Turbo charging, big display and water resistance make up the key features
更新 09/12/2015: Google has finally laid to rest its Nexus 6. On its Google Store, the firm tells visitors that it is “no longer available for purchase”.
The device will still be available if you hunt around the resellers or sites such as eBay and Amazon.
更新 19/08/15: The present Nexus 6 may well be getting replaced by a larger-screened Nexus 5. The larger Nexus 5, made by Huawei, will sport a 5.7-inch display as well as an updated processor, more RAM and other assorted goodies. More details can be found by heading over to our ネクサス 5 (2015) hub.
Google’s Nexus 6 starting shipping in November – and is the biggest handset in the range to date. Manufactured by Motorola, the Nexus 6 handset was the first device to ship with Android Lollipop 5.0 and is soon to be upgraded to 5.1. 多くの人にとって, this is Google’s answer to Apple’s iPhone 6.
The 32GB model is available for free from £33 per month or SIM-free from £499. Below we take a look at the key features of the device:
1) Battery life gets turbo charged
The Nexus 6 is powered by a 3220mAh battery, with Google claiming up to 24 hours of mixed usage.
Motorola has optimised the device to make use of the Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 technology and ships devices with a specialised “turbo” charger in the box. This means when the battery is “substantially depleted”, you’ll be able to charge the device for 15 minutes and get up to 6 hours of usage.
This is ideal for commuters who might only have a few minutes to charge a handset before jumping onto a train or embarking on a plane journey.
The Nexus 6 also includes a battery saver feature which will aim to extend the life of the device by 90 分. Plus Android Lollipop will provide the estimated time the battery has remaining and also show how long it is before it’s fully charged.
2) …and it’s got wireless charging
Wireless charging is set to be the next big thing. Using the Qi (pronounced ‘chee’) wireless standard, more and more manufacturers are offering the ability to juice up your devices without having to shackle yourself to a wall outlet, and Google’s one of them. Instead of plugging your phone in with a cable, you can simply pop it on top of any wireless power point, which are being offered by more and more businesses, as well as via personal hubs.
The Nexus range has had this capability for a few years. しかし, while it’s not exactly new, we reckon that the next year or so will finally see the technology used to its full potential, as it becomes increasingly widespread. Ikea has even started integrating Qi-standard charging pads into its ‘Home Smart’ furniture range, which starts shipping next month.
3) Big display
The 5.96in display means the Nexus 6 competes directly with the iPhone 6 Plus and Galaxy Note 4 devices in the phablet category.
Motorola has opted for a Gorilla Glass 3 panel with a 2560 x 1440 QHD AMOLED display (493 ppi). This is higher than the 1920 x 1080 resolution of the iPhone 6 Plus and the same as the Galaxy Note 4. しかし, the Samsung phablet will have a slightly higher display at 515ppi.
4) Android Lollipop 5.0
Being a Google-branded device, the Nexus 6 is the first to ship with Android Lollipop 5.0.
This will bring a raft of changes including a new “Material Design”. Core features from notifications through to security are also improved.
You can activate Priority mode so you’re not disturbed unnecessarily during meetings and Lollipop will also have the option to hide sensitive content. 一方, Intelligent ranking helps list notifications in order of importance based on the content and sender.
Android Lollipop has encryption automatically enabled to protect data, and Android Smart Lock can be used to to secure your phone or tablet by pairing it with a trusted device like your wearable or a car.
5) Powerful specification
Motorola has loaded up the Nexus 6 with high-end components. The heartbeat of the device is a 2.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 quad-core CPU with Adreno 420 GPU graphics. This is paired with 3GB of RAM.
On the connectivity side, the Nexus 6 will introduce more efficient Bluetooth low energy (BLE), and support 802.11 ac 2×2 (MIMO) as well as NFC. It also sports a SlimPort-compatible microUSB.
6) Camera enhancements
There’s also a 13-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilisation (OIS), dual LEDs ring flash and support for 4k video recording. The duel LED flash is the same as the Moto X.
OIS is an important feature as it can make for much better images from a camera phone. One aspect of this is compensating for shaking while taking a picture.
The Nexus 6 sports the Google Camera app that offers features such as Lens Blur and Photo Sphere.
The HDR+ mode on the camera not only enhances dynamic range in high contrast scenes but makes for a much better picture when there is low light.
6) Water resistant
Motorola simply states “Yes” underwater resistance without specifying any IP protection rating like the Galaxy S or Xperia Z ranges, which means it’s got basic protection.