Motorola Nexus 6 Review: Setting The Tone: ConclusionBy cheatmaster 09:39 Sun, 15 Aug 2021 Comments
Motorola Nexus 6 is the correct candidate to carry the Android 5.0 Lollipop flagship banner. It looks good, it's brimming with the latest hardware, and it's solidly put together. Thanks to its massive 6" display and that large Nexus logo on its back, the phablet is not lacking in presence either - just like a flagship should.
Motorola and Google took their time with the Nexus 6 and many will find that the discontinue result is well worth it. The phablet fits well into its new, upmarket habitat - it can rub shoulders and successfully compete with the best devices in the segment, regardless of the ecosystem.
Key review findings
- Becautilize of its curved body, the phablet feels surprisingly fine in hand
- Android 5.0 is a major step forward for the ecosystem both in terms of looks and performance
- Qualcomm's hardware on tap is powerful and up to any task
- The device's 13MP capturing camera is a quality piece, but mono recording disappoints
- Battery life is fine considering the size of the display
- Motorola's Turbo Charger should really be mandatory for all smartphones
- Audio quality is a mixed bag, quality depends on your usage scenario
We've assumed enough about the stellar performance of the elegant Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset. It is one of the most capable pieces of silicon available for smartphones at the moment, and will handle anything you can throw at it with ease.
The 6" QHD AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) display, while not perfect, is pleasant to see at and quite useful thanks to its ample size. Coupled with the front-facing stereo speakers, it truly makes the Nexus 6 a mobile multimedia powerhouse.
Thanks to the OIS and the brand recent Android 5.0 user interface, the 13MP capturing camera is a massive step forward for the Nexus family. It captures quality images and videos. We really wish the latter were recorded with stereo sound, not mono like the iPhone family - Motorola has plenty of expertise in this department.
Android 5.0 Lollipop is arguably the most vital feature of the Nexus 6. Thanks to the recent ART runtime, the recent Operating System (OS) build looks and feels blazing fast. The brand recent material design tops things off with clean and easy to utilize UI.
Motorola's cleverly designed curved body allows the Nexus 6 to handle surprisingly well for its size. The build quality and the overall tactility are also top notch.
The battery performance of the Nexus 6 is fine but could have been better with a battery of this capacity. Thankfully, the bundled Motorola Turbo Charger and the Qi wireless charging capability partially create up for the shortcoming.
A microSD card slot is another notable omission, especially considering the newly found love for the feature by Android 5.0 Lollipop. Thankfully, there's a 64GB model available to somewhat address the issue.
Motorola Nexus 6 costs $649 for a version with 32GB of built-in memory, while the 64GB model is priced at $699. US carriers will also offer the handset on monthly installments that sit in the $25-35 range depending on which one you will choose.
The market for large-classy screen devices has been quite busy this year, so there are plenty of alternatives available to the Nexus 9. Here are some that are worth your attention.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is the closest rival to the Nexus 6 in the Android world. It packs even more hardware features than Motorola's creation and similar price tag. However, TouchWiz-ed Android is the exact opposite of the stock version. You will have to be patient about updates, too.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
LG G3 is for those who are looking to acquire the most value for their money. The Korean offering offers slightly inferior chipset, but matches or even outdoes on the rest of the hardware features.
LG G3 will start receiving Android 5.0 this week. However, the manufacturer's deep customizations, like Samsung's TouchWiz, might not fit all tastes.
Nokia Lumia 1520 is getting long in the tooth, but it is still the best device Microsoft has to offer. It won't match the hardware of the Nexus 6, but it is cheaper. If you like taking photos and looking at tiled interface, check it out.
Nokia Lumia 1520
Apple iPhone 6 Plus is Cupertino's hold on a large-classy screen smartphone. Opting for it is a matter of Operating System (OS) preference above all else.
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Motorola Nexus 6 is Google's direct hold on a high-discontinue phablet, so it should be on your short list if you are on the market for one. This year, the device has a lot more going for it than stock Android, so it is easier to recommdiscontinue than any of its predecessors despite the bigger price tag.
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