Batteries, features and smooth operation: Nexus 6 continues to impress

Batteries, features and smooth operation: Nexus 6 continues to impress

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN - After launching the Nexus 6, Google was faced with manufacturing issues to meet the demand of consumers in a short period of time. Phones were selling out left, right and centre, and you would wonder how people are adapting to this massive six-inch smartphone.

Well, it seems they are adapting just fine to life with such a big device, because reviews have been raving good.

The "fast-charge" is one of the best features of the device that has been well-received by customers.

Mr Refresh would agree, because to this date he probably is still complaining about his device's battery life. Now with a large HD screen and more constantly connected applications, stronger cameras, battery use tends to be quicker. The new Google Nexus 6 has a battery of 3,220 mAh, but it still doesn't mean one-and-a-half day of use. It still dies at the end of the day, but now Google has wisely included Turbo Charge.

Turbo Charge is basically Qualcomm's Quick Charge 2.0 which already is available on some devices. Within just 15 minutes of being plugged in to the power outlet, The Nexus 6 will be good for six hours of usage. This is definitely a feature I yearn on my device, as sometimes at 6pm when I get back to the office after being out the whole day, I have 30 minutes to run through my e-mails and check on some paperwork. I plug the LG G2 in for 30 minutes and get maybe another one to two hours of use, which is no good to run throughout the night.

With Turbo Charge, that would solve a LOT of battery-less days.

Now to the software, that I've actually reviewed a while back, Android 5.0 Lollipop really is on top of the mobile OS game. I've had a waste of an Alpha version of Lollipop, and of course spent time with the updated Gmail and Calendar, and now the updated Google Maps, Android has never looked so pretty. Material Design is well incorporated in the software whilst maintaining and Android feel.

Since day one, there have been two highlights of Android's list of features: Notifications and Widgets.

Both features I cannot do without anymore. The drop down notification bar is definitely one of the best things to happen on a smart device. Now with Lollipop, the drop down notifications become smarter. You can opt to have a preview of the notification based on which applications you allow (definitely Gmail), whereas some group chats on WhatsApp you can do without, so you can turn that off.

Then you have the DND-mode. Many times I've missed calls and messages because I've gone in a meeting and have left it on Silent. If you're going to a movie, you can safely put your phone on DND-mode for three hours and be sure that sounds start coming back on after your movie has passed.

Same goes for most meetings or classes that you attend, whereby they usually have a time frame where you need the phone to be quiet.

The major architecture change internally is the support for 64-bit processors that changes the runtime within the Google operating system. This is mostly technical jibber jabber that users won't care about, but basically, it makes your phone feels much smoother than Android 4+.

With that said, Android 5.0 is not exclusive to Nexus 6 but it is definitely available right now via the Nexus. So, if you can't wait to get your hands on some Lollipop, or if you don't mind venturing into unknown phablet territory, or maybe you just want the best smartphone money can buy, the Nexus 6 won't let you down.

The only problem is finding a place that sells one now!

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