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Battle of the 6th gens – Nexus 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus




With the official announcement of the Nexus 6 and after we pit it against the Galaxy Note 4, we now match it up against a contender from Apple — the iPhone 6 Plus. How would these two fare in terms of specs? Find out.

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Although their bodies are almost the same in size, the Nexus 6 has a bigger display than the iPhone 6 Plus.

Google Nexus 6Apple iPhone 6 Plus
5.96-inch Quad HD AMOLED display @ 2560 x 1440 resolution5.5-inch IPS LCD display @ 1920 x 1080 resolution
493ppi401ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 3Corning Gorilla Glass 3
2.7Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor1.4GHz Apple A8 dual-core Cyclone processor
Adreno 420 GPUPowerVR GX6450 quad-core GPU
3GB RAM1GB RAM
32/64GB internal storage16/64/128GB internal storage
13-megapixel rear camera w/ OIS & LED flash, f/2.0 aperture8-megapixel rear camera w/ dual-tone LED flash and OIS
2-megapixel front camera1.2-megapixel front camera
4G LTE, HSPA+4G LTE, HSPA+
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/acWiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
NFCNFC (Apple Pay)
Bluetooth 4.1, A2DP, EDR, LEBluetooth 4.0, LE
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASSGPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
Turbo ChargerFingerprint sensor, UV sensor, Heart rate monitor
3,220mAh battery2,915mAh Li-Po battery
Android 5.0 LollipopiOS 8
159.26 x 82.98 x 10.06mm158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1mm
184 g172 g
32GB - $649 (around Php29,000)

64GB - $699 (around Php31,000)
64GB (Grey) - Php52,300 via Lazada

Summary of advantages:

Google Nexus 6:
Bigger screen
QHD resolution
Denser display
Quad-core processor clocked at higher speeds
Three times bigger RAM
Turbo Charger
Higher megapixel count for rear and front cams
Larger battery capacity
Comes at a more affordable price


Apple iPhone 6 Plus:
Goes up to 128GB internal memory
Better GPU in terms of performance
Fingerprint sensor
UV sensor
Heart rate monitor
240fps super slow motion video capture
Thinner/lighter form factor

In terms of specs alone, the Nexus 6 offers more to the table with larger and better display, RAM, camera, battery capacity, etc. The iPhone 6, on the other hand, basically has more features that could help in daily usage. As for both their prices we see that the Nexus 6 comes at a more affordable price rather than its Apple counterpart.

If you were to choose, what device will be of more use to you? Will you go with Google’s bloatware-free flagship phone or is the iPhone 6 Plus still the Apple of your eye? (pun intended)



Kevin Bruce Francisco is the Senior Editor and Video Producer for YugaTech. He's a Digital Filmmaking graduate who's always either daydreaming of traveling or actually going places on his bike. Follow him on Twitter for more tech updates @kevincofrancis.

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26 Responses

  1. theo says:

    Surely the nexus 6 will support OTG,

    so external memory can be added

  2. bliss says:

    Definitely the nexus 6… i for one doesn’t need the finger print scanner, uv sensor and heart rate monitor…so all those features are useless to me…what’s essential to me is the bigger better screen and battery capacity, fast processor and bigger ram is just an icing to the cake… and you get all that for half the price…nexus 6 is a steal compared to the iphone…

  3. igniculus says:

    this is it! my next phone. Nexus 6 *_*

  4. awts says:

    this is massacre, iphone is overpriced pis op shit

  5. boy bezel says:

    1) iphone 2g
    2) iphone 3g
    3) iphone 3gs
    4) iphone 4
    5) iphone 4s
    6) iphone 5
    7) iphone 5s
    8) iphone 6 / 6plus

    pano naging 6th gen ang iphone 6 plus ser

    • Jason says:

      coz they are both released on the same day/generation.

      Remember iPhone 5C?

    • Oona says:

      6 and 6 plus are both 8th gen. Same way that 5s and 5c are 7th gen. For your info @Jason

    • tigasniyo says:

      ang titigas ng mga ulo niyo

      pinangalanan na nga na “6” eh pagtatalonan niyo pa

      nasa epple na yun kung ano ipapangalan nila diyan

      kahit pangalanan pa nila ng banana yan pwede

  6. hhmmm says:

    Isn’t it amazing that Android beats Apple in all aspects but you really can’t tell the difference when you compare the performance of their phones side by side?

    • snoop says:

      Oh? So did you actually try? See it for yourself and you’ll feel the difference. Try starting with the display resolution.

    • mongodroid says:

      hhhhhmmmmm. maybe if you look close enough, then you will find that android is superior in all aspect!!!

    • hhmmm says:

      FYI snoop and Mongodroid. I’m using both IOS and Android platforms so I don’t need to try it.

      Technically, Android will smash IOS in all aspects if we’re going to depend on benchmark tests alone. How can a single core beat 8 freakin cores??

      Let’s not be biased by making a verdict based on benchmark tests only. I suggest that you also check the performance of both platforms during daily use and compare them. Then make a verdict after comparing benchmark and daily use performances.

      Look close enough? What for? Are you going to say that “OMG my iphone is slower than my android for about .0005 seconds!” or “The screen quality of my android is far superior than my iphone because it has more than a million pixels in it” but in reality, there is not much of a difference from the naked eye. That’s B.S.

    • snoop says:

      You need to get your eyes checked. Of course, you wont be able to notice every pixel in the screen. Thats certainly BS. Also, you wont notice it when displaying apps in standard resolution. Ive seen it. My friends with iphones noticed it, that my android have have sharper display when playing hd games.

      So, why couldn’t you?

      Apple fan boys, i’m done here. I suggest you open your minds to what really is better, rather than defending your brand because either your iphone is so expensive you dont want to regret buying it, or, you are simply an apple fanboy. :)

  7. tarush says:

    Typical Android superior specs on sheet to match iOS’ underspecs but iOS beating Android in performance…

    • snoop says:

      Hi obvious apple fanboy. Can you provide a link reference where review says iphone beats a high-end android device? Please?

    • fce says:

      Comparing the Specs for Processor and RAM between these two devices is like comparing bananas and oranges. These devices run on different OSes and the level of optimization is also different.
      On Geek Benchmark tests, Iphone beats all the others in ‘single core tests’. In ‘multi core tests, Nexus 6, Galazxy Note 3, and Iphone 6 are top winners.

      @ Snoop… Iphone 6 beats HTC one M8, and Galaxy 5 in the same benchmark tests. This just shows that superior Specs does not always translate to superior performance.

      http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/568913/20141008/nexus-x.htm#.VEBU2fldWHQ

    • snoop says:

      Wow, that proves everything when a smartphone tops a single core performance test. Knowing that most apps utilize multi cores.

      Or NOT.

      How about you read your own link, particularly the multi core test?

    • fce says:

      @ Snoop.. If you read my original comments again, I did mentioned that on” Multi Cores Tests’, Nexus 6, followed by Note3, and Iphone 6 as the top winners.

  8. pore says:

    Overkill… Both are retarded. You practically more or less have the same experience with a $300-400 device. Flagship devices are a perfect example of marketing bullcrap… Selling crap for f*ckloads of money you do not need. Idiots and socialite wannabes who live in spaces smaller than a dog house in 3, 2, 1…

  9. joseph says:

    Not true that Nexus has the upperhand in specs. A8 could be much faster than Snap 805. Nothing beats A8 chip in single threaded performance, even when clocked at lower frequency. High frequency and number of cores are just marketing gimmicks. It’s the architecture that matters.

    On RAM, both OS uses RAM very differently. iOS came from BSD line… very memory efficient. Android came from Linux… less efficient than BSDs.

    On Camera, 8Megapixel of Apple takes better picture than 13, 17, or 20megapixel of other Android phones. I bet even 5Megapixel of previous Apple cameras are on par with the latest Android flagships. Again, the megapixel count are being used as marketing gimmicks. But they don’t mean anything.

    • fce says:

      To gauge performance, I would say it is better to look at the benchmark tests rather than the written Specs. Read my previous comments about the processor and RAM, and about OS optimization. We share the same thoughts about the camera,BTW. (Can’t remember the source/link but Apple got an award for having the best camera if I am not mistaken.)

      In the ‘multi core benchmark tests, Nexus 6 came away as the fastest simply because it has double the amount of cores, and 3 times the number of RAM. Android needs those gazillion cores and rams to run the laggy OS and keep up with competition. You don’t see those high cores and rams on other mobile Oses like Window and BlackBerry do you?

  10. snoop says:

    Specs matters. The reason why ios is “efficient” in using RAM is because it has less features than Android. No widgets, no 3rd party keyboards and other stuffs. I’ve read that ios8 have started injecting widgets now and other features that android have for awhile now. And then soon, expect apple to add more rams and probably more cpu cores too. So much for “innovation”.

  11. snoop says:

    @Fce

    Wow, it seems like you know a lot about mobile os. Laggy, you say? Maybe you got that impression from a low-end android phone. How about you check the performance of your iphone 4, or even 5c. See if the ui runs smoothly as you think you know your ios. Android have a lot more features than any other os, that is why you will need those specs. It is easily customizable too So customizable i can run it as how ios runs. Then challenge android again if it really is laggy. See what came to ios when it tried putting android features like 3rd party keyboards and widgets. Crappy and glitchy ui. I hope your ios 8.1 fixed those.

    And you kept bragging on winning these single core and multi core benchmarking tests. I still dont get it, what makes you say you have a better phone at top 3 in the multi core test? Take note that there are more things to consider when choosing your phone. Battery test, customizability, connectability (bluetooth and nfc), PRICE.

    • fce says:

      @ Snoop.. I just want to correct your wrong assumption that I am an Iphone fan. That is the furthest thing from the truth. I was not praising or defending Ios but merely pointing out that “High Specs” does not always mean better performance. Comparing bananas and oranges will not give the same taste results- my earlier comments about comparing Specs. on two devices that run on different OSes.

      I buy my phone according to my needs and it’s base on the device quality and OS. The Specs/Benchmarks is my LAST consideration. Apple can double the Cores and RAMs and it would not interest me if their phones continues to bend.

      Cheers to you and have a great day.

  12. edong says:

    teka lang… iPhone 6 plus? Gorilla glass? source?

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