Thursday, March 05, 2015

Nexus 6 as a Phone

The Nexus 6 is known for it's fantastic software, top of the line hardware, brilliant screen and camera.  The Google integration is top of the line.  As a data device and tablet it's nearly perfect.  But how does it work as a phone?

Pretty well really.  Calls complete quickly and the voice clarity is excellent.  Handset sound is clear and loud.  The dialer is unique and offers a great view into your contacts, letting you see frequently accessed contacts and a quick and functional search. No more scrolling through hundreds of contacts!  Each contact has their profile image from connected social networks and you can text, email or call them from the dialer screen.  The search at the top of the dialer screen searches both your contacts and local places - a very nice touch for calling nearby businesses.

I have found a few quirks in the phone though - switching from headset or handset audio to speaker has a noticeable delay in raising the audio level.  The proximity sensor is just wonky - sometimes after I take the phone away from my head, the screen remains black; sometimes when I'm holding the phone against my face the screen lights back up.  Normally not an issue, because with a phone this big I'll use my bluetooth handset more than holding it against my face.  Another delay is in the ring tone for incoming calls - it starts to play the ringtone, pauses a second, then restarts the ringtone.  Another minor software bug, but it should be fixed in a future update.

An interesting new feature is 'Caller ID by Google'.  This is a feature on the Nexus that uses reverse lookup over the web when a call comes in to identify who is calling based on web records of the phone number.

The messaging app works well, opening quickly and showing nicely threaded contacts.  Occasionally, you will get a bug pop up where an SMS will be re-sent several times.  Sprint and Motorola are working on a fix for that and it should be delivered in a future software update. In the messaging app, you can touch the contact icon and get a quick overview of their contact information.

Call network quality is one of the best I've found - even in known low-signal areas I have yet to drop a call.  Super solid radio performance for phone calls.

In a nutshell?  Even with a couple bugs, it's a great phone experience!

- Will England

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