Nexus 6P Review

Sat 9 Apr 2016

Filed Under: Google, Huawei 

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Welcome to the 2016 Google Nexus 6P review. The Nexus 6P is the top range phone designed by Google and made by a company called Huawei running the purest version of Android OS you can get. The 32G version of the Nexus 6P costs $800 on the internet and around $900 from retail stores or on a plan, if you get one and is a reasonable amour to pay for a range topping mobile phone in March 2016. Note that the Nexus branded phones are essentially a barebones phones showcasing the Android operating system. This approach is no different from the Apple iPhone and Microsoft Lumia phones.

In terms of construction The Nexus 6P is really well built but you can’t really tell from pictures, better than the iPhone and even Sony Xperia Z5 thanks to it very simple yet functional design. The metal and glass body feels solid and very high quality. The design is simple, classic a phone which isn’t ruined by thousands of designers. We have not complaints.

In terms of hardware the Nexus 6P is equipped with all the latest hardware including fantastic cameras and screen. It’s all top of the range hardware in the Nexus, as it should be. The screen is a large 5.7 inch AMOLED display looks good except for brightness. Mind you not as good as the new Galaxy S7 though. The front facing speakers sound good and explains the large top and bottom edges. The biggest problem with the Nexus 6P is the lack of memory. 32G or 128G versions no memory card slot. It doesn’t have a radio, infrared of health monitor like a heart rate sensor.

In terms of use the Nexus 6P is pure Android OS. There are no branded ‘extras’ as standard so everything needs to be downloaded from the App store. As result the OS is slick aka fast no matter what you are trying to do. The finger print sensor on the back is awkward although kind of makes sense. We prefer the eye sensor on the Lumia 950 though as it works like magic. The Nexus 6P is very easy to use in standard form yet there are plenty of options to change the interface.

The Nexus 6P is a great mobile phone and one of the best but it is expensive and flawed. The flaw is the lack of expandable memory and health senors. The key of course is the lack of memory, without lots of expanded memory for example you cannot have all your apps working correctly and is you travel as all your data, pics, music and so forth are in the ‘cloud’ everything needs to be streamed or downloaded. That said you could always get the 128Gig version…

Specifications

  • Nexus 6P
  • Network
    Quad-band GSM – All
    Tri-band 3G – All
    Tri-band 4G – All
    Nano-SIM
  • Design
    Touch screen
  • L159.3 W77.8 x D7.3 mm
  • Weight 178 grams
  • Display
    5.7 inch 2560 x 1440
  • Camera
    13MP auto-focus LED Flash
    2nd forward facing video call camera 8MP
    Video Camera
    4K 30FPS main video camera
  • Connectivity
    Wi-Fi,  NFC, Bluetooth V4, USB-C
  • CPU
    Quad-core 1.5 and 2 GHz Cortex-A57
    Separate Andreno 430 Graphics CPU
  • Memory
    3Gig RAM
    Up to 32 – 128 Gig for user
  • Features
    A-GPS, Accelerometer, Gyroscope
    Proximity, Ambient Light, Barometer, Fingerprint, Barometer
    Speaker Phone/Hands free
    Li-Po 3450 mAh battery
    Up to 18 Days Standby
    Up to 23 hours Talk Time
  • Price history
    Approx $1000 AUD (outright)

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