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Nexus 5X vs iPhone 6s spec shootout

by Brandon Russell | September 29, 2015September 29, 2015 2:00 pm PDT

This is a more apt comparison than most, and although the two look pretty similar on paper, there’s one very big difference: price. The iPhone is still Apple’s prized possession, a premium device that’s priced according to the company’s standard. As such, you’re looking to spend several hundred dollars for the smaller flagship—no small sum for many consumers, yet people are happy to do it.

The Nexus 5X, meanwhile, won’t get nearly the same attention as Apple’s famed gadget, yet it comes at half the cost. Both have fingerprint sensors, the latest version of their respective software and upgraded cameras. But if you had to choose one, which would you choose?

Most people will pick the iPhone. Longtime Android diehards will no doubt see the merit in Google’s affordable Nexus 5X as a vessel for Android Marshmallow, which is the search giant’s exciting update. In the end, we as consumers win no matter what.

Nexus 5X Gallery

iPhone 6s Gallery

LG - Nexus 5X Apple - iPhone 6s
Display Size 5.2-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixel display (424 ppi) 4.7-inch, 750 x 1334 pixel display (326 ppi)
Resolution X 1080 750
Resolution Y 1920 1334
Display Type FHD Retina HD
Operating System Android 6.0 (at launch) iOS 9 (at launch)
Processor 1.8 GHz Hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 A9 chip with 64-bit architecture
RAM 2GB 2GB
Storage
  • 16GB
  • 32GB
  • 16GB
  • 64GB
  • 128GB
External Storage No No
Main Camera (Back) 12.3MP 12MP iSight camera with 1.22µ pixels
Secondary Camera (Front) 5MP 5MP
Networks
  • CDMA: BC0/1/10
  • GSM/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900
  • LTE CA DL: B2-B2, B2-B4, B2-B5, B2-B12, B2-B13, B2-B17, B2-B29, B4-B4, B4-B5, B4-B7, B4-B12, B4-B13, B4-B17, B4-B29, B41-B41
  • LTE (FDD): B1/2/3/4/5/7/12/13/17/20/25/26/29
  • LTE (TDD): B41
  • UMTS/WCDMA: B1/2/4/5/8
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (CDMA models only)
  • GSM/EDGE
  • LTE
  • TD-LTE
  • TG-SCDMA
  • UMTS/HSPA+
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.2 Bluetooth 4.2
Battery 2700mAh 1715mAh
NFC Yes Yes
Connectivity
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • USB Type-C
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Lightning port
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient ight
  • Barometer
  • Fingerprint
  • Gyroscope
  • Hall
  • Proximity
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Gyro
  • Proximity
  • Touch ID
GPS
  • Digital compass
  • GLONASS
  • GPS
  • A-GPS
  • Digital compass
  • GLONASS
Height 147 mm (5.79 inches) 5.44 inches (13.82 cm)
Width 72.6 mm (2.86 inches) 2.64 inches (67.1 mm)
Depth 7.9 mm (0.31 inches) 0.28 inches (7.1 mm)
Weight 136 g (4.80 oz) 5.04 oz (143 g)
Colors Carbon, Ice, Quartz Gold, Gray, Rose, Silver
Supported Audio Formats N/A 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
Supported Video Formats N/A H.264 video up to 4K, 30 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
In The Box N/A N/A

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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