After months of waiting, I was finally able to score a brand, new Nexus 6 32GB from Motorola.com for $649.99. It was a long wait (due to the popularity of the phone) but the wait may be well worth it then buying it over retail price from scalpers on eBay.
First, let’s start with the important numbers first. The Nexus 6 ships with latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor clocked at 2.7Ghz and with a whopping 6-inch 2560×1440 (1440P) resolution. That said, this is one of the largest phablet-type phone on the market that can still fit in your pocket. (Disclosure, I wear normal to baggy jeans, can fit 6-inch smartphones just fine but skinny jeans may be pushin’ it.)
So how big is Nexus 6? It’s actually not that much bigger than the Note 4, maybe slightly wider and just a tad taller. To me, Nexus 6 feels just a tad bigger than the Note 4, I can’t really feel much difference between the two as the curved design on the Nexus 6 actually offsets Note 4′s slight size advantage. In other words, you won’t feel much difference the Nexus 6′s 6-inch screen vs. Note 4′s 5.6-inch screen. If you are coming from a Galaxy Note device, you will feel right at home with the Nexus 6.
At first glance, you would think Nexus 6 is just an enlarged version of the Moto X 2014 Edition but upon trying it myself personally, I found that the Nexus 6 vastly different from Moto X, especially in raw CPU power, display, and software. The outer design may be similar to the Moto X but the Nexus 6 has the latest Qualcomm 805 (instead of 801), 1440P display, and pure Google OS instead of Moto X’s extra add-ons. From buyer’s perspective, I would have like for Google to include Motorola’s screen-off voice commands but then again, this is pure Google device.
I will certainly have to play with the Nexus 6 more, perhaps root it and install a bunch of custom ROMs to see what it really can do but for now, it’s an awesome phablet device at a decent price. OnePlus One certainly seems the next closest competitor to the Nexus 6 and I wouldn’t be surprised if OnePlus Two comes out with better specs than Nexus 6 with lower price in the upcoming months. Overall, Nexus 6 is a really great device for those of you who don’t want to go all-out on a Note 4, have no need for S-Pen or any multi-window features, and want a super-fast phone with great screen and battery life.