The Nexus 6 Challenge continues with battery life disappointments! The Nexus 6 is packed with a giant 3,220mAh battery, the same size of battery that's in the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. You'd think battery life on a stock Android device would be stellar with that kind of battery size but... Well. You might want to watch our video.
When the Nexus 6 debuted, I was very excited about its 3220 mAh battery. Considering it had the same battery size as the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, which notably had a very substantial battery life; having a big battery on a phone that runs Stock Android with specs of a QHD or Quad HD display. Combining these together, I thought it would be the best of both worlds for the device’s performance and battery life.
Over the last two or three months of using the Nexus 6 as my daily driver, honestly, I am not impressed with the battery life at all. This kind of thing shocks me because you’d think that a Stock Android device (in terms of no custom user interfaces, skins, or widgets that would suck battery life. This is all Google-made software and Google-selected hardware); you’d think that you should have the best battery life for customization of Android 5.0 Lollipop (now running Android 5.0.2) and a huge 3220 mAh battery. The only battery that trumps that right now is the Droid Turbo with a 3900 mAh and this is a larger battery.
But with the Nexus 6, I haven’t been able to get over four hours of on-screen time. At CES, I had one day where I got a grand total of about 2 hours and 52 minutes on-screen time before my phone completely died. And this kind of thing really shocks me. It is real disappointing to find out that the Nexus 6 has almost terrible battery life.
While I may sound unfair to the Nexus 6, I have complete reason to say this stuff. Let’s consider the Galaxy Note 4—it runs Android 4.4.4 KitKat, has Quad HD 2K display AMOLED, same type of technology, and same battery size. It also runs TouchWiz, a battery sucking software user interface that runs on top of Android; yet despite this, it still gets around 4-5 hours of on-screen time. The Nexus 6 doesn’t even come close.
Additionally, the OnePlus One had 3100 mAh battery and consecutively got over 5-6 hours of on-screen time in my 30-day challenge; granted it has a 1080p display, probably a huge portion of it. But then again, the Galaxy Note 4 has Quad HD display and still gets over 5 hours sometimes. I may sound harsh on the Nexus 6 without wanting to. But with its bad battery life and huge battery size, it just doesn’t add up.
Let me know what your thoughts are on the Nexus 6.