Google Nexus 6P Review

I have been a big fan of all of things Google for a few years now, what i appreciate with pretty much all their products is that ease of use is a top priority! Google tend to focus efforts towards the none techie when designing user interfaces so that your mum your dad even your nan can all use their products with having to be a tech genius, the tech giants mission statement for 2016 pretty much says it all “to provide access to the world’s information in one click.” why would you not be on a companies side that wants to put all the worlds information in your hand? and bettering that and being able to access it with a single click? thats pretty big right?

Let’s move onto the jargon!

Taking one massive leap for man kind our friends over at Huawei have stepped up their game with building the Nexus 6P almost executing Motorola’ s 2014 disappointing Nexus 6. Not only did Google treat us last year with the Nexus 6P but also put out another device the Nexus 5X, while the Nexus 5X offers brilliant value for money the 6P is defiantly the more powerful of the two. The Nexus 6P doesn’t cut any corners its stunning metal body and top of the range specification makes it truly a device Google and Huawei should be proud of creating.

PROS

– Design is elegant yet sturdy and high quality
– Display brings high resolution in AMOLED construction
– Performance is great due to combination of powerful processor and optimized software
– Camera is finally a good daily shooter
– Fingerprint reader is easy to use, very fast
– Battery is huge, goes for a long time yet charges very quickly
– Android just keeps getting better, optimisation is really visible

CONS

– Ambient Display doesn’t take enough advantage of AMOLED screen
– No expandable storage
– USB Type C standard still very young, takes some getting used to
– Qualcomm Quick Charging no longer supported
– Camera app experience still a bit too bare

Nexus 6P Review: Display

The Nexus 6P has an absolute beautiful display, so if you like big screens, you will love the 6P’s 5.7in AMOLED display that’s protected by Gorilla Glass 4 which is fitted flush into the aluminium frame.

iPhone 6S: Display

The huge 5.7in QHD AMOLED comes with an amazing 518ppi pixel density and some of the brightest colours I’ve ever seen on a modern device. The colour really do pop off the screen, thanks to the AMOLED panel, is stunning

Camera

I think its easy to say that Google have really outdone themselves on this one!

In my experience Nexus devices don’t to be very popular in the UK, which really i feel like is a shame as with the upmost admiration they deserve to be as popular as the Iphone and at this moment in time in particular the iPhone 6S.

We took test shots with both devices.

The resolution that this flagship device gives off is a major plus when it comes to getting a selfie or a cool snap of anything you guys can drum up and imagine, with a 12.3 mp camera on front and a 5mp selfie camera there’s plenty of room to get some creative shots. Laser autofocus an aperture of f/2 and large light-gathering 1.55μm pixels. There’s no optical image stabilisation, but video can be recorded at resolutions of up to 4K and 30fps.

Nexus 5X & Nexus 6P Test shots.

The only negative thing i can say about the Nexus 6P’s camera is that the lack of image stabilisation makes video recording and taking photos the slightest bit harder if you don’t have a steady hand (especially if you’re taking a group shot).

Nexus 6P Review: Performance & Battery Life

The Nexus 6P’s raw performance and core specifications. Inside, has a 2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 v2.1 octa-core processor, 3GB RAM and a massive 3,450mAh battery which means you can be on the move and not have to worry about your device dying on you (mine has lasted 3 days! which is great for making a small saving on my electricity bill).

Now that i’ve been walking with the device for a solid 6 months i’ve discovered that its pretty much a titan! theres not much you can do to it that will slow it down, just when you think you might have overloaded it with apps, created too many documents and generally put it through a mighty work out most phones would burn up and you’d leave them some time to rest, not with the Nexus 6P, in my opinion it’s truly the king kong of the modern smart phone.

Without a shadow of doubt i would say the Nexus 6P is the best the smartphone i’ve used in easily the last 5 years, the power alone is enough to place it in my trolly, but ask yourself this! have you ever been in a hurry to give your phone some quick juice? but once you’ve had it on charge for a quick 10 minutes and the 5% charge just isn’t enough to play ball? well if you buy the 6P you can wave goodbye to that worry! after a 10 minute charge with the charger out of the box my phone battery was up 46% which lasted for a total of 7 hours, put it on charge for 45–60 minutes and your out the door at 100%.

Nexus 6P : 1o minute charge! 7 hour battery!

However one mistake that i feel Google and Huawei have made with the 6P is the lack of microSD expansion, is it to much to ask? sort it out guys! with this considered if you’re still thinking this beast of device is for you choose wisely, with 32GB, 64GB and 128GB options available if your planning to load your phone up with a bunch of photo’s and music go for the higher options, either way i can guarantee you wont want to go back to any other phone once you’ve experienced the awesomeness of the Nexus 6P.

Do you like Marshmallow’s?

Nexus devices being Google’s pride and joy its understandable they get Android updates before other devices and in exactly the way Google wants them to be, straight out the box the Nexus 6P runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow which has some great new features including a mildly redesigned app drawer, and the new Now on Tap feature, which scans what’s on the screen and offers relevant contextual information about people, places and apps it recognises.

Security has defiantly been given a lot of thought when designing and building the 6P, with forced encryption and fingerprint unlocking you can record up to 5 fingerprints making the device pretty unhackable? (unless someone chops your fingers off) and i’m pretty confident in saying it works flawlessly.

How hard is my wallet going to burn?

Starting from only £380

The good news is that not to much, starting at £380 for the 32GB model (up to £579 for the 128GB version), or if your looking for a contract check out Carphone Warehouse which start at £32 pm, it’s hard to argue with the package that Google and Huawei have put together here, so your wallet is going to stay pretty much burn free.

Nexus 6P: Verdict

So should you buy it?

Im not going to give a long elaborate answer you’ve already been reading my rambling for over a thousand words, should you buy it? FUCK YES! sorry for swearing.

This article originally appeared on everything-tech.co.uk