Google’s Nexus 4 ended up being one of the very famous and much-liked smartphone of the year 2012 when it was launched. Now, when the American multinational has launched new 5.9 inch’er’ Nexus 6, it is time for all you users to upgrade or switch over to this new beauty if you have not already made a choice between Nexus 5 and iPhone 6. With all the rumors regarding its specs and features appearing to be true, Nexus 6 is soon going to be the most coveted and preferred option or rather, we expect it to be! As we write this, the pre-order details on the official websites have arrived and it starts from October, 29th. The device is expected to be available for sales in the second week of November.
Though, we are hoping that the unlocked flagship devices will go for sale on Google Play Store ahead the carriers but we still have to wait before we see any of this getting materialized.
Nexus 6 has arrived just in time for people who upgrade after every two year. The mobile world changes on fortnightly basis. Before you know it, the OEMs offer you some extraordinaire features and specs you could really use but are not in the smartphone which you purchased just two days ago. So, two years, is huge gap and even though, Nexus 4 might be still doing great for some people, its small screen size and old-school specs have to go.
Nexus 6 also marks the breakup of long association between Google and LG because this new flagship is Motorola-powered all the way. It is to be noted that this new flagship will come packed with the latest Android Lollipop. The flagship model will be available in two color version of Midnight Blue and White with 32GB or 64GB storage space. The prices of these models will be $649 and $699 respectively.
Yes, the prices are very unlikely of Google and very steep when compared to $349 and $399 of Nexus 5 but you are getting the better, improved and fresh-out-of-the-oven Nexus 6. This Quad-HD phablet is aimed at users and developers alike. Those who are interested in this new Google flagship read on to know what you are getting in it and why you should decide to switch to it.
Screen size and display
Nowadays, screen size is one of the most important criteria for choosing a phone. Since phablets are replacing laptops / desktops for most of computing applications and work, they ought to have large screens with good picture quality. The Motorola Nexus 6 is one of the largest phablets we have today and the largest among Nexus smartphones too. The almost 6 inch screen trumps the iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 too by a few notches.
This unusual size can also downplay the entire response for the device but you never know until the device is finally out and we gauge the real-time response. Till now, we would like to go by, the bigger, the better!
With Nexus 6, Google gives you more space and enhances the user experience with Android 5.0 Lollipop. Nexus 4 had 720 pixel HD resolution and Nexus 5 took it to 1080pixel but Nexus 6 outshines them all with 2560 x 1440 display with 2k resolution which makes your pictures and text clearer as well as crisper even on the large Quad-HD screen.
Nexus 4 saw the major shift from the previous design. It did away with the plastic-y and plain Jane looks of the older Nexus siblings and instead, gave you the neat shimmery glass-like effect but at the compensation of durability. Users from all around the world complained about its fragility but thankfully, Nexus 6 has two color options as well as brushed aluminum wrapper for extra protection and style. Except for the HTC Nexus One, no other Nexus device can stand out in terms of design and boasts of the aluminum ring.
Though, Motorola Nexus 6 looks larger-than-life but it is very sleek and handy. The dual front-facing speakers of new flagship are placed down and below the on-screen keys whereas the rest of it is on the top and integrated into the earpiece. These dual speakers could remind you of HTC One M8 and Nexus 9 but are with much improved sound quality. Users, who were disappointed with the cheap sound of Nexus 4, can now take a sigh of relief.
Apart from these standout features, you get the same old matte plastic body for the rest of body. The aluminum body makes it look better, though.
On the devices’ part, Google’s strategy has always been to fix the issues of previous devices and deliver what users have been complaining about. Users have actually nothing much to crib about Nexus 4 except the camera and the glass back which could have been fixed.
Google had to work hard to push the envelope on the previous Nexus devices. However, now when the company has created its niche and space in the heart of users, it is selling its new flagship model through five major U.S. carriers such as AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, US Cellular and Verizon! This is the first ever phablet that is available on retail counters with bundled package from the cellular networks.
The top specs come onboard with the latest Nexus 6. Though, it comes with a steep price but if you compare the features and prices of the counterparts such as Galaxy S5 or Samsung Note 4 available in the market, it does not burn a hole in your pocket. In many aspects and features, Google Nexus 6 outshines them and easily takes the credit of being the best, fastest and largest Nexus device till date. Be it screen, camera, specs, hardware features, internal storage or battery and design, it leaves you stunning.
The company also worked on the battery part as Nexus 4 drained out quickly without even the 4G LTE compatibility. The new flagship is pumped with 3,220 mAh battery life that can be juiced up to 50% in six minutes.
The performance of Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 was marred by the poor camera quality. A run-of-the-mill 8mp camera in Nexus 4 was pushed in Nexus 5 too with image stabilization feature. While Android smartphones were coming with 13 and 16 megapixel, the poor camera specs pushed the Nexus devices far below in the competition.
But this new flagship features a 13megapixel shooter with LED flash ring, which makes us believe that we can flash our million dollar smiles to the camera.
Android 5.0 Lollipop
The Motorola Nexus 6 comes with Android Lollipop straight out-of-the-box and this is not new for Nexus users to get their hands on debutante software as Nexus 4 came with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean too. The Nexus 4 has now been upgraded to the Android 4.4 KitKat and will soon jump up to Android 5.0 when it is out for the rollout. With Android 5.0, you get much better animations, effects and themes as visual enhancements. The touch gets better and so does 64-bit computing support. The interface and notification panel has also been designed around the new software.
The Nexus 5 is running a partial developer preview of Android 5.0 but we can only see the software in full swing on Nexus 9 on November 3rd and after a week, on Nexus 6. According to the announcement made by Google, the rest of devices such as Nexus 4, Nexus 5 and Nexus 7s, Nexus 10 and Google Play edition devices will soon be upgraded to the Lollipop in the next coming weeks. Earlier, Nexus 4 was skipped from the update list posted on the official Google blog but it was later edited and the device was included but just to let you know that Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 are far behind than Nexus 7 and Nexus 5 in the priority list now.
Price is the most definitive factor here and why not, since Google has been offering its earlier Nexus devices at rock-bottom prices vis-à-vis features, it has now decided to put the best foot forward as well as the best price tags on this. Nexus 4 was a mid-ranger yet every inch an impressive show. Nexus 6 is bigger and faster but could be out of your budget a bit. At $649 for 32GB and $699 for 64GB, it is expensive yet competitively priced when we take the other OEMs into picture such as Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is priced anywhere between $750-$829 or Apple iPhone 6 Plus comes at $849 off-contract.
So, if we take specs and features into consideration, Google Nexus 6 is still better and this makes it better contender too. Though, we are not pushing you to buy this but if you are looking for an upgrade from Nexus 4, this is just an effort to make your buying decision a bit easier. Though, we would advise you to also buy a pair of denims with large pockets to carry it around!