Google Nexus 6 - Video Review

Google Nexus 6

When it comes to phones, Google has had a history of offering them at very affordable prices. Sadly this changes with this year's flagship, the Google Nexus 6 which comes at a higher price point form a new manufacturing partner. 

The Motorola built Nexus 6 is very similar to the new Moto X, but its $650 price may turn off many regular Nexus customers who have gotten accustomed to getting the stock Android experience at an affordable price. The Google Nexus 6 is a flagship in every way. It features a 5.9 inch Quad HD display with a 1440 x 2560 pixel resolution, up to 64GB of internal storage, a 13 megapixel rear camera with OIS, a 2 megapixel front camera, and a 2.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor with 3GB of RAM.

On top of that you get Android 5.0 Lollipop, which is the biggest overhaul to Google's mobile platform to date. Also as part of the Nexus family, the Nexus 6 will be one of the first to be updated to the next version of Android as it is released.

Still we cant help but wonder why Google chose to suddenly increased the pricing of its flagship smartphone. The new pricing has certainly gotten the carrier's attention, allowing them to offer the device for $250, while tying users down to a contract on their networks. This has allowed Google to offer the Nexus 6 on all four major carriers in the US. In comparison the Nexus 5 was only offered through T-Mobile. Are carriers the cause of the higher price on the Nexus 6 ?

The Nexus 6 also makes the other manufacturer devices look like viable alternatives. Last year's Nexus 5 deal made it one of the hottest choices for a new smartphone. Its powerful hardware and amazing price made it a nearly unbeatable deal. This year, consumers could consider various other alternatives which offer much better software enhancements over stock Android. Could Google have folded under the pressure from manufacturers ?

The other important thing to factor into your Nexus 6 purchase is its size. The Nexus 6 is definitely not suited for single handed use. Customers who find they don't need such a large size device could consider the smaller Moto X, or even the powerful Motorola DROID Turbo on Verizon or its global counterpart the Moto MAXX.

In fact Google hasn't even added any customization to Android to make it usable with one hand, as we have seen from other manufacturers. You should also note that the Nexus 6 doesn't come with any other phablet specific software enhancements, like a stylus or specific apps. 

This makes the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, one of its top alternatives. For $100 more you get phablet-like features to complement its package, as well as the signature S Pen stylus for drawing and note-taking. You also get a phone that takes better photos and videos, offers longer battery life, and something that’s accompanied with a rich set of secondary hardware tools (think IR blaster, microSD card slot, and much more) and software features that really solidifies what it means to be a phablet.

source - PhoneArena | The Verge | Android Authority | MobileSyrup | Liliputing | GootaBeMobile

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