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Interface and Functionality

There’s no comparison whatsoever, Android 5.0 Lollipop is remarkable in every facet.

Apple no doubt brought its game to the table with the release of iOS 8, giving it some notable features that bring the experience to the same level as Android past. However, now that Android 5.0 Lollipop is here in the flesh, where it's being featured on the Nexus 6, the separation between the two platforms is once again apparent. It all boils down to the undeniable reality that Google is one step ahead in the functionality department. And with Lollipop, Google is also addressing many of Android's presentation issues.

The gap is plainly evident when it comes to the design language and software features of the respective platforms. Indeed, the two share the common element of employing a flat, layered design, but Google makes better use of transition effects and other miniscule animations to give Android 5.0 Lollipop a more dynamic feel. And best of all, it still continues to outdo iOS 8 when it comes to personalization. 

Another area of great divide is seen in their set of software features. We won't deny that iOS 8 brought on new tools and tricks that diversified its experience to roughly the same level of Android, such as the case with its support of third party widgets and keyboard, but Lollipop elevates the experience to an even higher level.

For example, the option to pin/lock the Nexus 6 to run a certain app, as well as its support for multiple users, are software features that can't be found on iOS 8 on the iPhone 6 Plus. One thing we'll give Apple credit for, seeing that Lollipop doesn't have it, is the ability to shrink the interface at any time by lightly double-tapping on the home button. And, even with Lollipop's rich experience, iOS still presents itself with better looking and more functional third party apps.

Processor and Memory

Superficially, they’re buttery smooth, but the iPhone 6 Plus has a stronger gaming performance.

We can dissect their respective processors, but at the end of the day, the quad-core 2.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 SoC with 3GB of RAM in the Nexus 6, and the dual-core 1.4GHz Apple A8 64-bit based chip with 1GB of RAM within the iPhone 6 Plus, produce nearly the same peppiness with all sorts of operations. Superficial processes are accompanied with snappy responses, but there’s a slight advantage to gaming performance with the iPhone 6 Plus.

Unfortunately, neither smartphone offers expandable storage to supplement their internal capacities. Specifically, the Nexus 6 is offered in 32GB and 64GB configurations, but the iPhone 6 Plus has more of a stretch, seeing that it’s available in 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB options.

Sunspider Lower is better
Google Nexus 6 797.6
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 365.2
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen Higher is better
Google Nexus 6 27.9
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 40.9
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
Google Nexus 6 12
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 18.4
Geekbench 3 single-core Higher is better
Google Nexus 6 1062
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 1625
Geekbench 3 multi-core Higher is better
Google Nexus 6 3295
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 2918

Internet and Connectivity

Sure, the larger screen size of the Nexus 6 makes it a little bit more ideal for the web browsing experience, seeing that we’re able to see more of a page than we’d get on the iPhone 6 Plus, but the marginal quality is negligible. We will note, however, that with the introduction of Lollipop with the Nexus 6, web pages can now be displayed individually in the apps switching menu. Ultimately, we’ll mention that the two are no doubt fantastic for surfing the web.

The iPhone 6 Plus is notable for being a true world phone, one that supports more LTE bands than any other smartphone – leaving fewer variations of the phone needed to work with the assortment of networks littered around the world. That realization is made especially known looking at the Nexus 6, which has one model to support the US networks, and another for the international market.

Beyond that, they’re adorned with the same set of connectivity features we’d expect to find in any high-end phone. Specifically, they feature aGPS, Bluetooth, dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, and NFC.

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