The Nexus 5 is a great phone. Great because, even a year later, it still runs Android like a champ, making it a solid choice even in a market filled with QHD monsters. But one of the best parts about the device is its comfortable size; the device sports a 4.95-inch screen, with an overall footprint that easily fits in a pocket or hand.
That’s why more than a few people were dismayed when Google officially announced the Nexus 6, which sports a monstrous 5.96-inch screen. The thing is huge. Even by today’s big phone standards the screen is large. But, fortunately, it doesn’t actually feel as big as you might think. Like the Moto X, the Nexus 6 has minimal bezel, keeping the device relatively manageable even though it has a larger display than most phones we’ve seen this year.
For comparison, the Nexus 6 is about as tall as the iPhone 6 Plus, which has a 5.5-inch screen; that gives you an idea of how well the Nexus 6 manages the bigger screen. Of course, the body is still too large to use one handed, but it doesn’t feel as cumbersome and unwieldy as expected. That’s probably the biggest (pun!) thing people will take into consideration before purchasing the Nexus 6.
From a design standpoint, the Nexus 6 is pretty much identical to the Moto X (2014), which means it has metal ages and a sort of rounded back, making the device comfortable to hold. The dimple on the back has been dialed back, thankfully, and instead users get a huge Nexus logo that runs along the phone’s spine.
Flip the device around, and the Nexus 6’s 5.96-inch AMOLED screen (1440 x 2560) looks pretty fantastic; bright, colorful and vibrant. It doesn’t quite pop like a Note 4, but it’s still beautiful and sharp, with good viewing angles and usability in bright light. Android 5.0 Lollipop is already nice, and looks even better running on such a brilliant screen; animations are fluid, colors are rich and everything is impossibly sharp. Just the way you’d want a display to look.
Other specs include a 3220mAh battery, 13-megapixel camera with OIS, 32GB and 64GB of internal storage, 4K video recording capabilities, Qi wireless charging support and a 2.7GHz Snapdragon 805 chip. The device also supports Turbo charging, which means you can get about 8 hours of battery in just 15 minutes.
Compared to Nexus devices of years past, the Nexus 6 is easily the most powerful we’ve seen. Unfortunately, that power also comes at a cost. The device starts at $649 off-contract for the 32GB model, while the 64GB model is $699. You can always pick the phone up (in blue or white) through a carrier partner for a subsidized price, but who wants to do that? Pre-orders for the Nexus 6 went up just yesterday, but already stock is out. Hopefully we’ll see more units become available soon.