Review: Motorola (Google) Nexus 6

Product category: Smartphone
Manufacturer: Motorola – Google

Model: Nexus 6 (32 GB)
Web site: googleplay.com
Price: EUR 649 with no annual contract
Rating: 4 out of 5

Google launched their newest Android smartphone with the Nexus 6. Up until this point, Google has always had LG as a manufacturer, but for this 6-inch smartphone, they decided to work with Motorola. The phablet-sized (phone/tablet) phone is one of the first smartphones running Android 5.0, aka Lollipop.

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They built in the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 3GB of RAM which makes it switch smoothly between apps. It is available either in Cloud White and Midnight Blue.

Because you might not at first be used to the larger size, always make sure to hold the phone with both of your hands. Also, the sides run thinner than the middle part. The edges start at 0.15 inches and the middle increases up to 0.39 inches. The height is 6.27 inches and the width is 3.15 inches.

At 6.49 oz. the phone weighs a bit more than your average smartphone, but that’s also something you get used to. The former version of the Nexus 6 had a rubberized back which felt very different—and to my mind, better—than this new version, but this phone still feels good in your hand, even if it is just hard plastic.

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Another nice feature to have is the Qi wireless charger function, which makes it easier to charge at work or home. For those who never heard about the Qi charger, it is the inductive power standard to charge the phone without plugging it in with a cable. The charging station is about the size of the phone or smaller and plugs into the wall, but the phone itself does not require a cable to be directly attached to the phone. This makes charging your phone as simple as putting your phone on the table, without fiddling around with the little charger connection.

However, it’s important to note that this Qi charging device is not included in the box when you buy a Nexus 6. The feature that the phone is able to charge using induction, is always included, but the device itself has to be bought separately, for around $20-30. However, what is included in the Nexus 6 startup package is by no means disappointing, it’s a charger that can take a dying phone, charge it up to 20% within 15 minutes, enough to help anyone in a bind. So how does this charger work? The Nexus 6 has a charging capacity of 3220 mAh and once turbo charger has worked its magic for about 60-70 minutes, your phone will be back to 100 percent! But, of course, to be able to do this you will have to plug the charger cable directly to the base of the phone using a standard MicroUSB connection. With these two cool features, it’s interesting that Motorola and Google didn’t want to give this device a fingerprint scanner or an LED light indicator to inform you of new notifications. Both of these features are standards on the market, but maybe they’re holding out for their next smartphone.

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Motorola DID make sure to include great stereo speakers. The speakers are on the front and direct the sound to the listener. It greatly increases the sound quality, making music and videos far more enjoyable than practically any other phone I’ve seen on the market. Another updated feature is the integrated camera with 13MP and optical image stabilization, which also includes HDR+ and f/2.0 aperture in the rear camera.

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SIM cards are a necessity for any smartphone and for the Nexus 6 they use a nanoSIM format. And since we’re already talking about cards, let’s not forget SD cards and the storage capabilities of this device. Regrettably, no phone in the Nexus series, including this one, offers an extra SD or MicroSD built-in card slot. This is why the internal storage for the phone is available in 32 or 64GB. So make sure to choose the internal storage wisely, particularly if you like to take lots of HD videos!

But let’s be honest, using the Nexus 6 just as a phone is old school. If you’re looking for a phone that can practically replace your computer or laptop, this is as about close as you’re going to get. Playing games, reading text, using different apps, or editing pictures are no problem with this high-tech device. With a 6-inch phablet like this you can get a lot of work— and fun—done!

Sure, it might look funny holding it on your ear to make a call, but seriously, you will love the size as soon as you get used to it. After using the phone for a while, the advantages of the 6- inch screen will be more than clear! While the Nexus 6 is considerably more expensive than the Nexus 5—which was an incredible phone for very little money—nevertheless, it’s worth every penny!

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