5 Reasons Not to Buy the Google Nexus 6P Smartphone

by Vishal Toshiwal 33

Google announced its Nexus devices last month at their annual event in the Mountain View, which are company’s headquarters in the United States. Just yesterday, the search giant officially launched their Nexus devices in India. The Nexus 6P was priced Rs 39,999 onwards while the Nexus 5X was priced Rs 31,990 onwards.

This year company has left out some things that are not taken lightly by the core Nexus fans. They’ve missed out on a couple of things. While we admit that the Nexus range is moving towards a premium model, there has to be a silver lining that even a high-end device should not cross. This year many successor devices tried to cross it, and the result was good for all of them. We listed out the features that company missed out on their new Nexus 6P.

No Wireless Charging

The Nexus devices have always been considered as the standard among the Android smartphones out there. And these devices have been an integral part of revolutionizing the features. While it has been true for many generations of the Nexus devices, it seems to be fading away with every new generation device.

Qi Charging aka Wireless charging was practically introduced first on the Nexus devices. The facility is available on Nexus 4, Nexus 5 and the last year’s Nexus 6. Even with two Nexus devices being launched for this year, not even one of them sports a Wireless charging feature. Samsung’s this year line-up certainly has that feature on the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, Note 5 and even on the S6 Edge+. The faster wireless charging was introduced in the last two devices in the Samsung list for this year. While for a Nexus device, Google or maybe Huawei doesn’t care to offer such features.

USB Type-C

The world isn’t ready for USB Type-C smartphones. As we concluded that USB Type-C is the future, but it isn’t here yet for most us since the odds are that you’re still surrounded by the Type-A standard cable. Our laptops and wall chargers aren’t compatible with USB Type-C ports unless you have the Apple MacBook 12, which is among the first notebooks to have USB Type-C port, and it has only one.

There isn’t much you could make of the future right now that when the current standard would be commercially replaced by the USB Type-C. But tagging along with a decision to buy a Type-C enabled smartphone might not be wise practically. Though, remember the Nexus 6P retail unit comes with an adapter to convert USB Type-C to Type-A. But did you remember the last time you carried a data cable with you while travelling. These days we charge on-the-go with power banks.

Nexus 6P - USB Type C

Recommended Read: 7 Reasons Not to Buy the Google Nexus 5X Smartphone

No MicroSD Card

The trend of removing microSD card has been set for this year, as Google Nexus 6P also falls under the category. For the last six generations, Nexus devices didn’t come with a microSD card slot. So, this time around the hardcore fans expected some changes. But looks like Google doesn’t want to give its users what they want. We think this time the decision to not include a microSD card port would be taken seriously by the fans. And they might just stop their streak to buy the Nexus devices.

It might not be a deal breaker for a non-Nexus user who wants to upgrade to a Nexus device this year. But if you’re a media junkie or even a photography enthusiast, then I’m sure even the 64GB won’t suffice to you. And if you’re on a tight budget to get a 32GB model, wouldn’t it be nice to have a microSD card slot too.

No Dual SIM

Just like Nexus 5X, the bigger sibling, Nexus 6P doesn’t come with a dual-SIM slot. It might not be a deal breaker if we were living in 2013 but we are not. The dual SIM capabilities have become the integral part of our smartphones. Earlier, considered as a USP of the feature phones, the dual network connectivity empowers the smartphone users to use one device for personal and work needs.

The flagship smartphones of this year including Samsung Galaxy S6 Duos, LG G4 Dual, Sony Xperia Z5 Dual and many more offers such type of setup on their smartphones. Guess this isn’t the year Google starts to offer ports for expandable storage.

Low Camera Resolutions

Nexus 6P - Camera

This year we saw a unique launch of two Nexus smartphones while it was the first time for Google to launch two Nexus devices, the audience wasn’t new to the concept. We have seen Samsung do this more often since last year when the Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge was announced, which was later followed by Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge earlier this year. And further recently with the introduction of Note 5 and S6 Edge+.

The point is that two Nexus devices have same camera capabilities and different pricing. That always introduces a contrary argument to buy which sibling or buy them not at all. This time, the camera resolution has been reduced to 12.3-megapixel from the 13-megapixel on the Motorola Nexus 6. While the company claims that it was a good decision and moreover, they claim the larger 1.55 µm pixels allows the camera module to absorb more light. But we know the numbers doesn’t always add up to the final output performance until tested.


The Nexus 6P is a great package overall, but with plausible effects that might hurt you in the long run. And the most important feature missing out of the five is wireless charging. While every feature serves its purpose, we thought wireless charging should have been there. In the Reddit AMA, Google Nexus Team stated that there Qi charging was added on the Nexus 4 just because it was such a hassle to plug microUSB. And since the USB Type-C has a reversible connector, they excluded it. Well, that isn’t exactly a reasoning fans were looking forward too.

There are many premium smartphones in the category that can be better alternatives for the Nexus devices. We strongly feel that Moto X Style can easily outdo the expectations of real world performance. We had the hands-on with the device at the launch event and certainly felt it is a premium smartphone with excellent specs sheet.

Vishal Toshiwal

Born in West India, raised in the North and currently chasing dreams in the southern part of India- Vishal is an entrepreneurial spirit, a tech enthusiast and a writer by profession, who is busy taking pictures when he is not writing. He would love to talk to you about the latest movies, TV shows and DC/Marvel comics. As a personal rule, he doesn't let a day get by without at least one dessert. Because, why not?

  • Jayyyy

    1. Wireless charging, had a Nexus 4 for 3 years, used wireless charging once to shut up a Samsung fan bragging about having a new Note last year with a case that allowed wireless charging.
    2. USB-C, wasn’t going to buy a new phone without it, would have stayed another year with my Nexus 4 and community ROMs until a good USB-C came out…
    3. No Micro SD, own 1 Micro SD and its in a converter into my Raspberry Pi, if I left my phone somewhere with 1 of those in with all my data on, it takes a few seconds to steal it out the phone, better not having one in the phone.
    4. Dual Sims, oh no what will I do with only 1 sim card with an unlimited data package?
    5. Camera Resolution, http://youtu.be/U9V3ZnRnq9UU looks amazing to me…

    Think you should stop writing Nexus Articles

  • Francis Delenda

    I totally agree with you on everything you have stated. I am getting the Nexus 6P and I love everything about it.

  • Good points Ashish. I’m aware that the points I have covered above wouldn’t be a deal-breaker for most of the smartphone users who are looking for an upgrade to the Nexus 6P. But I also feel that there would be some people who would relate to the article. Not the mass audience but only those who takes any of the five points seriously before buying a smartphone.

  • Dwayne Zimmerman

    Hater! I’m sick of all the apple/Samsung paid media throwing everyone else under the bus for no reason at all

  • J.C. Zimmerman

    This article makes me want to buy the 6P SO BAD!
    The world isn’t ready for USB-C?!?!?? What a joke! Obviously paid by Samsung/Apple….

  • J.C. Zimmerman

    ^^^What he said… ^^^

  • Rhys Durham

    This article is disgraceful.

  • Maharajajaja

    Stupidest article ever! Need compensation for data used.

  • Momo

    Interesting, I’m going to order one more 6p, thanks.

  • aphex242

    Sorry, but this article is dopey.

    1. I use wireless charging on my Nexus 5. It gets HOT. It’s also killed battery life. Not to mention that USB-C will charge a phone so much faster than wireless would. This is not a con.

    2. USB-C – See above. Carrying a small adapter with a power bank is no big deal, and the fact that it charges crazy fast when plugged into an outlet is a HUGE plus.

    3.MicroSD – Not in my Nexus 5 either. I don’t have a use for one.

    4. Dual SIM – I don’t think even 3% of the phones in the US sold have a dual SIM. Nobody cares.

    As far as the camera resolutions, you yourself say numbers don’t mean everything, and then use numbers to indict the phone. It’s pretty amusing.

    DXOMark, considered the gold standard review website for phone cameras, has the 6P rated as the third best mobile phone camera in the world. Period. The Sony Xperia Z5 (which is double the price of the 6P) is first, followed by the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, which is about 50% more expensive.

    Your concerns are worth mentioning, but certainly for me not a single one comes close to being a dealbreaker.

  • Swaminathan Guru

    1. I have used N5 & currently use N6, but never cared for qi charging.

    2. No Micro SD, well no worries, don’t care.

    3. USB type C- well someone does have to move to the new technology & google it is 🙂

    4. Dual sim is used by people on 10k handsets.

    5. Camera can’t be that bad as you state.

    Above analysis is null & void. I just wanted 10 mins of my life reading & writing this.

  • benjamin owuye jagun

    This article is a joke. Wireless charging isn’t important to me and nor is expandable memory.

  • Srini

    Really??? These are your 5 points against 6P?

    Let’s look at it.

    1. Wireless charging: A lot of us have had nexus 5 and 6 and a majority haven’t used them. At least I haven’t at all. Don’t see the point of slow charging a phone when your wired charging has a quick charge thatll charge quicker than hour wireless.

    2. USB TYPE C: My fav topic. Why is USB TYPE C a problem? Just cause it isn’t compatible? Do you even understand that for any new technology to be adopted, it has to be introduced at some point…..only then acceptance comes in. Only then that technology evolves. Duh!!!
    Moreover, USB TYPE C is more accepted than you think it is. And Google’s tried to soften it up by providing novices like you with a cable.

    3. No Micro SD Card: You do realize that for the past 6 to 7 odd years, manufacturers are moving away from it. And I hope you know why. Cause novices like you stick one in and then complain that the phone is so slow, but don’t realize that your Micro SD is the real culprit.

    4. Dual Sim: Really? You get a premium phone and complain about dual sim? Not many people use it. Perhaps you do, but don’t generalize your problem. Premium people buying premium phones don’t haggle over dual sim. They generally need and have only a single sim. Dual sim is for low range to semi-mid range phones…..not premium phones.

    5. Low camera resolution: Have you even seen DXO’s rating???? It is rated as the third best camera of all….going well beyond iPhone family (6, 6+, 6s, 6s+). Your words: 1.55 microns allow the camera module to add more light….but we all know that numbers don’t add up.
    Do you realize that statement is more meant for megapixels and not for the micron levels. And if you really were into all this, you’ll know that losing out on 0.7 megapixels isn’t going to hurt.

    You clearly are not into smartphones. You clearly are not up to the mark to make any judgement about phones. You clearly are not capable enough to judge….leave alone write and publish an article.
    Please do the world a favor and quit writing. Learn…..learn more, learn as much as you can before you attempt to mouth off.

    Yours Truly & Humbly,….

  • Malcolm stephenson

    No wireless charging !!!Google or maybe Huawei doesn’t care to offer such features

    on a metal bodied phone you dumbass

    this is the worst click bait shit I have read in a long time

    No SD slot no nexus device has ever had one

    You sir are a complete idiot

    • Sudipt123

      The Galaxy nexus had a card slot, moreover the 5x is priced at 31k for the 16 gigs. Laughable won’t you say?

      • Malcolm stephenson

        My galaxy nexus didn’t have SD slot
        Nor did any of my nexus phones

  • Smaug

    Couldn’t have said it better.

  • Pheonixian

    Verdict: you’re a moron. Do you have any tech savvy or do you gather your info on yahoo?

  • Ricardo

    NO SD CARD SLOT NO PROBLEM. Everyone hates the fact that you can’t move all your apps to the SD CARD so why would they include one?

    However, they didn’t just leave photographers in the dark they refreshed their Photos app in order for you to have free unlimited storage for your photos at a slightly reduced quality with the option of 13GB storage for full quality photos. and even then you can buy more. So what’s the problem?

    Dual SIM is pretty much out of the picture for most users.

    USB Type C WILL become increasingly popular and very quickly just as quickly as the first A Type changed to the new A Type. Remember that? Soon, everyone will be using it.

    How much did you get for writing this? Couple hundred?

    After reading all these comments you probably used it to put towards a brand new Nexus 6P fully equipped with USB Type C with your Google account setup ready to take photos with that nice 12.3MP camera and loving it

  • Deeeeeeeeee

    This is by far one of the dumbest things I’ve read you sir are an idiot
    Who ever let this story run should be fired

    Wireless charging is great yes yet not many use it and Google has seen that

    Type C usb is going to be a new standard with more benifits

    No micro sd anyone that has owned a nexus knows that not going to happen hence the larger internal storage options

    Dual sim has never really been an option on most international phone models ie iphones
    Dual sim option is generally designed for some regions

    Camera res
    Another key point on how stupid u really are
    Pixels doesn’t mean a better picture nor better quality and I personally have used it and many and many qualified reviewer have stated how good and sharp the camera and picture quality is

    .verdict you should look into a carrier in something other than tech

  • Hubba Bubba

    Well said sir

  • Nx

    Yeah, I cannot help but concur. But I suppose you have to write SOMETHING and the ‘(insert number here) reasons’ format is the juiciest, laziest way to bait.

  • BarNoneFadeAll

    Dumbass article.

  • Bruno Silva

    5 Pointless Reasons Not to Buy the Google Nexus 6P Smartphone

  • aj

    Z5 premium has dual Sim
    SD card support required
    In 32 GB is nothing if you turn on 4k on 6p
    C type you can’t connect it to PC but can share stuff using share it etc still is a good phone not a big issue
    Wireless charging big feature missing Samsung aheads here.

    • Rohit Ghali

      Samsung ahead? I’ve had wireless charging for 2 years on my nexus. We had it 2 years before Samsung did. Never even thought of using it. Quick charge with reversible ports are far better practically.

  • hatred 4 apples

    Snore ..written by an apple fanboy obviously !

  • Rohit Ghali

    Lol… Who the hell wrote this article? Didn’t expect these kind of articles from phoneradar. Every point is bull shit in this.

    1. I’m a nexus 5 owner from 2 years. Never used wireless charging. This one has quick charge which is far better than wireless charging. Wireless is too slow to charge.

    2. USB-C type is the future buddy. Not present. Every Android phone in the future will have it. Most major tech companies announced that it’ll be included in their future releases. Some even started using them.

    3. We know that there’s no external sd card slot. We prepared for it while buying nexus devices. It’s not a drawback. It’s one of the strengths. Internal memories are of very high quality. You can really feel the difference while using them. No flagships include sd card slots anymore.

    4. Dual sim? I’ve seen people suffer with dual sim phones. Switching on data is a headache. Most apps in play store doesn’t support dual sims. Single is simple, easy to use.

    5. Resolution? How does resolution affect photo quality? It’s one of the best mobile cameras out there with bigger pixels than others. Being able to capture more light easily, low light photography will be awesome and will have less blurred images.

    Verdict- go for it if you want to. Don’t believe this douchebag. Never had problems with my phone. Best phone ever.

  • João Guilherme

    Well said ! Nexus 6p, you are mine !

  • The-Internet-Sir

    You should change the title of the article to “5 minor features the nexus 6p is missing”. Even that title wouldn’t be appropriate because USB type c is a plus in my opinion and the camera does not need more megapixels and who uses wireless charging anyway??? The clickbait is quite strong with this one.

  • EyE Fµcked MamaSnarf

    Who was the douchebag that wrote this?
    No microSD? Any nexus user would know this is common.
    No dual SIM? I have more phones than I have SIM.
    I would have give you no OIS but Low camera resolution? Seriously?
    And the dumbest thing I have read on the Internet in 2015.”The world isn’t ready for USB Type-C smartphones”
    I can tell you the world has moved pass idiots like you.

  • HrVoje NieBed

    This review os biased as shit! Name one smartphone that tops the N6 in its price range. I dare all of you. Type c is excellent and the phone is prepared for the forthcoming industrial changes. What’s the fuss all about? Excess Storage is saved via cloud. The camera is stated as one of the best allaround and we know google enhances the cam possibilities mainly trough updates, not hardware. Wireless charge has prooved itself to be a waste of money, time and efficeny altogether. N6 is a great phone and great specifically in the price range given. Btw i write this on my N5 (2014) wich is still a kickass phone and the best allarounder for the money. There goes my 2 cents…

  • Doron Paz

    some of those are worth mentioning
    wireless charging- I have it on my nexus 4 and I only use it now because cables don’t work with my phone
    the phone gets hot and everytime you pick the phone up it stops charging
    I can see how it is a con but it is far frobeimg a deal breaker

    no dual sim- 99% of phones doesn’t have it either
    almost no-one would use it

    low camera res- 12.3 is pretty high and more than enough for most people – not a con

    no micro sd – a con but I have 16 gigs right now and Thanks to google photos I don’t have long vids on phone
    as long as you don’t spam your phone 32 should be enough and if you do than buy the 64 it is still cheaper than many other phones

    usb type c- just buy some usb a to c cables
    a little bit of a con but Nice to have and I think in the long run it is better