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It’s bigger—the Nexus 5 has a 5-inch screen, and the Nexus 6 is getting close to a 6-inch glass pane (5.96 inches, to be precise). So it competes directly with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 (around 54,000 with 32 GB and a microSD slot), which has similar specifications.

The good stuff

The Nexus 6 comes across as brilliant in certain aspects. The phone is made by Motorola, and is very similar in design to the Moto X. The bezel around the screen is very thin. The metal adds a touch of robustness and the slight curvature on the back panel makes it easier to cradle this big phone in your hand. Even though it tips the scales at 184g, it somehow doesn’t feel heavy because the weight is distributed evenly.

When it comes to display resolution, the Nexus 6 and the Note 4 are at par—2,560x1,440 pixels. Screen colours are a lot more subdued in the Nexus 6, which is a good thing; excellent text clarity means it is comfortable for Web browsing and e-books. Overall, one of the better smartphone displays in the market.

Like the Note 4, the Nexus packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, and the performance is smooth, just as you would expect from such a powerful configuration. The device is future-proof, and should play well with operating system updates and newer apps for at least a couple of years.

Both phones have the same battery size (3,220 mAh)—the Nexus 6 lasts a day and a half, while the Note 4 can get through two full working days before you need to reach for the charger.

The not-so-good

On some counts, the Nexus 6 is exasperating. For some reason, the Adaptive Brightness makes the display’s white tones pale and the screen looks dull and yellowish. Turn this setting off for a better display experience.

The Note 4’s stylus and the large number of compatible apps make better use of the big screen. For now, the lack of any such features in the Nexus 6 stands out. Apple’s iOS treats some apps in a slightly different way to better use the iPhone 6 Plus’ bigger screen, but Android doesn’t have that flexibility.

Despite the powerful hardware, Android 5.0’s mandatory data encryption feature crimps performance. There is a slight stutter when you switch between Chrome tabs or multiple apps. We hope Google will solve this niggle with a software update.

The Nexus heats up slightly when stressed, or if you use it for Web browsing while it is charging.

Talk plastic

The 32 GB variant is priced at 44,000, and the 64 GB one at 49,000. It comes in two colours: blue and white. We prefer the former.

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