Google’s flagship Nexus 6 phone is on sale on Amazon at $350, a 46 percent discount from the usual $650 for the 32GB model. The 64GB one is going for $400.
While I haven’t tried the Nexus 6, the specs suggests one helluva e-reader, with a 5.96″ AMOLED screen with 1440×2560 resolution—a stunning 493 pixels per inch. No mystery as for the reason for the discount. Newer Nexus models are on the way and could be unveiled later this month.
So have any members of the TeleRead community tried the 6 as an e-reader, and if so, what’s your verdict? How do you feel about the screen size, from an e-reading perspective?
For positive reviews, check out TechRadar and Android Authority (video), and for a negative one, go to Ars Technica.
The big issue from an e-reading perspective, is that some users reported a pinkish screen when they cranked down the brightness. But here’s a YouTube showing how to fix that problem by turning off adaptive brightness.
Battery life is not going to be the same as on an E Ink device, of course, but going by reviews, it’s about the same as many other phablets and the phone comes with a quick charger. Android Authority rates the battery life at 12 full hours on a single charge.
Also of interest, to cheapsakes like me, is that the Nexus 6 will work with some pre-paid discount phone services such as TracFone—and offers all kinds of other options in its unlocked incarnation, the one on sale at Amazon.
What’s more, as a Google brandname phone, the Nexus 6 will be first in line for updates of the Lollipop operating system and successors. That counts. Some recent e-reading apps, like the superb Voice Dream for Android, won’t work if you’re too far behind.
Meanwhile, if you prefer to keep your old phone, despite the new models from Apple and the forthcoming ones from Google, here are some tips.
Related: Tips and tricks YouTube for the Nexus 6, as well as instructions for setting it up for TracFone.