Nexus 6 Cruises Through the FCC

With an October 29 pre-order date on the horizon, we were starting to wonder if and when the new Nexus 6 was going to stop by the FCC seeking approval. Thankfully, that happened yesterday, so we should be good to go on Wednesday. The device showed up under two listings with Motorola’s FCC ID attached (which makes sense since Motorola submitted them):  IHDT56QD1 and IHDT56QD2.

The differences in the two listings are likely because there are two models of the Nexus 6:  XT1103 (US variant) and XT1100 (international variant). In the second listing, a declaration of product equivalence notes that this is the same phone as the IHDT56QD1.  Also, you will see below that the second listing (IHDT56QD2) does not have CDMA2000 support, which is true of the international model.

Now, we should point out that the word “Nexus” isn’t mentioned anywhere that we can find, nor are there photos, but we are seeing enough information here to confidently say that this is indeed the Nexus 6.  (more…)

Tuesday Poll: Nexus 6 on Which Carrier?

Google has done something with the Nexus 6 that we weren’t sure we would ever see – compatibility and availability with every major wireless carrier in the US. In case you missed the wildness of last week’s Nexus 6 announcement, just know that you should be able to buy the new Nexus phone and use it on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, and Verizon. Yes, that says “Verizon.” We don’t have pricing or launch dates from many of the carriers (T-Mobile says November 12), but all have confirmed in some way or another that they plan to carry the phone. Verizon confirmed directly to us, even though they didn’t issue a press release.

So now that you got your wish – carrier choice with a Nexus phone – it’s time to tell us which carrier you plan to use the Nexus 6 on.

Nexus 6 on Which Carrier?

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Friday Poll: What do You Primarily Keep on Your MicroSD Card?

Thanks to numerous polls we have conducted in the past, we know where on the list of importance your phone having a microSD card is; extremely high. In fact, we have many readers who will apparently skip a device entirely if it does not feature expandable storage, but for others, it is much less of a deal breaker.

With Google and Motorola releasing the Nexus 6 with only two models, a 32GB and 64GB storage option, the lack of a microSD card slot may be a big deal. For the larger 64GB storage option, the price goes up another $50 to $699, which could be a deterrent to a few potential buyers. Keep in mind, 32GB of onboard storage will likely leave you with 22-27GB depending on the size of the system.

To make this short, we want to know what you need all of that additional microSD storage for. Do you need to have your music library with you at all times, unwilling to use precious data to stream it? Do you need countless photo galleries on your person at all times? Do you enjoy downloading large file games to your device?

The question is, what has you folks absolutely needing a microSD card on your phone? In the comments, please feel free to elaborate on your particular situation.

What do you primarily keep on your microSD card?

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Yes, Verizon Will Carry the Nexus 6.

Shortly after Google and Motorola announced the Nexus 6, AT&T, Sprint, US Cellular, and T-Mobile all confirmed that they would carry the device. T-Mobile even gave us a date of November 12 and a full retail price of $649, which matched Google’s. But what about Verizon? They have remained quiet since Wednesday, leaving many of you with questions.

We reached out to Big Red today to see what we could find out and they confirmed to us that they would be carrying the Nexus 6(more…)

Nexus 6 and Sony SmartWatch 3 on Google Play, Remain Unavailable for Time Being

The Nexus 6 from Google and SmartWatch 3 from Sony are now live on Google Play, but for the time being, they are unavailable for purchase or pre-order.

As of this morning, it is not exactly clear when these devices will be available to the masses, but with the pages going live on Google Play, and the Nexus 9 and Nexus Player pre-orders going live, it should be soon. Google stated when the Nexus 6 was announced that pre-orders would be available sometime in “late October.” (more…)

History of Nexus Phone Pricing – Why the High Price for the Nexus 6?

You are standing in a carrier store, staring at a mystery phone on a shelf that sits next to the Galaxy Note 4 and LG G3. Like those phones, it has top tier specs, including a 6-inch QHD display, Snapdragon 805 processor, 13MP camera with optical image stabilization, premium metal build, and is made by Motorola. It looks gorgeous and feels amazing in hand, even for a big device. Those other phones cost anywhere from $599 to $825 without a contract (depending on the carrier), or between $199 and $299 with one. After toying with all three phones for a few minutes, you decide that the mystery Motorola device might be the phone for you. So how much are you willing to pay for it? What if I told you that it was $649 without a contract? Would you be offended by that?  (more…)