The 2014 version of Motorola's Moto X has definitely been a surprise. A surprise in a good way, as many were not sure what the follow-up would be from the 2013 version. It turned out that this year's Moto X will end up as a frontrunner for one of the best smartphones of 2014.
At the time, little did we know that Motorola was also working on the Nexus 6, a massive photocopy of the 2014 Moto X, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.
As per my previous review of the Moto X, the device is extremely refined now, and a larger version of the Moto X is definitely an interesting addition to the smartphone world.
The six-inch device is really a massive phablet. Comparing it to other competitors at 5.5 and 5.7-inches, the Nexus 6 is a behemoth.
However, Motorola's addition of a curved back, that lets the Moto X sits so comfortably in your palm, doesn't help the Nexus 6 fit in your hand further.
Six inches probably sounds like a lot, and it is. But in a world where the iPhone is 5.5 inches, what's another 0.5 inches? The previous iPhone was a mere four-inch device, so it is a major jump of 1.5-inches in screen real estate.
The Nexus 6 has a Quad HD AMOLED screen with a 2,560x1,440 resolution, and it is the first device with a screen that big with that resolution. No, it's not as dense as other smaller screen phones, but you probably would not be able to see any pixels.
Reviews still show a really bright and vibrant screen that performs well at steep viewing angles and under bright sunlight. The AMOLED reproduces the whites really bright and blacks really deep, so it is a pretty good screen.
As for the camera, Motorola included a 13-megapixel sensor, which is much needed. The previous line of Nexuses was never really stellar in performance, so the 13-mp shooter from Moto is most welcome, paired with Google's bare interface camera.
The hardware is wrapped up with the fastest Snapdragon 805, clocked in at a 2.7GHz quad core processor and 3GB of RAM.
Battery is listed at 3,220 mAh with a reported talked time of 24 hours and a standby of 300 hours, along with wireless charging capabilities. The even sweeter part is the ability to regain six hours of power with just 15 minutes of charging with a specialised Turbo charger featuring Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 Technology.
In terms of software, of course there's Android 5.0. Lollipop is the sweetest new operating software from Google Android. It's pretty to look at, smooth as butter, and everything pulls your eye to it.
The new 5.0 update introduces the new interface design as per my review earlier this year, known as Material. The Material UI is colourful, transparent, minimalistic and uses basic shapes to make up the design.
A new heads-up feature is also added, which allows your pop-up dialogue box for your favoured notifications. Another nice addition is the unlocking of the device with a separate Bluetooth unit, such as the Moto 360 or LG G watch.
The best change is the multi-tasking feature, that is now known as Overview, that allows a very detailed view of all apps that are open at the same time.
The Nexus 6 is so big, so Motorola shifted volume buttons to the side of the device, with dual speakers on the top and bottom of the device, creating a BoomSound-like surround sound. The Nexus 6 is very good looking, with an aluminium strip on its frame that acts like the antenna with a matte plastic back finish.
The signature Motorola dimple is on the back of the device with the Nexus logo inlaid below the logo. The camera lens is surrounded with an LED ring-flash which is a really nice touch to the back of the device.
The device is listed at 6.27 inches tall, 3.27 inches wide and 0.4 inches thin.
With the 32GB variant of the Nexus now US$250 (S$324) more than its predecessor, the US$649 entry level 16GB is now a standard price high-end smartphone.
Unlike previous Nexus' where the best specs were available at much lower prices, the 32GB now stands at US$699. Perhaps this is a signal that the Nexus is going premium and won't be as cheap as before.
Is it going to be the best Nexus ever? You bet it is.