iPhone 6s Plus, Nexus 6P Battle for High-End Smartphone Supremacy

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2015-10-06
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    iPhone 6s Plus, Nexus 6P Battle for High-End Smartphone Supremacy
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    iPhone 6s Plus, Nexus 6P Battle for High-End Smartphone Supremacy

    The iPhone 6s Plus has a new rival to contend with—the Nexus 6P. Both have are high-end smartphones with screens. Here is a comparison of the two devices.
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    Nexus 6P and iPhone 6s Plus Both Boast Large Screens
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    Nexus 6P and iPhone 6s Plus Both Boast Large Screens

    Display size is of major concern to consumers and enterprise customers, so it's no surprise that the Huawei-designed Nexus 6P tries to trump Apple on that front. The Nexus 6P comes with a 5.7-inch screen, compared with the 5.5-inch model in Apple's handset. The iPhone 6s Plus has 401 pixels per inch, which is substantially lower than the 518 pixels per inch available in the Nexus 6P.
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    A Surprisingly Similar Design Concept
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    A Surprisingly Similar Design Concept

    From the front and side, the iPhone 6s Plus and the Nexus 6P look surprisingly similar. Both devices have a slim design and metal finish and come with a front panel that is dominated by a large screen and small bezel. The big difference, however, is the back of the devices, where the Nexus 6P has a camera area that adds some more depth. And since the Nexus 6P has a slightly larger screen, it's also a bit bigger than the iPhone 6s Plus.
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    Fingerprint Sensors Open OSes, Make Payments
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    Fingerprint Sensors Open OSes, Make Payments

    Fingerprint sensors have become the go-to security feature for smartphone makers, and both these devices feature them. The iPhone 6s Plus has a fingerprint sensor on the front, called Touch ID, while the Nexus 6P's fingerprint sensor is on the back panel that provides slight haptic feedback when it's activated. Both sensors are capable of opening the operating system and making payments with their respective mobile wallets.
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    The Obvious: Operating Systems Are Different
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    The Obvious: Operating Systems Are Different

    The operating systems built into the Nexus 6P and the iPhone 6s Plus are about as different as they come. The Nexus handset comes with the standard version of Google's Android Marshmallow. Apple's iPhone 6s Plus, meanwhile, features the company's recently launched iOS 9. Those who prefer one over the other should keep that in mind before choosing a handset.
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    Consider the Device Makers
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    Consider the Device Makers

    There are some companies that have a special affinity toward device makers. Many in the enterprise, for example, have seemingly taken a liking to Apple's products. Customers in China, especially, have a desire for Huawei-based products. Although both companies use China-based manufacturers for their product designs and have a strong track record for building solid devices, some may ultimately choose one over the other simply because of the company that makes them. In this battle, it's Huawei against Apple.
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    Which Device Will Win on Power?
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    Which Device Will Win on Power?

    It's hard to say which device will ultimately win on power, since proper benchmarking for both products hasn't been completed. That said, it's quite possible that the Nexus 6P, equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, featuring a 2GHz clock speed, is an early front-runner. The iPhone 6s Plus, however, is no slouch, boasting Apple's A9 chip that the company says is by far more powerful than previous models. When both devices do go up against each other in a power showdown, it will be interesting to see which one will ultimately win the day.
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    Cameras Matter in Today's World
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    Cameras Matter in Today's World

    Cameras matter greatly in today's selfie-obsessed world, which is likely why both the Nexus 6P and the iPhone 6s Plus come with updated snappers. The iPhone 6s Plus comes with a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera with 4K video recording capabilities. The device's front-facing camera has 5 megapixels and 720p HD video recording. The Nexus 6P, on the other hand, has a 12.3-megapixel rear-facing camera and 4K video recording, while the front-facing camera tops out at 8 megapixels. The front-facing Nexus 6P camera also has HD video capture.
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    Examine the Built-In Software
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    Examine the Built-In Software

    Built-in software is a major selling point for both iPhones and Android-based devices. With Apple's handsets, customers will find everything from Apple Pay to Apple News to the new and improved Notes. The iPhone 6s Plus also includes Apple Music and Apple Maps. The Nexus 6P, meanwhile, has a treasure trove of Google apps, including Google Maps, Gmail, Chrome and others. Choosing between the devices means choosing between Apple and Google apps.
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    Does 3D Touch Matter at All?
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    Does 3D Touch Matter at All?

    One of the key features in Apple's iPhone 6s Plus is support for 3D Touch, a feature that allows users to gain extra functionality by modifying how they press down on the touch screen. Apple's 3D Touch is a feature not found in many of its competitors, but whether it's a killer feature that will take out the competition remains to be seen.
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    A Look at Pricing
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    A Look at Pricing

    If it's pricing that will ultimately determine success in the marketplace, the Nexus 6P may have the advantage. The handset starts at $499 unlocked for the 32GB model and goes up to $649 for the 128GB option. If customers don't choose the iPhone Upgrade program that amortizes the cost of Apple's handsets over several months, the iPhone 6s Plus starts at $749 for 16GB of storage. The 128GB iPhone 6s Plus is available from $949.
 

It seems each week brings a new battle in the smartphone space. And many of those battles involve none other than Apple. In one of the latest battles, the iPhone 6s Plus, which Apple launched late in September, is taking on Google's Huawei-made alternative, the Nexus 6P. Both products come with big screens, high-end components and features that many consumers are seeking. In fact, one could argue that the iPhone 6s Plus and the Nexus 6P are among the best smartphones available. For that reason, many consumers and even some enterprise customers are pitting the two "phablets" against each other to determine which option would be best for them. While some of the differences are stark, there are nuances that, while not major, could be enough to make a customer pick one over the other. In the following slides, eWEEK will touch on both the major and the small differences to help would-be owners decide which product is best for them. Here is a comparison of the iPhone 6s Plus and the Nexus 6P.

 
 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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