Traditionally the Nexus line-up has always been represented by Google as the complete Android package and an essential Android experience, and users have always had different opinions about them. Not to take anything away from the Nexus devices as almost all of them were pretty well received and well respected, but they’ve always been just a little behind the flagship devices each year. Sometimes they would lack in the hardware department or maybe a disappointing speaker or a disappointing camera. Today we’ll be looking at Google’s latest offering, the Nexus 6P review.
This time surprisingly Google has teamed up with Huawei for the 6P. Have they been able to break the curse and release a smartphone which can rival the flagships head to head? Have they released a compelling high-end device which the users will prefer over the flagships? We are going to find that out in our comprehensive review of the Google Nexus 6P.
This time around, the whole look and feel of the device has changed. With the smartphone featuring a full unibody metal design and flatter sides helps a whole lot in handling the big beast. With Huawei behind it, this years Nexus just might feel like the most premium looking Nexus device yet.
All the buttons including the controls are on the right side plus the power button is textured which in turn makes it really easy to find. All the buttons offer a nice tactile feedback when pressed which certainly adds to the build quality of the phone. The headphone jack is located at the top and the all new USB Type-C is located at the bottom of the phone. There has been quite a lot of debate about this new technology and it certainly brings a lot of things to the table, and is arguably futuristic but we think it is still a bit early to incorporate it in a smartphone. It is just not that common yet and you it make take you some time to get used to.
The front of the device is dominated by the beautiful 5.7 inch display, on the top and bottom are the front facing dual speakers which are always good to see. Flipping the device to the back brings us some changes on the hardware side as well as on the design side.
Like the previous few Nexus phones, the logo is placed vertically plus its painted into the metal back which will prevent it from peeling off in time, and your Nexus device will retain its premium look.
Right above the logo is the new fingerprint scanner bordered by a shiny circle, and surprisingly right on top of the scanner is the most distinguishable design aesthetic of the 6P. The black bar which houses the camera package, and to be true it looks pretty damn awesome and certainly adds to the premium look of the handset.
As you probably know, metal plays a big role in the device’s look and feel but for us the back side of the device will make it a recognisable smartphone among its competitors.
On the other hand a big plus of this device is the great and enjoyable handling experience that it has to offer. The flush sides and easy to grip metal makes this device a joy to handle. It just bleeds premium quality overall and it is a big plus point.
Now to probably the most exciting part of the Nexus 6P, its display. The beast comes with a 5.7 inch AMOLED display with a 2560 x 1440 resolution and a pixel density of 518 ppi. Quad HD is now the standard among high end smartphones or flagship devices, and coupling that with an AMOLED construction makes the screen pop like no other. Color saturation levels are high and they pop which makes for a very enjoyable viewing experience. The sharpness and brightness of the display is also on the higher level, and they should be considering the Quad HD display, which is always a good thing.
All in all this display is among the best of the best and is certainly enjoyable in any condition, be it outdoors or indoors, you’ll just not get tired of looking at this crisp and perfect display.
Under the hood, the Nexus 6P is just a powerhouse and a beast. It comes with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, clocked at 2 GHz, which is backed up by an Adreno 430 GPU and a whopping 3 GB of RAM. This package, which is seen throughout the flagships of 2015 has some serious power. Though the pure Android experience will make the device even more flashy and a joy to use.
Everything from moving between screens, opening apps or closing apps, multi-tasking has all been an amazing experience. The device just doesn’t slows down whatever you do with it. Gaming and movie watching on this phone has also been far more than a treat because of a number of things. The raw power, the gorgeous display, the front facing speakers all account for an overall perfect experience.
So the Nexus once again proves that only processing prowess isn’t enough for a smooth overall experience but the software also plays a big role in it.
Nexus users know that it it is historically known for being bare-bones and just having the basic parts necessary to operate. This year there has been a shift from featuring just the essentials with the introduction of a fingerprint scanner on the back.
As you might know that fingerprint reading is now a built-in feature of Android 6.0 Marshmallow coupling that with Huawei’s top notch scanner makes the Nexus 6P’s scanning experience among the best of the best. You just have to rest your finger on the scanner and the phone automatically wakes up and is unlocked without having to do anything or pressing any button. Apart from being used as an unlock method, the scanner may also be used in conjunction with Android Pay, allowing you an additional layer of security when making mobile payments.
The front of the phone houses nothing but the front facing dual speakers which provide an overall good experience. In our testing they were loud and also provided some heft to the sound, which is always great compared to bottom or rear mounted speakers.
On the storage side, there is unfortunately no Micro SD card slot but the 32 GB of internal storage of the base package should be ample for most of the users out there. But of course you can also opt for the 64 or 128 GB models if you need to.
The battery in this thing is also massive and it gets a huge boost. The Nexus 6P comes with a 3450 mAH unit which packs a lot of power and should be enough for any type of user out there. The huge battery combined with a new power saving feature in Android 6.0 called Doze will help in extending the already great battery timing even more and that makes us really happy. Though it largely depends on the user, the Nexus 6P can last an average of 2 full days with moderate usage.
The camera historically has always been a touchy subject for Nexus devices. This time around it had to go up against some pretty stiff competition in the camera department and fortunately the Nexus 6P has delivered. the 12.3 MP rear camera, thanks to a 1.5 microns sensor lets in more light than before which in turn makes the images sharper and more vivid. We can go on and on about what has improved with the shooter this year but all you need to know is that the overall camera quality has seen a huge boost this year. Low light photography has also improved quite a lot which makes the whole experience much better.
|Display||5.7-inch AMOLED display
2560 x 1440 resolution, 518ppi
|Processor||2 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor
Adreno 430 GPU
LTE Band 2/4/5/7/12/13/17/25/26/41
|Software||Android 6.0 Marshmallow|
|Camera||12.3MP rear-facing camera
8MP front-facing camera
|Battery||Non-removable 3450 mAh|
|Dimensions||159.4 x 77.8 x 7.3mm, 178g|