Well, my first impressions of the absolutely incredible Nexus 6 are good, though I’m going to be unable to provide you with a full review currently of the new Google device. Google is keeping those with access to the Nexus 6 from releasing full reviews for a few more weeks. However, permissions for our general first impressions are okay, so that’s exactly what I’ve got for you.
I’m not going to bore you with measurement details, the size of the bezel, the width percentages compared to the iPhone 6, which is considered to be the Nexus 6’s direct competitor, or any of those other things that no one honestly cares about. In the end, the biggest selling points of the Nexus 6’s look will be the most obvious.
The Nexus is large. And if you are the type to shy away from larger phones, which is something that’s getting harder and harder to do these days, the Nexus is going to be a very hard adjustment for you. It is a larger phone than the iPhone 6, though not by so much that it’s going to shock you. The Nexus 6 doesn’t get into phablet territory, but it does come close. The device carries a slight curve to the overall housing, though this too is nothing obtrusive. In fact the curve barely becomes noticeable after just a few minutes of use. No physical buttons, which is a hallmark of manufacturers like Apple and Samsung, will be found on your Nexus, not on the screen at least. Home, Back, and Recent Apps are all that you’ll find in the slightly redesigned lower menu in Android 5.0 Lollipop.
Android Lollipop has already proven itself, even in the beta stages, to be an incredible OS upgrade for Android users. In many ways it’s just as responsive and fast as iOS 8 on decent devices. However, pairing it with the Nexus really makes the operating system shine. Like the iPhone 6, this phone was built to work effortlessly with Lollipop in mind.
The display is bright and crisp and stacks well against the iPhone, though I firmly feel that the Nexus has the superior display. Even the numbers stack up in terms of density, comparing the 493ppi of the Nexus to the 401ppi of the iPhone 6. Sound is sharp and crisp with a good feel for stereo considering the separation of the speakers.
A rear camera clocks in at 13MP and the front camera is styled as a Selfie Camera, with a high-end 2MP capture quality that can easily stand up against almost any other phone on the market.
Overall, it’s incredibly impressive, though I look forward to being able to write a bit more in-depth about the Nexus 6 in a few weeks. Skimming quickly over the phone honestly does it a disservice. Without a doubt, to me, we’re looking at the most impressive piece of mobile personal tech to come out this year and I’m a big fan of the iPhone 6. Stay tuned for more information in the next few weeks!