- Sharp display with bold colors
- Excellent battery life
- Lightning fast performance on all tasks
- Great photo quality in good and low lighting
- 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.
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)
It's simply too big, unwieldy and expensive
Nexus 6 is too big and expensive to win us over
Definitely not great for people with small hands
Loads applications quickly and doesn't stutter
The pinnacle of Nexus
Best handset I have ever used
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 underly... Full review
There's no better choice than the Nexus 6
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 shoul... Full review
It's size is both it's biggest asset and worst flaw
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. Whil... Full review
Android Lollipop flagship is too big and expensive to win us over
Sturdy, nice design and fast with small points of criticism
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... Full review
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