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iPhone 6 Vs Nexus 4 Features & Specs -- Same Difference

Updated on September 20, 2014

iPhone 6 Versus Nexus 4

Not to dis the die-hard fans of Apple’s iPhone brand, but the hullabaloo about the iPhone 6 might just be uncalled for. Why?

It appears that the main features of the iPhone 6 were with us almost two years ago with the Nexus 4. You don’t believe it? Check out this comparison between the new iPhone 6 versus the Nexus 4 (as released in 2012):

Nexus 4 vs iPhone 6

iPhone 6
Nexus 4
Screen Size
Screen Resolution
NFC Payments
Notification actions
Third party keyboards
Typing suggestions
Cross-app communication
Cloud photo backup
Battery stats
Features that both the iPhone 6 and Nexus have in common.

To be fair to Apple, the iPhone 6 does come with many other features that will set it apart from the rest of the phones in the market. For example, the TouchID feature is unique to iPhones and has not yet been imitated by the other players.

Then there is the ability to shoot movies in slow motion as well as the high quality images of the camera.

That said, there is also many features that are common with Android phones that will not be available on the iPhone for several other iterations. For example, there is the water resistance capability of some top notch Android phones that is not yet available on the iPhone. Then there is the wireless charging that has now become common place with the phones.

Why an iPhone 6?

Given the above revelations, it would appear that the iPhone 6 was rushed to fill a gap that is increasingly been filled by Android phones. Some people would argue that Apple had to release the phone irrespective of these glaring similarities with the Nexus 4.

The rumoured iPhone 6
The rumoured iPhone 6 | Source

iPhone 6

3 out of 5 stars from 1 rating of Apple iPhone 6

That it is time for an iPhone 6 is not in doubt – the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C were mere updates of previous versions. A lot has happened ever since these two iterations were released in the market- with major competitors releasing software and hardware upgrades in the summer.

  • Samsung released its Galaxy Tab S that is said to be the best tablet that the company has ever produced. This was after many years of producing what many have called average devices without much to counter in terms with the competition. It is a clear indication that the device market is getting very competitive and a phone maker cannot rest on their laurels
  • Windows Phone 8.1 OS is showing signs of market acceptance with major improvements in usability and features such predictive touch screen, better notifications handling and start screen wall papers. This move gives Windows Phones a better edge and brings it at par with the established players – a sign that the market is getting tighter
  • Google released a new Nexus that it touts as the best ever produced. The 7” slate is surely a winner with its faster speeds, thinner design and high resolution screen and will give other devices a run for their money
  • Google released Android L to developers which was a firm statement that Android intends to defend its position as the number one operating system. Android L amongst other things was a clear indication of the increasing importance of wearable devices in the larger scheme of technological things
  • Apple iOS 8 was unveiled to developers and its features were the clearest indication of an impending iPhone 6 release. The iOS 8 user interface was a clear sign that the iPhone 6 screen size would be a clear departure from the past as well as the fact that a higher resolution was on the way.

One obvious reason that indicates it is time for an iPhone 6 is in the way Apple has always named its phones -the last model preceding a major release always ends in an S. Thus, after the iPhone 5S the next logical phone model is – you guessed it right- the iPhone 6.

What does iOS 8 tell us about iPhone 6 features?

While it would appear simplistic to try to correlate the iPhone 6 features with the recently announced iOS 8, it is still not a farfetched idea. It is obvious that some of the features of the iOS 8 will have a bearing on the physical features as well as specifications of the iPhone 6.

In fact, one can argue convincingly that the iOS 8 needs an iPhone 6 so as to take advantage of all its wonderful features. If there is one thing that was obvious during the developer conferences of both Google (Android L) and Apple (iOS 8) was that wearable device synchronization and capabilities will be big in the coming years.

The incorporation of highly sensitive sensors into smartphones means that there will be a fundamental shift in design and operability of these devices. For example, health monitors will have the ability to take and analyse biometric samples and relay the data to a central collection point.

This means that the devices will need to be built with multiple sensors that are located in such a manner that they do not interfere with other functions of the device. Such integration of sensors into smart devices will lead to substantial design changes that will give them a different look from what we are accustomed to.

Bigger 4.7 & 5.5 inch Screens

iPhone 6 comes in two versions that features a 4.7” and 5.5” screen (diagonally). This is a drastic increase from the iPhone 5S and there are speculations that the 5.5” will be called iPad Air meaning that it will be something between a phone and tablet (phablet?).

It is obvious that Apple is leveraging the immense power of its OS which will see more developers entering the fray since opened it up to third party developers. The increased display size is also informed by the fact that there will be need to have more icons and thus avoiding a crammed appearance.

Increasing screen size might seem to be a bad move because despite statements to the contrary from Apple, some users are finding it a little difficult to use them as phones. But this is the trend that majority of users are moving towards and one may be argue that usage of phones is changing with synchronization of the phones with wearable devices.

In this case, users will be get notifications on their wearable devices and then check their phones if need be.

iPhone 6 Network Features

The iPhone 6 will have the same network capabilities as previous versions but with iOS 8 in the pictures as well as the addition of more LTE capability, it gives it the ability to work with any next generation systems that are currently in place as well as any that may come in the future.

In fact, this is the most versatile version and will be able to work in the most advanced systems such as those you would find in Europe and also the not so advanced ones you may find on the African and Asian continents.

However, the iPhone 6 is definitely a phone designed for the 4G network but there is still the issue of the effect of fast systems on the durability of the battery – something that might not be as much of a concern as in the iPhone 5S.

The quality of sound is a stack difference to that of the iPhone 5S, which cannot be said to have been the best – though it was much better when using the ear-piece. This improvement can be attributed to better design features with improved placement.

As with the previous models, the iPhone 6 has compatibility with 2G, 3G and 4G LTE networks and still has nano-SIM.

iPhone 6 Weight and Dimensions

Though not that much lighter than the iPhone 5S, the iPhone 6 is a tad thinner (10mm) than the previous version and this may be attributable to the fact that there are a few more sensors that have been added to the phone. A bigger screen means that the overall dimensions are going to be bigger when looked at from a big picture perspective.

iPhone 6 Design

From a distance the iPhone 6 design has not changed significantly from the iPhone 5S but on closer inspection there is a marked difference. For example, the sapphire glass screen gives the phone a shine and feeling of sturdiness that was hitherto not noticeable. You get a feeling that you are looking at something as hard as diamond. There are also speculations that the iPhone 6 will have a flexible screen -- meaning it will be the curviest phone ever made by Apple. The idea is not so far-fetched if what we are hearing from Samsung is anything to be believed.


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