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November 21, 2014
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HTC One M8 for Windows Review

Windows Phone users have often felt like second-class citizens, but with the One M8 for Windows, they finally have a device that can go toe-to-toe with any Android or iOS handset. From the outside, the HTC One M8 for Windows looks almost exactly like its Android-powered sibling. And that’s a good thing. The One M8 for Windows retains the luxurious aluminum body, engaging BoomSound speakers and strong performance while adding even more battery life. Priced at just $99, it is less expensive than other flagships such as the Galaxy S5 and the iPhone 6.

Design

The all-metal design of the One M8 makes it look and feel like a premium device. The gunmetal gray phone features smooth chamfered edges and a brushed aluminum back, creating a fit and finish that leaves plastic phones like the Galaxy S5 seeming cheap by comparison. The gorgeous 5-inch screen serves as a great centerpiece, complemented on top and bottom by the front-facing BoomSound stereo speakers. Like the Android One M8, the Windows version has done away with the capacitive touch buttons from last year’s HTC One M7.  The only controls are a lock button on the top and a volume rocker on the right side.

On top, an IR blaster hides beneath a glossy black strip, for use in conjunction with the Sense TV app. There are pop-out trays for SIM and microSD cards, with the headphone jack and micro USB port positioned on the bottom.

At 5.8 x 2.8 x 0.37 inches and weighing 5.64 ounces, the One M8 is taller and heavier than both the Samsung Galaxy S5 (5.6 x 2.9 x 0.3 inches and 5.1 ounces) and the Apple iPhone 6 (5.4 x 2.6 x 0.27 inches and 4.55 ounces), but not so much that it becomes a burden.

Display

The 5-inch display on the One M8 for Windows looks just as good as the panel on its Android sibling. The 1920 x 1080 screen is great for watching movies or playing games. And while it doesn’t have the deep blacks of the S5′s AMOLED display, colors looked richer and more natural. When I watched the trailer for Automata, both the arid desert scenes and vivid neon lights looked more accurate compared with the S5′s overly blue-ish tint. 

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The One M8 for Windows produces 420 nits of brightness, better than the S5′s 347 nits, but less than the iPhone 6′s stunning 559 nits. The One M8 for Windows recreated 114 percent of the sRGB spectrum, which is more than the iPhone 6 (94.9 percent), but less than the S5 (156 percent). Unfortunately, the HTC falls behind in color accuracy with a Delta-E of 5.1 (zero is best), worse than the iPhone 6 (3.0) and the S5 (0.9).

Audio

After listening to music on the One M8 for Windows, I wonder why all smartphones don’t have front-facing speakers.

Audio is projected directly at you, instead of to the sides or even away from you like on the iPhone 6 or Galaxy S5. When I listened to John Murphy’s “Adagio in D Minor,” the One M8 delivered deeper bass than its competitors while accurately recreating the delicate symbols. The BoomSound speakers also rang in at 88 decibels on our audio volume test, making it much louder than the iPhone 6 (81 dB) and the S5 (73 dB).

Windows Phone 8.1

Microsoft’s Modern UI looks great on the One M8′s 5-inch screen. The brightly colored Live Tiles are easy to navigate, and a simple swipe down from the top opens the Action Center, giving you easy access to messages, notifications and quick settings. A swipe to the right from the home screen gives a big list of all your apps, and a long press of the back button calls up a list of all your open apps. From there you can close unneeded applications by hitting the X in the corner of the window. 

One feature of Windows Phone 8.1 is the ability to hide the on-screen touch buttons. You can do this by hitting the arrow button in the left corner, and a simple swipe up from the bottom of the screen will bring them back.

While not as customizable as Android, Windows Phone 8.1 does a great job of providing an easy-to-use interface and a simple, attractive design.

Cortana

Whether you recognize its voice from the Halo games or not, Cortana offers a lot more personality than that other bodiless voice from Apple. New for Windows Phone 8.1, Cortana plays the role of Siri and Google now on Microsoft’s mobile OS.

Cortana can help you find a restaurant or look up directions, although results can vary between text or audio responses. She even has a pretty keen sense of humor, with a dry sarcastic retort when asked if she will make an appearance in Halo 5.  I just wish Cortana would be a little more detailed with her replies, as she usually responds with website links rather than information cards. It would also be nice if I were able to get her attention by saying her name, as I can with Google Now.

Keyboard

The standard Microsoft keyboard is responsive and easy to use, aided by a Swype-like input method that allows you to type without lifting your fingers, although it lacks the number row seen on other phones of this size. You can’t install a third party keyboard, but you can change the color of the tracer line from the settings menu.

Apps

The One M8 for Windows carries over most of the apps from its Android sibling. Even the Blinkfeed widget, which shows updates at a glance, makes an appearance as a Live Tile App, but omits the restaurant suggestion feature. Sense TV works like a charm, letting the One M8 serve as a universal remote.

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Verizon also includes its usual suite of apps, such as NFL Mobile, VZ Navigator and Verizon Messages. The only two third-party apps that come preloaded are Facebook and Slacker Radio.

Windows App Store

Most of the big names such as Netflix, Spotify, Uber and WhatsApp are available in the Windows Store, but there are still noticeable omissions like Seamless, HBO GO and all Google Apps (such as YouTube, Gmail and Hangouts). Thankfully, the selection is improving every day, although the Windows Store’s 300,000 total apps remains dwarfed by the millions available on Android or iOS.

Performance

The HTC One M8 for Windows’ 2.3-GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU and 2GB of RAM provided smooth performance whether I was gaming or just swiping through the UI. Playing Asphalt 8: Airborne was a thrilling experience as I enjoyed the gorgeous graphics and rock-steady frame rate.

On the WP Bench test, which measures overall performance, the One M8 scored 535.59, much higher than the 2.2-GHz Snapdragon 801-powered Nokia Lumia Icon (464.18). The One M8 also bested the Nokia Lumia Icon in the SunSpider JavaScript test, finishing in 527.9 milliseconds versus Lumia Icon’s 542.8 ms. 

4G LTE Performance

Testing speeds at our office in New York City’s Flatiron District yielded results faster than most wired home connections. On Verizon, the One M8 for Windows averaged a speedy 57.8 Mbps down and 14.16 Mbps up.

Cameras

The One M8 features not one, not two, but three cameras: a 5-MP webcam, along with a 4-MP “Ultrapixel”camera and a depth sensor on the back. HTC uses the term Ultrapixel to tout its cameras’ superior low-light performance, and while pictures with the rear camera impress, they aren’t quite as good as those from an iPhone 6 Plus.

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Our picture using the rear camera shows fine details in clothes with small polka dots and fabric textures, even in a dimly lit bar. Another photo of flowers taken at a nearby stand has rich vibrant colors in the contrasting yellow and pink bouquets, even under fluorescent lighting.

Self-portraits we shot using the front cam turned out well even in difficult lighting conditions. In a photo taken by a fellow Tom’s Guide writer, you can see the leather grain on the accents in her dress and the fine details of the brick building in the background.

Video quality is similarly strong, as we saw when we used the One M8 for Windows to shoot a 1080p clip of traffic moving down a busy NYC street. The one feature I wish HTC included was some sort of optical stabilization, as videos can be a little wobbly.

Duo Camera

The two rear cameras on the One M8 provide a host of special features. Dimension Plus uses the two cameras to add a subtle 3D effect to your photos and give them a sense of motion with Parallax-like movement. This worked well on a photo of some co-workers at a dinner events, although it caused their faces to become somewhat distorted. Unfortunately these pictures can’t be shared or sent to others, you can only view the fruits of your labor on the One M8′s screen.

The UFocus feature is similar to the Galaxy S5′s selective focus, allowing you to prioritize the foreground and background at will.  In a photo with a glowing lantern up front, tapping the lantern made the background go soft and blurry, and when selecting a building in back, the lantern became less sharp as it shifted it out of focus.

Foregrounder adds Instagram-like filters such as Sketch, Cartoon and Colorize to the background without messing with subjects in the front. Strangely, the One M8 lacks the capability to shoot ZOE media clips, a proprietary form of short video that appears on other HTC phones.

Battery Life

One of the benefits of switching to a Windows Phone from an Android is increased battery life. With 10 hours and 28 minutes of battery life on the Tom’s Guide battery test (surfing over 4G), the One M8 for Windows outlasts not only the iPhone 6 (7:40) and Galaxy S5 (9:42), but also the Android HTC One M8 (9:52).

Bottom Line

If you are looking for a phone running Microsoft’s mobile OS, the HTC One M8 for Windows is the phone to buy. And even if your preferences stray toward other operating systems, the One M8 still deserves some serious consideration (there’s an Android version, too). Windows Phone fans who aren’t on Verizon may want to consider the Nokia Lumia Icon 1520 and its giant 6-inch screen, or the affordable $65 Lumia 635, but both are equipped with last-gen components and lack the combination of speedy performance and large feature set of the One M8. At $99, the One M8 for Windows costs less than the iPhone 6 while offering a larger 5-inch screen, more than 10 hours of battery life and competition-crushing BoomSound speakers. Windows Phone users rejoice, this is the phone you have been waiting for.

Sam Rutherford is a Staff Writer at Tom’s Guide. Follow him @SamRutherford on Twitter and Google+. Follow us @Tom’s Guide on Facebook and Google+.

November 21, 2014
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Microsoft Black Friday 2014 Deals Bring Cheap Surface 3

Not to be out done by retailers and their own partners, the Microsoft Store has finally unveiled their own Black Friday 2014 deals. None are particularly earth shattering, but deals on Xbox One accessories and cheaper laptops and tablets should have buyers excited.

As detailed in its first post about Black Friday 2014 Deals last week, the HP Stream 7 is on sale from now until Black Friday 2014 for just $99. Joining that deal on November 27th, are some other reasonable deals.

Microsoft has been heavily promoting its Surface Pro 3 2-in-1s as MacBook Air rivals, and its slashing the prices on three versions as part of its Black Friday 2014 deals. The Surface Pro 3 with 128GB of storage and an Intel i5 Processor will cost just $899 during Microsoft’s Black Friday event. The model with 256GB version and an Intel Core i5 Processor will cost $1,199. Other Surface Pro 3 models, excluding the Surface Pro 3 for $799, will have $150 in savings. It looks like that $799 Surface Pro 3 won’t cost any less than it already does. Surface 2s, the low-end iPad rival in the Surface line of tablets, will cost just $300. Normally, its $449.

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Microsoft isn’t hogging all the Windows related discounts for its own hardware though. The Dell Inspiron 15 will start at $399, the Dell Inspiron All-In-One will start at $299 and the Acer Aspire Switch 10 will start at $299.

Microsoft already has a holiday promotion that knocks $50 off the cost of every Xbox One bundle it sells. As a part of its Black Friday 2014 savings it’ll discount consoles even more. The Xbox One with Kinect Assassin’s Creed Unity Bundle will sell for just $429. That same bundle without the Kinect 2 sensor will sell for $329. Normally the Xbox One would start at $399. Last year the Xbox One sold for $499. Microsoft will sell the Xbox 360 4GB console with Peggle 2 for $129.99.

Select Xbox 360 games will sell for just $4.99. Ryse, Forza Horizon 2 and Dead Rising 3 will sell for $29.99. The Xbox One and Xbox 360 require that users have an Xbox Live subscription before they play games online with their friends. A year of Xbox Live normally costs $59.99, but it’ll be $49.99 during Microsoft’s Black Friday 2014 deals. Three months of Xbox Live Gold will cost just $14.99, down from $24.99. Charge Kits for the Xbox One’s wireless controller will cost $14.99 and a single controller without the recharge kit will cost $49.99.

Again, there’s nothing here that’s completly mind-blowing. That being said, these Microsoft Black Friday 2014 deals are an easy way to save on accessories and hardware that you might have already been on the fence about purchasing. To be fair, that $99 deal on the HP Stream 7 is an amazing value for users who need a tablet and would like one that offers compatibility with some of their favorite windows apps. Microsoft is also cutting prices on Beats headphones and its own Nokia earbuds too, though the sale prices aren’t that lower than normal price. For example, Beats by Dre Mixr Headphones will be $179.99. Beats Solo HD headphones will be $79.99 in nine different colors.

Microsoft’s retail stores will heavily promote these deals. Unlike other retailers, Microsoft is also offering the savings to online shoppers. Every Black Friday 2014 deal shown online should be available for users to purchase there and have delivered. Of course, that’s while supplies last so, getting online and placing orders early on November 27th is still a very good idea. The Microsoft Store website offers free shipping on all products.

November 21, 2014
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Mobile internet coming to country towns

Fifty country towns will get 4G mobile internet for the first time as Telstra rolls out a technology more commonly used to boost coverage in suburban shopping centres.

The telco plans to roll out “small cells” to 16 towns in eastern Australia by Christmas after a successful trial at the 400-strong town of Yangan in Queensland.

A further 34 towns will get them in early 2015.

The cells, which are slightly bigger than a washing machine, are used now to boost coverage inside heavily-trafficked areas such as shopping centres and office blocks.

But their small size and short range also makes them ideal to service isolated towns where big base stations aren’t economically feasible, said Telstra’s head of wireless network engineering, Channa Seneviratne.

“In some cases, this will be the first time residents will be able to access mobile broadband services,” he said.

The plan is to hook the cells into fibre cables at Telstra exchanges.

Users won’t be able to make voice calls, which run on the 3G network, but Telstra is testing technology that will let people make voice calls on 4G.

All going well, that technology will roll out in 2015.

November 21, 2014
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–> It has been exactly six months since the license award for next-generation telecom services took place in Islamabad. Already, some operators are claiming reaching over one million 3G subscribers. Information made available shows that the four 3G operators have extended their coverage footprint to a number of major cities – the first port of call in any high-end service or product rollout.

But still there are many miles (or lets say millions) to go, for a potential market of 140 million+ users beckons. Agreed that no more than 60-70 percent of those 2G subscriptions are unique; and it is also practical that not all 2G sites can be swapped by 3G for multiple reasons. But still, many more millions of subscriptions can be on board within a year. The progress so far is not unsatisfactory, given the under-developed smart device ecosystem and availability of local content.

It would be better if PTA starts releasing the data on mobile broadband subscriptions on a regular basis for analysis purposes – as it has done for GSM services (although those statistics, too, haven been updated since July this year). But PTAs choice not to release the 3G/4G subscriptions data at this stage makes some sense.

Recall that in the 2G era; operators were in such a rat race for subscriber acquisition that millions of junk subscriptions (a loose term here for illegal Sims) had made their way to the teledensity stats. Right now, operators are in a “market-making phase” and its too early to say who will be the eventual leader in 3G services. So why not let them roll out their services and talk about leadership a year later? But on the other hand, regular subscription updates will also keep the competitive juices flowing.

But thats just the connectivity aspect – and operators are expected to make good of their resources in monetizing their multimillion dollar spectrum. This column wants to bring the attention to the fact that in these six months, policies that could help direct 3G/4G connectivity towards “useful connectivity” or what donors call “ICT4D” (D stands for development) are still awaited.

Ideally, such policies – where policymakers bring together folks in ICT, development and social sectors at an intersection where this new mobile broadband connectivity can help in the ongoing work in areas such as education, healthcare, governance, etc. – should have been ready before license award and their targets made part of the rollout obligations.

Yet, so far, ex post-facto policy is still missing. New telecom policy is presumably in final stage – but the feedback-adjusted draft is short on ICT4D milestones as well. Then, to make 3G and 4G services reach a wider geography in the future, Pakistan needs to lay down fiber across the country. All these issues need to be addressed simultaneously. The IT ministry seems aware of these issues, but they need to act fast!

November 21, 2014
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iPhone 6 Plus vs Nexus 6 Specs Comparison

iPhone 6 Plus vs Nexus 6

The Nexus 6 is finally available for purchase through several US carriers, so we though we should compare it with one of its main rivals, the iPhone 6 Plus. Both are no doubt two of the most powerful smartphones currently on the market, so we are expecting the iPhone 6 Plus vs Nexus 6 specs battle to be hard-fought.

While the iPhone 6 Plus is the first Apple phablet ever made, the Nexus 6 is the first Nexus device to come with a display larger than 5 inches. As you may know already, the latter one is co-developed by Google and Motorola.

If you were with us for our previous Versus posts you probably are aware that the iPhone 6 Plus versus Nexus 6 specs battle will be divided into ten rounds where we will be judging the performance of the two devices based on Dimensions, Display, Processor, Memory, Connectivity, Operating System, Camera, Design, Battery Life, and Price. Each round is worth one point and the smartphone that manages to score most points is declared winner.

Dimensions

We are dealing with two phablets here, so forget about being able to use either of them with only one hand. Let’s have a look at their dimensions.

The iPhone 6 Plus measures 158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1 mm and has a weigh of 172 grams. Despite having to accommodate a significantly larger display, the Nexus 6 is similar in size to Apple’s smartphone. It’s 159.3 mm tall, 83 mm wide, and 10.1 mm thin, while weighing in at 184 grams.

The iPhone 6 Plus is more compact, lighter, and considerably thinner than the Nexus 6, that’s why it wins the Dimensions round. The iOS-powered device wins the first round of the battle.

Display

Even though few have thought that Apple would launch a 5.5-inch smartphone, the Cupertino-based company is finally having a phablet in its portfolio. Because the display is the main selling point of a phablet, let’s have a look at the displays our competitors.

The iPhone 6 Plus sports a 5.5-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD display with Full HD resolution, 401 ppi pixel density, shatter proof glass, and oleophobic coating. This is Apple’s first Full HD smartphone.

Nexus 6 boasts about a massive 5.96-inch AMOLED display with Quad HD (1440 x 2560) resolution, and Gorilla Glass 3 protection. Despite being considerably larger, Nexus 6’s screen brings higher pixel density: 493 ppi.

The AMOLED screen of the Nexus 6 brings higher resolution and higher pixel density than iPhone 6 Plus’ 5.5-inch unit. Nexus 6 wins this round.

Processor

The processor is the brain of the phone, so you would probably want to have a powerful unit hidden inside your phone’s case. Let’s have a look at the processing solutions of iPhone 6 Plus and Nexus 6.

iPhone 6 Plus is powered by a 64-bit Apple A8 chipset with dual-core 1.4 GHz Cyclone (ARM v8-based) CPU and PowerVR GX6450 GPU. On the other hand, Nexus 6 is underpinned by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC based on four Krait 450 cores clocked at 2.7 GHz and an Adreno 420 GPU.

Even though iPhone 6 Plus’ processor is 64-bit enabled, the benchmarks have shown that Nexus 6’s unit is slightly more powerful. The point allocated to the Processor round goes to Google’s flagship.

Memory

Your photos, your music collection, your favorite TV shoes, the videos you record with your smartphone, and lots of apps. All these require quite a large amount of storage.

iPhone 6 Plus is available in three storage options: 16, 64, and 128 GB. Nexus 6 comes with either 32 or 64 GB of native storage. Neither one has support for microSD expansion.

In terms of RAM, the iPhone 6 Plus brings 1 GB RAM, while Nexus 6 has 3 GB RAM. Even though the latter one has considerably more RAM, the iPhone 6 Plus will do just fine to handle iOS’ multitasking, while both will be able do deliver a decent multitasking experience.

Because the iPhone 6 Plus is available with up to 128 GB of storage, it wins the Memory round. Another point for Apple’s phablet.

Connectivity

Over the past couple of years, most smartphone makers have aligned to the same standard when it comes to connectivity features. Let’s look how our competitors perform.

The iPhone 6 Plus arrives with HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy, NFC, and USB 2.0 (Lightning port). Nexus 6 brings HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat6 300/50 Mbps, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.1 Low Energy, NFC, and microUSB 2.0.

Compared to the iPhone 6 Plus, Nexus 6 brings LTE Cat6 (LTE Cat4 for iPhone) and Bluetooth 4.1 (Bluetooth 4.0 for iPhone). Because LTE Cat6 is not so widespread and because there’s not a significant difference between BT 4.1 and 4.0, the Connectivity round ends as tie.

Operating System

When it comes to mobile operating systems it’s always Apple vs Android. Each platform has its fans and its critics, but in the end it’s only a matter of choice.

Nexus 6 comes pre-loaded with Android 5.0 Lollipop, which is the biggest update Google’s mobile operating system has received since birth. The first thing you will probably notice about Lollipop is the new Material Design interface which relays on vivid colors, more animations, and realistic 3D effects and shadows. The Android 5.0 list of changes is very long, but just to name a few: lockscreen notifications with the ability to personalize notifications behavior, multi-user support for phones, revamped notifications bar and quick settings, battery saver, Priority Mode (some sort of iOS Do Not Disturb), Screen Pinning, revamped recents menu with document-centric multitasking, smart lock, and more.

iPhone 6 Plus is the first device in the world to run iOS 8. As you may know already, iOS 8 is the latest iteration of Apple’s mobile platform and it continues the design philosophy of iOS 7. Because we’re talking about an update we’re also talking about new features. iOS 8 brings an improved notifications bar that now features some kind of widgets, improved Siri personal assistant, better TouchID integration, siwpe gestures in the mailing app, better and new sources for Spotlight search, smarter keyboard, improved Camera and Gallery apps, and the new Health fitness tracking app. White I really like about iOS 8 is the double-tap Home button for one-hand usage feature. Even though this feature is also present on Samsung or LG phones, Apple’s implementation is the best yet. Cool, but not cool enough.

In our opinion, Nexus 6 wins the Operating System round. Android is smoother than ever, it brings tons of useful new features, and it’s finally looking better than it’s main rival, iOS. Another point goes to the Moto-made Nexus.

Camera

I’m not a great photographer myself, but I know how to appreciate a good camera or photo. In the same time, I believe that the best camera is the camera you’re always carrying with you and that’s why I like my phones to pack above-average primary shooters.

iPhone 6 Plus features an 8 MP rear-facing camera with optical image stabilization, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual-tone) flash, F2.2 aperture, geo-tagging, simultaneous HD video and image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR (photo/panorama), and Full HD video recording and slow-motion video capture. It also has a 1.2 MP user-facing camera.

Nexus 6 sports a 13 MP main shooter with autofocus, optical image stabilization, dual-LED (ring) flash, F2.0 aperture, Dual recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, photo sphere, panorama, HDR, and 4K video recording support. The front-facing camera has a 2 MP sensor.

Even though Nexus 6 has a higher-resolution sensor, early tests have shown that Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus is actually superior when it comes to snapping photos. The Camera round is won by iPhone 6 Plus.

Design

We all like good-looking smartphones and premium quality. Apple is known for building such smartphones and we are glad to see that other phone makers are hot on their tracks.

iPhone 6 Plus departs from the design language introduced by the iPhone 4 and continued until last year by the iPhone 5S. The new Apple flagship has more rounded corners and a new color scheme for the back panel. It also brings a new shape for the volume buttons, while the power button has been relocated on one side for better reach. What I don’t like about the iPhone 6 Plus is the wide bezels and the wasted space at the top and bottom of the front panel. You probably heard about the Bendgate scandal, with users reporting that the device has bent in their pockets. Unfortunately, that’s not what we were expecting from apple.

On the other side, the Nexus 6 looks like a Moto X 2014 on steroids, and, fortunately, it brings the same built quality. Even though it’s not all-aluminium like the iPhone 6 Plus, Nexus 6’s feels premium when held in hand and the soft touch back and metallic frame surely help delivering that feeling. Nexus 6 has a great screen-to-body ratio while the front panel accommodates the dual stereo speakers. It has rounded corners and a curved back which offers great grip. Furthermore, Nexus 6 is splash resistant, so one less reason to worry about.

In my opinion, the Nexus 6 is the better-looking smartphone here. The Design point goes to the Android-powered device.

Battery Life

Battery life is probably one of the biggest issue of modern smartphones. Anyway, over the past year or so, the smartphone manufacturers worked hard to address this annoyance.

iPhone 6 Plus features a non-removable Li-Po 2,915 mAh battery which, according to apple, can deliver up to 24 hours of talk time and 384 hours of standby time. In our tests, the iPhone 6 Plus managed stay awake around the clock on a single charge.

Nexus 6 is kept alive by a non-removable Li-Po 3,220 mAh battery which should offer about 24 hours of talk time and up to 330 hours of stand-by time. In our tests, the battery was capable of getting through about a day of moderate-usage on a single charge. It’s also worth noting that Nexus 6 is compatible with Motorola’s Turbo charger which promises up to 8 hours of autonomy after only 15 minutes of charging.

Even though Nexus 6 has a slightly bigger battery cell, the two devices are similar in terms of autonomy. The Battery Life ends as tie.

Price

I will try to keep it simple in the Price round. The cheapest smartphone wins.

In the US, Nexus 6 is currently available at both Sprint and ATT. While Sprint is selling the 32 GB model at $249 with a two-year contract, ATT asks $299 on-contract. You also have the option to buy the unlocked Nexus 6 from Play Store. The 32 GB variant costs $649, while the 64 GB model is $699.

Both ATT and Sprint are selling the 16 GB iPhone 6 Plus at a price of $299 with a two-year agreement. If you want an unlocked iPhone 6 Plus you can order one from Apple’s website with a price tag of $749 for the 16 GB model. The 64 GB variant costs $849, while the 128 GB variant is $100 more.

It’s obvious that Nexus 6 is the cheaper smartphone here. Another point for Google’s flagship.

Conclusions

Here we are at the end of the iPhone 6 Plus vs Nexus 6 specs battle. It’s time to do a recap and see which smartphone managed to score most points.

We’ve had two rounds that ended as tie. The two devices where similar in terms Connectivity and Battery Life.

Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus managed to score three points after it outmatched its rival in Dimensions, Memory, and Camera rounds. The biggest iPhone yet is more compact, has more internal storage, and a better camera than Nexus 6.

The smartphone co-developed by Google and Motorola, Nexus 6, has won five rounds, therefore scoring five points. It proved to be better then the iPhone 6 Plus when it came to Display, Processor, Operating System, Design, and Price, because it has a higher-resolution screen, more powerful CPU, is running Android Lollipop, it has better build quality and is splash-proof, and because it’s cheaper.

In our opinion the Nexus 6 is the better smartphone. Of course, some of you may agree, others may disagree, that’s why we are inviting you to share your opinions in the comments section below.

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