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Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6

Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6
Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6
Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6
Introduction


Apple brought us two new smartphones this year, both of which are similarly spec’d, but there’s no denying the obvious about the company’s intentions. The trends, so far, have placed a lot of emphasis on these so-called phablets, so it doesn’t shock us to see Google following the trend with the Nexus 6. Undoubtedly, it’s one beastly of a phone from head-to-toe, but it’s going to take some considerable push to combat the iPhone 6’s popularity – one that’s highly regarded as one of the best all-around phones out there.

Design

The compact size and premium look of the iPhone 6 keeps it in good light over the gargantuan size and plastic construction of the Nexus 6.

The Nexus 6 sports a sturdier construction than its predecessor, something we all appreciate no doubt, but it still doesn’t contend with the meticulous, premium design of the iPhone 6. Essentially, it’s that modern day mash-up between metal versus plastic – where the iPhone 6 exudes that elegant look with its aluminum chassis, while the Nexus 6’s plastic body seems more likely to endure minor bumps and bruises with little repercussions. The biggest disparity with their designs, however, fall into the excessive size of the Nexus 6. It’s a handful in itself, which makes the iPhone 6 considerably easier and more comfortable to hold.

Due to the premium finish of the iPhone 6, 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 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.


Google Nexus 6
6.27 x 3.27 x 0.4 inches
159.26 x 82.98 x 10.06 mm
6.49 oz (184 g)

Google Nexus 6

Apple iPhone 6
5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 inches
138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm
4.55 oz (129 g)

Apple iPhone 6


To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


Display

Sure, the Nexus 6’s display is amazing for its size and impressive QuadHD resolution, but the iPhone 6’s 4.7” screen is brighter and more color accurate.

Seriously, we still can’t get over the impeccable detail of the Nexus 6’s obnoxiously large 5.96-inch 1440 x 2460 AMOLED display – a considerably details advantage over the iPhone 6’s 4.7-inch 750 x 1334 IPS LCD panel. In all fairness, though, the two are effective enough to make out from a normal viewing distance, but upon closer inspection, there’s no denying the significant amount of detail and sharpness that the Nexus 6’s display delivers.

Outclassed in that one particular area, the iPhone 6 boasts its own set of impressive qualities. For example, its IPS LCD display is far more potent with its excellent 606 nit brightness, which blows away the 270 nits put out by the Nexus 6. All told, we’re able to view the iPhone 6’s screen under direct sunlight – whereas with the Nexus 6, its screen washes out tremendously, making it tough to see. In addition, the iPhone 6 is also better at reproducing colors, where its tones are more natural looking, in comparison to the over-saturated look of the Nexus 6.

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
Google Nexus 6 270
(Poor)
1
(Excellent)
unmeasurable
(Excellent)
6551
(Excellent)
1.94
5.61
(Average)
2.32
(Good)
Apple iPhone 6 606
(Excellent)
7
(Good)
1:1563
(Excellent)
7162
(Good)
2.23
2.79
(Good)
3
(Good)
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posted on 14 Nov 2014, 08:47 10

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


There's a clear winner here and that's the N6.

posted on 14 Nov 2014, 08:48 1

2. bucky (Posts: 2698; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Uh huh....

As much as I love and respect nexus devices, size alone takes this phone out of the hands of most nexus followers.

posted on 14 Nov 2014, 09:18 2

7. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


It's pretty much the same size as my 6 Plus so definitely not worried.

posted on 14 Nov 2014, 09:31 2

9. bucky (Posts: 2698; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


That's why I said "most".

posted on 14 Nov 2014, 20:09 2

25. joey_sfb (Posts: 6025; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


I like the iPhone 6. Especially the protruding camera that double up as a stand.

Great design!!

posted on 15 Nov 2014, 17:01

35. decypher (Posts: 7; Member since: 15 Nov 2014)


Let me guess, you never cared about it when Samsungs junk had a protruding cam, right? You're a joke.

posted on 14 Nov 2014, 09:40 2

10. LiquidGalaxy (Posts: 332; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Not too sure why it's a 'clear' winner - personally i prefer just about everything on the 6+

posted on 14 Nov 2014, 08:50 9

3. piyath (Posts: 517; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)


iPhone wins hands down! Pathetic android

posted on 14 Nov 2014, 08:56 7

4. BlueGoldAce (Posts: 30; Member since: 22 Nov 2012)


People like you make the comment section so horrible on this website. Troll?

posted on 15 Nov 2014, 17:02

36. decypher (Posts: 7; Member since: 15 Nov 2014)


Well if PapaSmurf had some kind of reasoning, his idiotic comment wouldn't have been called out.

posted on 14 Nov 2014, 08:59 1

5. chistoefur (Posts: 103; Member since: 05 Nov 2012)


I'd choose the Nexus 6 completely based on it's software, but damn man that thing is just too big.

posted on 14 Nov 2014, 09:06 1

6. razraptre (Posts: 168; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Wouldn't a more reasonable comparison be between the Nexus 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus? Both are entering phablet territory.

posted on 14 Nov 2014, 09:42

11. KingDingaLing (Posts: 324; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)


They've made that comparison already.

posted on 14 Nov 2014, 09:25 2

8. Nexus4lifes (Posts: 158; Member since: 13 Feb 2014)


John V - color temperature of nexus 6 : 6550 k and iphone 6 : 7162. Can you please justify your statement that the iphone 6 is more color accurate?

posted on 14 Nov 2014, 09:45 1

12. LiquidGalaxy (Posts: 332; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Because the N6 screen is not as bright - Google the Kruithof Curve..

posted on 14 Nov 2014, 10:27 2

14. Zenzui (Posts: 114; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)


I was about to point that out. Clearly Kelvin rating on Iphone is off by far on the accuracy...

posted on 14 Nov 2014, 10:05

13. DroidMystic (Posts: 83; Member since: 31 Oct 2014)


Nexus 6 win without doubt and Nexus 6 was water resistant please.

What a poor battery performance on iPhone 6?

posted on 14 Nov 2014, 10:29 1

15. Zenzui (Posts: 114; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)


I believe the right comparison here is Nexus 6 and Iphone 6 plus not the regular one Iphone 6.

posted on 14 Nov 2014, 11:46

17. cnour (Posts: 985; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)


Not even iPhone 6 plus but with iPad mini.

posted on 14 Nov 2014, 11:06

16. darkkjedii (Posts: 22121; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Great phones, men lie women lie numbers don't, nuff' said.

posted on 14 Nov 2014, 20:16 2

27. Phonecall01 (unregistered)


lol..Somebody always gotta bring up numbers on any "iphone vs" post

posted on 14 Nov 2014, 22:43 1

28. T.Law (Posts: 415; Member since: 10 May 2014)


Because that's the only thing iPhone has over the competition.
You know, like: "I don't care if my phone is inferior to yours in every aspect but at least it's selling more.."

posted on 15 Nov 2014, 13:17

32. darkkjedii (Posts: 22121; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


That's the day meet s**t I've ever heard. I wasn't even talkin about sales either lol, but ask Samsung, Apple, Pepsi, Ford, Lady Lee, Chevy, MnMMars, and hostess what matters most lol. Also, I don't care if my phone is inferior lol, it's a damn phone. As long as it does what I need it to do dude, I'm cool with it. Dude you take this way to serious. Men lie women lie, numbers don't...Jigga!!!
"Because that's the only thing iPhone has over the competition"...that's the only thing it needs lol. Think about what you just said man.

posted on 15 Nov 2014, 13:25

33. darkkjedii (Posts: 22121; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Oops dumbest s**t

posted on 15 Nov 2014, 15:05

34. Phonecall01 (unregistered)


Haha... Calm down... Calm down. Want a cookie?

posted on 14 Nov 2014, 12:09 1

18. TimCook (banned) (Posts: 450; Member since: 23 Oct 2014)


The IPhone 6 is a more complete package than the nexus 6 because it does everything and it does it all well.
That's the reason why is the largest selling smartphone in the world and is killing all the competition.

I can only recommend the nexus to the die hard android fanboys, for everyone else just buy the IPhone.

posted on 14 Nov 2014, 12:28

19. letosaw (Posts: 107; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


haha good joke man u made my day :v

posted on 14 Nov 2014, 14:36

21. cnour (Posts: 985; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)


Completely agree with you. We only recommend nexus to the die hard android fanboys since they don't deserve an iPhone.

posted on 14 Nov 2014, 17:51 1

23. Furbal (Posts: 1018; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


It doesn't mount to your computer to use it as a portable flash drive.

posted on 14 Nov 2014, 20:09

24. Phonecall01 (unregistered)


Apple would say you "don't" need that feature...lol

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