- Jessica Dolcourt , Cnet
With metal materials and competitive specs, the well-priced Nexus 6P comes out swinging.
- Jonathan Bray , Alphr
The Nexus 6P delivers style, practicality and most of the features you need in a phone in one affordable package.
- Crisp, bright and vibrant display
- Excellent main camera in almost every lighting situation
- Super-fast performance
- Premium metal body
- Low light pictures occasionally over-brightened or over-processed
- No expandable storage
- Protruding back panel mars sleek design
Google didn't wow too many people with the original Nexus 6, but they hope to change people's mind with the 6P. Created by Chinese manufacturer Huawei, the 6P is the first Google phone experts consider a "flagship." Unlike previous version, the 6P sports an aluminum body and chamfered edges. When compared to its predecessor it is taller, thinner and narrower, making it much easier for experts to grip the phone. It does veer towards the heavy side at 178 grams, but reviewers actually liked the additional weight as the phone felt more solid. The only minor quibble they had was with the slight bulge on the back of the phone that houses various components like the camera and flash. While noticeable, they add the additional panel does not throw off the overall balance and it provides a visual flair. A couple new additions to the Nexus lineup is the addition of a rear fingerprint reader, which they mention was incredibly accurate and fast and a new USB-C charging port.
The Nexus 6P comes with a 5.7-inch, 2560 x 1440 Super AMOLED display. This works out to an incredible pixel density of 518ppi. As The Verge states, "you'll never see the pixels." It isn't just sharp though. Critics in general consider it a great screen due to its high contrast and vibrant colors. Like other AMOLED screens, they did notice some oversaturation, but it was mostly negligible. Besides this, they were happy to see that colors remained accurate regardless of the viewing angle or screen brightness.
Google didn't skimp on the hardware either. The 6P comes equipped with a 2.0GHz octa-core processor and 3GB of RAM. As expected, critics didn't experience any lag whether they were just navigating through the home screen, multitasking or playing a 3D game. They describe its performance as "super-fast" and "extremely responsive." For those that download a lot of apps, it comes with up to 128GB of storage. Due to the unibody, metal design it unfortunately does not offer a microSD slot or removable battery. Still, there aren't too many problems in terms of battery life. Experts were able to get a full day of life during moderate use.
The biggest improvement for the Nexus 6P is its camera. Google turned to Sony for its 12MP rear camera sensor, which experts agree was the right call. The pixels on the sensor are larger, which allows the camera to bring in more light faster. In practice, they were able to produce highly detailed and color rich images in sunlight. While some found the saturation almost too rich, it actually provided them with better color accuracy. They were a bit let down with its low light performance. Without optical image stabilization technology, most of their pictures came out blurry and grainy. Sometimes they noticed it would over-brighten or over-process images. With that said, they still state that it is one of the best Android smartphone cameras on the market. Even the front 8MP "selfie" camera managed to impress reviewers as colors were fairly accurate. Unfortunately, the basic camera app itself comes with no added filters and only a handful of basic modes like smart burst and HDR.
While there are some small issues here and there, the overwhelming consensus among reviewers is that the Nexus 6P is a definite buy. Stuff.TV states, "It's a good-value phone that offers good or great results in just about every area." Wired adds, "The Nexus 6P is absolutely the best Nexus phone ever. Hell, it's the best Android phone ever…Everything Google could do, it did. It proved how good Android can be…"
Reviews (9.1/10 Avg. rating)
Best-ever Nexus sets new standard for big-screen Android value
An excellent addition to the Nexus smartphone family
In truth, there’s almost nothing to dislike about the 6P. I could whine about the lack of OIS, but I’d be lying to myself about the type of pictures I was able to take (and admire). I could bemoan the bulge on the back of the phone, but the truth is, I stopped realizing it existed after ten minutes. I could raise a fuss about the 6P’s rear-facing fingerprint scanner, but even that only manages to be frustrating under a very particular set of circumstances. The Nexus 6P is the best pure Android phone on the market, and it’s well-equipped to stay that way for a while.<... Full review
A great debut for Android 6.0 Marshmallow
The best phone of 2015
Great design and build quality, brilliant loudspeaker, great camera quality
Like with most smartphones that Google releases every year, I had my reservations about the Nexus 6P too. But I am glad to say that it exceeded my expectations in almost every aspect. It is a near perfect smartphone which is great not just by Nexus standards but also a smartphone that can put up a fight and knock out a few flagships from other brands too. What is more surprising is that after big brands such as HTC, LG and Samsung, the feat was achieved by Huawei on their first attempt at making a Nexus phone. If you want a high-end flagship smartphone with all the bells and whistles and wa... Full review
Very good build quality, good performance
Google's flagship Nexus 6P can impress in many respects. In addition to a powerful SoC, you get 3 GB of RAM as well as numerous current standards for wireless communication. Besides AC Wi-Fi with up to 866 Mbps, the smartphone also supports Bluetooth 4.2 as well as NFC and many mobile frequencies. In practice, it can convince with good phone features, a fast operating system, a great camera and a reliable fingerprint scanner. It is also nice that you get a very accurate GPS module. The high-contrast 5.7-inch AMOLED display, which impressed with excellent colors, is another highlight of the... Full review
Premium design, highly impressive software
The Nexus 6P is probably my favourite smartphone to date. I’ve now used it for more than a month: it has a fantastic design that feels great in your hand and it has a top-notch camera that handles even low-light conditions. Coupled with highly-impressive software like Google Photos and Android 6.0 Marshmallow, this is a great device I’m more than happy to recommend to readers.
In terms of downsides, there’s very little to complain about with this handset. The rear-mounted fingerprint sensor is a little troublesome when your phone is lying on a table, but it’s... Full review
One of the best Android phones of the year
The Nexus 6P doesn't cut any corners and delivers well as this year's Google flagship. The price is considerably cheaper than an iPhone 6S Plus and still cheaper than the Nexus 6 was when it came out last year. The improvements and hardware updates make this Nexus the one to beat for the next iteration.
Huawei has done a wonderful job with the hardware and we applaud them. The release of the Nexus 6P will give them root to enter the US market and we hope to see more of Huawei on the State's side very soon.
The Nexus 6P truly feels like a flagship more than worth its pr... Full review
Sets the standard for every other Android phone
Manuals / User Guides
- Google Nexus 6P Manual (PDF)
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