Google Nexus 6 Review
Google Nexus 6
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After what seems like an eternity of discussions, Google has finally given us the Nexus 6 and we couldn’t have been more excited about the possibility of playing with the latest handset.
Boasting an array of brand new features, it’s safe to say that we’re expecting the Nexus to be one of the phones of the year. So can it follow through with these expectations? Or will it fall into smartphone monogamy, finding a place on high street shelves behind other flagship phones?
In our review we take a look at everything from build quality down to battery life, to help show you just what you’ll be getting if you invest in the handset! So with no further delay, let’s get going!
The first and most noticeable difference between the Nexus 6 and its predecessor is the growth that’s been made by its display. Climbing from 5 inches to 6, the latest Nexus handset is in true phablet territory whether users like it or not.
The overall design of the handset sticks well with the Nexus regime we’ve seen previously, even though Google has opted to work with Motorola this time out instead of LG.
The smooth, curved design is in keeping with the normal Nexus style, and whilst we found the design good, there wasn’t anything which really wowed us other than the display’s size.
The back of the handset feels good, and whilst the metallic styled trim looked good, other flagship phones have upped their game a little bit more than the Nexus in our opinion. This isn’t to say the Nexus 6’s design isn’t good; it’s just not as eye catching as the likes of the iPhone 6 or HTC One M8.
Under the hood it’s a completely different story however, with plenty of stunning specs coming in to make the Nexus a real heavyweight handset.
A Snapdragon 805 chipset accompanies 3GB RAM and a 2.65GHz quad-core processor, making the Nexus 6 one of the fastest smartphones we’ve ever seen. Also, 32GB and 64GB storage options are more than enough for any smartphone user, unless you plan on storing ridiculous amounts of media on your handset. Micro SD support is absent here though, so if you do need some extra space, keep that in mind.
Overall in terms of build quality you can’t fault the Nexus 6’s design; it looks good and feels good in the hand, it just lacks that little extra style to make it stand out. Behind the improved display is another matter, packing all you’d ever want in a smartphone, making it a worth flagship competitor without a doubt.
Phone Set Up
Sporting the very latest in software, the Google Nexus 6 is the debutant hardware for the Android Lollipop operating system which is available right off the bat when you get going.
Whilst other Nexus handsets will be available to download the update, this is the first time it will be available for users, making the Nexus 6 an intriguing prospect.
The system offers a new and fresh design the moment you get started which is great, despite the fact that KitKat is yet to age.
The larger display on the Nexus couldn’t be a better platform to show off the system in all its glory, and although it takes a few minutes to get used to (especially if you’re used to smaller handsets), once you’re off the mark it’s a real joy to use.
Google’s specs have clearly made it incredibly fast and responsive and it’s right up there alongside the best of the best in this area.
Android handles things as you’d expect, continually impressing along the way and with all of its added customisation and new design you can’t go wrong with it.
Whilst we won’t be sucked into an iOS vs Android debate here, it’s certainly a piece of technological art which is definitely worth giving a go if you have the opportunity.
Simply put, the Google Nexus 6 is one of the best phones we’ve ever used. Once you’re used to the larger screen, it’s all plain sailing.
With a brand new handset and a brand new operating system, we’d be crazy if we thought there weren’t going to be any new features for us to play with on the Nexus 6.
In terms of the handset itself we get a great new feature from the introduction of two dual front facing speakers, which offer some of the best audio we’ve heard from a smartphone.
Also, Turbo Charge mode is exclusive to the Google device and is promising 6 hours battery life from just a 15 minute charge, practically solving those battery life issues when you’re headed on a night out or for another event at short notice.
Android Lollipop obviously brings its own set of features as well, including improved notifications, a do not disturb mode, improved quick settings, extra security measures and Android TV built into the smartphone.
All in all, it’s business as you’d expect from the Nexus 6, building on its array of features from its predecessors with new, but not overly exuberant additions.
Camera & Video
With Snapchat, Instagram and other picture based apps now more popular than ever, the focus on smartphone cameras is stronger than it has ever been.
The Nexus 6 offers a fairly standard flagship phone effort on this front, with a 13 megapixel lens finding its way onto the back of the handset, whilst a 2 megapixel lens sits on the front side of the phone.
This isn’t to mean it’s not of high quality though, as we’ve seen with the iPhone 6, which boasts just 8 megapixels but is still one of the best performers on the market.
With optical image stabilisation, HDR+ and advanced computational photography technology, the Nexus 6 outperforms its megapixel rating no ends, supplying top quality snaps without any hassle of switching settings constantly.
Video is just as good, and even offers 2160p recording at 30 frames per second, which few other smartphones can do, meaning those Vines aren’t neglected either.
Whilst on paper the camera found on the Nexus 6 doesn’t sound like it’s all that, once you’ve given it a go you’ll quickly realise that it punches well above its weight.
Packing a 3,220mAh battery, the Nexus 6 offers the industry standard battery life for flagship phones of around 24 hours on a full charge.
One thing that certainly isn’t industry standard though is the Turbo Charge mode we mentioned previously, which means that whilst battery life isn’t improved, it can be extended by 6 hours off a simple 15 minute charge.
So, if you’re after a phablet that can last a full day and get some juice in quickly, the Nexus 6 could well be your ideal match!
Written by Luke Hatfield