Every time I get my hands on the Nexus 5X, the only thing that I am thinking is, ‘I hope they do better with your successor’. Last year was a disappointment for me as far as the Nexus phones are concerned and they did not capture my heart like I thought they would. This is why I already have a list prepared as to what I would want to see 2016’s phone do differently. Let us take a look at my list and you can compare it with one of your own.
All that I want from my Nexus phone
I want a phone that is smaller than the last Nexus 6P
I am not saying that I disliked the Nexus 6P design. It was good but when your phone becomes way too big for your jeans and you have to reconsider the kind of jeans you wear- well then it has become too big for your own good.
Whenever, I am carrying my Nexus 6P, I find it really hard and really uncomfortable to sit properly. This is why the first and the most important change that I would like to see in the 6P’s successor is that it becomes a little more pocket-friendly – in a less phlabby sort of way, perhaps.
Nexus 6P looked great but was too big
A Nexus 5X with more than 16 GB storage
I am sure most of you will agree with this particular wish of mine. I mean this is reasonable as well as practical. I completely agree that this was a decent amount of storage a few years ago but now 16 GB is way too less for all the exciting things that we need to store in our phones. Today, we have so many ways for precious gigabytes of space to be consumed and without a microSD card support, fitting everything into my phone is becoming almost impossible. In fact, a microSD card support is not a bad idea either.
The Nexus 5X and Nexus 5 – 16 GB of storage is way too less for today
A big, removable battery
You all know that I like removable batteries and I think they are a definite plus. I am sure a lot of you will not agree with me and will argue about my stand on this subject but I definitely think that the Nexus series will definitely benefit from a removable battery.
If you are all ready with your arguments against this wish then let me remind you that Nexus devices receives security patches for at least three years. Now, think and tell me the use of this three year support when a phone has a battery that is only good for 500 charges and starts to die after that.
The update policy by Nexus means that the coming 2016 devices will become obsolete even before the updates have stopped. Now tell me, wouldn’t that be a real shame?
Removable battery – a fixture in most Nexus fans wishlist
Blue light reduction
I am not really hoping for software additions as I know most of what is coming. However, the one thing I would love to see in my phone is a native blue light filter.
Now, it is not just the parents who think that backlit displays are sleep killers – this is one fact that is backed by science as well. The blue light from smartphones trick our brain in to thinking that it is still daytime and therefore not yet time to go to sleep.
This is why a light filter is a great addition and it will prove to be advantageous for everyone. This is also nothing major to add as it will require a simple addition of a colour inverter/automatic dimmer to stock Android. However, if you are looking for a solution to this problem for now, you can try Twilight.
A screen dimming function is a good choice for the next Nexus
I never really understood the benefit of wider top and bottom bezels. To me the slimmer these are, the better they are as long as the device is able to hold the relevant speakers and sensors.
I know that this feature will not be on the top priority list of most consumers as well as manufacturers. However, a phone like Nexus 6P with its lovely display would benefit from it a lot.