So this cheerleader for Team Android has done the unthinkable: he’s broken up his Nexus collection with an eBay auction that ended Sunday night. Out the door yesterday was shamu, an all-too appropriate codename for the gargantuan Moto-made Nexus 6.
I never really liked the Moto Nexus. In one of my more popular contributions here I wrote that Google had jumped the shark—that is, that the recipe that made 2013’s LG Nexus 5 so great was thrown out the window in favour of something else that was clearly never meant to be a Nexus in the first place.
You’ll recall that 2013 also saw the release of the OnePlus One. That phone was much more the spiritual successor of the Nexus 5—for me, anyway—and was my sidearm of choice until the following summer when its disappointing follow-up, the OnePlus 2, was announced. Seeing no other available upgrade I reluctantly purchased a Moto Nexus, regretting the decision before I even opened the box.
Through that fall and winter I tried as best I could to fit the oversized phone into my life. The killing blow for our relationship was dealt when I visited Japan to ring in 2016, only to find that, for whatever reason, the Moto Nexus wouldn’t give me LTE data with a local SIM card. When we got home and I eventually bought the Huawei 6P (I am a Nexus fanboy, after all) I tried pawning the Moto off on my girlfriend but she would have none of it, being perfectly content with her OnePlus One. So into a drawer went shamu, never again to see light of day, until its recent eBay photo shoot. But it’s infamous legacy lives on in these Howard Forums posts: