My new phone arrived in the mail today as I got it shipped to where I work. I had to pay a reasonable amount of duty and taxes. Everything arrived as promised in a box that was sealed. This was advertised as a new phone and indeed it was. With the migration features in Android, it was pretty simple to get my new phone up and running. The setup process allows you to hold your old phone back to back to your new phone and it transfers a whole bunch of information directly. After that, it just automates the process of downloading the apps from your old phone to your new one.

I left it to do its thing. During lunch there were a few minor tweaks I still had to do like choosing the screen brightness and ringtones. One thing I could not do was put my SIM card in right away. Since my old phone is from four years ago, it used a micro SIM and most new phones now use the nano size. I had to wait until after work to get to the appropriate mobile network store to get a new and proper SIM card.

Overall, this phone is the best phone I’ve ever owned, at least on paper. It’s got all the bells and whistles, even if it’s slightly taller than my old phone. It’s not perfect however. It doesn’t have an LED notification light, which is probably my biggest gripe about this phone. It relies on a low power on-screen notification cluster to let you know if you’ve got messages or other things you’ve missed. Also, the back and sides of the phone are made from a super smooth and super slippery aluminum. Just about every review mentions it. It can be easily dropped. Many have suggested getting a case but I’m going to look for some thin grip tape that I can put on some strategic areas to give it some more grab.

Let’s hope this phone lasts another four years like my Nexus 5 did.

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