Should You Buy Nexus 6: An Updated View

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The Nexus line was started by Google to prove that you don’t have to pay an arm and leg to get a flagship-grade device. With the Nexus 6, Google has quite literally thrown that philosophy out the window and created a “big” flagship phone but with a “big” price tag too, a departure from the original Nexus program.

Pros Of Owning Nexus 6

  • Fast Processor
  • Cutting-edge display
  • Pure Android with fast updates
  • Fluid Software
  • New and Improved Camera with OIS

Cons Of Owning Nexus 6

  • Sub-standard Battery life
  • Large form factor
  • Night shots not so great

So the question is: Should you really buy Nexus 6 in the present scenario where a lot many other decent options are available?

Design

The Nexus 6 being made in collaboration with Motorola actually looks like an overblown Moto X(2nd Gen). The phone has the same unique curve and the dimple on the back however less pronounced than on the X. Now the Nexus 6 is by no standards at all a small phone.

It comes in at 159.3 x 83 x 10.1 mm (6.27 x 3.27 x 0.40 in) which makes bigger than the Note 4, iPhone 6 Plus but again it is a bit bigger. At 184grams and 10.1mm, the Nexus 6 is actually a heavy and thick phone but actually feels good in the hand and the weight isn’t much of an issue as you’ll probably end up using this phone with two hands. The phone is available in Midnight Blue and Cloud White  (Dark blue and White).

Display

Google has gone all guns-blazing on its new 6 inch Quad HD AMOLED Display. The display is super sharp and has very good color accuracy however it may over-saturate at certain time. Again some people may prefer IPS panels over AMOLED but again this is a personal choice. The display on the Nexus 6 has resolution of 2560 X 1440p with a pixel density of 493 pixels per inch.

The phone uses a huge 6” panel which may be not up to everyone’s taste due to its large form factor. However for people with larger palms the phones make for probably the best media consuming-device out there with a combination of its great display and powerful front-facing speakers.

Performance

Like all Nexus devices Google (and Motorola) have a created a powerhouse of a device, even by 2015 standards the phone can hold its position. The phone comes with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 with features 4x Krait 450 cores clocked at 2.7Ghz (actually 2.66GHz). It is backed by 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM and their absolutely no hiccups at all while playing 3D games or just scrolling through the phone.

Camera And Hardware

Nexus comes with a 13MP camera with Optical Image Stabilization or OIS in short and bright ring LED flash, which is the same package in the Moto X2 sans OIS. The phone has an aperture of f/2.0 for a good amount of light but sadly the night condition images lag behind other flagships. However in the day time the Nexus 6 can capture absolutely stunning shots with very good detail. The front facing camera is stuck at 2MP and provides for average shots and good one in well lit places. The phone can record 4K video and 1080p video and can play it back in 1440p.

The Nexus 6 comes with a large 3220mAh battery which may sound like a lot but the battery life is average at the best. Attached below you will see the battery life after a day of moderate usage.

The phone’s storage is non-expandable and comes in at either 32 or 64GB variants.

Software

Nexus 6 stands for a pure Android experience and that’s what it delivers, nothing more and nothing less. The phone ships with Android 5.0 Lollipop which features a ton of new changes most notably is the new Material Design skin which is beautiful and makes the phone feel alive. The phone benefits with smart features such as Secure location or devices, which unlocks the phone when in a certain location or connected to a certain device.

Sadly Lollipop doesn’t have any phablet specific features which are found in Samsung’s Touchwiz and (to a certain extent) iOS too, TouchWiz allows you too shrink the screen and use it with one hand and iOS allows you to rotate your home screen and apps for an iPad like experience. None of these features a left here.

Final Thoughts

The Nexus 6 is Google’s first try at the phablet market and it has been successful to a certain limit. The display and performance are remarkable and the camera has also improved a lot. But lack of software optimization the phone is left like an overblown Moto X.

Although the phone faces a stiff competition from the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge as well as the One M9 Plus but you can still go out and buy Nexus 6 for you or your loved one. The latter costs much less than the former devices!

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Pranjal Pande
Pranjal is a Technology lover, Photography enthusiast, Java programmer, Rock and House music fan