After reading that sentence, what was your reaction? Were you nodding in agreement? Were you disgusted by the sentiment? Or were you simply indifferent? Your reaction gives an insight into your personal preferences. It could tell you that you enjoy the extra size and screen real estate of a large phone. Or it could let you know that you prefer a smaller phone that’s effortless to use with one hand.
The obvious point of such a test is to see what kind of phone size you prefer. But in relation to this article, it determines what size of Nexus phone you’d like to see next. Recent rumors have given light to the size of the Nexus device, and in accordance with its codename, Shamu, it’s huge. The display of the purported Motorola-made Nexus 6 clocks in at 5.9 inches, giving it phablet status in size.
For a standard phone on the market, 5.9-inches is by no means a bad size. There’s a market out there that appreciates and values these larger phones. Within that market, such phones generally sell well and are happily accepted by the customers that crave them.
The same goes for “mini” phones. They cater to their own niche of the market that prefers a small, easily pocketable phone that has all the features they need packed within a small footprint. Those that enjoy such a phone will purchase it and happily enjoy it.
Then there are the mid-size phones that bridge the gap and make up the majority of the smartphone market. These devices pick a nice middle-ground screen size that isn’t too big or too small, such as 4.7 or 5 inches. Consumers that don’t enjoy the extra-large devices will feel at home on the device, while those who are amiable to small screens will be content with the amount of screen real estate available to them.
Now we swing around to Google’s Nexus line. The Nexus devices are each released once a year and sold through Google Play, in addition to other outlets. These Nexus devices are designed for the purist and the developer alike, giving a stock Android experience and the promise of speedy updates. The market covered by the Nexus line is both narrow and broad. While the two aspects formerly mentioned cater to a small crowd, the size and design of the hardware caters to a group of people who are all very different and have strong opinions on what the hardware should be like.
That’s why it’s a bad idea for Google to release a 6-inch Nexus phone.
With such a large display, Google is alienating a significant portion of the market that purchases its Nexus devices. Rather than going with a moderate display size that everybody enjoys, Google looks to have chosen a size that a small group of people will enjoy, while the rest will be forced to endure the hefty phone.
The decision is altogether poor, particularly because the Nexus devices are excluded to one per year in each category. Unless Google breaks all patterns and takes everyone by surprise, there won’t be a smaller Nexus phone option to choose from unless you purchase the now aging Nexus 5. If Google were to create a Nexus phone with a screen size of 4.7 or 5 inches and then also sell a larger variant at 5.9 inches, like Apple has done, then there would be no problem. People from all parties would be satisfied and be able to choose the device they prefer. But by releasing one size for everyone, Google would create a frustrating situation for all those who don’t enjoy jumbo phones.
Perhaps, by some miracle, Google could create such a large display on a Nexus device without making it unwieldy. From the leaks that we’ve seen, that’s likely not the case, but the possibility is always there. But if the phone is as large as it appears, Google could end up dealing a blow to the Nexus 6 by making it far less appealing to many potential customers. If that is indeed how it plays out, then Google needs to make a smaller Nexus 6.