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)

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



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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65. Tech_Junkie1996

Posts: 43; Member since: Aug 29, 2013

Simply an observation. The Nexus 6 is said not to be as color accurate as the Iphone 6+, however, the color temperature of the screen is stated as 6551K, the closet to 6500K that I have ever seen on any device, especially those released in the last few years. Now, if the iPhone were to beat that, I would gladly concede and say that it is the superior screen, unfortunately, its temperature is 7318K, which a lot cooler.

70. curiousDillan

Posts: 46; Member since: May 26, 2015

I was thinking that too. There are many areas where the iPhone clearly is superior, but I think they reached the wrong conclusion here.

60. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Huh, people who rather spend more to get less get an iPhone 6+. Makes sense because those people tend to value how a product sells over what device is the better value. Nexus 6 is 200.00 cheaper and yet because it is Android, it does more. There is nothing in an iPhone 6+ that tells me, "WOW!!!" Go ahead and buy the 6+, if you think being cool is more important than spending your money wisely. Heck..I hope you all buy the 6+ so that I can easily purchase a Nexus 6 when it comes out. Remember what P.T. Barnum once said? You can easily apply that to foolish iPhone users. Another saying: " A fool and his money are soon parted" Another appropriate saying for Apple lovers....

56. Symon_Fleece

Posts: 351; Member since: May 30, 2014

obviously, the galaxy note 4 is the clear winner when it comes to phablet category. It has outstanding multitasking, which is must in big displays, and another extra was the s pen. nexus 6 doesn't have much have multitasking and stylus features compare to the note 4, but it also have sharp display, stock android for quick updates, and a 4k video recording. iPhone 6 + is not bad at all, in fact, ios is the smoothest among these three, it also have quick updates but, it doesn't have special features for phablet. it is like stretch iPhone 6. so: 1. galaxy note 4 2. nexus 6 3. iPhone 6+ [note: i'm not a fan of these three phablets :)]

61. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Nexus gets updates pretty quick, and yeah, the iphones lack many features - including multi user profiles....

54. uzbek-mobile-man

Posts: 118; Member since: Sep 27, 2014

Please, tell me if you are using LG G3 and Google Nexus 6. Right now I am using HTC One M7. It's one of the best smartphones. But, indoors, in low-light situations, its camera takes photos and records video awfully, there's red-purple tint issue. Its battery is not removable. Its display is not big for internet surfing. I need best cameraphone for photos and videos, indoors and outdoors. I need a phone with large display for internet and watching videos. What about LG G3 and Google Nexus 6? Their cameras for taking photos and recording videos indoors and outdoors? Are their flash light during camera working, video ilght? If they are good phones, I will buy one of them instead of HTC One M7. Please, tell me. Thank you beforehand.

57. ggg377

Posts: 20; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

I am using an LG G3 and I'm happy with the indoors performance and low light performance in general. It takes decent photos even in very low light (without flash). It takes well-exposed and useable photos in situations where iPhone 5s and especially Samsung phones return pixelated indistinguishable darkness. A good reference to compare Nexus 6 and G3 is to first check out the iPhone 6 camera comparison on Phonearena, which has G3 photos and then check out Nexus 6 vs iPhone 6+ review, which has low light photos taken in the same area. Overall when you compare G3 and N6 photos, N6 is just infinitely darker and noisier in low light situations. I wouldn't use N6 over G3 for photography even if someone gave it to me for free. When it comes to low light, it goes like this imo: 1) iPhone 6+, 2) iPhone 6, 3) Note 4 (haven't seen much photos though so take this ranking with a grain of salt), 4) G3, 5) iPhone 5s, 6) G2, 7) Nexus 5. The Nokias I left out and pretty much every other Android is lackluster for this purpose. Again, Phonearena comparisons can be helpful in deciding, but only if you can compare exact same locations. I can recommend the G3 if low light photography (and pretty much any smartphone photography in general) is what you're looking for. If you're having doubts about the G3, the Note 4 would probably also be an excellent phablet choice, but it costs a lot more. I wouldn't recommend running the sluggish G3 stock launcher though, but other than that it's perfect for me.

53. ggg377

Posts: 20; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Camera is abysmal in low light just as I expected. Motorola doesn't have the right software (or the team to make it) for a top notch camera.

49. HarryWild

Posts: 60; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

Great back and forth attacks! Love reading these comments! WP forever! LOL!

64. Jillsandwich

Posts: 63; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Lmao... I agree. Watching the android fanboys damage control is funny

42. phichart

Posts: 335; Member since: May 03, 2014

Enjoy with your I-Bend Sick plus...

35. Thedefenitionofawesome

Posts: 51; Member since: Sep 04, 2014

The reviewer stated that the ip6+ took better videos than the nexus 6 in the conclusion. However, he stated that the nx6 took better videos with 4k. I just do not understand the need to compare 1080p to 1080p videos. The reviewer should have compared each of the phone's strongest assets.e.g Nx6's 4k ( it's best) against ip6+'s 1080p(it's best). The fact that in the conclusion the reviewer saying that the ip6+ took better vids is just bs and shows his biasedness. Furthermore, he failed to comment on Nx6's smaller bezels which mean better design. He said the ip6+'s aluminium design is enough to justify its price. But how about the big bezels? It is also part of design. A phablet should have as small bezels as possible. How about the ugly protruding camera?? Have you readers realized that ever since the iphones were released, it has all been weather a phone is metal or plastic or aluminium or plastic in the design department comparisons? The fact that the nx6 is almost as small as the ip6+ is almost as small deserves praise. Also, you realise the reviewer tends to say both phones are equal in departments where the iphone loses right? For example, resolution. He said the difference was unnoticable. Screen size: He said that the difference when surfing the web was negligible. However, when color accuracy to is unnoticable unless closely inspected. But, the reviewer had to comment on how the bigger nx6 will be harder to handle just because it is slightly bigger.( Note that the difference is negligible)

62. ThirdEye

Posts: 33; Member since: Oct 31, 2012

I think he missed the below. Apple with its ip6+ gives you a curved display for just a Jean and a back pocket while Nexus 6 remains the same :-D Advantage : - iPhone John V is pathetic.

32. MobileNico

Posts: 96; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

The iPhone 6 plus will sell way more phones than the Nexus 6, but none of the reasons are because it's the better phone. They are on par with one another. Far greater brand recognition, superior marketing and limited Google inventory all play an immense factor in the sales gap we're gonna see. Oh, and if TouchWiz wasn't so god-awful, I'd agree with you Samsung fanboys.

25. Jillsandwich

Posts: 63; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Yet another Android phone falling before an iPhone. Does it ever stop?

27. sipha

Posts: 440; Member since: May 12, 2012

Note 4!!

33. Jillsandwich

Posts: 63; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Note 4 is just another victim to iPhone. The next thing is here. It's called the iPhone.

36. Thedefenitionofawesome

Posts: 51; Member since: Sep 04, 2014

Yup, the next overpriced piece of crap is the next big thing. Disapointing. The Note 4 falls victim to the iphone when comparing the "lousiness" factor.

51. Jillsandwich

Posts: 63; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

No, it fails behind because despite the fact that they were three years ahead in the large screen segment, went full on anti apple with their marketing, went as far as emulating certain iOS designs and had numerous celebrity spots, they still can't compete with apple in sheer brand recognition, Pathetic.

55. Thedefenitionofawesome

Posts: 51; Member since: Sep 04, 2014

We are talking about phones, not brand recognition. You do know apple fans basically buy anything with an apple logo on it, right? And since when has samsung been emulating the iphone's design? I have never seen a samsung phone that has ugly and huge bezels nor one with a protruding camera as fugly as the iphone's.

58. Jillsandwich

Posts: 63; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Apple fans buy Apple because they're good products. And they have a consistent history of this. This isn't like Samsuck, who releases a hundred crappy different things, hoping one will get it right. Samsung has been emulating Apple since original GS1. Look up the history. And you're right. You won't see the protruding camera on the GS. You'll just get ugly, cheap looking hardware, period.

39. Fazz1977

Posts: 153; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

My d**k still smells like your mother.

50. Jillsandwich

Posts: 63; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Inferiority complex much?

19. drkuthan

Posts: 76; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

ip6 + rules dandroids follow no exception

21. Fazz1977

Posts: 153; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Typical ramblings of a douche-canoe!

29. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

What's a dandroid?

38. Fazz1977

Posts: 153; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

I have no idea... lol.

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