Both Google and Apple entered the phablet market in 2014, but one of them was more successful than the other. Google asked Motorola to create its Nexus 6 phablet, but the company exaggerated a little bit with its dimensions, making it too large for average hands, and its design was inspired from the Moto X 2014. The iPhone 6 Plus is only a bigger iPhone 6, which means that it has the same design, but it’s premium, because Apple uses aluminum, not plastic, for the exterior of its devices. Below, we’ll compare these phablets and you’ll decide which one is better for you.
Apple hasn’t changed its strategy much in the past years, being obsessed with aluminum and the only modifications that were made to the iPhone 6/6 Plus are related to the edges, which are curvier, for a better grip, while the wide bands from the top and bottom of S5’s back were replaced with thin strips. Unfortunately, the back is slippery and you’ll need a cover for it. The phablet, which is a super-sized iPhone, has a thickness of only 7.1mm and it weights 172grams.
The Nexus 6 was criticized not only because it’s too larger, but because it doesn’t have a soft touch finish like the Moto X 2014. The back is curved, it has the nexus word writing on the vertical, below the rear camera and the sides are made of metal. The device is much thicker at 10.1mm and very heavy at 184grams.
The iPhone 6 Plus has the useful fingerprint sensor (Touch ID) with which you can make online payments using the Apple Pay payment method. The Nexus 6 has a weak water resistance, being immune to splashes.
You might believe that the 6inches AMOLED screen from the Nexus 6 with QHD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels is better than the 5.5inches IPS screen from the iPhone 6 Plus, which supports Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Indeed, the pixel density from the Nexus 6 is higher at 493ppi, while the iPhone 6 Plus supports 401ppi, but you’ll notice that each device has its advantages: the Nexus 6 offers more vibrant colors, while the iPhone 6 Plus has better viewing angles and more accurate colors.
In 2014, the Snapdragon 805 chipset from Qualcomm was the peak of the Android world, and the Nexus 6 was among the first phones to get it. The chipset is combined with a quad core processor clocked at 2.7GHz and 3GB of RAM. The iPhone 6 Plus might have inferior specs on paper, but in reality, the A8 chipset that is powered by a Dual-core 1.4GHz Cyclone processor, in collaboration with 1GB of RAM does a great job, offering a great performance, although there have been some battery drains that Apple tried to fix on each new version of iOS 8.
Speaking of batteries, the iPhone 6 Plus has a unit with a capacity of 2915 mAh that lasts through the day under normal use, while the Nexus 6, with its 3220 mAh battery, struggles to stay alive under similar conditions. In stand by mode, over the night, the iPhone 6 Plus will lose 1 percent of its juice, while the Nexus 6’s battery will drop by 5-10 percent.
The resolution of Nexus 6’s main camera is 13MP and the device was equipped with dual-LED flash and optical image stabilization, and has a larger sensor (f/2.0 aperture) that captures more details, but the iPhone 6 Plus, with its 8MP rear camera with f/2.2 aperture, produces more accurate colors. In low light conditions, the images look better if they’re taken with the Nexus 6, which has also an improved variant of the standard HDR, which is called HDR+.