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The Nexus 6 is the best value, pure Android smartphone

When the Nexus 6p first came out, I found myself drooling over its metal body, awesome camera, and fingerprint scanner. I went back and forth on upgrading from my current Nexus 6, but after several debates with myself I decided to keep my Nexus 6. Why? Because the Nexus 6 is the best value phone out there if you are looking for pure Android.


The Nexus 6 is the biggest Nexus device of all time with a 6″ display at a 2K resolution. The screen is larger than the one on the Nexus 6p, and while this screen is not quite as nice at the Nexus 6p’s, it is still a gorgeous display which makes the Nexus 6 one of the best phones for media consumption. This huge screen is accompanied by two front-facing speakers that only add to the joy of watching videos on the Nexus 6.

Google often gets flack for its Nexus devices having poor cameras, and while the Nexus 6’s camera does not match the one found on the Nexus 6p, it’s 13-megapixel shooter can still churn out some great shots plus 4K video which looks great on that display. After a year of using this camera, I am still impressed by some of the photos I get with the Nexus 6. google-nexus-6-hands-on-review-camera-540x334

On the internal side of things, the Nexus 6 can still stand tall even compared to this years flagships. It comes with the Snapdragon 805 and 3GB of RAM which keeps everything running smoothly on Android Marshmallow. You won’t find the Nexus 6 shying away from graphically intense games either.

Battery life was a big complaint with the Nexus 6, but with new features in Marshmallow such as Doze, I am seeing the best battery life I have ever gotten from my Nexus 6. I can normally last an entire day with around 4 hours of screen on time which should be plenty for the majority of users.

The Nexus Camera's lens with f/2.0 aperture lets more light in and captures sharp images in stunning detail.

While the Nexus 6 does not come with a fingerprint scanner, features like Trusted Devices and Smart Lock mean that you are needing to use your password less and less to access your phone. If you have a smartwatch or pair of Bluetooth headphones that you have with you often, you will find that you are almost never using a passcode to unlock your phone.


Since it is a Nexus device, the Nexus 6 will continue to receive Android updates straight from Google for another year plus security updates for an extra year after that. This means that you will be on the cutting edge of Android so you can take advantage of all the features of a new release before anyone else. With updates straight from Google, you can also have peace of mind since security fixes and patches will reach your device quickly.

marshmallow-2200After Google stops supporting the Nexus 6, you will still have access to an amazing developer community which will help you root your Nexus and stay at the top of the software game. Nexus devices are also the easiest to root so anyone who can follow directions should be good to go.


I said the Nexus 6 was the best value, and I meant it. Now that the 6p is out, there are constantly sales on the Nexus 6 which bring the price down significantly. As I am writing this article, there is a sale on Amazon that is knocking the prices of the 32GB and 64GB versions of the Nexus 6 down to $250 and $300 dollars, respectively. That is a full $250 off the price of a comparable Nexus 6p. We normally see sales like this showing up every two or so weeks, also.


When you look to see what that $250 would get you if you got the Nexus 6p over the Nexus 6, you will realize that it is not actually much. You get a full metal body which some may like and some may not. You also get an improved camera; however, the camera on the Nexus 6 performs good enough for most people. The internals are also upgraded, but you will be hard pressed to find much difference in real world usage between the two phones as they are both powerful enough to keep up with everyday tasks.

The fingerprint scanner might be what wins most people over because of the convenience over putting in a passcode. However, there are several features in Android that can help you reduce the amount of times you actually need to use your passcode.

While the Nexus 6p is obviously an upgrade to the Nexus 6, the Nexus 6 still has some advantages over the 6p. Most notably, you get a larger screen for media consumption, and there are constantly sales that can bring the price of the Nexus 6 to half of the cost of a comparable Nexus 6p.

If you are looking for a pure Android experience and don’t want to fork over $500+ for a new phone, the Nexus 6 is a phone I constantly recommend, and I plan on keeping mine for a while. It is a fantastic blend of form, features, and price.

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Google Pixel 4a pre-orders go live with August 20 availability

Google’s newest phone, the Pixel 4a, is finally available for pre-order. Having blown by its expected May launch, the handset arrives with a wallet-friendly $350 price tag.When much of the fanfare and advertising for phones tends to center around flagships and devices approaching $1,000, Google’s latest is a fraction of the price. Nevertheless, it still has more than enough hardware and modern software to satisfy the needs of the masses.At just $350, the Pixel 4a runs Android 10 and largely features the same camera experience that’s found in the Pixel 4. Moreover, it also has a headphone jack and a bigger battery than the standard model.Android 105.81-inch FHD+ displayQualcomm Snapdragon 730 processor6GB RAM128GB storage12.2-megapixel dual-pixel rear camera8-megapixel wide-angle camera3140mAh battery3.5mm audio jackAs to why the Pixel 4a is less than half the price of the Pixel 4, there are plenty of reasons. It’s just up to the buyer to determine whether it’s worth spending the extra money.With that said, the Pixel 4a does not have wireless charging, nor does it have the soft-touch glass back and water resistant protection. Instead it has a polycarbonate body to keep price down.AvailabilityThe Pixel 4a is available for pre-order in the US at Google Store and on Google Fi where it can be purchased unlocked at just $350. It will be more widely available to customers on August 20 through the Google Store, Best Buy, Amazon, and more. Additionally, US carriers will offer the phone, including Google Fi, US Cellular, and Verizon.Customers who purchase the Pixel 4a receive three month free trials of YouTube Premium, Google Play Pass and Google One.Interestingly enough, the Google Pixel 4a appears to be offered in black only through Google’s online store. Other colors expected in the lead-up to announcement included white and blue. Perhaps various carriers and retailers will have different options.

Google begins dropping details on Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5

Today might be the official arrival of the Google Pixel 4a, but that doesn’t mean Google isn’t already looking to the horizon. Indeed, Google is ready to share details about the next few models in the pipeline.According to Google, the Pixel 4a (5G) and the Pixel 5 will arrive “this fall” and both will feature 5G connectivity. Moreover, Google is already sharing its expected price for the former, putting it at just $499.Whether the true difference between the standard 4a and the 5G-ready version is 5G support remains unclear.Google often debuts its flagship Pixel phones in October, and that would definitely fit in thethis fall” timeline. However, with the ongoing pandemic, and the fact that the Pixel 4a arrived nearly three months later than expected, it’s hard to say for sure.As Google tells us both the Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 will be available in the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, and Australia.If you’re interested in learning more about either of these phones, you can sign up to receive updates.

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