With the Nexus 6, Google and Motorola have combined some of the best hardware currently available with the latest version of Android. After having some hands-on time with Android 5.0 Lollipop, there’s no doubt in our mind that this is the best version of Android yet. This combination of hardware and software makes for an amazing device that is gorgeous, functional, powerful, and just plain likeable all-around.
Although other flagship devices are sure to get the Android 5.0 update at some point, the Nexus 6 is the first to ship with this new OS out of the box. Plus, it doesn’t have a lot of pre-installed bloatware from manufacturers, which is also a nice bonus.
In both real-world use and benchmark tests, the Nexus 6 consistently performed very well and showed its power and responsiveness. Battery life was also very good and the quality of images we were able to capture with the phone’s camera impressed us.
The large screen and thus the large footprint of the Nexus 6 will make it too large for some people’s personal preferences. In its class however, the Nexus 6 is a smartphone that should be on your short-list of considerations, as it competes very well with other devices on the market.
All in all, there is a lot to like about the Nexus 6 and demand has remained high for the phone, despite its premium price (around $249 w/ contract). The Nexus 6 sold out on the Google Play Store in minutes and has consistently remained out of stock for a few weeks. Carriers are now offering the phone as well, so there are additional options for buying the Nexus 6.