Google’s and Motorola’s collaboration has enabled both companies to bring out the successor of the Nexus smartphone category, the Nexus 6. While the Motorola Google Nexus 6 is light years faster than its predecessor, Google Nexus 5, there are some aspects of the phablet that will force smartphone consumers to shy away from purchasing it, despite its performance and features. Here are four reasons why the Nexus 6 is not worth it.
1. The price / performance ratio
Majority of the smartphone populace is burdened by financial constraints, so choosing a smartphone that provides them with performance crunching numbers and goes easy on their bank accounts happens to be a very long process. The Nexus 5 came with a price tag of $349 (for the 16 GB model) and seeing as how the price package included a Snapdragon 800 chipset, 2 GB of RAM, a 5 inch IPS display with a 1080p and a myriad of other features, the smartphone sold faster than hot cakes. The Nexus 6 features a price tag of $649, and while it packs impressive hardware on a 5.96 inch form factor, the $300 price difference between the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 6 does not justify the upgrade.
2. Inadequate battery life
The term ‘Inadequate battery life’ might confuse some potential consumers who view the Nexus 6 as a worthy smartphone upgrade. The Nexus 6 packs a 3,220 mAh battery, which might provide sufficient battery life to last for a 24 hour period (if stressed using moderately taxing applications and processors) but there is one hardware specification that will rapidly drain that battery life; the 1440p resolution. While the app icons, images and overall display quality of the Nexus 6 will look thoroughly impressive on that resolution, it will be of no use if the high resolution ends up quickly finishing off the battery life. Secondly, on a small screen size, there is not a whole lot of people who will be able to observe the pixel difference between a 1080p resolution and a 1440p one. If Google and Motorola stuck to incorporating a 1080p display on the Nexus 6, perhaps it could sway customers to purchasing it as it would decrease battery life at a smaller rate.
3. No microSD slot
So far, no mobile product carrying the brand name Nexus possessed a microSD slot. However, what is important here to note is that these products also carried price tags which encouraged smartphone users to head out and buy them without thinking twice. So when you bring out the successor of the Nexus 5 and stamp it with a $649 price tag and that too, without a microSD slot that is bound to annoy a lot of people. For a handset that is currently positioned on the high-end class of devices, the absence of an expandable storage slot is extremely disappointing. Sure, there are several ways to overcome this limitation, but why should consumers go through the unnecessary hassle when they are paying a ton of money to purchase the device?
4. There are options better than Google Nexus 6
There are a flurry of devices that possess hardware details exceeding the prowess of the Nexus 6 and still possessing the same price tag. Devices such as the DROID Turbo and Moto Maxx are perfect examples that fit that description thanks to their large battery capacities (both devices carry a 3,900 mAh battery, but even they are void of a microSD slot). Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 will be viewed as a better option as the large screen smartphone the same hardware specifications of the Nexus 6, while being a tad bit smaller, carrying the same off-contract price and best of all, actually possessing a microSD slot.
The Nexus 6 is a very impressive smartphone when it comes to multitasking capabilities, high speed internet browsing, streaming and pretty much anything you could possibly think of doing. In short, you can make the device go through the most intense of applications and chances are that it probably render that process smoother than butter. However, it is not without its shortcomings. You might end up with Google’s Lollipop update right out of the box, but if you are looking for a device that gives you what you have actually paid for, the Nexus 6 is not for you.
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