So I’m on day 5 with a new Nexus 6, which is one of the biggest phones on the market, with a whopping 5.96″ screen. This thing isn’t massive. It’s gigantic. A freak of nature. The Shaquille O’Neal of phones.
I’m coming from a Moto X (2013), so the change is particularly jarring, considering that phone was one of the smallest (4.7″) of “high-end” smartphones.
I’ll try to keep my thoughts in bullet points, in respect to brevity:
- The large screen is delightful. It makes reading anything a joy. I haven’t touched either of my tablets (2012 Nexus 7, Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition) since, as this is enough. I might be going to eBay soon to get rid of them.
- Lollipop is a breath of fresh air. Not a device-specific observation here, but worth mentioning. I’m actually actively trying to get as many Material Design apps in use as they’re just aesthetically pleasing. Google did a great job here.
- As should be expected of a large phone, the processing power has been ample thus far. No skips, random glitches, nothing. It’s only been 5 days, but I’ve been pushing it on purpose, trying to find the boundaries. Nothing yet.
- Battery life is insane. Turbo-charging is insane. I get battery anxiety, so this has been wonderful. Not having to search for a USB port as much is a bigger stress reliever than should be expected. I’ve gotten 30 hours with 6 hours screen-on time, with WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS on the whole time. Wowsers.
- I’m still adjusting to the size. It’s awkward in my hands. I miss the feel of the 2013 Moto X a little, which was well-suited to one-hand use. Though I’m finding that two-handed use isn’t as inconvenient as I thought it might be, and any handling sins are forgiven with that big beautiful screen.
- I have this paired with a Moto 360 smartwatch, which has made the cumbersome bulk of the Nexus 6 more manageable since I don’t have to dig it out of my pocket as often. Handling notifications from the watch was nice with the Moto X, but definitely a bigger plus when your phone is this big.