iPhone 6 Plus vs. Nexus 6 Comparison – Is Bigger Also Better?

Google versus Apple is a battle that is happening for quite some time.

Back in the early days, Apple’s CEO, Steve Jobs, was determined to do anything in his power to destroy Android, Google’s OS for smartphones and tablets. Now, with both companies launching a precious new device in the market, the question is which one will prevail. Let’s examine.

Design and Display

Apple took a new approach with the design of both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. The result is a sleek, more stylish and fashionable and trendier device. The iPhone 6 Plus incorporates the latest design trends, such as curvier design and round corners. It is worth mentioning that the handset is one of the slimmest on the market, with dimensions set at 158 x 78 x 7.1. The Nexus 6 also uses the curvier design lines, and has a metal frame around the plastic body. iPhone 6’s Plus chassis is made out of metal. Dimensions of the Nexus 6 are 159 x 83 x 10.1, and weighs 184 grams, 12grams more than that of the iPhone 6 Plus. With the iPhone 6 Plus, Apple has finally increased the display size, up to 5.5 inches. The Retina display is a HD one, meaning it brings density of 300+. The resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels translates to 401ppi. The Nexus 6 uses the QHD AMOLED display, with resolution of 2560 x 1440. Do the math and the 5.9 inch screen display delivers density of 493ppi.

Hardware and Operating System

While it is hard to compare different operating systems, both devices are running on the latest versions of their respective OSs. The Nexus 6 runs on the Android 5.0 Lollipop, and the iPhone 6 Plus on the iOS 8.1. Getting into details of the OS requires a whole new article, so we’ll leave it to your preferences. The hardware department looks like this. The Nexus 6 sports quad core processor clocked at 2.7 GHz, 3 GB RAM, and 32/64 GB built in memory. The iPhone 6 Plus comes with a 64-bit A8 chip, dual core processor clocked at 1.4 GHz, 1 GB RAM and 16, 64 and 128 GB onboard storage options. The difference here is obvious, as Apple’s device has a 64-bit chip, while the Nexus 6 still operates on a 32-bit chip. Neither device offers support for a microSD card, but the Nexus 6 has the advantage of free cloud storage provided by Google.


The camera is one of the weaknesses of the Nexus 6. While it is a 13-MP shooter on the back with dual LED flash and optical image stabilization, it is not up to the standards of latest the Android devices. The iPhone 6 comes with an 8-MP sensor on the back, which is the iSight camera, LED flash and optical image stabilization. On the front, the Nexus 6 is equipped with a 2-MP sensor, while Apple’s device comes with a 1.2-MP shooter.


The battery in the iPhone 6 Plus is a 2915 mAh battery, set to deliver 12 hours of internet usage, and up to 20 hours of talk time. The Nexus 6 sports a bigger battery, with capacity set at 3220 mAh, but it is still no information how that translates in battery life. One advantage though is the battery saving and charging features that the Nexus 6 inherits from the Moto X.


The iPhone 6 Plus is the more expensive device, but that usually is the case with Apple’s devices. The starting price for the handset is set at $750, and goes up proportionally with the memory space. The Nexus 6 costs $649 for a 32 GB variant, while the price for the 64 GB version is set at $699.

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