Google Nexus 6 Phone Review: A Great Ambassador for Android

After a fruitful collaboration with LG, Google opted for a bit of a change by joining hands with Motorola for the sixth iteration of the Nexus phone. Of course, the expectations were high, as were the stakes as the device was also to serve as the ambassador for the newest version of Android, 5.0 Lollipop. Did the combined efforts of the two managed to conceive a device worth of the Nexus brand? Absolutely! Nexus 6 is a significant deviation from its predecessors as Google finally took a shot at a phablet-sized smartphone, 5.96 inch to be exact. The device comes with just about enough muscle and features to stay at par with the big guns, including iPhone 6 Plus. Of course, Lollipop adds to the sweetness and consequently allure of the device. One thing is for sure though; the over-sized smartphone is not for everyone. We have more details for you in our Google Nexus 6 Review, so read on.

Design

To put it simply, Nexus 6 is an oversized version of Moto X. While those in love with big screens and having no problem with using two hands to handle their mobile devices may not find anything wrong with it, the size may come off as a huge turn-off for those who prefer to operate their phones or text with just one hand. Apart from the design, the overall look of Nexus 6 is impressive, though it’s still got a long way to go before giving the likes of HTC and iPhone a challenge.

Software

The wait for a look at Android’s newest and much-hyped iteration in action came to an end with the release of Nexus 6. Lollipop could not have asked for a better platform to make its debut, as Google’s flagship smartphone serves as a mantelpiece, highlighting everything impressive about the operating software. The interface has undergone a major transformation, with Material Design quickly getting its presence acknowledged. The colors are sharp and bright to make the visuals even easy on the eyes. One of the best things about Lollipop on Nexus 6 is that it’s not plagued by pre-installed apps, and third-party overlays that often get in the way. It sure is a welcoming sight.

Performance

With a smartphone as big as Nexus 6, it was important to pack a significant amount of muscle under the hood. The 2.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor, Adreno 420 GPU and 3GB of RAM may not be eye-popping specs, but they give the phone more than enough of the power it needs to fire. The resource-friendliness of Lollipop also contributes to the performance, helping the device run even more smoothly. Although Nexus 6 can find itself tested by CPU-intensive apps, the hiccups in performance are too rare to be taken into consideration.

Display

The screen on Nexus 6 isn’t just big; it offers 5.96 inches of pure visual satisfaction as well. A resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels with a pixel density of 493 ppi on a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 delivers a gratifying visual experience, making it great for watching films and playing games on the go.

Camera

Previous Nexus phones left plenty to be desired in the camera department. However, the latest Nexus device overcame those flaws quite comprehensively to give a more snappier and accurate photographing experience. Sony IMX214 CMOS sensor, a wide f/2.0 aperture and the all-important optical image stabilization feature combines to make the 13-megapixel camera deliver a result that easily meets the expectations. A 2 megapixel front camera is there as well, ideal for taking selfies and making video calls.

Storage

Nexus 6 may be great and all, but the absence of SD card slot is something that is difficult to ignore. Although it is available in two variants, namely 32GB and 64GB, it may not be enough for people who prefer to carry a large collection of files, especially media files, in their device. Luckily, cloud storage is there to save the day.

Battery

The trend of non-removable battery has continued with Nexus 6. A Li-Po 3220mAh battery does carry enough juice to give a stand-by time of up to 330 hours and talk-time of 24 hours, but it gets depleted much faster when using internet, watching videos or playing games.

Connectivity

Google latest Nexus offering comes with LTE support, along with the standard features such as GPS, NFC, microUSB v2.0, Bluetooth and WLAN.

Verdict

Google Nexus 6 is a bigger and more refined version of Moto X, with the similarities between the two too evident to miss. The big size of the device may not be appreciated by everyone, but those who find phablets tantalizing will surely find themselves satisfied with the device. Of course, Android 5.0 Lollipop contributes a great deal to the overall inviting aura of Nexus 6.

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