Poll results: Is a 5.9-inch Nexus X (aka Nexus 6 'Shamu') too big for you?

With leaks all over the place about a new, 5.9-inch Nexus X smartphone (a phone also referred to as the Nexus S, or under its Motorola ‘Shamu’ codename), it seems that Google’s next Nexus is almost certainly going to be a phablet. And not just any phablet - at such a display size, it will be one of the largest phablets out there. It will be huge.

But is that really a good thing? More screen estate is great for looking at images and watching movies, but our hands have a limit, and our pockets do too. The truth is that the benefits of a larger screen inevitably meet the downside of reduced portability at those screen sizes.

We weren’t sure what to make out of this new size: some in the office seemed okay with it, but many were shocked by how large Google seems to have decided to make the Nexus X. So we turned to you, our readers, for a more definitive opinion: is the Nexus X too large?

The results are in, and the overwhelming majority agrees: the Nexus X is just too huge for them. More than 69% of the votes, or nearly two thirds of all votes, said the large size was a turn-off, while only around 31% considered it a size that’s okay / likeable.

And even though the Nexus X launch is expected to happen soon, Google might be in for an unpleasant surprise - not that many people like such a huge form factor.

Is a 5.9-inch Nexus X (aka Nexus 6) too big for you?

Yes, 5.9 inches of screen is just too much.
No, I'm okay with / I like bigger phones.

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1. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Screen size poll again? Deja vu eh, PA?

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5750; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Also screen size is not actual phone size Judging from that photo with the G3 its actually not that big even though it has a 6" The 5.5" 6+ is about that size, maybe taller and less wide/thinner

11. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

The LG G3 is 5.5" not 6"

29. vincelongman

Posts: 5750; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I mean judging from that with the LG G3, the Nexus Shuamu doesn't look that big for a 6" The 5.5" iPhone 6+ is about that size, maybe taller and less wide/thinner

20. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I agree. Before I got the Droid X I thought it might be too big. I was worried about nothing.Recent Motorola phones have had bigger screens without the overall phone being much bigger than a previous model. Apple did the same thing with the 5.

9. Victor.H

Posts: 1098; Member since: May 27, 2011

Those are the poll results, we post them after the poll is done, so people can actually see how the votes went.

16. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

I see what you did there. I saw the poll earlier in this article not the results.

2. nohatenofanboy

Posts: 515; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

sometimes bigger is not better ( thats not what she said. thats my opinion)

3. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Anything above 5.7" is the perfect size for me. So this would hit the sweet spot, although I wouldn't mind anything that is 7" of less. 5.5" is minimum.

4. xfire99

Posts: 1207; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Dont know yet which one is Nexus 6, 5,9" or 5,2" one yet. Even its 5.9" and the size isnt much bigger than LG G3.


Posts: 442; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

They should make 2 sizes jst like Apple did, 5.9 not everyones cup of tea then ill stick with my nexus 7 lol

8. vincelongman

Posts: 5750; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

That's one of the rumors going around Also Spigen (a case manufacturer, who also leaked the Nexus 5 last year) switch their cases from "Compatible with Google Nexus 5" to "Compatible with Google Nexus 5 (2013)" http://www.amazon.com/NON-SLIP-Japanese-Protector-Included-Excellent/dp/B00EV8Y50Shttp://www.amazon.com/Nexus-Case-Spigen-Hybrid-Series/dp/B00EV8Y684http://www.amazon.com/Japanese-Protector-Included-Graphics-Resistant/dp/B00FJJ38HYhttp://www.amazon.com/Nexus-Case-Spigen-Slim-Armor/dp/B00EV8Y8M8 So hopefully there is a Nexus 5 (2014)

21. .KRATOS.

Posts: 442; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

If there would be a new nexus 5, they better upgrade it with latest cpu more rams n upgraded cam.

23. datphone

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 28, 2014

I can't see them doing that considering since the Moto X has only just gone on sale. The Nexus 6 is/will be just a phablet version on the X anyway.

32. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

They did make 2 sizes, Moto X.

6. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

6in is fine on my hands.

10. sunday

Posts: 39; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

Any phablet bigger than 5.7 iS too big and any phablet smaller than 5.5 is too small. Samsung gave uS the definition of phablet any phablet that want to compete must be close in size. LG g pro 2 went too far from note 3 size And it negatively affected thEir sales.

25. Bedz81

Posts: 84; Member since: Dec 30, 2012

No...LG not releasing the damn phone worldwide negatively affected their sales, so far it's only sold in Asia. I would only take this phone if a non-Nexus version appeared with expandable memory

12. platformwars

Posts: 86; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

It doesnt really matter if its the sweet spot or not.. I cant buy anything but a nexus after buying one... the price vs specs is unbeatable.. i was looking forward to the one plus one buy its impossible to find. so.. whether its 5.9 inches or 6.9 .. nexus 6 is going to be my next phone.. even though i secretly hope its not more than 5.5

13. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I think 2014 is the year displays got away from us. We didn't ask for quad HD on a mainstream phone, but LG gave it to us anyway, and now other companies feel obligated to follow. We didn't clamor for a Nexus phablet, but Google will offer one anyway. And the less said about the iPhone Plus, the better.

14. zemunac

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

I want size comparison with lumia 1520 :)

15. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

I guess I like man sized phones. To me it looks weird seeing a guy over 5'9" with an iPhone. All my android phones have gotten bigger. The biggest adjustment was going from the DROID Maxx to the Note 3 & it was mainly adjusting to TouchWiz.

17. jan25

Posts: 470; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

if it turns out to be as big as a Galaxy Note, i will buy it.

18. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

Just bought a Lumia 1520... A 6" screen... the device IS big, but I like it! I may be in the minority here, but the bigger the better! (twss) Also manufacturers need to push the limits of increasing screen sizes, and decreasing phone dimensions! There is still a lot of area to improve upon there.

19. Johnabis

Posts: 66; Member since: Feb 17, 2011

What I don't understand is you make a big deal out of this phone being 5.9 inches but not a big deal of the sony Xperia Z ultra that has been out for a while and also the G flex..

22. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I think it's the assumption that the Nexus 6 will be the only phone Google releases this year. So Google is in effect saying that phablets are the state of the art. If Google also releases an updated Nexus 5, that will be mostly moot.

24. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

too damn big. I dont really want to go much bigger than my N4 for over all size... though I know that's a battle I'm going to lose as all flagships seem to be around 5+ inches these days. Also, the battery should be bigger. That's a lot of hardware and screen to push for that battery size. If your going to make it harder to use one handed, you should at least have massive battery to compensate. ;P

26. toyboyz

Posts: 235; Member since: Jan 22, 2010

5.5 inches No bigger. Then yas....!

27. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

It all depends on the size of the person's hands and what their needs are. I love my G2, but even I can admit that the phone is difficult to handle with one hand. Luckily, the phone is still very portable. Samsung already made the tablet sized phone (7" screen size), but when is enough is enough? In the future, will OEMs just stop making mobile phones all together and just release tablets that can make phone calls? The point of mobile phones are that they are MOBILE!!! Honeslty, the perfect screen size for me is anywhere between 4.7" to 5.2", but as I do want an LG G3, I just make the adjustment accordingly.

28. nathan.carter

Posts: 416; Member since: Aug 11, 2014

HTC NEXUS 6. October 8th is Google Wednesday. Say what you want. I know the truth.

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