Google Nexus 6P Review

Call Quality

It handles phone calls better than the Nexus 5X, but it’s certainly not class-leading.

Fortunately, the Nexus 6P doesn’t suffer from the same scratchy voices that plagued the Nexus 5X’s call performance. While it’s still not perfect, the mostly audible voices through the speaker sound better here – albeit, it’s still a smidgen artificial sounding. It gets only a little bit better on the other end of the line, but we’re at the very least happy to find its speakerphone is significantly more useful, since it’s louder in tone to make it usable in noisy conditions.

Battery

Average, that pretty much sums up its battery performance.

One of the other main attractions about the Nexus 6P over choosing to go with the 5X, is its larger 3450 mAh battery cell – a figure that makes the 2700 mAh one in the Nexus 5X quaint by comparison. As much as we’re to believe that it’s going to be able to achieve better longevity, that’s sadly not the reality after spending time with it. Rather, it shows no improvement whatsoever, reaching the same performance of its sibling.

Specifically, we’re able to get through a whole one-day of normal usage with no issues at all. In fact, by the end of the night, we’re still at a good enough capacity. However, it’s no doubt beneficial to give it nightly charges in order for it to be in an ample capacity come the following day. Power users, too, will be satisfied by its performance, which is sufficient in getting through a demanding 8-hour work shift.

Moving to our custom battery benchmark test, it validates our claim of delivering average-life performances – on par to that of the Nexus 5X. Checking it out, it’s able to achieve a time of 6 hours and 24 minutes from a full charge, which is nearly identical to the Nexus 5X’s tally. That’s a bit of a shame to tell you the truth, since it means that the battery here isn’t as efficient despite the larger sized capacity of the cell.

Where it manages to impress, however, is in its speedy recharge time. Getting it back fully charged only requires the Nexus 6P 89 minutes to achieve, which is better than the 100 minutes it takes for the Nexus 5X to accomplish the same task. This rapid-charging is attributed to the newer USB Type-C connection it’s sporting.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Google Nexus 6P 6h 24 min (Average)
Apple iPhone 6s Plus 9h 11 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 9h 11 min (Excellent)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Google Nexus 6P 89
Apple iPhone 6s Plus 165
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 81

Conclusion


Huawei, in the end, stands to greatly benefit from the Nexus 6P. Its name on the back of the phone might be overshadowed by the humungous Nexus moniker that’s splashed on there as well, but it very well has deeper implications to its reputation. The Nexus 6P is without question, the single best designed Nexus device since the series’ genesis. Not only is it one meticulously crafted smartphone constructed from premium materials, but it manages to notch out an original design that doesn’t look like anything we’ve seen before – so it’s undeniably refreshing.

Now, the design is just one part of the equation, since the other relates to its stock Android 6.0 Marshmallow experience and overall performance. Android purists that want the best of the best when it comes to the platform should no doubt keep the Nexus 6P in contention, since like many other Nexus devices, it’ll be granted access to those special Android software updates faster, plus it benefits from an unsurpassed level of software excellence within the Android universe.

And speaking of its performance, there’s enough to propel the phone into the mainstream. From the buttery smooth performance out of its Snapdragon 810 chip, to its highly versatile camera, there’s absolutely plenty of reasons why it’s so good. You know what’s even better? Its pricing, which surprisingly enough, carries a lower starting cost than last year’s Nexus 6. Frankly, its $499 cost undercuts the competition, namely the titans in the space – like the iPhone 6s Plus and Samsung Galaxy Note5. With a cost like that, it makes for an attractive offering that doesn’t skimp out with the design.

Still, we’ve been spoiled by other highly acclaimed and affordable smartphones that paint very similar pictures. For example, the Moto X Pure Edition stands out profoundly with its 399.99 starting cost. Sure, you can save a cool $100 going with Motorola’s pride and joy, which by itself has a lot of value to offer, but don’t think for a second that the $100 premium of the 6P isn’t justified. You’re getting a useful fingerprint sensor, a more premium design, and that true stock Android experience with the Nexus 6P.

Needless to say, it still has its own set of shortcomings, but when we factor in everything, it can’t get any better than this for a Nexus device. Killer looks, outstanding performance, and stock Android go a long way – made even better by the fact that it’s priced aggressively.

Software version of the review unit:
Android Version: 6.0
Build Number: MDB08H




Pros

  • Original looking design
  • Aluminum chassis gives it that premium feel
  • Stock Android 6.0 Marshmallow experience
  • Speedy performance
  • Highly adaptable camera
  • Great for taking selfies
  • Strong volume out of its dual front-firing speakers
  • Responsive fingerprint sensor
  • Really quick recharge time
  • Comes included with two different USB Type-C cables

Cons

  • Taller & wider than some other similarly sized phones
  • Uninspiring battery life
  • Weak maximum brightness makes it tough to see outdoors
  • Overblown, inaccurate colors with the display
  • Slower focus & shakiness with its video capture
  • Night camera photos often come out blurry

PhoneArena Rating:

8.8

User Rating:

9.1
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138 Comments

1. seblak

Posts: 14; Member since: Oct 07, 2015

It looks gorgeous in black.But the huge size killed it for me

2. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Yup, time there were more 5"-ish flagship spec phones.

27. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 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: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 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: Jan 21, 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)

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5745; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I hope there's a Nexus 5P next year

17. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 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: 5745; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

They improved: 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: Nov 06, 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

Posts: 67; Member since: Aug 13, 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: Oct 22, 2015

lol u mad bro? Best phone ever. face it PS - Iphones and samungs are made in china.

100. dazed1

Posts: 806; Member since: Jul 28, 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: 986; Member since: Sep 02, 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: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 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???

19. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

PA likes sweet tasty stuff.

38. BlueGoldAce

Posts: 30; Member since: Nov 22, 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: 216; Member since: Oct 04, 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: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 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

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 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: Jun 17, 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.

95. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

Not to mention the huge bezels.

138. curiousDillan

Posts: 46; Member since: May 26, 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: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 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: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 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: 376; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

Damn right! It has near identical dimensions while housing A) a larger display and B) dual FF speakers!

77. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Same footprint or smaller but with a larger much higher res display and much bigger battery. Don't forget to add that.

102. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

The brand killed it for me.
Nexus 6P
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3450 mAh(23h talk time)

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