Now, now, before you go yelling that it’s unfair to list the disappointments for a new phone so quickly, keep in mind that we try to keep everything balanced around here.
We treated Apple the same way when it introduced the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, listing our disappointments for the new phones. So, we’re here with our honest-to-goodness disappointments for the Nexus 6 as well. And, yes, before we get started: the Nexus 6 looks like a heck of a device that already has us drooling, but we just wish that there were a few other tidbits to whet our appetites.
Wow, the Nexus 6 isn’t cheap, at least off contract. You can expect to pay $649 for it without a contract. Sure, that’s fair game considering the price of other flagships on the market, but it’s also a move away from the lower-priced Nexus handsets that we’re used to. The Nexus 5 launched unlocked for $349, for example, which is $300 cheaper than what you’ll pay for the 32GB Nexus 6. Want 64GB of storage? That’ll cost you even more. Thankfully there’s plenty of excellent hardware here, so we don’t think people are going to flinch too much, but boy we wish it came in priced similarly to last year’s Nexus 5.
Sorry but we’re saying it. We know that Google doesn’t typically offer microSD card expansion slots in its Nexus devices, but we were kind of hoping things would change this time. Yes, we’re all moving toward the cloud and storing everything out in huge server farms anyway, but there’s something to be said about local storage. Personally, I load up all of my phones with at least a 64GB microSD card on top of what’s already available, and I also picked up the 128GB iPhone 6. Maybe I’m just afraid of running out of space, and I can’t be the only one. Google could have alleviated this a bit with a 128GB option, but we didn’t really see that coming.
I suspect the town will come chasing me with pitchforks for this one, but hear me out for a second. I think there’s certainly room for huge smartphones on the market and people love them, but not everyone loves them. I kind of wish the Nexus 6 was available in two sizes with pure Android, one with the larger display and a secondary device with something more friendly for one hands. Developers who want the latest hardware to test Android 5.0 Lollipop on are probably best off with this phone, but do all developers love phablets? I have a hard time believing so. Thankfully Android 5.0 Lollipop will hit other devices, like the similar Moto X (2014) and the smaller Nexus 5.
I said the same thing as a big disappointment for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus when I argued that Apple Pay wasn’t available yet, and that’s a fair point to make right now. We know the Nexus 6 will launch later this month but we don’t have a firm date. Worse, we also don’t know exactly when it’s going to hit U.S. carriers, so we’re basically sitting in the dark. Thankfully, we do know that it will launch for $649 unlocked and that it will be sold by AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon and U.S. Cellular, in addition to availability from retailers like Best Buy. Hey, we’re excited, and we wish it was available immediately.
I like black phones, what’s the big deal? I kind of wish Google launched several color options, particularly since the Moto X (2014) is available in a seemingly infinite selection of choices and this obviously carries some design elements. Sure, we know it’s hard to retool an entire manufacturing system for a device like this, but blue and white options could be complemented by a more conservative black color, in addition to something with a bit more flare, like red. The Nexus 5 launched in black or white, however, and Google later added a red option, so we think it’s definitely possible we’ll see some new options later on.