The newly released Nexus 6P is out and are in consumer’s hands, especially for those who pre-ordered! It’s been almost a week since we got our hands on this new pure Android smartphone device and we have to admit, it is the best pure Android Nexus device made to date. Build quality and battery life are superb!
Let’s start with the design. The aluminum body is a big upgrade to what we normally see from a Nexus Android smartphone. The premium design matches up with other high-end smartphones on the market. The Nexus 6P isn’t heavy and is quite easy to grip while also being thin. The black bump on the back isn’t as big of an eyesore as many thought when it first leaked – its purpose is to hold many of the necessary antennas for the phone as a metal body would hinder signal quality so a plastic part would negate that issue. The design is definitely a big step up from what we are use to from a Nexus smartphone.
Unlike the previous Nexus 6 with a 6 inch display, the new Nexus 6P has shrunk to a 5.7 inch as the 6 inch was proven to be too big for most people. It is not as wide as the previous Nexus iteration which makes it easier for users to grip onto the smartphone. The display is beautiful and quite easy on the eye like most big phones. But most of all, the battery life supports a big 4k display screen. More on battery life below.
The Nexus 6P features a very handy fingerprint scanner located at the back of the device where it is located on the perfect spot for your index finger. This gives users the perfect grip when holding the phone while using the fingerprint. Unlike most smartphones with a fingerprint scanner like the iPhone 6, users of the Nexus 6P can easily and seamlessly place their finger on that spot to unlock their device or for security purposes, purchase items. Unlocking the device is very quick and you almost never see your lockscreen as you just pick up your device and place your index finger (or any finger, just that the index is easiest to access the scanner without changing your grip) and it quickly unlocks the device.
All Day Battery Life
For those who have issues with battery and need to bring a charger with them everywhere they go, this device is for you! We found that with heavy usage during the day that includes browsing, e-mailing, texting and streaming live NHL games, this device holds up very well. By midnight, there is still 25% battery life left without ever charging it once during the day. In 2-3 years this will be different as apps improve and the demand for processing power increases, but for now and the short term, this will suffice very well. When you do need to charge, the USB Type C connector through the power adapter has fast charging capabilities that will charge in about 90 minutes to full power.
The camera is much improved compared to previous Nexus smartphones. 4k video recording offers you great video quality along with slow-motion capture for dramatic effects. The camera still wouldn’t replace your DSLR camera but will be more than decent for what you need on the go. Low light shots can still be improved upon as photos have a noticeable grain to it.
Google’s Now On Tap
Powered by the latest Android 6.0, users can use Google’s latest feature, Now on Tap. While on anywhere in your screen, in an app, web browser, messaging etc, just hold your home button and Now on Tap will open and scan what is on your screen to provide you with information. For example, if a text mentions a restaurant, Now on Tap will read it and provide you with info from the web to help you or give you more info on it. Although we didn’t use the feature often, it does become useful at times when you need to find something quickly that appears on your screen without having to exit the app and search through Google by re-typing everything.
For anyone looking for a new smartphone with premium build, great battery life and the latest and greatest hardware and operating system, the Nexus 6P is it. The 128GB model is still cheaper than the 16GB iPhone 6s. Did we also mention the fingerprint reader is very efficient as well? Running a pure Android OS with no bloatware, the device will operate swiftly and smoothly for awhile compared to bloated Android devices from Samsung. Samsung might have the edge for photography, but the Nexus 6P will suffice in many aspects for reliability, functionality and user-experience.
What do you think of the Nexus 6P? Will you be switching over to this sleek new smartphone?