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You can now pre-order Google's Nexus 6

You can now pre-order Google's Nexus 6

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Google has opened up pre-orders for its Nexus 6 today, The flagship Android 5.0 Lollipop phone starts at $649 for a 32GB model, and you can also bump up to 64GB of storage for $699. It's unclear how much inventory Google had to start with: both sizes sold out almost instantly — though additional stock may return throughout the day. All four major US carriers will be carrying the Nexus 6, but on-contract pricing isn't official just yet. Nexus 6 comes in two colors: a "midnight blue" version with a black rear shell and blue metal frame, or "cloud white" with a white back and silver frame.

Google is also offering six free months of Google Play Music All Access to Nexus buyers, but it's not that great of a deal since it excludes the company's most loyal users. If you've subscribed to Play Music through a trial or by paying monthly at any point over the last year, you're not eligible for the new Nexus offer. Oh well.

The Motorola-made device is a powerhouse with its quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor and 3GB of RAM. But the big question to ask yourself is whether you'll be able to handle that enormous 5.9-inch display. If so, you'll be staring at an ultra-sharp Quad HD display. Perhaps it's best to put it this way: if you're buying one, just throw the idea of one-handed use out the window. In Google's defense, a growing number of consumers are clearly willing to make that sacrifice.

The Nexus 6 also features dual front speakers and optical image stabilization for its 13-megapixel camera — both upgrades over what you'd get from a Moto X. Most important to many buyers is the software: Nexus 6 is the first Android smartphone to ship with the new Lollipop OS and its refreshed visual design. We've already covered some great new features of Android 5.0, and we'll have a whole lot more on Google's new software and the Nexus 6 soon.

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