Last year, the Nexus 5 was surpassing the iPhone 5S in size, and was half of its price. Now, the Nexus 6 is taller than the iPhone 6 Plus and Google has set a much higher price for its new phablet, competing directly with Apple and other Android rivals.
The iPhone 6 Plus definitely has the Wow Factor, and you’d be very impressed of its aluminum unibody design if you’d have the phablet in front of your eyes. The iPhone 6 Plus isn’t necessarily a phablet, but rather an oversized iPhone 6, with a flat back and slippy finish borders, making it hard to grip. To make sure you won’t drop it and get it damaged, buy a case for it.
As for the Nexus 6, it looks more like the second gen Moto X, because it was fabricated by Motorola and it seems that the giant ran out of inspiration when making this phablet. However, the Moto X 2014 has a display sized at 5.2inches, compared to Apple’s iPhone 6 with a 4.7inches display. The Nexus 6 has a curved back with plastic finish, which looks disappointing to the eye, considering that the Moto X has a soft touch finish which is more eye appealing.
Nexus 6’s display measures in reality 5.96inches, and it uses AMOLED technology that looks better on paper than iPhone 6 Plus’ 5.5inches LED-backlit IPS LCD display, theoretically, the Nexus 6 device supports 2560×1440 pixel (2K) resolution with 493ppi pixel density, while the iPhone 6 Plus supports 1920×1080 pixels with 401ppi, but the difference of sharpness isn’t very big. However, the iPhone 6 Plus has a better brightness, color accuracy and viewing angles.
Hardware and Software
Basically, Google agreed with Motorola to make the Nexus 6 run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset, powered by a quad-core 2.7GHz Krait 450 along with an Adreno 420 GPU and supports 3GB of RAM. The device operates on the latest Android version, 5.0 (Lollipop).
The Apple phablet is powered by an A8 chipset supporting a dual core 1.4GHz Cyclone processor and a PowerVR GX6450, along with 1GB of RAM, and runs on iOS 8, which is upgradable to iOS 8.1.1.
The navigation on the Nexus 6 is battery smooth and you’ll be able to play any game from the Google Play Store without any trouble. Google made encryption optional, although it’s turned on by default in Lollipop.
The new processor on the iPhone 6 Plus is more efficient with the iOS 8, offering a strong performance, but the main complaints against the new operating system were related to WiFi and Bluetooth, and Apple tried to fix as many as possible by releasing new updates.
Apple has a better reputation when it comes to security measures, while Android has a lot of malware problems that needs to take care of. Even if iOS suffered an increased number of attacks, it’s still more secure than Android, and the Touch ID, with its vulnerabilities, still offers a better fingerprint security.
In June, Google announced the Project Volta, a project intended to improve the battery life on Android devices. So, on the Nexus 6, there was integrated a 3220 mAh battery, which theoretically, it should have brought significant improvements in the battery life. Which didn’t happen.
The 2915 mAh battery on the iPhone 6 Plus is still more efficient, and if you make a test and let the device unplugged overnight, only 1% of the battery will be consumed, while Nexus 6’s will lose 5-10% of its juice.
The Nexus 6 has a 13MP rear camera and a 2MP front one. The iPhone 6 Plus provides the same 8MP back camera, but with improved capabilities, and the front camera was retained at a resolution of 1.2MP. Don’t rush to draw a conclusion, because Apple’s camera is better at focusing faster and providing greater color accuracy. In good light, though, the Nexus 6 does a better job because of the larger sensor and same thing repeated in low light conditions.
Both cameras come with optical image stabilization, and they use a variant of HDR – Google named it HDR+, which allows you to take more images at the same exposure and combined the best parts from each image, to build a perfect photo.
As for the video recording capabilities, the Nexus 6 supports 4K resolution, while the iPHone 6 Plus provides the slo-mo mode with 240fps at 720p, and at the same time, it supports time lapse recording.
The prices for the Nexus 6 are: the 32GB variant costs $649 and the 64GB variant is 50 dollars more expensive.
The iPhone 6 Plus 6GB variant without a contract costs $749, the 64GB variant is priced at $849 and the 128GB variant is 100 dollars more expensive.