Google’s latest selection of Nexus phones are here for us all to play with. Bringing a top quality Android experience, Nexus phones are often touted as the best phones of the final stages of each year, thanks to their late release dates.
The best of the two new devices is that of the Nexus 6P, which is an obvious successor to last year’s Motorola Nexus 6, which was also Google branded. But now that we’ve had a chance to check out the 6P in all of its glory, is it really worth splashing the cash on? Or should you wait it out with the older Google device? Let’s find out!
Admittedly, there were always going to be differences between these two Nexus devices. The Nexus 6 after all, was built by Motorola, whilst the 6P was handles by the guys and girls at Huawei. Both manufacturers obviously have different plans when it comes to building flagship phones, but both phones definitely look the part in their own way.
The Nexus 6 was certainly a looker when it was launched, with a smooth style and classy metal style trim. However, the 6P is scores ahead, with a dual colour build and a full metallic chassis which is one of the best looking in the business.
This construction also gives the phone a more durable feel, making it much less likely to draw scratches and unwanted marks should you happen to give it a small bump or scrape. Atop of this, the 6P is also slimmer and easier to handle, despite still boasting a sizeable 5.7” display which is smaller than the previous screen of the Nexus 6.
The shape of the phone certainly is similar, but overall the 6P is a clear improvement on the Nexus 6 with its new design – although this is no slight against the still attractive Motorola built device.
This is what most smartphone aficionados will be keeping their eyes on, and rightly so! Specs play a major role in any smartphone, and it’s always interesting to see how a new phone stacks up against its predecessor side-by-side.
The Nexus 6 is well worth its salt when it comes to sheer power, with a Snapdragon 805 chipset accompanying a QHD display, quad-core 2.7GHz processor and 3GB RAM. On top of this we also get up to 64GB of internal storage and a 3220mAh battery – making for an all-round performer since its release. Even the handsets 13 megapixel lens works diligently alongside its 2 megapixel selfie snapper.
However, it’s the 6P once again that stands head and shoulders above its preceding handset, all whilst actually decreasing the size of its display. The 5.96” QHD effort has been downsized to a more manageable 5.7”, and keeps the same quality, making it a bit better to use, especially with one hand.
Behind the scenes we don’t see any downsizing however, with a Snapdragon 810 chipset fronting the changes. Also included is an octa-core processor for added speed and the same 3GB RAM, whilst a new 128GB storage option makes an appearance for those with extra data to store.
An improved 3450mAh battery makes for a longer lifespan following a recharge, whilst the new 8 megapixel selfie snapper is a four-fold improvement. The rear camera takes a minor hit, with its 12 megapixel lens a bit behind the 13mp effort that was released last year – although this change barely affects performance or quality.
Arguably the biggest selling point of the yearly Nexus launch is the inclusion of the brand new Google operating system that’s included in the device from the get-go. The Google Nexus 6 for example, was the first phone to get Android Lollipop and its smooth new design and array of new features.
However, as you might’ve guessed, the 6P goes a step up by introducing Android 6.0 Marshmallow – and all of its bright new changes.
The design of the system is relatively similar to last year’s effort, with many of the changes based behind the scenes, to make for a more streamlined experience. The likes of native fingerprint support is one such change that the 6P makes full use of with its rear based biometric scanner, whilst Google Now on Tap and Doze mode both make an appearance as well.
Topping all of the changes off to the OS is the new USB-C support, which allows the 6P to charge via a cable which can be plugged in ‘any side up’. This means you won’t be left struggling to plug in your phone in the middle of the night and can easily ensure that you wake up with 100% battery each morning.
Give it credit, the Motorola Nexus 6 is a great smartphone, and one which has performed avidly since its launch, but compare this to the 6P and the older device really shows its age. The added specs and new features make the new Nexus a much more worthwhile purchase if you’re planning on targeting the flagship market. View Google Nexus 6P price
The screen may well be a little bit smaller, and the rear lens a tiny bit weaker, but as a whole, the 6P is a much improved version of the Nexus 6 that’s easier to handle and runs much smoother. You might well second guess the price tag that will accompany it, but we reckon its worth those extra pennies compared to last year’s device!
Written by Luke Hatfield