I’m talking about SIM card swapping! If you put the device into a wireless network (WiFi) with an old, unpatched version of Android, then the system will refuse to boot. You will see the Android menu (which is the same as the “Do you want to update now?” screen) repeatedly. The Android Settings menu will also become out of whack and the lock screen will constantly randomly fail to open. I suspect this is due to a lack of firmware on the device, as I’ve done a stock firmware flash and everything seemed to work fine. I tried all things in the Android app store, and no luck either.
While the phone was using a SIM, I did a factory reset (which you have to go through for a bug fix), and re-installed the OS, as the manufacturer recommends . I was trying to get a phone that my wife was using (iPhones) to support Windows 8.1, and it ended up working perfect and without a single issue. The only other issue I had: using the Internet with an old version of Google Drive. I could not get a Google account to work, but I was able to use my google+ accounts. I’m not a huge deal breaker by any stretch of the imagination, but being a non-techy individual and not having much experience with phones I would like that issue to be easy to fix. Otherwise it’s a good phone.
On the down side: A major part of Google I/O was the introduction of Android Pay. While there was some work on it over the past couple of months, it hasn’t quite hit the sweet spot and was only enabled for the Nexus phones. Android Pay was pretty darn cool to use at the party, and I’ve written up a guide here as well. Unfortunately, it is in the pre-alpha stages (if you pay at a high enough level), and so far only works with the Nexus 6, 7, and 8. In fact, there are a couple of other phones that are also part of the beta testing stage. It should be the perfect solution until Google’s latest iteration arrives.
Price: $650 with 32GB of storage
Design & build: It’s a handsome phone with a good feel, though I wish the antenna lines were a little less long and the speaker was a little sharper - it’s a beautiful phone!
Performance: The Nexus 6 came with 64GB of storage and had pretty decent performance, though again I would have liked a better processor. I’m not sure I could say that the Nexus 6 is the fastest phone around, but when it comes to games, the Nexus 6 will out perform most anything else in the market space.
Software: A well rounded, free version of Android is currently available on the phone, and I have to give the Nexus 6 a thumbs up for its software. It looks sharp, and it works pretty well. (Though there are a couple of issues. The app launcher seems a little buggy to me. I love Google’s Material Design approach well, but it makes a few inconsistencies, too. I don’t know if it’s me, but the app launcher is just a little too cluttered and there are too many tiles for it to perform well.)
Verdict: You’ll have to read my Nexus 6 review for a full assessment of my review experience. The Nexus 6 is a nice phone even without the Google Play store installed - it just didn’t want to work right out of the box. But if you’re expecting another full-featured phone to run Google Play, you’ll probably find the Nexus 6 disappointing, without having to buy a full-priced device. At $650 for the 32GB model, it would be a steal if you could get your hands on one - even with a bit of work, it should work with most Android apps, just not everything. It’s a bit of an awkward experience, but if you love Android and Google Play, I think you’ll love it.
Pros: Great design, great performance, great camera, great design and smooth hardware, and great camera. And that’s before we got to the other goodies. No bloatware like you see at other flagships, and a great selection of apps and games. I’m a big fan.
Cons: There are a couple of issues, and the app launcher is a little buggy. A little less powerful than my previous phone - no bloatware and very low performance. Not the lightest Nexus, so you might want to spend a little more than $650 to get a phone that will perform well. The camera is one of the best you’ll