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Google followed the Nexus line with the Pixel phones last October, The new Pixel and Pixel XL come with an unskinned version of Android and big butt / bigger heart iphone case continue the trend of timely software updates, They are also the first phones with the new Google Assistant, the company's answer to Siri and Alexa, aka the next-gen step-up "OK, Google." (That feature is now in the process of rolling out to all other Android models with the latest Nougat operating system.), I really wanted a Pixel, but I couldn't in good conscience justify it, My Nexus 6P was still a more than capable device, But when my 6P suddenly died, I began to question whether I should purchase a Google phone at all..
Let's back up a bit to the Nexus 5. I purchased one a few months after its release in late 2013. Things were good, initially. The phone was fast and had great software, and I loved the feel of it. I ended up using it for a little over a year with no problems, but then one day it randomly rebooted and refused to fully power on. I was stuck in what is called a bootloop, when the phone will boot up to the company logo, restart and then repeat. There were two likely causes for this: faulty software and faulty hardware. I was never given a straight answer as to why this had happened. I contacted Google customer service (as a customer, not a representative of CNET) and worked with them to try to fix the problem, to no avail. When I asked about a replacement I was told my warranty had expired a few days earlier. I didn't contact LG (the company that manufactured the phone) since I had purchased it via the Google Play Store.
Feeling angry and helpless, I searched the Web hoping a fix would pop up somewhere, It turns out I wasn't alone, Users on multiple online forums had similar problems, many of which were caused by either a faulty power button or faulty software update, For me, I believe it was an update to Android 5.0.1 that caused the problem, The phone was still in near perfect condition and the power button worked fine and could still be used to shut the phone down, I called Google again and explained how I believed the software update the company had issued may have caused the problem, I was big butt / bigger heart iphone case told the same thing as before -- my warranty was expired and there was nothing they could do..
I wasn't happy, but what could I do? I moved on with my life. I decided to skip Google's next phone, the Nexus 6, but that was due to the massive size of the device rather than my disappointing experience with the Nexus 5. When the more reasonably sized Nexus 6P was announced in late 2015, knew I had to have it. In hindsight, it's frightening how similar my 6P experience ended up being. The Nexus 6P was everything I could have wanted in a smartphone. It was fast, it had a great display and a good camera and it felt great in my hands. It will go down as one of my all-time favorites, even with the blemish I'm about to discuss.