I Hate This Phone, All of You and Myself Most of All

Yes, it's a Nexus 6...

Shut up.

Yes, I’m the guy who wrote all about how Nexus jumped the shark last winter with this beast of a phone at a no-less beastly price—an outright affront to what users of the Nexus 4 and 5 had come to expect from Google’s developer-friendly phone. And yesterday UPS dropped a 64 GB one off at my door.

I told you, shut up.

I’ve been in the market for a hardware upgrade, and it has become increasingly clear to me that the OnePlus 2 is not the upgrade I want (nor the company I want to deal with, for that matter). That leaves this Android modder and infrequent world traveller with little choice other than Nexus. But wait, aren’t there a pair of new Nexuses coming out in just a few months?

For the last time, shut up!

There is maybe some justifiable concern about how these fingerprint scanners are going to work with custom ROMs. There’s also the matter of availability—while the next iteration(s) of Nexus will almost certainly drop by year’s end it might well take another couple of months before I’m actually able to snag one. And anyway, Android M ROMs (at least the good ones) most probably won’t be posted to XDA until spring or summer. 5.1-based ROMs are just hitting their stride now; Euphoria OS is my current favourite.

Ah, but who am I kidding? We all know what this is really about. This is about my closet full of Nexus boxes, and the shallow vanity of wanting a complete collection. At the end of the day I’m just a stupid fanboy, no better or worse than any of you (likely worse). A slightly-less egregious sale price of $649 CAD makes it hurt only a little less to hold this ungainly bastard child of Nexus and Android Silver in my useless man-child hands.

Now if you’ll excuse me I’m going to drown my self-loathing in some MKBHD videos on a QHD AMOLED screen with front-firing speakers… Don’t look at me, look away!

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