Motorola and Google announced the Nexus 6, their leading device for the launch of Android 5.0 Lollipop, after several weeks of speculation in October 2014. The Nexus 6, as the name would imply, has a nearly 6-inch display — 5.96-inches to be exact — with a super high resolution of 2560x1440 (QHD). Aside from the size difference the Nexus 6 is built nearly identically to that of the Moto X (2014), with a smooth curved back, metal sides, camera ring flash and distinctive Motorola "dimple" on the back plate.
On the inside the Nexus 6 is powered by a Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 3220mAh battery and either 32 or 64GB of internal storage. Its camera is 13MP, with the addition of OIS not found on the Moto X, and an f/2.0 aperture. The Nexus 6 also has Qi wireless charging and support for Motorola's Turbo Charger for quick battery top-ups.
The Nexus 6 finally arrived in the Play Store in mid-October, starting at $649 in either blue or white colors, but was severely limited in availability until U.S. carriers started to sell it in early November. Even with a program promising more stock in the Play Store each Wednesday, Google continued its tradition of having trouble keeping its latest Nexus phone in stock on the Play Store.
Moto's giant Nexus phone
12 November 2014
The Nexus 6 is a really big Moto X, minus most of the good Moto X bits
How much does Google's new Nexus 6 — manufactured by Motorola and a spitting image of the 2014 Moto X — have in common with its more diminutive cousin? I found that out the hard way, trying to pull the SIM card out of my Moto X and swapping it into what for us phone nerds (to say nothing of editors of Android websites) is one of the biggest releases of the year. And this was happening at 75 mph, somewhere on the New Jersey turnpike, in the back of an Uber, headed to Newark Liberty International Airport, with the clock ticking not just on my flight, but for my initial hands-on with the Nexus 6.
Not the first time I've done that, by the way.
And of course one of the SIM trays falls out of my lap and onto the floor of the car. I wasn't sure which one. Turns out it didn't matter. You can put a Moto X SIM tray inside the Nexus 6. (And more important is that you can get it back out again.)
Was that a sign of things to come? Or just dumb coincidence? A little both, really.
But mostly it was an interesting start to new life with a new Nexus, Android 5.0 Lollipop and Material Design. And here, now, is the Android Central review of the Nexus 6, Google's baby, birthed by Motorola.
By the numbers
15 October 2014
The Motorola Nexus 6, one of the first Android 5.0 Lollipop is official. The short version is we've got a 6-inch, Snapdragon 805-powered handset with a whopping QHD display resolution and an all-new version of Google's mobile OS...
The giant Nexus phone
19 January 2015
How does the Nexus 6 hold up after a couple months of use?
The Nexus 6 is one of the most loved — and most controversial — "Google phones" to ever debut...
17 January 2015
Sometimes bigger is better
The debate over screen size will never end. Some folks love a big-screen Android like the Nexus 6 or the Galaxy Note 4, others want something smaller like the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. Some of us are torn, and want both somehow...