Google Nexus 6 By Motorola With Android Lollipop Review

Introduction and Specifications

Large screen smartphones, a.k.a. phablets, are expected to account for nearly 25% of all smartphone shipments this year. Given the popularity and prevalence of these large-screen devices which includes LG’s G3, Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4, and HTC’s One Max, it’s not surprising that Google is also going big with its latest flagship phone, the Nexus 6.

Nexus6 12

Even before the Nexus 6 was announced, its codename of Shamu (named after the whale at SeaWorld) pretty much gave away the fact that this flagship smartphone was going to be a large-screen device. The Nexus 6 has the largest screen we’ve seen from Google yet at 5.96-inches. This screen is also larger than Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus by 0.4 inches and by 0.2 inches versus Samsung's Galaxy Note 4.

The Nexus 6 is manufactured by Motorola. Although Motorola and Google may have parted ways, Motorola and its new owner Lenovo are making it clear that the company still plans to compete, and compete well, in the smartphone space.

One of the allures of Nexus-branded devices is that they typically receive the latest version of Android before any other smartphone, and the Nexus 6 is no exception. Featuring Android 5.0 Lollipop, the Nexus 6 introduces new ways to control notifications, a new battery saving feature, automatic encryption, improved performance and responsiveness, and much more. Because this is a Nexus device, you also get a pure Android experience without a lot of manufacturer modifications. 

Nexus 6
Specifications & Features

Android 5.0 Lollipop
Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor with 2.7GHz quad-core CPU
Adreno 420
32GB & 64GB
5.96” 2560x1440 QHD AMOLED display (493 ppi)
16:9 aspect ratio
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Rear Camera
13MP with optical image stabilization
Dual LED ring flash
f/2.0 aperture
4K video capture at 30fps
Front Camera
HD Video Conferencing
Audio Output
Dual front-facing speakers
North America:
GSM: 850/900/1800/1900MHz
CDMA Band Class: 0/1/10
WCDMA Bands: 1/2/4/5/8
LTE Bands: 2/3/4/5/7/12/13/17/25/26/29/41
CA DL Bands: B2-B13, B2-B17, B2-29, B4-B5, B4-B13, B4-B17, B4-B29

Rest of World:
GSM: 850/900/1800/1900MHz
CDMA: not supported
WCDMA Bands: 1/2/4/5/6/8/9/19
LTE Bands: 1/3/5/7/8/9/19/20/28/41
CA DL: B3-B5, B3-B8
802.11ac 2x2 (MIMO)
Bluetooth 4.1
Micro USB 2.0
Nano SIM
3.5mm audio
Ambient light sensor
82.98mm x 159.26mm x 10.06mm
Midnight Blue, Cloud White
Qi wireless charging
Standby time (Ambient Display on) up to 250 hours
Standby time (Ambient Display off) up to 330 hours
Internet use time (Wi-Fi) up to 9.5 hours
Internet use time (LTE) up to 10 hours
Talk time up to 24 hours
Video playback up to 10 hours
Color Options
Midnight Blue and Cloud White
AT&T $249.99 (32 GB) with a two-year contract
T-Mobile $649.92 (32 GB) or $699.84 (64GB)
Sprint $249.99 (32 GB) with a two-year contract
Google Play $649 (32GB) or $699 (64GB)
Verizon Wireless TBD
US Cellular TBD

Nexus6 27
In addition to its new OS, the Nexus 6 features top-of-the-line hardware inside including a 2.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor and Adreno 420 graphics. The phone also features 3GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 32GB or 64GB of on-board storage, a 3,220mAh battery, and dual front-facing speakers.

The Nexus 6 has an attractive combination of the latest hardware and software. Before we explore everything else the Nexus 6 has to offer, take a look at the full specifications and hands-on video preview above, and then we'll dive right in on the pages ahead...

Related content