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Google is making a 5.9-inch Nexus X because your opinion doesn't matter

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Google is making a 5.9-inch Nexus X because your opinion doesn't matter
There has been a lot of news recently about the upcoming Motorola-built Nexus X, and the majority of the reports point to the fact that the Nexus X will feature a 5.9-inch display. There has been recent news that a 5.2-inch Nexus could come along as well, but that is dependent on certain Motorola releases. The main Nexus X will feature a 5.9-inch display, and this is a fact that has routinely caused a commotion in the comment threads (and among PhoneArena editors) because many of you don't believe the Nexus should be any bigger than the 5 to 5.2-inch range. So, I wanted to clear up the most likely reasoning for Google's choice of the larger display. 

As always, the rationale here begins with the basic purpose of the Nexus line of devices - what they are intended to be, and what they are not. The Nexus line has undergone some changes in recent years, and the basic definition of the brand has changed somewhat; but, based on various information and from talking with insiders, I believe that Google is attempting to bring the Nexus line back to its roots, and that means the wishes of average consumers and enthusiasts alike don't really matter. 

What the Nexus is not


First and foremost, the Nexus line is not a consumer-oriented set of devices. Nexus devices have certainly become popular with a subset of consumers because of the low price tag; but, aside from the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus smartphones have not been aggressively marketed towards the average consumer, certainly not in the same way that the Nexus 7 has been marketed and made easily accessible. For the most part, Nexus phones have been made available only through the Google Play Store, T-Mobile, Sprint, and certain other retailers, like Best Buy. Nexus phones are not found in the largest carriers, because that isn't really the point of the Nexus brand. And, while Nexus devices are often featured in Android commercials, the ads are not for the Nexus phone itself, but are more aimed at marketing the Android platform as a whole. 

Since the average consumer isn't the purview of the Nexus line, the consumer-facing brand will be Android Silver, which is the natural extension of the Google Play edition program. The aim there is specifically to highlight the stock Android experience and the speed at which software updates can come when you have a device running stock Android. The Nexus devices have done this as well, but the awareness hasn't extended much past the tech elite and enthusiasts. Average users still don't quite understand the benefits of stock Android, but Silver will be able to show it much more easily. 

Nexus devices are not designed to cater to consumer wishes. You may not want a 5.9-inch Nexus X, but I'm sorry to say, that opinion doesn't factor in to Google's plans.

Android Silver will have dedicated sections in all carrier stores, including Verizon and AT&T; and, employees of those stores will be specially trained by Google to help customers understand what it is. Android Silver will likely feature devices that would otherwise be Google Play edition, meaning it will be much easier for consumers to see how the Silver variant differs from the manufacturer customized model because both will be available in the same store. Imagine a customer being able to see the Android Silver version of the Galaxy S5 (which is not a device known to exist, but will for the purpose of this hypothetical) running Android L well before the TouchWiz S5 gets the same update. That is a powerful thing for Google in helping average consumers understand a more complex issue in the Android world, and its efforts to push manufacturers towards lighter skins and faster updates. On the other hand, while Nexus phones are often based on or closely related to certain manufacturer devices, it doesn't have the same impact in the comparison. 

Ultimately, Nexus devices are not designed to cater to consumer wishes. You may not want a 5.9-inch Nexus X, but I'm sorry to say, that opinion doesn't factor in to Google's plans, because at the end of the day, the Nexus line is all about what Google wants for the Android ecosystem, and what it thinks is necessary. It is the same reason why the Nexus line is not a set of devices featuring expandable storage and removable batteries. Just like Apple does what it believes best, often in spite of user demands, so too will Google do what it thinks is best for the Nexus line, despite what you might personally want, because the Nexus line isn't really for you.

What the Nexus is, and why Google thinks we need a larger Nexus phone


At its core, the Nexus line has had two major purposes since its inception: 

  1. To be a developer reference device, and 
  2. To highlight features/trends in the ecosystem, or those that Google wants to push. 

The first purpose has always been the biggest aim of the Nexus line. Google has always wanted to offer a device that is always running the newest version of Android without manufacturer modification, so developers know where the Android platform is going in terms of hardware and software. It is also the main reason why the Nexus line of phones has been priced so aggressively low. The fact that consumers and enthusiasts jumped on the Nexus brand is a byproduct of the low retail price, but Google's aim has always been to make a device that could get to as many developers as possible, which meant selling it at a cut-rate price. But, just because you like having an inexpensive high-end Android device doesn't mean that Google is building it for you. 

As Dave Burke, the head of Android engineering and the Nexus program at Google, said a couple months ago, the Nexus program is essential to developers, especially developers at Google. The new Nexus device is developed in tandem with the new version of the Android software, one cannot exist without the other. Both the software and hardware point the direction in which Google thinks the ecosystem is going or should go. Google wants more intuitive design with playful animations, so Android L has Material Design. Google wants to push NFC and de-emphasize SD cards, so those features are added/removed from the Nexus hardware. 

Google is making a 5.9-inch Nexus X because your opinion doesn't matter

This year, the aim of the Nexus phone is to highlight a trend in the Android ecosystem and offer developers a device to help capitalize on that trend: phablets. Regardless of your personal preference when it comes to smartphone size, Android devices in the 5.5-inch to 6.5-inch range are growing in popularity around the world. South Korea has been dubbed the "home of the phablet", because customers there buy large screen smartphones at a higher rate than anywhere else in the world, including buying millions of Galaxy Note handsets. But, the trend towards phablets is something that is happening everywhere. There's a good reason why Apple has a 5.5-inch iPhone on the way - customers want that form factor. 

Of course, until now, all of the Nexus smartphones have been 5-inches or smaller, while the tablets are either 7-inches or 10.1-inches. So, Google has been missing certain sections of the ecosystem with its developer reference devices. This year, Google wants to be able to hit all of the segments with its Nexus line. It wants developers to have options that fit every need, which is to say each size tier. This means a having the old Nexus 5 (or possible second new Nexus with a 5.2-inch display), a Nexus X with a 5.9-inch display, the old Nexus 7, a new Nexus tablet at 8.9-inches, and the old Nexus 10. That gives developers options to choose from depending on how and where they may want to target their software. 

Conclusion


While it is still possible that Google will release a Nexus device this year that is 5.2-inches, the main Nexus X is set to be 5.9-inches, and there is very good reason for that. Unfortunately, the number one reason is one that may not sit well with many of our readers: you are not the target market of the Nexus line, and what you want doesn't really matter. I'm not sure why this is a surprise though. If Google really listened to what the enthusiasts on sites like ours said, then the Nexus line would still feature expandable storage and a removable battery, but obviously those features are now gone. Google wants to limit the use of expandable storage to make for a more consistent experience for users and developers alike; and, force better hardware and software design by moving towards non-removable batteries. Now, Google wants to highlight the growing segment of phablets in the Android ecosystem, so we're going to get a larger Nexus device. 

As much as I love the Nexus line, I know I'm in the same boat as you, and I'm not the target market either; so, I've given up hoping to see the device of my dreams come directly from Google. Instead, I embrace the power of the Android ecosystem, and the hardware variety afforded by it, to find the device that fits my needs and desires. Last year, I traded my Nexus 5 for the Moto X, because of the design, the software, and the personality. This year, I'm still undecided until we see what comes with the X+1, Nexus, and various Android Silver devices, but I'm confident that there will be something that fits what I want. So, the conclusion is simple really: if you don't want a 5.9-inch device, the Nexus line may not be for you this year, but there will be plenty of options for you through Android Silver and other manufacturers. 

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posted on 27 Aug 2014, 13:34 6

1. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1275; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


With a 5.9" Nexus phone, you can skip to get a Nexus tablet. But you'll have to get a larger pants just for the phone to fit in your pocket...

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 14:16 23

29. DevilsAdvocate (Posts: 8; Member since: 28 Jun 2014)


No matter what you say . . .But this is "goddamnit" well written article. Thumbs Up for the writer.

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 15:08 15

47. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4010; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Dude Michael H. has been writing GREAT articles on PhoneArena.com for YEARS!!!

Best articles in my honest opinion!

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 16:59 5

59. cezarepc (Posts: 564; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


Yeah only those who have stayed long enough get to know what kind of quality Michael H articles have.

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 20:15 5

74. domfonusr (Posts: 368; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)


Certainly this is one among the great articles... not because of popular views, but because of cold hard facts about the evolving world of mobile. Thank you once again, Michael H. Classy work!

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 20:57 3

76. register (Posts: 74; Member since: 02 Aug 2014)


Best writer here.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 08:50 2

92. hortizano (Posts: 26; Member since: 22 May 2013)


Yeah, it is well written, but still looks like a bashing of Google.. He could have made his facts come across without the "Google don´t care about you" and "What you want doesn't really matter".. How can it not matter if WE are the ones who give our hard-earned money for THEM to subsist? He´s making Google look like an evil corporation... like Umbrella.. 0=D

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 02:50

97. Fellwalker (Posts: 37; Member since: 04 Apr 2014)


As a 4 time nexus user, rooted, I would like to bash google too! Yes, I far prefer the clean ui, or I did. Recently it has changed and Google is choosing more of its own plans on us. I used to be able to connect my phone to my car, but 4.4.4 took that away. My nexus 5 battery now barely lasts a day, and regularly needs a top up. Both my current 5 and 7-2013 have full memories (without music or film) , and local mobile networks are inadequate. (I live in a city with a strong student population in the north east of England, not in the wilds ) cloud storage and streaming are utterly impossible except on home wifi. What works on Google campus barely works in most other places in the world - that majority need storage options. If Google cared about us they would encrypt SD cards by default, and put them on developer devices so developers could learn to use them properly.
Android L interface is a solution to a non problem ;there is enough already broken that they would be better fixing rather than making it look prettier!
Have you looked at the many google plus threads on complaints about what google has not fixed or has broken within Android? Honestly, how can you think they do care?

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 03:55

98. semo. (unregistered)


I had to sign up in support of this post and to add that the Nexus IS all about the consumer. The author mentions this in the article:

1. To be a developer reference device, and
2. To highlight features/trends in the ecosystem, or those that Google wants to push.

A reference device that developers then use to create CONSUMER devices. So what goes in the Nexus then finds its way onto other devices. Is it any surprise that the trend these days is for bigger screens, sealed batteries and no SD or microSD slots? This wasn't the case before Google thought it was a great idea.

Unfortunately, good things like Qi don't seem to be finding their way in consumer devices though.

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 15:02 4

41. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4010; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I am OFFICIALLY drooling. If it looks like that & it comes to Verizon "F" the Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

STUNNING!!!!

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 17:37

61. marcski07 (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)


correct me if i'm wrong, nexus is for developers right? so for me, as an a average joe, who just want an up-to-date specs, would you recommend this nexus to me? or should I get other flagship phones? I prefer camera + design by the way and android of course..

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 20:55 1

75. register (Posts: 74; Member since: 02 Aug 2014)


Nexus is for developers but it offers great specs at such a low price compared to others which makes non-developers to buy it. Only problem is battery.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 08:50 1

91. tokuzumi (Posts: 273; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


You'll be getting the Note 4. After the Galaxy Nexus debacle, I don't see Verizon getting any more Nexus devices. Now, they should be getting Android Silver devices. One of those devices may fit your phablet needs. But they will most likely be released after the Note 4. So, enjoy your Note.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 10:27

93. ePoch270 (Posts: 92; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)


I agree, you will hopefully find a Note 4 "Silver Edition" in verizon stores/ outlets etc...

But IIRC, Google has vowed to NEVER make another CDMA Nexus. Don't know about VoLTE though. I'm not sure if the issue is with CDMA or Verizon.

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 15:05

43. Ashoaib (Posts: 1978; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


very nice article, now I know nexus is not intended for me(general user) rather it is intended for developers.... beside that they are going to put QHD display so I think may be 5.9inch is a perfect size for developers to optimize applications for QHD display and see/check the results/optimizations, as the critics of QHD says there is no benefit of QHD on small screen and human eye cannot notice any difference

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 13:35

2. AfterShock (Posts: 2800; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Great piece but.
I don't care about the size much so that is not a deal breaker, the chip maybe.

I doubt devs need to have a bigger screen to visualize a bigger rendition of their apps though, sorry that seems a bit outlandish to myself and far reached.

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 13:42 3

6. Bjray (Posts: 53; Member since: 29 May 2014)


"I doubt devs need to have a bigger screen to visualize a bigger rendition of their apps though"

No, but there are huge amounts of phablets on the market now and it would nice to have a dedicated fully developer friendly phablet to reference with.

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 13:47

11. AfterShock (Posts: 2800; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


What makes the difference though, .7 in screen size, is that justifiable to you to make or not make an app?

That seems odd to me, I'm no dev though so I can't rule that out completely.

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 13:55 1

19. Bjray (Posts: 53; Member since: 29 May 2014)


Oh I agree, just saying that it's nice having more developer device options.

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 17:46 1

63. timepilot84 (Posts: 72; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)


As a phablet fan, I can say that there are no big phone options out there that don't come with the manufacturer feature crap that seems to be all the rage amongst phone producers these days. This will be a welcome replacement for my Galaxy Note 3.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 23:29

95. stevenswall (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Aug 2014)


The OnePlus One should be right up your alley... Near stock Android with CyanogenMod, and no crapware and ugly front logos.

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 23:58

83. AfterShock (Posts: 2800; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


I see, gotchas.

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 14:35 2

35. TylerGrunter (Posts: 905; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


It´s not really to make or not an app, but more to check how it looks, play with it, make optimizations depending on the screen size, etc

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 15:07 2

46. Finalflash (Posts: 1736; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


No, its about having more devices that are cheap to test on. Emulators are useless for testing largely because they run on simulated hardware. But, for example, my own app measures screen resolution and puts certain bitmaps in place to show the best possible results for the resolution and pixel density. The fact that this is done dynamically means I have to make sure that the system remains smooth while all the numbers are being crunched and having an actual device really helps that. Currently I own a N4, N7, S4, PFI+dock, G3, G Pad 8.3 and G Nexus to test on. I would definitely like a cheap but high end phablet to add to that mix to literally cover almost all ranges of devices (just need 12 inch tab after that I think).

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 13:36 3

3. Mrmark (Posts: 139; Member since: 26 Jan 2013)


Finally just what I wanted a 5.9 Nexus ...now I can get rid of my HTC Max ... FYI I do like the screen real estate on phones

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 13:37 15

4. TheRequiem (Posts: 154; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)


I'm a developer and I don't want a 5.9 inch Nexus. It's too big and with most android's being around 4-5 inches, it's unreasonable to make developers work with just 5.9 inches... and guess what, my opinion matters! I'll stick with my Nexus 5 if this is the case.

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 13:38 7

5. AfterShock (Posts: 2800; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


I think you are bang on.

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 13:52 2

17. xfire99 (Posts: 503; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)


Which way is it unreasonable? Google doesnt force all devs to buy and develops apps to it. Its free choice for all devs if wanna develop apps and earn cash.

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 13:54

18. AfterShock (Posts: 2800; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Unreasonable by size I think.

Maybe devs want to use these phones too as well as dev for them, forcing them down a path they may or may not want to go seems odd.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 00:07 1

84. techspace (Posts: 631; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


Exactly, there is nothing new in the article....we know that nexuses are for the developers and they are used to highlight the trends in the ecosystem but that doesn't mean that they are not for the regular users, they are also marketed as consumer oriented devices....even the developers are consumers, they are not robots, they would also like to have things that a regular customer likes.
Google is working hard to make the nexuses as user friendly as possible and they are doing a great job.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 01:08

86. saffant (Posts: 219; Member since: 04 Jul 2011)


Nobody is forcing them. It's an option.

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 13:56 1

21. aba71983 (Posts: 230; Member since: 24 Jul 2014)


Just like what Google said that the Nexuz X 5.9 inch is not for you.

There is many variety that fit for you. As simple as that!

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 14:15

28. SellPhones82 (Posts: 500; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


Then the rumored 5.2 inch Nexus should be up your ally, or like you said, just stick with the N5.

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 15:12 1

48. Ashoaib (Posts: 1978; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


TheRequiem... as I remember the reports that 5.9inch display will be QHD and I also remember reading many comments everyday that there is no benefit of Qhd on small screen... may be this is the reason they made it 5.9".... soon most of the flagships will be launching with Qhd and in future Qhd will become a stard for flagships, so google must optimize android & applications keeping Qhd in mind... probably, this can be a reason for 5.9"... what do you think?

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 16:54

58. boosook (Posts: 992; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Good point!

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 21:43

79. blitzkreig (Posts: 64; Member since: 18 Aug 2014)


"and with most android's being around 4-5 inches"

Err.. Sorry, but thats not true. Millions of phablets (more than the total no. of phones sold in North America & Europe combined) are used & continue to be sold in China, India & other south and south east asian countries. Granted that a majority of them are entry & midrange phones from local (read chinese) OEMs.

But that doesn't change the fact that they run android & play a huge part in promoting Google's OS. Even entry level phones come with a dual core cpu & 1 gig ram. You don't need that configuration to check emails, listen to music or for basic web surfing.

Phones these days are used to shoot pics, watch videos & play games. And doing all this makes sense only if the screen us atleast 5.5 inches. Even something as mundane as web browsing becomes an exercise in frustration on a sub 5 inch screen.

Ok.. So you have your Sony DSLR for capturing photos, a wide screen 65 inch smart TV for watching videos/movies & even surfing the web. You also have a water cooled alienware gaming rig plus an xbox. Plus games look so much more stunning on the PC.

Then why do we have octa core & 64 bit cpus? Why is apple of all companies feeling the pinch to out a slightly bigger iphone? Why do we even have smartphones, android & ios? We were getting along pretty well with our good old nokia symbian phones.

If you don't want a "big" screen, use a feature phone. It doesn't make sense to unload hard earned $$ on the latest powerpacked phone, if it can't do justice to the few activities that can actually utilize all that power.

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 22:18 2

80. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 926; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


White box phones out of Asia do not promote Google or their OS. The only thing they do for Google is count toward Android activations and marketshare. If the device doesn't have Play services on it, it might as well be Symbian, for all the benefit Google realizes from them.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 07:47 1

90. Ashoaib (Posts: 1978; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


well sorry! I must have to say that your comment is totally out of context regarding Nexus X's 5.9" display and feels like just pushing your general insight instead of a particular point... if we consider your point of 4-5inch size of most android phones then they are already there and android is already pretty optimized for that segment bcoz usually there is no new technology in midrange or low end devices, whereas, Qhd is a pretty new technology and slowly taking traction, android has to be optimized for new technologies instead of midrange or low end old technology(which android is already)...
well 64 bit is a point to discuss which is also important for near future, I think google did'nt put 64bit cpu in nexus x bcoz it is not available in high end segment at the moment... only midrange CPUs like snapdragon 615/610 or apple A7(which apple will not sell) are ready at the moment... no high end CPU like snapdragon 810 or nvidia k1 are ready for show time...

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 13:42 3

7. promise7 (Posts: 410; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Interesting article, but why do PA writers section off their pieces like their turning in a high school term paper?

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 15:01 8

40. YourNickname (Posts: 79; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


Michael just writes at a highschool level.

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 13:45 1

8. nh1402 (Posts: 4; Member since: 30 Oct 2013)


So the trend that Google are trying to force is, have a terrible camera, and have bad battery life :P

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 13:46 2

9. thelivingdead44 (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Aug 2014)


This article is very stupid for the reason that it states in almost every sentence that the next Nexus phone is a 5.9' device which is just based upon rumour.I'm pretty sure there is no concrete evidences until the phone is released and could prove this article baseless in case they decide to go for less than 5.9'.But for what it's worth I hope it keeps along the lines of 5.2'.

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 15:06 2

45. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 358; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)


The first 5.9" Nexus leak I thought the same thing: "There's no way Google wants that for Android! I'll wait for more leaks." Then as more and more leaks come out pointing towards a 5.9" Nexus it gets kind of hard to deny it. If Michael based this article off of a single leak he'd be a moron, but he (like myself and many others) knows how to filter out the BS leaks and see the more probable ones.

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 13:46 2

10. toushiro (Posts: 5; Member since: 25 Jun 2014)


5.9 is ok but only with very small bezels, like aquos crystal

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 14:01 2

25. aba71983 (Posts: 230; Member since: 24 Jul 2014)


Yes, small bezels like the Nexus 5 for sure.

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 16:01 1

53. Vexify (limited) (Posts: 570; Member since: 16 Jun 2014)


Anything but those atrocious tablet bezels.

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 13:47 5

12. kramersmash (Posts: 12; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


I'll take one
*throws money at the screen*

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 13:49 3

13. imnotascammer (Posts: 43; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)


Hmm.. "Because your opinion doesnt matter"

This article is based on your opinion about what you think Google is opinion on making 5.9 device.

Im afraid there's a lot of people who would fall into this. Really PA? Its not even materialized yet. And so what if it really 5'9? Didnt you just post that there could be 2 Nexus this year?

..And does this mean that Samsung (who tries to cater each possible market) also doesnt care about our opinion in making the Note series???

sigh. this to me, sounds bashing.

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 13:51 2

14. aba71983 (Posts: 230; Member since: 24 Jul 2014)


I agree with the expandable storage especially using SD card. For example, you have game into your S4 and then you buy new Z2 and you used the SD card into your new Z2. Do you think it will compatible and can run smooth.

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 13:52 2

15. Sniggly (Posts: 6998; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Excellent Op Ed as usual, Michael. I'm agreed too; for a long time now the Nexus phones have only aligned with general customer choices when those needs happen to line up with what Google wants.

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 13:52

16. ryan5609 (Posts: 98; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)


I am more concerned with the overall size. My OnePlus One is 5.5 inches and it is probably as big as I am willing to go. The OnePlus One's size can can become uncomfortable in my pants pocket, I do not wear tight or "skinny" jeans, this is in very normal everyday jeans and shorts. If they can somehow cram a 5.9" screen into the same size body, I will have no problem picking it up.

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 13:59 1

24. aba71983 (Posts: 230; Member since: 24 Jul 2014)


Just like what Google said that the Nexuz X 5.9 inch is not for you.

There is many variety that fit for you. As simple as that!

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 13:55

20. _Bone_ (Posts: 2126; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Why the hell not, gimme the 5,9 Nexus 9 with the QHD screen and Adreno 420, and I'll skip buying a Tab S.

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 13:58 1

22. TreyTreyTaylor (Posts: 309; Member since: 21 Dec 2010)


Great Read. I understand developers might be put off by the size, But we dont even know what it looks like yet. And honestly i think bigger is better. Maybe the my Notes have me a little biased but seriously, phones with big screens are awesome. I think the market speaks volumes about that. You don't know how good it is until you take the chance. A note sized Nexus phone will be outstanding. You watch lol.

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 18:50

69. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 864; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


So far one developer is against this not all developers. Some will some won't so what! I personally want a bigger screen, and was opting for a Note until this came to light. A nice up to date screen with real estate size, and faster updates....I am all in.

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 19:22

72. Professor (Posts: 136; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


I also like big screens... But I hate all the bs software that manufacturers and carriers add to their phones. That's the main reason I buy and like Nexus phones. Although the idea of a platinum Note 4, or a platinum LG G3, or even a platinum LG Pro 2 (or GPE) is really a great option that I am willing to consider if the price is aceptable (compared to real Nexus phones).

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 20:09

73. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 864; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


My Nexus 5 gets updates 1st, and way longer than proprietary software like touch wiz or, Sense. Google does a good job of making current software available to it's Nexus line. Software support goes a long ways now. This is why I will take this over the Note 4, because I was going to buy a Note 4 because of the size and the integration of software suite. However; a large phone was my goal and the Note was the king of that genre.

Now this 5.9" phone with pure Google is the only thing to pry the Note 4 out of my hand.

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 13:59 1

23. MartyK (Posts: 711; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


Thank you GOOGLE!!!...it's about time!!

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 14:09

26. scsa852k (Posts: 291; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


Since their next tablet will be 8 inches, I understand why they're trying to up the size of the phone, but man 5.9?

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 14:11 1

27. Orion78 (Posts: 22; Member since: 27 Mar 2014)


Great article. I'll definitely pick up this beast when it becomes available. I always wanted a Nexus phablet.....finally it's coming.

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