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The 2015 Nexus phone launch: Android Central editor roundtable

As we cruise toward one of our favorite times of year, where we see the final release of a new version of Android and some fancy hardware to accompany it, we like to do a little roundtable of our thoughts on the upcoming announcements. The editors here at Android Central have deep thoughts on everything Android-related, but new Nexuses are definitely at the front of our minds right now.

We're going to look back at past Nexus launches, where Nexus fits in the Android world today, and of course what we're expecting from this year's phones.

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The definition of 'Nexus' has changed a bit over the past few years. Or maybe it hasn't. What does it mean to you?

Phil Nickinson: Google's phone. OK, that's a little bit of a cop-out. Because that means Nexus really is whatever Google wants it to mean. Back in the day maybe it was really "developer device." But while that's definitely not the case now, I'm still not sure it's truly a consumer device. Or maybe it's just in that weird in-between state that so many phones are in now. Decent specs, mid-range price.

No waiting on upgrades, no software bloat, and the ability to buy unlocked without any carrier shenanigans

Alex Dobie: I think there've been two different types of Nexus. Firstly, you've got the developer devices that move the platform forward in some way, like the Nexus 9 with its 64-bit processor (which, let's face it, would've been a better consumer device with a Snapdragon SoC), or the Galaxy Nexus with its high-DPI screen, or the Nexus S with NFC. Then you've got devices that get released because Google just wants to sell a phone or tablet — things like the Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 6 or Nexus 10 that don't include any groundbreaking new stuff. As a brand, the perks for consumers are clear: No waiting on upgrades, no software bloat, and the ability to buy unlocked without any carrier shenanigans.

Russell Holly: For me, Nexus has always been Google's guiding hand for the next thing Android should be doing or including. It's what Google thinks the mobile world should look like, and it's also a good non-emulator target for developers. I wouldn't go so far as to call any one Nexus phone a developer phone, but at the same time it's usually a great place for developers to start. That didn't really make anything more clear.

Andrew Martonik: Sure the "definition" may have changed from an enthusiast perspective, but from Google's perspective I think what "Nexus" means has always been pretty fluid. Each iteration of Nexus has been about pushing the Android world forward for that year it's available, whether that's with a certain design, feature, price, spec or just whole idea for what an Android phone should represent. Of course a Nexus always represents Google's vision of hardware and software designed for one another and working together, which in itself tries to guide the industry.

We've had six iterations of Nexus phone. Which one stands out the most for you?

Phil: For me it was the original Nexus One. And some of that is just a matter of circumstance. I'd just started this job full-time a few weeks earlier. It was one of my first hands-ons at my first CES. It was what I took on my first trip to Mobile World Congress. First phone for a custom ROM.

So, yeah. Pretty much like my first child.

Alex: For me, it comes down to which Nexus I ended up using the most during its time. And I used the absolute crap out of the Galaxy Nexus. Ice Cream Sandwich was a huge change from the Android we'd known up to that point. And although it was a plastic-bodied gadget, the new visual style and high-res screen made it seem like a futuristic phone. The GNex also got the first shot at Jelly Bean, a hugely important release for performance and fluidity that made it seem like a new phone all over again. And it's that which kept me using it over more up-to-date hardware in 2012.

Galaxy Nexus pushed Google to focus on building a consumer product and not a cool nerd toy

Russell: The Nexus that stood out the most for me was the Galaxy Nexus. Samsung's partnership with Google lead to some unique thoughts for design, and really pushed Google to focus on building a consumer product and not a cool nerd toy that made phone calls, which as it turns out was a lot harder for this company than it probably should have been. It was the first Nexus phone I felt was worth recommending to people who weren't techy people.

Andrew: Though my favorite Nexus for the time was probably the Galaxy Nexus, I'd say the one that stands out most for me is the Nexus 4. The Nexus 4 kicked things up significantly in terms of design, specs and features, but for me the most important parts of the launch were the price and direct-to-consumer sales through Google Play.

Google stumbled at first with sales and distribution, to be certain, but offering a great phone at (for the time) a seriously impressive price for anyone to buy unlocked and put their SIM in was really important. We can see the fruits of that experiment now with subsequent Nexus releases.

No phone is perfect, but was there a particular Nexus phone that seemed to be a big misstep?

The Galaxy Nexus was an odd one — the name, the hype, the failure

Phil: The Galaxy Nexus was an odd one. Start with the name. It's the only Nexus phone to align itself with its manufacturer that was. On one hand it makes sense — that's right when Samsung's Galaxy line was really starting to take off, and chances are there as some money at play in the decision to include that branding. But it also was the first Nexus phone that started to copy the hype of other mainstream devices — and then failing to live up to it. Then there was the whole thing about the Sprint version, and updates, and it basically turned into a bit of a nerd mess.

Alex: For me, the most disappointing Nexus wasn't a phone, it was the original Nexus 7 tablet. That thing was great for about a month, but I've yet to speak to anyone whose 2012 Nexus 7 didn't turn into a bag of performance issues and software weirdness with time. Successive updates helped things out eventually, but by then we had the (far superior) 2013 model.

A close second: The Nexus Q. I've still got that big useless orb sitting behind me as I write this.

Russell: The Nexus 5 didn't feel like a Nexus to me. There was nothing special about the hardware, nothing groundbreaking like the previous Nexus phones. It was Google's first solid effort in selling and offering support for a phone entirely on their own, and it felt like a sad iterative bump over the Nexus 4. The nearly instant shutter that was revealed with the previous generation was gone, the rubbery exterior wasn't all that great, and the only thing anyone ever says about the phone was how great it was "for the price" instead of any one killer feature.

Andrew: I, too, have to pick the Galaxy Nexus here. The launch was muddied and not very consumer-facing, the partnership with Samsung that led to actually having "Galaxy" in the product name was confusing, and the extremely poor worldwide distribution really took the wind out of its sails.

The Verizon version of the phone was a complete failure, if I have to be honest, and it severely limited the ability of anyone in the U.S. to get ahold of the unlocked model as well. (Not to mention the release of a Sprint model some seven months later.) The situation wasn't much better elsewhere in the world, where distribution was horrible, pricing was amazingly inconsistent, and nobody really knew where to get one or who'd support it after purchase.

Nexus phones have never had a huge market share, but neither are they 'developer Phones' any more. Are they still relevant?

Phil: The middle is a crowded space these days, with lots of big players. And the Nexus line maybe lives somewhere between there and the high end, though with a much simpler software scheme. Are these mid-range phones? Are these "beta" platforms for the Android software? All of the above, maybe. Or maybe they are still a developer-type device — nothing else is as easily tinkered with and reverted to working form, with readily available factory images. (Thanks, fastboot oem unlock!)

Alex: So long as Google is willing to deploy Nexuses within the notoriously difficult U.S. carrier system, they'll be more than "developer phones." If Google only wanted to sell basic hardware for app development, it could do that. (In fact, it did do that with the ADP1 and ADP2 dev phones way back when.) As for relevance, they're never going to challenge the big names like Samsung, LG and even HTC. Instead, I think, it's more about putting Android and Google out there as a consumer-facing brand — and making pure Android, which is a great experience for normal folks as well as nerds, available to the public at large.

Russell: As Google demonstrated with the Nexus 6, there's something about using a big phone we haven't quite figured out yet. Google's efforts to make a large phone easier to use through Material Design, a visual platform that modifies itself to whatever screen size you are using, wasn't quite enough. There's still something missing in that experience, and because the Nexus of this past year didn't properly solve any one thing it's easy to dismiss its relevance. I think with this coming release we'll see Google get back to solving problems with their hardware partners, and that will help everyone see the relevance again.

Nexus phones still work to push the Android industry in a certain way that fits Google's vision

Andrew: I most certainly think that Nexus phones are still relevant, even if they may not have a large market share or mind share in the grand scheme of Android phones. As noted in the first question, I feel Nexus phones still work to push the Android industry in a certain way that fits Google's vision. But even on their own as a single (or in the case of this year, two) phone release they still stand as solid devices. Even if they're not industry-leading in their specs or price, they can still be relevant as another solid phone choice.

Nexus phones have never really been the best in the camera department, though they have gotten better in the last couple of models. What are your expectations this time around?

Phil: I admit, I'm jaded. I've been promised too much, too many times, from too many Nexus phones. That's not to say the last few have been horrible — the Nexus 5 grew into a decent shooter, and the Nexus 6 was OK in its own right — the damned thing's just too big. What'll really be interesting is what happens if indeed we get a pair of phones this year. Will we have to sacrifice camera quality in one for features from another? Or am I just borrowing trouble there?

The fact that LG seems to have gotten its (very proprietary) laser autofocus tech into a Nexus is enough to give me hope

Alex: Don't listen to Russell and Phil. The fact that LG seems to have gotten its (very proprietary) laser autofocus tech into a Nexus is enough to give me hope. Huawei has a patchier track record in imaging, but remember this is also the company behind the Honor 6 Plus and its crazy dual-camera, super-low-light tech. I think Google is experienced enough to navigate any licensing issues, and that Russell and Phil will be sharing amazing photos from their Nexus 5X and Nexus 6Ps not long after this article goes live.

Russell: I have zero expectations for the camera on the next Nexus hardware. I think Google is fighting against forces it can't control, against closed source and expensive camera software, and as a result the Nexus line will never have one of the best cameras in the lineup. I would love to be wrong, but there's a good chance the cameras on these phones will once again be just OK.

Andrew: I'm optimistic that Google is continuing to focus on improving Nexus cameras, but my standards for what defines a "good" camera on a Nexus are pretty low. The Nexus 5 and 6 can both take good pictures, but they're still far from the experience you get on other leading phones of the past two years, particularly in speed and consistency. Working within the constraints of wanting open source camera firmware and not paying for the best camera software tech out there hurts it, and we'll just have to see how far they've come with another year.

Besides a decent camera, what are you looking for most in the new Nexus phone(s)?

Will it (they) last me through the year? Or be supplanted by something else before then?

Phil: Again, that's the big question if we do get two phones. Is having fingerprint scanning capability built into the Android source code that big a deal? Or maybe it's just about having all the new bells and whistles in a single platform, long before most other phones will ever get them. The real question for me is how long I'll use the new Nexus(es). Will it (they) last me through the year? Will it (they) be supplanted by something else before then?

We'll see.

Alex: It's been a long time since I've been able to use a Nexus as my daily driver. So aside from a camera to match what's happening elsewhere in the high-end world, I want battery life that's acceptable to a normal human (hi Nexus 5), and a screen that isn't terrible in daylight and in the dark (sup Nexus 6).

Russell: I want Google to crush performance and battery life. We're looking at a generation of phones coming up with 4GB of RAM, insane processors for mobile devices, 2K displays, and well over 3,000mAh batteries in same cases, yet the overall performance and battery life struggles to keep up with what Apple can manage with half the hardware.

I don't want the next Nexus to be smoother and faster than most other Android phones that probably will get you through a day. I want an amazing user experience that will without a doubt get me from the beginning of the day to the end.

Andrew: I want to see something that supports and runs Android 6.0 impeccably, and puts that new software out there supported by the hardware features and design that people actually want. Fingerprint sensors will be a welcomed addition, but we also want a phone that feels nice and won't feel like you're compromising using it just to get the new software. In the end I'd love to see Nexuses return to more reasonable pricing as well, somewhere closer to what the Nexus 5 debuted at, but I'm not super confident that'll be the case.

Andrew was an Executive Editor, U.S. at Android Central between 2012 and 2020.

105 Comments
  • I have the Nexus 6, and it's by far the best phone I've ever owned. I don't get the disdain by the reviewers... I easily use this phone with one hand (so does my buddy). I'm six foot (at a stretch); not a giant. Not sure if these guys have tiny hands but it's certainly not 'too big'. The phone is lightning fast, has a big bright screen, and takes great pictures. I'm assuming they're pulling at hairs when they talk against any of these features. It's the first time that I don't feel the need to upgrade, which might make this the first year I'll have passed on a new generation of phones. A finger print scanner sounds cool, but more or less gimicky... I'm all for gimmicks (don't get me wrong), but I'm not looking to down size my screen for that. We'll have to wait and see this Tuesday.
  • Agree with everything except "great pictures" I'd say adequate pictures. Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • I agree with everything the Nexus 6 is a great phone and except for the battery life, which I hope Android 6.0 Marshmallow will fix. Posted via the Android Central App via My Nexus 6
  • I have always like the Nexus brand, and getting the latest updates. With that said. I could see why Google was looking to drop the Nexus devices, especially with Google's project Ara. If that can ever get off the ground and running, then there would be no need for the Nexus devices. Think about it for a minute. A project Ara device could perpetually keep going on upgrades on both software and hardware. So here is hoping that the new Nexus (project Ara) can take off sooner than later.
  • My thoughts exactly Posted via the Android Central App
  • I 100% agree. The Nexus 6 user experience is out of this world. It's like driving a super modded sports car with none of the extra bullcrap. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Some of the disdain coming from reviewers other than the size was due to performance issues caused of forced encryption. Google didn't Implement any changes to the kernel to optimize the SoC or switch to neon encryption until 5.1 six months after launch. That gave it a huge performance boost out of the box
  • I was looking at the Nexus 6 when it first came out. My Note 4's battery died in the Tmobile store. I popped off the back of my Zerolemon case, took out the stock battery, and inserted the fully charged 10,000mAh battery. Then I realized I was supposed to be checking out the Nexus 6. Sprint Galaxy Tab 4, because I don't need a Super High-End tablet.
  • I have a nexus 6 and I completely agree. Best choice for me. However, the camera is a little inconsistent, and I run into lag a little more than I would like (though that happens with every phone). Im also no giant (5'10, almost 5'11") with average hands and manage to use the phone almost entirely one handed. Very little do I have to use my left hand, and even then it's only because it feels better-it's not a necessity Posted from my amazingly smexy Nexus 6, powered by CM
  • Yeah I am with you. I don't get the guy saying the 6 has a bad screen. Completely off base. Works great in daylight.
  • I have a Nexus 6 as well. I have no desire to upgrade. This phone is so fast and smooth. Battery is good and so is the camera. There just isn't anything out there or coming out that is an upgrade to me. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Russells last comment. That. If Apple put a 3000mA battery in an iPhone... It would have ridiculous battery life. And the fluidity of ios still trumps Android and it pains me to say that. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Not on the nexus 6... But everyone ignores that phone. Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • just because you own one doesn't mean it's the only good experience. Nexus 5 | T-Mobile $30 Plan
  • No buts it one of the few Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • There are quite a few. I'd say every Nexus since the 4 is lag free. I used to play with mine until it got destroyed (for fun) on Lollipop 5.1 and it was not laggy at all. Same can be said about the N7 (2013). The S6 is quite fast, same with the G4, Moto G 2015 and Moto X Pure Edition. My mom's boyfriend just got a Moto X 2014 and it's also impressively speedy.... that dim display though. Nexus 5 | T-Mobile $30 Plan
  • I consider battery life to be apart of an experience and the s6 can't deliver there, also there are several known software consistently issues on the G4 but I really like the build of the S6. Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • I consider features part of the experience and no Nexus can match up to LG, htc or Samsung. +++ Insert witty signature, watch as others not get it, profit +++
  • If there is any one feature I want on a nexus it's multi windows when I had an s5 I used it all the time. Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • I'm still using my Nexus 5 and it runs great still. It's only gotten better with new android versions.
  • Or the droid turbo..... Posted via the Android Central App
  • I dont think the fluidity of iOS trumps an optimized version of android such as stock anymore. iOS does have some great animations but overall the fluidity of each has been been about equal as of late IMO
  • 100% this. It''s just the truth. Apple may be stingy with certain things, but that's because they know what's truly important and how to optimize the iPhone so that it works, both on the hardware and software level, even though spec-wise they don't have 3- 4 GB of RAM, or a 4,000 mAh battery. I'm a proponent of bigger batteries in Android phones, but that's because Android has yet to fully optimize both ends of the spectrum. Samsung is attempting to do so, but I think Google should lead the way by being the standard of how Android operates. We'll see if Marshmallow addresses these issues. Posted via the Android Central App
  • If you're into a close walled garden developer environment sure... but that's no fun. Also it's pretty lame that everyone's phone looks and works exactly the same basically coming from the locked up closed garden...
  • I have a "Pure Calculator". It only does addition and subtraction, but who needs bloat like a multiplication feature when I can calculate 6x3 by adding 6 three times? And it does that addition buttery smooth.
  • Man, you don't quit I'll give you that. Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • lol, that's actually pretty funny!
  • I'm actually starting to like the guy myself. He's the Richard Yarrell of saying crazy things. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Nahh Rogue is a shit sipper Delivered by my Shamu
  • You've basicaly described the stock Android calculator. Posted via Android Central App
  • I'm still rocking my Nexus 5 on the M preview and I have no desire to upgrade to the 2015 Nexus Flagships, if I were to upgrade to anything right now, it'd be the Nexus 6. The new ones specs and renders just don't seem to do it for me. Posted via the Android Central App on My Nexus 5
  • I gave my wife my N5 when I upgraded to the N6 and it is still going strong! It runs extremely well on Lollipop and I believe Marshmallow will extend its usefulness by way of the new power-saving standby enhancements.
  • Mines still rocking too but it's time for an upgrade.
  • Love my nexus 6 and agree with all of you. The only thing that I don't like about the nexus 6 is how wide they made the phone. Had it been a little slimmer but kept the same screen size this phone would be perfect for me. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The Nexus 6 has zero ergonomics that's why. Go grab a Note 5 and you'll see the difference. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The Note 5 feels cheap and glassy. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Totally fine to dislike the feel of the Note 5... But not sure how you can say it feels cheap.
  • ^ my nick is the answer
  • It didn't take long for a hater to come and bash the Nexus 6. Posted via the Android Central App via My Nexus 6
  • Yep, every time I post a complaint about the width, people act like I'm the only one who sees an issue with it. It's too wide, full stop. I loved most everything else about the N6 (save for horrible outdoor visibility). If it was as narrow as the Note 5, I'd still have it.
  • It's really easy to get nailed to the nerd cross around here. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Idk... I'm using mine one handedly right now...
    As for outdoor visibility, I've had no problem. And CM only improved it Posted from my amazingly smexy Nexus 6, powered by CM
  • never had a problem seeing the phone outside, and i can one hand it fine...
  • Every time I post about how the width is perfect people act like I'm the only one who thinks so. It's the perfect width, full stop.
  • I personally like how wide the Nexus 6 is especially when playing games and watching movies. Posted via the Android Central App via My Nexus 6
  • I want it to have the best screen, best camera, five day battery life, and super premium materials. BUT it can't cost more than 100 dollars off contract otherwise WHY ARE EVEN BOTHERING GOOGLE!? -Nexus Nerds Posted via the Android Central App
  • LOL!
  • yeah I don't get the people that want the world at a basement price. give me decent specs, decent hardware, current features, and strong battery life to go along with stock, and I'll gladly pay market value.
  • Same here brother Posted via the Android Central App
  • PREACH! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Russell's point about battery life is dead on. I don't want decent, i want great. there's no reason we should have to worry about charging during the day in 2015. if the Nexus is supposed to be an example of what other OEMs should strive for, it can start with battery after an extremely disappointing year.
  • +1 Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • Some guy on another site says he gets 2 days battery life on his Nexus 6. He couldn't possibly be a Nexus groupie lying about that, could he?
  • He has to be lying. I've tried every trick in the book to get my Nexus 6 to last a day and half and just can't do it. I get twelve hours a day with moderate use. Posted via the Android Central App
  • No, Nexus 6 with M Preview and the battery savings options "on" can go two days, but performance takes a huge hit.
  • You can get 2 days battery life, just don't use it. I'm happy getting 3-4 hours straight SOT playing games before the 16% warning comes on
  • Until recently, I could easily go (7am-11pm) and have ~70% battery left on my N6 with occasional use throughout the day. I don't know if it's the last one or two GPS/Security updates, but the Cell Radio now used a lot more battery than previously, leaving me at ~40-50% with the same usage pattern.
  • Amen! Posted via the Android Central App
  • I loved the 4 and the 5. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Same here, they jumped the shark with the N6. Posted via Android Central App
  • "For me, Nexus has always been Google's guiding hand for the next thing Android should be doing or including." Maybe it used to be that way. But "now that everyone else has a fingerprint scanner, and now that it's important for things like Android Pay, let's integrate one into the phone and API" isn't a guiding hand. Android needs the capability into the API, so I'm glad it's coming. And once it's in the API, everyone else's hardware can use it in better ways and use it more efficiently. But that's not pioneering, it's following. That's the most important addition to the API. But even in the unimportant areas (like themes, etc.), Android and Nexus are in catch-up mode. I'm sorry, but to normal people, "buttery smooth" operation because it's stripped down isn't what consumers are clamoring for. Phones are so high-powered now that even those phones that aren't as buttery smooth work more than fast enough for everyone but Nexus groupies.
  • I briefly owned the Galaxy Nexus, but returned it because it could not stream music on 3G nearly as well as my Droid X.
    The Droid X could stream music pretty flawlessly. The GN stumbled as soon as I got in my car, and only got worse.
    Today? My preference is the Nexus 5 (on 4.4.4).
    I might never buy another smartphone unless something happens to it, and I will never move past 4.4.4 on any of the three Android devices I own. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I've owned the Nexus 4 and 5, have extensive experience with the 6, and tried to own the Galaxy nexus but ended up getting an S III instead. My by far favorite is the 5. Way better screen than the 6's PenTile dim display, identical if not faster performance, and the camera is also very similar. The size of the 6 is just too much for me. Nexus 5 | T-Mobile $30 Plan
  • Phil Nickinson, how is the Nexus 6 not a developer device? The Nexus 6 is easily the best Nexus being that it provides the most useful platform to work from. Yeah I know that Android has gotten to a point where you don't really need to root to get a great experience but some of us still like to experiment with different things. The Nexus 6 has been an iron horse of a device. Posted via the Android Central App
  • you lost me at "easily the best Nexus" Nexus 5 | T-Mobile $30 Plan
  • I didn't mean to turn you off. I'm just saying the Nexus 6 is an awesome platform to start with. Posted via the Android Central App
  • as is the 5, 4, 7 and 9. Haha. Nexus 5 | T-Mobile $30 Plan
  • So are you trying one-up me in an eighth grade style argument? I'm being nice to you but if you want me to be a prick to you I can easily accommodate that. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I currently own a N6, and handed down my N5 to my wife; but I've gotta say, that N5 is one hell of a phone and would easily use one for another year if I had one. I offered to get my wife a newer phone but she says the N5 is perfect for her with ZERO issues. If the new N5X is reviewed as the true heir apparent to the N5, I may have to have it. :)
  • Talk to me when Nexus is aosp. The developer device is a lie... Has been.. +++ Insert witty signature, watch as others not get it, profit +++
  • Could you please elaborate exactly how the Nexus 6 being a developer device is a lie. Could you please be specific. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The Nexus is no different from a Samsung or LG. You can make an app that can interact with parts that are open, but there is a skin where you cannot interact with, both on the Nexus and s6. A true developer device would start at its basic for with total interactivity,the source code. From there you can check the API s for the different closed parts of a nexus or htc and see what you can do with them. When aosp really started to close parts off you got nothing more than another skin. You can build a working device from nothing g but open Android. +++ Insert witty signature, watch as others not get it, profit +++
  • Talking about Nexi WITHOUT having Jerry's take is effing absurd! You should know better AC!! Posted via my Note 4 on Cricket
  • +1 Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • seriously.
  • Indeed!
    I was going to write the same thing just before I wised up and did a page search for "Jerry". What is baffling is not finding more complaints about it! :)
  • Hey Russell , I want u to be wrong about the new nexus camera as well... I'm betting on it being perty descent . obviously not top of the heap, but close. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I have only owned a Nexus 7 2013 and it has worked well for me. I thought about the Nexus 6 because I wanted a bigger phone. (OK AC we get you don't like bigger phones so you can stop going over that stale ground over and over again) I ended up with the moto pure and wonder if Motorola is almost in the same place as Google. Bloatless unlocked phones running almost pure Android. I think Google Should have kept Motorola and used the Nexus line as a main consumer facing brand Posted via the Android Central App
  • Galaxy Nexus Verizon was the best phone I've ever had. Granted I installed AOKP, I had the best of luck with it and ran it for almost 2 years which is a big record for me. Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's a shame you guys dismissed the Nexus 5. It was the phone that actually sold lots. It's the phone I see people using when I am on the train.
    I know I, and probably many others, are looking for a repeat of that experience in this new Nexus. but with a faster camera. Yes that.
  • If you're studying if people are carrying a cheap phone around like the nexus you've got issues. That's like driving down the road and looking for other people driving a Kia. I just Don't see how people can have any pride about owning these phones. Posted via the Android Central App
  • When you own a certain product you start to notice others that have the same product. It's called the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon. Maybe you should learn about these things before you come on here picking on people. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Wow.
    Both you guys.
    The Internet...
  • I'm defending you. I responded to his comment. Posted via the Android Central App
  • When a person responds to your comment here on Android Central the comment will appear directly to the right under your comment. Posted via the Android Central App
  • If it met my criteria, pride has nothing to do with it and is subjective. The guy making 200$ per month is proud that he owns a nexus 1 and can afford the bill, the guy making 10k a month is looking for status in all he owns. I am proud that I can afford what I can, don't care if it Lexus or kia +++ Insert witty signature, watch as others not get it, profit +++
  • People shouldn't have "pride" in any phone. Its a freaking object.
  • +100 People should not have Pride period.
    Instead, they should fight it and humble their hearts. Love and humility are the best medicine for Pride (root of all "evil") VZW Moto X 2014/2013 DE
  • Chill out ghandi. (Although he was racist) Delivered by my Shamu
  • Battery and performance, just as Russel put it. Is anyone getting the vibe off of this article that these guys have these phones already...? Especially with the second half of the article. It really seems like that to me. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Just want to jump in with my love of Nexus 6. It is literally a sports car. Battery life... Meh, it takes half an hour to charge, so who cares. Smooth as silk phone and great size. Improvements like the research feature in Docs App and Now On Tap are really make the 6 a workhorse in your pocket. I rarely touch my laptop or desktop these days. Sorry if this seems fawning, just really love this advice. I'm glad Google is doing 2 phones this year. People complaining about the 5x being gimped are off base. An 808 with 2GB on a screen that size is gonna be more than enough. Looks like a great year for lovers of pure android.
  • On the subject of is the Nexus line still relevant; to me, as long as Android OEMs continue to act like PC or consumer electronics companies from the 90s, then I'm not interested. I find myself in a strange position where I love Android and Google services but would never purchase a non-Nexus device. If Google stopped making them, in all likelihood I'd jump over to IOS - or maybe WP if it's still a thing.
  • I totally agree with your statement. I switched from an iPhone to Android two months ago, got a Moto G at first but soon got tired of the lag and bought a Nexus 6 about 3 weeks ago and love it, except the battery life but with quick charge 2.0 that makes up for it. I can't see myself going with anything other than a Nexus phone. Samsung is the only non Nexus phone I'd consider if they keep the Galaxy S6 design. Posted via the Android Central App via My Nexus 6
  • If you don't like lag, steer clear of Samsung. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Galaxy S6 and Note 5 are some of the fastest phones around, welcome to 2015. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Except people still have issues with lag...especially on the s6. Posted via the Android Central App
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  • Maybe Google will do a Nexus mini next year to compete with the Sony Z Compact series. I can dream.
  • I don't think they really care about that. They aren't trying to compete with anyone Posted via the Android Central App
  • I have a Nexus 5 and love it. No lag no, problems, the screen is large enough and the resolution is fine for me. I want the finger print scanner because Android Pay is starting to be all over the place where I live. So maybe I will take the N5X as long it comes in 32gig.
    I honestly don't know what people are expecting because at some point processors and not going to be able to be "faster" because of the restricted environment in phones. What's the point of high resolution if the human eye can't recognize it on a phone? If I want really great photos I use my Canon EOS for that otherwise I use HDR on the phone and the camera editor to improve shots I want to share......no problem. So as long as I have a phone with the N5 capabilities and a finger print scanner that works, and the built quality is not cheaper than the N5 I am good to go. So I think all I want is a phone with the capabilities of my N5 and a finger print scanner that works well.
    I will certainly consider the N6P but like others I am want to hear stories of how the phone works with the 810
  • My first (and only) Nexus, a Nexus 4, was the second smartphone I ever had (my first being the Xperia PLAY. Still my favourite phone ever despite its many shortcomings). I considered it a top end phone and compared to my brother's Galaxy S3 it really did seem like a "flagship killer". The battery life was so bad that and was what first compelled me to carry a 11000 mAh battery pack around. I needed that battery pack every day. It also got *very* hot after extended use, and Real Racing 3 practically melted the poor thing. I put it through a lot and loved it to bits but nevertheless replaced it with an Xperia Z2 after a year lol. Sony Xperia Z2
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    Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
  • I'm still using my Galaxy Nexus 3 years after I got it. It's still a solid phone as far as I'm concerned and I fully intend to use it until it dies.
  • While I like google and its Nexus devices (I own an Nexus 5 myself), I don't like how Nexus of its way of doing things. They are trying to sell its own hardware to overcome issues with phone manufacturers not updating its software. I still see a problem where you have to depend on phone manufacturers rather than Google for software updates. I don't understand why can't they can be like Microsoft Windows where you can depend on Microsoft for software updates for your phone. Google should be pushing chipset/SOC manufacturers like Qualcomm, Nvidia, Allwinner, Mediatek, etc... on how their drivers going to work. We shouldn't be at the mercy at the phone manufacturers to rely on phone updates and drivers, and software updates should be modular enough to work on all the phones regardless of model.
  • I ran a Verizon Gnex for three and a half years. No issues, other than that first generation 4G modem sucking power like Dracula draining virgins at a convent. A 3900 mAh battery helped there.
    But last week, I upgraded to a Nexus 6. I got an unlocked North American version, popped my Verizon Sim in, and in five minutes I was on 4G. No carrier bloat, no screwing around waiting for them to make a variance, just charge and go.
    This is the best feature ever. This is all I ever want. Buy a phone and go. No more Verizon BS, just their great network. Now if only the other manufacturers would get onboard with this! Unlocked Nexus 6 on Verizon. I'm a happy guy.