Finally, we are here. It is the end of this one million day long challenge of the Motorola built Google Nexus 6. We’re actually going to be just talking about one single thing here—we’re talking about is this phone worth its humongous price tag and all its issues but it still is a flagship phone and it has great specs, the best software and a good, attractive design. It’s really hard to beat this thing because it’s such a good phone. Welcome to the Nexus 6 challenge conclusion: is this thing worth it? Well let’s find out.
So this whole thing kind of starts out with the aww factor of the Nexus 6. When I first got this phone, I was really amazed by how big it is and how fast and fluid it is. It is super fast, super fluid and it runs amazing software. I was really impressed by Android Lollipop running on the Nexus 6 because it was a lot more fluid than the Android L developer preview that I was running on my Nexus 5 and it just seemed like a very amazing package. It had great software, the hardware was fantastic—I really didn’t come to problems in terms of lagging; there’s only a couple of bugs which was pretty understandable with new software. But to me, they weren’t really hardware related because the hardware was pretty good.
But then you have to think about a couple of days later when I actually got to use this phone as my daily driver and then I started picking up on the bad things like the battery life and camera—things that really annoy me like how big and top-heavy this phone is. Those kinds of things are not that major (except battery life, which is a major issue), those things really didn’t disappoint me in terms of me liking the Nexus 6. But then you have to think about battery life—it wasn’t that good and I was just really irritated that my phone kept dying in a very short amount of time.
Google released a software update, 5.0.1; which was marginally better than 5.0. There was less crash from the applications, definitely more improvements to all the Google applications. Then more 3rd party applications starting updating their apps to work really well with Android 5.0 Lollipop. Then we also have 5.0.2, which is the latest installment of Android Lollipop and it’s even better than 5.0.1 and much better than 5.0.
Here’s the strange thing that I found using the Nexus 6 even though I knew the battery life wasn’t very good and the camera was halfway decent: I kept using the phone as my daily driver. Why? Obviously because I was doing a 30-day challenge on PhoneDog and also because I generally enjoyed using the Nexus 6. It’s really large, I like the display. I like to watch a lot of videos and content, which is probably why my battery life is worse than average (around 3.5 to 4 hours). But I just really, thoroughly enjoyed using the Nexus 6.
Now today I finally was able to pop out my SIM card and use something else and I’m sorry to say Android fans—I am going to be taking out my SIM card and put it back into my iPhone 6 just because I kind of miss that thing plus Apple announced the Apple Watch event and I’m getting pumped up about that. So would I recommend the Nexus 6 to anyone who wants to buy the Google Motorola Nexus 6?
Well, the short answer is: not at retail price. Maybe if it was around $400-$500, by that means buy a Moto X. So if you want a really good phone that is running stock Android and amazing battery life, buy the Pure Edition of the Moto X because it’s such a good phone, it runs Android 5.0.2 now, and it’s $500. If you want a big phone for Quad HD display, which really has no purpose in my opinion, then go ahead and buy the Nexus 6. I can’t not recommend this phone because it’s such a good phone but if you want to go ahead and shop out all this money, you will be disappointed by the battery life. So far they haven’t really addressed the battery life issue and it’s still here.
Make sure to leave me some comments below. Don’t get mad at me because I’m going back to an iPhone. I still love Android but I just need to go back to an iPhone for just a little bit because this thing is too big for me and I’m just looking for a phone that fits in my hand really well. I do not recommend the Nexus 6, I do however recommend the Moto X Pure Edition for 2nd generation because it’s smaller, better looking and you can customize the hell out of it and make it look really cool.