The Nexus 6 after 18 months

I would argue the Nexus 6 could of been called the Moto X2 Plus quite easily. It feels identical in the hand just, you know, larger. It has a gentle curve on the back that just fits the hand so well it almost makes it feel thinner. It instantly became one of my favourite handsets ever probably because I am nostalgic for Motorola but also because the Moto X 2nd generation is such a good handset to be based around. It is also a pretty powerful device with it’s 2.7ghz Snapdragon 805 and 3gb RAM. Albeit still being a quad core.

To start with Quick charge is superb the phone is full, from an off/dead state, in about 80mins that to me is pretty amazing. I can’t imagine it’s too good for battery health but it’s really useful if you are relying on it as a daily driver.

Design Language

Motorola, aside from HTC, have to be both one of the earliest mobile phone manufacturers and one of my personal favourites. Going back to the earliest handsets I owned a D170 flip in 1999 among others.

Back then I had noticed that all police radio equipment was Motorola and the reason was obvious wen they started releasing their long phones to the public. The quality of the hardware and signal strength was second to none at the time. I can only recall Sony Ericsson and Siemens being decent in those times of dot matrix screens and antennas though back then it was all so new it was easy to be awestruck.


It’s pretty clear that the thickness, or rather the thin-ness of a device is important to motorola.

While Quick charge as previously mentioned, is great, I originally found battery life to be a little lacking in longevity, that monstrous display has to have a downside other than pocketability. I have since disabled the Google Hotword detection when screen off and this has had a dramatic effect and I can now get just over a day with standard usage. It’s night and day it really is and for someone who prefers to type queries rather than speak them there is no sacrifice to make.

Great sound, great screen. Big shame the software support has elapsed but 6.0 is still plenty good for pretty much everything even in 2018.

Another viewpoint on this superb handset.


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