Google Nexus 6 review
Google’s Nexus brand is a fickle beast, hopping from one manufacturer to the next. After a successful stint with LG, the latest recipient of its blessing is Motorola. That makes some sense as the company was Google-owned until its recent shift to Lenovo. The Nexus 6 is undoubtedly a Motorola device, being a dead ringer for the excellent Moto X (2nd Gen). It’s bigger, though, much bigger. Its titular 6in screen puts it among the largest smartphones we’ve ever seen, bigger even than the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 at 5.7in.
It was also one of the first smartphones to get Android 5.0 Lollipop and, since launch, one of the first devices to get the point upgrade, Android 5.1. As a result, we’ve since updated this review with our observations of Android 5.1, plus we’ve run our new benchmarks on the phone to see how fast it is with the software upgrade. All existing Nexus 6 owners can upgrade to Android 5.1 now, with the OTA update available.
Nexus 6 Design:
It is a very good design but not stunning.
Considering it is a 6 inch screen and the associated heavy specifications to cater for a powerful performance, Google and Motorola have done well to keep the design beautiful and attractive. It is manageable and fine to use if you like using big phones.
I did not like the plastic at the back. I am not sure how practical it is to have a metal or glass body for a smartphone of this size but I believe that all high-end smartphones should have a premium build quality and most plastics fail to provide that effect.
I definitely liked the front facing speakers for better audio experience and the earphone jack to be on the top. I also liked the right side to have the two elegant controls – the thin volume rocker and the textured power button.
Yes I agree that 184 grams is on the heavier side but I found it to be acceptable. With a big footprint, this weight feels relevant and manageable.
Nexus 6 Speakers
The Nexus 6 has a pair of forward-firing stereo speakers, with one on each side of the screen when it’s in landscape mode. We’ve seen such speakers before, mainly on HTC’s handsets, and they’re always welcome. In portrait mode, the upper speaker also doubles up for as an earpiece for voice calls, while the lower one integrates the microphone, keeping everything very neat.
The volume is well graduated with lots of options in the middle of the range, and then fewer at the low and high ends, which makes practical sense. Audio quality is way ahead of anything with bottom- or rear-positioned speakers. It main rival is the HTC One M8; the M8’s speakers were more balanced with more lower-mid, but the Nexus 6 was louder and sounded more expansive. It’s hard to pick between them here, but for watching video clips the huge 6in screen on the Nexus wins out anyway.