Google’s Nexus 6 May Be Too Massive For Proper Now, However Proper-Sized For The Future
As Greg Kumparak famous within the TechCrunch evaluate of the Nexus 6, the telephone could be very giant. Too giant, actually, for many people. Again when it was only a rumor that Google can be choosing Motorola to offer the Nexus 6 hardware, and that it will certainly be a monster with a 6-inch show, I lamented the phabletization of the Nexus line earlier than it was even an actual factor. Now, I’ve had a while with the gadget, and whereas a part of me nonetheless feels the identical, one other half has to acknowledge that Google might have gotten it proper with a “go massive or go residence” technique for this era of hardware.
For me, and for almost some other on a regular basis consumer of the Nexus 6, there’s no query that one thing extra akin to the Nexus 5, albeit with simply higher battery life, a greater digital camera, improved specs and an up to date show would’ve been the preferable choice. Not least as a result of such an unexciting iteration would in all probability have been capable of maintain the fee down, which means you’d have one other nice pure Android choice at a fraction of the price of most locked, contract-solely units.
Which is nice, insofar as you think about the aim of the Nexus program to construct reasonably priced, straightforward-to-entry units with ergonomics aimed toward suiting the wants of the best variety of individuals. Nexus is just not a populist program, nevertheless – it’s a reference hardware initiative that Google undertook as a result of it needed to assist present OEMs how you can get probably the most out of Android, and since it needed builders to have the ability to construct for a selected set of standards that might principally serve them properly when their apps appeared on different Android units, too.
Some speculate that the Nexus 6 was truly simply one among many units that have been supposed to participate within the Android Silver program, which might’ve changed Nexus units with hardware from numerous OEMs that contained a pure model of Android with assured well timed updates. That principle means that the Nexus 6 is however certainly one of quite a lot of totally different sorts of smartphones, a few of which might’ve resembled the Nexus 5 extra intently, and theoretically been extra broadly-aimed units.
Even leaving that apart, nevertheless, the Nexus 6 looks like it matches the Nexus mould – it’s a tool that lets Google exhibit Android 5.zero on hardware that exemplifies a few of its greatest features. It additionally probably anticipates a future the place, somewhat than a cellular market divided amongst tablets and smartphones, most shoppers choose a single system with a big show however with all of the features they’ve come to anticipate in a telephone.
In my time testing the Nexus 6, it went from one thing that I discovered awkward to make use of and that may principally keep residence, to a tool I’d carry in lieu of a pill, stowed in a pocket or bag, and that I routinely used two-handed, with out desirous about how inconvenient it was to make use of single-handed. And whereas it nonetheless isn’t for everybody, it could be the Nexus Android wants, when it comes to lighting the trail ahead for what’s coming subsequent within the cellular system market.