Design & Hardware

The Nexus 6 offers the same "organic" shapes and dimple on the back as the latest generation Moto X.

With its curvy back cover, metal frame and thin bezels the Google Nexus 6 design has a lot in common with the new Moto X, the latest flagship smartphone from Motorola - Google's cooperation partner in designing and building the latest generation Nexus phone. 

However, the large 5.96-inch OLED screen puts the Nexus 6 into a different device category. With its 2560 x 1440 resolution the display is very sharp and bright. This makes image composition and review a joy, but also means the Nexus 6 requires larger pockets and one-handed operation is difficult, even with large hands.

The camera end of the device is a little bulkier than the bottom. On the top you'll find the sim slot and headphone jack.
Power button and volume rockers are located on the right edge.

The device front is entirely covered with scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 3 which in combination with the metal frame and solid polycarbonate back give the Nexus 6 a very sturdy feel. In line with most recent Android devices there aren't any hard buttons on the front as app and OS navigation use soft buttons. Power button and volume rockers are located on the right edge of the device, headphone socket and SIM-slot can be found on the top and at the bottom there is a micro USB slot for syncing with a computer and connecting the charging cable. 

The front of the device is dominated by the 6-inch UHD screen.

The camera module comprises a 13MP 1/3-inch sensor combined with a fast F2.0 lens and an optical image stabilization system. The flash is the same circular dual-LED unit we have seen on the Moto X. Other specifications include chip maker Qualcomm's latest high-end CPU, the Snapdragon S805, and 3GB of RAM. There are 32 or 64GB storage versions to choose from but unfortunately Nexus 6 users have to make do without a microSD-slot for memory expansion.