Right off the bat let me say the Nexus 6 is a big…no make that huge…phone. A phablet in the true sense of the word.
Google’s first large-screened device and its first Nexus collaboration with Motorola has produced a Moto X on steroids. It features a powerful next-gen Snapdragon processor, improved camera that takes really sharp pictures, loud, front-facing stereo speakers and a Quad HD display and the latest version of Android. Take a look at these high end specs:
- 5.96-inch 2560 x 1440 QHD AMOLED display (493 ppi)
- Gorilla Glass 3
- Android 5.0 “Lollipop”
- Quad core Krait 450 CPU 2.7 GHz (Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 SOC)
- 32 or 64GB storage
- dual front-facing speakers
- 3220 mAh battery
There is a downside to all this power. No longer can you pick up an unlocked pure Android Nexus phone for a song, The Nexus 6 starts at $749 directly from Google. That lofty price drops to a still pricey $280 with a two year contract from selected Canadian Carriers.
So what do you get for all that money. Well, you get a solid well built phone. I like the design and the curved plastic back makes it a little easier to hold but it is still a handful for me. It’s bigger than the iPhone 6 Plus and the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, so it is going to take some getting used to. Exact measurements are 159.3 x 83 x 10.1 mm and it tips the scales at 184g.
The 6 inch 2560 x 1440 Amoled display is nothing short of spectacular. Bright and contrasty it makes reading mail and surfing the net a delight but it is a two handed operation..the price you pay for all that screen real estate.
What better use for a big screen than movies and this phone is at home here..the big bright screen and the great loud sound from the dual front facing speakers make movie watching truly enjoyable.
Performance is great for normal use…the state of the art processor means everything is smooth, apps open quickly and run smoothly and again that big screen and great speakers make for an outstanding gaming experience.
Android 5.1 Lollipop is a considerable improvement over the previous version. It does more things than ever in the background: it runs multiple apps, delivers notifications to the new lock screen and Google Now is instantly available with one swipe to the left. Voice searches are also on demand, you only have to say “Okay Google”.
The Nexus 6 is powered by a big battery that easily provides a day and a half normal use. If you are pushing it, the supplied Turbo Charger, a larger-than-normal plug that charges the phone with six additional hours of battery life in just 15 minutes. The Nexus 6 can also be charged with the Nexus Wireless Charger or any Qi (pronounced chee) inductive charger which are becoming increasingly popular turning up at some Marriott hotels and in cars such as Toyota’s 2015 Camry.
The Nexus 6 comes with a 13-megapixel camera on the back boasting autofocus, HDR and optical image stabilisation The quality of photos produced by the Nexus 6 is actually pretty decent especially when it comes to sharpness, but Google has a long way to go to catch up with the overall quality of Apple’s iPhone cameras. Taking pictures can be a pain. It takes far too long for the camera to actually focus and capture the image, especially if you’re in low-light conditions. Sometimes there’s a pause of two or three seconds between tapping the on-screen capture button and the phone actually registering the shot.
Video capture is a more positive story, the videos are sharp and bright with the Nexus 6 offering support for UHD 4K video capture – I don’t have anything 4k compatible to view them so I stuck with 1080p HD.
Overall the Nexus 6 is a pretty good smartphone albeit big and expensive. Unlocked from Google it is $749 to as low as $149 with a contract at Videotron. The screen is great, $149 is great and it takes pretty decent pictures and videos. If you want a phone with a huge 6″ screen that delivers most of what you want in a smartphone then this is a good choice. It is certainly one of the best Android phones out there.