Introduction


Apple brought us two new smartphones this year, both of which are similarly spec’d, but there’s no denying the obvious about the company’s intentions. The trends, so far, have placed a lot of emphasis on these so-called phablets, so it doesn’t shock us to see Google following the trend with the Nexus 6. Undoubtedly, it’s one beastly of a phone from head-to-toe, but it’s going to take some considerable push to combat the iPhone 6’s popularity – one that’s highly regarded as one of the best all-around phones out there.

Design

The compact size and premium look of the iPhone 6 keeps it in good light over the gargantuan size and plastic construction of the Nexus 6.

The Nexus 6 sports a sturdier construction than its predecessor, something we all appreciate no doubt, but it still doesn’t contend with the meticulous, premium design of the iPhone 6. Essentially, it’s that modern day mash-up between metal versus plastic – where the iPhone 6 exudes that elegant look with its aluminum chassis, while the Nexus 6’s plastic body seems more likely to endure minor bumps and bruises with little repercussions. The biggest disparity with their designs, however, fall into the excessive size of the Nexus 6. It’s a handful in itself, which makes the iPhone 6 considerably easier and more comfortable to hold.

Due to the premium finish of the iPhone 6, 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 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

Apple iPhone 6

Dimensions

5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 inches

138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm

Weight

4.55 oz (129 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

Apple iPhone 6

Dimensions

5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 inches

138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm

Weight

4.55 oz (129 g)

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



Display

Sure, the Nexus 6’s display is amazing for its size and impressive QuadHD resolution, but the iPhone 6’s 4.7” screen is brighter and more color accurate.

Seriously, we still can’t get over the impeccable detail of the Nexus 6’s obnoxiously large 5.96-inch 1440 x 2460 AMOLED display – a considerably details advantage over the iPhone 6’s 4.7-inch 750 x 1334 IPS LCD panel. In all fairness, though, the two are effective enough to make out from a normal viewing distance, but upon closer inspection, there’s no denying the significant amount of detail and sharpness that the Nexus 6’s display delivers.

Outclassed in that one particular area, the iPhone 6 boasts its own set of impressive qualities. For example, its IPS LCD display is far more potent with its excellent 606 nit brightness, which blows away the 270 nits put out by the Nexus 6. All told, we’re able to view the iPhone 6’s screen under direct sunlight – whereas with the Nexus 6, its screen washes out tremendously, making it tough to see. In addition, the iPhone 6 is also better at reproducing colors, where its tones are more natural looking, in comparison to the over-saturated look of the Nexus 6.



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40. JunioRxIII

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 23, 2014

So they compared the Nexus 6 with the iPhone 6 but not the iPhone 6+ sounds unfair but on everyone of those bar comparisons my Note 3 matched up with the Nexus 6 if not did better. People don't realize these phones are generalized to two very different types of people the Android phones are designed for a power user who wants customization while the iPhone is for the ease of use user. also no one ever brings up in the comparisons of these devices on how fast and long Apple ships out updates to their phone new and previous generations and available once they come out for everyone while Android has delays not so much for the nexus but for their OS in general

39. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

LOL I would take the iPhone 6. I prefer Android but with a crappy screen like that, I'll pass. Same as the Droid Turbo, I want to be able to see things on my screen outside..

31. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I am biased, an happy to stay that way in this showdown, N6 ftw.

29. baldilocks

Posts: 1554; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

The only thing that's plastic on the Nexus 6 is the back cover -- which is covered by a soft touch material. The frame is aluminum and the front is glass. This does NOT make it a plastic phone. By that logic, it could be argued that it's a glass phone since the front screen is glass. Certain PA editors seem to have it in for the Nexus 6. Android does much more and allows one to do much more than iOS every will -- there is no getting around it.

30. RoboBonobo

Posts: 62; Member since: Sep 13, 2013

They didn't list the plastic as a negative. They actually said it seems it should be better at handling bumps and scrapes.

37. decypher

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 15, 2014

Yes, because if they don't agree with your opinion, they are biased, probably payed by apple etc. Idiots like you make these forums an absolute joke.

22. gagakiller

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 08, 2014

oh please, comparing the king to another pathetic droid plastic phone ?

20. Tuxedo

Posts: 356; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

Who in their right mind would pit the N6 against the iP6 instead of the more obvious competitor, the iP6+? Ohh thats right PA!!

26. Phonecall01 unregistered

True. But only the screen comparison is out of place. The 6 Plus is just a "big" 6.

18. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

The IPhone 6 is a more complete package than the nexus 6 because it does everything and it does it all well. That's the reason why is the largest selling smartphone in the world and is killing all the competition. I can only recommend the nexus to the die hard android fanboys, for everyone else just buy the IPhone.

19. letosaw

Posts: 135; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

haha good joke man u made my day :v

21. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Completely agree with you. We only recommend nexus to the die hard android fanboys since they don't deserve an iPhone.

23. Furbal unregistered

It doesn't mount to your computer to use it as a portable flash drive.

24. Phonecall01 unregistered

Apple would say you "don't" need that feature...lol

38. decypher

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 15, 2014

And all of the sudden nobody needs an SD card slot - you guys are hilarious and pathetic at the same time.

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31796; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Great phones, men lie women lie numbers don't, nuff' said.

27. Phonecall01 unregistered

lol..Somebody always gotta bring up numbers on any "iphone vs" post

28. T.Law

Posts: 423; Member since: May 10, 2014

Because that's the only thing iPhone has over the competition. You know, like: "I don't care if my phone is inferior to yours in every aspect but at least it's selling more.."

32. darkkjedii

Posts: 31796; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's the day meet s**t I've ever heard. I wasn't even talkin about sales either lol, but ask Samsung, Apple, Pepsi, Ford, Lady Lee, Chevy, MnMMars, and hostess what matters most lol. Also, I don't care if my phone is inferior lol, it's a damn phone. As long as it does what I need it to do dude, I'm cool with it. Dude you take this way to serious. Men lie women lie, numbers don't...Jigga!!! "Because that's the only thing iPhone has over the competition"...that's the only thing it needs lol. Think about what you just said man.

33. darkkjedii

Posts: 31796; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Oops dumbest s**t

34. Phonecall01 unregistered

Haha... Calm down... Calm down. Want a cookie?

15. Zenzui

Posts: 114; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

I believe the right comparison here is Nexus 6 and Iphone 6 plus not the regular one Iphone 6.

17. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Not even iPhone 6 plus but with iPad mini.

13. DroidMystic

Posts: 94; Member since: Oct 31, 2014

Nexus 6 win without doubt and Nexus 6 was water resistant please. What a poor battery performance on iPhone 6?

8. Nexus4lifes

Posts: 303; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

John V - color temperature of nexus 6 : 6550 k and iphone 6 : 7162. Can you please justify your statement that the iphone 6 is more color accurate?

12. LiquidGalaxy

Posts: 332; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Because the N6 screen is not as bright - Google the Kruithof Curve..

14. Zenzui

Posts: 114; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

I was about to point that out. Clearly Kelvin rating on Iphone is off by far on the accuracy...

6. razraptre

Posts: 168; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Wouldn't a more reasonable comparison be between the Nexus 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus? Both are entering phablet territory.

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