-Rest In Peace Nexus……RIP. With the introduction of the Pixel, we say goodbye to the Nexus line here at PhabletGuru. The rumor is Google is halting production of Nexus devices. What a wonderful strange trip it’s been. The very name invoked purity and allegiance. Respected the world over by geeks and tech nerds and Connoisseurs alike. Wherein lied the problem. At least from an economic growth standpoint. There was no mainstream mass appeal for the Nexus line. Something Google hopes to remedy with the new Pixel family.
-I am going to use this blog as a reminiscent way of looking back at the Nexus line, in all it’s geeky glory. Join us here at PhabletGuru as we look back at the various Nexus devices invoking warm fuzzy feelings. Be sure to like and share if you have fond memories of this iconic line of devices.
-The Nexus One (first codenamed HTC passion) made it’s debut in January 2010 and was manufactured by HTC, not surprising considering HTC made the worlds first Android smartphone. It shipped with Android 2.1 Eclair and received updates all the way to Gingerbread. It had 512mb of ram and 512mb storage, we have come far. Notice the trackball? This also supported a micro sd card slot for expandable storage up to 32gb’s. This was the beginning of the Nexus legacy.
The phone shipped with an unlocked bootloader which made it easy to root and helped developers develop applications for what was known then as the Android market, later named the Google Play Store.
-Made by Samsung and released in December of 2010, the Nexus S still had 512mb of ram but had 16gb of storage. It also supported USB storage. It rocked a 4″ 480p VGA display. This was the first Android device to have near field communications (NFC) embedded within. This was also the first (there’s that word again) commercial smartphone to be certified by NASA for use on a space shuttle and the international space station as part of the “spheres” experiment.
Anyone remember the capacitive button layout then? Android sure has evolved. This phone was updated all the way to 4.1 Jellybean from Gingerbread.
-Also made by Samsung, the Galaxy Nexus had a similar design language to it’s predecessor. However it was more advanced. It was the first Nexus to incorporate a dual core processor, as well as the first to have an hd display along with Samsung’s super AMOLED display tech. It shipped with Ice cream sandwich, and updated to 4.3 Jellybean. This was the last Nexus phone to have a removable battery.
Notice the capacitive buttons have changed. It’s funny to see the progress of Android. It’s release was November of 2011. In phone terms, ancient.
-The LG made Nexus 4 was truly an elegantly crafted phone. LG went out of their way to give us a beautiful premium feeling smartphone with that glass back and embedded glittery looking stuff. Forgive me I forgot the technical design lingo for that effect. With a full HD 1080p display (something the current gen iPhone 7 incorporates) one would say it was not bad for 2012 and one would be right. It also contained a quad-core processor and get this… Wireless charging was on board. This is the moment Google started using the number in the Nexus name to signify screen size.
-LG was chosen again for part two of their Nexus line of phones. LG’s previous Nexus was taken very well. The Nexus 5 had, for the time, a sweet spot in terms of size. The 5 had a 5″ screen and natural colors with the ips panel. It was the first phone to run Android 4.4 Kit-kat. The camera featured optical image stabilization or OIS. It felt nice in the hand and was an all around solid performer. The Nexus 5 was a personal favorite of mine.
-This particular iteration was proudly made by Motorola. With it’s ring flash around the camera, Motorola dimple on the back, front facing stereo speakers (a Nexus first), and 2k ultra HD AMOLED display (also a Nexus first) one could almost forgive it’s monstrous size. As the name implies this phone was a very wide 6″ in screen diameter. I’ve personally grown to love media consumption and content creation on this size phone. Combined with the aforementioned front facing stereo speakers the experience was huge much like the phone itself. It incorporated a 13 megapixel rear shooter that was ok definitely not the best, but it did the job. The turbo charging and wireless charging features were welcomed. This launched in October 2014, running Android 5.0 Lollipop.
-Nexus 6p & 5X-
-The Huawei Nexus 6p, as it’s earlier counterpart the Motorola Nexus 6, had a 6″ screen, however it wasn’t as wide which did make a difference in handling. One distinguishing factor between the two was the design language. Whilst the Motorola Nexus 6 went with a curved back and polycarbonate materials and 13 megapixel camera, the Huawei Nexus 6p went with a superior camera and an angular aluminum design including a rear mounted fingerprint sensor.
It also incorporated front facing stereo speakers. Released a little over a year ago, September 2015, what you got with the vastly cheaper phone compared to the high ends of the time, was the first Nexus with a blazing fast octa-core processor, a competitive camera, and unlocked for all carriers.
Which brings me to the Nexus 5x launched simultaneously alongside the 6p which is the reason this is included with the 6p. While the former was constructed by Huawei, the 5x was another Nexus designed and built by LG yet again. Making it the 3rd Nexus phone built by LG. This was aimed at a target demographic who preferred smaller sized phones without compromising specs too terribly. It had a 5″screen at 1080p and a snapdragon hexa-core 808 processor as opposed to the 6p’s octa-core 810 processor. It was a solid performer. As well as a 100$ cheaper than the 6p’s already insanely affordable price. What I’m about to say is said a lot, I know, but the 5x felt amazing in the hand. It was a perfect one handed device. Really hit the proverbial “sweet spot”. Not to mention it also had a rear mounted fingerprint sensor.
-So where does that leave us? What is to become of the Nexus line? Is it gone or does it live on with a sort of rebirth as the Google Pixel and Pixel XL? Something only time will tell. Ok ok no more rhymes,….. Until next time this is PhabletGuru hoping all you Android purists out there find the inner peace we all desperately need.
-This has been a throw back Thursday inspired blog, enjoy your Pixel or Pixel XL if you’ve ordered or received one let us know in the comments.
P.S. Stay tuned for our upcoming Google Pixel top five features/reasons to buy.