The announcement of the Google’s Nexus 6P Android phone garnered a lot of attention from top technology review websites and blogs. Thanks to powerful hardware and a feature-rich operating system, the Nexus 6P is manufactured by Huawei and is being hailed as a good value handset that can hold its own against major competitors.
The all-metal body of the Nexus 6P is a first for Google. Available in Frost, Aluminum and Graphite, it measures a slim 7.3mm thick and houses a generous 5.7-inch display. An 8-megapixel camera sits above the screen, and the back of the device sports a 12-megapixel camera along with a fingerprint reader.
The new Nexus packs a long list of features into its thin profile, many of them courtesy of Android 6.0, known as “Marshmallow.” Hardware specs include a 1440 by 2560 pixel WQHD AMOLED display and dual front-facing speakers. A 2.0GHz octa-core Snapdragon 810 chipset from Qualcomm and an Adreno 430 GPU pair with 3GB of RAM to power the new operating system. Users can choose between 32GB, 64GB or 128GB of storage at varying price points.
The Nexus 6P is supports both 3G and 4G/LTE networks, so it can be used with all major carriers. With Google’s SIM card or their Project Fi service, users can switch between phone companies as desired without having to swap out SIM cards or purchase a different handset.
“Now on Tap” is a new feature in Marshmallow that allows users to interact with information on a deeper level. When performing an action on the phone, Now on Tap can be accessed to provide relevant information or suggest actions such as making a restaurant reservation or buying movie tickets.
Reviewers place the performance of the Nexus 6P close to that of the iPhone 6S, Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and other top phones. The processor provides enough power for most applications to load quickly and operate without interruption. Battery life is reliable enough to last through a full day of phone use without the need for charging, meaning that it won’t cut out when users need it most.
Audio and video quality are getting the thumbs-up, as well. The internal speakers can fill a room with clear, undistorted sound, and images are reported as being crisp with good color and no loss of quality when the screen is viewed from different angles. An “adaptive brightness” feature adjusts the display for better visibility depending on ambient light.
Reviewer’s test photos have good detail in both bright and dim lighting. Even photos taken at night show crisp color with little glare. The ability to manually focus helps users take better pictures when the auto focus can’t do the job.
The size of Google’s latest phone has led many reviewers to dub it a “phablet,” somewhere between a phone and a tablet. At 6.27 ounces, it’s heavier than many comparable models and can be awkward to hold. Some reviewers found the placement of the fingerprint scanner to be inconvenient; others thought the adaptive brightness of the screen was distracting.
In terms of performance, reviewers note that the camera lacks some of the features that other top models offer. Processing speeds aren’t always as quick as they should be, and the phone’s memory can’t be expanded with the addition of a microSD card.
For the top reviewers, though, the pros of the Nexus 6P outweigh the cons, and many are giving it their stamp of approval. With its combination of features and power, reviewers are touting it as a handset that’s been worth the wait.