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See how big the Google Nexus 6 is next to every other Nexus smartphone

See how big the Google Nexus 6 is next to every other Nexus smartphone
Ever since Google launched its very first Nexus smartphone - the HTC-made Nexus One from 2010 - next-generation models brought not just better specs, but also larger bodies (with one notable exception). As you’ve surely heard, this year’s Nexus handset is the biggest of them all. Made by Motorola, the Google Nexus 6 sports a massive 6-inch display with 1440 x 2560 pixels, thus being what most of us are calling a phablet.

Last week, we showed you how the Nexus 6 stacked up against many of its rivals, and now it’s time to see what the device looks like next to every other Nexus smartphone - all five of them. This size comparison can be seen not just as an evolution of the Nexus line, but also as an evolution of smartphones in general, from 2010 - when most flagship handsets had screens smaller than 4 inches - to now, when almost all flagships are larger than 5 inches.

Of course, once the Nexus 6 is released (early next month), we’ll be able to compare it to lots of other handsets in real life. Until then, though, we have to use our reliable size compare tool to see just how big the new Google smartphone is. Check it out below:

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posted on 22 Oct 2014, 00:11 3

1. cboy83 (Posts: 10; Member since: 21 May 2014)

Put it side by side the xperia z3

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 00:21 1

4. Malcolm.Merlyn (Posts: 129; Member since: 28 Sep 2014)

pic #5 just look how far the nexus line has come! Cheers to progress!

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 03:40 2

21. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

Can wait for my white Nexus 6. I haven't been so pumped for a phone in a long time.

posted on 23 Oct 2014, 14:31

61. neela_akaash (Posts: 1229; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)

Looks ugly...

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 09:50

45. Sealblaighter (Posts: 299; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)

Nexus 6 is bigger than the Z3.

posted on 23 Oct 2014, 12:58

60. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

NEXUS IS THE KING Of smart phones. just wish SONY WOULD OF made a XPERIA NEXUS

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 00:14 23

2. frayo (unregistered)

No thx , way to big!

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 04:09 7

22. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2072; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

That's what she said. Sorry couldn't resist.

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 00:19

3. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 2195; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)

dwarfs also note 4.lol.

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 08:27 3

36. sipha (Posts: 438; Member since: 12 May 2012)

Nah, not realy!!

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 08:40 2

39. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

That's an extreme exaggeration. The 5.9" Google Nexus 6 is not THAT much bigger than the 5.7" Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

This "dwarfs":

This does not "dwarfs":

So let's not misuse the word dwarfs...

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 00:22 5

5. Lifengineer (Posts: 44; Member since: 15 Dec 2011)

I would buy it in a heart beat if I had the money!

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 00:22

6. Kjayhawk (Posts: 294; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)

To think the screen is only 1inch smaller than a tablet. I really love the new nexus screens big, but the only time I do use my phone is when I guess I would enjoy a bigger screen. Will purchase on contract and if the battery life holds up to a full days charge should be a good buy

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 00:31 7

7. Industriality (Posts: 131; Member since: 08 Sep 2014)

What annoys me most is the thickness. 10.06mm really ? An iPhone + is 7.1 ! And Note 4 8.6mm ! That's a huge disappointment ! Hadn't seen a 10mm thick phone for years...

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 02:25 3

16. mixedfish (Posts: 1327; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)

No idea why it's over 1cm thick especially on such a wide phone. The Xperia Z Ultra is 6.5mm and that was almost 2 years ago.

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 02:27 3

17. BLUEBLASTER (Posts: 409; Member since: 23 Feb 2014)

I will take thinkness any day so I can get a bigger battery in my phone!

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 03:34 11

20. UglyFrank (Posts: 1930; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)

The battery isn't even massive though,

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 02:37 9

18. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

Have you held the phone in person? No? Then don't complain.

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 05:05 4

23. Awalker (Posts: 1676; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)

It's tapered. The thickest point (the center) is 10mm.

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 06:15

29. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 1276; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)

And, the iPhone bends.... Give me a break. My 1st cell phone was way thicker, and many say give me a thicker phone with a bigger battery.

Can't when then all...... I saw a few hands on videos from the Verge and other sites.... It is becoming a go for me

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 07:07 2

33. mmaloney23 (Posts: 3; Member since: 22 Oct 2014)

i dont understand why a lot of people are obsessed with phone thickness. 10mm is still quite thin. have you helo an iphone 5 plus in you hand? it is the most uncomfortable phone to hold. slippery and has no substance. its to thin for me. and rememebr the nexus 6 is curved and tapered so the 10mm thick art is only about a 1/2" spine otherwise it tapers. look at the pics on the verge.com site, they have the best pics i have seen yet. looks sleek. now yes many dont want a 6" phone i agree. i have a nte and i am bordelring on this size. not sure why they didnt do 5.5 which would have appealed more to the masses but i will be gettign one. but thats just my opinion. but do make to much uot of thickness. i went to hold a moto x in my hand just to get a feel for the curved back and that is the most comfortabel phone i have held. your palm feels the whole back of the phone where with flat phone you hands only feel the edges as you palm if not resting on the back. i like the design.

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 08:46 1

40. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

It's a curved back. The edges are 4mm & it gradually gets to 10.06mm. It makes for GREAT ergonomics, & durability for a phone that is sporting a 5.9" screen.

Trust me it's going to look & feel great in the hand!

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 09:33 2

44. remixfa (Posts: 14604; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

If it were smaller I'd agree with you whole heartedly. However, its going to be hard to handle for many people due to its size regardless of how ergonomic it is.

Were going to get a lot of videos of idiots placing it on its back and watching it slide off tables and break since its not going to have a lot of friction to keep it in place. bet money.

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 10:45 1

48. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

Holy crap... remixfa how are you? BLAST from the past... from the glory days of PhoneArena.com. When there was a red thumbs down button. lol

See I have a Galaxy Note 3 & with no lying I can honestly use it with one hand. You have to hold it with your fingers more than with your palm of your hand. The curved back will ACTUALLY help you with holding it with your fingers so you can get that thumb to work.

I am a veteran of the phablet, & you really do get used to it. If you are new to the phablet, I am not gonna lie, there is a learning curve, but just like anything you will get past it. When I use my wife's Galaxy S5 the phone feels mini & I have to resort to holding it with the palm instead of my fingers.

+1 for actually seeing you. Man it's been a long while huh?

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 17:09 1

55. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

Kinda fun seeing the "old-timers" every once in a while. I kicked around some old posts looking for a name of a phone I couldn't remember a few weeks ago and the names have really changed...

I would own a L1520 right now if it were not 6" of massive slab. I agree with you SAE- once you get used to it, the Big Boned Phone (I hate Phablet) is managable. But, dang it... 6" is just too much. The BBP craze has moved the needle for sure- I want a 5" + or - .2" on my next device. But my wife's LG G Flex (also 6") and all the time I spent playing around L1520 just convinced me that once you crawl past the mid 5" mark you truly are sacrificing some of the "handy" of a smart phone.

More power to all you Big Boned Phone users- my Wife wants NOTHING to do with anything less then a 6" screen on her phones ever again. As for me, I always have said I want a vanilla Android if I ever got one. The Nexus just left me behind. Guess I will cheer for the exact Windows Phone I want or more Google Play editions.

posted on 23 Oct 2014, 09:08 1

58. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

snowgator, good to see you... It's also been a good long while. I saw Sniggly around the other day also!

I used to think just like you do, but once I forced myself to buy a 5.7" Note 3 I really got used to it. It's not that bad in my pocket & it's just awesome to type & surf the web. The BIG screen really, really makes a huge difference in how I interact with my mobile device.

It just makes it a much richer experience. Also the size of the phone helps me take steadier shots & my photos have also never looked better. Using my wife's Galaxy S5 even at 5.1" the phone is too small & now feels actually uncomfortable to wield.

Sometimes you really never know what you truly like until it's forced on you... You would be so surprised on how quickly things can change.


posted on 22 Oct 2014, 15:15 1

52. Jommick (Posts: 221; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)

Agreed, its the only reason going from my (now) adorable iPhone 5s to my current oPo was so doable - the slight curve in the back makes it just that much easier to use

posted on 23 Oct 2014, 09:13

59. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

That's so true. The HTC Droid DNA had the curved back & it was a pleasure to hold. I am glad you understand exactly what I am talking about.


posted on 22 Oct 2014, 15:24

53. RandomUsername (Posts: 808; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)

I'd rather have a thick phone with large battery and better ergonomics than a phone that bends...

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 00:31

8. vzw_customer (Posts: 14; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)

I'm waiting for vzw on preorder

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