No, of course I didn’t buy one… are you high?
Howard was kind enough to let me borrow his unlocked, 32 GB space grey—sorry, “Midnight Blue” Nexus 6, to see if it really is as despicable as I’ve made it out to be. This former Nexus fan has made no secret of his strong dislike for 2015’s hackable, “pure Google” phone experience. But despite what you might think, I’m open to having my mind changed. And to neutralize my scorn I picked up a few accessories at the Dollar Store on my way home from meeting up with Howard.
Intrigued? Read on!
This is no Nexus.
With a starting price of $750 CAD and reports that software updates may come from your carrier rather than Google directly, two of the most compelling reasons to get a Nexus have vanished into thin air. If you’re unlucky enough to be stuck with the AT&T version you might want to consider cutting your losses and killing it with fire. There’s a reason why the N6 looks more like a Moto X than its tablet companion Nexus 9—it’s because this particular handset was never meant to be a Nexus in the first place.
Fortunately, there’s an easy fix for all of the above:
Hey, if it works for China then why not here?
But it is a Nexus.
There is, of course, an important feature that remains, one that has defined Google’s Nexus line of phones and tablets from the outset. I’m talking about these three words:
Never mind that the OnePlus One also has this feature… I’m trying to make a point here!
The Nexus 6 is also the first phone to ship with Android 5.0 Lollipop. But for an Android modder I’d argue that this is largely irrelevant—thanks to that unlockable bootloader an entire universe of custom ROMs is but a flash away. So really, if we’re going to be fair we need to take Android L out of the equation. In other words we’re going to have to ignore that big 2560 x 1440 pixel screen, at least for now. While we’re at it, let’s get Howard’s considerable investment a protective case:
Ok, all kidding aside I’m going to be putting the Moto Nexus through its paces next week, rooting it and flashing at least a ROM or two before I can say with absolute certainty whether or not it’s worth the exorbitant price tag. Stay tuned…