The Nexus line from Google has always been a brand meant for pure smartphone enthusiast and developers. In the past it was more about getting the latest and greatest version of android available at the cost of more mid range hardware options. This allowed a much more affordable price to buy off contract but limited carrier compatibility. This has all changed with the Nexus 6. The Nexus 6 brings premium hardware, and awesome versions of Android and all carrier compatibility. This comes at much steeper price at $649 starting off but it’s well worth it and I’m going to give you my top 3 reasons why you should buy at Nexus 6.
Reason 1: The Nexus 6 near 6 inch QHD Display
I really like the display on the Nexus 6. Nearing 6 inches you would think you would get a mammoth of a phone. While the Nexus 6 is still considered a phablet it’s still a reasonably sized phone and not much bigger then the Galaxy Note 4. This display makes Android 5.0 pop out with all of its vibrant colors and video and picture content looks great. It does make me wish that for those not looking for a phablet they would make a smaller size version of the Nexus 6. You could argue that the Moto X 2014 is that but I’d rather see something Nexus branded in that size and category.
Reason 2: Android 5.0 is the best version of Android To Date
I’ve used android since the Android 2.0 days with the old school Motorola DROID. I remember the big deal with the phone was for the newest version of Android and also Google Maps with Navigation debuted. Android 5.0 gives me that same big deal feeling. I feel the big deal here is that it’s the first really consumer friendly version of android where anyone can pick it up and use it. Material UI plays a big part in this in filling the gaps where most handset manufactures come in and fill with their skins on top of it. Android 5.0 is the smoothest version of stock android to date with nice animations and fast response time. The ability to interact with notifications on the lock screen is a great addition along with the updated multitasking menu. This is by far the most friendly average consumer version of stock android to date.
Reason 3: The Nexus 6 Has Great Build Quality And Battery Life
This is the best build quality for a Nexus Google has made. The Nexus 6 feels solid and sturdy in the hand and feels like it can take few bumps and keep on going. The battery life is also great with me getting through a full work day without having to run to find a charger but when you do need to charge the Nexus 6 comes with a quick charger that can give you 6 hours of battery life in just under 15 minutes. Any phone that can get me through a work day with the specs that this has is a good phone. Not only are you packing the near 6 inch QHD display, you also have a quad-core processor, 3 GB of ram and a 13 megapixel camera that can record 4K video. Lots of features and the battery keeps you going throughout the day.
Speaking of the camera that would be one of my caveats on the Nexus 6. The camera is the best camera that is on the Nexus but compared to the competition it does lack. Pictures can be on the dull side if not in perfect lighting and low light photo are ok but not what you would expect with a camera rocking OIS on it. And while I earlier praised Android 5.0 there is still some software features that are needed such as a way to use multi window which you see on the Galaxy Note series of phones. A screen this big needs to have it to take full advantage of multitasking.
With that said I highly recommend the Nexus 6 if you want a large display, great battery life and want a stock android experience. The price is high but remember you get what you pay for! Check our our video review below for more!
Nexus 6 Camera Samples