.
57. ggg377 (Posts: 20; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)
I am using an LG G3 and I'm happy with the indoors performance and low light performance in general. It takes decent photos even in very low light (without flash). It takes well-exposed and useable photos in situations where iPhone 5s and especially Samsung phones return pixelated indistinguishable darkness.
A good reference to compare Nexus 6 and G3 is to first check out the iPhone 6 camera comparison on Phonearena, which has G3 photos and then check out Nexus 6 vs iPhone 6+ review, which has low light photos taken in the same area. Overall when you compare G3 and N6 photos, N6 is just infinitely darker and noisier in low light situations. I wouldn't use N6 over G3 for photography even if someone gave it to me for free.
When it comes to low light, it goes like this imo: 1) iPhone 6+, 2) iPhone 6, 3) Note 4 (haven't seen much photos though so take this ranking with a grain of salt), 4) G3, 5) iPhone 5s, 6) G2, 7) Nexus 5. The Nokias I left out and pretty much every other Android is lackluster for this purpose. Again, Phonearena comparisons can be helpful in deciding, but only if you can compare exact same locations.
I can recommend the G3 if low light photography (and pretty much any smartphone photography in general) is what you're looking for. If you're having doubts about the G3, the Note 4 would probably also be an excellent phablet choice, but it costs a lot more. I wouldn't recommend running the sluggish G3 stock launcher though, but other than that it's perfect for me.