The latest phablet offering from Google is not only bigger than its competition; it boasts flagship hardware specs with blistering performance. But is the Nexus 6 really that great of a value when compared to the top tier phablets of the day?
Now that Apple has finally decided to make an iPhone that can compete with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and LG G3, big screens are officially trendy. As noted in a recent article by Forbes, web browsing on smaller screens is falling 11% year on year meaning it won’t be long before a 5-inch display is considered normal. This means more apps and games are being tailored for a bigger screen.
Of course this is not news to regular Phablist readers, who already know that if you want the best smartphone experience money can buy its either go big or go home, which is why we should all set our eyes on the new Nexus 6.
Sporting a retina blasting 6-inch 2560 x 1440 (2K) AMOLED display and Motorola’s trademark rounded design, the latest Nexus is not only bigger than an iPhone 6 Plus, it is also more ergonomic and comfortable to hold. The Nexus 6 is easy to interact with and feels like it was actually designed for your hand, unlike the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 which kind of feels awkward to hold due to its classic body style.
Under the hood, you get powerhouse hardware specs that are nearly identical to the granddaddy of phablets, including a Snapdragon 805 Qualcomm chipset with a 2.7GHz quad-core Krait 450 processor and Adreno 420 GPU accompanied by 3 GB of RAM. All of this is powered by non-removable 3220mAh battery with Qi Wireless and Quick Charge 2.0 turbo charging capabilities that can allow for up to 6 hours of use on a mere 15 minute charge.
Pairing this blistering performance with a stock version Android 5.0 Lollipop gives you a number of additional benefits with the Nexus not found anywhere else – like improved battery life and the latest Android updates before anyone else. Having a bare-bones stock version of Android also means no bloatware or third-party user interface that you would get from a Samsung or LG device.
Despite these impressive specs and features, however, there are a few areas where the Nexus 6 falls short when compared to the other phablets in its class. You don’t get a fingerprint sensor for example, neither do you get a heart rate sensor, one-handed mode, infrared port, or even split-screen multitasking.
To make matters worse there is no slot for your microSD card, making it that much harder when migrating over from your previous device. The Nexus camera has also been criticized for its poor quality low-light photos, and lack of camera apps found in Android 5.0.
So how does the Nexus 6 stack up to the competition in terms of price? At $649 for a 32GB variant, it isn’t necessarily a cheap handset, but it certainly more affordable than the iPhone 6 Plus ($849). When compared to other Android devices however, there isn’t much about the Nexus that puts it above other phablets in its class.
The Nexus 6 is considerably more expensive than the LG G3 ($499) and for an additional $50 you could get way more features like the S-pen and expandable memory with a Samsung Galaxy Note 4.