Google exec says people will love the size of the Nexus 6

Google exec says people will love the size of the Nexus 6
Phones have continually been getting bigger and bigger ever since the smartphone revolution began. Right now, we're at a time where many smartphones fall in the 5-inch screen size range, though there are a few outliers. One of those is the Nexus 6, which will be a device with a 5.96-inch display, a size many are already claiming is too big. But, one Google exec is defending the size and saying users will love it. Google's vice president of Android product management, Brian Rakowski says that its more a matter of a fear of the unknown to an extent. He told CNET in an interview recently, "If you gave [users] a phablet for a week, 50 percent of those would say they like it and not go back." 

Of course, looking at history, Rakowski has a very strong point. Back when the first 4-inch devices were coming out, people said it was too big. Then, it happened again with the first 4.3-inch devices, and the first 4.7-inch devices, and the first 5.5-inch devices, and on and on. For the most part, people will complain that a phone is too big, until they use it for a while and get used to the size and the benefits of the bigger display. There's a very good reason why the Galaxy Note has been such a popular phone series, and why Apple thought it had to enter the phablet game. 

Admittedly, the 6-inch range does have some limitations that other sizes haven't, namely in how big your pockets are, and if you keep your phone in your pocket or not. I know, I'm a big guy with big pockets, and the Nokia Lumia 1520 (which is just a tad bigger than the Nexus 6) was pushing my pocket limit. So, it is certainly understandable that some may find 6-inches too big.

source: CNET

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  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, Quad-core, 2700 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3220 mAh(24h talk time)

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56 Comments

1. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

I love big phones. Hell; I can go up to 6.5". My Note 4 is already too small.

6. Micah007

Posts: 266; Member since: Oct 09, 2014

I like big phones like the LG G3 and the HTC One M8, but there my maximum for how big I think I would want a device to be. I might consider the Nexus 6, but I need to think about it.

30. g2a5b0e unregistered

I feel the same way. My first smartphone was a T-Mobile G2 (3.7"). Two years later, I bought a Note 2 (5.5"). I've owned a Note 3 & now a Note 4 since which means I've only gone up .2" in the last 2 years. A little disappointing after that initial jump. I've been saying for a while now that a 6.5" Note would be perfect...maybe one day. The Nexus 6 is hella tempting though.

2. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Sorry dude, I need a phone that can actually fit in my pocket...

4. imkyle

Posts: 1115; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Or my hand.

34. Andrewtst

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

6" anytime can fit in pocket.

44. vladtdr

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

Buy some jeans for MEN then.

46. DocOc

Posts: 143; Member since: Apr 23, 2014

It most definitely fits in a pocket unless you wear tight skinny jeans in which case you don't deserve a Nexus 6

54. trustory

Posts: 132; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

y'all need more swag

3. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

with such logic, a 42 inch display wont be too big to carry around in your pocket in 4-5 years period

36. iushnt

Posts: 3103; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Hmm, would be lovely if they created such technologies where 42 inch can be virtually projected..or folded to make super portable.. You may know that 175 inch screen his already portable and it is known as Gear VR

39. engineer-1701d unregistered

its been real for years its called foled screens watch youtube history on it

47. DocOc

Posts: 143; Member since: Apr 23, 2014

That is not the logic at all. Obviously you can only go so big before it become impractical. The point being made is that we haven't reached that max yet.

5. JMartin22

Posts: 2370; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

5.5-5.7 inches is the sweet spot now for me.

11. jesusnexo unregistered

and also with the phones :b

37. iushnt

Posts: 3103; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

I see what u did there

7. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Basically it boils down to this: Those who want small devices, use them more as phones. Those who want big devices, use them more as computers.

8. Micah007

Posts: 266; Member since: Oct 09, 2014

Exactly, and there is an entire generation of users who are using their smartphones as actual phones less and less and more as personal computers. That's why phones sizes have gotten bigger, to accommodate the shift in society.

10. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

That summed it up entirely. I personally love bigger phones. I have a opo but would love to go bigger. That's why I am going for the n6

40. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

I use my phone as a computer for 95% of its use. However, there is a size limit to comfortable portability. I dont want to have to wear baggy shorts/pants just to walk comfortably with a phone in my pocket. I dont want a girl to go "is that a phablet in your pants or are you just happy to see me".. and go... nope, its a phablet. lol

53. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1776; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

If a girl asks you that, you need to marry her right away lol

9. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Good luck standing in the metro train, where you need third hand to hold the stick

38. iushnt

Posts: 3103; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

I ride a motorbike

12. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I'm good with my 5" Nexus 5 and I get to save $650 plus tax.

13. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2264; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

i dont want to carry a whale.

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

5.5 to 5.7 is perfect, but the form factor of the N6 makes it feel smaller than it actually is. I think it's a win. Jedii approved.

15. guest

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

My brother bought the Z3 compact as soon as the Nexus 6 was announced because it was just too big. Hopefully the Z3 Compact does really well and fills the void of the premium compact phone that the iPhone left.

16. gagakiller

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 08, 2014

I love the size of my ****

17. Professor

Posts: 223; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

I love the (screen) size but not the "Motorola" price...

18. AeroPrime

Posts: 175; Member since: Feb 21, 2011

For those of you who doesn't like big phones cause of the size. It is not cause of the size. It's how comfortable it is in your hands. For a person who has small hands, the smartphone industry wasn't friendly for me. I know how you feel. i been there. the best screen size for me is a 3.9 inch. However, after owning so many phones with bigger than 4 inch screen. I realize its not that bad. I'm using a Lumia 1520 now. And i tell you the size it doesnt really affect you. As long its comfortable in your hands. It is fine. Just give it a try.

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