Equipped with a 6-inch, 1,440p display, the Nexus 6 is Google's biggest flagship phone to date. With its curved backing, flowing aluminum trim and dimpled Motorola
branding on the rear, the device borrows heavily from the second-gen Moto X's design book.
The battery has a reported talk time of up to 24 hours and a standby
time of 300 hours. Similar to its Nexus predecessors, it will also have
wireless charging capabilities, and can regain six hours of power after
15 minutes of charging with a specialized Turbo charger that
features Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 technology.
For your camera needs, the Nexus 6 has a 13-megapixel camera with a dual
LED flash that encircles the camera lens and a 2-megapixel front
shooter. Additional goodies include 3GB of RAM and dual front-facing
speaker grilles, similar to the Moto X.
Completing a tablet trifecta, Google added a midsize tablet to its sparse slate line-up. The Nexus 9 will be the first tablet to run Android Lollipop and will hit stores on November 3, with presale starting October 17.
The 16GB model of the Nexus 9 starts at $399, with the 32GB going for $479, and the LTE version of the 32GB costing $599. There is no expandable memory option on the Nexus 9 tablet, so if you're not a cloud-centric user, an upgrade in storage is a prudent decision.
The Nexus Player is the first device to run Android TV, and it's built on the latest version of Google's mobile operating system, Android Lollipop. It represents the latest in a long line of Google's living room platforms, including Google TV, Nexus Q and Chromecast.
Judging from Google's preliminary product page,
the main weakness of the Nexus Player appears to be a dearth of apps. The
list of available apps lacks HBO Go (even more important now that it's going over-the-top), Amazon Instant, and Spotify, to name a few.
The grid above lists available native apps, as of October 15. In comparison, Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV all offer more native apps than the Nexus Player does at launch. Here's our full comparison grid if you're curious.
Screen mirroring from the Chrome browser or Chromebook
The Nexus Player also supports screen mirroring from a Chrome browser or
Chromebook, allowing access to even more online video sources. We've
had mixed luck with many sites using this feature with a Chromecast,
however (below), including Amazon and Hulu (non-Plus). Compared to
native or Cast-compatible apps, screen mirroring is a less-desirable
way to get video onto the big screen.