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Verizon’s Google Nexus 6 review: It takes two

If you’re not an ’80s child, you might not get my headline reference to Rob Base’s It Takes Two song. In this case, I’m referring to hands – it takes two hands to operate Verizon’s Google Nexus 6, which was a downside for me. I’m sure I’d get used to it eventually but I’m pretty happy being able to one-hand my iPhone 5s and snap a quick photo.

If you haven’t figured it out yet, I judge phones mostly by what they can do for me in the camera department. I also own a DSLR and several point-and-shoot cameras but I want to be able to rely on my phone for great photos, too, because I’m not always able to carry a dedicated camera. I want images I can share with friends and family on social media and use for work purposes, too, which means they need to be high enough quality to be printable at least as large as 4-inches by 6-inches.

I loved the vividness of the “pixel-rich, 6-inch Quad HD display” on the Nexus 6. The phone features a 13-megapixel camera with HDR+ and optical image stabilization as well as a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. There was something on the camera called photo sphere and to be honest I wasn’t able to figure it out but here’s a link to that tip and five other Nexus secret features you might not know about.

I used the camera while on a research trip in Rochester, New York, and the nearby Finger Lakes area, so I got lots of chances to shoot some beautiful outdoor subjects. I’ve included unedited samples of similar views taken with Nexus 6 and with my iPhone 5s.

Here are some samples.

Taken with Nexus 6

Taken with Nexus 6 (unedited)

Taken with iPhone 5s

Taken with iPhone 5s (unedited)

Taken with Nexus 6 (unedited)

Taken with Nexus 6 (unedited)

Taken with iPhone 5s (unedited)

Taken with iPhone 5s (unedited)

Taken with Nexus 6 (unedited)

Taken with Nexus 6 (unedited)

Taken with iPhone 5s (unedited)

Taken with iPhone 5s (unedited)

Taken with Nexus 6 (unedited)

Taken with Nexus 6 (unedited)

Taken with iPhone 5s (unedited)

Taken with iPhone 5s (unedited)

Interested in a more technical review of Verizon’s Nexus 6? Check out Aaron’s review.

Disclaimer: Verizon provided me a three-week loaner of this product for purposes of this review. Views of the product are my own. You can find more reviews of Verizon products and accessories on Instagram and Twitter by following the hashtag #vzreview.

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Hands-down and hands-free: my pick of Verizon Bluetooth headphones

Verizon's LG Tone Infinim headset

Verizon’s LG Tone Infinim headset

I’ve been in the market for a pair of high-end headphones to use to listen to music as well as to conduct hands-free telephone interviews. Verizon Midwest provided me with two different Bluetooth options to try out for several weeks each: Tracks Air by Motorola X SOL REPUBLIC and the LG Tone Infinim headset.

These were two completely different styles but I wasn’t sure which I would prefer until I tried them out. The Tracks Air is an over-ear headphone while the LG Tone Infinim headset sits around your neck.

Tracks Air by Motorola X SOL REPUBLIC

Verizon’s Tracks Air by Motorola X SOL REPUBLIC

While music sounded great on the Tracks Air, telephone conversations didn’t sound as good. Those on the other end of the line said I sounded fine, but the over-the-ear design made me feel like I was talking in a small enclosure. My own voice echoed in my head. My husband used the headset to mow one day and that same design was a plus when it came to canceling the noise of the mower.

LG Tone Infinim headset

Verizon’s LG Tone Infinim headset

Hands-down, though, the LG Tone Infinim was my favorite of the two because of the versatility of listening to music and making phone calls. I have small eardrums yet the earbuds fit well. I loved that the cords for each earbud were retractable since I always seem to get headphone cords tangled within minutes. And, surprisingly, the headset was so light that I actually forgot it was sitting on my neck (it weighs less than 2 ounces).

Disclaimer: Verizon provided three-week loaners of each headset for purposes of this review. Views of the products are my own. You can find more reviews of Verizon products and accessories on Instagram and Twitter by following the hashtag #vzreview.

 

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