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Google Nexus 6P review

9/10 AVG.
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9/10
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The Google Nexus 6P currently has an Informr score of 9 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 49 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Crisp, bright and vibrant display
  • Excellent main camera in almost every lighting situation
  • Super-fast performance
  • Premium metal body

What's bad

  • 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…"


Operating system
Android
Processor
2 GHz
Screen Size
5.7"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Cnet

With metal materials and competitive specs, the well-priced Nexus 6P comes out swinging.

- Jessica Dolcourt, Cnet
Reviewed

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...

- Michael Desjardin, Reviewed
The Inquirer

Huawei's own-brand smartphones can be a bit inconsistent in quality. This team-up with Google, on the other hand, has produced something excellent: a powerful, well-built, long-lasting phablet with a superb display and highly capable main camera. What's more, all that comes at a price that makes App...

- James Archer, The Inquirer
Know Your Mobile

The Nexus 6P is EASILY my favourite handset of 2015 — bar none! It looks great, feels great, performs great and has the best software currently available inside the mobile space. Battery performance is exceptional, the camera is decent and overall performance — I’ve had this phone...

- Richard Goodwin, Know Your Mobile
Fone Arena

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 f...

- Sandeep Sarma, Fone Arena


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Screen Size
5.7"

The Google Nexus 6P's screen size is 5.7 inches with 1440 x 2560 pixels resolution.

Processor
2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Octa core 2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow (Update Available: 8.1 Oreo) operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
32/64/128 GB

Internal memory is 32/64/128 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
3450mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 3450 mAh battery. Huawei's performance ratings are 1380 minutes, 600 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Google Nexus 6P Specs

Overview
Release date October 30, 2015
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA:
800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/2100 /800/850/900/1800/2600/2300/2500 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 6.0 Marshmallow (Update Available: 8.1 Oreo)

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Octa core 2 GHz
Internal Storage 32/64/128 GB
RAM 3 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.49 W/kg
Body: 0.81 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 3450 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 600 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 600 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Up to: 600 minutes
Talk Time Up to: 1380 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 18.3 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Aluminum, Graphite, Frost
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.9 x 7.8 x 0.7 cm (6.3 x 3.1 x 0.3 in)
Weight 178 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels
Pixel density 518 pixels
Size 5.7 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Yes
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Panorama, Self-timer, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels), 30 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Huawei Nexus 6P

Additional Sensors: Barometer
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