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iPhone 6s vs Nexus 6P: The BIGGEST & Best Phones of 2015 Compared

Know Your Mobile logo Know Your Mobile 25-11-2015 Michael Grothaus
iPhone 6s vs Nexus 6P: The BIGGEST & Best Phones of 2015 Compared© iPhone 6s vs Nexus 6P: The BIGGEST & Best Phones of 2015 Compared

Many people say that the reason the iPhone has been so successful and so praised is that it’s because Apple makes both the hardware and software–so everything “just works”. And there is a case for saying this, especially when you look at Android. There are plenty of handsets out there made by manufacturers that don’t live up to the strength of Google’s Android operating system. 

This is where Google’s Nexus line of handsets come in; they’re designed by Google to show off Android as it is meant to be — free from bloatware and flowing freely. And this year’s Nexus handsets – the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P — are two of the best devices Google has ever created. The Nexus 6P is the flagship and is perhaps THE BEST Android phone on the planet right now. Nothing else comes close to how good this device is in the Android Kingdom at the moment, so hats off to Huawei for producing such an excellent device.  

Nexus 6P vs iPhone 6s: Specs

Here’s the specs for the iPhone 6s:

Display: 4.7-inch display with a 1334x750-pixel resolution at 326ppiDimensions: 138.3mm x 67.1mm x 7.1mmWeight: 143 gramsStorage: 16, 64, or 128GBMemory: 2 GB LPDDR4Processors: A9 chip with 64-bit architecture and M9 motion coprocessorFront camera: 5 MP photos and 720p HD video.Rear camera: 12 MP photos. ƒ/2.2 aperture. 4K video.Battery: 1715 mAh. Up to 12 hours battery life mixed usageConnectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac; Bluetooth 4.2; NFCColors: Space Grey, Gold, Rose Gold, and Silver

And here’s the specs for the Nexus 6P:

Display: 5.7 inches; WQHD (2560 x 1440) AMOLED display at 518 ppiDimensions: 159.3 x 77.8 x 7.3 mmWeight: 178 gramsStorage: 32GB, 64 GB, or 128GBMemory: 3GB LPDDR4Processors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, 2.0 GHz Octa-core 64-bit; Adreno 430 GPUFront camera: 8MP camera; 720p HD video.Rear camera: 12.3 MP; f/2.0 aperture, 4K video.Battery: 3450 mAh. Up to 7-9 hours battery life mixed usage.Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac; Bluetooth 4.2; NFCColors: Aluminum, Graphite, Frost, and Gold (Japan only)

Spec for spec the Nexus 6P has some impressive offerings. First off, it gets storage right. Where the iPhone 6s comes in 16, 64, or 128GB versions, the Nexus 6P knows no one in their right mind should buy a 16GB phone, so it comes in the 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB varieties. The Nexus 6P also wins in the RAM department. It has 3GB versus the iPhone 6s' 2GB.

But things turn the iPhone’s way when you consider the chipsets of the two phones. Yes, the iPhone 6s “only” has two cores, but it still handedly beats the eight core Snapdragon 810 found in the Nexus. Why? Again, here it’s because Apple does the hardware and software. Apple actually designed the A9 chip side by side with iOS so the two work incredibly efficiently together. Qualcomm, on the other hand, cares about making the best chips they can, regardless of them being optimized for a certain OS.

Nexus 6P vs iPhone 6s: Display & Design

There’s not too many differences in the design of the phones. They both feature aluminum bodies and comes in four colors each. For the iPhone it’s Space Grey, Gold, Rose Gold, and Silver. For the Nexus it’s Aluminum, Graphite, Frost, and Gold (though gold is available in Japan only). Keep in mind we’re comparing the regular iPhone 6s, which is 4.7-inches vs the Nexus 6P, which is 5.7-inches–but even given the Nexus’ bigger size, it’s impressive that it’s only 0.2mm thicker than the iPhone. In other words, both phones are very, very thin.

And speaking of that display size, the Nexus 6P obviously has the bigger display (though you can get the iPhone 6s Plus if you want to boost the display to 5.5-inches). But the Nexus also has the better display. It’s resolution is 2560 x 1440 at a huge 518 pixels per inch. The iPhone 6s’ resolution is only 1334 x 750 at 326 pixels per inch.

Nexus 6P vs iPhone 6s: Cameras

The cameras are another area the Nexus 6P beats the iPhone 6s–for both the front and rear. The front camera of the iPhone 6s has just been bumped to 5MP, but the Nexus 6P beats that with an 8MP front camera.

The rear cameras are more equal. The iPhone 6s has a 12MP rear camera and the Nexus 6P has a 12.3MP rear camera. Both rear cameras shoot 4K video.

Nexus 6P vs iPhone 6s: Battery & Connectivity

THe iPhone has a 1715 mAh battery (versus the Nexus’ 3450 mAh battery) and that will last around 12 hours of mixed usage, according to Apple. In our tests the iPhone 6s' battery performance was similar to that of last year's iPhone 6 -- no way near as good as the iPhone 6 Plus. The Nexus 6P’s battery performance is more like the iPhone 6 Plus in that it will go ALL DAY long, even with heavy usage. Honestly, I’ve never used an Android phone with battery performance as good as what you get from Google’s Nexus 6P — it just keeps on going. A lot of this is to do with improvements Google has made inside Android Marshmallow. The OS is now a lot more power efficient when in idle, sipping at power rather than gulping it down like Oliver Reed at last orders. I’ve been using the Nexus 6P for two weeks now and I am VERY impressed with its battery performance. There are occasional inconsistencies here and there every now and then but for the most part it is far superior to the smaller iPhone 6s. 

As for connectivity, both phones are pretty much equal: Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC.

Nexus 6P vs iPhone 6s: Price & Verdict

This is a tough call. I really like both handsets, almost in equal parts. The Nexus 6P is vastly superior in the specs and hardware department, but I do really like Apple’s carefully implemented improvements to the iPhone 6s’ arsenal of features — 3D Touch is VERY useful once you get used to using it. Nevertheless, the Nexus 6P is my view is a far more exciting handset: it has the specs, the performance and one of the best platforms around in the form of the AWESOME Android Marshmallow.

The iPhone 6s’ might beat the Nexus 6P when it comes to the CPU and, it could be argued, though I’m not convinced, design and finish. But for the most part, pound for pound, the Nexus 6P delivers A LOT more for A LOT less money than Apple’s iPhone 6s. I’m an occasional iPhone user. But this year I’ll be sitting it out and using the Nexus 6P. That might change when the iPhone 7 lands next year, but for now I am firmly back in the Android camp.

The Nexus 6P is just INSANELY good!

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