Nexus 6 long term review

Who keeps the same cellphone for more than 3 years these days? 

Who keeps the same cellphone for more than 3 years these days? 

My Motorola Nexus 6 Android cellphone arrived June 30th 2015 when my Google Project Fi invitation arrived.  I had been using a Nexus 5 cellphone prior on AT&T and then T-Mobile’s network, but in order to switch my cellular service to Project Fi I was required to purchase a new Nexus 6.

Motorola Nexus 6

I bought a Project Fi Nexus 6 (64 GB, Midnight Blue) $549 and that was my cellphone for nearly 4 years.  I added a plastic case and slipped a metal plate inside it to use with a magnetic mount kit.

Motorola Nexus 6 rear

A Project Fi Welcome Kit was also sent to me and I got a number of Android OS and security updates sent to it.  I noticed the battery life getting low about a year ago and some noticeable swelling of the battery pack.  The phone continued to work great other than the ever shortening battery life.  I think the original Motorola power block developed an issue and stopped supporting fast charges after a couple years. The battery pack on my Nexus 5 has also swelled in the years since it’s purchase and lost most of it’s capacity. The batteries on my Nexus 7 and Nexus 9 tablets still look and work great.

Motorola Nexus 6 swelling battery

I was considering using one of my tablets to replace it for main cellphone use since they can also make and take calls on Google Fi but when I saw a 50% off sale celebrating the birthday of Google Fi service I decided to purchase a new Google Pixel 3 to replace my Nexus 6.


Google Pixel 3

My new phone arrived today and activating it and moving over my apps and data couldn’t have been easier. Today was the last day I used my Nexus 6 as my cellphone and I hope my new Pixel 3 is as good as it was too me.

Pixel 3 and Nexus 6