Google Nexus 6
The Nexus 6 is Google's showcase phone for Android 5.0 "Lollipop" and the first Nexus device made by Motorola. In light of this, it's no surprise that the Nexus 6 looks very much like an enlarged version of the new Moto X, with the same metal frame, curvy design and dimple on the back.
The Nexus 6 also comes with the same dual-LED ring flash as the Moto X and a 13MP imaging sensor. However, it adds a slightly faster F2.0 aperture and an optical image stabilization system into the mix which, at least in theory, should make it an interesting option for smartphone photography in lower light conditions. Like the Moto X, the Nexus 6 is capable of recording 4K video.
Despite the similarities in design its dimensions make the Nexus a very different device from the Moto X. With its 5.96-inch QHD AMOLED screen is noticeably larger and fully qualifies as a phablet. The device is powered by Qualcomm's latest high-end system chip, the Snapdragon S805, and users can choose between versions with 32 or 64GB of storage. Unfortunately there is no microSD-slot.
|Front camera effective pixels||2 megapixels|
|Rear camera effective pixels||13 megapixels|
|Rear camera resolution||4128 x 3096|
|Rear camera aperture||2|
|Camera physical shutter release||No|
|Camera image stabilization||Optical|
|Video camera recording format||2160p, 30fps|
|Built in memory||32/64GB storage, 3GB RAM|
|Weight||481 g (16.97 oz)|
|Dimensions||159 x 83 x 10 mm (6.27 x 3.27 x 0.4″)|
The Google Nexus 6 flash performance is a little inconsistent but otherwise the camera delivers good image quality across the board and the HDR+ mode efficiently increases dynamic range in low light and reduces noise levels at high ISOs. The large 6-inch AMOLED UHD screen is a pleasure to work with and ideal for showing off your pictures. The pure version of Android 5.0 is pleasantly uncluttered and means you'll receive Android updates faster than the users of most other Android devices. If you think its large dimensions are right for you the Google Nexus 6 is an easy recommendation for any mobile photographer.
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