Google Unveils Nexus 6

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Google has quietly unveiled the Nexus 6, the latest iterations on its Nexus series of smartphones. They’ve slated Motorola as the manufacturer for this series, so it’s not surprising that the device bears the hallmarks of a Moto. Nexus 6 being one of the biggest phones of the year. I’m not a huge fan of this whole “phablet” trend. However, I’m still excited at what this upgrade will bring.

Design

The Nexus 6 is essentially a Moto X(2014) made bigger. Which isn’t to say it’s bad, in fact, it’s amazing. It uses many design elements of the X to create an incredible new phone. Dominating the front of the phone is a gorgeous 2K AMOLED screen, with deep blacks and vivid colors, running at an insane 493 ppi. The bezels surrounding the display are all super thin, with the top one containing a stereo speaker/earpiece and a camera.The bottom bezel has another stereo speaker. The speakers pump out loud, clear audio.

The sides are a beautiful aluminum band, used as an antenna, just like a certain iPhone we used to know. The top contains a headphone jack in the center, and a SIM slot to the right. The right edge of the band contains the volume rocker and sleep/wake button. The right side is barren. On the bottom is simply the microUSB charging port with the Motorola “Turbo Charger”, which claims to get 6 hours off a 15 minute charge. The back has the signature Motorola curve, which is just plain gorgeous. It’s so much more severe than the Moto X(2013), and that’s for the best. It’s thicker, but doesn’t look thicker, it just looks good. There’s a 13MP camera on the back, along with the Motorola dimple and NEXUS emblazoned on the back.

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Hardware

The Nexus 6 packs head-spinning specs. It’s running Android 5.0 Lollipop and it’s got a 2.7 GHz CPU: faster than my Chromebook. It’s also got a huge battery.

OS: Android 5.0 “Lollipop”

SoC: 2.7 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 805

RAM: 3GB LPDDR3 SDRAM

Storage: 32 & 64GB

Display: 6-inch 1440 x 2560 QHD AMOLED, 493 ppi

Battery: 3200 mAh LiPo

Front-facing Camera: 2.0 MP

Back Camera: 13MP f/2.0 AF Camera

Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.1 LE, Wifi AC MIMO, GSM/GPRS/EDGE, UMTS/HSPA+, 4G LTE, NFC

As you can see, pretty great.

Software

The Nexus 6 is one of the first phones to run Android 5.0 Lollipop. Even better – it’s pure. I’ve already reviewed it, but I’ll cover a few features here.

  • Material Design: a new design with lighting, motion, and shadows.
  • Notifications: more intelligent notification priorities.
  • Battery saver mode
  • Security: standard encryption, unlocks if you’re wearing your smartwatch.
  • Performance: new runtime, 64-bit support.
  • Setup: Tap your old device to your new one, and everything is just there.

Final Thoughts

Google’s next Nexus device has blown me away. It’s a monster in every way. Slating Motorola as their manufacturer was a flash of genius, especially considering how beautiful their latest offerings have been. With its fast processor, huge screen, great camera, and of course, Android Lollipop. There are two things that make me shaky on the phone, one being a $650 price tag, and the other being the ridiculously huge screen. On that count, I’d never buy this phone, because I have tiny hands. Basically, it’s a huge phone, with huge specs, and a huge price tag. It’s pretty cool.

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