For many, the Nexus brand name has been associated with pure Android and high
specifications at relatively low prices. However, the Google Nexus 6P, the first Nexus made by Huawei, is a very different kettle of fish. Yes, it does tick the pure Android and high spec boxes, but it also comes with a stiff price tag. Is it challenge? To justify the bucks it charges.
The Nexus 6P looks, unlike any other Nexus that we have seen in the past. Nexus devices had generally been known to focus on functionality rather than eye-catching design – although the starry-backed Nexus 4 was a notable exception. Well, the 6P certainly is a head turner. It is the first Nexus we have seen that is made of metal – aero quality aluminum. It is also rather large. It is actually exactly as long as the Nexus 6, its predecessor, at 159.3 mm, but when you consider that the Nexus 6P actually has a smaller display (5.7 inches as compared to the 5.96 one on the 6), this seems odd, although the 6P is much slimmer (7.3 mm as compared to 10.1 mm) and most significantly, much less wide (77.8 mm as against 83 mm). remarkably, though, the 6P is lighter than the Nexus 6 in spite of its metal component- 178 grammes as compared to 172. The front is all about the 5.7-inch display with onscreen buttons on its lower part, and with speakers above and below it (recessed a bit sharply, we think). The volume rocker and power/ display buttons are on the right, the 3.5 mm audio jack right on top, the Sim card slot on the left and the Usb Type-c port on the base. The back is however what will attract the most attention with its silver metallic texture, fingerprint scanner and above it all, a jet back band containing the camera and dual Led flashes. It does seem a bit on the longer side, but there is no doubting that the Nexus 6P will turn a few heads – we think the graphite version looks better, though.
Top notch hardware
As in its predecessors, the Nexus 6P packs in some seriously good hardware. The 5.7-inch display is a quad HD AMOLED one, giving it a pixel density of 518 PPI, which is very impressive. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor with 3 Gb RAM and comes with storage options of 32 Gb and 64 Gb in India, both non-expandable. One of the most talked about changes in the Nexus has been the 12.3-megapixel camera at the back which many claims will bring Nexus into contention for the title of the top cameraphone. There is also an 8.0-megapixel front facing camera. connectivity wise, the phone comes with 4G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Nfc, and GPS and powering all this is a 3450 mAh battery. We left the best for last – it runs the latest Android marshmallow without any add-ons right out of the box and being a Nexus, is assured of automatic updates in the coming years.
And a smooth performer
And the Nexus 6P’s performance does justice to all the top notch hardware inside it. In terms of handling apps and games, this is more than the equal of any Android device out there, be
it games, multi-tasking or even the odd spot of video editing. We did notice the phone heating up a bit but never to an uncomfortable degree. The fingerprint scanner works smoothly as well and the display is not the brightest but not oversaturated either. An area where we were slightly disappointed was the camera. Yes, it did take very good pictures and is easily the best we have seen on a Nexus device but it was also oddly inconsistent – that said, it took some brilliant shots in low light conditions, handling glare better than even the
Note 5 and iPhone 6s Plus in some cases. Another odd point was the call quality which
seemed to fluctuate with some people complaining that our voices sounded distant. battery life is good enough – you will get through a day or heavy use on this.
It delivers a lot but at rs 39,990, the Nexus 6P is definitely an expensive proposition (although its predecessor was too). And while it does offer pure Android it is not the only device to do – the moto X Style comes with a comparable display, more solid design and very good specs for rs 10,000 lesser. And if pure Android is not a massive factor, then the likes of the LG G4 with its quad Hd display and the superb camera also come into consideration.
If you are looking for the best Nexus in town though (and one of the best Android devices around anyway), then the 6P will take some beating!