The Nexus Story: Is the new Nexus 6 really worth the price it commands?

HTC Nexus One
HTC Nexus One

The Nexus line of devices when they first started out with the Nexus One by HTC was directed at the developer crowd. However, lawsuits and a rather humongous price tag of $529 saw it getting shelved in a rather small period of time.

Samsung Nexus S
Samsung Nexus S

However, less than a year later, Google teamed up with Samsung to bring the Nexus S to life. It featured a larger screen(4.3 inches versus 3.7), and the other specs matched the flagships around the mobile world, it was the first device where we saw Google really concentrating on Android as a UI.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Samsung Galaxy Nexus

The next device in the line-up was the Galaxy Nexus, another collaboration with Samsung, saw the arrival of Android 4.0 ICS, which saw Android really change its look to something we see today. Also the screen size increased once again, from 4.3 inches to 4.65 inches.

LG Nexus 4
LG Nexus 4

The arrival of Jellybean saw the arrival of the Nexus 4 from LG. Borrowing heavily on the Optimus G it featured another increase in screen size, a glass sandwich construction and the appropriate specs. It was however built to be an affordable hi-end smartphone. This saw the Nexus line change its spots, bringing the average Joe to the Nexus family thanks to the aggressive pricing of the Nexus 4.

LG Nexus 5
LG Nexus 5

The Nexus 5 continued in the same vein as its predecessor, bringing power-packed specs in a larger frame along with a larger and better display at a price that made its rivals quiver in fear and also brought about the rise of an upstart (the OnePlus One.)

Motorola Nexus 6
Motorola Nexus 6

However, all that changed with the arrival of the super-sized Nexus 6, made with the help of a former Google company, Motorola. Based on Motorola’s 2014 version of the Moto X, the new Nexus bad boy was a far cry from the previous two generations. Instead of leveling with the crowd, it steamrolled past them as it went for the jugular of its rivals from Cupertino, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Boasting a huge 5.96 inch Quad HD display, a top of the line Snapdragon 805 with 4 Krait 450 CPU’s steaming about at 2.7 GHz aided by the Adreno 420 GPU and 3 gigs of RAM, the behemoth was a brick through the window of Apple’s hallowed grounds. It was Google telling them in the most unsubtle of ways that anything you can do, we can do better.

And those of you cribbing about the price should remember that the cheapest of the iPhone 6 family is still a few grand more expensive than the 64 GB version of Mountain View’s behemoth. Comparing the two is like comparing chalk and cheese. The  more you look at them, the more you wonder, if the fruity thing really is worth that much more.

We’ll leave that for you to figure out.

@DennisA_James

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