Google Nexus 6P in-depth review - Simply the best

 Google Nexus 6P Review - Simply the best
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Review by Sunetra Chakravati,11/3/2015 12:58:14 PM

10

out of 10

Performance

9

out of 5

Look and feel

10

out of 5

Ease of use

10

out of 5

Features

10

out of 5

Battery life

Pros:

Google Nexus 6P in-depth review. Pros are: Solid metal body | powerful processor | Good battery life | Excellent Camera

Cons:

Cons of the Google Nexus 6P are: Size not for everyone | May get warm

-- By Sunetra Chakravarti

Google went to two different manufacturers to create their duo of Nexus phones this year, and while LG have done a very good job of preserving the heritage of Nexus 5 with the new Nexus 5X, Huawei have gone and created something so awe-inspiring that we have to class it as the best Android phone right now.

To say the device looks distinctive would be an understatement. The Nexus 6P just looks the ticket at first glance, and even more so when you hold it for the first time. Gone is the heavy curved plastic back. Huawei have cut their teeth on the fantastically built P8 and Mate S and knew how to give the phone design heft. 

Is the Nexus 6P similar to the Nexus 6 from last year?

Not at all. While the Nexus 6 was plastic fantastic, the 6P is gorgeous metal. 

The pure metal body has a hint of a curve meaning it is comfortable to hold while just being 7.3mm thick. You might not see it in the black (graphite) model, but in the grey (Aluminium) and Frost (silver grey) models, you will be able to see the white antenna lines.

Google Nexus 6P in-depth review

There is a very distinctive band of black glass across the top back of the phone which houses the camera and the dual flash and the fingerprint sensor is at the middle of the back.

Tell me more about the display on the Nexus 6P

I could probably write pages on how much I love the display on this phone, but for the sake of the bounce rate on my site, I shall not bore you with every detail. The display on the Nexus 6P is AMOLED and it is staggering in both resolution (1,440 x 2,560) and clarity. Samsung have Super AMOLED screens on their premium handsets and those are just as incredible and in the Nexus 6P, the S6 Edge and S6 Edge+ finally have a competitor.

Google Nexus 6P in-depth review

The only difference between the two, in my opinion, is that there is none of the over-saturation that Samsung’s phones can sometimes have. Pleasing contrasts, deep blacks and glorious shades of colours greet you irrespective of whether you are looking through images, videos, documents or emails and everything is delivered to you in pin-sharp quality.

The ppi at 518 is exactly the same as that of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ and boy, does it show! 

How good is the streaming experience on the Nexus 6P? How good does Netflix look?

For me streaming is a fine act of balance between display, audio, battery and screen size. Even if one of the aspects of this four way balancing act is askew, it mars the experience. During my usual battery test where I play 15 minutes of Youtube over 4G with brightness set to 100% was very encouraging. The phone just lost 6% charge, going down from 33% remaining juice to 27%. I found that one full juice up at noon would take me through almost two days of usage, which is hardly surprising given the mammoth-sized 3,450 mAH non-removable battery on board. 

Google Nexus 6P in-depth review

Dual-speakers meant audio delivered was crisp and clear and the 5.7-inch screen seems daunting in numbers but trust me, you will get used to it. Also, owing to its slim-line structure, it is easy to slip into pockets on jeans as well as winter coats. 

4G onboard was super fast and connectivity wise it was spot on which I tested out by connecting the phone to some badass speakers via Bluetooth. There were no drops and I was a very happy customer. 

How good/bad is its smarts? How do the processor, Android 6 and performance rank?

Antutu test results peaked at 48789, just ahead of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and below the LG G4, and when it came to GFXBench 3.1 tests, for the Manhattan 1080p offscreen, it was at 961.7 frames, Manhattan at 862.3 Frames. For perspective, it pipped HTC One M9 for the latter and was neck and neck with the Samsung Galaxy S6 for the former. For high precision render quality, it scored the same as the LG G Flex 2, LG G4, HTC One M9 and Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 is on-board but I experienced no over-heating as with the Sony Z5. In terms of heft, it is a 64-bit octa-core one with the muscle work carried out by a 2 GHz processor as opposed to the 2.1GHz on the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+. Android 6 is resented without clutter or unnecessary adornments and there is fast charging on-bard which takes my review sample fro 0-100% in under 2 hours.

Google Nexus 6P in-depth review

Nothing is too much for the processor to take and whether you switch between apps, play streaming HD video for hours or multi-task while tethering, the Nexus 6P does not break into a sweat.

Security wise, there is the finger print scanner at the back which takes upto 5 prints and it is one of the fastest I have encountered till now.

And what of the camera?

The 12.3-MP camera is stupendous. Even though it lacks a few of the gimmicky features, the ones it has on board are pretty solid. Although Optical Image stabilisation is missing, the results are great. 

You are able to select the resolution at which you want to take pictures as well as videos and there is the ability to record UHD 4K videos even though the pre-selected option is 1080p, tyou can also record at HD 720p. It is the same camera that’s on board both the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P and when it comes to taking pictures, there is no mis-selling and even though I was taking test images on a cold, dreary wind and rain swept London in mid-November, the pictures have a certain vibrance that can easily take on some of the best camera phones out there. I am talking about you, LG G4… 

Google Nexus 6P in-depth review

The selfie camera is a step up from the Nexus 5X at 8-MP and again matches up to all the others out there. There is a selfie timer with a 3s or a 10s countdown timer and you are also able to record video not he front-facing camera in three different resolutions: HD 1080p, HD 720p or SD 480p.

Photo samples at the end of the review.

Should I buy the Nexus 6P?

There have been news reports of the glass on the back of the phone shattering spontaneously. Would I dock a star from the phone for that? The Apple iPhone 6 was famously ‘bendy’, did it stop the phone from scooping up 5-star reviews? No. And so because during the course of my review I didn't encounter the said issue, I will pay scant heed to it. 

The Nexus 6P is a great phone- the pure Android experience is glorious and the camera amazing. Battery life is robust and the build quality solid. There is no expandable storage, but I think Google have tried to do an Apple with this one and no splash proof coating.

Its nearest competitor is the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ and while the Nexus 6P doesn't rock the staggering beauty of the handset and the display, it more than makes up with its camera and pricing.

With the Nexus 6P, what is offered instead is the best Android experience at a price that will not keep you awake at night and for that reason alone I have no hesitation in wholeheartedly recommending the Nexus 6P. 

Huawei and Google have done good.

Google Nexus 6P specifications

https://store.google.com/product/nexus_6p

Price: From £449

OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Dimension: 159.3 x 77.8 x 7.3 mm 

Weight: 178g 

Display: 5.7” Full HD Display

Resolution: 1440 x 2560 LCD at 518 ppi

Processor: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 810 processor, 2.0 GHz octa-core 64-bit (Adreno 430 GPU)

Camera: 12.3 MP with f/2.0 aperture, IR laser-assisted autofocus, 4K (30 fps) video capture and Broad-spectrum CRI-90 dual flash. 8-MP selfie camera

Connectivity: LTE cat. 6, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2x2 MIMO, dual-band (2.4 GHz, 5.0 GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, NFC

Memory: 32/64/128 GB ROM + 2GB RAM. No expandable MicroSD

Battery: 3450mAh

Misc: Single USB Type-C, fast charging. Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3, fingerprint scanner

Google Nexus 6P photo samples

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