Apple iPhone 6S vs Microsoft Lumia 950 vs Google Nexus 5X: Which one to buy?

The 2015 flagship smartphones from Apple, Google, and Microsoft are already here with Apple iPhone 6S duo taking the lead in the sales figure, followed by the Nexus duo of smartphones. However, the Lumia 950 pair has also launched and the device looks promising. We have to do a specs comparison for Apple iPhone 6S, Microsoft Lumia 950, and Google Nexus 5X.

Let’s take all of them to the face off and see which one has got the real power.

Apple iPhone 6S vs Microsoft Lumia 950 vs Google Nexus 5X: Design

Let’s start with the design. Apple iPhone 6s has been made out of the Aluminum 7000 series alloy unibody measuring 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm and weighs 143g, which is a bump over the predecessor’s score on weighing scale. Except a little S badge on the back, the iPhone 6s features the same old design with protruding camera and antenna stripes.

Talking about the Microsoft Lumia 950, it features the representative premium polycarbonate body with the on-screen buttons for the navigational purposes. It measures 145 x 73.2 x 8.2 mm and weighs at 150g. The smartphone features a large metallic ring with the camera lens peeking out of it and a Tri-LED RGB flash for accurate low lights.

Moving over the Google Nexus 5X, the smartphones has been made out of the polycarbonate body with a little protrusion housing the camera lens along with a Dual-LED flash in the neighboring area. Below that Google has added a new fingerprint sensor called as Nexus Imprint.

Even though choosing the design is totally a personal choice, iPhone 6s features the best premium design featuring the unibody Aluminum 7000 alloy shell. It feels great in the hand, has a nice grip due to the increased thickness and weight. However, when it comes to the superior gripping Nexus and Lumia 950 took the point.

Apple iPhone 6S vs Microsoft Lumia 950 vs Google Nexus 5X: Display

Moving over to the display, Apple iPhone 6s features a 4.7-inch Retina LED-backlit display with a resolution of 750 x 1334 pixels and 326 PPI. The front panel has been made out of the Ion-strengthened glass with oleophobic coating. The glass type offers a protection against the scratches and occasional drops, however, keeping sharp objects, keys, and coins would be bad for the aesthetics.

The resolution and screen size is similar to what we saw last year; however, 3D Touch is what Apple has added new this year. The pressure touch is what making the difference in the iOS 9 user experience by offering shortcuts to the native and third party applications. What’s not good about this is that not every developer is adopting 3D Touch that fast.

Talking about the Lumia 950, it features 5.2-inches AMOLED display with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels at 564 PPI. It’s a ClearBlack display and has been made out of the Gorilla Glass 3 to offer protection from scratches and falls.

Moving over to the Google Nexus 5X, LG has installed a Gorilla Glass 3, 5.2-inch display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels at 424 PPI. iPhone 6s is surely the winner for the 3D Touch it is coming with, but the resolution of Lumia 950 XL is far better and crisp than the other two competitors.

Apple iPhone 6S vs Microsoft Lumia 950 vs Google Nexus 5X: Performance

Moving over to the specifications, we have a new A9 processor on the iPhone 6s, which apparently beats the scores of MacBook 2015 and few other devices that were announced previously by Apple. As per the statement from the company, these new processors are capable of giving you a 70 percent bump in the CPU performance and 90 percent more GPU power over the previous generation A8 processor. iPhone 6s comes with 2GB of RAM and is available in the 16/64/128GB variants – Don’t buy the base configuration.

In the Lumia 950 XL, Microsoft has packed some of the great processors. Powered by the Hexacore Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808 ( Dual-core 1.82 GHz Cortex-A57 & Quad-core 1.44 GHz Cortex-A53) processor, the Lumia 950 XL is coming with the 3GB of RAM with 32GB of internal storage. It only comes with 32GB configuration and offers expandability up to 200 GB.

On the other hand, Google Nexus 5X is also coming with some impressive specifications and the processor is just the same. Nexus 5X features Quad-core 1.44 GHz Cortex-A53 & dual-core 1.82 GHz Cortex-A57 – Hexacore Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808 identical to the Lumia 950. However, it carries a little less RAM of the 2GB along with the storage tier of 16/32GB with no microSD expandability option.

The average user isn’t much concerned about the benchmark scores; however, these smartphones won’t even disappoint the power users as well. The continuum on the 950 is just amazing when it turns the smartphone into a full-fledged computer and without a doubt, the Lumia 950 takes a point over here by turning the impressive specifications into an even more compelling product.

Talking about the camera, then we have a 12MP iSight camera on the iPhone 6s capable of shooting pictures at a resolution of 4032 x 3024 pixels. It has Geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 8MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, and HDR (Photo/panorama). On the front side, Apple has added a new 5MP FaceTime camera with the Retina flash. Now there is no additional hardware on the front panel but a new chip inside that illuminates the display to the maximum brightness. Also, not to forgot, we now have Live Photos that move soon you Pressure Touch the display.

In the Lumia 950, Microsoft has added a new  20MP camera capturing images with a resolution 4992 х 3744 pixels and has an RGB Tri-LED flash that can enhance the low vivid photographs to a great extent. Other than that it features, 1/2.4′ sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size, PureView technology, geo-tagging, face detection, panorama, and HDR. On the front side, we have the same 5MP shooter for the selfies.

Moving over to the Nexus. LG has added a 12.3 MP camera coupled with laser focus and dual-LED flash. Other features include 1.55µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, and panorama. Also, on the front, we have the very ordinary 5MP camera for selfies and other purposes.

Out of the three, the Lumia 950 carries the most powerful specifications and clearly the winner for this section.

iPhone 6s takes a battery of 1715 mAh and can get you throughout the day without much of trouble. In the Lumia 950, Microsoft has packed a 3000 mAh battery along with wireless charging. It can offer you a standby up to 67 hours and talk time up to 288 hours on a 2G network. Nexus 5X, on the other hand, features a 2700 mAh battery that can take you throughout the day without any trouble again.

All of these smartphones feature the same set of sensors except Lumia 950 lacks the fingerprint sensing capabilities.


Jumping over to the conclusion, all of these smartphones have been equipped with excellent specifications, have a good premium design. But we need to choose a winner here, and Lumia 950 is the one that takes the crown for the superior camera and display.

About the author

Nitin Agarwal

Nitin started PC-Tablet because of his keen interest in space research, technology, and gadgets. He is an avid reader, technology enthusiast, and like to explore new places. His passion for knowledge keeps him running all the time.


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