Google Nexus 6P Review
It handles phone calls better than the Nexus 5X, but it’s certainly not class-leading.
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
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
- 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
- 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
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- 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)