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Nexus 6 vs. iPhone 6 Shootout: The Pure Google and Pure Apple Showdown

by Todd Haselton | October 15, 2014October 15, 2014 10:45 am PDT

Google just unveiled the Nexus 6 on Wednesday and the pure Android device is very likely going to make a splash among Android fans. What about consumers who are still on the fence between the new flagship from Google and one of Apple’s latest flagships, however? We can shed some light on that situation.

We’ve taken the specs of the Google Nexus 6 and built a table comparing them directly to the iPhone 6. The hardware is certainly different under the hood, with Apple choosing its own proprietary processor, and the screen resolutions are definitely much different. Still, we think it’s compelling to see how two flagships compare and hopefully it’s useful for consumers who want to know how the device stack up on paper.

Check out our comparison tables below.

iPhone 6 Gallery

Nexus 6 Gallery

Apple - iPhone 6 Motorola - Nexus 6
Display Size 4.7-inch, 750 x 1334 pixel display (326 ppi) 5.96-inch, 1440 x 2560 pixel display (493 ppi)
Resolution X 750 1440
Resolution Y 1334 2560
Display Type Retina HD AMOLED
Operating System iOS 8 (at launch) Android 5.0 (at launch)
Processor A8 chip with 64-bit architecture 2.7 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 805
RAM 1GB 3GB
Storage
  • 16GB
  • 64GB
  • 128GB
  • 32GB
  • 64GB
External Storage No No
Main Camera (Back) 8MP iSight camera with 1.5µ pixels 13MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 1.2MP 2MP
Networks
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (CDMA models only)
  • DC-HSDPA
  • GSM/EDGE
  • LTE
  • UMTS/HSPA+
  • CA DL: B2-B13, B2-B17, B2-29, B4-B5, B4-B13, B4-B17, B4-B29
  • CDMA: 800, 1900, secondary 800
  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850,900,1800,1900
  • WCDMA: 1, 2, 4, 5, 8
  • LTE: 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 12, 13, 17, 25, 26, 29, 41
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0 Bluetooth 4.0
Battery N/A 3220mAh
NFC Yes Yes
Connectivity
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Lightning port
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Micro USB
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Gyro
  • Proximity
  • Touch ID
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Proximity
GPS
  • GLONASS
  • GPS
  • A-GPS
  • Digital compass
Height 5.44 inches (13.82 cm) 159.3 mm (6.27 inches)
Width 2.64 inches (67.1 mm) 83 mm (3.27 inches)
Depth 0.27 inches (6.9 mm) 10.1 mm (0.40 inches)
Weight 4.55 oz (129 g) 184 g (6.49 oz)
Colors Gold, Gray, Silver Blue, 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 N/A
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 N/A
Other Features
  • Voice over LTE (VoLTE)
  • Wi‑Fi calling
In The Box N/A
  • Wall Adapter
  • Micro USB Cable
  • Quick Start Guide

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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