Monday, April 13, 2015

Nexus 6 Review

The Nexus series started out as Google's way of showing
the world what its true vision of Android was - without the
encumbrances of bloatware and UI customisations that had
become the norm on handsets sold by partner manufacturers
and wireless carriers around the world. Nexus phones have
 been well received by buyers, and though they don't offer absolutely
top-of-the-line features, they're usually pretty great value for money.
The Motorola Google Nexus 6 is, as its name suggests,
the sixth iteration in the series. However, over the past three
generations, the number suffix has also come to represent
each device's screen size. With a 6-inch screen, the new
Nexus 6 is much less of a mainstream product than its predecessors
were - outsized phones do have their fans, but this one feature will be the
most significant reason for which people will either love or hate it.
This is also our first official look at Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google's massive OS
 overhaul. We're eager to get started, because there's a lot to explore.

Look and feel

There's no getting past the fact that the Nexus 6 is a big phone. 

A lot of people will be disappointed that Google decided to chase
 the phablet crowd and leave the mainstream market wanting, and
 frankly, we are too. There is a lot of scope for a Nexus 6 "mini" - 
the company has painted itself into a corner with regard to its
 naming scheme, but we don't care about that. Something more 
along the lines of the Moto X (Gen 2) (Review | Photos) in terms
 of size would be fantastic.
Google and Motorola have gone pretty high-end here - the
 specifications are on par with recent flagship phones from other
 manufacturers. There's a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 SoC with
 four cores running at 2.7GHz and an Adreno 420 GPU, 3GB of RAM,
and either 32GB or 64GB of storage space (but no way to expand this).
 The 6-inch screen (well, 5.96-inch to be exact) has a resolution of
1440x2560 pixels, resulting in a remarkable density of 493ppi.
Most modern connectivity standards are supported: Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac,
 Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, and A-GPS with GLONASS. The Micro-USB port
supports SlimPort accessories for video output. The biggest
 disappointment is a lack of support for the 2300MHz Band 40 used
 by Indian LTE services - you'll have to wait for the service to roll 
out on other bands if you plan to use it at all.
The front face is made of Corning Gorilla Glass 3, which should help 
you avoid scratches and severe damage in case the phone is ever dropped. 

The rear camera has a 13-megapixel sensor, optical image stabilisation
 and a dual-LED flash. The Nexus 6 is capable of recording 4K video
 at 30fps. The front camera is a more modest 2-megapixel unit and 
can shoot video at 1080p.