Nexus 6 Review 18 months later
Body and Weight
The Nexus 6 is Google’s first phablet in collaboration with Motorola in 2014 (before Google sold Motorola to Lenovo). The first thing you’ll notice with the Nexus 6 is just how big it is, people have made a lot how big the Nexus 6 is, but hold the phone in your hand and you’ll notice it’s quite hefty in the hand. It’s dimensions are 259.3 × 83 × 10.1.mm which measures at 6.27 × 3.27 × 0.40ins with a weight of 184g (6.49 oz). The Nexus 6 is available in two flavours, midnight blue and cloud white and comes in 2 configurations (32GB and 64GB) its screen measures in at a whopping 5.96 inches, basically 6 inches, which brings into Lumia 1520 territory which is also a huge phone also. It take uses a nano Sim which is located near the top left corner of the phone.
The Nexus 6 has an AMOLED display with a resolution of 1440 × 2560 with a PPI of 493, which now has been surpassed by the Huawei Nexus 6P which has a higher of 518 PPI while the Nexus 6 display is good its no match for Samsung’s displays on their Galaxy Note and “S” flagships, screen to body ratio is 74.1% which ‘s uses Gorilla Glass 3 so it will take a few knocks but don’t drop it face down as the screen will shatter instantly which means having to cough up for a new screen which as it’s a Nexus parts for it are scarce unless you go directly to Motorola and the way the phone is constructed is very cheap compared to the iPhone and even this year’s Galaxy S6 series.
Software and Performance
The Nexus 6 comes shipped with a stock version of Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box which recently has been updated to Marshmallow in October. Lollipop introduced Google’s “Material Design” which takes a lot of cues from iOS 7 which was the biggest overhaul of iOS since the original iPhone. With Lollipop Google introduced priority notifications which means if you go into settings, and then into apps you can choose which apps you want as your priority and like iOS 7 before it Google has now introduced a quick settings menu which is accessed by swiping down from the tip of the screen where you’ll have options to turn on Bluetooth, airaplane mode etc.. Either way while Android is easy enough to use for basic stuff like making calls as such, I find Android as a whole rather to slow for my liking, for example I reset my password for Skype and my e-mails were both synced to my old iPad and I got the e-mail on the iPad first with there being a delay on Nexus 6, its the same with Google+ I’ll get a notification of a reply to a comment I posted and there is a delay again but for it finally shows up on my Google+ feed and even refreshing the page don’t help, it’s ridiculous. Its the issue of the whole Andtoid OS being sluggish compared to iOS, which irritates me And then there’s the accessibility options which are sparse or are clearly still in beta and doesn’t cover all of what Apple’s accessibility options cover like, hearing, vision, those with difficulties with their hands and so on. The Nexus 6 comes with beefy specs, 3GB of RAM, the Snapdragon 805 quad core processor clocked at 2.7 GHz which helps to keep things smooth.
The Nexus 6 is equipped with a 13MP shooter with a resolution of 4128 × 3096 the quality is mediocre at best and traditionally Nexus phones have never had great cameras and lowlight photos are extremely full of grainy noise and its 2MP front facing camera is also mediocre.
Sound quality is really loud and is of very good quality thanks to the two front facing speakers at the top and below the display, everything sounds crystal clear and are some of the next speakers I’ve heard from a phone, but I’d say the iPad, despite having just one speaker sounds just that bit richer to me with fuller base.
From A Disability Perspective
As someone who is visually impaired, using the Nexus 6 has been a fantastic experience with the giant screen and no longer having to the phone close to my face so I I can read the an article is great but it isn’t perfect, for one when going to a website on an Android phone, all of the limited accessibility options are not optimised for most mobile sites and you still have to zoom in which is apart from a dark mode to make seeing the font easier, and Google Talk Back for those that are completely blind, Android’s accessibility options are lacking compared to Apple!s offering but overall, a visually impaired person can use the Nexus 6 just fine, plus with third party solutions found in the Google Play Store.
So should you get the Nexus 6? Well that depends on what’s important to you. If you like stock Android as Google intended then get the Nexus 6 as it is cheaper now since the Nexus 6P launched at the end of October, also if you don’t like what Samsung, HTC, Sony or LG have to offer then get the Nexus 6.
All in all the Nexus 6 is a good phone but a flawed one it didn’t sell well for a reason, a lot of people found it too big (although I personally was fine with the size of the Nexus 6) and then there’s the mediocre camera which the Huawei Nexus 6P puts right this year. Of you take all of the above into consideration then you’ll be getting a very good phone for your money.