Motorola Nexus 6 ships in an all-white retail box with a large number 6 on its cover. Inside it, you will find the device, a USB cable, and Motorola's Turbo Charger. A tool to remove the nano-SIM card and a few booklets complete the picture.
The retail package
A bundled headset would have been appreciated too - especially considering the device's newly found price category.
We are happy to see the Motorola Turbo Charger inside the box of the Nexus 6. Motorola claims that a 15 minute charge should be able to deliver enough juice for up to 8 hours of mixed usage.
Design and build quality
Have you ever wondered what will happen if you stretch the Moto X (2014) a bit and slap a large Nexus logo on its back? Look no further than the Nexus 6. Save for the larger footprint and the Nexus branding on the back, it is visually identical to the Moto X.
Nexus 6 looks familiar
Just like its smaller Moto sibling, Nexus 6 is a great piece of hardware to look at. Its exposed aluminum frame elevates its appearance drastically over the Nexus 5. Overall, the smartphone looks in line with the expectations its price tag carries.
The phablet is available in two color schemes - Cloud White and Midnight Blue like the model we tested. The white version features aluminum frame with natural metal finish, while the blue model has a frame in a color-coordinated hue, a slightly lighter blue than the finish of the back cover.
The build quality of the Nexus 6 is stellar. With a sturdy metal frame, a back cover made of quality plastic with matte finish, and a face that's entirely covered in Corning Gorilla Glass 3, the phablet looks and feels ready for plenty of use and abuse.
Water resistance is also listed as a Nexus 6 quality. The handset does not carry an official IP certification, but is made to handle accidental splashes.
Physical measures of the Motorola Nexus 6 are 159.3 x 83 x 3.8-10.1 mm, while its weight tips the scale at 184 grams. As its 6" display suggests, the latest Nexus is a big fella - right in line with today's trends.
Nexus 6 sized up against Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Motorola Nexus 6 has a larger footprint than the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 - hardly a surprise considering the larger display and the stereo speakers it packs. Apple iPhone 6 on the other hand, is only slightly shorter despite its considerably smaller 5.5" screen.
Handling the phablet is surprisingly easy thanks to its curved body. The latter is designed to follow the natural shape of the human palm, so it is thicker in its middle, but thin around the edges.
Handling Motorola Nexus 6
Motorola Nexus 6 packs a 5.96" AMOLED display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. The aforementioned resolution results in the rather impressive pixel density of 493ppi.
The display of Motorola Nexus 6
The display's brightness is impressive too, as is its contrast. Viewing angles are great you will be able to easily share your content with other people.
Motorola Nexus 6
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Meizu MX4 Pro
Sony Xperia Z Ultra
The 6-inch AMOLED screen makes use a standard Diamond Pentile matrix. Every pixel has four sub-pixels and essentially a RGBG arrangement. Here's how the layout looks under a microscope.
One thing to keep in mind is that when viewed from a small angle, the display of Nexus 6 tends to showcase a slightly greenish hue. We don't consider this to be a deal breaker, as the screen is not developed with such usage in mind.
A closer look at the screen
Like most AMOLED units out there, the one found in the Nexus 6 boasts slightly over saturated colors. The latter are not as accurate as those produced by IPS displays, but are nevertheless enjoyable.
Sunlight legibility is excellent. Users will be able to view their content even in places with bright light.