Google Nexus 6 Review: A Future Proof Phone

Google Nexus 6 Review

This year’s Nexus smartphone is much more different than the last year’s Nexus 5. That’s because of Nexus 6 which is being manufactured by Motorola this time is a more premium offering. It’s no longer a cheap affordable smartphone, instead it’s a bigger, better and smarter one.

It has features like a 6 inch Quad HD display with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM and it’s loaded with Android 5.0 Lollipop. So let’s find out how Google Nexus 6 stands out in the competition.

Google Nexus 6 Review

The Nexus 6 exhibits more solid construction than the Nexus 5 from LG. It looks almost like a stretched out version of the Moto X. Everything about its design resembles the Moto X. It is pretty much identical but it’s just pretty much longer than the Moto X. The Nexus line exhibits a premium construction once again. The size puts it into the Phablet category. It has all the ports and buttons at the same spots just like the Moto X. It even has two front speakers but unlike the Moto X it’s actually able to emit audio through both of them for music.

Google Nexus 6 Review

Google Nexus 6 Speakers

Nexus 6 Display Review

Even though there not too many smartphones with Quad HD Display so the Nexus 6 has an edge over others with its 6 inch AMOLED display, 1440×2560 pixels resolution and 493 pixel density. It has real sharp details, thanks to its pixel density markup of 493 pixels per inch and so detailed that its even tough to decipher individual pixels by looking at it very closely. Beyond the resolution everything else about the display is rather mute. For example it produces a maximum of 270 nits of brightness with its display so it’s a bit low and hard to view in sunlight.

Google Nexus 6 Display

It’s nice that it has got a Quad HD display so you get that crisp look but it does not stand quite at the top for AMOLED kind of display. In Note 4 even with its similar Quad HD resolution it exhibits a stronger brightness and better color accuracy.

Google Nexus 6 AMOLED Display

Google Nexus 6 and Samsung Galaxy Note 4

The Nexus 6 is no doubt a showcase device for Google. It’s the first device to come out of the box with Android 5.0 Lollipop. Android 5.0 Lollipop is a step ahead in the competition in the mobile space and by far the most complete and comprehensive mobile experience out there.

Nexus 6 Exceptional Features

The first thing is the design language that Google has gone with the UI. You have the bright vivid colors, crisp looking texts and the layered design concept where things can’t go on top of one another and gives a more seamless and modern look to it.

The second thing is the support for multiple users with Android 5.0 Lollipop which we have already have experienced in tablets with Android Jelly Bean but this is the first time it is coming to the smartphone experience. So in a family if multiple people are going to use your smartphone you can setup multiple accounts for all the people in your house. So they can have their personal setup and personalization options in multimedia content.

Google Nexus 6 Multiple Users Function

The next feature to talk about is the pinning. It’s a very neat feature of Lollipop that locks the phone to a particular application.

Nexus 6 is not a Great Phablet

So the Nexus 6 is sleek, modern and has lot of features that really makes the experience so compelling. But for a phablet it is not that great just because we don’t see any enhancements that really make use of the large screen as we have seen in the Note 4 which has things like multi-tasking with its multi-window feature, also the advantage of all the interaction with the S pen. The Nexus 6 has a great platform for regular smartphones but not so much when it comes to a phablet.

Nexus 6: A Future Proof Phone

You would love to know that the Nexus 6 is a future proof phone just because it is packed with the latest chipset from Qualcomm.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 APQ8084 SoC

2.7 GHz Quad Core Krait 450 CPU

Adreno 420 GPU; 3 GB RAM

32/64 GB internal storage

The performance is just as you expect – very fast, very smooth. Its performance is pretty good while playing graphic intensive games. The all new Lollipop keyboard is great and it feels great while typing and you can use the swipe method as always.

Google Nexus 6 Keyboard

Google Nexus 6 Apps & Features

You will find the icon ‘Create’ which, on tapping, gives access to create Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drive and Keep. Now with Google Nexus 6 you have the ability to create docs, spreadsheets or slides on the go with great ease.

Google Nexus 6 Features

Google Nexus 6 Office Documents

There is no longer a Gallery application with Lollipop. All photos and videos are accessed through the Google Photos application. It’s pretty intuitive because it has some editing tools to adjust image quality like saturation and you can resize images and can even add some cool effects to them.

Web Browsing in Nexus 6 is great as the display is large, crisp and gives lot of details. Page loads very quick, navigational controls are pretty snappy and responsive.

The Music Player is the usual Google Play Music application and nothing different about it. But the presentation is nice and as far as the audio quality is concerned, it has got two speakers to project audio towards us. They produce a pretty decent 75 db of audio power to play in small rooms as well as larger ones.

Google Nexus 6: Great Video Experience

It works great when it comes to watching videos because with its large display, smooth playback you could hardly complain.

Google Nexus 6 Large Display

The Camera

The Google Nexus 6 is armed with a 13 megapixel autofocus camera which features an F2.0 aperture lens with optical image stabilization with the same flash ring like that in Moto X and is capable of recording up to UHD 4K videos. As far as the UI of the camera app is concerned, it’s pretty simple with the Google camera application with some light shooting modes with no manual controls. The shooting modes consist of HDR, Photosphere, Panorama and Lens blur. The photo quality rivals that of Droid Turbo. The low light shooting experience has been great too. You may face some digital noise creeping in because of the soft lens quality but overall it has got a great camera. It captures great panoramic shots than the Droid Turbo.

Google Nexus 6 Camera

The 1080p 4K UHD video recording captures a lot of detail. Now you have the digital zoom with not too much loss of detail. It also has the optical image stabilization which ensures that the videos are not too shaky and is pretty steady. The only drawback is the autofocus which is a bit slow.

Google Nexus 6 Video Recording

Nexus 6: Battery

Its battery is good as usual but not great. It is loaded with a 3220 mAh battery provides a normal use for a single day or 8hrs of power usage. The Note 4 is able to sustain an hour longer than the Nexus 6. The phone is also treated to wireless charging which is built-in and also has a turbo charger which allows you to charge its battery from zero 100% in under 100 minutes.

Google Nexus 6 Android 5.0 Lollipop

It’s a great all-rounder future proof phone and you have a premium offering at $650 which might seem to be a little bit expensive but compared to its rivals like iPhone 6 Plus or even the Note 4 the $650 is actually less than those two smartphones. But some great features are still missing like what we have seen in Note 4. Despite that if you think about Android 5.0 Lollipop it’s a pleasure to behold.

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