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

Royal SC120 Crosscut Shredder – Long term report and review

One of the first things I did when I moved to Florida was buy a new crosscut shredder for my home office.  I had burned out the one I owned in California shredding documents prior to my move.  I’ve been using this one for about 10 years.

I’m pretty sure I bought it from Sam’s Club and I still see similar models listed for sale on line.  It’s a basic 12 sheets at a time crosscut shredder that also can shred credit cards and CDs.  I’ve only used mine for paper and credit cards.

I shred documents for privacy reasons, and there are some documents that go into the shredder pretty quickly after I receive them.  Other documents are kept for a while and then shredded.  This is the issue I had in California where trying to shred many years worth of documents that I no longer needed ended up burning out my entry level shredder.

Funny story is that after I moved out of my apartment there, I had 1 more night before moving to Florida, which I spent in a hotel room.  I had stacks of documents that still needed shredding and when I got to my room at the Residence Inn, was pleased to see that it had a fire place.  I ended up burning a lot of documents in the fireplace to keep from having to move them.

So my advice is that Royal is a good brand and this is a good model to buy if you don’t try and shred stacks of documents non-stop.  That’s what burned my Fellows brand shredder out in California.  Here’s a link to a search on Amazon that shows a variety of models for sale.

One last thing to note is that I have a credit card that is made of metal, and when it expires, the issuing bank sends a return envelope for you to use if you want them to handle the disposal.  It would mess up a shredder like this if you attempted to use it.