Google Nexus 6P review
The next premium Nexus phone
The Google Nexus 6P is the next premium Nexus phone and it is the first flagship smartphone to introduce Android 6.0 Marshmallow. There are lots of innovations to discover, in both phone and OS, so let’s get started by taking a look at the build quality.
Manufactured by Huawei, the Nexus 6P cuts no corners on design and delivers plenty of eye-candy to draw potential buyers in. The curved metal shell is made from aeronautical grade anodized aluminium and the diamond chamfers add reflective highlights to the edges.
The screen sits just slightly pronounced, due to the use of 3D curved glass, and the 5.7” cinematic-like AMOLED display has cutting edge definition with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (518 pixels per inch). The display is protected behind Corning Gorilla Glass 4, making it almost indestructible and even after our greasy fingers had been all over it, there was no evidence of such, due to a fingerprint resistant coating.
The looks are completed by a choice of graphite, aluminium or frost colourings, which adorn the sides and back. Dual front speakers sit either side of the display for perfect sound projection and hidden away inside is a powerful octa-core 2GHz processor with 3GB RAM.
Huawei have done a cracking job with the Nexus 6P and it is difficult to find anything to fault.
Phone Set Up
It is almost irresistible not to set up the Nexus Imprint Fingerprint ID first. The sensor is located on the back of the phone and positioned for tapping by the index finger. Correct placement of the finger is of less importance here and in fact the sensor will recognise its owner when touched through a complete 360 degrees.
The fingerprint sensor plays a dual role on the Nexus 6P. It provides Fingerprint ID for purchases made through Android Pay or the Play Store. It also works as a quick action button for getting at the apps, emails and photos, which are now stored in the searchable Google Photos app.
After getting past the fingerprint sensor, the next big joy is exploring the new look and features of the Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS.
Now on Tap is probably the most useful and productive addition to the Android OS and it is activated by a simple press and hold of the home button. The feature then uses a clever piece of AI to assess what content is on the screen. If an address is present then Now on Tap will offer to open navigation on a map. If a hotel or restaurant is mentioned then it will prompt the user with a review.
A Contextual Assistance also arrives with Marshmallow and this feature understands natural dialogue. Ask ‘Play some music on TuneIn’ and the TuneIn app will respond with ‘What genre?’.
Also new for Marshmallow and the Nexus 6P:
- Smarter text selection with built in undo/redo
- A power protector with App Standby restricting battery drain from seldom used apps
- App settings located in one place for management of battery drain, memory usage, permissions and notifications
Camera & Video
The Google Nexus 6P has a great 12.3MP camera and the photo gallery next to this section shows off a few examples taken using it. This level of quality is achieved with an IR laser-assisted focus and a big pixel size of 1.55μm, which enables the camera sensor to capture more light in low-light settings.
4K video (extreme high-definition) can be recorded at 30fps, while slow motion video can be recorded at 240fps. Selfies are managed by a very good 8MP portrait camera and even this has a large pixel size of 1.4μm and can record HD video.
Overall, the camera app is the best yet on an Android phone and everything works much faster with the new Google Camera App, which is introduced as part of Marshmallow.
The 3,450mAh battery is one of the highest capacity to be found on smartphones today. Even so, there is a new Doze feature and this senses when the phone is not in use and puts the phone in a special sleep mode. This preserves power and ensures that the battery will not go flat overnight, so I am afraid the morning alarm will still ring!
The next big thing that the Nexus 6P introduces is USB Type-C. This connection is completely reversible, so the USB cable can be inserted either way up. In addition to offering faster data transfer rates, fast charging is possible with seven hours of use gained from just ten minutes on the charger.
Written by: Michael Brown