While announcing the Nexus 6P, Google bashed iPhone's low screen-to-body ratio

While announcing the Nexus 6P, Google bashed iPhone's low screen-to-body ratio
Earlier today, in San Francisco, Google's Sundar Pichai and other important Google employees took the stage to announce - among other things - two new Nexus smartphones: the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X. While the 5X is a pretty affordable handset that can't stand next to today's flagship smartphones, the Nexus 6P is a high-end, metal-made device that's offering a lot of bang for the buck (prices for it start at $499).

While unveiling the Nexus 6P, Dave Burke, Vice President of Android Engineering at Google, praised its 5.7-inch AMOLED display with 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD). 

According to Google, the screen of the Nexus 6P occupies 74% of the device's front - this making the 6P similar in size to various 5.5-inch handsets. In particular, Google compared the Nexus 6P (159.3 x 77.8 x 7.3 mm) to Apple's iPhone 6s Plus, which, despite the fact that it sports a 5.5-inch screen, is about as large as the new Nexus, measuring 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm.

Of course, we need to point out that the bezels of the Nexus 6P aren't the thinnest we've seen. There are plenty of smartphones out there with higher screen-to-body ratios (for example, the Motorola X Style, which is also a 5.7-inch handset, offers a 76.36% ratio), but it's still interesting to see Google particularly picking on Apple for its affection towards huge bezels. The iPhone 6s Plus has a 67.9% screen-to-body ratio, while older iPhone models offer even poorer ratios.

source: Google

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1. frankg

Posts: 173; Member since: May 14, 2014

But when you pit it against the note 5 it's the same story....Huge bezels compared to the N5.

2. Bjray

Posts: 199; Member since: May 29, 2014

Not as bad but true nonetheless.

7. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Two frontfacing stereo speakers... That's why :p.

39. alila2

Posts: 169; Member since: Nov 01, 2011

still no excuse , moto N6 have 2 front facing speakers with a very minimal bezel !!

12. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Hm, it's good when you look at the size of the battery, that a very big battery

15. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

What? Note 5 ---> 153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm iPhone 6S Plus 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 Yes they are both big. But consider this. The Note itself houses way more stuff than an iPhone, yet is is visibly smaller. In fact you can feel the physical difference in size. The iPhone Plus literally feels bigger even without knowing the sizes. Considering the Note has a bigger screen, 5/16MP cameras with rear flash, light sensors, hear monitor and more and the iphone has a bit less, the iPhone should have smaller bezels. Now having said that, there are benefits to bigger bezels. When you drop your phone, thicker bezels could mean better shock absorption which would prevent quick breakage of glass. We have seen in drop tests of most phones that hitting the sides, most of the time the glass doesn't break. Downside to bigger bezels is it makes the phone big. Then you slap a case on it and it feels even bigger. The Note is so small that adding some cases still keeps it smaller in some dimensions even compared to an iPhone without a case.

26. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

I see the Samsung puppet speaks again to no avail!

32. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

You ain't kidding!!!!

52. coldspring22

Posts: 349; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Iphone's bezel doesn't help at all. All iphones crack like crazy regardless of their thick bezels when dropped. Even iphone 6s is crack magnet. Yea and another thing. Iphone's lousy glass screen scratches like crazy. Check out the youtube video of iphone 6S screen being roughed up with just sand paper: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ve4sejMLkUw While Samsung galaxy Note 5 is unscathe by sand paper test. Apple is being cheap again with it's components.

24. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

74% for the Nexus 6P vs. 76% for the Note5... 2% isn't what I'd call "huge" but to each his own.


Posts: 944; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

No one cares about Note 5 its all about the Apple!

3. AlikMalix unregistered

All is fair in love and war!

4. Zomer

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2013

Only Google cares, Apple doesn't give a f&ck.

16. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Really? Because Samsung has very small bezels.

48. almostdone

Posts: 449; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Apple BezelGate ©

5. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1360; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Wow Tit for Tat huh Google. well Phil Schiller always brings up Google and Android during every WDC. Tim Cook never fails to talk about the fragmentation of its nearest rival . So I guess Google is entitled to its rebuttals. But I do wish they both, Apple and Google, would take the high road and just talk about their products without slighting the competition.

61. AlikMalix unregistered

Agreed, that's what I meant in post #3 above, but I don't think most kids here understand the saying or even heard of it.

64. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I wish everyone would just mind their own business and make their products great for their prospective customers. Trash talking make both groups look like little kids that couldn't get along.

6. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015


8. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1360; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

don't take his name in Vain or you'll get increase bezels on your device

9. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

And so? Apple did bash Google for updates more than once, right? Correct. So Google can bash on Apple for some stuff too. Why not, lol?

25. Tizo101

Posts: 597; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

and then they start writing articles about it when Google does it. why is Apple being defended?

68. FrenchGuy

Posts: 134; Member since: Dec 12, 2014

Because this is phonearena! What else did you expect?

11. Wulfgardr

Posts: 73; Member since: Oct 29, 2014


20. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yea, but Google made more money than Apple for years without selling a single product. In fact, Google barely does anything and money just literally falls from the sky. Google didn't design Nexus to make money from hardware.

31. Rydsmith unregistered

They were also an advertising company at the time, and still primarily are, while Apple is a hardware company. You literally compared Apples and Oranges.

35. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

"Apple is a hardware company" Even Tim Cook himself debunked this: http://www.businessinsider.com/tim-cook-apple-is-not-a-hardware-company-2013-2

54. coldspring22

Posts: 349; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Apple is defninitively NOT a hardware company. They don't even make a single screw that goes into an iphone. Every component comes from other companies, most likely arch-android competitors like Samsung, LG, Sony, Sharp etc, and is assembled by Foxconn, another android company. Apple has really no clue when it comes to manufacturing, and must depend 100% on it's rivals

69. megalosdog

Posts: 17; Member since: Jan 06, 2015

Foxconn is a Chinese PHONE factory, NOT an "android company".

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