Motorola Nexus 6 review: Setting the tone

Setting the tone

GSMArena team, 12 November 2014.

Phonebook

The contacts manager has received a thorough refresh in Android 5.0 Lollipop. The app features tabbed interface, which displays all contacts and the favorites.

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The contacts app

You can sync with multiple accounts including Google and Exchange. A button to add a new contact is constantly present in the bottom right corner - you can choose which account to sync the new addition with.

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Sync options adding a contact

Viewing a contact is a straightforward affair. Missing profile pictures are replaced by solid color.

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Viewing a single contact

Overall, the new contact manager boasts the usual high functionality. The new interface is pleasant to work with as well.

Telephony

The phone app in Android 5.0, like everything else, has been thoroughly redesigned. Its functionality however, is still a familiar affair.

Launching the app brings you to the recent calls section. You can open the dialer at any time - it is readily available via a button at the bottom right corner of the screen.

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The phone app

You have three tabs to choose from - speed dial, recent calls, and you phonebook.

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Checking out the tabs

The in-call screen features solid color and sleek animation. Its layout is easy to read and operate.

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The in-call display

The in-call quality of the Nexus 6 is superb. We tested the handset on AT&T in the United States and found nothing to frown at. Thanks to its metal frame that doubles as an antenna, there were no hiccups to report.

The Motorola Nexus 6 has stereo speakers on its front, which produce good quality audio. It's not very loud though, it's quieter than the the HTC One (M8) and Sony Xperia Z3. Those two also have stereo speakers, but scored an Average mark.

Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score
Motorola Nexus 6 66.5 66.2 66.3 Below Average
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 67.3 65.7 66.5 Below Average
Sony Xperia Z3 69.7 66.6 67.2 Average
HTC One (M8) 65.8 64.7 75.7 Average
HTC One (E8) 65.8 65.7 75.7 Average
LG G3 70.2 66.6 80.2 Good
Xiaomi Redmi 2 70.8 70.9 77.4 Very Good
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 74.7 73.5 81.6 Excellent


You can learn more about the test here.

Messaging and text input

You have two options to handle you texts out of the box - Google Hangouts and the stock messenger app. The latter has been thoroughly redesigned.

Hangouts has two pages - the first one shows all of your conversations, while the second lists the people you exchanged Hangouts with, plus suggested contacts and other contacts (a.k.a. from your phonebook).

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Google Hangouts

The stock messaging section is business as usual despite the new look. All SMS/MMS communication is organized into threads - each thread consists of all messages between you and one of your contacts.

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The Android 5.0 messaging app

The button to begin composing a message is located at the bottom right of the screen. It is bright in color, so you can't miss it.

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Composing a message

Gmail for Android has been thoroughly refreshed with the released of 5.0 Lollipop. The latest version of the app is now the only email client you will need on your Android device - it can handle any account you throw at it, including non-Google ones.

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Gmail for Android has become more talented

Overall functionality of the app has remained similar to the one it replaces. Swiping from the left reveals the inbox and the various email folders. You can also switch email accounts from the top left corner.

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The app in landscape mode

A button to start a new message sits at the top right bottom of the app. The composition screen holds no surprises.

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Composing a message

Google has found a cool way to tell you about the new Gmail functionality. There's still an icon for the generic email client. However, once pressed, it prompts you to go to Gmail.

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A clever way to tell you about Gmail's new functionality

As expected, the default Android keyboard has been refreshed too. It offers two sleek-looking, brand new skins - Material Dark and Material Light. The duo matches the new look of Android 5.0 Lollipop.

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The stock Android keyboard

Users who don't like change can choose the old Holo theme. Overall, the stock Android keyboard is one of the best in the business and a great option to have out of the box.

Reader comments

  • ANJANEYULU

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  • arrowzy

I want to u teach me how l can use my music to use a ringing tone on my Motorola Nexus 6.

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