Nexus 6 revisit: It’s been two years!

by birtanpublished on October 2, 2020

Shambu Google's internal code name for the Nexus 6 is almost a two year old phone it was one of the first generation smart phones to come with a quad HD display and the first to have Android 5.0 lollipop right out of the box and you can still officially update it to Android new get without having to install a custom ROM which means Google still thinks this is a usable device as of 2016 since the Google pixels are almost among us I thought it would be a good idea to look back at the Nexus 6 and see if it still holds up under today's standards now this device was first unveiled on

October 15 2014 it was one of the first smartphones to come with Android lollipop as well as one of the biggest smartphones we had ever seen at the time this device would have cost you a whopping six hundred and fifty dollars just for the 32 gigabyte model now you can snap it for under three hundred and fifty dollars the reason I point this out is because it's still a decently spec smart phone that holds up well now it's not going to outshine other flagships released this year but compared to more expensive mid-range smartphone such as the next six or one

Plus three there's not a huge difference especially in real world use these devices may have slightly better specs on paper but overall I've had similar experiences when Shambu was first announced everyone was complaining about the size staying a 5.9 six inch display was way too big and I still tend to agree with that notion but not to the point where everyone thought it would be unusable sure it's a bit wide and uncomfortable with one-handed use but in the end I got used to it and saw it as a regular sized smartphone the way I see it is Google was trying to experiment

With the display size trying to find the perfect screen size smart phone and in result we got the Nexus 6p the following year plus that metal band that wraps around the edges and rounded back with the dimple in the centre still gives it a premium feel in the hand when compared to more recent devices in order to give it more grip and make it easier to hold I decided to slap a D brand skin on the back the one I got has a white marble finish making the device look extravagant I'll leave a link down below if you want to check one out for yourself anyways with a quad HD AMOLED

Display this screen just shows that there hasn't been a huge impact emphasis on the huge on smart phone panels for the last two years I'm not saying screens having improved since 2014 or there haven't been any higher pixelated smartphones I'm just saying in general the display is still acceptable in today's standards and it won't seem like it's a two-year old smartphone just by looking at the pixels still it was one of the first quad HD displays on a smartphone so the whites are a little yellowish and washed out when compared to the newer generation

AMOLED panels and in bright situations this display suffers as he gets ridiculously dim but when you're indoors it's still super sharp has great saturation and contrast ratios and viewing angles are okay not to mention that it's also the first Nexus to feature dual front-facing speakers they do protrude a little but in the end you're getting that loud clear directional sound from all your media as well as a 3.5 millimeter headphone jack which seems to be a missing feature on some phones released this year it's kind of funny

What still nails it for me is what this phone packs and that stock Android originally it came with lollipop and since then you will still be able to update it to the newest version of Android new get when it officially gets released that's essentially what I admire about phones made by Google is you're always going to get the latest and greatest and the Nexus 6 is no exception of course Google could eventually stop updating this phone with new OS updates since they already did this with the Nexus 5 and even though the Nexus 6 is rocking a

Snapdragon 805 chip with three gigabytes of RAM it still handled Android nougat pretty well the overall UI is still snappy animations are smooth and application reload time was not that bad I did notice a few stutters and it does seem half a step slower when compared to the galaxy s7 or Nexus 6 but that's only because at the time quad HD displays weren't a common thing device manufacturers we're still working on getting the performance up to par with all the pixels a quad HD display pushes out again it's still pretty smooth on stock Android but as you'd expect it's

Not going to impress you and that also goes with the battery as well at three thousand two hundred and twenty milliamp hours this device has decent battery life but it's not going to impress obviously the newly updated does feature and battery saver from Android newgate helped to squeeze a little more juice into your daily usage but four hours of screen on time is what I usually experience I will say that the battery has definitely improved since it first got released a lot of people have been complaining about the battery only lasting three hours and

Since then those software updates have given this device great efficiency it also comes with Motorola's turbo charger allowing you to fully charge the device in just over an hour and you'll still be using a micro USB cable moving on to the camera this is another thing Nexus devices suffered with until the Nexus 6 came along the rear camera has 13 megapixels and F 2.0 aperture lens optical image stabilization dual LED flash and up to 4k video recording pictures taken usually come out looking solid in both bright and low situations I do have a few gripes such as the

Camera not wanting to focus on a specific subject at times and when you tap to focus on a specific area it's going to blow out your highlights with tons of exposure so you got to be careful when you tap to expose Plus is no competition when you put it up against one of the best smartphone cameras of this year such as the galaxy s7 or iPhone 7 but it's still a camera that takes decent shots and it's not going to disappoint a few minor mentions that I didn't want to leave out is that the Nexus 6 doesn't have a fingerprint sensor or an SD card slot but it does

Support all major US carriers it comes with 32 or 64 gigabytes of internal storage and supports NFC and wireless charging with that being said I still think this is a relevant device especially with that attractive price tag you're getting a huge display with plenty of pixels decent battery life front facing speakers and ok camera and the latest version of stock Android if you're a smartphone enthusiast you're obviously not going to be rocking this two-year-old device especially with the pixel devices coming out real soon instead the Nexus 6 is a great handheld

For someone who is looking for a cheap device with decent specs that will get them through the day without a problem it's also nice to look back on how Android devices have evolved in the last two years and in the end the only great additions in my opinion that most smartphones have stuck with is the implementation of a fingerprint sensor and these switch to USB type-c oh and the removal of the headphone jack except I don't know if that's a good thing anyways that's it for this video thank you for watching make sure to drop a like on this video if you enjoyed it

Also check out and release calm for your latest and greatest news on Android and I will see you guys in the next one

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