Guest Post: Ameya Bondre
The Nexus 6P is Google’s latest offering, with Huawei making an entrance into the flagship smartphone market, taking over from Motorola. The phone boasts of a 5.7” display, with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor and 3GB of RAM. On paper, these specs make the phone big, not just in size but also in performance. The biggest new additions to the 6P are the latest Android Marshmallow, and a fingerprint sensor on the back. More importantly, the phone features a full metal back making it nice to look at. Apart from these, personally, the biggest improvement comes to this phone in its camera, which takes exquisite photos, with some neat tricks. Let us delve into these features in detail.
Physically, the Nexus 6P is a beast, size-wise, which introduces a steep learning curve in handling and operating it, for users not used to dealing with phablets. They have really worked on reducing the thickness though, making it super sleek, barring the camera protrusion. The fingerprint sensor placed on its back, is located fittingly enough to unlock when the device is in your hands, but is rendered useless when the phone is lying on its back, which happens more often than not. The unlocking itself is snappy enough to be effectively usable. Appearance wise, the metal body makes it easy on the eyes, but does not lend it the sturdiness you would expect. I personally was not satisfied with the build quality, especially considering it is metal, and would like for Huawei to make improvements in this area in their next venture.
The Nexus 6P runs Android’s latest Marshmallow, of course, so let’s talk about some of its features. The introduction of Doze is the biggest win in terms of battery-life for the phone. I have seen considerable improvement in battery management, especially during long periods of idle time. Personally, this feature by itself, makes this phone worthy enough to upgrade from previous iterations. There’s a slew of other minor improvements in Marshmallow, which you’d hardly notice in daily operations. One other feature worth mentioning is the Google Now On Tap, which gives more contextual information for items on your screen. In theory, this seems like a very useful feature, but it is still very nascent and has long ways to go.
The camera on the Nexus 6P is what makes it stand out from its competition in my opinion. It has a 12.3 megapixel camera, however the inherent pixel size for the 6P is larger than any other phone, allowing more light, hence giving much better pictures in low light. Digital image stabilization also works pretty well making taking sharp photos a breeze. The addition of slow motion video captures is a good feature as well. Of course, all the previous tricks such as lens blur and photosphere all work just as good, if not better. The camera performance in itself is also very smooth, and this is something that can be said for all operations on the Nexus 6P owing to the blazing specifications on the phone.
In terms of integration, I did not notice any significant improvements or changes in the 6P. I felt no difference in operation while using it with my LG G Watch R (reviewed, here), which is good considering this is a non LG phone, but bad in the sense that the random disconnects with the watch still persist, requiring occasional restarts.
To summarize, the Nexus 6P is a beast of a phone, with decent looks and no complaints whatsoever in performance. The primary improvements come in terms of battery performance and camera operation and snappy fingerprint sensing. For users having an appeal in these areas, the Nexus 6P makes for a worthy upgrade.