When it was first released, the Google Nexus 6 was considered a weirdo. People were getting into the phablet bandwagon, but mostly tolerated devices no larger than 5.7 inches. That was the limit, and anything beyond that was deemed an aberration.
There were of course other devices that measured 6.0 inches (give and take) akin the Nexus 6, but none were looked upon as well-designed. They were usually large for the sake of it.
The Nexus 6 on the other hand proved that ergonomic doesn’t always have to mean fitting snugly in one hand. Anything past 5.7 inches usually requires both hands to use. What’s impressive is that the Moto-made device feels so good to wield even without a stylus, unlike the Samsung Galaxy Note 4.
Unfortunately, Google has deemed the Nexus 6 a one-off effort that it doesn’t intend to recreate. The Nexus 6P and Pixel XL that have succeeded look and feel completely different, which is a shame. And now that Motorola is no longer with Google, it is safe to say that the Nexus 6 is the first and last of its kind.
But there’s reason to believe that the designers at Mountain View could revisit the Nexus 6 for inspiration in designing the Pixel and Pixel XL successors.
Google is actually asking people for feedback on the styling of its current flagships, and given that the Nexus 6 is among the most popular in the Nexus series, it could serve as a benchmark for the upcoming Pixels.
Besides, if the numerous reports are correct, we should be seeing a 6.2-inch Samsung flagship come to life in the Galaxy S8 Plus. Is Samsung looking to push the boundaries of the phablet trend? If It is, then that’s good news for all the disenchanted Nexus 6 fans out there.