Google’s newest “little” gem is on the market! Released last October, the Nexus 6 phablet, big brother to the Nexus 5, has a 5.96″ screen. The device, created by Motorola for Google, is a rival of Apple’s iPhone 6+ and Samsung’s Galaxy Mega (6.3).
With its 5.96″ screen, the latest update of the Android 5.0 Lollipop, a 13 megapixel camera, a 3220 mah battery, and its gadgets (accelerometer, gyro, compass and barometer), the Nexus 6 phablet gives you all the latest features on the market.
As we said, the Nexus 6 has a large screen (5.96″), which makes browsing comfortable, whether you’re on a web browser, using Kindle, retouching your snaps with a photo app, catching up on the news or the latest videos on the RTL app, or reading your mail in Sunrise. And don’t forget: a screen of this size makes it more than comfortable to watch movies and videos with VOOmotion or 6play. But in some circumstances, the screen size can be a bit of a nuisance. The majority of apps offer UI/UX with buttons/actions in the upper corners, so it becomes crucial to use your phablet with both hands to avoid dropping your new toy.
In addition, compared to similar models from Samsung and Apple where the trend is for ever thinner and lighter devices, the Nexus 6 is heavy (184 g) and thick (10 mm), so you won’t be forgetting this thing’s in your pocket.
In terms of the screen and its display, the Nexus 6 screen resolution gives you a somewhat yellow view and the screen lighting is pretty dim; it’s fine for indoor, but it can be a problem when you’re outside (especially if you’re a big e-book reader).
Despite its slightly disappointing resolution and display, the Nexus 6 is a high-performance phone. In fact, the very latest SnapDragon 805 does its work well. And the Nexus 6 has a 2.7 GHz quad core processor paired with Adreno 420 graphics backed by 3 GB of RAM. In short, performance goes above and beyond, so you’re out of excuses if you lose at FIFA 15 or Asphalt.
In terms of battery performance, we’re a little disappointed. The Nexus 6 gives you only 24 hours of operation at full power, vs. 335 hours if the phone is on standby. So don’t forget to plug in your phone every night if you don’t want to find your battery drained the next day. Motorola are aware that this could be a problem and have therefore provided a turbo charger with the Smartphone that lets you recharge the batteries ultra-quick. Allow 2’30” for a full charge, but just 45 minutes to top up your battery to 50%.
For shutterbugs of all stripes, the Nexus 6 carries a 13 megapixel camera, so you can create excellent shots with your favourite photo apps. The phablet also offers you different filters for editing your photos directly (like you do in Instagram). The only drawback in terms of photos is that instead of having an LED light, the device has a ring flash. This might sometimes cast a white veil over the photo that will dim its quality and clarity somewhat.
As for video, you have the option of filming at 30 images per second and switching from 1080 P mode to 720 P if need be (very handy for budding filmmakers doing video editing from their device.) On the other hand, there’s no slow motion on this device, in contrast to all the competitors’ high-end devices.
For the OS, what can we say? Lollipop 5.0 is amazing! The entire system is remarkably fluid and responsive.
•The entire system is remarkably fluid and responsive
•The screen isn’t perfect, but it is generous, with decent definition.
•Handhold is still good, thanks to the curved design
•The charger’s turbo function seems really practical, given the 24-hour operating time.
•The audio playback and music player are top quality
•Low-light photos are less than optimum
•Screen brightness is a problem (mostly outdoors)
•With videos, mono sound is a small problem
Like the iPhone 6+, the Nexus 6 has a larger screen and the latest innovative mobile technology. These features mean it fits perfectly into the current trend away from smartphones and toward phablets. Yet the trend for these new screen sizes raises an issue for using apps. Generally speaking, plenty of attention will need to be paid to optimizing apps for this type of screen (Nexus 6, iPhone 6+, Samsung Mega), or users could be at a disadvantage when they choose a phablet.
Ultimately, while it’s not everything the spec sheet claims, the Nexus 6 is still a very good phone… but at that price (€649 for the 32GB vs. €79 for the 16 GB iPhone 6+), we were expecting something a little closer to perfect.