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Nexus 6P vs iPhone 6S Plus (Final): Vote best smartphone – Mobile Madness 2016

by Roy Choi | April 9, 2016April 9, 2016 2:00 pm PST

Here we are. We have our final two phones: The Nexus 6P and the iPhone 6S Plus. Personally, I think both these phones great and I’d be happy with either as my daily driver. By my opinion means very little in this poll. After all it you, the fans of these phones, that determine “Phone of the year.”

The Nexus 6P and iPhone 6S Plus were among 25 phones we had in this year’s Mobile Madness fan poll. After thousands of votes, we’re ready to announce the winner.

Vote below today!

Nexus 6P

Finding the right balance is a near-impossible task. In cooking, neglecting to use spices can leave a dish bland and without personality; add too much and you ruin the meal entirely. The same thing can happen in mobile.

I’ve used and tested a lot of really great phones this year, but none have struck that perfect balance between design, speed, battery life and software. Some come close, but there’s always that one thing that keeps a phone from being The One.

The Nexus 6P is different—or comes about as close to perfection as I’ve seen. What I find most impressive is how the Nexus 6P’s excellence feels so natural, like it isn’t trying too hard to be the best. It just is. Everything works in perfect harmony to create one of the most exciting devices in a long, long time… read more

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

 

Huawei - Nexus 6P Apple - iPhone 6s Plus
Display Size 5.7-inch, 1440 x 2560 pixel display (515 ppi) 5.5-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixel display (401 ppi)
Resolution X 1440 1080
Resolution Y 2560 1920
Display Type WQHD AMOLED Retina HD
Operating System Android 6.0 (at launch) iOS 9 (at launch)
Processor 2.0 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 v2.1 A9 chip with 64-bit architecture
RAM 3GB 2GB
Storage
  • 32GB
  • 64GB
  • 128GB
  • 16GB
  • 64GB
  • 128GB
External Storage No No
Main Camera (Back) 12.3MP 12MP iSight camera with 1.22µ pixels
Secondary Camera (Front) 8MP 5MP
Networks
  • CA DL: B2-B2, B2-B4, B2-B5, B2-B12, B2-B13, B2-B17, B2-B29, B4-B4, B4-B5, B4-B13, B4-B17, B4-B29, B41-B41
  • CDMA: BC0/1/10
  • GSM/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900
  • LTE (FDD): B2/3/4/5/7/12/13/17/25/26/29/30
  • 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 3450mAh 2750mAh
NFC Yes Yes
Connectivity
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • USB Type-C
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Lightning port
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Fingerprint
  • Gyroscope
  • Hall
  • Proximity
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Gyro
  • Proximity
  • Touch ID
GPS
  • Digital Compass
  • GLONASS
  • GPS
  • A-GPS
  • Digital compass
  • GLONASS
Height 159.4 mm (6.28 inches) 6.23 inches (15.82 cm)
Width 77.8 mm (3.06 inches) 3.07 inches (78.0 mm)
Depth 7.3 mm (0.29 inches) 0.29 inches (7.4 mm)
Weight 178 g (6.28 oz) 6.77 oz (192 g)
Colors Aluminium, Frost, Graphite 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

 

 

 

This poll closes within 24 hours (the following day).

*Winners from previous rounds are marked bold.

Play-In

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 Xiaomi 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 (iPhone 6S Plus)
April 2 Winner of March 25 (Lumia 950 XL) vs Motorola Droid Maxx 2

Round 2 – Quarterfinals

April 3 Winner of March 26 (BlackBerry Classic) vs Winner of March 27 (Nexus 6P)
April 4 Winner of March 28 (Xiaomi Mi5) vs Winner of March 29 (BlackBerry Priv)
April 5 Winner of March 30 (iPhone 6S) vs Winner of March 31 (Galaxy S7)
April 6 Winner of April 1 (iPhone 6S Plus) vs Winner of April 2 (Lumia 950 XL)

Semi-final Round

April 7 Winner of April 3 (Nexus 6P) vs Winner of April 4 (Xiaomi Mi5)
April 8 Winner of April 5 (iPhone 6S) vs Winner of April 6 (iPhone 6S Plus)
Final Round
April 9 Winner of April 7 vs Winner of April 8

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...

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