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Call Quality

Average, that’s the performance out of the two phones here.

We actually don’t find one phone being more superior for phone calls, especially when we feel that their qualities are more average. Voices for the most part are audible through their earpieces, but there’s some static noise through the Nexus 6. Meanwhile, the iPhone 6 Plus’ speakerphone has a subdued tone to it.

Battery

Forget about it, the Nexus 6 flexes its muscles by delivering longer battery life.

Normally, a super high-resolution screen combined with a beefy processor under the hood would be taxing when it comes to battery life, but that’s not the case as we find the Nexus 6 dishing up the superior battery life. Our battery benchmark test sheds light on that certainty, as the Nexus 6 achieves a mark of 7 hours and 53 minutes from a full charge – whereas the iPhone 6 Plus taps out at 6 hours and 32 minutes. Not stopping there, the Nexus 6 also features built-in wireless charging, which is an especially inviting treat for any high-end phone. Without a doubt, the bigger, 3220 mAh juicer of the Nexus 6 proves to be quite useful; it's a bit unfortunate that Apple only managed to fit a 2915 mAh battery.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Google Nexus 6 7h 53 min (Average)
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 6h 32 min (Average)

Conclusion

With the holidays around the corner, the competition will no doubt continue to build up, as these two prized smartphones will attempt to claim victory over one another. History has already shown to us that the iPhone 6 Plus is a hot selling smartphone. Now that the Google Nexus 6 is finally available for purchase, all eyes are on the device to see how it can disrupt the iPhone 6 Plus’ momentum.

In terms of pricing, there’s an advantage going with the Nexus 6 and its lower $649 cost, which is noticeably cheaper than the $749 starting cost of the iPhone 6 Plus. Taking into account the quad-HD screen it’s packing along, it’s pretty impressive to see it undercut Apple’s offering in that area. Additionally, with the introduction of Android 5.0 Lollipop, which is increasingly transforming Android into a more consistent and versatile software package, it helps to solidify the Nexus 6’s usefulness and value.

However, we can’t forget to mention the premium nature that’s attached to the iPhone 6 Plus. That alone helps to justify its higher cost, but it also helps that it captures the better looking photos and videos with its camera. Indeed, iOS 8 doesn’t have the same breath of software tricks and features we get with Android 5.0 Lollipop, but the experience does have its advantages, such as its extreme level of polish and intuitiveness. It’s a tough call on which one to go with, but we can certainly say that you won’t be disappointed going with either of them.



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