Google Nexus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus: specs comparison showdown

Google Nexus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus: specs comparison showdown

The wait is over! The new member of the Nexus line of devices has broken cover at long last – the Google Nexus 6 is here, hot out of the oven, and it is really a beast and each and every aspect. It has not only greatly grown in size with comparison with last year's Nexus 5, it is also packing mind-boggling hardware specs that can easily dwarf almost each and every representative of the current flagship crop you might through at it (except for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, that is).

The latter is poised to land on most of the major markets across the globe in two days' time and is already running circles around the Quad HD competition in terms of battery endurance, camera performance, and sheer hardware prowess. Meanwhile at Cupertino, we have the supersized Apple iPhone 6, which is the largest and most advanced iPhone the world has ever seen. Along with its smaller counterpart, the behemothy iPhone is already breaking records on the market.

Being among the hottest devices on the market at the moment, we couldn't help but put the trio in the ring and sound the gong. Yes, it's time specs comparison time!

Google Nexus 6

Google Nexus 6

Dimensions

6.27 x 3.27 x 0.4 inches

159.26 x 82.98 x 10.06 mm

Weight

6.49 oz (184 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Dimensions

6.04 x 3.09 x 0.33 inches

153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm

Weight

6.21 oz (176 g)

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Dimensions

6.22 x 3.06 x 0.28 inches

158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1 mm

Weight

6.07 oz (172 g)

Google Nexus 6

Google Nexus 6

Dimensions

6.27 x 3.27 x 0.4 inches

159.26 x 82.98 x 10.06 mm

Weight

6.49 oz (184 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Dimensions

6.04 x 3.09 x 0.33 inches

153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm

Weight

6.21 oz (176 g)

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Dimensions

6.22 x 3.06 x 0.28 inches

158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1 mm

Weight

6.07 oz (172 g)

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


Google Nexus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Display

Display size

6.0 inches
5.7 inches
5.5 inches

Resolution

1440 x 2560 pixels
1440 x 2560 pixels
1080 x 1920 pixels

Pixel density

493 ppi
515 ppi
401 ppi

Technology

AMOLED
Super AMOLED
IPS LCD

Screen-to-body ratio

74.03 %
74.39 %
67.91 %

Colors

 
16 777 216
16 777 216

Peak brightness

 
 
500 cd/m2 (nit)

Camera

Rear

Yes
Yes
Yes

Main camera

13 megapixels
16 megapixels
8 megapixels

Hardware Features

Optical image stabilization, Autofocus
Optical image stabilization, Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Sapphire crystal lens cover, Optical image stabilization, Phase detection autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)

Specifications

Aperture size: F2.0
Aperture size: F2.2; Focal length: 31 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.6"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
Aperture size: F2.2; Focal length: 29 mm; Sensor size: 1/3"; Pixel size: 1.5 μm

Flash

Dual LED
LED
Dual LED

Software Features

Face detection, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, HDR, Panorama
Digital image stabilization, Touch to focus, Smile detection, Face detection, Voice activation, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets, Burst mode, HDR, Panorama, Macro mode, Night mode, Scenes, Effects
HDR, Panorama, Face detection, Smile detection, Burst mode, Exposure compensation, Touch to focus, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo tagging

Video recording

3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (30 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (240 fps)

Recording format

 
MPEG4, H.264
H.264, MOV

Features

 
Optical image stabilization, Continuous autofocus, Picture-taking during video recording, Video calling, Video sharing
Optical image stabilization, Time-lapse video, Continuous autofocus, Picture-taking during video recording, Video calling, Video sharing

Front

2 megapixels
3.7 megapixels
1.2 megapixels

Video capture

1920x1080 (Full HD)
2560x1440 (QHD) (30 fps)
1280x720 (HD)

Design

Dimensions

6.27 x 3.27 x 0.40 inches (159.26 x 82.98 x 10.06 mm)
6.04 x 3.09 x 0.33 inches (153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm)
6.22 x 3.06 x 0.28 inches (158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1 mm)

Weight

6.49 oz (184 g)
the average is 6 oz (173 g)
6.21 oz (176 g)
the average is 6 oz (173 g)
6.07 oz (172 g)
the average is 6 oz (173 g)

Materials

 
Back: Plastic; Frame: Aluminum
Back: Aluminum

Resistance

Splash
 
 

Biometrics

 
Fingerprint (swipe)
Fingerprint (touch)

Features

 
Touch sensitive control keys
 

Hardware & Performance

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 APQ8084
Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 5433
Apple A8

Processor

Quad-core, 2700 MHz, Krait 450
Octa-core, 1900 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit, 20 nm
Dual-core, 1400 MHz, Cyclone ARMv8-A 2nd gen., 64-bit

GPU

Adreno 420
Mali-T760 MP6
PowerVR GX6450

RAM

3 GB LPDDR3
3 GB LPDDR3
1 GB LPDDR3

Storage expansion

 
 
 

Slot Type

 
microSDXC, microSDHC, microSD
 

OS

Android (7.1 Nougat, 7.0 Nougat, 6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop)
Android (6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4), Samsung TouchWiz UI
iOS (12.x, 11.x, 10.x, 9.x, 8.x)

Battery

Capacity

3220 mAh
3220 mAh
2915 mAh

Talk time

24.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1388 min)
 
 

Stand-by time

13.8 days (330 hours)
the average is 21 days (500 h)
 
16.0 days (384 hours)
the average is 21 days (500 h)

Talk time (3G)

 
20.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1396 min)
24.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1396 min)

Internet use

 
 
 

3G

 
 
12 hours

LTE

 
 
12 hours

Wi-Fi

 
 
12 hours

Music playback

 
82.00 hours
80.00 hours

Video playback

10.00 hours
14.00 hours
14.00 hours

Cellular

LTE (FDD)

Bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 19, 20, 28
Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 17, 20
Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28

LTE (TDD)

Bands 41
 
 

UMTS

800, 850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz
850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz

GSM

850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz

CDMA

 
 
800, 1700/2100, 1900 MHz

Data

LTE-A Cat 6 (300/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSDPA+ (4G) 21.1 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s
LTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA
LTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSPA, HSUPA, UMTS

Connectivity

Mobile Payment

 
 
Apple Pay

Multimedia

Screen mirroring

 
DLNA, MHL, MirrorLink
 

Shopping information

MSRP price

 
 
$ 949


Related phones

Nexus 6
  • Display 6.0" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, Quad-core, 2700 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3220 mAh(24h talk time)

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38 Comments

1. ciprian.ruse

Posts: 320; Member since: May 13, 2014

I love nexus and nexus 6 has amazing specs but it's huge !!!!

33. janno

Posts: 144; Member since: Aug 19, 2014

Phonearena for some reason is making it seem A LOT bigger than it is in the first picture. The second one shows a more real size comparison.

2. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Can someone explain to me how can a phone with a 5.5" display can be only 1mm shorter than one with a 6" display and dual front speakers? They should patent the iBezel.

12. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 913; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

On screen buttons!

19. Philipand96

Posts: 103; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

Both the IPhone 6 Plus and the LG G3 have 5.5 inch displays, The LG G3 specs are also "current" ie 2014 so it would be a comparison of phone all from the same era. "Meanwhile at Cupertino, we have the supersized Apple iPhone 6, which is the largest and most advanced iPhone the world has ever seen" The iPhone 6 is NOT the most advanced iPhone the world has ever seen The iPhone 6 is the iphone5 with a larger display. The iPhone 6 adds the non-phone related "Apple Pay", ( which by the way will earn Apple 15c per transaction, and that is the ONLY purpose a NFC profile was added.) Apple pay to work needs a credit card and an NFC terminal, if one is missing “alternative arrangements” are needed In 2012 the iPhone5 was the most advanced iPhone the world has ever seen In 2014 the iPhone6 is a larger version of the most advanced iPhone the world had ever seen. View "differences" in the comparison of the specs Anyone who started a 2 year contract with the iPhone5 in 2012 and up?grades to the iPhone 6 is in 2014 is using the same phone http://www.phonearena.com/phones/compare/Apple-iPhone-5,Apple-iPhone-6/phones/7378,8346 It really should be called the iphone5S S for Snap When I upgrade on contract after 2 years the changes in specifications havealways been significant, not minor as the iPhone 5 / iPhone 6 comparison shows My point instead of can article when ALL three phones are competing in the same era, LG G3 would have made for a fairer and more balanced piece.

27. tedkord

Posts: 17131; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

15¢ per $100, not per transaction.

32. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

Well, okay, so let's just put the rose glasses on and forget about the better chipset (http://www.phonearena.com/news/Technology-explained-heres-how-the-A8-chip-makes-the-Apple-iPhone-6-click-and-tick_id60641 ) and the better pixel density of the iPhone 6 Plus (http://www.phonearena.com/news/Apple-iPhone-6-vs-Apple-iPhone-6-Plus-vs-Apple-iPhone-5s-specs-comparison_id60476 ). These are just two of the more noticeable improvements the 6 Plus has over the 5s.

36. fortizboriqua

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

To say that the 6 or 6 Plus is exactly like the iPhone 5 is extremely laughable and shows how clueless you are when it comes to iPhones. I had an iPhone 5 for the last 2 years and upgraded to a 6 Plus. I can assure you that the improvements are so drastic that it makes the 5 look like a phone that was released 5 years ago instead of 2. The most obvious change is the screen size which there is no need to go into. The following are the drastic improvements from the 5 to the 6 Plus: Resolution in both screen and camera Power Camera Format of email and text. Battery life (1 1/2 days until a charge needed) Speaker Volume Fingerprint works flawlessly Now lets talk about NFC. What is every major corporations including Google goal? To make money. One of the main reasons why GooglePay didn't excel is because they were losing money after every transaction. Why would you not add a major function if it wasn't going to make money? To say that the only reason why NFC was added was to make money is also laughable. Apple tries to make things as simple as possible for its users in almost every way. There is another reason why NFC was added. I understand if you don't like Apple and what they stand for, but please know your facts before you post.

21. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

I agree with the Blueblaster and side with iPhone on this specific comment... Height for iPhones are more for the inclusion of a button. Android on screen buttons allow for A LOT of space saving, and take away from TRUE screen real estate.

3. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

Nexus 6 184gms :/ . why so heavy? I wish it had 3900 mah battery though.

4. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Heavy? This is 1 gram lighter than the Lumia 920 that has a 4.5" screen.

6. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

Heavy as in android device.Technically this should be lighter than note4 but it isn't and also not a huge battery. Lumias are exceptions as most of them are heavy. But android phones are not much heavy.

34. janno

Posts: 144; Member since: Aug 19, 2014

Why should it be lighter? It has a metal frame and bigger screen.

7. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

This.

18. Bjray

Posts: 199; Member since: May 29, 2014

Here's hoping "Project Volta" will actually extend battery life ~ 30% from a normal 3220 mAh pack.

5. Lememurilo

Posts: 49; Member since: Oct 13, 2014

Note 4 have a better front and back câmera, better design, removabel battery, Expandable memory and probably better battery life.

10. Lememurilo

Posts: 49; Member since: Oct 13, 2014

Also S Pen with Wacom digitalizer and 3 mics with better quality

22. Bjray

Posts: 199; Member since: May 29, 2014

Front & back cameras: True Better design: Subjective, I personally prefer the clean minimalist design. Removable battery: Only a pro if you plan to use it. All I have is Samsung smartphones and I've never needed / wanted change out battery packs. Expandable storage: Once again, only useful if don't / can't utilize the cloud (which is what this device is all about). Battery life: Considering the Nexus 6 will have stock Android and like I said earlier "Project Volta" I would give this to the Nexus. The Note 4 doesn't really have anything going for it except for a 0.23 smaller display. Both devices are beasts and they both have they're own exclusive features from each other. There really is no clear winner here, just what's best for your personal wants / needs. And don't forget the Note 4 is $100 more.

28. tedkord

Posts: 17131; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I'm just going to disagree about the expandable storage. With carriers trying to impose data caps, the cloud isn't viable long term.

23. Bjray

Posts: 199; Member since: May 29, 2014

Also, didn't notice but the 64 GB Nexus 6 is only $699. So now the Nexus could be $50 cheaper with 2x the storage. One more thing to think about.

26. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Before Dbags come complain about external SD, dont forget that you have to pay a great price for that. I payed f-in 55 euros for my highspeed 64gb microsd from samsung to be able to film in 4k.

35. janno

Posts: 144; Member since: Aug 19, 2014

And is $200/euro more.

8. darkoman4

Posts: 181; Member since: May 30, 2014

IPhone 6+ has an OIS.

29. sameer1807

Posts: 5; Member since: Apr 16, 2013

so does the new nexus 6 and note 4

9. mawhob2222

Posts: 219; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Nexus6 the best

11. simplepink

Posts: 19; Member since: Nov 26, 2012

Nexus 6 is meant for the ladies since men have issues with the size! I would consider the Nexus BC of the size. I dont think phone cameras make that big of a difference. Hope the nexus has 3GB of RAM!

14. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

I think the ladies like the smaller size, more. 11 posts since 2012 (didn't beat my old account). What brings you here?

37. simplepink

Posts: 19; Member since: Nov 26, 2012

I disagree for the most part. The ones complaining about large size phones is mostly the guys.

13. bendgate unregistered

Note 4 and Nexus 6 just bends the iphone 6.

15. Blackrod5000

Posts: 22; Member since: Oct 20, 2013

Finally a great phone with great price this is a phone I can actually see

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