The Nexus line, as you’d know, is Google’s view of the Essential Android experience. It’s what Google uses to showcase its pure-Android avatar of the world’s most-customised operating system.
While previous devices (smartphones and tablets) have been reasonably good, but one would argue that every time Google came up with a Nexus device it fell short of providing a complete package for one reason or another.
With the new Nexus 6P, Google attempts to change all that and compete with the high-end flagships.
With a new partnership with Huawei we certainly hope that Google succeeds. Let’s find out!
The phablet comes with a 5.7 inch AMOLED display with a 2560×1440 resolution and a pixel density of 518 ppi. The display is at par with expectations and there is no problem whatsoever in the viewing angles, sharpness and outdoors visibility. The display provides an enjoyable viewing experience all over. The high colour saturation levels is quite frankly brilliant. The colours popping on the display benefiting from the deep blacks allows for a very high level of contrast. The display being a Quad HD screen is pretty bright and vibrant.
The one notable problem and which is the only one there is, occurs while using the Ambient display, which is meant to show a power saving overview on the notification panel – it doesn’t trigger very easily.
The only two ways it is activated is by picking up the phone or by an incoming notification. This leaves you with the want of some gesture controls which could have certainly came in real handy, specially if you were coming from the Motorola part of the Android universe (where it happens far more intuitively).
In terms of design, thanks to Huawei’s expertise the Nexus 6P has a whole new outlook, making it possibly the most premium Nexus device yet.
It has a full-metal unibody design with flat sides arguably needed for assisting in better handling. The headphone jack is up at the top with the USB Type-C port accommodated at the bottom. The buttons are all on the right side and have a very good input experience when pressed. The power button is textured making it easier to find.
The new Type-C cord is fully reversible. This is very useful indeed but given that the Type-C is a relatively new design you are left with the necessity of carrying your cable with you at all times. Above and below the 5.7 inch display are the dual-front facing speakers.
The back of this device comes with new hardware and a couple of unique design aspects as well. Metal plays the biggest role in how this device looks and feels and thanks to the new fingerprint scanner, lined by a shiny circle and the black bar up top, the Nexus 6p is a very recognisable smartphone which handles fantastically well.
The Nexus 6P comes packed with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, clocked at 2 GHz, and has an Adreno 430 graphics processor and 3 GB of RAM.
The device has all the standard flagship-specifications of 2015, so performance is excellent. Running the phone, moving through the home screen, opening and closing apps along with multi-tasking are very smooth and pleasing. As for gaming and heavy gaming at that, there is no problem at all. Infact, the very nice display and the dual speakers enrich the gaming experience all together.
The large battery allows an impressively long life, keeping in mind always that the usage varies from user to user. Performing less intensive tasks, the Nexus can go on for two days. And even after that charging the phone thanks to the USB Type-C, is a very quick process.
The phone is reasonably powerful but above that it is brilliantly optimised taking full advantage of all that is available.
Bringing the best of the Nexus experience is the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system. This new Android flavour following Apple OS’ ethos, one might say, is focused more on polish and finesse, than adding new features. Having said that, there are still some new flashy features to be found on this version of Android.
The most prominent is Google Now On Tap – it can be used to search for anything that is currently displayed on the screen by long pressing the home button.
There is another important feature called Doze, that helps in saving a good amount of battery life.
The App Drawer is now a vertical scrolling list, with the top row housing the most used apps.
One of the main reasons of getting a Nexus device is to get the latest and newest version of Android, which certainly is the case here. The overall experience is smoother and impressively snappy. Timely updates are certainly a plus.
The Nexus 6P was launched in a year that saw considerable upgrades in the camera arena and with the baggage of sub-par cameras in Nexus devices, this was the one field in which Google needed to up their game. Fortunately it seems they have done just that with the Nexus 6P.
The rear camera is 12.3 megapixel with a 1.5 microns sensor which is bigger than the ones in most of the Android phones today. It allows more light to enter than before resulting in very good picture quality.
There is no optical image stabilisation though, the absence of which is felt during video recordings.
The Camera App is a little lacking when compared to the competition due to the lack of manual controls. Apart from modes like panorama and lens blur, there isn’t much else available on the Camera App.
The camera overall is wonderful and the low light shots are very impressive. The picture quality is brilliant and the camera is at par, if not ahead of the competition at this time.
The amazing optimizaiton of this device enables you to be thoroughly entertained.
The gaming experience and the video watching experience is superb.
The amazing display and the dual speakers enhance the gaming experience by a couple of notches. The speakers on this phone are simply brilliant. When you are plugged in with your headphones, the audio jack is very good and you do not need high quality headphones to enjoy yourself thoroughly.
The Quad HD screen makes viewing videos and gaming a solid experience. The camera is also very satisfactory. So, overall, entertainment is pretty good on this device.
Emails both personal and business are setup the standard way for an Android phone and require the user ID and password.
There is an option to sync more than one Google account as well as your pictures, music, videos and contacts.
Thanks to the deep integration with Google, this Nexus device allows for all your data to get synced and backed up periodically, which keeps you safe.
There are other security features that are part of Android 6, and should reach other Android devices in due course.