Should You Buy an iPhone or the Google Nexus, Why? (Explained)


Are you looking for something to impress yourself? Something like a phone that will be the best for you especially as technology is concerned.

Today, the two best brands on the market are very powerful and it can be very difficult to choose the best among them. The two brands are Google’s Nexus 6 and Apple’s iPhone.

The Google Nexus 6 is one of the biggest phones that many people have had access to. Love for Nexus 6 cannot be compared to the love that people had for Nexus 5.

You might think that iPhone is more of a match for the Nexus 6 and that’s very true according to their sizes. 

In this guide today, we are going to have a very close look between the two so that you can be able to tell the one that you think is the best for you.

Design comparison



Nexus 6

Shape Curved aluminum Aluminum frame
Color Gold or light/dark silver Polycarbonate body
Thickness 6.8mm 10.06mm
Weight  129g 184g

The two brands could not look or feel any different. The Nexus 6 has concentrated on an aluminum trim that at a stretch could call to mind previous iPhones, but this one is rounded and the rear of the device is plastic.

iPhone on the other hand has stepped away from the metallic trimmed design template in favor of a flowing, curved all-metal back.

The design of the Nexus 6 is somehow a larger version of the Moto X 2014, complete with the same rounded back and exaggerated ‘M’ dimple.

Nexus 6 is somehow larger than the iPhone having a thickness of 10.06mm and a weight of 184g while the iPhone has a thickness of 6.8mm and 129g weight.

Having experience owning a Nexus 6 and an iPhone in the past, it is very hard for you to operate the Nexus with one hand. It just doesn’t feel comfortable. So in terms of the size, Nexus wins.




Nexus 6

Size 4.7 inch 5.9 inch
Resolution 1334 x 750 2560 x 1440
Display Retina HD LCD QLD AMOLED

Having a size of 5.9 inches, the Nexus 6  takes the lead from iPhone which is at 4.7 inches. It is also bigger than the iPhone display by 1.2 inches.

In terms of resolution, the Nexus 6’s 2560 x 1440 QHD is much more than that of the iPhone at 1334 x 750 pixels.

That makes for a pixel density of 493ppi compared to the iPhone display’s 326ppi. Of course, the difference is less noticeable given the smaller display of the iPhone 6, but the Nexus 6 undoubtedly wins on the sharpness stakes.

Should You Buy an iPhone or the Google Nexus, Why? (Explained)
Should You Buy an iPhone or the Google Nexus, Why? (Explained)

Then there are the relative merits of the two display types. The iPhone sticks with Apple’s class-leading LCD panel, albeit with some improvements to construction.

The result is a well-balanced picture that pops from the screen, with exemplary viewing angles to boot. The Nexus 6 has an AMOLED display, meaning it provides a more vibrant, contrasty picture and deeper blacks.

If you want the extra sharpness that a Quad-HD screen brings, then the Nexus 6 is the one. The iPhone though is still a great screen that makes spotting individual pixels virtually impossible.



8-megapixel camera, 1/3.06-inch sensor, true-tone flash, f/2.2 aperture, dual-LED flash, phase detection

Nexus 6

13-megapixel, OIS, f/2.0 aperture, dual-LED ring flash

If you’re new to this game, you might think that the Nexus 6 wins the camera round. After all, 13 megapixels beats 8 megapixels, right? Well, no.

Apple has stuck with 8-megapixel cameras for several years now, yet it’s widely accepted that the company makes the best or at least some of the best – smartphone cameras in the business.

Apple goes for fewer but larger pixels, which allows more light to hit each. Its cameras also take and process these smaller images extremely quickly, which is great for capturing those fleeting moments.

What’s more, the latest iPhone comes with phase-detection autofocusing, which homes in on the subject with freaky speed and accuracy.

The Nexus 6 camera has it all to do if it’s to beat the iPhone camera, then, although it does have the advantage of optical image stabilization for steadier pictures and videos – something the iPhone Plus has, but not the iPhone. It also has a very slightly wider f/2.0 aperture for better light gathering.

Thankfully, the Nexus 6 camera is much better than the poor effort we saw on the Nexus 5. But, that didn’t take much in our eyes.

It’s a little slow to open and focus  we could put that down to the awful Google Camera software but the pictures are quite good. They’re sharp, with an accurate representation of color and even low-light shots look pretty good.



1.4GHz Apple A8 64-bit dual-core processor with M8 co-processor, 1GB RAM

Nexus 6

2.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM

Here’s another area in which the Nexus 6 appears to wrestle the iPhone to the floor with the sheer size of its specs, but again things aren’t quite that simple.

Apple’s A8 processor is clocked much lower and has half the number of cores of the Nexus 6’s Snapdragon 805, but it benefits from 64-bit architecture, a dedicated M8 coprocessor for motion sensing, and a killer GPU that tops most other chips for graphical performance.

As for the Nexus 6 has three times the RAM of the iPhone, well, that’s largely negated by the two distinct operating systems the phones run on. iOS is famously more conservative with its memory usage than Android.

Still, both handsets will run every conceivable app, including the latest games, flawlessly – and for a good few years to come, no doubt.

Final thought 

To conclude on our matter today, choosing between an iPhone and Nexus 6 phones depends on the user.

If you are the type of person who likes big phones, then Nexus 6 is the choice here, while if you like small phones that you can easily use with one hand, the iPhone will be the best choice for you.

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