Working in the tech industry I have the awesome opportunity to mess with just about every flagship phone that hits the market. It’s extremely fun and I love every moment of it. I’ve played with numerous smartphones that have released in 2015, but I always come back to one. The Nexus 6. The Nexus 6 was released late in 2014 and I got one very early in 2015. Since then, it’s been my daily driver and in my opinion, it’s still the best Android smartphone you can buy, overall. Here’s why.
Owning a Nexus is unlike owning any other Android phone. Updates are fast, the software is clean, and there’s little to distract you from just using the phone. While there are downsides, you never quite feel the same on another phone as you do on a Nexus. Whether that’s a Nexus of year’s past, or the Nexus 6, there’s just nothing like it.
When the Nexus 6 was first announced, everyone though Google was insane to release a phone this big, myself included. But here’s the thing, within a few weeks of ownership, I caught myself in love. The Nexus 6 is huge, but I actually like it. Sure, it doesn’t fit in every pocket and one-handed use is out of the question most of the time, but I don’t really care. The size is great for gaming, watching media, and most importantly for me, typing. I enjoy typing on the Nexus 6 mainly because I can do it easily. My thumbs don’t get cramped when I’m typing with both hands and swipe works great as well. Is the size huge, yes, yes it is, but that’s what I love about it.
While the size of the Nexus 6 makes it great for media, the speakers really seal the deal. Not only are they front facing, but they’re actually good. No, they’re not Boomsound like on the HTC One M9, but here’s the thing, the quality is pretty great and the volume is amazing. HTC may have quality, but the Nexus 6 definitely wins in volume.
The Build Quality
Last but not least, the build quality. Yes, the Nexus 6 has plastic, but it also has an awesome metal frame and it feels awesome. While some users have issues with the back panel coming off or the Nexus letters coming out, I can’t say the same. I couldn’t be happier with the build quality on the Nexus 6. (I do use a case on my Nexus, better safe then sorry. You can buy it here)
Why It’s Still My Daily Driver
So, after seeing several other flagships released since it’s release, why do I still carry the Nexus 6? Simply put, the Nexus 6 is the best overall phone for me. It’s got a large and very good screen, decent battery life, great build quality, and a decent camera. Not to mention the loud front facing speakers and wireless charging to seal the deal completely. Sure, other phones like the LG G4 and Galaxy S6 have tempted me, but nothing has pulled me away from the Nexus 6 completely, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.