There was a time not too long ago that many people would rather have both a smartphone and a tablet. But nowadays it seems like more and more consumers are forgoing having both and just looking for one device to cover both needs. That is were the phablet came into play and Google’s Nexus 6 offers another options to have two in one. Samsung came out with the Note in 2011 and finally now Google has one in there line up like so many other brands out there.
The new Nexus is a 6″ smartphone that the company made with collaboration from Motorola. While is appears the company now plans to go off and make there own phones from now own this phone is not as affordable as the other Nexus phones we have seen in the past. These particular phone will set you back about $650 and while it is a little more expensive than the others in the line up it is still less than other premium devices of similar size.
When it comes to performance the Google Nexus 6 comes with one of the best you can find on any Android running device at the moment. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 is the same one you will find on the Galaxy Note 4, Note Edge and a few others. It also comes with four 2.65GHz Krait 450 cores and the Adreno 420 graphics processor which is a top of the line processor. This Nexus 6 brings the power to your hand and is one of the more capable devices on the market when you look a real usefulness. The combo of power and having a great display really sets this smartphone apart and you will have no trouble play a few games on it either.
While Google did try to make the new N6 more power efficient with Project Volta it didn’t really up to expectations. The Nexus comes with a non-removable 3,220mAh cell which is the same one on the Galaxy Note 4 and though its not the worse battery on the market there are a lot of phones with much better life. if you are a heavy users, which is why you would get a phablet, you can’t expect more than about 4 hours of actual on screen time. With that being the case you would probably want a device that can make it through a full day. This won’t do that for you but thanks to the Qualcomm Quick Charging and Qi wireless you do have some options if you decide to get this phone.
The camera on this smartphone a 13 megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization. The Nexus 6 camera isn’t something to expect much from as we have seen how most of the other cameras from Google are. This is not the camera if you are the type to like to take a lot of photos and forget about photos of kids while they are playing and moving. The phone is large and those with smaller hands will find it very hard to hold with one hand. The N6 measures 6.27 x 3.27 x 0.40 inches and weights 6.49 ounces so it is actually heavier and thicker than both the iPhone Plus and the Galaxy note 4.
This Nexus comes with the new Android 5.0 Lollipop and features what is called Material Design. Material is animated, fun, playful and very colorful and is something you will indeed notice on every corner of the Android device. You can read more about the new Lollipop from a full review here on theVerge. The display of the Nexus it the real reason to get something this big. Not only is it a huge screen but is also offers razor sharp and vibrant images and if you are looking at web pages to high quality videos you are going to notice all the fine details. The display is a 5.96 inch quadHD AMOLED screen that comes with a max resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 with a pixel density of 493ppi.
For those looking for a really big phone something even bigger than 6 Plus or Note 4 this is the guy but its not something that is going to feel nice in ones pocket. And while the camera is clearly the best one Google has produce for Nexus it doesn’t really mean much as it is still behind other brands in this department. The new 6 is essentially a bigger version of the Moto X and has a gentle curve on the back that is great for gripping with two hands but one hand is going to be a problem for most. The sound is very loud but like most phones the bass isn’t really there but sound quality other wise its right there at the top of the list.
The new Nexus 6 with Lollipop is now one of those devices that has a lot of carrier support so you can easily go check one out at your local store. However unlike the other devices this Nexus is coming in at a more premium price point. This is a big phone and takes some getting use to. If you haven’t held a phablet before you are going to feel a bit awkward grabbing this for the first time. At first glance you may think you don’t need something like this but that’s what a lot of people said years ago with Samsung device. Is this the phone for you only time will tell but many will see it as just another big unneeded device while enthusiasts will love it especially with the new Lollipop.