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 tray I picked up. 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 amusing start to a new era 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.
About this review
We've been using the Nexus 6, as supplied by Google, exclusively for just shy of two weeks now. It's running Android 5.0 Lollipop, of course, Build LRX21I. We've used it mostly in Pensacola, Fla., on T-Mobile as well as AT&T, with a noticeable difference between the two. And we've used it connected to a couple of different Android Wear smartwatches — the Moto 360 and the Sony Smartwatch 3. That affects the amount of time the display is on, which in turn affects battery life. But it's also how I use all my smartphones, and in any case it didn't appear to improve battery life. More on that below.
We're also aware that there has been a new software build seen just before this review went live, but we've yet to receive it. We'll update this review if and when that happens, and if anything noticeable changes. But we do need to note that we've seen a few bugs, most notably in the lock screen when using a PIN code, and with the multi-user profile option. We've also seen the camera app crash a bit when processing HDR+ shots, as well as other random crashes of apps. Some of that may be system-related, or it maybe could be fixed on the app side.