Nov 25 AT 12:45 PM Nick Gray 31 Comments

Building the perfect Nexus phone: manufacturer


Now that we’ve sorted through all of the internal specs of the perfect Nexus phone, we thought this would be the perfect time to ask which manufacturer Google should choose to build this dream phone. We all have our favorite manufacturers and they all seem to have their own unique touches. HTC, Samsung and LG are the only manufacturers who have had the privilege of building a Nexus phone. There’s no doubt that these three manufacturers are more than capable of building great devices, but companies like Sony, Motorola, ASUS, Lenovo, Acer, Xiaomi, ZTE and Huawei are also at the top of their games and should have a chance to partner with Google on a Nexus device.

Based on the phones you have owned in the past, which manufacturer would you choose to build the perfect Nexus phone?

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • Emmanuel Pacamalan

    As long as Google wants to continue with the “NEXUS PRICING” scheme. There’s never going be a “PERFECT” nexus phone. Guys at Google are not magicians, they cannot just magically lower the cost of parts, materials and productions. As long as Google aims for the NEXUS price, corners have and will be cut.

    • Vance

      A simple solution would be two iterations of the same phone. HTC Nexus 6 and HTC Nexus 6x. One with the price conscious consumer in mind, the other with the spec conscious consumer in mind. I just leased a car and had the option of the exact same vehicle in Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring, with each iteration offering “better specs”…

      • Ezra A.

        This. Exactly what I had in mind. But I am a little sceptic about the execution of this idea in real life. With all the shortage of stock, reselling on eBay for premium price, the image of Nexus devices as “developer-only” — if not impossible, it is going to take some time at the very least. Moreover, what company is in the position to take such a risk, all of them are losing money any way, except Samsung.

      • Laurent

        Really Nexus 6 ? You want a 6 inch screen nexus ?

        • clocinnorcal

          Where did he say that? Just because he referred to it as the Nexus 6 doesn’t mean he was talking about the screen size. The current Nexus is actually the 5th Nexus phone, thus the name “Nexus 5″.

          • Walkop

            That makes no sense based on Google’s naming scheme.

            Is the Nexus 7 the 7th Nexus tablet? What about the Nexus 7 (2013)? Is the Nexus 10 the 10th Nexus tablet?

            Its based on screen size, not the series.

          • clocinnorcal

            To Walkop: In that case their naming scheme means absolutely nothing in regards to the Nexus phones. The Nexus 5 is just shy of 5″ and the Nexus 4 was 4.8″, the Nexus 1 had a 3.8″ screen. The only device that seems to follow the screen size naming scheme is the Nexus 7 and 10.

      • Richard Yarrell

        I have rolled with Samsung ONLY since 2011 and even owned the Galaxy Nexus. I would NEVER OWN another Nexus device even if Samsung made it.

        Nexus handsets are extremely boring and comically dull with NO feature enhancements or feature implementations. Poor battery life and crappy camera’s for it’s useless budget price. It’s only Note products for me nothing else is even in the same league

        • Walkop

          Lol; you’re hilarious in your extreme bias.

          My Nexus 5 will run circles around your Note. Also; the Galaxy Nexus is famous for poor battery life and a poor camera. It is by no means garbage, but it definitely wasn’t the best.

          Yes, you have multi-window and a fantastic battery.

          I get stock Android (which outperforms any other skin ANY day of the week), instant updates, fantastically built hardware, one of the best cameras around (it beats the iPhone 5S and HTC One in low light; focus time with the stock camera app is the detriment), great call quality, quite good battery life (16.5 Hours with 3.5 hours of screen-on time), IMPORTANT features like the gesture-based keyboard, well-designed quick settings panel, an accurately calibrated display, Project Svelte (first KitKat device), Emoji; things you use constantly.

          Multi-window is the only REALLY useful feature Samsung has right now, IMO. Besides that, Nexus rules in the software department.

          • clocinnorcal

            Agreed! I have the N5 and the wife just got the Note 3. She had me return it and get a Nexus 5 because it was slow and laggy compared to her Nexus 4 from last year…LAST YEAR!!!!

        • squiddy20

          “I would NEVER OWN another Nexus device even if Samsung made it.” Says the same moron who, before owning the Galaxy Nexus when you were still on your “HTC is God” stint, claimed that you would “never” touch any of “Samsuck’s” products “with a 10 foot pole”. Never say never, hypocrite.

          “Nexus handsets are extremely boring and comically dull with NO feature enhancements or feature implementations.” Then why’d you make this comment about 2 months ago, in which you state you’d be getting the Nexus 7 by the end of November? Again I say, stupid hypocrite.

    • Justin

      If you were to look at the Nexus 5 your point would be made totally invalid. LTE (which the n4 needed), 1080p screen, the latest mainstream processor from Qualcomm, and an industry standard 8mp rear 1.3 mp front cameras. Based on specs alone the phone is a masterpiece. The implementation of those specs is where we need improvement from Google and their nexus partner of the year. Based on average production costs lg could’ve added the 13 mp shooter had they so desired, however they chose not too. But megapixels mean nothing if you have nothing t available to take advantage of it

    • rally

      Agreed. I’ll probably be sticking to Google Edition phones from now on or future Motorola phones if they have stockish android and have quick updates like the MotoX has gotten. Hopefully more manufacturers will have a Google Edition phone this coming year. All I want is the best hardware, no corners cut, stock android and updates right around the same time as Nexus devices. The Nexus 5 is the fist nexus device I haven’t purchased on release day. I got the GS4GE when my Nexus 4 screen cracked and I like it enough I’m going to pass on the Nexus 5. I’ve had every “google phone” back to Android Developer Phone 1 aka G1.

  • Kiran Reddy

    Why not Nokia :)

  • naypalm

    I think Motorola would be the best choice as Googles latest acquisition.

  • Shawn Laverty

    I am about to update from galaxy nexus. Staying with Verizon and droid which phone should i get?

    • Drox

      I think you should get the HTC one, Moto X, or Note 3

    • Guest

      IPhone 5C

      • No

        You didn’t just say that. GTFO

  • Matt Jones

    I’d love a Sony Nexus phone and tablet

  • Jon Garrett

    be nice if ALL the major Android OEMs made a Nexus model of their flagship phone(s)

    just imagine a Nexus Note!!

  • jah

    Très bon

  • rashad360

    I can’t really decide on a manufacturer, but whomever it is I hope they make a Nexus with a “premium feel”. No cheap-feeling plastic like Samsung.

  • akil antoine

    htc made arguably the best and most influential nexus device with the nexus one; however, i believe sony would do great if they made a nexus device, they dont skimp in camera software

  • Subx

    I would choose HTC again. Yes I am a HTC fan but thats not to say I do not like Samsung or others. I just don’t like Apple.
    What I would REALLY like to see is a Nexus built with the combination of HTC and ASUS! Now this would be extremely nice!

  • sachin_goral

    HTC + Asus

  • donger

    I vote for Sony. then HTC as they did an amazing job with the N1.


    Sony, Oppo, Motorola, or HTC would be my choices. In no particular order.

  • Paul Atreides

    I’ll say Motorola if they’ll bring the Moto-maker to Google Play and offered tiered pricing. If not, I’d go with HTC if it comes with a kickstand and large battery, but doesn’t have to be aluminum I’ll take soft-coated plastic. I wouldn’t mind Sony with minimal bezel and a few curves added.
    I’ve stopped dreaming of an Asus Padfone Nexus for now at least.