” A new Powerhouse Phone in the Elite Category – Nexus 6 from Google ” – October 2014
We have in the recent days seen and heard of iPhone 6 / iPhone 6 Plus from Apple; Galaxy Note 4 from Samsung; and here comes the new Nexus 6 from Google – on October 29, 2014.
No big show; No ostentation; No vanity; and just a solemnly consequential outing of the Nexus 6 from Google yesterday.
A Motorola made device ( I am a fan of Motorola ) it looks very much like an over sized version of the Moto X. Nexus 6 is the first phone to run Android 5. 0 Lollypop with memorable, distinguishable and noticeable improvements; dual speaker grilles; and lock button/volume rocket placement along with a 5. 9″ screen ( close to 6″, a perfection ); more powerful 2.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset; sizeable and vigorous 3220 mAh battery; 13 MP Camera with Optical Image Specialization.
Motorola seems to have applied itself to any and every issue it had with its own Moto X, and capped it with a big Nexus logo on its back. It is also significant that Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 is the state of the art tech ( Samsung and Motorola use this ) and has shown itself to be better/superior to even Apple’s A8 Chip in the Linpeck tests. The only thing that was left without upgradation was the dual LED flash on Nexus 6’s back.
Pre Order will kick off on October 29 with a full retail introduction possibly in November. Sans contract it could drain the buyers’ wallets by $ 649, although no official word is available yet. At this price, it is the most expensive in the Nexus series. All carriers AT & T, T- Mobile, Sprint, US cellular, and Verizon Wireless will be getting this for sure at some point in the sale process or even earlier. Rumor has it that it can possibly go as cheap as $ 49. 99 for a two year contract making its price half that of Moto X. That will be a Dream Deal for me if it jells. But I’ll not be surprised if that stays as ‘rumor’ only !
This Big phone with a Big screen ( close to 6″ ) and a Big battery ( 3220 mAh ) compared with iPhone 6 and galaxy Note 4 also beats the sense of my brain which is almost firmly tied to the advent of ” affordable ” phones in a big way in this crowded smartphone marketplace. I stand bewildered. Is getting Big or getting Bigger being reinforced as the ” buzzword ” again ?
Now, I want to strongly mark my three points here :
1. Google which has always held good/high specs and good/high value as its strength appears to be on course to a different strategy of ‘pricing high’ ( though the aim is to cover a niche segment ). Does it play contradictory to Google’s spirited endeavor to create a line as a benchmark device – yet economical and value filled – for the phone manufacturers ? Off contract Nexus 5, (16 GB) was $ 349 in U.S.A. and Canada; and the 32 GB version was $ 399. Apple iPhone 6, with a 4. 2″ screen & 16 GB memory, for comparison was $ 649 and Apple iPhone 6 Plus, with a 5. 5″ screen & 16 GB memory, was $ 749. Nexus 6 at the expected $ 649 is high on specs compared to iPhone and Galaxy Note 4 but will it ultimately prove to be price deterrent can only be decided with the passing of time. At this moment, though, the customers in general remain ‘super excited’.
2. Google does not seem to have the penchant for adding memory ( expandable or otherwise ) or altering batteries. What sets me pondering is the conjecture that Google possibly envisions the stage of users being lured and driven to the ‘cloud base’ which may be just not only a good but also a progressive step in future.
3. Will the introduction of Nexus 6 then reverse the trend of inexpensive, quality smartphones in the market ? Possibly not so. Ambitions of the youth, the generation of smartphones, and their economic strength may even support this thinking. I have witnessed smartphones getting more expensive than i5 laptops with a 15. 6″ screen and a whole lot of features of ease in the past in its evolution. But this 5. 9″ screen (close to 6″) Nexus 6, though can pose difficulties in handling by one hand, is strong on the portability front and may even make this a norm besides providing an amazing mobile experience to the mobile generation of the new age. I am tempted to state that it is a boon to anyone who uses only data and uses less voice and text.
In the final analysis, Nexus 6 is ” A Giant Release from a Giant Manufacturer to the Giant Buyers”.
” Dieu avec nous “
Thursday, October 16, 2014 – 8. 59 a.m. ( IST )
Tidbit : ” Cheat me in the price, but not in the Goods”. – English proverb.