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Google Nexus 6 pre-orders sell out in minutes

by Mark Tyson on 30 October 2014, 13:35

Tags: Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), Motorola (NYSE:MSI), PC

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It looks like Google has not learnt from its past experiences of underestimating the popularity of its Nexus devices. The company's recently announced flagship Nexus 6 smartphone went up for pre-orders yesterday and managed to sell out in just minutes, reports Pocket-lint.

The Motorola-made smartphone was unveiled two weeks ago. It is to be one of the first devices to run Android Lollipop, the latest version of Google's mobile operating system, out of the box. It features a 5.9-inch display, quad-core Snapdragon 805 CPU, 3GB of RAM, dual front speakers, a 13MP camera, a large 3,220mAh battery, battery Turbo Charging capabilities, among its impressive specs. Priced at $649 for the 32GB model and $699 for the 64GB model, it is pricy compared to previous Nexus smartphones which were positioned as powerful devices with mid-range price tags.

Vanished from the shopping cart before the order was confirmed

The handset was made available for pre-order starting yesterday, but it is unclear that whether it is due to poor forecasting or extremely high demand that the device sold out so quickly. Besides a few lucky people who somehow managed to register their orders, many complained that the device vanished from their cart before they could confirm the order. Those based in the US who were quick enough to purchase the device from the Play Store will be given a free Google Play Music subscription for 6 months. If you can also grab one of these smartphones before the year's end you will also be able to benefit from this promotion.

Google has yet to announce when it will start taking orders for the Nexus 6 again (see highlight above), but it is worth noting that US based carriers will be offering the device at subsidised prices with service contracts. The device is not yet listed in the UK Play Store but let's hope Google doesn't repeat itself with a lack of inventory when launching the device over here and in other countries.



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One of the first Android 5 devices doesn't support the ARMv8 instruction set. It is also the most expensive Nexus “phone”.

Well at least they haven't spoiled the user experience by including an SD slot or a removable battery. One and Ara users on the other hand will have endure this torture!

And this device will sell extremely well. It seems Google has achieved that Apple appeal aura thingy…
It could always be marketing. Create a shortage (during the pre-order phase), then keep releasing in small batches that keep selling out = free publicity.. there could still be additional pre-order batches to come. Not that I think Google has played that card deliberately in the past, but these days, it is only really a shortage when you can't buy one *after* the supposed release date.
semo
Well shame they haven't improved the user experience by including an SD slot or a removable battery. One and Ara users on the other hand will have the benefit of these features
There - fixed that for you. Replaceable battery and user-upgradable memory a “spoiler”? Don't think so, don't fall for the Apple brainwashing that “here's your device, if you want something a little better then pay a lot more”.

Speaking of Apple, I'm not happy to see Google following their game plan and (apparently) not producing enough units so we can “benefit” from the invariable “Entire stock sells in one week/day/hour” PR b.s.

Is it just me or is there not the same “buzz” around the Nexus6 that there was around the 4 and 5? I remember the launches of those being pretty well/exhaustively covered by the various media, but the ‘6 launch has been comparatively low-key. For example, I’m not seeing a flood of folks in forums and social media saying that the '6 is a must have for them.
crossy
semo
Well shame they haven't improved the user experience by including an SD slot or a removable battery. One and Ara users on the other hand will have the benefit of these features
There - fixed that for you. Replaceable battery and user-upgradable memory a “spoiler”? Don't think so, don't fall for the Apple brainwashing that “here's your device, if you want something a little better then pay a lot more”.

Speaking of Apple, I'm not happy to see Google following their game plan and (apparently) not producing enough units so we can “benefit” from the invariable “Entire stock sells in one week/day/hour” PR b.s.

Is it just me or is there not the same “buzz” around the Nexus6 that there was around the 4 and 5? I remember the launches of those being pretty well/exhaustively covered by the various media, but the ‘6 launch has been comparatively low-key. For example, I’m not seeing a flood of folks in forums and social media saying that the '6 is a must have for them.

For one, i really don't see a benefit to a replaceable battery, since it still requires you to shut the phone off to do so. For my Galaxy S3, i had like 2 spare batteries, and not once did i ever use one of them, nor did i ever even have them WITH ME when i went away just in case my battery died. Expandable storage is OK…. but not necessary. If you need extra storage, they always have USB OTG flash drives that are incredibly tiny.

and… i'm sorry…. but what “buzz” was there around the Nexus 5, or 4 for that matter? I don't remember ever seeing any more for those than i did for the Nexus 6. It was usually all the same… different tech review sites doing Hands-On demo's of the device, and that was about it. Don't remember anything more than that for either device. Hell, at least now Android has a TV spot… which in itself is a first EVER.
User removable batteries encourage 3rd party development and so eventually you will see higher capacity or cheaper batteries. It is important for people like me who keep phones for many years or want to sell them after some time. I still haven't found an original replacement battery for the Moto G even though it looks like an easy thing to replace.

There are many pros to user removable batteries. The cons are neglegable

And finally, batteries are CONSUMABLES like tyres on a car or fridge water filters. Sealing a consumable part is just moronic!