iPhone 6 vs Nexus 5: What Buyers Need to Know

Now that the iPhone 6 release has been confirmed, and all the little details revealed, consumers are starting to weigh their options when it comes to buying their next smartphone this fall. The all new iPhone 6 is Apple’s first design overhaul in two years, and it finally has a bigger screen to match the Android competition. Here we take a look at Apple’s latest vs Google’s flagship Nexus 5.

Now that Apple has finally released a bigger iPhone, something many didn’t expect to over happen given their early stance on the idea, we’re now starting to sense consumers may be torn regarding what to get. Many Apple owners jumped to Android for bigger screens and more options, but Apple has finally countered with a 4.7-inch iPhone 6, and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus.

Read: iPhone 6 vs LG G3: What Buyers Should Know

A new Nexus 6 (or Nexus X) is on the horizon, rumored to arrive in October or November, but for those potentially looking to buy a new phone this month the Nexus 5 is an excellent option running stock Android. These two devices are extremely different at their core, but below we’ll rundown a few key things you’ll want to know before making a purchase.

Here's a look at the iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus.

It’s hard to compare two extremely different devices, especially when you try to consider in users needs, wants, preferences, and other factors. Price is one, operating system of choice is a big one too. So instead of trying to compare Android to iOS, or Apples to Oranges, we’ll just outline what each has to offer, and how they differ.

Google’s Nexus 5 was released in November of last year, so it’s getting old in the tooth, but a new one could be coming soon. We can’t confirm that just yet, so for now we’ll be talking about the currently available Android 4.4.4 KitKat powered Nexus 5, and how it compares to Apple’s new iPhone 6.

iPhone 6 Release Date

As of right now, only one of these phones is available to purchase. That being Google’s Nexus 5, but the iPhone 6 is quickly approaching. In fact, the wait won’t be very long at all.  The iPhone 6 will be available to pre-order by the end of the week, and will launch shortly thereafter on all carriers around the US.

Sprint, AT&T and Verizon iPhone 6 pre-order details arrive.

Apple announced the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders will officially start on September 12th (Friday) and the smartphone will go on sale around the United States and across the globe on September 19th. This means that if you’re looking to get a new phone today, you’ll have to look elsewhere. Which means go grab the Nexus 5 from the Google Play Store. Otherwise wait a few weeks for the iPhone 6.

It’s also worth noting that new iPhone devices usually sell out quick and are in short supply and high demand, meaning buyers may not be able to get one on day one. You might want to place a pre-order just in case.


While size matters for some when buying a smartphone, manufacturer of preference of operating system is usually more of a deciding factor. That being said, this is the first year many Android owners may want to try the bigger iPhone, or Apple fans may as well jump ship and try Android now that their only iPhone options are large 4.7 and 5.5-inch devices.

For iPhone users the Nexus 5 is considered a big phone. It offers a 5-inch 1920 x 1080p full HD display, and is bigger than the new 4.7-inch iPhone 6. Here’s the dimensions of both devices.

Nexus 5

  • 137.9 x 69.2 x 8.6 mm (5.43 x 2.72 x 0.34 in) and 130 grams

iPhone 6

  • 138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm (5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 in) and 129 grams

As you can see they’re nearly the same size and weight. The iPhone 6 is slightly taller, but also more narrow, thinner, and weights a tiny bit less. Overall they’ll look and feel about the same in the hand. It’s worth nothing that they’re roughly the same size, but you’ll get more from the Nexus 5 screen.


Smartphones with a big screen are the norm, and now that Apple is finally on board that won’t be changing anytime soon. For years they’ve criticized Android (especially Samsung) for the big screens they use, and now they’ve changed their minds and finally jumped ship.

As you saw above the Nexus 5 and iPhone 6 are nearly the same size, but you’ll get a bigger and better display from Google’s option. It’s a 5-inch 1920 x 1080p full HD display that’s bright, vivid, and crisp. Compare that to the iPhone 6 that has a 4.7-inch 1334 x 750 (720p) HD display. Google’s thin bezels and sleek design managed to fit a bigger and better screen in the same amount of space, but again, this is all about preference.


Apple has quality displays in all their products, and the Retina screen will likely be gorgeous and have stunning viewing angles. The only complaint some had with the Nexus 5 is the screen was a bit warm, and didn’t have the vivid colors many in the Android world love from Samsung. That said, it’s still an excellent device with a big full HD display, and it’s a tough choice if you have to choose it over the iPhone 6.

Price & Storage

A big factor in any purchase decision is the price, and this is a huge thing you’ll want to consider with the new iPhone 6 compared to the competition. While most Android phones have a micro-SD slot for expandable storage, Google’s Nexus 5 does not. The iPhone 6 doesn’t either, but has way more options for those interested in higher storage configurations. Here’s the storage and pricing details.

  • iPhone 6 16GB – $199
  • iPhone 6 64GB – $299
  • iPhone 6 128GB – $399
  • Nexus 5 16GB – $349 (contract free)
  • Nexus 5 32GB – $399 (contract free)

Those prices look good for the iPhone, but that’s after users sign a 2-year contract with carriers. The Nexus 5 however, is without a contract and will be outright. When you look at contract free pricing for the iPhone, this picture changes.

  • iPhone 6 16GB – $649
  • iPhone 6 64GB – $749
  • iPhone 6 128GB – $849

The iPhone 6 is a big phone and now has an all-new storage option delivering 128GB of internal storage. This is another first for the iPhone, and will allow you to pack tons of HD games and movies into your handset. However, a 16GB iPhone 6 purchased outright is nearly double the price of Google’s Nexus 5. You could get two Nexus 5’s for $50 more than one iPhone 6.

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Of course carrier payment plans in the US will make this a bit easier, but $299 or $399 on-contract is hard to swallow, no matter how you look at it. Google’s certainly got most manufacturers beat in regards to price, and this is especially true with the iPhone 6.


Taking photos with our mobile devices is extremely important these days, so we wanted to mention this too. Both the new iPhone 6 and the Nexus 5 employ an 8 megapixel camera. However, the Nexus 5 has optical image stabilization. A feature reserved only for the higher-end iPhone 6 Plus.

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Apple’s new camera has a new focus sensor for improved auto-focus, can shoot 240 fps for slow-mo video capture, and has improved in all areas, including panorama modes. They’ve always had excellent cameras, and this is one area the Nexus 5 just won’t hold up. Even though it has an 8 megapixel camera with OIS, the camera was one of the weakest links in this device. If you want a good camera experience, the iPhone 6 is arguably the better choice.

Final Thoughts

Debating Android over iOS isn’t something we’re interested in doing these days, as everyone has a different point of view. Instead, the details above share the few differences regarding size, screen size and quality, and price regarding these two phones. If you’re an iPhone owner looking to try something new, the Nexus 5 runs stock Android 4.4.4 KitKat as Google designs it, and is the purest Android experience around.

On the flipside, if you’ve been waiting to try an iPhone but didn’t want a small screen, now is the perfect time to make the switch. I love my Nexus 5, but it certainly could be better in a few areas. Most of which are rumored to be included in the upcoming Nexus 6 we could see in October.

There is a lot of excitement around the new iPhone 6, but don’t get one just because of the bigger screen. Check out everything iOS has to offer, Apple Pay, and everything else before buying a new device.