Hey gang, Valkor here. The choices in smartphones have almost always been about the iPhone or something of a Samsung. However, this year has been proven that there are other viable choices one could make that’s equally worthy of your dollar such as the LG G3, the HTC One M8 or even the Motorola Moto X, all of which are garnering rave reviews. Enter the Google Nexus 6 by Motorola – the latest incarnation of Google phone in the Nexus lineup. It’s not packed to the gills with features like a Galaxy phone, but it definitely has enough awesome within its metal casing to give it a double take.
The outside of the Nexus is quite pleasing both to the hands and eyes – if you’re capable of handling its six inch bulk. The Nexus 6 sports a plastic curved back emblazoned with the Nexus and Motorola logos with an aluminum trim. The front face features a 6” AMOLED touchscreen (2560X1440 resolution) with no physical front facing buttons and a 2MP front-facing camera. On the right side is your power/standby button and below that is your volume button. At the top of the device are your 3.5mm headphone jack and a nanoSIM card slot; while at the bottom is your microUSB port for syncing and charging. Finally at the rear you get a 13MP HD camera with autofocus, optical image stabilization and a dual LED flash.
Internally the Nexus 6 is a wrecking machine powered by the latest Qualcomm SnapDragon 805 Quad core processor at 2.7GHz, an Andreno 420 GPU, with 3GB of RAM and 32 (or 64GB) of storage. All of that helps to run the latest Android Lollipop 5.0 – the Nexus 6 is the first to run the OS, which is clean of any additional bloat that’s normally packed alongside it when dealing with other phone makers. And to make sure it all stays running, the Nexus 6 comes equipped with a 3220mAh battery that’s non-removable. The smartphone includes a “Turbo Charger”, which uses Qualcomm’s QuickCharge 2.0 system that touts giving your phone 6 hours of juice from a fifteen minute charge.
One of the niftiest features the Nexus 6 has is the notifications at the lock screen. With this feature, you can stay up to date without having to actually go into the phone. Some messages you can view, others you will have to log in to see or if you wish to ignore it all together, you can just swipe it away. The same can be done from the home screen, but with a little bonus like with email I can delete a new message straight away, especially if it’s something that’s spammy. There’s also a guest mode option, allowing someone else to log into your phone yet restricting their access to crucial information. It’s nothing new, but always a good feature to have.
The Nexus 6 doesn’t come with a long list of extras that I’d have to spend a few days learning/discovering. And I’d be lying if I said I don’t miss them, because I do. For instance, out of habit when the phone rings and it’s a number I’m unfamiliar with, I’d automatically turn it over ala any recent Samsung Galaxy phone. It puzzled me at first why the ringing didn’t stop but when I realized why it wasn’t stopping that’s when I knew I had to rethink how I was going to treat this phone.
The Motorola Nexus 6 is a thing of beauty and a worthy entry into the phablet marketplace. The size may seem somewhat bulky to smaller hands, but for guys like me with huge paws such, it’s not at all cumbersome or unwieldy and I could easily handle it with one hand. It does, however, have noticeable weight to it, which means while you’re holding it or if it’s in any pocket, you’re gonna feel it. Visually, the screen is very crisp and very clear, with sharp, vivid colors and decent levels of blacks/darks. Looking at pics, reading comics, watching vids or gaming, everything displays beautifully. Once the smartphone was set up with my favorite apps and widgets, then it came time to test out its horsepower. And I have to say, the Nexus 6 handles quite well as switching between apps, sending out text or even checking up on websites were a breeze. Multitasking such as taking a call and at the same time checking directions or viewing a message is a seamless process with nary a lag or sputter. The interface is very intuitive and responsive to the touch, which also has a nice flow to it. Next, the camera, while sparse on options, takes pics so well that I’ll be using it from now on rather than my Nikon. The images it takes are equally as impressive, though in darker pics you can see some grain. It’s nothing too distracting and with the right camera app, you probably won’t notice it. But colors are sharp and even, and showcasing strong darks/blacks, with an amazing level of detail. But what truly sets the Nexus 6 on fire is the battery life – it’s damn impressive and it quite possibly as the best battery of any phone I’ve ever tested. My day starts around noonish, so I unplugged the device and went through a 12 hour day of talking, texting, messaging, gaming and catching up on social media. And by the end of the day I was still at 50%, nowhere near ready to plug it in. Currently the phone is now at 26% after being unplugged a full 24 hours, so you can go quite the distance without having to make a run for an outlet. Big ups goes out to the Turbo Charge adapter; not only does it give the Nexus 6 that burst it needs within 15 minutes, but charging the Nexus 6 from 1% to full, it takes little over an hour. But the biggest plus of them all is that since this is pure Android Lollipop, there’s no waiting months on end for the phone to be updated – it’s ready to go at the jump! In the end, the Nexus 6 sports a great design, a heavenly display and a battery life that just won’t quit, making this an excellent choice of a smartphone.
I really only have one objection with the Nexus 6 and that the volume is a little on the low side – with or without headphones or using a Bluetooth speaker. It’s not inaudibly low, but too low if I wanna jam to my music. It’s weird but when playing games – even at the highest settings – seems too loud, so I think the volume is something that can be tweaked to give it that extra boost. Finally, and this might come across as nitpicking, but if you’re used to notification lights, then get unused to it as the phone doesn’t have it.
They say change can sometimes be a good thing and having switched from the Samsungs to the Nexus 6 has been a refreshing change indeed. I can appreciate the size, picture quality and ease of use, added to that the amazing battery life, which makes this smartphone a “must get” if you’re looking to switch up. The Nexus 6 is available now and out of TOV 5 stars, I give it a 4.5.