Why the Nexus 6 is the Best Phone Out There

by Dan Forster - , Last Updated on January 31, 2015, Reviews

If you’re looking into investing in a new mobile phone, then obviously you’re going to want to make sure that you’re money’s well spent. There’s nothing worse than falling for the advertising hype only to find that the phone you opt for is a dud. So what is the best phone out there right now? In our opinion, the must have mobile currently on shelves has got to be the Motorola Nexus 6. Don’t believe us? Then read on and let us persuade you why the Nexus 6 deserves your consideration…

It’s Got the Specs

Alright, so we’ll start with the basics. When it comes to specs, the Nexus 6 has got it all. Just take a look at these numbers: a quad core 2.7 GHz processor and 3 GB of RAM, a 5.96 inch display, a 13 MP rear camera and a 2 MP front camera. Not bad, right? Motorola have packed a hell of a punch into the Nexus 6, and the phone’s performance just goes to prove it.

Are there mobiles with bigger specs? Sure. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4, for example, matches the processing power of the Nexus, has a better rear camera, but a smaller screen. And that’s what we’re talking about here: compromise. Every mobile is going to be a compromise, you’re going to be giving up certain specs to get other specs, and that’s where the Nexus 6 really wins out. The combination of specs on the Nexus is second to none.

That Display…

Obviously, the display is one of the most important components of a smart phone these days, and we’ve seen a lot of tweaking and special features and plenty of technical jargon trying to convince us that such and such a phone has the best screen. When it comes down to it though, screens are so good nowadays that on top end phones the difference in display quality is negligible- you’d really need a microscope to see much noticeable difference.

The Nexus 6 doesn’t try to sell you screen jargon. There’s no Retina display, there’s no XYZ tech. What you do get is a 5.96 inch AMOLED display with around 493 PPI. Practically, the display on the Nexus is bright, with excellent colour reproduction (blues are warm, blacks are true) and fantastic definition. Given the huge size of the screen there’s great HD clarity, and the display on the Nexus is visually stunning.

The Size

Yeah, phablets aren’t for everyone. And one of the major complaints about hybrid devices is the pure size of them. With an almost six inch screen the Nexus isn’t going to be small. However, it is deceptively portable. Mostly this is thanks to Motorola designers. The curved back panel of the Nexus makes it fit into the hand better, making it seem smaller than it really is. And the Nexus comes in at just a tad over a centimetre thick and weighing only 184 grams.

No, it’s not going to slide easily into the pocket of your skinny jeans. But the Nexus does fit into a shirt pocket, and despite that screen size is easy to carry around. In fact, we found it easy to forget just how big the device was…

It Blows the Competition Away

There are three contenders for the title of true top end phablet, the Nexus 6 is one of them, the others, rather obviously are the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the iPhone 6 Plus. And when it comes down to it, the Nexus does rather put the other two to shame. We’ve already kind of dealt with the Galaxy (recap: the Nexus has a bigger screen, the Galaxy has better cameras, they’re an even match when it comes to power). So what about that iPhone?

Well, the iPhone 6 Plus gets a smaller 5.5 inch screen, only a dual core 1.4 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM, and a mere 8 MP camera. In specs, the Nexus really is in a different class altogether… Of course, not everything is about specs and numbers though…

Awesome User Interface

We want a phone that’s easy to use. Top end specs are great, but if the user interface on a phone is complicated or there’s a learning curve, then we just don’t have the time to invest in learning a new mobile, right? We’re all busy people these days…

The iPhone has a notoriously smooth and intuitive interface, though this is somewhat compromised by the fact that it’s fairly sealed. That means that the more technically inclined tend to be frustrated when they can’t customise their iPhone as much as they’d like. The Samsung user interface is definitely customisable, however, it’s also a whole lot more complicated than that of the iPhone. Particularly on the Note 4 with it’s stylus and all those gestures to be programmed in.

The Nexus is like the love child of the iPhone and the Note 4. It’s Android and fully customisable, but it’s also intuitive, thanks to Google’s input into the interface design. It’s a rare Android that you can pick up and use straight away, but the Nexus achieves that, and despite a whole host of tricks and special features the phone just seems to come naturally to most users.

That Integration…

Finally, there’s the integration factor. The Nexus is a Google product, and let’s face it, most of us are all hooked up to Google these days. From your Gmail account to Google Now, internet searching, Google Keep, Google Calendar, the list is endless. And if you have already bought into the power of Google then the integration that you’re going to get with the Nexus is seriously going to simplify your life.

Simply turn your phone on for the first time, enter your Gmail account info, and you’re good to go. The Nexus will take care of uploading everything you need from your Google accounts, and you’ll even get personalised reminders based on your calendar and even on your internet searches. Okay, so the Nexus might not be a phone for the paranoid, but it is an excellent smart phone, and smart really is the word…

The Nexus 6 is one of our favourite recent releases, and we do truly think that it’s the best mobile on the market right now, for all the above reasons. But there’s also another issue: the Nexus does come in cheaper than any of the other flagship phones. If you’re looking at getting the best phone you can get, then the Nexus 6 should really be top of your shopping list.