5 December 2014
Nexus 6 Review And Why We Are Reviewing It
Google Nexus 6 – Image Source: http://www.google.com/nexus/6/
Google Nexus 6 Review
The Nexus 6 is the most expensive Google phone to date (£500), and is actually built by Motorola, making it the first phablet to carry the Google brand. This is big news for Google, who have had a busy year during 2014, as they try to conquer the most competitive year for smartphones.
With the likes of the iPhone 6 Plus and the Note 4 lying in its wake, the Nexus 6 looks to top a market full of big hitters. The Nexus 6 is heavier than the other two phones (weighing 184g) but this does make it comfortable to hold and makes it much more durable, making it less likely to bend.
The screen (5.96in) is bigger than the Note 4 (5.7in) and the iPhone 6 Plus (5.5in) too, which helps to display web pages, photos and apps really well, although on a large screen you would like to think it would. The level of clarity and crispness of the screen is also a key feature.
Google’s first phablet has also been kitted out with a 13 megapixel rear-facing camera – the same one found on the iPhone 6 Plus – and has a 4X digital zoom and Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) technology. The camera still performs well regardless of the lighting and is aided by the large screen too.
The Google Nexus 6 runs the Android Lollipop 5.0 software which is one of its major game-changers. This makes it quick to use, easy to multi-task and gave it an overall flawless user-experience. These things mean that it can really put itself amongst the big guns.
Another key feature we were a fan of is the battery life. The Turbo Boost feature means the device can get around six hours of charge from just a 15-minute session at the plugs. Motorola say that the device should get around 24 hours of use from a single ‘full’ charge.
The Nexus range has had a pretty good run in the mid-tier range but, although this new model is a pretty good all-rounder, it could struggle in the top-tier against the likes of the iPhone 6 Plus and the Note 4.
When put under strain of a number of web pages and apps being used, its performance didn’t seem to falter which is plus for us as we often have different tabs and apps open for our SEO work and analysis – so that is definitely a plus.
So, overall, the after reviewing the Google Nexus 6, we were impressed but we think the £500 price tag might put a few people off.
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