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Is the Google Nexus 6 overpriced?

Google has finally revealed the UK price of its mighty new Nexus 6 smartphone: a rather hefty £499 for the 32GB model. But is that too much to ask for this vanilla Android mobile?

When Google unveiled the Nexus 5 smartphone last year, we knew right then that it was destined to be a smash hit. Not only did it pack some excellent specs, including a dependable camera with Optical Image Stabilisation and the latest Snapdragon 800 processor, but it boasted a brilliant price. Starting at just £299, the Nexus 5 was a clear bargain, and easy to recommend over premium handsets that were hovering around the £500 mark.

So now that we know that the Google Nexus 6 is going to start at £499, a little piece of our soul has died.

If you want the 32GB model, the UK price for the Nexus 6 is £499. The 64GB model will set you back a further £50, making it as expensive as any other flagship handset out there.

Of course, the Nexus 6 is a premium phone all the way through. You get an Ultra HD 6-inch screen, 13-megapixel camera with OIS and a powerful Snapdragon 805 chip running the show. Then of course there’s Android 5.0 Lollipop, which is the best Android version so far.

But there’s no killer specs that can’t be found on other phones at a similar price, while rival phones also boast more features that the Nexus 6 is lacking.

If you want a sharp, spacious screen and an awesome camera, look no further than the LG G3, a five-star mobile that’s getting an upgrade to Lollipop imminently. The G3 also offers some slick bonus features, like side-by-side app multitasking.

Then there’s the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, a rival phablet which packs a similarly daunting price tag, but also offers up the fantastic S Pen stylus, which creative and business types can use to maximise that huge screen.

We’re a little worried that Google’s asking price is a little steep for a phone that has some serious rivalry, but of course we won’t be able to tell for sure until we’ve had a serious play. Here’s hoping Google can deliver on its promises and give us the ultimate Android experience.

Check back soon for our full Nexus 6 review.

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