Poll: Is the Nexus 6's 5.9-inch display appropriate, or overkill?


Holy cow! Hey, we've had plenty of time to get used to the idea that Google & Co.'s Nexus phones are always designed to represent the pinnacle of mobile hardware at the given moment. But the Nexus 6, folks? Google and Moto went ballistic with this thing, and we're not talking exclusively about the hardware!Although the Snapdragon 805 processor and 3GB scream right now, in a matter of few short months they will become yesterday's news, outclassed by molten-hot 64-bit silicon. But what about that 5.9-inch display? With a display this size, you're not even allowed to think about one-handed usage and comfortable portability. It's out of the question. A phablet of such measurements is used and carried around exactly like a small tablet. We are inclined to think that the majority of users would rather prefer something more manageable at around 5 inches. Heck, big 5.5-inch phablets are still considered a little bit niche outside of Asia. Just look at how the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is outselling the iPhone 6 Plus - that's got to mean something. 

But back on our thesis. By releasing a the Nexus 6 exclusively with that wholesome, and scary 5.9-inch QHD display, Google and Moto made a non-verbal statement that reads something like this: "We're introducing the most powerful smartphone you can possibly have in October 2014. It looks okay-ish. You can't really use it one-handed or carry it in your tight pockets. This thing is about one thing only - raw power! Android developers, modders, and fans will have a field day with this one.". This time, the Nexus overlords abandoned the "beast hardware on a budget for everyone who's interested" and went straight to the spec enthusiasts. The 5.9-inch QHD display might be the most impressive way to showcase Android 5.0 Lolipop and its elaborate design language, but in our eyes, it limits the Nexus 6's appeal towards the special types that know very well what they want, and are keen to live with its portability and design compromises. Don't get us wrong, though. We love the Xperia Z Ultra. We love the Huawei Ascend Mate 7. It's just that Google really surprised us by boldly turning its smartphone for the masses into a whopping 5.9-inch phablet for nuclear-testing Android.

Whew. We got that off our collective chest. Now, what do YOU think about the Nexus 6's voluptuous screen? Vote and share your thoughts below!

Do you fancy the Nexus 6's larger than life display?

Yes, the size is mighty appropriate!
30.55%
No, Google and Moto went nuts!
69.45%

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Nexus 6
  • Display 6.0" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • 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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41 Comments

1. seanwhat

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Once again PA, I have to tell you to sort it out. You should have read your own article before dealing with this poll...http://www.phonearena.com/news/Google-is-making-a-5.9-inch-Nexus-X-because-your-opinion-doesnt-matter_id59733

3. seanwhat

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

39. HildyJ

Posts: 338; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

The poll should be: "Google (Nexus 6), Apple (iPhone 6+), and Sammy (Note 4) all went nuts." The answer is: yes they did. Instead of stopping at 6 inches, make 7 inch tablets that are phone enabled - most of my "phone" usage is text and mobile data. I really hope that Google also offers a refresh of my Nexus 5 with jacked up specs even if it means a jacked up price.

2. CommentBoxEnforcer

Posts: 99; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

5.2=sweet spot

4. Antimio

Posts: 313; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

thats what she said

9. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

that's what she never said... :P

17. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1260; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

@ Tritinum I see what you did there...

19. fouadqr

Posts: 326; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

I didn't

14. Micah007

Posts: 266; Member since: Oct 09, 2014

Their is no one sweet-spot, everyone has different taste.

20. Flippyphone

Posts: 67; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

But there are tastes that are more prevalent, and a poll on PA just a few weeks ago showed that 65% want a screen within spitting distance of 5", and popularity dropped off significantly the further they got from 5". Sweet spot, duh.

22. Micah007

Posts: 266; Member since: Oct 09, 2014

Do you know how many people voted in this poll?

26. Flippyphone

Posts: 67; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

Yes, but what does that matter? The results are drastic enough that any statistcal deviation would not affect the ultimate outcome. 6% liked 5.7" and 4% liked 4". Either way is a big enough drop-off from 5" that any sample size issue is moot.

28. Micah007

Posts: 266; Member since: Oct 09, 2014

It does matter. A poll on a tech site while influential can't possibly determine how the rest of the mainstream non-technical audience will perceive it. That's my point, I've seen polls saying the Iphone 6 Plus is too large, but sales prove otherwise.

31. Flippyphone

Posts: 67; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

How do polls say otherwise? The 6 is outselling the 6 Plus by a wide margin, and polls on tech sites and non-tech sites show customers prefer the size of the 6 to the size of the 6 Plus. Despite the Note 4 being a better phone, it will be outsold by the S5 because of the size. Yes, there are different tastes, but in the smartphone market some tastes are much more prevalent. Phones closer to 5" are selling far, far better than phones that are larger or smaller. It's really not that hard to understand. Take a Midol and try again later.

34. Micah007

Posts: 266; Member since: Oct 09, 2014

Your missing the point. The 6 is outselling the Plus, but the Plus and Note sales show, phablets are more popular than most people give them credit for. That's what your missing, and what I tried to get across to you in my previous reply. Read more carefully next time ;)

36. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Moto X 2014. You're welcome.

5. sherkhan

Posts: 34; Member since: Oct 02, 2014

if it was done by samsung everyone would have started saying what a phone.. we need big phones.. big screens are today's fashion... but bcz its done by some other brand its getting negative votes

8. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

You're so correct about this. This is bummer for them as its a big phone & Lil pricy than previous nexus devices.

10. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Hardly. You must not remember the Lumia 1520 which was also a giant phone. Pretty much every review of the 1520 commented on just how unwieldy the device was due to the giant 6" screen. What's seems clear is that there needs to be some way of sharing SIMs on one cellular account. Many times, I would carry a small phone around, but not a giant like the Nexus 6. But other times, I would like all the screen real estate and processing power of a big phone. Paying for two or more plans (either individually or as part of a fake "share" plan) isn't appealing. As it is today, the hardware industry is selling fewer phones because of the telecoms. Not really a great situation.

15. Jay_Hammy

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

How well did the Galaxy Mega phones do? They already went beyond big. At the moment a phone of this site only appeals to a smaller group. I am 6'7" and have big hands but no way am I carrying around a 6" phone in my work pants or basketball shorts lol at this rate the N5 may be the last phone I ever own.

16. TBomb

Posts: 1504; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I disargee... Google is definitely liked by more people than samsung in my opinion

29. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

Because Samsung's software takes advantage of it. Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge fan of stock Android, but if there are no stock features to take advantage of the hardware then I have no reason to consider it.

6. realjjj

Posts: 375; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

for the price it should be 55 inch lol.

11. ProblemSolver15

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 14, 2010

Lol, this is damn funny. I get folks are irate at the price, but it's still cheaper than the Note 4 that I WAS going to get to replace my Note 3 and the iPhone 6 Plus. For that, I'll happily hand some dough over to Google.

7. tusharkn

Posts: 7; Member since: Feb 24, 2012

I guess I know where Google is going. I would say the plausibility reason behind growth of Nexus phones has to do with Android Wear. Google might be trying to make people use less of their ginormous phones and cope up with tech which is strapped on their wrist.

12. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

You mean a giant watch on someone's arm will now look smaller because of the enormous phone strapped to their waist or hanging out of their pocket? :)

41. tusharkn

Posts: 7; Member since: Feb 24, 2012

No I meant the other, won't you wear and use something as stylish as Moto 360 & delivering lasting at least 12 hours

13. Duke19

Posts: 27; Member since: Oct 02, 2014

3.27 inches is too wide. Could care less about the height of the device, but the width means no chance of one-handing this thing...

18. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

Of course it is too big, but why care? There's no way to change it now anyways.

21. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Its not too big imo and I didn't find the 1520 to big to hold when playing with it at AT&T. For it having all these specs and the price of a 4.7 inch iphone this is still a decent deal.

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