While most of the Nexus fans are waiting for the two new models created by LG and Huawei to be released, there are people who are still interested in the phablet which has been released in 2014. Google has been working on its new Android version, which will be called Marshmallow and will run on the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, but shortly after their release, the new software will roll out to the other Nexuses, and the Nexus 6 will be the first one to receive it.
Design and Display
The first impression about the Nexus 6 is that it’s huge. Yes, it’s enormous, because Motorola didn’t care about the standards and stretched the corners of this phablet as much as possible, in order to integrate a massive QHD AMOLED screen with a size of 5.96-inch, which gives a pixel density of 493ppi.
The screen measurements show that the maximum brightness is mediocre, reaching 270 nits, while the minimum brightness is excellent. The color temperature reached 6551 K, which is excellent, and even the contrast is acceptable.
The screen is surrounded by narrow bezels, and the screen glass meets the edge. The device looks like a bigger Moto X and it’s comfortable to hold in one hand, although it has a width of 83mm and it’s very thick at 10.1mm. For a phone with its dimensions, 184 grams is an average weight, but still, you will need a purse or a bigger pocket to carry the Nexus 6.
The design is industrial, featuring a plastic back and the buttons from the right side are placed at the middle of the device, for an easier access. The front side has dual stereo speakers and the body is resistant to water. But don’t keep it in the water for too long, because it will surely “drown”.
Motorola equipped it with Qualcomm’s greatest 32bit 2.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 CPU, which was paired with 3GB of RAM. In the AnTuTu benchmark, it obtained a score of 26340, being defeated by the LG G3, but in the GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen and GFXBench Manhattan on-screen tests, it had a higher score of 23 and 9.4.
The graphics are Adreno 420, ideal for intensive games and multitasking, or watching ultra-HD videos. As for the internal storage, you’ll have to choose between two variants of 32 and 64GB.
Cameras and Battery
The one on the front isn’t too great, as it supports only 2MP, but the back camera has a resolution of 13MP and it has features such as Optical Image Stabilization, dual-LED flash, HDR and 2160p video capture at 30fps.
The battery has a capacity of 3220mAh and in the benchmarks, when running a custom web-script with the screen brightness set 200-nit, it lasted 7h 53 min, which was a good result. Only that the battery of the Note 4, which has the same capacity, lasted almost 1 hour more.