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Huge. That was my first thought when I first wrapped my hands around Google’s Nexus 6, the successor to the Nexus 5. The Nexus 6 is one of the largest Android smartphones out there — it has a 6-inch screen — and it definitely does not fit in my pocket.

Aside from its large size, the Nexus 6 is the first Android smartphone to ship with Android 5.0 Lollipop. The Nexus 6 is different from previous Nexus devices for another reason: pricing. Unlike the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5, the Nexus 6 is not being sold as a heavily subsidized unlocked smartphone. It starts at $649 for a 32GB model, whereas the Nexus 5 started at $349 for a 16GB model last year. Is the Nexus 6 worth the full price admission? Read on for my full review.

Context

I review smartphones all year round. While my personal phone is an iPhone 6, I’ve grown to really like Android this year, more than ever, mainly because smartphone makers have upped the ante on hardware design. Everyone’s usage differs, and while this is how I use my phone, I think the usage pattern is not too far off from what many use their phones for.

I consider myself a power user; I use my phone all day long as a companion device to my laptop. With it, I field emails from four Gmail accounts, keep up on the news via apps like Feedly and Flipboard, text people all day long on a variety of messaging apps, keep up on Twitter and Facebook, take photos and videos, and make a few 3-10 minute phone calls each day.

When I have meetings, which is usually 3-4 times a week, I have an hour-long commute to and from my home office. During that time I like to listen to music via Spotify or Google Music, play a few games, and watch bookmarked YouTube videos or movies I pre-loaded onto my phone. Pretty common usage, really.

Filed in Cellphones >Reviews. Read more about Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google, Nexus 6 and Reviews.

Display
5.96"
2560x1440
AMOLED
493 PPI
Price
~$349 - Amazon
Camera
13 MP
F2 Aperture F-Stop
OIS
Weight
184 g
Battery
3220 mAh
Launched in
2014-10-01
System
3GB RAM
Snapdragon 805 + None
Storage (GB)
32, 64
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