Motorola was chosen for coming up with the sixth member of the Nexus family and it came up with what we can call a supersized version of the new Moto X. You definitely need both your hands to use it and it comes with the latest Android Lollipop. Google Nexus 6 was the first smartphone to come with Android Lollipop out of the box. When it comes to experience the best of Android, you got to rely on the Nexus variants.
The initial impression on opening the box is that ‘its BIG’, lets explore it further, component to component.
|Model||Google Nexus 6|
|Display||5.9 Inches, 1440 x 2560 pixels AMOLED display|
|CPU||Quad-core 2.7 GHz Krait 450|
|Camera||13 MP primary with flash, 2 MP secondary|
|OS||Android Lollipop 5.0|
|Dimensions||159.3 x 83 x 10.1 mm|
|Price||32GB- Rs. 44,000; 64GB- Rs. 49,000|
Look and Feel
The Google Nexus 6 feels more or less like a phablet. It is bigger in all dimensions viz. taller, wider and thicker when compared to the existing big smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and iPhone 6 Plus. With a massive 6-inch display, you got to use both your hands to operate this device. talking about the thickness, it is lesser on the edges and then further thickens while moving to 10mm at the centre on the back. Nexus 6 looks like an elder brother of te new Moto X and therefore has too much of the design language carried from it.
The design includes a bulge on the back with a nice Moto logo deepened into the surface in the centre. The aim is to help you rest your finger there and that is why it feels great to use when in hands but slightly uneasy when carrying in the pocket. Motorola has always a clear layer of its own notification system to the Android phones which tends to look and feel much better than what the other smartphone brands have been doing. However, again, the size is little too much on the higher side. The material design though looks great at display of such dimensions.
Google Nexus 6 posses an AMOLED screen showing off extremely rich colours. In short, the display of this particular device is very vibrant. However, it depends on different individuals on how they take the display quality. While some prefer true life-like colours coming out while watching movies and gaming, others like the colours coming out a little more enhanced than the original. Talking about my experience, Nexus 6 felt amazing in terms of display.
The viewing angles are superb and there was absolutely no trouble under the sunlight. The resolution stands impressive at 1440×2560 pixels thereby bringing out immense clarity even with the 6-inch display.
Nexus 6 comes with a 13-megapixel camera on the rear and dual flash which is beautifully set in the ring around the lens. This brings out better pictures under low light conditions. the camera comes with optical image stabilisation which is aimed at bringing out better photos by cutting down on the camera shake at a shutter speed which is low.
In the presence of good light conditions, the camera brings out an excellent performance. Although it still falls just below the line when put across the iPhone 6 or Samsung Galaxy Note 4, it is still one of the good ones in its class. The exposure and the details are amazing, especially one you set the HDR mode to On. When clicking in low light, the performance is decent and the noise levels are low if you manage to hold the phone steady.
The rear camera is capable of shooting videos at 1080p and 4K resolution.
Talking about the front camera, one would expect it to give something extra considering the hefty amount that it comes with. In this case though, the front camera takes just about decent selfies but falls low on performance under low light conditions.
Google Nexus 6 is the first smartphone that came out with Android Lollipop out of the box and is also one of the fastest smartphones existing in the market at theis point of time. The credit goes to Google for turning in the software optimisation and the use of excellent hardware.
Nexus 6 houses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor which is a 2.7GHz quad-core accompanied by a Adreno 430 graphics card. With the presence of a massive 3GB RAM, I must say that this device has too much of power to run a long race.
There was no long whatsoever in anything I did- watching movies, listening to songs, YouTubing, messaging and playing high-graphic games.
On the connectivity front, the GPS performance comes out good in the presence of 3G. The call quality was crisp and clear and the presence of two speakers on the front is a real bonus while watching movies and playing games.
Talking about the storage, it comes in two variants- 32GB and 64GB. There is no option to expand the memory using a microSD card.
Google Nexus 6 is powered by a heavy-duty battery at 3220mAh. I did not feel a need to charge for more than a day with the usage involving web browsing, watching and listening media, occasional gaming and WhatsApp.