The iPhone 6S is shaping up to be the best iPhone that Apple has ever made - and the Nexus 5 (2015), which we’re expecting to see at Google I/O 2015, should be the best Nexus that Google has ever made. Could Apple tempt you away from Google, or vice-versa? Find the answers in our Nexus 5 (2015) vs iPhone 6S comparison.
Apple tends to follow a formula for design changes: it creates a new design in year one, tweaks it very slightly in year two for the “S” version, and comes up with a brand new design the year after that. This is an “S” year, so we’d expect design changes to be minimal. Expect the screens to remain at 4.7 and 5.5 inches for the S and S Plus, and for a new color option to appear - probably Rose Gold to match the Apple Watch.
We’re not sure who will be making the Nexus 5 (2015) as yet - both Huawei and LG are in the frame - but Google may have leaked the device in a promo video for its Google Fi project. If it has, we’re looking at something very much like the Nexus 6, which is no bad thing.
Nexus 5 (2015) vs iPhone 6S comparison: display
Apple’s displays offer resolutions of 1344 x 750 (326 ppi) in the standard phone and 1920 x 1080 (401 ppi) in the iPhone 6 Plus. We don’t expect that to change, but rumors suggest that Apple’s displays will get Force Touch in the S versions. Force Touch is something we’ve already seen in the Apple Watch, and it can sense how hard you’re pressing - so a quick tap might select while a hard press would do something else.
Rumors also suggest that some of the larger devices might get sapphire screens and that Apple will change the kind of aluminum it uses to make the iPhone 6S harder to bend. The Nexus 5 (2015) screen is an unknown quantity just now, but rumors predict a 5.2-inch or 5.7-inch full HD IPS display. Either size is smaller than the Nexus 6, but the pixel density will be higher.
Nexus 5 (2015) vs iPhone 6S: processor, memory and storage
Current iPhones have Apple’s A8 processor and M8 motion processor, and we’d expect the S models to move up a generation to deliver better performance per watt. We’d expect 2 GB of RAM too. Apple tends to be quite stingy with storage, so while we think 16 GB is too little storage for a modern smartphone we’re still expecting the iPhone 6S to come in 16, 64 and 128 GB configurations.
The Nexus 5 (2015) specs haven’t been revealed yet, but rumors claim that the device will be powered by a Snapdragon 810 processor. 3 MB of on-board RAM is likely.
Nexus 5 (2015) vs iPhone 6S comparison: cameras
iPhones aren’t leading the field when it comes to megapixels: the iSight camera in the iPhone 6 is just 8 MP, and only the Plus gets optical image stabilization. That said, Apple uses exceptionally good sensors to deliver picture quality that’s better than some rival devices with many more megapixels. Rumors say the iPhone 6S will get a bump to 12 MP, possibly with Sony’s very latest sensors to deliver stunning low-light shooting.
The Nexus 5 (2015) camera details haven’t been announced yet, but the prediction is a 5 MP snapper on the front and a 13 MP one on the back with Optical Image Stabilization and a dual-tone LED flash.
Nexus 5 (2015) vs iPhone 6S comparison: software
The iPhone 6S will run iOS 9, which is expected to have a redesigned Siri virtual assistant, Beats Music integration, public transit information in Maps and Android-style shortcuts.
The Nexus 5 (2015) exists to show off the latest Android, so if it doesn’t appear with Android M on board we’ll be amazed, and probably annoyed too.
Nexus 5 (2015) vs iPhone 6S comparison: battery life
Apple upped battery life by around 25 percent when it introduced the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and we’d expect similar or even improved battery life from the 6S thanks to ongoing optimization of iOS and Apple’s evolving processor designs.
We don’t know what’s in the Nexus 5 (2015) yet, but a 2900 mAh battery with wireless charging is likely.
Nexus 5 (2015) vs iPhone 6S comparison: early verdict
At the moment we’re comparing a list of leaks with a bunch of rumors, so picking a winner would hardly be fair or sensible. That said, we’re pretty sure that the iPhone 6S will be an evolutionary step: Force Touch could be interesting and the combination of a faster processor and double the RAM is appealing, but if the iPhone 6 didn’t win you over then the iPhone 6S probably won’t either. It’s a bit like a football team you don’t support hiring a really talented player: you can admire the talent, but you’re not likely to suddenly switch sides.
What do you think? Is Google going to leave Apple in the dust with the Nexus 5 (2015)?