Design and Build Quality
When Google and Motorola introduced the Nexus 6, the companies described this smartphone as “a bigger phone with more everything. More screen. More speed. More power.” These are some lofty claims, but the hardware on board this phone makes it hard to argue. With its six-inch Quad HD display, the Nexus 6 has one of the largest screens on the market. Not only is it big, but it’s also very vibrant and colorful with outstanding viewing angles.
In terms of speed, the 2.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor and Adreno 420 graphics definitely have a lot to offer, as we’ve already seen on the Galaxy Note 4. With its 3220 mAh battery and quick charge capabilities using the included Motorola Turbo Charger, there’s also little denying this smartphone should have plenty of power to get you through the day. If not, just 15 minutes with the Motorola Turbo Charger can provide up to an additional 6 hours of battery life. Of course, we’ll put these impressive claims to the test in the coming pages.
Google and Motorola are offering the Nexus 6 in Midnight Blue and Cloud White, though carriers don’t always offer both options. We have a 32GB Midnight Blue model on hand for testing, and we have to say it’s a gorgeous phone.
When you pick up the Nexus 6, you’ll notice it has a contoured aluminum frame to help it feel smaller and fit more comfortably in your hand. In a lot of ways, the styling of the Nexus 6 is very similar to the 2nd Gen Moto X. Like the X, the Nexus 6 features attractive aluminum edges and curved Gorilla Glass that blend the screen into the body making the phone feel seamless.
On the back of the Nexus 6, you’ll find a dimpled Motorola logo that’s a little less pronounced than on the 2nd Gen Moto X but that still adds a nice grip area for the phone. During our time with the Nexus 6, we did notice some fingerprints occasionally collecting on the back cover of the phone. In addition to the dimpled Motorola logo, you’ll also notice a large Nexus logo as well as an AT&T logo. The rear-facing 13 megapixel camera with its dual LED flash ring is located near the top edge.
The front of the Nexus 6 is very clean since the Android control buttons (Back, Home, and Recent Apps) are located in the base of the display. Above and below the display, you’ll notice the front-facing stereo speakers that sound better than average. The phone’s front-facing 2 megapixel camera is located to the right of the top speaker.
The left edge of the Nexus 6 is devoid od any features, while the right edge contains a textured Power button and volume rocker. At the base of the Nexus 6, you’ll find the microUSB port. A SIM tray and 3.5mm headset jack are located on the top edge of the phone.
The Nexus 6 doesn’t have a microSD slot for expansion but the phone is available in 32GB and 64GB variants.