The Nexus 6 (VZW): 5 days with a gigantic phone.

So I’m on day 5 with a new Nexus 6, which is one of the biggest phones on the market, with a whopping 5.96″ screen.  This thing isn’t massive.  It’s gigantic.  A freak of nature.  The Shaquille O’Neal of phones.

I’m coming from a Moto X (2013), so the change is particularly jarring, considering that phone was one of the smallest (4.7″) of “high-end” smartphones.

I’ll try to keep my thoughts in bullet points, in respect to brevity:

  • The large screen is delightful.  It makes reading anything a joy.  I haven’t touched either of my tablets (2012 Nexus 7, Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition) since, as this is enough.  I might be going to eBay soon to get rid of them.
  • Lollipop is a breath of fresh air.  Not a device-specific observation here, but worth mentioning.  I’m actually actively trying to get as many Material Design apps in use as they’re just aesthetically pleasing.  Google did a great job here.
  • As should be expected of a large phone, the processing power has been ample thus far.  No skips, random glitches, nothing.  It’s only been 5 days, but I’ve been pushing it on purpose, trying to find the boundaries.  Nothing yet.
  • Battery life is insane.  Turbo-charging is insane.  I get battery anxiety, so this has been wonderful.  Not having to search for a USB port as much is a bigger stress reliever than should be expected.  I’ve gotten 30 hours with 6 hours screen-on time, with WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS on the whole time.  Wowsers.
  • I’m still adjusting to the size.  It’s awkward in my hands.  I miss the feel of the 2013 Moto X a little, which was well-suited to one-hand use.  Though I’m finding that two-handed use isn’t as inconvenient as I thought it might be, and any handling sins are forgiven with that big beautiful screen.
  • I have this paired with a Moto 360 smartwatch, which has made the cumbersome bulk of the Nexus 6 more manageable since I don’t have to dig it out of my pocket as often.  Handling notifications from the watch was nice with the Moto X, but definitely a bigger plus when your phone is this big.
That’s all I have for now.  I’m loving it so far.

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