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5 reasons why your next phone should be a Nexus

We're in the thick of Nexus rumor season right now — it's been a good eight months since the Nexus 6 first saw the light of day, and the word on the Google street is that LG and Huawei are the companies in line to be making the 2015 editions of the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 6 respectively.

But in a world of Samsung Galaxies and a raft of other high-end flagships, does the Nexus program still have anything to offer? Or should Google abandon the branding exercise altogether and leave the field open? Here are five reasons why we think the next Nexus handset will be worth your time.

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Here are five reasons you should get a Nexus. / © ANDROIDPIT

1. Stock Android

This is the major unique selling point of the Nexus line, and it's a compelling one: You get the pure, stock version of Android without any bloatware or unnecessary features — the authentic version of Google's vision of the software without any input from outside interests or third parties.

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Get pure Android with your Nexus. / © AndroidPIT


Variations on the theme, such as TouchWiz, have their own advantages and disadvantages, and if you go for CyanogenMod then you have more control over your device, but stock Android is still out in front. As Google Now becomes more and more important, so will having stock Android installed.

2. Faster updates

This is closely tied to our first point, but one of the added bonuses of owning a Nexus is that you're first in line whenever new updates appear. Lollipop was launched in November 2014 but at the time of writing it's only on about 10 percent of handsets across the world.

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Stay ahead of the update curve. / © AndroidPIT

A large proportion of those handsets are going to be Nexus devices — if you own a Nexus you don't have to wait for your manufacturer of choice to tweak and adapt the software and get it ready for your handset. Generally speaking, Google also supports older handsets for as long as possible.

3. Better hardware

We don't know much about the specs of this year's Nexus devices yet — indeed Google has yet to confirm that such devices exist — but if previous Nexus handsets are anything to go by, you can look forward to something towards the top end of the market later this year.

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The Nexus 6 won plaudits for its design. / © Google

Consider the Nexus 6, for example: A huge 5.96-inch 1,440 x 2,560 pixel screen, a whopping 3GB of RAM and a very handy Snapdragon 805 processor. It may have been eclipsed by the flagships released by other companies this year, but it was released several months earlier.

4. A choice of handsets

While we don't have any official confirmation of what the 2015 Nexus line-up is going to look like, it seems probable that Google is lining up two separate handsets for general release — successors to both the Nexus 5 (originally launched in October 2013) and the Nexus 6 (November 2014).

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We're expecting two Nexus devices this year. / © Google

That means there's a Nexus for everyone, whether you love to operate your phone in one hand or you'd rather have a humongous hi-res display to stare at. With LG and Huawei on the case, we should be guaranteed handsets that are well designed and well built. Is it too much to hope for a new Nexus 7?

5. Early access

If you want to see the benefits of investing in the Nexus program, just look at Google's Project Fi — the experimental wireless network that is only available to US users who are rocking a Nexus 6. That's a hidden benefit that would've been difficult to foresee back when the phone first launched in November.

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Nexus 6 owners get access to Project Fi. / © Google

For now you get access to a groundbreaking new network, but who knows what Google has planned in the future? Could owners of a 2015 Nexus 5 or Nexus 6 get access to a self-driving car trial? Or the next version of Google Glass? The company is involved in so many projects it's hard to keep track.


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  • The best thing about owning a Nexus phone... Not mentioned in the article above -
    **** you can officially Unlock your boot loader.... Play around with whatever u want in the OS.... If needed- change the OS.. And after all that you have done- Just lock it up once again... OFFICIALLY PERMITTED - NO QUESTIONS ASKED.
    That is bcoz.... Google phones are easier to be fixed and easier to maintain.
    Obviously if one screws up while flashing or tries a vague rom on it which is not tried and tested by experts.... No brand will accept neglegence. Its all about personal handling.
    I am a person who changes phones very frequently... But after i got my hands over my Nexus 5, i stopped my search. I have installed and tried N number of ROMS, KERNELS and am so happy with it, that i dont even need to look at any new launches. I will only rest my hands over a new phone if it really manages to convince my acceptance level.

  • I bought a Nexus 5 and fell in love. I knew that as long as Google made Nexus I wouldnt dare buy another phone. Love the Nexus 6

  • sinkster
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    Jul 27, 2015 Link to comment

    I don't think I could go back to a non-Nexus phone now. As a Nexus user you realise that while there's nothing purposefully bad about Sense and Touchwiz (or any other OEM skin) they actually detract from what Android is aiming for.

  • n13L5 Jul 26, 2015 Link to comment

    A single reason is enough not to buy a Nexus: No SD Card slots as mandated by Google, who wants to push us to store our stuff in the cloud.

    There are more reasons, like no replaceable battery but more reasons than the above are not even needed.

    • Never missed an sd card on my 32gb N5. Lots of cloud storage and fast Internet from my carrier. Never had a better device! Period!

    • Zack Man Jul 27, 2015 Link to comment

      Hmmm thats funny, I interchanged my battery, Ive changed the lcd screen, and as for storage that I do not want in the cloud I store on my laptop or a external hard drive. Its like would I always want to walk around with a 100 dollars in my back pocket or take the chance of walking around with 1 million in my back pocket. I can afford to loose a hundred but if i had a million I sure wouldnt want to loose that, same goes for information thats private. Loose your cell and anybody can access the info if they want it . So being with out a sd card isnt a fail in my mind.

  • Kyle Jul 26, 2015 Link to comment

    That's why im not buying samsung and lg's flagships.. cos im waiting for the new NEXUS BABY.

  • tex Jul 26, 2015 Link to comment

    Nexus till they stop making them. Hands down best devices ever. They are like the special edition muscle cars. Nova, Chevelle, Pontiac judge. Point Nexus devices are the best of the best.

    Sent from my NEXUS 6

  • Great article... But mentioning "flagship" without writing oneplus is a bit unfair to the brand. Bying a OnePlus One you have 90% of the software advantages and 95% of the hardware of the nexus 6 for half the price.
    That's what I got after my nexus 4, and it's an impressive device. Camera, screen, CPU, ram, storage... You name it. For 299€!

    • Please cite the studies that show "90% software advantage"... From my perspective it has ~30% of the software advantage. Source: I am a current OPO owner and I have previously owned a Nexus One, a Nexus 4, an Oppo Find 5, and a Nexus 5.

    • Zack Man Jul 27, 2015 Link to comment

      I agree, and in this world of samsung and other high end companies over charging its good to see one plus is getting some attention too, there specs are definately in the hot rod sets, I couldnt beleive 90% of the cell phone stores dont even know what a one plus is and 50% heard of but know nest to nothing about the nexus muscle. Both of the 2 hands sets are tops in my books for people who want the best with out the price.

  • I Bought my Motorola in January with 4.4.4 and have had 2 updates since , one for 32GB smoothness or glitch free and the second Lollipop 5.1 , I have over 30apps and don't suffer any of the dreadful lag. I used to be a Samsung head but went out and bought the MOTO G LTE and I love it.

  • Great article, David. Reasons 1 & 2 are the biggest selling points for me for sure.

  • Every phone has bloadware even my nexus 5 has enough usless apps that can't be removed

    • If you root, you can remove anything from your phone; you just have to be careful. Heck, you can even remove the whole operating system and put a different one.

      • Zack Man Jul 27, 2015 Link to comment

        You bet, good answer Carmelo, I dont understand some people who want to be or pretend to be the high tekky type but never want to dive in and do proper research on how to be a knoledgable tekky with i might add not really being to hard to do either......prob just lazyness or just wanting to be heard???

    • Could you please tell me what those apps are. I had one before I upgraded to Nexus 6 and I saw none.

  • Nexus all the way.

  • Proud to be a Nexus user

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