NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Motorola makes great Android phones, with the Moto X, the reasonably-priced Moto G and all the Droid-branded phones just to name a few. As Google (GOOG) likes to showcase its bleeding-edge Android wares by creating Nexus devices along with top-line manufacturers, choosing Motorola was a no-brainer to make the new Nexus 6 smartphone.
The Nexus 6 is a very large smartphone, or a very small tablet that can make and receive calls. Think of it in terms of Apple (AAPL) iPhone 6 Plus large, which is currently the trend.
The Nexus 6 is a collection of top-of-the-line components squeezed into the handset, which measures 6.27 by 3.27 by 0.40 inches and weighs 6.49 ounces. For those who like to compare, the iPhone 6 Plus is 6.22 by 3.06 by 0.28 inches and weighs 6.07 ounces. The iPhone is slightly more squared off while the Nexus is a little more rounded with the infamous Moto battery hump on the back.
Nexus 6 has a 5.96-inch touchscreen display that's capable of delivering a density of 493 pixels per inch (ppi) from its 2560 by 1440 pixels and is protected by the latest version of Corning (GLW) Gorilla Glass. By comparison, the iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5-inch screen with a 401 ppi rating.
The latest Nexus smartphone runs on a 2.7 GHz, quad-core, Qualcomm (QCOM) Snapdragon 805 processor, comes with 3 GB of RAM and either 32GB or 64GB of built-in storage, with no option for micro-SD card expansion. There is a 13MP camera on the back (that uses a Sony (SNE) sensor) and a 2 MP shooter on the front. That rear camera features auto-focus and optical image stabilization systems as standard equipment. It is capable of capturing images measuring up to 4128 by 3096 pixels as well as 2160p videos at 30 frames-per-second.
That top-to-bottom battery hump hides a non-user-replaceable, 3220 mAh, rechargeable battery pack, which Google says it's good for as much as 24 hours of talk time and nearly 14 days of standby. In our tests, we were able to get a full day of heavy use - including checking email, Google+, Facebook (FB) and Twitter (TWTR) accounts, watching video from Netflix (NFLX) and Time Warner Cable (TWC) as well as stream music from Spotify and Tidal. The Nexus 6 also boasts Qualcomm's Quick Charge technology which gives you up to 6 hours of battery life from a 15 minute charge, a welcomed feature.
Also included in the Nexus 6 are the latest Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and NFC connectivity features. In addition, the Nexus 6 works on all U.S. major carriers right out of the box. Of course you'll need the a proper nanoSIM card from your carrier but the same phone can be used with Verizon (VZ) , AT&T (T) , Sprint (S) , T-Mobile (TMUS) and U.S. Cellular (USM) -- a welcomed change for what we've become used to.