Nexus 6 Teardown Reveals a Device That You can Mostly Repair

When iFixit performs a teardown, they give us a score in a 0-10 range, with 10 being easily repairable by their standards. While few of us will ever try and repair broken parts on a phone, there is some comfort in knowing that if your $600+ device breaks, you might be able to fix it yourself without having to fork out for a warranty or insurance claim. The latest to receive the treatment is Google/Motorola’s Nexus 6, the whale among us. In somewhat surprising fashion for a late-2014 phone, they gave it a 7 out of 10, which means it is mostly repairable.  (more…)

How to: Unlock the Nexus 6 Bootloader (Nexus 9 Too)

I get that the timing of this post seems super silly, especially after the conversations we had yesterday, including one where I said I don’t buy Nexus phones to flash all the things, but you know what? Many of you did buy a Nexus 6 or Nexus 9 to do just that, flash and tinker, so we want to make sure you know how to get started. Also, the process for unlocking the Nexus 6 or Nexus 9’s bootloader that we are about to walk through is something I do with all Nexus devices I own, because there is always a chance I may want to tinker later on down the road. Why not be prepared?  (more…)

AT&T Stores Being Told to Ship Nexus 6 Inventory Back Due to Software Bug

AT&T stores are being told to send back initial shipments of the Nexus 6 due to a software bug that Motorola has identified, according to multiple sources.

The bug renders a black screen and fails to connect to service when the device is powered on, essentially leaving the device useless. Only the initial batch of AT&T Nexus 6s were impacted and Motorola is currently working on shipments with corrected software. Unfortunately for customers, that means AT&T stores may not have Nexus 6 stock for a least a few days. As far as we know, this is only an issue with the AT&T units. (more…)

FYI: AT&T Nexus 6 has a Logo and Other Customizations, is SIM Locked Too (But We Have Fixes)

Just last week, we were still wondering what was going to happen when AT&T got their mitts on Google’s Nexus 6. Would they brand the device with their logo? Would it have other customizations, like bloatware and an AT&T themed boot animation? Would they SIM lock it to their network? Unfortunately, the answer to all of that is – YES. According to a handful of our readers with the device, along with a number of folks over at XDA, we have confirmation on all of this. The phone even comes in a different box than the version sold through Google Play or Motorola’s site.

So here is what we know and some things that you can do to fix the situation.  (more…)

Motorola Offering Moto Care for Nexus 6, Priced at $129.99

Accidents happen. It is almost unavoidable. If you seem to be more prone to accidents, you may want to take the necessary steps in order to protect your hefty Nexus 6 investment. To do that, Motorola is offering Moto Care for Shamu, which is an extended warranty program priced at $129.99. This money will cover your device should it meet an untimely death within a two year period.

However, it needs to be noted that you will need to have purchased your Nexus 6 through Motorola’s portal, and not from any other retailer. From Motorola’s site, as long as you purchased your device from Motorola within the past 30 days, you are eligible to purchase Moto Care.  (more…)

I Didn’t Buy a Nexus to Flash All the Things

If you were to ask me why I buy Nexus phones and tablets (outside of the fact that it is my job to own them), I would answer with the following in no particular order. I like stock Android better than manufacturer skins. I like swift updates to the newest versions of Android. I typically like the designs used in Nexus devices. I like to see what new technologies that Google has incorporated in the latest Nexus devices and Android platform, since Nexus devices almost always try to highlight something new in mobile. Before the Nexus 6, I was also a big fan of the low price tags that accompanied Nexus devices. And, well, that’s it. Those are the reasons.

You will notice I didn’t mention the words flash, ROM, root, recovery, bootloader, adb, SDK, boot.img, kernel, or forum. I didn’t mention those, because I buy Nexus devices for reasons that don’t involve tinkering, hacking, flashing, unlocking, and tweaking. I buy Nexus devices because I want to use them like someone would use a Galaxy S5 or Moto X or G3. I like the untouched, out of box experience.  (more…)

If Your Nexus 6 has Performance Issues, Blame the Encryption That You Can’t Turn Off

During our Nexus 6 review, we noted that at times the device seemed to suffer from weird performance issues or hiccups that were unexpected, especially knowing that the device runs one of the newest and most powerful mobile chipsets on the planet, has 3GB RAM, and was optimized specifically by Google for Android 5.0 “Lollipop.” Some of our readers, along with others at reddit and XDA, tossed around the idea that maybe the performance hit was due to the fact that devices shipping with Android 5.0 do so with encryption enabled. That encryption could potentially put a damper on read/write disks speeds, which would cause performance hiccups.

The folks over at AnandTech had similar thoughts, so they reached out to Motorola in hopes of testing a Nexus 6 that didn’t have encryption enabled. With an unencrypted Nexus 6 in hand they found results that seem to confirm our fears – the default encryption in the Nexus 6 does indeed slow down read/write disks speeds, which is unfortunate, because you can’t turn it off.  (more…)