Nexus 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus

by: Joshua VergaraFebruary 12, 2015
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The change to the Nexus line came as a big surprise to many, not only in terms of the jump in size, but also with regards to its more premium design, and matching price tag. On the other hand, it was an inevitable move on the part of Apple to finally introduce a larger form factor with their flagship iPhone, with the two versions available bringing the fight, at least in terms of size, closer to their Android counterparts. So how do the so-called 6th iteration of both lines fare against each other? We find out, in this comprehensive look at the Nexus 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus!

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The most significant change with both these smartphones is clearly the size. The Nexus 6 is dramatically larger than the Nexus 5, and in the case of the iPhone 6 Plus, the jump is even more impressive when compared to the much smaller iPhone 5 family.

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The iPhone 6 introduced a rounded look to its design language, with the larger Plus edition an identical counterpart, only with a screen bumped up to 5.5-inches. The result, as always, is an attractive phone featuring Apple’s typical design cues, only made a little bit harder to handle because of its size. Typical buttons include the volume rocker on the left side with the silence toggle, and the power button, which has been brought to the right side from its usual position up top for better access. A lone tactile home button up front also includes a fingerprint scanner underneath, and it lies somewhat concave to the front panel, with the 2.5D glass adding to the rounded look. The metallic construction automatically increases this phone’s attraction, with lines denoting where the separations are in the part. The Apple logo on the back is under the camera optics in the top corner.

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In the case of the Nexus 6, Motorola’s design language takes center stage here, as the phone looks like a large Moto X (2014), albeit without the numerous customization options available. No buttons on the front mean that the inputs are made with software keys. One of the big concerns with the Nexus 6 was in terms of the handling, but the curve on the back does help with the phone’s feel in the hand. The camera optics are up top on the back of this white edition, with the now iconic Motorola dimple underneath, along with the Nexus logo in landscape. A metallic frame also helps the Nexus 6, adding to what is one of the most exquisite Nexus devices yet.

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Design aesthetics remains a matter of opinion, but the main story in the case of either smartphone is with regards to their respective handling experiences. The iPhone 6 Plus is thinner, and its rounded sides do make it a bit more comfortable to grip, but the larger bezels on the Apple phone actually make it similar in size to the Nexus 6. It’s thickness makes the Nexus 6 a little harder to handle in one hand, though its curve does what it can to help.

Related: Best Nexus 6 Cases.

In either case, you’re always going to have to perform some form of hand gymnastics to go from side to side or to reach the top, and while both are not the easiest to handle, they certainly do manage to be really easy on the eyes.

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Large displays are par for the course here as the trend continues to pick up steam, but in the case of the Nexus 6, an extra half inch and a higher resolution might be enough to make you choose the Android phone over its Apple competitor.

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Apple’s display technology gets a bump up to 5.5-inches and offers Full HD resolution, which results in in a pixel density of 401 ppi. An IPS construction makes this screen pretty easy to view in daylight, and text is easier to view on this larger display, compared to previous smaller iterations of the iPhone. What I always notice on the iPhone screens, however, is that its color output is a little more subdued, for example, when compared to the AMOLED displays commonly found on Android devices.

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That is exactly what the Nexus 6 sports, an AMOLED screen at just under 6-inches with Google and Motorola deciding to meet the trend of Quad HD, resulting in a pixel density of 493 ppi. The result is a display that is outputting some intense power, and for work and play, you will be able to read sharp text and enjoy any media in a large fashion. There have been some issues with screen burn-in reported, but on my particular unit, it hasn’t been an issue at all.

The colors on the iPhone 6 Plus are not bad at all, but they seem to pop out a little more on the Nexus 6. This can also be owed to the highly colorful motif of Android 5.0 Lollipop, though. Nonetheless, we have an evolution in both of these devices, and is surely a welcome change for veterans in either camp. If you do want a higher resolution to eke out that much more enjoyment from your smartphone usage though, the larger and more powerful screen of the Nexus 6 is the obvious choice.

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Talking about performance in a comparison like this is always a bit of an odd situation, because what we’re pitting against each other are two completely different architectures, catering to equally different ecosystems.

Under the hood, the Nexus 6 packs a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, clocked at 2.7 GHz, backed by the Adreno 420 GPU, and 3 GB of RAM. The device boasts the kind of high-performance processing package you’d expect to find with a flagship Nexus smartphone, and can handle anything you throw at it with ease. Opening, closing, and switching between applications is a  breeze, and gaming is also extremely smooth and enjoyable. While I might have seen a few hiccups here and there, it has more to do with the occasional bug in Android 5.0 Lollipop, which are sure to be fixed in updated versions.

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Apple likes to put together their own processing packages, and any iOS user can tell you that their architecture works well for their needs. The A8 is the processor of choice for the iPhone 6 Plus, and its dual-core 1.4GHz Cyclone chip is backed by quad-core graphics in the PowerVR GX6450. iOS has gradually become more about flashiness in its interface, but overall, the simplicity of the operating system can be felt. Moving among applications is pretty seamless, and even the 1 GB of RAM is able to keep a good number of apps running simultaneously. Gaming is also a standard affair, with games moving along well without much incident.

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Comparing Android and iOS on different processing architectures is really tough, but what I can tell you is that users in both camps have reported very good experiences nonetheless. Ultimately, iOS performs the way it should on the iPhone 6 Plus; and Lollipop, despite the need for just a little more polishing, performs really well on the Nexus 6.

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Hardware offerings on either of these phones are mostly typical fare, with the iPhone 6 Plus boasting one specific addition over the Nexus 6.

The fingerprint reader on the iPhone is a press version, meaning you can easily unlock the phone by pressing and holding the home button. The reader can also be used for some other functions like unlocking payments. Aside from that, however, you get the standard fare with various connectivity options and even NFC, though it is restricted to Apple Pay for the time being. With versions of the phone available across all networks, mobile internet is never an issue. The bottom mounted speaker performs as expected, offering a pretty good soundstage. On the storage front, the iPhone 6 Plus does come in a 128 GB flavor, but you’re going to have to put down a pretty penny to get that much storage.

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A 2,915 mAh battery powers the iPhone 6 Plus, bringing a fair amount of battery life, though with enough power usage, it will struggle to get past the one day mark. Previous versions of the iPhone did have problems with longevity, and the larger and higher resolution screen on this edition does bring the bigger battery back down to size a bit.

On the Nexus 6, the lack of a fingerprint reader is made up for with its media consumption features. The main enhancement on the Nexus 6 is right on the front, with its dual front-facing speakers, whose placement simply trump the bottom mounted unit on the iPhone 6 Plus. NFC on the Nexus 6 is also wide open, and not left to just a payment platform. As far as connectivity goes, the Nexus 6 is the first of the line to get access across the board, with versions on AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, US Cellular and one possibly coming to Verizon soon.

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In battery life, the Nexus 6 actually suffers from the same issues as the iPhone 6 Plus. A much larger display and a big bump in resolution means that the 3,220 mAh is just about what is necessary to make this phone get close to the day and a half mark, but never really going past it.

Unless you want a fingerprint scanner to unlock your phone, the dual front-facing speakers are a compelling notch in the Nexus 6’s belt, boosting media consumption along with the gorgeous screen.

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The camera situation in this comparison is influenced by the ecosystem history. While the iPhone has a pedigree with good performing cameras, things have been a bit uneven in the case of the Nexus line.

The app on the iPhone 6 Plus is about as simple as you can get. Swiping on the viewfinder changes the various modes, and the different options for your pictures are accessed via buttons on the side. You get modes for regular photos, for video, for slo-mo video, and even a square interface that makes Instagramming easy. Panorama and time-lapse modes are also available for anyone that wants to get fancy with their smartphone photography.

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When it comes to the Nexus 6, the interface of the Google Camera has gotten simpler over time. Swiping from the left side of the viewfinder brings up the photo and video modes, but adds Photo Sphere and Lens Blur, the latter of which is more usable due to its stylish defocusing. Accessing HDR+ is done via the small button on the opposite corner, which also allows for switching to the front facing camera and adding a few elements to the viewfinder.

Picture quality here, perhaps more so than in any other comparison between Android and iOS, shows that the evolution in either system has gone in the right direction. I’m quite familiar with the good quality of the iPhone cameras, so the way the pictures turned out were no surprise. The Nexus 6, on the other hand, has really stepped up its game with pictures that have a higher color saturation and good detail in the 13 megapixel photos.

Nexus 6 Camera Samples

What I did notice is that the metering systems in both phones are a bit different. In cases when the Nexus 6 would get a good exposure, the iPhone would underexpose, and the other way around at times. Where the iPhone does get a step ahead is in low light performance. Details are simply better captured in it than the grainier results from the Nexus 6.

iPhone 6 Plus Camera Samples

HDR modes on both of these cameras are at their best when used in the right spots. While the iPhone opts to have an HDR Auto mode, the Nexus 6 requires a little thought put into the shot, so that you’re taking advantage of how the scene can benefit from it. Video modes also fall under a similarly even scope, because both cameras benefit from optical image stabilization. The Nexus 6, however, can record in 4k resolution, putting it over the Full HD capabilities of what is already a good performer in the video space.

If this were last year’s competition, the iPhone 5S would have trumped the Nexus 5, and it did. This year though, we have a more even playing field, because Google and Motorola stepped its game up in the Nexus 6. The iPhone pushes ahead a little bit especially with its low light capabilities, but the Nexus 6 isn’t that far behind, and that’s saying something.

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Finally, we get to the age old question of Android vs iOS, and truth be told, if this was a comparison being made a couple years ago, there would be a far gap between the ecosystems. This situation has drastically reduced over time. iOS was a pioneer in app development, getting many now-essential applications far before Android did, but now, Android has matured, and even with a few niche holes here and there, the difference has become mostly negligible.

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In the newest version of the operating system, iOS has been able to bring a number of features that Android pioneered, like the notification dropdown, a quick settings panel called “Control Center,” and a Holo-like design that has refreshed its look quite well. However, functionally, iOS remains about the same. No app drawer means organization requires folders, and despite the additions of the notification dropdown and Control Center, much of what veteran Apple users call home remains as such. That being said, there are still few limits on what you can do on iOS, and choosing is purely based on how you feel about its aesthetic, perhaps more than any thing else.

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Android, on the other hand, has become rather ubiquitous outside of the Apple space, and its limits are just as far and few between now. The newest version of Android, Lollipop, brought with it a much starker aesthetic change, taking what already worked before, and finding ways of presenting them in even better fashion. Google Now is now a launcher that comes with a second homescreen for quick news and contextual cues from your Google history, and the notification dropdown has been made easier on the eyes, hiding an equally attractive quick settings panel.

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The only real hole that I’ve ever seen in the Lollipop changes is in the recent apps screen – it is a nice rolodex-style way of going through apps, but putting all Chrome tabs there makes the list a little unwieldy. Thankfully, you can turn this function off in Chrome to clean things up a bit. Despite a few bugs here and there with this early version of Lollipop, it is a step forward for Android, whose forward movement over the last number of years has been readily apparent.

Will you find many applications that work on one but not the other? I bet not. So, choosing between these two depends on the interface you want to look at on the daily to access the ecosystem you support.

 Nexus 6iPhone 6 Plus
Price$649$749 - $949
Display5.96" AMOLED5.5" IPS LCD
Resolution1440 x 2560 (493 ppi)1080 x 1920 (401 ppi)
SoCSnapdragon 805Apple A8
CPU4x 2.7GHz Krait 4502x 1.4GHz (ARMv8 based)
GPUAdreno 420PowerVR GX6450
RAM3GB1GB
Memory32GB / 64 GB16/64/128 GB
MicroSDNoNo
Battery3220mAh2915mAh
The iPhone 6 Plus and the Nexus 6 are the premium editions of their respective lines, and come with price tags that fit that notion. The iPhone 6 Plus can be found on all networks at a reduced on-contract rate, or for the full unlocked price of around $800 for the base 16 GB edition. The Nexus 6, on the other hand, can be found on most of the networks on-contract, or comes with the unlocked price of $649, putting it in a more affordable space for those who don’t want to be tethered to their cellular plans.
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 So, there you have it – the Nexus 6 vs the iPhone 6 Plus! They are certainly the best that both of these systems have to offer, both in their own big way. Those who are already loyal to either ecosystem will make their obvious choices here, but for everyone else, the matter comes down to what you want out of your phone. Media consumption with front-facing speakers and a gorgeously powerful screen make the Nexus 6 a pretty compelling choice, but the iPhone 6 Plus has a pretty tried and true design language, that has been thrust into the now of smartphone trends.
  • namesib

    Nexus 6 the best Android has to offer?

    LOL.

    • Anonymousfella

      I know right? Nexus 6 might be the best Google can offer but it’s certainly not the best Android has to offer…

      • flye

        I certainly agreed, as a nexus 6 user, I feel that it’s a letdown for the pricing.

        The next nexus( if there’s really is) please don’t make it a Motorola

    • ichuck7

      What would you say is better?

      • Me Ted

        Notice how you hear crickets?

        • ichuck7

          I know right? Exactly.

          • Airyl

            I honestly think the Note 4 is better in terms of software features and how it utilizes it’s extra screen real estate. I also really like the Huawei Ascend Mate 7 and it’s amazing battery life, which is the main reason I’m using one right now.

          • ichuck7

            To each his own. I had two different note devices. I loved the split screen functionality but didn’t use it much. Now I much prefer the sock android software.

    • Brendon

      Moto x is the best smartphone at the moment. In order
      Moto x
      Nexus
      Lg g3
      Note 4 edge
      Note 4
      Galaxy S5

      • Jesus

        err… lol ok…

  • Anonymousfella

    Nexus 6 is not the best Android has to offer. My vote would be for Note 4 which is easily better than the iPhone 6 plus

    • Marc Perrusquia

      I think it’s debatable. The nexus 6 has a bigger display, very nice front facing speakers, and stock android. For the average consumer the note 4 would probably be better but for anyone who loves media and modding their phones I think the nexus 6 takes it.

      • Johnh24

        No, stock android is certainly better but not that good. I design my own UI using many different sources, never complained Samsung touch wizard because never used it. My current Note 3 is rooted therefore note 4 is the best of the best, the phone is not for everyone unlike nexus 6 which can be for anyone if you use stock android as it given on the phone.

      • ichuck7

        My vote goes for the Nexus 6. It depends on what you are looking for. For me, the front facing speakers are a must. And boy do they sound really good. I love stock android. (I’ve owned two note devices).

      • Jesus

        You talk as if stock android is the best…
        I’ve a Nexus 5, and my new Galaxy Tab S (10.5).
        TouchWiz is by far more suited for tablets, than stock. Also remember what kind of people stock android was originally built for – developers, not consumers.

        • Me Ted

          Touchwiz is wonderful. It’s stylistic cues and functionality are the best that 2007 has to offer. /s

          • Jesus

            …because stock Android is ‘beautiful’.
            Get over it, that argument is old. Stock Android is bare bones, and TouchWiz is more for consumers.

        • Me Ted

          Sorry I meant 2015.

          • Me Ted

            Awww. You’re such a cute little girl.

      • Keith

        Agreed it’s debatable. But I think the nexus is more suited for the average user. No bloatware or system apps most people won’t use. Both are at the top of the game and I’d take either over the iPhone 6+with no hesitation

      • Jesus

        “for anyone who loves media… nexus 6 takes it”
        I disagree, since the Nexus 6 (stock android) doesn’t have anything as close to functional, as TouchWiz’s multi-window. Youtube while Chroming – that’s for media freaks like me, you freak.

        • Reed

          True, but to be fair there are apps and tweaks that can be used to rectify this.

          • Jesus

            Yes, and I”ve tried them. You need to be rooted.
            BOttom line: THey suck and aren’t usable, thus I got the Galaxy Tab S.

          • Reed

            Work just fine for me. They don’t suck on my nexus 6. Granted they do need root which scares off some people.

          • mobilemann

            ignore the nubs. there are tons of them. I have multi window working great on my iOS devices, (let alone nexus devices with xposed). It’s the user more than the devices.

          • Jesus

            ehh alright.

            Maybe I’m just accustomed to TouchWiz’s Multi Window.

            In my experience, those ‘alternatives’ were really laggy and ugly… simply unusable, and not worth the effort.

          • mobilemann

            it works great on my iOS devices. It worked great when i was on a nexus with xposed. But i take the time to figure it out.

      • joshalfie

        TouchWiz vs pure Android. I don’t think this is even debatable. Samsung’s achilles heel is their software development.

    • The Flash

      Indeed.. to be honest both the Nexus 6 and iPhone 6+ are phones with stupidly big phones for the sake of it. Neither use that real estate in a different way to a measly 4.3″ screen. Until they implement things like Multiwindow, or floating apps… I see no reason to get either over something like a Note 4. And even then, I much prefer my Z3 Compact to any behemoth sized phone.. they just don’t make sense to me.

      • Reed

        Actually the iPhone uses that extra space very wisely. IOS is way ahead of android in terms of phablet features. Whilst I love all the screen size on my phone, its definitely not used in any special fashion, which is a bit of a disappointment.

        However, Android apps scale differently then iOS apps. Even if they’re not built for tablets or phablets, they still scale well and offer just a bit more functionality on larger screens then small.

        • The Flash

          Which phone do you have?
          And how does iOS use the extra space wisely? Please bear in mind over 90% of time is spent in developers apps.. and I’ve seen almost none on my mate’s 6+ that are special in terms of screen utilisation.

          • Reed

            I have the Nexus 6.

            And apple has a set of APIs just for developers to use to make apps that take advantage of the extra space. The settings app shows you categories on the left whilst the details of each are on the right, for example. Less things are hidden behind menus, there’s less waisted white space in apps. Its like the difference between android tablet apps and iPad apps in some cases.

          • mobilemann

            the apps are actually designed to take advantage of the space, all of my apps have been updated. Outlook, Evernote, Roomie, Infuse, Plex etc.

  • Marty

    Android is better than iOS, but don’t want a Nexus 6 because of poor quality (typical Motorola) hardware. iOS is boring and lifeless as hell and less reliable, but the hardware is superior.

    Neither of these devices is worth having.

    • jay

      So much facepalm in one post. Poor guy.

    • kahiri78

      IOS less reliable? Mann..if thats the case i wonder why apple has sold a record number of iphone 6/6+ for the last quater and biggest in history of any company.

      • Marty

        Of course iOS is reliable enough to be used effectively. But it isn’t as reliable as Android in my experience. Don’t think in terms of absolutes. When I say one isn’t as reliable as the other, that doesn’t mean the less reliable one is wholly unreliable or unusable.

        From the tone of your response, you seem to think I was saying iOS is complete crap and absolutely unusable. That isn’t the case.

      • Tim Tian

        It has double the crash rate.

      • Reed

        Explain to me how stability and sales are related. Apple products have taken a sharp dive in reliability recently. A simple google search will confirm this. People buy brands because they want something to believe in, not because said brands offer the best products on the market. If people bought the best stuff, HTC and Moto would be in a better financial situation. At least they’re starting to see some turn around.

    • ichuck7

      What are you referring to? Poor quality???

      • Marty

        Poor build quality….

        • ichuck7

          If you owned it, you would love it. It’s a solidly built phone.

          • Jesus

            How’s the back cover doing? Coming off? What about the Nexus imprint? Peeling off?
            etc.

    • Keith

      Poor quality hardware? It’s the same hardware powering the Samsung note 4! I have the Nexus and like the ‘vanilla’ android it comes with but of that it’s lacking some features found in the moto x 2014. Doesn’t particularly relate to me since I run custom ROMs on my phones

      • Marty

        Poor build quality.

        • Keith

          Build quality? I have the Nexus and the build quality is great. Better than my previous G2 and Optimus G. Solid feel comparable to the HTC inspire/desire HD I had years ago..

          • Marty

            Keep an eye on the back cover.

        • ichuck7

          Are you joking? The build quality of the Nexus is fantastic. The only phones that rival it are the HTC One and the G3.

          • Marty

            Past Nexii, yes. But Motorola is known for very poor quality. And the N6 is no exception.

          • ichuck7

            Ok, please stop making things up. I’ve owned several Motorola several devices.

          • Marty

            Check this link out:

            http://goo.gl/3lGSo7

          • ichuck7

            Ok, that doesn’t apply to very many phones. Most phones are going to have a few defective units. But the truth is, most iPhones don’t bend, and the back of most Nexus’ don’t bulge.
            That’s like saying you met one mean white person, now all of the sudden all white people are mean.

          • Marty

            Don’t get me started on philosophy…lol. The human condition is a very expressive point with me. :p

            With Motorola, you can Google plenty of problems they’ve had over the years. But the back cover of the N6 being “glued” on is certainly undesirable.

    • Reed

      Moto makes some seriously high quality stuff. Hardware issues have been way overblown with the N6. Two people experienced massive burn ins and suddenly the device is shoddy.

      You should see the type of quality control problems Apple has. Though its not reported on as often, there’s quite a lot of serious problems with hardware fresh off the line from Cupertino.

      As it is with most companies.

      • mobilemann

        as much you you seem to want this, (i say that by the way you’ve posted it 4 times in row) i’m not finding it to be the case, and i deploy this hardware on a daily basis. We have 3x the problems with android phones; generally mobileiron (our mdm) is just not as good on android.

        • Reed

          I’m sorry that you don’t find it the case. Perhaps I’m wrong.

          Either way, you are not the majority of consumers, many of whom are voting with their wallets which is contributing to a turn around for the company.

          • mobilemann

            looking at the numbers, i’m clearly a larger portion of users than you think.

          • Reed

            Looking at the numbers, less then 1% of smartphone owners read these forums, so not really.

          • mobilemann

            i was talking about recent sales of the ip6.

  • shaka

    What a biast review, come on man!!!! I’m on both camp, currently loving my z3. The nexus 6 is a sell out phone. My nexus 4 was not perfect but it was magical the 6 plus is a very competent phone and honestly would pick it over the nexus 6 any day

    • kg2105

      I’m assuming biast=biased in which case you have no idea what the word means. He was complementary about both phones and did not bash either one. The Nexus 6 IS the best smartphone Android offers (also currently the best smartphone period), with the only legitimate competitor being the Note 4. You Sony fanboys always crack me up with your devotion to overpriced mediocre hardware. “What about the Z2 or Z3, it’s nice enough come on!”

      • jay

        All the butthurt droids above disagree with you and say it isn’t the best.

        That’s the problem with android. 100 different “best” vs. iPhone. Lol

        • Jerry Rich

          Yes jayboy, and all 100 of them beat the crap out of your favorite bendable iphone.

          • kahiri78

            Really? Oh i will wait if any android phones that can beat iphone 6/6+ plus sales recently. Heck if note 4 combine nexus 6 total sales also i don’t think they would be able to beat iphones

          • Jerry Rich

            Just proves to me that there are lots of really stupid people that drink the apple kool-aid.

          • Tim Tian

            Oh yes. Sales is totally a measure of quality.

          • Me Ted

            Look up margins.

          • apolloa

            Actually… Apple had ONE very good quarter that was simply down to the Chinese, it entered that market in that quarter and they all bought iDevices, so guess what, Apple’s profits went up! Amazing. Now lets see what happens every other quarter…

      • shaka

        Oh look, someone on the Internet who thinks it’s a spelling class, you must feel so original. Overpriced mediocre hardware? I’ve continuously loved using both and trust me, you calling it that just shows how ignorant you are

      • ichuck7

        Well said. I actually have both the Nexus 6 and the Z3 tablet. Both are great.

    • Me Ted

      Magical?

  • Brandon Franklin

    Who’s this comparison for? You seriously would recommend the nexus 6 over ANY iphone to Joe shmoe who’s not a tech blogger or developer? I can understand brand/OS loyalty, but slice it any way you want to android is finicky and iOS is bulletproof. No way would I risk using an android phone as a daily driver with bugs that include losing basic features like turning on, makingrecieving calls/text message’s, or the mind numbing things like weekly/daily/hourly reboots and app/WiFi crashes. I’ve had an iPhone 5 for 3 years and can count the amount of hard reboots on 3 fingers(no joke), and I highly doubt I’m the exception. If you want a new hobby that involves staring at a computer screen for hours reading forums with the payoff being a smartphone that blows you grandma kisses and does backflops when you open it, definitely get a nexus. If you need a smartphone that’s bulletproof, get the one and only!

    For reference my household has (2) iPhone 5, (2) iPhone 3gs (still kickin!), (1) iPhone 4s, (3) galaxy tab 3 kids, (1) Asus memo pad hd7, (1) curio 7s, and a couple $10 kyocera hydro phones running ics(never activated) and as much as it kills me I want back on the S releases so no iPhone 6+ this year (probably an A watch though)

    • jay

      About a year ago my friend had an original 2007 iPhone STILL KICKIN!!!

      • Zimno

        I have an original, only 2 ever created, 1983 myFoot STILL KICKIN!!!

    • kahiri78

      A commentor with a deep knowledge. Thumbs up!

    • ichuck7

      So, what you are saying is you bought really cheap android devices and compared them to Apple… Hmmm… Really? You are comparing Apples to Oranges (no pun intended). I’ve owned a plethora of Apple and Android devices. Android is as stable as iOS.

    • Me Ted

      Yeah. You don’t know wtf you’re talking about when you cite low end android devices next to higher end I phones. Ok. My friend’s iPhone 5s is so small and slow and crashes a lot. It’s absolutely terrible when compared to even a Nexus 5. If you want marketing and aluminum everywhere get an I Phone. If you want something bulletproof, get just about any Android device that costs the same.

    • apolloa

      You are seriously going to post that iOS8 is more stable than Android…

      • Chris

        I can’t speak to iOS 8’s stability but my 2013 Moto X (still at 4.4.4) spontaneously reboots every few days, and at the most inconvenient times. Very frustrating. This has been a long, recurring problem on every Android device I’ve ever used all the way back to early 3.x days. Factory restoring resolves the issue but it invariably comes back. This should not happen.

        I’m a former happy Google Voice user; however, Hangouts has become so unstable that I almost dread using it.

        And although my 2013 Nexus 7 (32GB) has become much more stable since receiving 5.0.2, it’s also become noticeably more sluggish.

        I love Android but Google has to do a better job with stability and usability.

        • apolloa

          Funny, I have never had any of my Android devices reboot themselves. Must be the apps you are running. And just so you know, iOS8 is very slow and sluggish and has a lot of bugs in it, you could almost think Apple didn’t make it. I think I read about the Nexus 7 Lollipop update, I’m sure they will patch it.

          • Chris

            I wish I new. I always run stock, do not root, and am careful to not let memory get too low. When the reboots become particularly annoying, I clear the cache partition…although I don’t know if it helps.

            Over the years, my Android devices tend to be stable for weeks but then go into near-daily spontaneous reboots. For instance, starting about two weeks ago my 2013 Moto X began randomly rebooting again. Of course, without rooting (and perhaps even with rooting), there’s no apparent way to know what app or circumstance caused the problem. (I’ve long noticed that after spontaneous reboots occur, app updates are immediately installed; as though whatever caused the reboot was also preventing app updates from installing. I wonder if there is a correlation?)

            I *do* have quite a few apps installed but I don’t consider any of them to be uncommon. I sometimes wonder if I’m pushing Android too hard; while driving, for instance, I frequently have Waze running on my Moto X while listening to a podcast on DoggCatcher, while occasionally using my voice to activate Google Now to add reminders, listen to upcoming events on my calendar, etc. In the background, of course, notifications are received for email, tweets, Facebook, etc. The device does get sluggish. OTOH, the reboots rarely occur when the device is being heavily used; reboots tend to occur much later, with the device just sitting on my desk (whether charging or not).

            In any case, such spontaneous reboots, especially with a product as mature as Android is, are unacceptable. Meanwhile, I have family members whose iPhones have never had such a problem. Of course, they don’t use their devices anywhere near as hard as I do.

            Although I would miss Android’s deep integration, I would love to be able to try iOS for a few weeks to see if can keep up with my demands and to see how stable or unstable it really is. Unfortunately, such a temporary experiment isn’t possible for many of us.

          • respect

            I have a moto x 2013 and have never experienced any of the issues you mention, still runs almost flawlessly which I can’t say the same for my wifes iphone 5 (now sluggish) which came out after it! Either you have a defective phone or you have bad apps installed/don’t have basic knowledge of how electronics work. Also Hangouts has long since been replaced by messenger for sms, and it you use it only for voicemail it is fine. If you want to compare android to IOS, try using an android phone from the past 1.5 years and maybe you will feel differently.

  • jay

    I’m obviously choosing the phone with the fingerprint sensor.

    • Guest

      Get back to WiiUDaily, jay.

  • Silvino Orozco

    Good review. It doesn’t come off as biased as most Android sites might.

  • TFJ4

    Wow this was biased, both are great phones but you don’t concede all the things that the iPhone is far better at like CPU performance

    • Tim Tian

      Not when using 4 cores.

    • Me Ted

      Why would he? It doesn’t.

    • TheAnonymousApple

      The iPhone 6 Plus and the Nexus 6 are well balanced with performance.

  • Jerry Rich

    What moron decided that the Nexus 6 is the best device the Android Ecosystem has to offer? Has anyone at AA heard of the Note 4 or the LG3 or even the M8? I personally wouldn’t rank the overpriced Nexus 6 in the top 5.

    It’s pretty clear that on the apple side you could pick any device from the 4S on as all of them are crap and perform about the same. The fact that anyone is comparing anything that can multitask to an apple product amazes me.

    • Me Ted

      The G3? Lol! Oh wait. You’re serious.

      • Jerry Rich

        Yeah, add the G2 and the Note 2 to the list that beats apple’s crappy phones.

    • Juan S.

      Shut your trap!

  • ichuck7

    So much wasted space on the iPhone. It’s a nice looking OS but it just can’t touch the Nexus. Those front facing speakers are a much bigger deal than people realize.

  • Reed

    I also believe the Nexus 6 is the best Android has to offer.

    But only for purists.

    The community and developers for the phone is far and away better than any other 2014 phone right now, save maybe the Oneplus. If you truly enjoy Android for what it is, and you tinker and modify and experiment, the Nexus 6 is the phone to have.

    It also doesn’t hurt if you actually write apps. I’m in school for software engineering, and I do mobile on the side. The nexus 6 is pretty simple to set up and have things running on it, which was the original purpose of the nexus line.

    Also, your warranty isn’t voided for rooting/ unlocking etc. Its hard to express how big of a deal this is if your phone lives off of XDA.

    The N6 is just a whole hell of a lot of freedom to experience all aspects of Android without penalty, and TO ME, that makes it the best Android has to offer.

    **Plus, I actually think the phone is beautiful.

    • Keith

      Agreed. I used the first day to familiarize myself with the phone. Day 2 I was rooted running a custom ROM. I can see myself being satisfied with this phone until my NEXT phone, easily.

  • Martok2

    Thanks for a very balanced review.
    I had used several androind and iPhones over the years, and I”m currently using the iPhone 6 plus.
    I have to agree with most of the review, however I have some points that are not mentioned in the review, or not emphasized enough :

    1. Heating – the iPhone 6 plus doesn’t heat up during prolonged or intensive usage. Almost all Android flagship smartphones I had tried got too hot after a very short time of intensive use, making them unpleasant to use.

    2. Battery life – I”m getting 2 days and more of regular usage out of the iPhone 6 plus. On a very intensive day during a trip to Italy starting at 7:00 AM at 100%, using google maps for navigation all day + WhatsApp messaging + 1.5 houres of skype + taking photos all day, I had 35% battery left at 22:30 – that’s more than enough.
    My previous HTC one battery died after 3 hours of similar use.

    3. The screen on the iPhone 6 plus is gorgeous. The screen is very bright, the colors are natural and it’s visible in full sunlight. The AMOLED screen I had tried were all unusable under direct sunlight.

    4. I don’t like iOS8. I think it is the worst version of iOS ever. It’s buggy, slow and doesn’t add any noticeable improvement over previous version. After using the HTC One for over a year, iOS feels boring.

    • Michfan4837

      Couldn’t agree more. I am on android and have been for a while, but I picked up a 6 plus out of curiosity and to see if the battery and the camera were that good (they are). So many pros, but iOS8 is such a con to me. How do you way the advantages? For me iOS8 alone tips me back to android.

      • NullusOrdo

        I just purchased a N6 after 6 weeks with the iPhone 6 Plus.
        What I miss about Android: native swype-like capabilities; Google Now is WAAY superior to the google app on iPhone; app drawer (I don’t want to to be forced to look at all my apps at once); qi charging; mighty text.

        What will I miss about the iPhone? Camera’s easy to use. Spotlight is very nice, and Android should steal it. Bluetooth works very well with all my devices (car, Soundlink, jawbone headset). Siri and “Ok google” are a push, but Siri does some nice productivity things pretty seamlessly, like setting up reminders. Battery life is great on the 6 plus; I’m hoping I can get comparable performance from the N6.

        Android has been really hard on the batter in the N4’s and N5’s I’ve previously used. In fact, it’s what drove me to the big 6Plus chassis in the first place. I would’ve gotten a N6 on Google Play, but they were constantly out of stock. iOS set the bar 8 years ago, but I think Android’s surpassed it. It’s pretty close, but Android just feels better thought out, overall.

  • kraynyan

    I actually prefer the nexus 6’s shots in the camera comparison in all conditions shown here.

  • uki

    Let’s just forget about the features the n6 has over the 6+…

    Water resistance and wireless/turbo charging anyone?

  • iPhone 6 Plus for me, Nexus devices are simply filled with too many compromises…Of course if it was a Galaxy or HTC my choice would be different…

  • Juan S.

    The nexus 6 is overpriced, thick and ugly. I’d take the note 4 anyday as best of android….Google dropped it with this generation, idk why they skyrocketed the price with excellent budget offerings like the xiaomi or one plus one (root and mount a stock rom)…nexus 6, you suck.

  • shortterm

    I always disable TouchWiz and use Google now launcher on all my Samsung devices.
    I do the same for my friends and they loved it.
    As for apps that are not available on Apple, my favorites are Showbox and Popcorn Time and I use these on Chromecast which keeps getting better and better everyday.
    I do however suggest Apple products for people with little or no tech skills.
    Anyway, for me it’s Nexus 6 all the way I would never own an Apple device. I do have some apples stocks though

  • apolloa

    hmm… I am pondering over this, I need a really good camera in a smartphone, I’ve had iPhones, 3GS, 4, 5, before (so have tons of iOS apps I no longer use) and now have a Nexus 5 which is my first Android phone. But I may go back to the iPhone when it’s updated later this year due to it’s much better automatic mode of the camera. Trouble is I want OIS also in the camera and only the 6 Plus has that.. and it may be too big for me.
    I don’t like iOS8 though, I dabbled with an iPad Mini last year and sold it as I hated iOS on it. iOS 7 was what made me change my phone to Android. But with the news Apple are making iOS9 a stable and bug free system first before any extra features I may bite.

    And no… I always rock an Android tablet for those wondering haha. Currently LOVING my Xperia Tablet Compact. And so as I have that I don’t really need a giant phone. Hmmm…. they aren’t cheap either!

    Man, you really need to sit down and think exactly what you want your phone to do these days, especially when like me you have used both eco systems.

  • Richard Sequeira

    Wow! This article was about Nexus 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus and the Samsung Knights (ridiculous name) decided to troll on this page. Way to go!

  • Airyl

    Anybody here decided to skip the iPhone 6+, Nexus 6 and Note 4 for the Huawei Ascend Mate 7 like me?

  • The Calm Critic

    Nexus remains as the best guaranteed 4 YEAR EOL phone across platforms bar none. Exhibit A:- Galaxy Nexus http://forum.xda-developers.com/galaxy-nexus/development

    This isn’t about stock vs. OEM skinned Android. This isn’t just about UX. If people can value longevity as a de facto bang for buck factor then this is it.

  • I own both these phones and I would say they are the best of both. I think the Note 4 is a very special phone but even my mate who has iPhone 6 and note 4 says he prefers his iPhone. If the Note 4 had stock android but with the pen features it would probably be the best. In saying this I love the Nexus 6 for media because of screen and front facing speakers but I find the iPhone 6 and 6+ much more reliable. Using nexus 6 for two weeks as sole phone I had more crashes then since launch day with iOS so gone back to iPhone. I don’t care what the research says, for me iOS is more reliable and android is more customisable and better for media. Just wish nexus came in 128gb version.

  • Tom

    Until apple have otg all files straight to a standard usb flash drive from the phone like a pc, the nexus thanks!

  • Jake Passafiume

    nexus 6 is still the fastest android phone on the market, i would say the nexus 4 is still smoother than the galaxy note 4.

  • tomg40

    Own nexus 6 and Note 3 not the 4. Pleasantly please with nexus 6.the screen and speakers are great. Nexus 6 has same processor and quad HD as Note 4.big advantage is no bloatware on nexus. My note 3 hasso much stuff I keep turning off I need to root it. I am so turned off by Samsung even though note is their best device.

  • Ryan Anderson

    This review is very balanced in my opinion. While he talks about his experiences with both handsets; the objectivity adds credibility to this article. As a user of both Apple and Android, I will always prefer the Android UI.