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Apple iPhone 6S Plus vs Nextbit Robin: Vote best smartphone – Mobile Madness 2016

Up now for voting, in this round of Mobile Madness, we have the Apple iPhone 6S Plus vs the Nextbit Robin. These two devices are hard to compare, first they run different operating systems, their functionality differs and one is a well-established business, the other is startup with big aspirations.

We reviewed the iPhone 6S Plus a few months ago, and while it is improved over the 6 Plus, it wasn’t recommended that users go out to buy this iteration if they owned the previous generation. I think most iPhone users will agree. It has decent battery life, large display, decent camera, Apple ecosystem (for good or bad), and 3D Touch. However, it won’t have expandable storage, something which Nextbit seems to have created a really interesting solution for.

So what’s with this Nextbit company? Why enter an already crowded phone market? First off the idea of cloud back-up is really interesting way to free up storage space on your phone. With so many useful (as well as useless) apps are available, and so many photos, videos taking up storage on your personal electronic devices it has become increasingly clear that we need more storage. Whether buying a larger capacity phone, getting expandable storage, or finding out some novel way to handle offloading excess content. The Robin’s story is all about that latter, figuring out how take unnecessary storage and moving it to the cloud until you need it.

Is it enough to get you to buy the phone? iPhone 6S Plus vs Nextbit Robin? Which would you buy? Which would you vote for? Vote today and vote often, check back to see if your vote wins. Have fun!

Apple iPhone 6S Plus

Apple doesn’t typically change up the hardware design — the actual look of the iPhone — when it makes the “toc” upgrades between major changes. In other words, we didn’t see a huge bump in design from the iPhone 4 to the iPhone 4s, or the iPhone 5 to the iPhone 5s. Unless you own the new rose gold model, someone on the street isn’t going to be able to distinguish — by looking at the body alone — whether you have a 6 or a 6s… read more

 

Nextbit Robin

Good news, NextBit did it.

The Robin is not without it’s fair share of issues, but between the price and the execution of what made it to launch, it is a phone to contend with in the price range. That is saying a lot with so many great phones falling in this price category. Good, quality competition at an affordable price point is absolutely great for consumers and you should definitely give the NextBit Robin a thorough look… read more

LG - G5 Nextbit - Robin
Display Size 5.3-inch, 1440 x 2560 pixel display (554 ppi) 5.2-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixel display (424 ppi)
Resolution X 1440 1080
Resolution Y 2560 1920
Display Type Quad HD IPS Quantum Display IPS LCD
Operating System Android 6.0 (at launch) Robin OS, based on Android Marshmallow (at launch)
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Processor 2GHz Snapdragon 808
RAM 4GB 3GB
Storage
  • 32GB
  • 32GB
External Storage Yes Yes
External Storage Specs
  • microSD up to 2TB
  • 100GB Cloud storage
Main Camera (Back) 16MP + 8MP 13MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 8MP 5MP
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.2 Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy (LE)
Battery 2800mAh 2,680mAh
NFC Yes Yes
Height 149.4 mm (5.88 inches) 149 mm (5.87 inches)
Width 73.9 mm (2.91 inches) 72 mm (2.83 inches)
Depth 7.7 mm (0.30 inches) 7 mm (0.28 inches)
Weight 159 g (5.61 oz)
Colors Gold, Pink, Silver, Titan Midnight, Mint
Supported Audio Formats N/A N/A
Supported Video Formats N/A N/A
In The Box N/A N/A

 

 

This poll closes within 24 hours (2:00 PM PT, the following day).

*Winners from previous rounds are marked bold.

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March 17 BlackBerry Classic vs OnePlus X
March 18 Nexus 6P vs Sony Xperia Z5
March 19 Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs OnePlus 2
March 20 Samsung Galaxy Note 5 vs HTC One A9
March 21 Nexus 5X vs Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
March 22 iPhone 6S vs Microsoft Lumia 950
March 23 LG G5 vs Samsung Galaxy S7
March 24 iPhone 6S Plus vs Nextbit Robin
March 25 HTC One M9 vs Microsoft Lumia 950 XL

Round 1

March 26 Motorola Droid Turbo 2 vs Winner of March 17 (BlackBerry Classic)
March 27 Winner of March 18 (Nexus 6P) vs Winner of March 19 (Galaxy S7 Edge)
March 28 Xiamoi Mi 5 vs Winner of March 20 (Galaxy Note 5)
March 29 Winner of March 21 (Xperia Z5 Premium) vs BlackBerry Priv
March 30 Huawei Mate 8 vs Winner of March 22 (iPhone 6S)
March 31 Winner of March 23 (Galaxy S7) vs LG V10
April 1 Moto X Pure Edition vs Winner of March 24
April 2 Winner of March 25 vs Motorola Droid Maxx 2

Round 2 – Quarterfinals

April 3 Winner of March 26 vs Winner of March 27
April 4 Winner of March 28 vs Winner of March 29
April 5 Winner of March 30 vs Winner of March 31
April 6 Winner of April 1 vs Winner of April 2

Semi-final Round

April 7 Winner of April 3 vs Winner of April 4
April 8 Winner of April 5 vs Winner of April 6
Final Round
April 9 Winner of April 7 vs Winner of April 8

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Roy Choi

Roy Choi is a Southern California native. He has been infatuated with technology reviews ever since he bought his first crummy laptop in the summer...