With no doubt Nexus 6 is one of the most potent phones you can buy right now. It has top-notch specs and running the latest Android out of the box. There’s no need to praise it, we all know it’s a big deal. However there’s still no such thing as a perfect phone, although it may have one of the best hardware nowadays. So what has Google missed?
Nexus 6 is relatively big, not only because it’s has 6 inches screen, but because of not the most compact body. Although the use of AMOLED display should help producing thinner phone, this is not the case with Nexus 6. He’s over 10 mm thick, which according to the smartphones standard is, well it’s thick. Let’s be more precisely, its body is 10.1 mm thick. Let’s just take a quick look at some phones with similar screen size
- Huawei Ascend Mate 7 – 6 inches – 7.9mm thick
- Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro – 6 inches – 7.7 mm thick
- Sony Xperia Z Ultra – 6.4 inches – 6.5 mm thick
- LG G Pro 2 – 5.9 inches – 8.3 mm thick
You can see that the phones can be definitely thinner even, if they have bigger displays. So, why it was not possible for Google (or maybe we should say Motorola) to create a thinner phone?
Let’s continue with the observation, because the phone components are related to each other. So Nexus 6 is not the most compact and thinner phone, but with such big size you should expect a big battery, right? Maybe it was a small disappointment for some people, but Nexus 6 is equipped with a 3220 mAh battery. Sure, it’s enough to power the phone for at least 2 days with moderate use, but the expectations were higher. Let’s check again the phones we mentioned earlier. Now you have idea of their thickness, so let’s see how much power juice they pack.
- Huawei Ascend Mate 7 – 4100 mAh
- Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro – 4000 mAh
- Sony Xperia Z Ultra – 3050 mAh
- LG G Pro 2 – 5.9 inches – 3200 mAh
You see that phone like Z Ultra, which is almost as twice thin as Nexus 6, has a battery, which is just about 7% smaller. At the same time both Chinese beasts – Z2 Pro and Ascend Mate 7 – have a battery, which is 30% bigger. However it’s not all about the battery size, but software optimizations as well. Although Nexus 6 has smaller battery compared to his Chinese friends, it still can squeeze almost the same working time. But this article is about how Nexus 6 could has been made even better. Well just imagine thinner Nexus 6 with 4000 mAh battery. This could add probably one more day of use with a single charge.
The AMOLED display is great and it has perfect resolution for the size, but hey Google have you heard that there’s a Super AMOLED display? Why did they use AMOLED instead of Super AMOLED?
So there’s AMOLED, which is good, and Super AMOLED, which is great. Well Google decided to pick ‘good’ instead of ‘great’. At the same time we can see Chinese manufacturers like UMI, with their new flagman ZERO, which is a $200 phone with great specs and with Super AMOLED display.
Something more related to the AMOLED display. If you are not aware it has true black color, which means that it uses less power, when has to display dark colors. In short, when a dark color has to be display, the screen doesn’t power the pixels (if it is black) or uses just a little power to display dark colors (lighter than black). Well, have you noticed how does Lollipop 5.0 looks like ? When you open the app drawer and the white colors explode in your face. Google made the default colors in Lollipop bright, which means that the AMOLED display will not use its full potential. Of course with Android you can just pick up some other launcher and fix this, however Google could have at least included 2 default themes options – white and black.
Of course after Nexus 5 the Vanilla Android fans were waiting about killer specs phone for a great price. Well that didn’t happen (not the specs, but the price). And this is the main reason for pointing out that Nexus 6 deserves some improvements. The price tag is high and it’s on par with the newest and most expensive consumer phones. However there’s no superb build quality, no IP67 certificate, no enormous battery, no new technologies, no laser autofocus. Just a big phone, with really good specs and that’s all. Of course you get subscription for the latest Android updates, but Moto G can offer you the same for lower price, if this is want you are looking for.
Nexus 6 is a necessary upgrade over Nexus 5, but it doesn’t offer any new technologies, neither superb build for the price it’s asking for. Nexus 5 was (and still is) a very good phone for a bargain price, but Google changed the strategy. There could be lots of reasons behind that, however when asking for a high price, then you should try to offer your best. And for this price there are better phones (don’t refer to the phones used for comparison).
Don’t get this wrong. We are Nexus fans and we know that Google can do better. That’s what all is about.