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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69 Comments

1. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

The top 3 phablets at the moment are: 1. iPhone 6 plus 2. Note 4 3. Nexus 6

2. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

LOL......iPhone 6 is on top ?! Did you put it on 3rd then it bent and bomeranged onto top position ?!

4. Arte.8800

Posts: 48; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

What do you expect from an iFan....?

6. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

The IPhone 6 is the largest selling smartphone in the world So I don't know why you are so surprised

8. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Can you explain that logic please ? If highest selling it your criteria of 'top' then Nokia 1100 is the best phone in the world right now. It sold 250 million units, more then any iPhone, Note or Galaxy ! Highest selling doesn't mean best. The very word 'phablet' was introduced by Note.

12. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Ok. So, let's talk about market share.....

24. Jillsandwich

Posts: 63; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

how many Android phones to the few iPhones again? Oh, yeah. One iPhone to any one other smartphone. Guess which will sell better?

14. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

First of the Nokia 1100 is a phone not a smartphone, I said the iPhone 6 is the largest selling smartphone. Some devices sell well because they are affordable, example Moto G. But the IPhone 6 is one of the most expensive smartphones in the market but people still buy it. They buy it for a reason, because is the Best

46. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Because it is most popular not the best (still a great product indeed)

59. shalinsaini29

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

Note 3 alone sold more than 15 million

15. bucky

Posts: 3785; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

The word yes but the first phablet came from dell

16. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Back then, when it sold, it was. He also said Smartphone.

26. darkkjedii

Posts: 31100; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yeah, but the device was introduced by Dell.

47. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

And there is Nokia's 5230 or something sone similar named smartphone sold alot too.

17. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 932; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

How much has the 6 Plus sold?

23. Jillsandwich

Posts: 63; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

More than the Note 4 and Nexus combined will ever sell.

45. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Please provide a link (not arguing but just curious).

28. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

And the Ford Fiesta is the highest selling car in the world. So that means it's the greatest as well right?

31. vincelongman

Posts: 5696; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I thought the Toyota Corolla was the highest selling car in the world But anyway your point still stands

34. Jillsandwich

Posts: 63; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

The difference is, the Ford car is a value car, So poor people get it. The iPhone sells more, despite its premium price point. Why? Because it's just that much better than Android.

43. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Better for you but not for everyone.

52. Jillsandwich

Posts: 63; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Better for people who want their phones to not lag.

30. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

Selling the most doesn't make it the best. It makes it the most popular. But popular doesn't equate to best. By your definition, Rolls Royce and Bently are not the best in luxury vehicles because they don't sell as well as a BMW. John B.

37. HildyJ

Posts: 338; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

I'll make you a deal. I'll concede that the iPhone 6 is better if you'll concede that Android and Windows are vastly superior operating systems to iOS and OSX and that a Dell Latitude computer is much better than MacBook Air. After all, sales prove it.

41. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

We are talking about 6+ not 6. Sales number doesn't define anything. What happens when there is alot of die hard fans who buys anything their favourite companies produce?(though apple make good products but not the best)

3. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

not in the right order...

5. Arte.8800

Posts: 48; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

N4 NX6 IP6+

11. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

pretty much yeah...

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 31100; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Not a bad order lol. With the S-Pen I have to put the Note 1.

40. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

No matter what, iPhone plus cant beat note 4. It is just enlarged iPhone 6 .it doesn't have anything special from iPh6 (special phablet features). Note 4 is not an enlarged version of s5. There is no phablet In the market that can beat note 4 (my opinion). IPhone 6+ may be best for you because you prefer iOS or Apple products. But saying iph6+ better because it sells more is kinda stupid. It is better for you to say "the top 3 phablets at the moment 'in my opinion' are" because its just your opinion. I'm not a fan of anything I don't even use android at the moment(using WP now) but I still consider note series best in phablets because its different from other phablets and I love innovative techs.

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