Nexus 6 beats the iPhone 6 Plus by a mile in our blind camera comparison

Nexus 6 beats the iPhone 6 Plus by a mile in our blind camera comparison
It is safe to say that the iPhone is one of the best cameraphones around. Its camera is fast, easy to use, and capable of producing beautiful images, as our numerous tests and comparisons have shown. The Nexus 6, however, managed to beat Apple's smartphone in our latest blind camera comparison. And by a huge margin, at that. Out of the 3662 readers who voted, over three quarters chose Google's Nexus 6 handset. The iPhone 6 Plus, on the other hand, managed to collect less than 23% of all votes. 

What made our readers blindly choose the Nexus 6 over the iPhone? Well, our guess is that they liked the former's sharp, detailed images. Close-ups show that the Nexus 6's higher-resolution sensor captures better details in most occasions. At the same time, the iPhone 6 Plus exaggerated the sun's warm glow to an unacceptable level in several of the shots. Although it did produce superior colors in other scenes, we have to admit. 

That's all for now, folks, and in case you missed our original post, below are the samples that we shot with the two phones. Keep an eye out for our full verdict on this particular 1v1 camera comparison as it is coming in the very near future. Our next blind camera comparison is also around the corner, so don't miss that either.

Which phone took better photos?

Nexus 6 (Phone 1)
77.14%
iPhone 6 Plus (Phone 2)
22.86%

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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)
iPhone 6 Plus
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A8, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2915 mAh(24h 3G talk time)

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147 Comments

1. TheStanleyFTW

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

Nice job Moto! :D But iPhone 6 Plus is better than Moto in low light. :)

3. sgodsell

Posts: 7458; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It just made sense that a 13mp camera would beat a 8mp camera. That and the faster processor on the nexus 6 would help to sharpen images.

10. TheStanleyFTW

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

True AND RAW-format is coming to Android (Or wasn't their and app that could take RAW) :D

37. Mxyzptlk unregistered

There's no way the 6 lost to the Nexus 6 in a camera test. There's something wrong with the voters here.

39. Noble_One

Posts: 63; Member since: Aug 18, 2012

Not trying to start anything at all, but do you think the iPhone pictures look better honestly? I was a bit skeptical when opening the article, but upon looking at the images, I felt the nexus 6 pictures did look better

161. JayQ330

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Same here, I also wondered if had anyone known what phone shot which pic would have the test given different results.

43. iOSLMFAO

Posts: 290; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

Your tears are delicious. It was a blind test, genius, no way for bias to skew the results. Keep crying though.

44. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Always in denial if it's against your opinion. Have you tried a Nexus 6, of course you haven't.

49. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

because that time when this comparison was posted - darkjedi had some stupid comments about yellowish pictures belonging to "Amoleds" screens and claimed that they are out of Samsung - so then all iSheeps followed his "techie amoled"statement and simply voted for the device number 1 - which was nexus 6 in this case. But anyway that device 2 pics really looks yelowish so i am a bit surprised that even iPA writer alowed to appear them here. Even blind iPhone user had to vote for 1 cause bad yelowisj samples that i believe iPhone doesnt produce like this. s**tty postprocesing at iPA went wrong direction...

53. iOSLMFAO

Posts: 290; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

Darkjedi said something stupid and erroneous? Well I am shocked, just shocked lol

60. androidwindows

Posts: 216; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

No, iphones have always produced yelllowish images since the iphone 4. ALWAYS. Despite that, reviewers always say the camera on the iphone is THE BEST EVAH!!!!! Just look at Nick's comments in the article above.

51. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

The apple camera really isn't that great, I used it and I'm not impressed. My HTC DNA is just as fast and takes as good if not better photos. Also when it plays music, I went into camera app, the music shuts off! I didn't even take a picture, just by going there shut off the music! Then when I did take a pic, I had to go back into the music app to turn music back on, lame. When I'm playing music on my DNA, I can go to the camera app, music still plays. Then when I do take a pic, the music pauses then starts playing automatically after the pic. hmm...

57. Dinged

Posts: 37; Member since: Jan 12, 2012

Blind comparison needs to be done without a "sky" scene. Everyone knows an iphone when they see a blue saturated sky, All it takes is a manufacturer or fanboy to auto vote once knowing this and then the votes are skewed. The apple camera kills it when it comes to low light action scenes...way less blur.

58. darkkjedii

Posts: 31331; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Mxy, enjoy your purchase bro, I know I am. Loving my 128 gig 6 plus. Hope everyone else is enjoying their purchase. I'm also here at CES, enjoying the show. Theres some awesome tech here, but they need better wifi, due to the crowd. I got tons of pics and vids to put on Facebook, 2015 tech rocks so far.

98. Mxyzptlk unregistered

:( I wi I could attend. So many new goodies to see.

99. darkkjedii

Posts: 31331; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Mxy, the phones are great, but the TV's are unbelievable. Home automation is gonna be huge too, give it couple years. Tablets are nice, but we all know only one tablet really matters, the rest kinda fill in the pie. The TV's though bro, my goodness.

59. androidwindows

Posts: 216; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

There's nothing wrong with the voters here. They simply picked the better performing camera phone that's all. I accurately predicted that phone 2 was the iphone here.http://www.phonearena.com/news/1v1-blind-camera-comparison-you-choose-the-better-phone_id64122/comments/page/2 Despite what the reviewers say, iphones are not able to produce natural looking colors. That's a fact. Just look at the pictures above. And I'm glad that idiot symantik is banned.

62. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Please explain how this was rigged... I mean it was a blind comparison? Was it not?

67. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Or, maybe it's not the rest of the world. Maybe, just maybe, it's you with the problem.

90. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Do you need a Wahmbulance Mxy? Lmao!!

100. jphillips63

Posts: 253; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

In all honesty here yes the nexus 6 images where way better. The colors looked true the contrast and dynamic range was very accurate. The iPhone looked like the images were over sharpened and also focus was off making some look soft. There very well could had been a bad processor or lens on the iPhone but regardless clearly in those photos the nexus had better images

101. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

The Nexus 6 pictures just looked better overall. Mainly due to more accurate color reproduction, and the higher megapixels allowed for more detailed images close in. Apple will need to hike up the megapixels on the next phone or they're just fall further behind and eventually get to an HTC level where the cameras are overhyped and not competitive.

125. alrightythen

Posts: 35; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Just face it, iphones are 2 year old hardware. Simple as that.

131. preetmalhotra

Posts: 114; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Are you bl¡nd? This was a blind test, so no biasing. Nexus 6 images are indeed better. iPhone6/6s is no better than any other flagship camera except HTCs. Even Nokia N8 beats your iP6/6s. Sorry if that hurts. :P

152. CoryMeetsWorld

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 17, 2014

Or you could just be a biased twat.

149. bondosho

Posts: 14; Member since: Nov 07, 2011

RAW is a feature of Lollipop. Just need a program like Camera FV-5 to take advantage of it. I use it on my N5. To the comment who said "of course 13mp beat 8mp" I'd ask, since when does more megapixels matter? They don't. Apple's post processing has always bothered me. The inject way to much red in their pics. Anyway, good article.

78. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

As others below have said, there are other factors apart from pixel count. - The red cast seems to me to be an auto white balance issue - should be fixable in a FW update. - Slightly more aggressive sharpening may have helped, though I wonder if the iPhone is at or near max resolving power of its lens. - In the iPhone's favor, it seems to have better dynamic range than the Moto. I'd expect the pixel count advantage to push the N6 over the top, but it should have been a closer contest. FWIW - I own a Nexus 6.

153. CoryMeetsWorld

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 17, 2014

More megapixels doesn't mean better camera you knobhead.

8. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I have to admit, I kinda thought this was the battle I was looking for & BOY was I surprised. This makes me go CRAZY for the Verizon version of the Google Nexus 6. GEEEZZZZ!!!! When WILL it ever come out? SMH! Motorola is finally getting their camera game straight & it's evident by this blind camera comparison. AMAZING! Kudos to Motorola. This is HUGE!

12. TheStanleyFTW

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

Off topic....But are there any 1/2.3 inch sensors with 13mp?

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