Specs summary

Screen
5.96"

The Google Nexus 6's screen is 5.96 inches with 1440 x 2560 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.7 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 Quad core 2.7 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 5.0 Lollipop (Update Available: 7.1.1 Nougat) operating system (OS).

Camera
13+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
32/64 GB

Internal memory is 32/64 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
3220mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3220 mAh battery. Motorola's performance ratings are 13.8 days standby time, 1440 minutes (2G), 1503 minutes (3G).


Reviews summary

8.3/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 39 reviews

What's good

  • Sharp display with bold colors
  • Excellent battery life
  • Lightning fast performance on all tasks
  • Great photo quality in good and low lighting

What's bad

  • Impossible to use one-handed
  • Whites on display have yellow tint
  • Size makes it almost impossible to fit in pants pocket

Is there such a thing as too big? Google answers that question with their Nexus 6. It might simple be one number up from its smaller sibling – the Nexus 5 – but the Nexus 6 is more than just a simple upgrade. It is one of the first devices to run Android Lollipop and is also one of the biggest phablets on the marketing measuring in at 6.3 x 3.1 x 0.4 inches. Its large size makes it pretty much impossible for reviewers to use one-handed but the contoured sides and curved back made it comfortable for them to hold for extended amounts of time. Sitting comfortably with it in their jean pockets, however, is another story. Mashable states, "This thing isn't designed for normal-sized pockets…"

The majority of the phone's size is due to the 5.96-inch, AMOLED display. It boasts an impressive 2.560 x 1,440 resolution which translates to an impressive pixel density of 493ppi. The Nexus 6 might technically have a higher resolution than the iPhone 6 Plus, but when experts actually compared them side-by-side any differences were negligible. Both screens were incredibly crisp and well-defined, even when they inspected it under a magnifying glass. Thanks to the AMOLED screen technology, the Nexus 6 wowed critics with its bold colors and "blacks as inky as the void" as Yahoo describes it. Still, they noticed that it veered towards oversaturation in the green, blue and red range and that the whites often had a yellow tinge. In general, these small issues didn't dampen the enjoyment critics got out of watching a movie or playing a game on the device.

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At the heart of the Nexus 6 is a 2.7GHz quad-core processor backed up by 3GB of RAM and either 32 or 64MB of internal storage. Reviewers describe performance as "lightning fast" with daily and necessary tasks opening without delay and graphics heavy games playing effortlessly with no lag. The 3,220mAh battery might not be replaceable, but it did provide critics with a day's worth life even during heavy usage. It also comes equipped with wireless charging capability and a Turbo charger, which gives 6 hours of life from a 15-minute charge.

Motorola has improved the Nexus 6 phone with a new CMOS sensor, wider aperture and optical image stabilization. The 13MP snapper impressed experts with its overall color accuracy and photo details. The wider aperture helped critics take better low light images with very little noise and graininess. CNET did notice that it did get fuzzy around the edges during macro shots. The camera app itself offers standard fare like Panorama and HDR Mode along with some new features like a lens blur and photo sphere. It does not, however, have filters or the ability to adjust white balance presets. While most still place the iPhone 6 as having the best camera, they admit that the one on the Nexus 6 is a close second.

While reviewers have few complaints about the Nexus 6, many are still on the fence about a wholehearted recommendation. CNET states, "...if you welcome the expansive size and pure Android experience, the Nexus 6 delivers the goods…Ultimately though, a better alternative is the Galaxy Note 4…" Forbes adds, "…treated in isolation the Nexus 6 is a great success…Ultimately, however, it is impossible to escape the question of size."


Reviews (8.3/10 Avg. rating)


Tech Advisor

It's simply too big, unwieldy and expensive

from Tech Advisor

There are some good things about the Nexus 6 including build quality and some top-end hardware such as the screen, processor and camera. However, it's simply too big, unwieldy and expensive to warrant awarding it anything higher than four stars and really get behind it (unless we wanted to hid fr...More

There are some good things about the Nexus 6 including build quality and some top-end hardware such as the screen, processor and camera. However, it's simply too big, unwieldy and expensive to warrant awarding it anything higher than four stars and really get behind it (unless we wanted to hid from something). In the phablet market, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is simply better even if it is pricier and the excellent LG G3 at less than £300 is another thorn in the Nexus 6's side.

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Tech Advisor

Nexus 6 is too big and expensive to win us over

from Tech Advisor

There are some good things about the Nexus 6 including build quality and some top-end hardware such as the screen, processor and camera. However, it's simply too big, unwieldy and expensive to warrant awarding it anything higher than four stars and really get behind it (unless we wanted to hid fr...More

There are some good things about the Nexus 6 including build quality and some top-end hardware such as the screen, processor and camera. However, it's simply too big, unwieldy and expensive to warrant awarding it anything higher than four stars and really get behind it (unless we wanted to hid from something). In the phablet market, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is simply better even if it is pricier and the excellent LG G3 at less than £300 is another thorn in the Nexus 6's side.

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AndroidPIT

Definitely not great for people with small hands

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Google and Motorola pushed the bar way up for future Nexus phones with the Nexus 6. It has sucessfully addressed past problems with the camera and battery. If you can deal with its formidable size and want to stay on the front-line of Android updates, then the Nexus 6 is for you.

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Google and Motorola pushed the bar way up for future Nexus phones with the Nexus 6. It has sucessfully addressed past problems with the camera and battery. If you can deal with its formidable size and want to stay on the front-line of Android updates, then the Nexus 6 is for you.

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The Gadgeteer

Loads applications quickly and doesn't stutter

from The Gadgeteer

Should you buy the Nexus 6 Android smartphone? The answer might be no if you like your phone to have a replaceable battery, microSD card slot, a fingerprint scanner and sized small enough to comfortably fit in your pocket. But the answer is resounding yes if you want a phone with a very large dis...More

Should you buy the Nexus 6 Android smartphone? The answer might be no if you like your phone to have a replaceable battery, microSD card slot, a fingerprint scanner and sized small enough to comfortably fit in your pocket. But the answer is resounding yes if you want a phone with a very large display, stock Android without all the junk that just takes up storage space and quicker system updates. I enjoyed my time with the Nexus 6 and miss it since I sent it back to Verizon. I found little to nothing to complain about this phone and think it’s the best Nexus smartphone to date.

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Digit

The pinnacle of Nexus

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If you’re a tech enthusiast, you’re probably sulking (like me), at the fact that a Nexus phone costs over 40k. To the regular consumer though, this won’t matter. So, yes, the Nexus 6 is indeed a good phone to buy. I like the Moto Turbo more, because it’s compact and easier...More

If you’re a tech enthusiast, you’re probably sulking (like me), at the fact that a Nexus phone costs over 40k. To the regular consumer though, this won’t matter. So, yes, the Nexus 6 is indeed a good phone to buy. I like the Moto Turbo more, because it’s compact and easier to use, but that’s a matter of personal preference. The choice should actually be that- if you want a phablet, spend about 2k more and buy the Nexus 6. If it’s a phone you want, go ahead and buy the Moto Turbo.

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Beta News

Best handset I have ever used

from Beta News

The overall Nexus 6 user experience is so good, my contention is confirmed: Google chose wrongly by selling Motorola to Lenovo. The integration of hardware, software, and connected services is tight, delivering better contextual consumption experience than iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. Motorola’s value to Google is, or was, immeasurable from research and product development perspectives. The search and information giant squandered a valuable long-term asset to, presumably, minimize short-term sags on overall financial performance...

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The overall Nexus 6 user experience is so good, my contention is confirmed: Google chose wrongly by selling Motorola to Lenovo. The integration of hardware, software, and connected services is tight, delivering better contextual consumption experience than iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. Motorola’s value to Google is, or was, immeasurable from research and product development perspectives. The search and information giant squandered a valuable long-term asset to, presumably, minimize short-term sags on overall financial performance.

Contextual consumption is the point—the underlying design philosophy that makes Nexus 6 exceptional. If you hadn't noticed, this review is organized differently than every other I have written. It's more free-form, rather than check-listing features and benefits. That's because Nexus 6 is an experience. That is a contextual consumption, and some creation, experience.

Context is core to Google's corporate cultural DNA. Search, and the advertising business model built around it, is all about context. Where context matters most is the mobile device you always carry, by providing what is meaningful to you anytime and anywhere as what you need changes based on situation, or location. N6 delivers balanced features—battery life, camera, connected services, operating system, screen, wireless, and more—packaged in a device large enough to carry and enjoyably consume content contextually.

Nexus 6 is my constant contextual companion, like no other device ever. The more I use it, the more it feels like an extension of my psyche, of myself.

But I am skeptical that Google can achieve such greatness again working with an independent OEM, which Motorola wasn't when this device was developed. 

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Reviewed

There's no better choice than the Nexus 6

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If you're looking for the phone that you can pick up, right now, and be happy with for a long time then the Nexus 6 is a great choice. Only the Galaxy Note 4 contends with the Nexus 6's combination of size and performance, but the Note 4 is more expensive off-contract and is still stuck with Android 4.4...

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If you're looking for the phone that you can pick up, right now, and be happy with for a long time then the Nexus 6 is a great choice. Only the Galaxy Note 4 contends with the Nexus 6's combination of size and performance, but the Note 4 is more expensive off-contract and is still stuck with Android 4.4.

While smartphones are a fast-moving category, as it sits the Nexus 6 is tough to beat thanks to superb battery life, a reliable camera, and one of the best processors around. The 2015 flagship phones from HTC, Samsung, and LG will surely shift the landscape, but the Nexus 6 should be able to keep pace. 

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Gadgetsteria

It's size is both it's biggest asset and worst flaw

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Here’s where it gets dicey. If you’re on a Nexus 5 currently, we’d be more inclined to say no, don’t upgrade. You see, the Nexus 5 was almost perfect. The sleek, soft-touch black casing fit nicely in the hand and looked awesome too boot. The hardware while not the newest or most efficient was (and still is with Lollipop) plenty fast. The only cons we could still harp on are battery life and camera performance...

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Here’s where it gets dicey. If you’re on a Nexus 5 currently, we’d be more inclined to say no, don’t upgrade. You see, the Nexus 5 was almost perfect. The sleek, soft-touch black casing fit nicely in the hand and looked awesome too boot. The hardware while not the newest or most efficient was (and still is with Lollipop) plenty fast. The only cons we could still harp on are battery life and camera performance.

If you’re on another device, then it becomes a lot more of a spec-to-spec comparison and some subjective reasoning at the end of the day. While you do get class leading specs and a Nexus device with pure Android, vs. other Android flagships, you lose some of the custom features such as HTC’s Sense UI or Samsung’s S-Pen features on their larger screened Note series. There’s also the removable battery/SD card camp that has been griping about the lack of the aforementioned features on Nexus devices for the last few years.

At the end of the day, we can’t say the Nexus 6 is a definitive “yes” purchase. That said, if you can get past the challenges of owning and using a phone this large, you won’t be sorry. It’s a true flagship device and awesome phone worth owning. 

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Tech Advisor

Android Lollipop flagship is too big and expensive to win us over

from Tech Advisor

There are some good things about the Nexus 6 including build quality and some top-end hardware such as the screen, processor and camera. However, it's simply too big, unwieldy and expensive to warrant awarding it anything higher than four stars and really get behind it (unless we wanted to hid fr...More

There are some good things about the Nexus 6 including build quality and some top-end hardware such as the screen, processor and camera. However, it's simply too big, unwieldy and expensive to warrant awarding it anything higher than four stars and really get behind it (unless we wanted to hid from something). In the phablet market, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is simply better even if it is pricier and the excellent LG G3 at less than £300 is another thorn in the Nexus 6's side.

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Notebookcheck

Sturdy, nice design and fast with small points of criticism

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The Nexus 6 is a phablet that fits well into the Nexus-series: Sturdy, nice design and fast with small points of criticism.

Similar to the other Nexus devices, the manufacturer uses well-known components and does not want to be the best device at any cost. This is apparent when you look at the camera equipment in particular: They take very decent pictures, but other high-end smartphones are much better in this section by now. The battery runtimes of the Google Nexus 6 don’t break any records, either. The high-resolution screen could have more accurate colors, but otherwise, we like the AMOLED qualities like the deep black and the great viewing angles....

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The Nexus 6 is a phablet that fits well into the Nexus-series: Sturdy, nice design and fast with small points of criticism.

Similar to the other Nexus devices, the manufacturer uses well-known components and does not want to be the best device at any cost. This is apparent when you look at the camera equipment in particular: They take very decent pictures, but other high-end smartphones are much better in this section by now. The battery runtimes of the Google Nexus 6 don’t break any records, either. The high-resolution screen could have more accurate colors, but otherwise, we like the AMOLED qualities like the deep black and the great viewing angles.

Good front speakers, low temperature development and the sophisticated case – even though it attracts fingerprints – are other advantages, just like the very fast SoC. The Google Nexus 6 is great for gaming and there are currently no apps that could really stress the processor. There is hardly any room for improvement for the communication modules and both the handling as well as the software work very well.

Still, Google and Motorola are playing it too safe with some features, so it is not enough for a "very good" rating. If there is, however, an update to improve the "Ambient Display" feature, the Nexus 6 would be an almost perfect Android phablet.

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date November 7, 2014
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kindom, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA:
800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
LTE:
1900/700/2100/850 /900/1800/2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
variations
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 5.0 Lollipop (Update Available: 7.1.1 Nougat)

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 Quad core 2.7 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 32/64 GB
RAM 3 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.86 W/kg
Body: 0.36 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3220 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 600 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 570 minutes
3G Surfing Time 474 minutes
4G Surfing Time 600 minutes
Talk Time 1440 minutes
3G Talk Time Up to: 1503 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 13.8 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Midnight Blue, Cloud White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.9 x 8.3 x 1.0 cm (6.3 x 3.3 x 0.4 in)
Weight 184 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels
Pixel density 493 pixels
Size 5.96 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
13+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Panorama, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Google Nexus X, XT1103, XT1100

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