Nexus 6 vs Galaxy Note 4 vs iPhone 6 Plus

Google recently announced the addition of a large-screen smartphone to its Nexus line of devices which is set to go up against Samsung’s existing Note range and Apple’s new iPhone 6 Plus.

Manufactured by Motorola, the Nexus 6 sports a 5.96″ QHD (1440×2560) display, 2.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805-based processor, and comes with the latest version of Android — Lollipop (version 5.0).

Apple announced the iPhone 6 Plus along with the iPhone 6 at an event on Tuesday, 9 September 2014, and recently confirmed that the smartphone would launch in South Africa on Friday, 24 October.

The Galaxy Note 4 was announced on Wednesday, 3 September 2014 and launched in South Africa last Friday, 17 October.

LG, who built Google’s Nexus 5 smartphone, also launched a device this year with a screen similar in size to the iPhone 6 Plus – the G3.

Hardware specifications for each of these so-called “phablet” heavyweights are summarised in the table below.

While the internal hardware of the devices do not necessarily indicate what the user experience will be like, it does give some indication of what to expect, and what you’re paying for.

Specifications Nexus 6 iPhone 6 Plus Samsung Galaxy Note 4 LG G3
Maker Motorola Apple Samsung LG
Dimensions 159.26 x 82.98 x 10.06mm 158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1mm 153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5mm 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9mm
Weight 184g 172g 176g 149g
Operating system Android 5.0 iOS 8 Android 4.4 Android 4.4.2
Display 5.96″ QHD (1440×2560) 5.5″ Retina HD (1080×1920) 5.7″ (143.9mm) QHD (1440×2560) Super AMOLED 5.5″ Quad HD IPS (1440×2560)
Rear camera 13MP 8MP 16MP 13MP “OIS+”
Front camera 2MP 1.2MP 3.7MP 2.1MP
Storage, internal 32/64GB 16GB / 64GB / 128GB 32GB 16GB / 32GB
Storage, expandable No No microSD microSD
RAM 3GB 2GB * 3GB 2GB / 3GB
Processor 2.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 Apple A8 (1.4GHz Cyclone *) 2.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 / Exynos 5433 Octa-core (1.9GHz quad + 1.3GHz quad) * 2.5GHz quad-core MSM8974
Graphics Adreno 420 PowervVR GX6650 * Adreno 420 / Mali-T760 Adreno 330
Battery 3,220mAh Unknown 3,220mAh 3,000mAh (removable)
Cellular data HSPA+, LTE HSPA+, LTE HSPA+, LTE HSPA+, LTE
SIM type Nano SIM Nano SIM Micro SIM Micro SIM
NFC Yes Yes Yes Yes
* Not from official spec sheets, but from tear-downs and user investigation

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