I appreciate that the Nexus 6 wasn’t a commercial flop. We had it on our best Android phones list for a time, so we were clearly impressed when it first appeared. But looking at it now, I think this phone failed in more ways than it succeeded. Here’s why.
The design is awful
The Nexus 6 is uncomfortably big. It’s wide and thick and carrying it in a pocket just looks weird. The dimensions are 159.3 x 83 x 10.1 mm. That's basically the same size as your average aircraft carrier.
I have tried to convince myself that Motorola and Google didn't pursue a 6-inch phone just because 'Nexus 6' was a convenient name... I have. But I really can't see another reason why they would think a phone this big was a good idea. Did anybody think this is an appropriate size for a smartphone? Imagine it with a case! It would be like carrying an early 90s PC monitor in your pocket.
The camera is terrible
Why was that camera so bad? Nexus devices have a history of bad camera tech, and Motorola’s phones have never been particularly strong in this area either. Put them together, and you get one of the worst camera experiences possible. See the pictures below and see if you can guess which was taken with the Nexus 6.
The top photo is the one taken on a Nexus 6. Why is it green? Why does it look like it has been put through a film grain filter? I know it is unfair to compare any device's photos with the LG G4's excellent camera (which the second photo was taken on) but these devices were only released a few months apart. There's no reasonable excuse for the Nexus 6 camera to look quite as bad as it does.
It lacked focus
The Nexus 6 was a wireless charging, stereo speaker wielding, US$649 phablet, and it was all wrong. Stereo speakers are overrated and Google later ditched wireless charging on the Nexus 6P because we are stupid and/or it realized it had a disastrous cost-benefit-ratio. After the smaller, well-regarded US$349 Nexus 5, the Nexus 6 looked like a confused product. It's little surprise that it had sluggish sales; nobody asked for a phone like this.
When I look at the Nexus 6P sitting next to me, I realize I wouldn't recommend the original Nexus 6 to anyone now, for any reason.
Well, unless you need something to weigh down your hot-air balloon.
That's my thoughts on the Nexus 6, but now I want to know yours. Hit me up in the comments.