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Nexus 6 vs. iPhone 6 Plus Spec Shootout – Battle of the Big Screens

by Todd Haselton | October 13, 2014October 13, 2014 2:45 pm PDT

Google announced the Nexus 6 on Wednesday and it packs a large 6-inch display. The Nexus 5 had a 5-inch screen, so this is a considerable upgrade. We know that Android and iOS are totally, completely different platforms that attract their own audiences, but we think it’s also worth comparing the new Nexus 6 with Apple’s first phablet, the iPhone 6 Plus.

The Nexus 6 has a sharper display on paper, and a larger one at that. But how does it measure up against the iPhone 6 Plus’ size literally? We’re here to answer that, in addition to showing you how the other hardware components compare, including the camera, the RAM, storage and more. Again, we’re not here to tell you which one is better or which one you should buy, we’re just showing you what the two phones offer under the hood.

Check it out below.

iPhone 6 Plus Gallery

Nexus 6 Gallery

Apple - iPhone 6 Plus HTC - Nexus 9
Display Size 5.5-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixel display (401 ppi) 8.9-inch, 1536 x 2048 pixel display (288 ppi)
Resolution X 1080 1536
Resolution Y 1920 2048
Display Type Retina HD IPS LCD
Operating System iOS 8 (at launch) Android 5.0 (at launch)
Processor A8 chip with 64-bit architecture 2.3 GHz NVIDIA Tegra K1
RAM 1GB 2GB
Storage
  • 16GB
  • 64GB
  • 128GB
  • 16GB
  • 32GB
External Storage No No
Main Camera (Back) 8MP iSight camera with 1.5µ pixels 8MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 1.2MP 1.6MP
Networks
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (CDMA models only)
  • DC-HSDPA
  • GSM/EDGE
  • LTE
  • UMTS/HSPA+
  • HSPA+/LTE
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0 Bluetooth 4.0
Battery N/A 6700mAh
NFC Yes Yes
Connectivity
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Lightning port
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Mini USB
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Gyro
  • Proximity
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Magnetometer
GPS
  • GLONASS
  • GPS
  • GPS
Height 6.22 inches (15.80 cm) 8.9 inches (22.61 cm)
Width 3.06 inches (77.7 mm) 6.05 inches (15.37 cm)
Depth 0.28 inches (7.1 mm) 0.31 inches (7.9 mm)
Weight 6.07 oz (172 g) 425 g (14.99 oz)
Colors Gold, Gray, Silver Black, Gold, White
Supported Audio Formats AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV MPEG-4 AAC (AAC LC), MPEG-4 HE AAC (AAC+), MPEG-4 HE AACv2 (enhanced AAC+), AAC ELD (enhanced low delay AAC), AMR-NB, AMR-WB, FLAC, MP3, MIDI Types 0 and 1, Vorbis, PCM/WAV, Opus
Supported Video Formats H.264 video up to 1080p, 60 frames per second, High Profile level 4.2 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format H.263, H.264 AVC, H.265 HEVC, MPEG-4, VP8, VP9
Other Features
  • Touch ID Fingerprint Scanner
  • Voice over LTE (VoLTE)
  • Wi‑Fi calling
In The Box N/A N/A

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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