Google Nexus 6P ReviewGoogle Nexus 6P 8.8
Google Nexus 5X. Purists and enthusiasts are no doubt stoked about the prospect of pure Android, but not everyone will like the duller styling of the Nexus 5X.
Enter the Nexus 6P, a rock solid phone that screams Premium – it makes more sense why they named it the 6P. First timer in the Nexus world, Google commissioned Chinese company Huawei to design one its latest Nexus phones. For Huawei, it’s undeniably a ripe opportunity for them to build brand reputation not only in the US, but all around the world as well, seeing that they’ve struggled in gaining notoriety in other markets besides Asia.
When last year’s Nexus 6 was announced, many Nexus faithfuls were given a little bit of a surprise in the form of a higher-priced smartphone – whereas with the previous two Nexus smartphones, they were much easier on the pockets. Normally, high-level, metal phones, especially ones accompanied with killer specs, tend to cost a premium as well, but for the Huawei-made Nexus 6P, it’s ensuring that it’s undercutting the competition with its $499.99 starting cost. And best of all, it’s a pure Android device.
We’ve certainly seen our fair share of killer smartphones that are on the affordable side, so how does this Nexus compare?
The package contains:
- Google Nexus 6P
- Wall charger
- USB Type-C to USB Type-C cable
- USB Type-C to USB Type-A cable
- Quick start guide
- Safety & warranty information
- SIM removal tool
Sleek. Sexy. Super. It exudes an intense premium feel, arguably the most premium Nexus to date.
Looking back at what was done, the original grand-daddy of them all, the one and only Nexus One, arguably claimed the reputation of being the most premium-made Nexus ever. Yes, the Nexus 4 came pretty close with its glass surfaces, but the original is still highly acclaimed. That’s all changing, though, mainly because the Nexus 6P is one gorgeous looking phone from head-to-toe.
Huawei has crafted a fine handset with the Nexus 6P, boasting a contoured aluminum body that never feels brittle – even with its slim 7.3mm frame. Its aluminum chassis is incredibly sturdy, exhibiting a design that’s meticulously crafted. You can see that attention to detail in things like its subtle beveled edges adorning its sides, the minimal plastic spacers used to comprise its cellular radio, and the shiny trim around the camera lens.
Speaking of the camera, some might point out the protruding hump that’s there, but it’s not as pervasive as you’d think. In fact, it looks like it doesn’t stick out that much at all when viewing it at certain angles. Its size, instead, is arguably what’s going to either attract or detract people from it. Comparing it to some other phones packing 5.7-inch screens, the Nexus 6P is a bit taller and wider – while sporting a 71.6% screen-to-body ratio, which is lower than say, the Note5 or Moto X Pure Edition. Its weight, too, at 178 grams is a bit heavier than the Note5, but it’s warranted considering it’s nearly all metal here.
Above all, it’s satisfying that it’s sporting an original design with that premium quality intact. Not only is it a different looking thing, but it’s undeniably the best-designed Nexus device put together to date. That’s not an understatement at all, however, it certainly will help Huawei gain some notoriety on a wider basis. Although they’re no strangers to premium designs, this one is just to die for.
When it comes to button placement, both the power button and volume controls are situated in ideal locations, next to one another on the right side of the phone. It helps that they’re raised and offer spring responses when pressed, but we do like how the power button bears a rigid texture to tell it apart by just feeling it with our finger. The only other things found around its edges are the 3.5mm headphone jack on the top side, and a new USB Type-C port on the bottom.
Unlike its sibling in the Nexus 5X, the 6P comes with both a USB Type-C to USB Type-C cable to enable us to charge it with the included wall charger (one that rocks a USB Type-C port), as well as a USB Type-C to USB Type-A cable used to connect to a traditional USB port. At the moment, we find the latter cable to be the more useful of the two because it means we can connect it to our computer to transfer over files, and also charge it through any other USB chargers we have around. The argument for this newer connection is that the cable is reversible, so no more wondering if it’s being inserted the correct way.
Oh yeah, the Nexus 6P also rocks dual-front firing speakers, which could’ve mitigated its screen-to-body ratio, but it’s nice to have for watching videos because it ideally projects audio towards us. And lastly, there’s a recessed fingerprint sensor in the back that functions flawlessly to unlock the phone – even when it’s in standby. That’s useful because it eliminates the need to press the power button first to wake it up, then proceed to unlock using the fingerprint sensor.
159.3 x 77.8 x 7.3 mm
6.28 oz (178 g)
158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm
6.77 oz (192 g)
153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm
6.03 oz (171 g)
153.9 x 76.2 x 11.06 mm
6.31 oz (179 g)
It’s not perfect, especially with its weaker brightness output and overblown colors, but it's quite vibrant for sure.
The Nexus 6P isn't fashioned with a 6-inch display, but rather, a 5.7-inch 1440 x 2560 AMOLED one. Details are no problem with this Quad-HD beast, as its 518 ppi pixel density matches that of the Note5 – so it’s incredibly sharp and detailed, providing our eyes with some visual treats. Well, it should come as no surprise that the Nexus 6P wouldn’t settle for anything less than Quad-HD resolution.
Without going into the synthetic benchmarks of the display, we will say that the screen here bears all of the staple qualities of AMOLED – like its wide viewing angles, high contrast, perfect black color tone, and those over-saturated colors that you may love or hate. Seriously, we won’t deny that the package here has all the ingredients to make it attractive, but if we’re to look more critically at its characteristics, it still has room for improvement.
First and foremost, we have to talk about its color accuracy in the sRGB color gamut chart. Taking a cursory look at the chart indicates that we’re dealing with overblown colors here. It clearly shows that it’s far from being very accurate. Reds appear blood red, yellows have a slightly orange tone to them, and blues tend to be deeper in tone than they should. The screen appears vibrant, but in reality, those colors are far from true-to-life.
Another thing we have to point out is its poor visibility outdoors when the sun is present – it washes out tremendously to the point that it’s unusable unless we shield it. Achieving a maximum luminance of 356 nits, it’s not as potent as the Nexus 5X mark of 487 nits, and nowhere close to the blinding 593 nits reached by the iPhone 6s Plus.
All is not bad with the Nexus 6P display, though, especially with its 2.26 gamma value and 6737K color temperature. Those figures aren’t too off from the ideal values, so to that the degree, the screen manages to do a good job.
Display measurements and quality
|Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better||Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better||Contrast Higher is better||Color temperature (Kelvins)||Gamma||Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better||Delta E grayscale Lower is better|
|Apple iPhone 6s Plus||593
|Samsung Galaxy Note 5||470
|Google Nexus 6P||356
The numbers below represent the amount of deviation in the respective property, observed when a display is viewed from a 45-degree angle as opposed to direct viewing.
|Maximum brightness Lower is better||Minimum brightness Lower is better||Contrast Lower is better||Color temperature Lower is better||Gamma Lower is better||Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better||Delta E grayscale Lower is better|
|Google Nexus 6P||56.2%
|Samsung Galaxy Note 5||60.4%
|Apple iPhone 6s Plus||84.7%
The CIE 1931 xy color gamut chart represents the set (area) of colors that a display can reproduce, with the sRGB colorspace (the highlighted triangle) serving as reference. The chart also provides a visual representation of a display's color accuracy. The small squares across the boundaries of the triangle are the reference points for the various colors, while the small dots are the actual measurements. Ideally, each dot should be positioned on top of its respective square. The 'x: CIE31' and 'y: CIE31' values in the table below the chart indicate the position of each measurement on the chart. 'Y' shows the luminance (in nits) of each measured color, while 'Target Y' is the desired luminance level for that color. Finally, 'ΔE 2000' is the Delta E value of the measured color. Delta E values of below 2 are ideal.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
The Color accuracy chart gives an idea of how close a display's measured colors are to their referential values. The first line holds the measured (actual) colors, while the second line holds the reference (target) colors. The closer the actual colors are to the target ones, the better.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
The Grayscale accuracy chart shows whether a display has a correct white balance (balance between red, green and blue) across different levels of grey (from dark to bright). The closer the Actual colors are to the Target ones, the better.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
1. seblak (Posts: 14; Member since: 07 Oct 2015)
It looks gorgeous in black.But the huge size killed it for me
2. Jimrod (Posts: 1376; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)
Yup, time there were more 5"-ish flagship spec phones.
27. SamsungPhanboy (banned) (Posts: 765; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)
Not that I don't like the size of the 6P, but Google totally should have come out with a 5P for people with smaller hands or that simply want a smaller phone.
And at least in the US, there is only about a 120 buck gap. Many will opt for the larger and more premium phone even if they can't appreciate the size.
112. Niva. (Posts: 423; Member since: 05 Jan 2015)
Last year this complaint was legitimate and it's the reason I didn't get a Nexus 6. Now google comes out with both a 5 and a 6 inch versions of the Nexus and people are still complaining. This goes to show that you can never make everyone happy, just hope you can make most people happy. I'm guessing you don't like the current 5X by LG, you want a 5 inch version of the 6P by Huawei.
117. nohasslecastle (Posts: 7; Member since: 21 Jan 2015)
I'd be inclined to agree except that the 5X is a midrange phone where the 6P is a full fledged flagship. We want no compromise in performance for size like the Xperia Compact (which is far tooexpensive)
17. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3784; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
They improved the camera and now they forgot to check on the battery and ignored(?) the audio output.
It's bad...the output is really bad on both the nexus, for someone who'd like to listen to music on headphones. The only phone that kept me awake in all this review was Moto X PE. That phone is really loud, with respect to the graph given.
92. vincelongman (Posts: 4444; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
Camera (second only to the S6/Note 5)
Screen (Note 5 gen, instead of S4 gen)
Fingerprint reader (fastest, only the Mate S has more fingerprint reader features)
Battery (most reviewers are reporting far better battery life than the Nexus 6, but not top of the line like the Z5 or Note 5 or 6S Plus)
Its probably the most improved smartphone of 2015
126. Dr_Jones_Jr (Posts: 3; Member since: 06 Nov 2015)
Well after updating to marshmallow, my nexus 6 gives me 4.5 hours of SOT on daily basis, which is quite good compared to 3 hours of SOT on lollipop. Google did fantastic job with the update.
48. BORIS070 (banned) (Posts: 67; Member since: 13 Aug 2015)
Nexus 6p has a bad AMOLED displays, and unusable camera for picture taking at night. , Terrible battery life. unusable autofocus .what else you can expect from a Chinese phone. Chinese junk, waste of money
82. bigal77 (Posts: 3; Member since: 22 Oct 2015)
lol u mad bro?
Best phone ever. face it
PS - Iphones and samungs are made in china.
100. dazed1 (Posts: 362; Member since: 28 Jul 2015)
Do not jump on the screen judgment, they got custom option in the kernel, in the developer options which makes it work in sRGB color mode and based on what Google engineers said on reddit AMA its perfectly calibrated when its running in that mode, something like Samsung's basic mode.
Ofc low tech knowledge of Phonearena reviewers, made us miss that part, they had no clue about it.
105. shinywindow (unregistered)
That's funny troll. By you just described an I turd to the t!!
122. combatmedic870 (Posts: 630; Member since: 02 Sep 2015)
It has a top of the line Samsung display, there is an option for more extremely accurate color. Reviews have shown the camera to be absolutely great in low light. Not having OIS doesn't make a camera not usable. That's like saying the iphone6s camera isn't usable. Many people are reporting 5-6 hours of screen on time under heavy usage trying to kill the battery. Not much to complain about. Reviews have said auto focus is very good and accurate. You have Alot of baseless allegations.
9. aba71983 (Posts: 805; Member since: 24 Jul 2014)
Like my iPhone 6S but still love my iPhone.
13. Acer_Predator (unregistered)
No phonearena this is better than iphone this should have 9.5
*iphone doesn't have 2k screen
*iphone doesnt have nfc
*iphone doesnt have better camera
*iphone better battery
So why on fkin earth tiphone has 9.3???
38. BlueGoldAce (Posts: 30; Member since: 22 Nov 2012)
* iPhone doesn't have a 2k screen, but it's brighter and more accurate.
* iPhone does have NFC, limited to Apple Pay. Nfc is under used and overrated.
* that is a matter of,preference, iPhone camera is hailed has great by many
Don't disagree though, iPhone are always rated a tad Higher than they deserve. I love my 6s plus, but that price tag combined with the overall quality if the 6p....killer device.
41. androidwindows (Posts: 191; Member since: 04 Oct 2014)
"..., but it's brighter and more accurate." Wrong! Look at the display measurements above. The iphone's dispay is no more accurate than the 6p's.
"..., Nfc is under used and overrated." May not be in the future.
"..., iPhone camera is hailed has great by many." DX0Mark says otherwise.
53. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4210; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
The color accuracy of the screen can be changed by putting it into sRGB mode, which gives it the color saturation of an LCD display.
80. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
The 6s plus display is nothing to write home about and the 6s display is just poor and low res.
The iOS icons are nice but that doesn't mean the screen is.
86. jdot104 (Posts: 95; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)
The 6P is also the exact same size as the 6S Plus, but the iPhone apparently didn't lose points for its dimensions ("taller and wider than some other similarly sized phones"). I think a fairer score for the 6P would have been a 9 or 9.1.
138. curiousDillan (Posts: 42; Member since: 26 May 2015)
Has nothing to do with a Nexus 6P. Useless comment, aba71983.
14. Acer_Predator (unregistered)
C'mon I'll get use to it.. I have mate 7 and no problems..
44. zeeBomb (Posts: 2098; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)
Another day, another nexus phone review. 8.8 is the perfect score, and it flaws that it holds will ultimately have to fixed onto next years flagships. The good does outweigh the bad, and its sold out on the google store.
54. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4210; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
That can be said for any phone out there, otherwise we'd have the perfect phone.
I also find it funny that he talks about width and height of the phone as a con compared to similar phones when it is the same footprint as the iPhone 6s Plus, but no mention of that in it's review.
65. Jango (Posts: 305; Member since: 24 Oct 2014)
Damn right! It has near identical dimensions while housing A) a larger display and B) dual FF speakers!
77. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
Same footprint or smaller but with a larger much higher res display and much bigger battery. Don't forget to add that.
113. cripton805 (Posts: 1440; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
Feel bad for your petite woman hands. My woman is small and petite at 90lbs and has no problem with her note 4... I cant stand my tiny GS5... to each their own. I had a LG Stylo and that thing was a perfect size. Ill go back to a 5.7"
3. Ghost04 (Posts: 335; Member since: 03 May 2014)
PA , it's not Apple .......
Moreover it made by Chinese .
It should get 5-6 .
Isn't it ??????
21. majp89 (Posts: 171; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)
Fanboys cry so much. Why can't you all just be open minded about your phones...
98. Akuma10 (Posts: 9; Member since: 23 Sep 2015)
So because its not a IPhone it automatically gets a lower score? And last I check the iPhone is made in China.
4. tech2 (Posts: 3457; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
hmmm.....really disappointed with the display quality and battery TBH but then again its PA and not to mention John V. I'll wait for gsmarena and AnandTech :/
8. vincelongman (Posts: 4444; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
He probably tested on the default settings, which is oversaturated and with adaptive brightness turn on (adaptive brightness means you have to shine a light on the light sensor to reach full)
You can turn on sRGB mode and turn off adaptive brightness, which will fix those display quality complainants since its Note 5-like display
Battery is more of a mystery, so far many reviewers seem to being disagreeing
Real world battery seems to be around 4-6 hours SOT, which pretty good, but not as great as the Z5, Note 5 and iPhone 6S Plus, which can regularly get 5-7 hours SOT
16. Acer_Predator (unregistered)
Snapdragon kills battery
23. roldefol (Posts: 4253; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Correction: Snapdragon 810 and 808 kill batteries. 800, 801, 805 were fine, and 820 should be too.
108. fyah_king (Posts: 474; Member since: 22 Jul 2013)
Reviewers are getting 5 1/2 hrs to almost 7 hrs of screen on time. I guess, it's literally killing it in the great battery department.:)
115. elitewolverine (Posts: 5184; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)
Nothing crazy...I get 12.5hrs of on screen movie playback life from a 2yr old phone.
87. ThePython (Posts: 889; Member since: 08 May 2013)
Like I said, John V. shouldn't be the only one reviewing the big releases.
114. alouden (unregistered)
Agree 100%. PA would minimize bias if they had other reviewers do these reviews. John V. reviews all the major releases. His biases and inaccuracies are well known.
6. medtxa (Posts: 1133; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)
I would never buy a phone with 'average' battery life
12. blue305 (Posts: 26; Member since: 23 Sep 2015)
This one is not even close to average. But pa has something with google or huawei
28. SamsungPhanboy (banned) (Posts: 765; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)
They even contradict themselves and say it will get through the day even as a power user.
If I'm not mistaking, that's still above average battery life lol let's not act as if all current flagships get you through the day with battery to spare.
58. blue305 (Posts: 26; Member since: 23 Sep 2015)
Exactly.. This phone has been confirmed to have over 6h of sot with mobile on 70% of time.. Pa's battery life is almost half of what others achieved
89. jdot104 (Posts: 95; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)
This review seems a bit rushed, so that may be why the results are a little sketchy. And John V isn't really known for his consistency.
10. nebula (Posts: 580; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)
PA" On the front side, there's an 8MP camera with f/2.2 lens. " front facing has f 2.4 lens.
11. blue305 (Posts: 26; Member since: 23 Sep 2015)
What a sh1tty review. Check ars techinca review, also some xda posts by ppl who actually use this phone as a daily driver.. Tottaly BS about battery. All ppl get 6+ h of sot with mostly mobile data ON. Also the screen its beautiful, u just need to adjust it. So much hate in this review rly..
18. Acer_Predator (unregistered)
The verge has more positive review..
110. Acer_Predator (unregistered)
Every smartphone site loves them cos they have it for free ..
26. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1429; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)
Any not god praising review of a product you like is BS? That's what all of you blind sheeps are saying. GSMarena doesn't like a phone you like? BS review. The verge doesn't, BS review. Funny how sheeps like you all nit pick reviews that are in favor of what you are. THE GENERAL picture from most reviews is that it has a mediocre to ok-eish battery and a good screen that's not as great as on latest samsungs. So how could it got a same or better score than lets say note 5 if it has this TWO MAJOR issues when compared?
30. SamsungPhanboy (banned) (Posts: 765; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)
Lmao the GENERAL PICTURE is NOT mediocre to ok-ish battery life.
I've read at least 6 reviews saying it is decent if not strong.
37. tech2 (Posts: 3457; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
Please link few of the credible reviews. Thanks.
46. SamsungPhanboy (banned) (Posts: 765; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)
Wall Street Journal
All of these sites confirm what I stated.
50. tech2 (Posts: 3457; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
Yep, I checked and its all true except Verge which said 'Battery life is fine' but that's just Verge being Verge.
55. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4210; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
I think the fact that the Verges review was so good speaks volumes. They never seem to have anything good to say overall about Android devices. Calling the 6p the Android phone to beat says quite a bit. And while a few outliers have negative things to say about the battery life and screen, the majority are saying the opposite, with one reviewer even saying with the brightness at 100%, it was too bright. I'd imagine like Vince said that they most likely had Adaptive Brightness on which holds the brightness potential of the screen back.
66. rd_nest (Posts: 1593; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)
Check Verge's review of Nexus 4.
They gave 9/10 for batterylife and 8/10 for camera.
You don't need to look further for nexus hype after checking their reviews. I still have my nexus 4, and I know what an abomination that device is.
|Display||5.7 inches, 1440 x 2560 pixels (518 ppi) AMOLED|
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53 processor
3 GB RAM
|Size||6.27 x 3.06 x 0.29 inches|
(159.3 x 77.8 x 7.3 mm)
6.28 oz (178 g)
|Battery||3450 mAh, 23 hours talk time|