How the iPhone 6 compares with Android & Windows Phone rivals

The iPhone 6 goes head-to-head with Samsung Galaxy S6, LG G3, HTC One M9, Nokia Lumia 930, Honor 6,Sony Xperia Z3 Compact and Google Nexus 5 in the ultimate smartphone showdown.

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iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G3, HTC One M8, Nokia Lumia 930, Sony Xperia Z3 Compact and Google Nexus 5

The iPhone 6 may be Apple's latest and greatest smartphone, but that doesn't mean it's the only good smartphone out there. In fact, over the past year or two, Apple's reputation as a leader in the smartphone market has begun to slip, as competition from the likes of Samsung, Sony, LG, HTC and more has become steadily more impressive as solid iPhone rivals have launched.

Here, we take a look at some of the iPhone 6's biggest challengers to find out how they compare to Apple's flagship. Let's first take a look at the iPhone 6 itself, which certainly has a lot going for it and is a fantastic smartphone to own.

Display
The iPhone 6 has a 4.7in display, which Apple describes as Retina HD. It's 1334x750 pixels, which equates to 326ppi.

Design
The design is one of the iPhone 6's biggest strengths. Apple is known for it's sleek, sophisticated smartphones and the iPhone 6 is no different. It's made with anodised aluminium available in Silver, Gold, Space Grey, and has a soft, curved design. Plus, it weighs just 129g and is 6.9mm thin.

Specs
Inside the iPhone 6 is Apple's A8 processor, paired with an M8 co-processor and 1GB RAM.  It's a very powerful chip that beats many of its rivals in most of our benchmark tests. Find out more in our article listing the fastest smartphones of 2014/2015.
Capacities: 16GB, 64GB, 128GB (no microSD card slot for expansion).
Connectivity: 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, 4G

Camera
The iPhone 6's camera is 8Mp with 1.5 micron pixels and a dual-LED flash. It has an aperture of f/2.2 and a new feature is the autofocus with Focus Pixels. Video capabilities include 240fps slo-mo. We love the camera in the iPhone 6 – it's fantastic.

Additional features
Additional features include the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, as well as the NFC chip that allows the use of Apple Pay (expected to launch in the UK in 2015). Note, though that NFC in the iPhone 6 is limited to Apple Pay for now.

Software
The iPhone 6 runs Apple's iOS 8. Find out more in our iOS 8 review.

Price
16GB - £539, 64GB - £619, 128GB - £699

To find out more about the iPhone 6, take a look at our full iPhone 6 review. You can also find out whether the 5.5in iPhone 6 Plus is a better choice for you in our iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus comparison.

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The iPhone 6 may be Apple's latest and greatest smartphone, but that doesn't mean it's the only good smartphone out there. In fact, over the past year or two, Apple's reputation as a leader in the smartphone market has begun to slip, as competition from the likes of Samsung, Sony, LG, HTC and more has become steadily more impressive as solid iPhone rivals have launched.

Here, we take a look at some of the iPhone 6's biggest challengers to find out how they compare to Apple's flagship. Let's first take a look at the iPhone 6 itself, which certainly has a lot going for it and is a fantastic smartphone to own.

Display
The iPhone 6 has a 4.7in display, which Apple describes as Retina HD. It's 1334x750 pixels, which equates to 326ppi.

Design
The design is one of the iPhone 6's biggest strengths. Apple is known for it's sleek, sophisticated smartphones and the iPhone 6 is no different. It's made with anodised aluminium available in Silver, Gold, Space Grey, and has a soft, curved design. Plus, it weighs just 129g and is 6.9mm thin.

Specs
Inside the iPhone 6 is Apple's A8 processor, paired with an M8 co-processor and 1GB RAM.  It's a very powerful chip that beats many of its rivals in most of our benchmark tests. Find out more in our article listing the fastest smartphones of 2014/2015.
Capacities: 16GB, 64GB, 128GB (no microSD card slot for expansion).
Connectivity: 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, 4G

Camera
The iPhone 6's camera is 8Mp with 1.5 micron pixels and a dual-LED flash. It has an aperture of f/2.2 and a new feature is the autofocus with Focus Pixels. Video capabilities include 240fps slo-mo. We love the camera in the iPhone 6 – it's fantastic.

Additional features
Additional features include the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, as well as the NFC chip that allows the use of Apple Pay (expected to launch in the UK in 2015). Note, though that NFC in the iPhone 6 is limited to Apple Pay for now.

Software
The iPhone 6 runs Apple's iOS 8. Find out more in our iOS 8 review.

Price
16GB - £539, 64GB - £619, 128GB - £699

To find out more about the iPhone 6, take a look at our full iPhone 6 review. You can also find out whether the 5.5in iPhone 6 Plus is a better choice for you in our iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus comparison.

 

iPhone 6 vs LG G3

LG's newest flagship smartphone is the stunning LG G3, which has an absolutely incredible display. It's a solid iPhone 6 contender and our sister title PC Advisor lists it as the best smartphone of 2015.

Display
The LG G3 has a bigger display than the iPhone 6 at 5.5in, so is a closer rival to the iPhone 6 Plus. The display is Quad HD, at 2560x1449 pixels, equating to a whopping 534ppi.

Design
The overall design of the LG G3 isn't quite as sleek as the iPhone 6, but is by no means unattractive. It has a plastic rear cover but does have some metal portions including the frame. It weighs 149g, so slightly more than the iPhone 6's 129g and is 8.9mm thick (compared with 6.9mm). 

Specs
Inside the LG G3 is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 2.46 GHz Quad-Core processor paired with 2GB RAM, or 3GB if you opt for the 32GB capacity model.
Capacities: 16GB, 32GB, microSD slot for up to 128GB
Connectivity: 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC

Camera
The LG G3's camera is 13Mp, with a dual-LED flash, but doesn't have the bigger pixels so not necessarily better than the iPhone 6 (see: the megapixel myth). It offers Optical Image Stabilisation (only offered by iPhone 6 Plus, not iPhone 6) and a new Laser Auto Focus feature.

Additional features
The LG G3 doesn't have a fingerprint sensor, but it does have a secure Knock Code system for unlocking the device. It also has a wireless charging feature achieved by purchasing a separate wireless charging unit, and LG's Rear Key button on the back.

Software
The LG G3 runs Android 4.4 out of the box, with an update to Android 5.0 coming soon.

Price
RRP £439.99 (£100 less than iPhone 6), but you can find it for as little as £315.  

Take a closer look at how these two great smartphones compare in our iPhone 6 vs LG G3 article. A new LG G4 is expected to arrive soon, too, so we'll update this article when it is launched.

 

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact vs iPhone 6

Sony's Xperia Z3 is its current flagship smartphone, but unlike many of its rivals it offers a 'compact' or 'mini' model that has very similar specs despite its smaller size, so we've chose to use the Xperia Z3 Compact in our iPhone 6 comparison because it's closer in screen size.

Display
The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact has a 4.6in display, so is similar in size to the iPhone 6. It's 1280x720 pixels, which equates to 319ppi, slightly lower than the 326ppi of the iPhone 6.

Design
The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact has a more blocky design than the iPhone 6 (although it is smaller overall), but it's also more durable, with nylon corners for extra protection and an IP68 rating for dust- and waterproof up to 1.5m deep. It weighs 127g so is 2g lighter than the iPhone 6, but is thicker at 8.6mm. It offers more colourful options though, with black, white, orange and green available.

Specs
There's a 2.5GHz Qualcomm Quad-core processor inside the Xperia Z3 Compact, paired with 2GB RAM and Adreno 330 graphics, making it a zippy little smartphone.
Capacities: 16GB, microSD slot for 128GB additional storage.
Connectivity: 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, 4G

Camera
The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact has a cracking 20.7Mp camera with autofocus and a super-high ISO of 12800 for low-light photography. There's a single LED flash.

Additional features
As mentioned above, the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is waterproof, which means you can take it swimming with you and capture underwater photographs, which is a great feature. Plus, as it's made by Sony, the Xperia Z3 Compact offers the PlayStation app to expand your gaming experience.

Software
The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact runs Android 4.4 KitKat and will soon run Android 5.0 Lollipop. Find out more in our iOS 8 vs Android Lollipop comparison.

Price
RRP £429 but you can find it for £400 or less if you shop around.

Does the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact seem like the smartphone for you? Find out more about how it compares to the iPhone 6 in our Sony Xperia Z3 Compact vs iPhone 6 comparison.

 

HTC One M9 vs iPhone 6

Onto HTC's offering now, and the One M9 is the latest smartphone to launch from the company at MWC 2015 in Barcelona in March.

Display
The HTC One M9 sports a 5in display, which is Full HD at 1920 x 1080 pixels and 441ppi, higher than the iPhone 6's 326ppi. It's an impressive screen.

Design
Like the iPhone 6, the HTC One M9 is made with scratch-resistant aluminium, so sports the premium design qualities of Apple's offering. Like the iPhone 6, the HTC One M9 is available in three similar colours: grey, silver and gold, though it has a two-tone effect on the sides. The HTC One M9 weighs more than the iPhone 6 at 157g, and is thicker too at 9.6mm.

Specs
The HTC One M9 manages to match the power of the iPhone 6 with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 64-bit Octa-Core processor paired with 3GB of RAM.
Capacities: 32GB with microSD slot for up to 128GB additional storage
Connectivity: 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1, 4G, NFC

Camera
The camera in the HTC One M9 is a new 20Mp camera with a dual-LED flash. The dual-focus feature from the HTC One M8 is gone, but we're told that it can still produce similar effects. Interestingly, the front-facing camera is 4Mp but with UltraPixels, so is actually the rear-facing camera from the M8 and is much better than the iPhone 6's 1.2Mp front-facing camera.

Additional features
Front-facing speakers are something that the One M9 boasts but the iPhone 6 lacks, so that's a real plus for HTC here. It doesn't have a fingerprint sensor, though.

Software
The HTC One M9 runs Android Lollipop with the company's HTC Sense interface.

Price & availability
The HTC One M8's RRP was £550, which is £11 more than the starting price of the iPhone 6, so we're expecting similar pricing for the new M9 but there's no official confirmation yet. It's set to become available to buy from 31 March.

 

Google Nexus 5 vs iPhone 6

Google has unveiled its Google Nexus 6, but at 6in we feel that the Nexus 5 is a closer and better iPhone 6 rival if you can pick one up before they become completely unavailable.

Display
The Nexus 5 has a 4.95in display, with a great pixel density of 445ppi thanks to its 1920x1080 resolution.

Design
While the Google Nexus 5 is made with plastic, we quite like the overall look and feel of the device. It weighs just 1g more than the iPhone 6 at 130g, bit is a bit thicker at 8.59mm.

Specs
The Nexus 5 has a 2.26GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor paired with 2GB RAM, with Adreno 330 graphics. It's a speedy device that scores better than the iPhone 6 in some of our processor tests.
Capacities: 16GB or 32GB. A downfall of this smartphone is that there's no microSD slot. 
Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, 4G, NFC

Camera
Like the iPhone 6, the Nexus 5 has an 8Mp rear-facing camera. It offers Optical Image Stabilisation, but doesn't have the bigger pixels sported by the iPhone 6.

Additional features
The Nexus 5 doesn't have a fingerprint sensor or any other outstanding additional features, but as it's made by Google it is very closely integrated with Android and already runs the latest version of the software.

Software
That's right, the Nexus 5 runs Android 5.0 Lollipop and was one of the first smartphones to do so.  

Price
From £299 (it's a bargain).

 

Samsung Galaxy S6 vs iPhone 6

Now we come to Samsung's new offering. The Galaxy S6 is Samsung's all-new flagship smartphone as launched at MWC 2015, and is more iPhone-like than ever. Let's see how they compare.

Display
The Samsung Galaxy S6 has a 5.1in display so is slightly bigger than the iPhone 6. Its resolution is Quad HD, making a whopping pixel density of 577ppi, miles better than the iPhone 6's 326ppi.

Design
We're not overly keen on the design of the Samsung Galaxy S6. Samsung has tried a more premium look with a glass back, but it's mirrored which has a horrible blingy effect, and the edges look frighteningly similar to the iPhone 6. It comes in blue, black, white or gold. It weighs slightly more than the iPhone 6 at 138g and is a smidgen thicker, at 7mm. It no longer has a removable battery or waterproofing, so shares those downfalls with the iPhone 6.

Specs
The Galaxy S6 does match the iPhone 6 when it comes to power, though, thanks to an octa-core processor and 3GB RAM.
Capacities: 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, no microSD card slot.
Connectivity: 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, 4G, NFC

Camera
The Samsung Galaxy S6's camera is quite good, at 16Mp with fast auto-focus and Selective Focus. The front camera is 5Mp, too.

Additional features
The Galaxy S6 does hasf ingerprint sensor for unlocking the device, and also offers a heart rate sensor, too.

Software
The S6 runs Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Price
UK pricing and availability has yet to be released but we'll bring you more information soon.

 

Honor 6 vs iPhone 6

The Honor 6 is a high-specced smartphone with a low price tag that makes it great value for money.

Display
The Honor 6 has a Full HD 5in display with a pixel density of 441ppi, much better than the iPhone 6's 326ppi, and particularly impressive considering the low price tag.

Design
Design surprisingly strong for the Honor 6 too, measuring 7.5mm thick and weighing almost the same as the iPhone 6 at 130g.The downfall is the fake metal sides which look like they've been spray painted by hand.

Specs
There's a Kirin920 processor inside the Honor 6, which is an octa-core chip with four 1.7GHz A15 cores and four 1.3GHz A7 cores. It also has a Mali-T628 GPU and 3GB of RAM. It actually managed to beat the iPhone 6 in the GeekBench 3 tests we ran on it, but couldn't match it when it comes to graphics or in our browser tests.
Capacities: 16GB, 32GB (microSD card slot for up to 32GB).
Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, 4G, NFC

Camera
The Honor 6's rear camera is 13Mp, and uses the fourth-generation Sony sensor. There's a dual-LED flash and HDR. On the front is a 5Mp camera. Video capabilities can be ramped up to Full HD 1080p.

Software
You'll get Android 4.4 KitKat and Huawei's Emotion UI 2.3.

Price
At £249, the Honor 6 is a rival perfect for those on a budget that can't stretch to the iPhone 6's £539.

Read our full Honor 6 review here.

 

Nokia Lumia 930 vs iPhone 6

Finally, a Windows Phone for you now. This one, the Nokia Lumia 930, launched in mid-2014 and is considered to be the best Windows Phone smartphone you can buy.

Display
The Nokia Lumia 930 has a 5in screen with an impressive pixel density of 441ppi thanks to its Full HD resolution. It also has ClearBlack technology, which really improves the contrast to make the display even more bright and crisp.

Design
The design of the Nokia Lumia 930 won't appeal to everyone, but it's fun, bright and vibrant, if a little blocky. In addition to white and black options, there are two neon options available: Orange or Green. It's quite heavy, at 167g, and is thicker than most of its rivals at 10mm.

Specs
Under the hood is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB RAM, so it's nothing particularly special but is a powerful chip nonetheless.
Capacities: 32GB, no microSD card. 
Connectivity: 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, 4G, NFC.

Camera
The camera is one of the standout features of the Nokia Lumia 930, at 20Mp, and with manual control over shutter speed, ISO, white balance, focus and more. There's a dual-LED flash, too.

Additional features
The Lumia 930 offers wireless charging, and the charger accessory you'll need is included in the box.

Software
The Lumia 930 runs Windows Phone 8.1, which you can find out more about in our Nokia Lumia 930 review.

Price
£435

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