The Nexus 6 was a pretty great big phone experience when it launched last year. But now that the honeymoon period has ended, have our feelings about the device changed at all? Not really, no. If you’re a fan of monstrous devices and stock Android, the Nexus 6 is the handset to buy. That is, if you can actually find one.
What’s stood out to us the most over these past few months is just how enormous the Nexus 6 still feels. We’ve gotten used to ever-expanding sizes of phones over the past several months, and it’s typically pretty easy to get used to a larger device. But it’s been difficult getting comfortable with the Nexus 6’s overall footprint, which pales just about everything it goes up against. Yes, even the obnoxiously tall iPhone 6.
But here’s the thing: if you’re purchasing the Nexus 6, you’re already buying into the big phone trend, so being big isn’t necessarily a flaw; that’s strictly subjective on our part. What’s big/small to us might not be big/small to you. But it is worth noting that if you’re not really used to big phones, the Nexus 6 is going to seem downright titanic. That’s what a 5.96-inch screen will get you.
Otherwise, the Nexus 6 has pretty much remained the same. Thanks to some minor Android updates, the software experience is still top notch, while the phone purrs along in terms of performance. Some people might find it annoying that you can’t expand memory or remove the battery. But you couldn’t do that for the Nexus 4 or Nexus 5, either, so you know going in what you’re getting into.
We aren’t completely satisfied with camera performance, but Nexus phones have never really excelled in this department. Quality has definitely improved over previous iterations, but don’t expect the Nexus 6 to produce truly amazing images. You’ll get perfectly adequate pictures for social sharing, but I wouldn’t rely on it to document your newborn child (I’d leave that to a dedicated camera).
We’re also not crazy about the soft-touch plastic, which is fingerprint prone and feels grimy after extended use. It’s a losing battle trying to keep it clean, which means you either put up with it or use a case; using a case will only increase the Nexus 6’s already large footprint, so that’s out of the question. The Nexus 6 is mostly nice to look at, but the blue color in particular is a magnet to greasy prints, so bear that in mind.
To hear more thoughts about the Nexus 6, check out the video above, where Jon expounds on his experience with the device over the past couple months. The Nexus 6 is a big deal — literally and figuratively — and we’re pleased to find that it has held up after spending much more quality time with it.