Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
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.

 

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Front view | Side view
Google Nexus 6
Google Nexus 6
6.27 x 3.27 x 0.4 inches
159.26 x 82.98 x 10.06 mm
6.49 oz (184 g)

Google Nexus 6

Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
6.22 x 3.06 x 0.28 inches
158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1 mm
6.07 oz (172 g)

Apple iPhone 6 Plus



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.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 574
(Excellent)
4
(Excellent)
1:1376
(Excellent)
7318
(Good)
2.18
4.38
(Average)
3.82
(Good)
Google Nexus 6 270
(Poor)
1
(Excellent)
unmeasurable
(Excellent)
6551
(Excellent)
1.94
5.61
(Average)
2.32
(Good)
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The numbers below represent the amount of deviation in the respective property, observed when a display is viewed from a 45-degree angle as opposed to direct viewing.

Maximum brightness Lower is better Minimum brightness Lower is better Contrast Lower is better Color temperature Lower is better Gamma Lower is better Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Google Nexus 6 45.2%
0%
unmeasurable
13.7%
1.5%
24.2%
151.7%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 84.7%
75%
86.9%
4.3%
13.8%
6.6%
15.7%
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The CIE 1931 xy color gamut chart represents the set (area) of colors that a display can reproduce, with the sRGB colorspace (the highlighted triangle) serving as reference. The chart also provides a visual representation of a display's color accuracy. The small squares across the boundaries of the triangle are the reference points for the various colors, while the small dots are the actual measurements. Ideally, each dot should be positioned on top of its respective square. The 'x: CIE31' and 'y: CIE31' values in the table below the chart indicate the position of each measurement on the chart. 'Y' shows the luminance (in nits) of each measured color, while 'Target Y' is the desired luminance level for that color. Finally, 'ΔE 2000' is the Delta E value of the measured color. Delta E values of below 2 are ideal.

This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.

The Color accuracy chart gives an idea of how close a display's measured colors are to their referential values. The first line holds the measured (actual) colors, while the second line holds the reference (target) colors. The closer the actual colors are to the target ones, the better.

This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.

The Grayscale accuracy chart shows whether a display has a correct white balance (balance between red, green and blue) across different levels of grey (from dark to bright). The closer the Actual colors are to the Target ones, the better.

This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.

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Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
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.

Front view | Side view
Google Nexus 6
Google Nexus 6
6.27 x 3.27 x 0.4 inches
159.26 x 82.98 x 10.06 mm
6.49 oz (184 g)

Google Nexus 6

Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
6.22 x 3.06 x 0.28 inches
158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1 mm
6.07 oz (172 g)

Apple iPhone 6 Plus



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.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 574
(Excellent)
4
(Excellent)
1:1376
(Excellent)
7318
(Good)
2.18
4.38
(Average)
3.82
(Good)
Google Nexus 6 270
(Poor)
1
(Excellent)
unmeasurable
(Excellent)
6551
(Excellent)
1.94
5.61
(Average)
2.32
(Good)
View all

The numbers below represent the amount of deviation in the respective property, observed when a display is viewed from a 45-degree angle as opposed to direct viewing.

Maximum brightness Lower is better Minimum brightness Lower is better Contrast Lower is better Color temperature Lower is better Gamma Lower is better Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Google Nexus 6 45.2%
0%
unmeasurable
13.7%
1.5%
24.2%
151.7%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 84.7%
75%
86.9%
4.3%
13.8%
6.6%
15.7%
View all

The CIE 1931 xy color gamut chart represents the set (area) of colors that a display can reproduce, with the sRGB colorspace (the highlighted triangle) serving as reference. The chart also provides a visual representation of a display's color accuracy. The small squares across the boundaries of the triangle are the reference points for the various colors, while the small dots are the actual measurements. Ideally, each dot should be positioned on top of its respective square. The 'x: CIE31' and 'y: CIE31' values in the table below the chart indicate the position of each measurement on the chart. 'Y' shows the luminance (in nits) of each measured color, while 'Target Y' is the desired luminance level for that color. Finally, 'ΔE 2000' is the Delta E value of the measured color. Delta E values of below 2 are ideal.

This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.

The Color accuracy chart gives an idea of how close a display's measured colors are to their referential values. The first line holds the measured (actual) colors, while the second line holds the reference (target) colors. The closer the actual colors are to the target ones, the better.

This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.

The Grayscale accuracy chart shows whether a display has a correct white balance (balance between red, green and blue) across different levels of grey (from dark to bright). The closer the Actual colors are to the Target ones, the better.

This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.

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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. 

Google Nexus 6 is running Android 5.0 Lollipop - Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Google Nexus 6 is running Android 5.0 Lollipop - Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Google Nexus 6 is running Android 5.0 Lollipop - Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Google Nexus 6 is running Android 5.0 Lollipop - Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Google Nexus 6 is running Android 5.0 Lollipop - Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Google Nexus 6 is running Android 5.0 Lollipop - Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Google Nexus 6 is running Android 5.0 Lollipop - Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Google Nexus 6 is running Android 5.0 Lollipop - Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Google Nexus 6 is running Android 5.0 Lollipop

iOS 8 is running on the Apple iPhone 6 Plus - Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
iOS 8 is running on the Apple iPhone 6 Plus - Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
iOS 8 is running on the Apple iPhone 6 Plus - Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
iOS 8 is running on the Apple iPhone 6 Plus - Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
iOS 8 is running on the Apple iPhone 6 Plus - Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
iOS 8 is running on the Apple iPhone 6 Plus - Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
iOS 8 is running on the Apple iPhone 6 Plus - Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus

iOS 8 is running on the Apple iPhone 6 Plus


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.

Performance benchmarks

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

Camera

On paper, the Nexus 6’s camera seems to have an advantage, but the results show that the iPhone 6 Plus is by far the stronger performer.

Running their respective camera apps, it’s notably evident that the two companies prefer a cleaner interface – one that’s light on shooting modes and manual controls. Quite simply, it all boils down to interfaces that focus on quickly snapping photos, without distractions. However, we will note that the Nexus 6 offers UHD 4K video recording – while the iPhone 6 Plus has a neat 240 FPS slow motion video capture feature.

Taking shots with the Nexus 6 - Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Taking shots with the Nexus 6 - Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Taking shots with the Nexus 6 - Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Taking shots with the Nexus 6 - Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Taking shots with the Nexus 6

The camera interface of the iPhone 6 Plus - Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
The camera interface of the iPhone 6 Plus - Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
The camera interface of the iPhone 6 Plus - Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
The camera interface of the iPhone 6 Plus - Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
The camera interface of the iPhone 6 Plus - Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
The camera interface of the iPhone 6 Plus - Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
The camera interface of the iPhone 6 Plus - Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
The camera interface of the iPhone 6 Plus - Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus

The camera interface of the iPhone 6 Plus


Don’t be fooled by the iPhone 6 Plus’ 8-megapixel iSight camera, especially when it seems insignificant on paper to the Nexus 6’s 13-megapixel snapper, just because it’s far more versatile in capturing photos in their natural state. Sure, there’s a smidgen more detail with the Nexus 6’s camera, but the iPhone 6 Plus’ shots are sharper looking – with a more natural looking exposure. It’s especially noticeable with the sky in some of our shots, where clouds are indistinct looking due to the overexposure with the Nexus 6. At the same time, there’s more saturation in the colors of the Nexus 6 shots.

The biggest disparity is evident with their low lighting performances, as the iPhone 6 Plus blatantly shows us that it’s sporting the superior camera. Checking out the results, there’s just no hiding the fact that Apple’s product is far more capable under low light, seeing that its shots are brighter, crisper, and less noisy.

Camera speed

Taking a pic (sec)Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec)Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 1.93
2.1
435
293
Google Nexus 6 4
No data
393
303
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No doubt, we appreciate that the Nexus 6 is accompanied with UHD 4K video recording, but when comparing apples to apples with their 1080p samples, we’re again attracted to the quality of the iPhone 6 Plus. Essentially, it’s sharper looking, offers better exposure adjustment, and its auto-focus is spot on. Yeah, the 4K video recording of the Nexus 6 captures far more detail, but its 1080p video sample is softer in tone – plus, it has a tougher time adjusting/maintaining its focus.


Multimedia

Videos have a slicker look on the Nexus 6’s quad-HD screen, so it’s the device we’d stick with for the occasion.

Visually, Google’s Material Design is in full showcase with the update to the Google Play Music app – one that sports a bolder looking interface. In comparison, Apple’s music player is still visually pleasing, but it doesn’t have the same meticulous attention. Nevertheless, the functions between the two players are pretty much identical.

Enjoying your media files on the Nexus 6 - Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Enjoying your media files on the Nexus 6 - Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Enjoying your media files on the Nexus 6 - Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Enjoying your media files on the Nexus 6 - Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Enjoying your media files on the Nexus 6 - Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Enjoying your media files on the Nexus 6 - Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Enjoying your media files on the Nexus 6 - Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Enjoying your media files on the Nexus 6 - Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Enjoying your media files on the Nexus 6

Playing music on the Apple iPhone 6 Plus - Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Playing music on the Apple iPhone 6 Plus - Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Playing music on the Apple iPhone 6 Plus - Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Playing music on the Apple iPhone 6 Plus - Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Playing music on the Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Apple iPhone 6 Plus video playback - Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Apple iPhone 6 Plus video playback - Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Apple iPhone 6 Plus video playback - Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Apple iPhone 6 Plus video playback


Even though the Nexus 6’s dual front-firing speakers is able to muster up 75 dB of audio power, higher than the 71.6 dB output from the iPhone 6 Plus’ single speaker, its bass tones sound a bit reserved. Conversely, the quality from the iPhone 6 Plus speaker is crisper in tone.
The over-saturated color reproduction of the Nexus 6’s quad-HD AMOLED display lends its usefulness when it comes to watching high-def videos, seeing that it sprinkles that level of iridescence and glow that make videos come to life. Well, the video watching experience on the iPhone 6 Plus isn’t bad, but we like it more with the Nexus 6.

Audio output

Headphones output power (Volts)
Higher is better
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 1.014
Google Nexus 6 0.98
Loudspeaker loudness (dB)
Higher is better
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 71.6
Google Nexus 6 75
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Call Quality

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

Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
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 Benchmarks

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