CNET First Look
Google's supersized Nexus 6 takes a bite out of LollipopEquipped with a 6-inch display, a Snapdragon 805 processor and Android 5.0 Lollipop, the Nexus 6 is Google's biggest flagship yet.
It's big, it's powerful and it's the first smartphone to natively launch with Android 5.0 Lollipop, Hello everybody, I'm Lynn La for CNet and today we're gonna check out Google's highly anticipated flagship of the year, the Nexus 6. Try saying that three times fast. With this new iteration, Google takes a huge leap and equips its device with a 5.96 inch display. Similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, it has a 1440 p Quad HD resolution, but it has a lower pixel density at 493 ppi. Even so the AMOLED screen is bright, immersive and ultra sharp. But given the display's bigger size, that means the rest of the phone is big too. Powering the handset is a top of the line quad core 2.7 GHz Snapdragon 805 processor from Qualcomm. The processor includes an adrenal 420 gpu and together they power everything from daily productivity tasks to graphics intensive games with ease. There's also a non-removable 3.22 ampere hour battery. Like it's predecessors the Nexus 6 has wireless charging capabilities but it can also have quick charge with a specialized turbocharger from [UNKNOWN]. The battery has an estimated seven hours of internet usage time on LTE, and you can talk continuously for up to 24 hours. For your photography needs the handset sports a 13 megapixel camera and a 2 megapixel front facing shooter. Like past Nexus phones, Google keeps the camera interface pretty simple. You can shoot panoramas and photo spheres as well as record ultra HD 4k video. There's no native gallery app anymore. So images are all saved automatically to Google's photo app. As with each new Nexus handset, Google officially launches it updated mobile OS. Dubbed Android five point oh, Lollipop. The OS features a brand new interface called Material Design. Animated, colorful, and at times even playful. Material can be seen in almost every aspect of the phone. Gmail and a calendar app underwent some of the more dramatic changes with the latter receiving a nice [UNKNOWN] scroll effect and whimsical images. The most obvious characteristic of material is this motif of cards which we've seen before in Google now. Overview, which was previously known as recent apps integrates these cards giving you there's more context to their open app. In addition if you're doing more than one task in an app. Overview will designate individual tabs for each task. For example, in Gmail it'll show you your inbox as well as a separate tab for a draft of an email you may be writing. Other Lollipop goodies include notifications on a lock screen, guest mode and screen pinning, which both give others limited access to your phone. And the ability to launch do not disturb settings via the volume record. There are tons more features inside Android 5.0 lolipop so be sure to check out other cnet videos for the full breakdown. In the US the Nexus 6 is avaiable on all four major US carriers as well as US cellular. It's also sold through the Google Play store starting at $649 for the 32 gig model. And $699 for the 64 gig, keeping in mind that the device does not have expandable memory. Google has reported that the handset will be available in 28 other countries in the next following weeks, with LT variants coming in countries both inside and outside the Americas. Again, I'm Lynn, and you've been taking a look at the Google Nexus 6.