This may come as a shock to many, what I’m about to say. I believe we have reached a pinnacle, a moment in smartphone evolution that will be very hard to overcome. I’m not saying it’s impossible that something will come around that may be just as good or better, I’m saying innovation has come to a screeching halt. There’s nothing new, they talk about the next big thing, but there’s nothing “next big” about it. Hardly anything has changed, those subtle things that changed are not necessarily technological innovations. The rest of the changes are downgrades, they are things that the penny pinchers got a hold of and since they didn’t know what they were used for, they got rid of them.
Recently I sold my Note 4, a decision I would soon regret.
I had decided it was time, after years of using the Note line of phones, beginning with the Galaxy Note and ending with the Note 4, to finally jump ship. I wanted a more vanilla, more pure, Google experience. With that desire, and the price of the Nexus 6 dropping, I sold my Note 4 and bought a new Nexus 6 on Amazon.
After only a few days I began to regret my decision. I instantly missed having an SD card slot. Some people may not understand or relate to this but for me, the SD card slot is a godsend. In a world of constant media consumption, all in HD formats, memory is a constant constraint. Over the years I’ve accumulated over 18GB of photos, all taken by phones I’ve owned over the years. As I transitioned to a new phone, I renamed the Camera folder to the name of that phone and moved (copied) it to my new phone. This system kept things, for me, organized and neat. Moving to a phone without SD card expansion capabilities this was no longer possible, technically it was, but realistically it was not. Having bought a 64GB version of the Nexus 6, I would’ve had enough space but not much left for other stuff. To the ya but you can use the cloud proponents I say this. The cloud sucks, it uses my data, which by the way is still to expensive, it’s slow and cumbersome. Seriously. An SD Card is so much faster and more convenient. Instant access to your pictures and files, instant.
Next I became frustrated with the loss of my IR port. This simple feature had become so useful with my note 4. I never had to search for a remote control in the house anymore. The Blue-ray player, the LG TV, the Samsung TV everything was easily controlled from my phone. This was especially useful when I’d lost the remote for a Blue-ray player. It was just a feature I loved and used a lot on the Note 4. I know some people did not use the IR port. But for me, it was a great feature that I used a lot.
Soon after, I became increasingly annoyed by the lame battery performance. I could easily go all day with the Note 4, not so with the Nexus. Once again the need for an extra charger or battery pack became critical.
Since then, I returned the Nexus 6 and picked up a Note 5. It’s a worthy opponent and a review is forthcoming.