Considering getting a 6P - I have some questions.

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Even though I just got a Droid Turbo 2 last November, the lack of updates and root is bothering me a lot more than I expected. Yes, I know I'm stupid for getting suckered into a carrier phone, but I was enticed by the SD slot, Moto features and a great promo deal. I now want a Nexus!

First, is the next Nexus likely at all to have an SD slot? That's literally the one thing that drove me away from the 6P in the first place. If so, I'll hold off. If not, I'll still go for a 6P since it'll be cheaper and it's already proven to be an amazing phone. At least the 6P is super cheap for a 64GB flagship.

Second, I intend to root my 6P when I get it and tweak it immediately. Specifically, I'm looking for a ROM that addresses these four priorities, arranged from most important to least: stable, better battery life, multi-window capability, and customizable navigation bar. Theming capabilities and a shrinkable screen for one-handed use (a la LG V10) would be nice too, but not necessary. Can anyone recommend a ROM that covers these priorities?

Any advice is appreciated. Barring the possibility of the next Nexus having an SD slot, I can't wait to order my 6P!
 

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Re: Considering getting a 6P. I just have two questions?

I don't think there is any information out there about the next Nexus yet except that Google may build it in house (a la the Pixel). Oh, and today it was reported that LG is going to bow out of the Nexus business for this year.

All of my precious phones had SD storage and I definitely paused when I heard the 6P doesn't have it. I decided to go for it and get the 64GB model. Now that I've had it a while, I realized I don't need the expanded storage. I put all this music and videos on it because I could. I thought "just in case." I ended up using Google Music everywhere and never found myself in a position to sit and watch a movie on my phone (I use my tablet when I travel which does have expandable storage that I do use). So, I have freed myself of SD storage.

None of that really matters because I know it's a personal thing. There is a chance that you do need and use all a lot of GB (e.g. to carry your whole music collection locally?).

As for rooting and tweaking right out of the box... I've said it on here before, I think everyone should use it stock for a little while. Give the "Google ROM" a chance. The battery life is amazing. You can probably squeeze more out of it with apps for rooted phones and/or ROMs that intensify the doze effect. Just my opinion.

I say get it ... either 64GB or 128GB. The monthly updates alone are wonderful. I'm sure someone else can speak to ROMS better than me. Good luck!
 

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Re: Considering getting a 6P. I just have two questions?

No Nexus device has had expandable storage, so it's highly doubtful that they'll put it in future devices. But, since (as PaulQ said), the 6P actually has good storage options (I own a 128 GB myself), its much less necessary.

No ROM options I'm aware of, but I really didn't look. I haven't had any issues with battery life with mine because doze just works so great. As long as you're not using apps from Facebook, battery lasts. I only drop to 50% after 2-3 days usually.
 

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Re: Considering getting a 6P. I just have two questions?

I have a 32GB model and with Google Drive and music have never needed an SD slot. Last time I used one was for my rooted GS3 to store ROMS. No intention of rooting this as I don't feel like dealing with the bugs all of the ROMs always had. This phone is perfect as is.

Because of doze battery life for me is better than I get with my S6 Active and battery life on it is good.
 

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Re: Considering getting a 6P. I just have two questions?

Thanks everyone!

One more question, where did you all buy your 6P and where's the best place to buy from? Google? Huawei? Best Buy? And do all of them offer Nexus protect or some sort of protection plan?
 

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Re: Considering getting a 6P. I just have two questions?

Nothing is known about the next Nexii, just rumors. The chances that the 6P replacement will have removable storage is vanishing small, no Nexus has ever had an SD slot so I can't imagine they would start now, it's a matter of policy, Google wants you to use cloud storage.

As for multi-window support, I've read that you don't have to replace the ROM to get it, all you have to do is root the phone and change a switch in some file. I've also read that multi window support will be in Android N. The beta for N should be available around the Google I/O conference in May, it will certainly be available by summer.
 
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Re: Considering getting a 6P. I just have two questions?

Thanks everyone!

One more question, where did you all buy your 6P and where's the best place to buy from? Google? Huawei? Best Buy? And do all of them offer Nexus protect or some sort of protection plan?

Bought mine from Google Store with the Nexus Protect. I think this is the only place you can get it. Other places would require different protection.
 

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Re: Considering getting a 6P. I just have two questions?

Thanks everyone!

One more question, where did you all buy your 6P and where's the best place to buy from? Google? Huawei? Best Buy? And do all of them offer Nexus protect or some sort of protection plan?

Buy it from Google. If you read this forum, Google appears to be delivering great customer service. Definitely not from Huawaei.
 

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I've come from two Galaxy phones and didn't think I could live without the microSD card. Using the 6P since November though, I haven't really missed it using my 64gb storage. I take a lot of pictures and Google Photos does such a great job backing it up on the cloud, I can easily delete anything on my phone if necessary.