The above photo has been making the rounds on the internet, especially on Google+ where the vast majority of users are definitely on the Android side of the pond. Put together by Ron Amadeo of ArsTechnica, the little graphic compares the specifications of the iPhone 6, which was only announced yesterday, to Google and LG’s Nexus 4, which was released in November of 2012.
As you can see, when it comes to raw specs, it appears to the naked eye that the almost-two-year-old Nexus 4 is just as good if not better than Apple’s latest flagship. Things like a 4.7-inch screen, NFC payments, widgets, 3rd party keyboards, and cross-app communication have been around on Google’s side for quite some time and are only just now making it to Apple’s devices.
That said, there are of course plenty of things that the latest iPhone sports that the Nexus 4 couldn’t even dream of. There’s Touch ID, which is still probably the best-executed fingerprint recognition in a smartphone, an extremely thin and sturdy build and a curved-edge hardened glass screen, and its camera is notably in a completely different league. Oh, and the iPhone 6 packs a suite of health features that take advantage of the sensors in Apple’s M8 chip.
I think it’s plainly obvious that the iPhone 6 is a far better phone (especially considering how well Apple has executed every aspect of its ecosystem), but it’s still interesting to see the phones compared side by side. At this point, Apple could probably do a little better in terms of straight specs. I mean, the OnePlus One is less than half the price of the iPhone 6 and it has much more theoretical power in terms of processor, RAM, and screen resolution.