Introduction


For a good long time there, Apple was resistant to making really big phones – the kind that fit the mold of being a phablet. This year, however, they finally entered that new space with the iPhone 6 Plus. Arguably, it’s the beefier and more compelling iPhone for phablet lovers with its massive screen diagonal and all. Just arriving on the scene, however, the Google Nexus 6 is already making some serious noise with its fresh Android 5.0 Lollipop experience, so it’ll be intriguing to see how it can try to propel itself in reaching the same highly sought out status as Apple’s pride and joy.

Design

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.

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)

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)

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)

See the full Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus in real size or compare them to other phones using our Size Comparison tool.


Display

The Nexus 6 is impressive for its quad-HD resolution, but the iPhone 6 Plus has a brighter and more color accurate screen.

Knowing that they’re in that phablet space, we’re dealt with larger-than-normal screens here. Specs have a way of dictating things, which is evident here from a cursory look, as the Nexus 6’s 5.96-inch 1440 x 2560 AMOLED display trumps the iPhone 6 Plus’ 5.5-inch 1080 x 1920 Retina Display. Obviously, there’s a huge advantage with the Nexus 6 when it comes to pixel density, but in all fairness, it’s still tough to discern its superiority from a normal viewing distance – though, it becomes evident upon closer inspection.

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.

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