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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, optimization 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

Rating
Our Rating
Battery
9.0
Display
8.5
Camera
8.5
Performance
9.0
Software
9.0
Design
9.0
Bottom Line

The Nexus 6P is what the Nexus line always wanted to be: a marriage of value, power, and aesthetic that is more than capable of capturing life moments. And, as this year's new Android vessel, it is the showcase that Marshmallow deserves.

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The Nexus line represents what Google views as the essential Android experience. But as good as they were, there have always been a few reasons why Nexus devices fell short of being considered the complete package. Be it a disappointing camera or lack of hardware features, each new Nexus, while highly anticipated and respected, would generally be just behind the flagships of any given year.

With the Nexus 6P, Google is hoping to continue what it started last year with the Nexus 6, by bringing to consumers a truly compelling high-end smartphone made to compete with current generation flagships. With a new partnership with Huawei in place, does Google manage to finally put all the pieces together? We find out, in this comprehensive Nexus 6P review!

Design

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Design takes on a whole new outlook in the Nexus 6P. Huawei is at the helm of creating what might feel like the most premium Nexus device yet, with the device featuring a full metal unibody design with flat sides, which helps with the handling of this large smartphone.

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The buttons are all on the right side, and offer a solid tactile feedback when pressed, while the power button is textured, making it very easy to find. The headphone jack is up top, and at the bottom is the USB Type-C port. This port marks the start of a new ecosystem for everyone to get used to, but it is admittedly going to take some time for that to happen. The new cord is Type-C on both sides and fully reversible, and, as useful as that is, you will need to remember to take the cable with you when you’re away from home, as Type-C charging cables are still a rarity.

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The 5.7-inch display dominates the front, and above and below it is the dual-front facing speaker setup, which is always a welcome addition. Turning over to the back brings us to the new hardware offerings, but also a couple of unique design aspects as well. As seen with the last few Nexus smartphones, the Nexus logo is oriented vertically. This time, the logo is painted right onto the metal back, instead of being an insert made of a plastic that can peel off in time.

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Above the logo is the new fingerprint scanner, lined by a shiny circle, and finally, there is the black bar up top, that houses the camera package, including the laser auto focus system and the flash. This bar might not have looked that great in the early product renders, but it does actually fit quite well as a new defining aesthetic for the premium Nexus phone. It does protrude however, albeit not by much.

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Metal plays a big role in how the the Nexus 6P looks and feels, but the inclusion of the last two features on the back are what really make this device stand out, with the Nexus logo, the fingerprint reader, and the black bar making for a very recognizable smartphone.

Another plus is that the handling experience is fantastic. The flat sides are easy to grip, the metal feels nice and cool in the hand, and the heft makes this phone exude feelings of high build quality.

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Though past Nexus smartphones have taken design cues from the manufacturer’s own offerings, Huawei benefits from a lesser known identity in the West, while of course, also designing a uniquely exquisite smartphone. Simply put, the Nexus 6P certainly lives up to the “premium” moniker.

Display

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The Nexus 6P comes with a 5.7-inch AMOLED display with a 2560 x 1440 resolution, resulting in a pixel density of 518 ppi. Quad HD has become the mark of a high-end smartphone over the past year or so, and with the AMOLED construction bringing the higher color saturation levels, this display offers a very enjoyable viewing experience. Colors pop on this display, benefiting from the deep blacks that allow for a higher level of contrast. Sharpness is also impressive, as is the case with any Quad HD screen, and the display also gets plenty bright.

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The only real problem we had with the display was when it came to using Ambient Display, which is meant to show a power saving overview of the notifications, but doesn’t trigger very easily. In fact, other than actually picking up the device, there is no other way of activating this otherwise nice feature, and some form of gesture controls would have certainly been useful here.

Performance

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Under the hood, the Nexus 6P comes with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, clocked at 2 GHz, and backed by the Adreno 430 GPU and 3 GB of RAM. This processing package remains the 2015 flagship standard, and the great experiences seen with the other  high-end smartphones throughout the year is also found here. Of course, the pure Android software experience plays a big part in keeping things moving along swimmingly.

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Moving through the homescreens, opening and closing applications, and multi-tasking have all been an absolute breeze. Gaming on this device has also been a treat, not only because of the processing package, but also because of the display and the dual front-facing speaker setup, that all contribute towards enhancing the overall experience. Once again, the Nexus proves that it isn’t just sheer power that allows for great performance, and that software optimizations are certainly needed to properly take advantage of the all the power that is available.

Hardware

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While Nexus smartphones have historically been quite bare-bones in terms of hardware, featuring just the essentials, there has been a shift in focus with the latest Nexus flagship, starting with the fingerprint scanner on the back.

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Fingerprint reading is now an built-in feature of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, which Google calls Nexus Imprint, that is backed by Huawei’s pedigree of good fingerprint scanner iterations, which really shows with the Nexus 6P. The set up process is very simple, and using the scanner is even easier. All you need to do is rest the finger on the circular area on the back, and when the phone is off, it wakes up unlocked and ready to go, without even showing the lockscreen. Apart from letting you immediately replace patterns, passwords, and swipes as the unlock method, the fingerprint scanner can also be used in conjunction with Android Pay, for an additional layer of security when using the mobile payment system.

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Moving to the front is where you will see the dual speaker setup, that provides a really good sound experience. They get pretty loud and provide a good amount of body to the sound, which is great, especially when compared to any of the bottom or rear-mounted speakers out there. As an alternative to using headphones when watching videos and playing games, these speakers have definitely been up to the task.

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Phone call quality has been to the point, and we have used the phone on the T-Mobile and Google Fi networks without any issues. Speaking of network compatibility, the Nexus 6P is compatible with every major carrier in the US, making it a pretty easy choice as an unlocked offering.

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There is no expandable storage via microSD available here, but the 32 GB of in-built storage of the base model should be enough for most. Of course, 64 GB and 128 GB options are available as well for those who want it.

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Battery gets a huge boost, not only because of the large 3,450 mAh unit that the device packs, but also courtesy of a new power saving feature introduced with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, called Doze. Doze relies on all of the different sensors to put applications in a deeper state of sleep than usual. The sensors need to be left alone and not be triggered at all, which essentially means leaving the phone untouched. It does seem to work quite well, and it kept the battery from draining almost at all when in standby. The basic message here is to abstain from habitually waking your device up if you want good battery life, but at least Doze is helping make that down time count.

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The large capacity of the battery is a big plus as well, allowing for an impressively long life. Though usage varies from user to user, but by leveraging Doze and doing less power intensive tasks, the Nexus 6P can go for two full days with moderate usage. When you do need the charge the device, USB Type-C makes this a very easy task. Granted, Qualcomm Quick Charge does go by the wayside here, but the higher power current Type-C still allows for a quick recharge, with the device battery going from 0 to 100 is under 90 minutes. Battery is probably one of the best parts of the Nexus 6P, because with all of the good this phone brings to the table, being able to enjoy it all for a long time is the icing on the cake.

Camera

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If there was one aspect where the Nexus line consistently fell short, it was in the camera department. This year, the Nexus 6P has to contend with what has been a pretty incredible year for smartphone cameras, and fortunately, the device has risen to the challenge.

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A 12.3 MP rear shooter tries to allow for more light to enter than before, thanks to a 1.5 microns sensor, that may sound minuscule, but is bigger than the sensor found with the vast majority of Android smartphones today. Unfortunately, there is no optical image stabilization, but its absence is felt primarily when recording videos. The combination of fewer, but more effective pixels, and the overall large sensor size helps with light capture and thus allows for better low-light photography. But it’s not just low light performance that sees a big boost – the overall quality is also higher than before.

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That said, the camera app is lacking when compared to much of the competition out there, mostly due to the lack of manual controls. It is a good automatic shooter, and fast, even when shooting in HDR+ mode, with the processing being done in the background in the Gallery app. Aside from a few extra modes like Panorama and Lens Blur, there isn’t much else available with this camera app however. On the video side, 4K recording is available, and slow motion capture at 120 fps or 240 fps at a 720p resolution was a lot of fun as well.

Camera samples

Image quality is actually really great, with details captured very well, despite a small, yet noticeable, amount of noise reduction still at play here. Low light situations still require at least a little bit of light to differentiate the subject from the surroundings, but the enhancement here is that the subject is recognizable. Photos benefit from a subtle amount of saturation for nice and vivid colors, but the results are a little different when viewing the images on a screen other than the saturated AMOLED display of the phone.

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Panorama images were stitched together without too many problems, and HDR+ turned out quite a few good shots as well. HDR+ did strike us as a little moody however, as the highlights were crushed out in some shots, while the focus was on blowing up the shadows in others. Colors were given a much harder punch in every picture though.

HDR camera samples

Overall, we are really happy with the new Nexus camera. It’s much better than on previous iterations, and, more importantly, you no longer have to feel like you’re settling for this camera when compared to its competition.

Software

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On the software side of things, Android 6.0 Marshmallow brings the crux of the Nexus experience, the latest and greatest of Android, with timely updates for the foreseeable future. Android has definitely come a long way, and Marshmallow is all about polish, rather than too many flashy new features.

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There are a few flashy features to be found of course, with one coming in the form of Google Now on Tap. While Google Now still resides beside the homescreens, it can now be used to search for anything that is currently displayed on the screen, by long pressing the home button. It basically requires text-based areas to pull information from, but the main gripe with the service is that it can be a bit hit and miss. After all, you cannot cherry pick exactly what information it pulls down, so if there aren’t any instantly recognizable Google search terms present, there likely won’t be anything on tap. It is a great feature when it works though, and we are definitely looking forward to seeing how it develops over time.

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Other features are less flashy but just as important, such as Doze. The application drawer has also been given a new look, now being a vertical scrolling list. A line at the top houses the four most used applications, which is a nice touch, and there is also a search bar to help you quickly find any application. Finally, there is now a better way of checking and setting up App Permissions, which can all be done from the Settings menu. Further, Android asks if you want an app to access a particular function when the app tries to access it for the first time. For anyone who is a bit apprehensive about security on Android, the full control now available to you might bring a little peace of mind.

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Of course, the main reason to get a Nexus device is to get the latest and most optimized version of Android that is available, and that is exactly what you get here. Small tweaks to the animations make Android feel that much smoother, and the overall experience is really impressively snappy. There is also the advantage of timely updates, which is always a big plus.

Specifications

Display5.7-inch AMOLED display
2560 x 1440 resolution, 518ppi
Processor2 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor
Adreno 430 GPU
RAM3 GB
Storage32/64/128 GB
not expandable
NetworksGSM 850/1900
W-CDMA 2/4/5
CDMA 0/1/10
LTE Band 2/4/5/7/12/13/17/25/26/41
SoftwareAndroid 6.0 Marshmallow
Fingerprint scannerYes
Camera12.3MP rear-facing camera
8MP front-facing camera
BatteryNon-removable 3450 mAh
Dimensions159.4 x 77.8 x 7.3mm, 178g

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Pricing and final thoughts

The Nexus 6P is priced starting at $499, which may be less than the price of typical flagships, but is still definitely a premium price for the Nexus series. A great experience in a properly premium body means that this device is definitely worth it.

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So there you have it for this in-depth look at the Nexus 6P! Some people might scoff at the price, especially those who still consider the Nexus line to be an affordable series that brings with it essential Android experiences. Last year’s Nexus 6 bucked that trend, and the Nexus 6P continues it by truly looking and feeling high-end, while offering a premium experience under the hood, including a camera that finally does justice to the flagship line. If you do want Android in its purest state, either of the two 2015 Nexus smartphones will do, but when looking for a high-end experience, the Nexus 6P takes the crown. As an Android phone that is capable of satisfying just about anyone, the Nexus 6P is definitely worthy of your consideration.

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  • wingzero0

    Excellent review.

    Glad you all took more than a single weekend to actually review the device.

    • Ali

      I don’t think that is all the bands .. In other places the said the phone support band 3 (1800)
      Is there two vargen from the phone ?

      Plz any one say some thing

      • s2weden2000

        CDMA / HSPA / LTE2G bandsGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – all models CDMA 800 / 1900 – all models3G bandsHSDPA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 – Global model HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 –

        American model4G bandsLTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 9(1800), 17(700), 19(800), 20(800), 28(700), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500) –

        Global model LTE band 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 12(700), 13(700), 17(700), 25(1900), 26(850), 29(700), 30(2300), 41(2500) –

        American modelSpeedHSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat6 300/50 Mbps

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  • jdot104

    I knew Josh wouldn’t disappoint. I usually find his commentary to be in line with my preferences, and I’ve been guessing the 6P would be a 9/10 phone. The battery life comments are great too.

    • Tony G.

      I agree regarding Josh’s reviews. One step further, it would be nice to know on-screen time for the battery life, but it’s sounding good. Thanks Josh.

      • jdot104

        He mentioned in the video that he was getting around four and a half hours of SOT. I think that was probably for at least medium use, so I have no worries.

        • Tony G.

          OK cool, thanks for that info. I’m at work so I can’t watch the video. Well, without getting in trouble. Ha. That sounds good. I’m glad I have this phone ordered.

  • Daggett Beaver

    Seriously? “The camera app is lacking…”, no wireless charging, no OIS, and it gets a 9.0. The Note 5 has two different types of wireless charging, FAST wireless charging, MST for Samsung Pay at magnetic strip readers, OIS, an S Pen with all the apps and features supporting it, and it gets an 8.7? I suspect if the Note 5 was called a Nexus Note 5, it would have gotten a score of 11.

    • wingzero0

      TouchWiz.

      The Note 5 is an amazing device, whose only true failing is its UX over stock Android. Should Samsung continue to reduce its ‘need’ to skin Android even further, and just add on things like apps that make use of its unique features like the S-Pen, it could score even higher.

      The S-Pen is an amazing feature on the Note series. One that needs to be used in stock Android.

      • James Sarino

        Agreed. I almost pulled the trigger on the Note 5, but TouchWiz was a deal-breaker for me. If Samsung came out with a GPe-like Note experience, then I would have easily put it over the Nexus 6P. As it stands, I went with the Nexus.

        • WorldStarrrrr

          Curious….what about touchwiz was a deal breaker?

          • James Sarino

            Any apps and/or features that are redundancies of what’s already available with the stock Android version. Sure, I could disable them as I go, but they’re unnecessary clutter, not to mention they take up storage, which we already know there’s no external storage option. I would’ve been fine with it if the apps were in the Google Play Store, and if I really want them, I can download them as I need. If you buy the Note from a carrier, with the TW/Samsung and carrier bloatware combined, that can take up roughly 14 GB on a 64 GB device…way too much.

            I will add to my initial comment that if I had decided to buy the Note from a carrier, expect updates to be a much slower route. Unlocked, there’s a possibility to get updates somewhat faster, but then you’ve spent about $800+ for said unlocked device (64 GB). With the 128 GB Nexus 6P pricing out at $649, it’s not worth the $200 premium.

            Having said all this, a stock or vanilla Android experience is not for everyone. Many people are happy with the TW UI experience (if I did a straw poll with my inlaws and parents, they agree :-)), but after owning Sammy’s Galaxy S2, S4, and S5, it’s no longer for me. Probably doesn’t help that my first Android phone I ever owned as a Nexus One (then later a Nexus 5), so, I’m a smidge biased. :p

          • Daggett Beaver

            Each to his own. The only thing that drives me crazy about “Pure Android” fanatics is when they say they want stock Android and stock apps because it’s the way Google intended for Android to be experienced, as if there’s some virtue in wanting what Google intended.

            That’s like saying “I only use Internet Explorer on my Windows PC because that’s how Microsoft intended for the Internet to be experienced.”

          • James Sarino

            I agree with you there. I don’t tell people they all should run their phones with a stock or pure Android experience. I may help them in improving their mobile experience with whatever app or feature they might not be aware of. But it’s up to them on what UI they want to use, whether it be TouchWiz, Sense, Xperia, CyanogenMod, and so on.

          • abhisheksaral

            We don’t use Stock Andorid becuase Google want us to but becuase its better than any other OEM Skins available!

          • Anim8me2

            No, it would be like having a company adding cruft and skinning to Windows and then saying I run pure Windows because that’s how Microsoft intended.
            You can’t compare running an app to running an OS.

          • Kody

            Not really an accurate comparison. It’s more like saying do you want to use IE stock or do you want to use it with add ons that slow it down slow it down a bit.

            That said I have to say the latest version of touchwiz is a hell of a lot less monstrous than it was a couple years back. Now it doesn’t bug me at all. It’s not a pro but it’s definitely not a con for the most part.

      • Daggett Beaver

        Except the Edge+ got a score of 9.0 and it runs Touchwiz. So you can’t say the Note 5 scored lower than the 6P because of Touchwiz. Plus “I don’t like Touchwiz” is a personal preference, and isn’t a good reason to lower the score, especially when the Note 5 has so many capabilities the 6P lacks.

        I don’t like Stock, but I wouldn’t score a phone lower because it uses stock by default. It’s a preference.

        • Pink Arrow

          Look at the price! It’s as simple as that. Nexus 6p is cheaper for about the same spec. For me it affects the overall score alot! Of course I would expect the Note to be better at his price tag! But for what? Is it worth the price?

          • Daggett Beaver

            Yes, it’s worth the price to some people. And it’s not about the same spec.

            Conversely, some people would prefer phones that are $250 cheaper than the 6P and good enough for them. A phone isn’t better or worse because of the price. Either it’s a great phone or it’s not. The Note 5 is a better phone than the 6P. The 6P is better than a cheap Moto. And in the end, you get what you pay for.

          • cynicist

            It’s a personal preference. For me, the Note 5 is not a better phone even if it were cheaper than the 6P. That’s how terrible TouchWhiz is to me.

          • Pink Arrow

            NO!, you think it is better because you pay more… Marketing at it’s basic! Premium phone price’s are increasing exponentially and people still buys them thinking it’s the shit!

          • johnadams123

            It isn’t a better phone. It’s down to what you want and not everyone wants or needs bloatware and a stylus.

        • johnadams123

          It doesn’t have that many more capabilities than the 6p except the stylus, wireless charging, and ois. Besides that the performance is the same. Touchwiz is a joke and the Note 5 is overpriced. Not everyone wants the stylus or cares about wireless charging. The nexus is a more enjoyable phone.

      • Jay

        Agreed. I’ve just picked up a Galaxy S6 Edge and yes – incredible hardware, best camera out, beautiful design, specs are awesome… BUT TouchWiz is – after 10 days – already driving me a bit crazy. I don’t even care about “stock Android” that much but Samsung need to do better. I even prefer LG’s skin to TouchWiz.

        • Bruce Wayne

          I said the same thing. TouchWiz only looks good for the first initial weeks then it slows down and starts to crash.

      • James Theodore Retuya

        Touchwiz has been progressively improving over the years and each new flagship touts a version that’s better performing than the last. The hate for it has become nothing more than whining.

        • Yes you’re right but how can you answer note 5 and s6 edge plus performing slower in multitasking than Nexus 6

          Well nobody is saying that Samsung is bad they are really amazing phones that anyone can buy but for ticnkerers modders and stock lovers and those want early updates (and developer preview) of Android can’t simply go with TouchWiz phone

        • Bruce Wayne

          It’s only smooth for the first couple of weeks. After that, it starts to slowdown and multitasking becomes a chore.

      • Despite having more ram Note 5 performance is poor than Nexus 6 (og Nexus 6) what I’m saying is stock android counts

    • sooooo do you agree with the review? disagree? I could not tell

    • TeeJay1100

      I do agree totally. It’s like no wireless charging and no OIS is held against every phone but the Nexus phone. I suspect a little bias here. The Note 5 smokes the Nexus 6p in all departments.

      • Daggett Beaver

        Nexus is revered like a religious icon. I suspect reviewers are terrified of giving a Nexus a poor score, since the Nexus faithful would probably go medieval on their buttocks.

      • Pink Arrow

        He doesn’t smoke it with the price?? Are people blind or what? Of course it will have more features for that 850$ you pay. You expect what? they just flush your 250$ extra in the toilet? No they will add premium feature for sheep that wants to pay more for the “extra swag, extremely useful feature”

        • TeeJay1100

          You have no idea what your talking about.

          • trt

            And you are a cunt, period.

        • Bruce Wayne

          Speak English next time.

      • King_Android

        Wireless charging sucks as it is now, it doesnt offer quick charge and the only benefit is that you dont have to plug a cord in. But Ill take a reversible plug with a faster charging time over the slow wireless charging speeds we see today. And with EIS you really dont miss OIS much except in videos but its still usable. Couple that with pure android which tbh is much lighter than TW. I am on the Edge currently just waiting for this 6P to become available everywhere without a preorder and Im jumping ship. TW really does suck. Too much clutter for no reason. I was like really I get a prompt for S voice when setting up the phone. Why?

        • TeeJay1100

          All these features suck until your favorite OEM has them.

      • Updates
        Low light
        Front speakers
        Fast nexus imprint
        Less pre installed junk (well no pre-installed junk)
        USB type c
        Developers support
        Easy Bootloader unlock (really easy)

        • TeeJay1100

          I don’t root my phones don’t care for Bootloader or dev support. USB c isn’t taking off yet. Less preinstalled junk depends on each user what they deem as junk. Nexus updates are overrated. The camera is ok but doesn’t beat the phone camera I have now, so I’m not impressed.

          • Bruce Wayne

            The future calls and says USB C has taken off.

      • johnadams123

        How does it smoke the nexus? The nexus performs better with better is optimization and has a better screen camera. Even if it doesn’t have wireless charging it has three fast USB c. The Note 5, like the iPhone, is overpriced and not the best despite your bias.

        • TeeJay1100

          Bias? Fast USB C? ? Is it overpriced or is it you just can afford it? Which one? The 6p is just a big screen phone along with the other 30 in Android. No added functionality. Nothing. But since you love it, enjoy. I’ll take the best camera, battery, and functionality on Android with the Note 5. This version of Touchwiz is the best yet since all the haters are bringing up issues from the past. $500-$649 for a 6p isn’t overpriced? Yeah ok.

      • Bruce Wayne

        Lol. Don’t be ridiculous. The Note 5 has TouchWiz which means inevitable slowdowns and crashes are coming after just a few weeks of use. All the RAM in the world couldn’t keep TouchWiz running smoothly.

        • TeeJay1100

          I’ve had my Note 5 since launch in August and it hasn’t slowed down yet! And it’s on 6.0.1. Stop regurgitating what you have heard if you don’t have the device.

          • Bruce Wayne

            I own a Note 5…

    • WorldStarrrrr

      Agreed and thats what i thought after finishing the review. The comparison is valid and the lack of “nice to haves” shouldve reduced the score a bit. I get it..Its a Nexus…But it should still be compared to other phones within the same category. Just sayin…

    • Airyl

      The Nexus 6P is cheaper than the Samsung Note 5 by a pretty large margin, has front facing stereo speakers, is less of a fingerprint magnet, will always get timely Android updates and runs much faster and smoother than the Note 5 will ever be capable of. Also, people were still bitter at Samsung for removing most of the Note line’s power features like microSD card expansion and removable batteries.

      • Daggett Beaver

        LOL

        • Airyl

          Eh, I don’t really care about that. I do prefer the feel of metal over glass though. Maybe you could find a smug image about that.

          • Daggett Beaver

            A little girl could bend this phone in half. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTIaUH6PIvo

            The same guy couldn’t bend a Note 5, so what does that say about metal over glass?

          • johnadams123

            The guy has been proven wrong by other videos. You take everything you see on the internet as being true.

      • Mackin Cheez

        Lol note 5 with way more features is just as smooth as 6p. Note 5 is imo phone of the year!

        • Airyl

          It’s not. It’s not even close.

        • Bruce Wayne

          After a few weeks of use, TouchWiz starts to slow down…

    • umfrot

      Download another camera app if you need it. It has EIS. Wireless charging is not a standard so it’s absence doesn’t deduct too many points. Whereas the Note 5 had performance issues as compared to say the LG G4 or the One Plus Two.

      • Daggett Beaver

        Wireless charging was pretty standard on the Nexus until this year. Like I said above, it’s a hell of a lot better than Doze when you put your phone down.

        • abhisheksaral

          Every where!? On your sofa table bed. I don’t think you can put a wireless Charger everywhere also Dose is just to give it a standby time like an iPhone!

    • abhisheksaral

      Samsung Processors no Development!

    • Captain Obvious

      How did they come out with a overall score of 9? If you average the scores from the individual categories it comes out to 8.83.

    • balcobomber25

      You can very easily change out the stock camera app, which many people do anyways. Open Camera will solve all of the issues and give you better pictures. Samsung makes some excellent phones that are ruined by terrible software loaded with bloatware. If it was a Nexus Note 5 it would probably get a 10 because it wouldnt be running Touchwhiz. And I am actually a fan of custom UI’s, there are several that are very good, Touchwhiz is not even close to being one of them.

    • Bruce Wayne

      It uses a different method to compensate for the lack of OIS. I never used wireless charging on my Nexus 6 so I certainly won’t miss it. The camera app is not as feature rich as other phones because Google has always been minimalist in their apps. This isn’t new so yes, the phone deserves a 9.

  • Josh Flowers

    Pre-ordered, but still on the fence between this and an MXPE.

    • wingzero0

      The biggest deciding factor for you will be:

      Do I prize customization of my phone over the fingerprint scanner.

      Outside of that, these phones are pretty much in line with one another.

    • Sammy Phillips

      I’m in the same boat. I’m still leaning toward N6P for the following reasons:

      1) MXPE has smaller battery. Though, an update to 6.0 with Doze might help it compete a little better with N6P in this department.
      2) Motorola as a company is a mess right now. Who knows how many updates to Android you’ll actually get…and when.
      3) Snapdragon 808 vs. 810. Not a complete deal breaker, but combined with other factors, it’s an important consideration.

      • Tony G.

        I agree on all three points. My last seven phones have been Motos, with the last four bought at full price. I considered the Pure, but decided to wait until the 6P specs were out. I’m sure glad I did.

        • Sammy Phillips

          I had an original Moto X for a brief time and loved it. Never had a Nexus though…I think that once I have the 6P in my hands and use it for a while I’ll be glad I stuck with it.

      • Daggett Beaver

        What does Doze do? It reduces battery usage when you set down your phone and don’t use it.

        What does wireless charging do? It increases your battery charge when you set down your phone and don’t use it.

        I prefer wireless charging. And the XPE, 5X and 6P don’t have it.

        • Sammy Phillips

          Cool. Thanks for your valuable input.

        • cynicist

          …which means that when you do use your phone you have more battery to use?

          • Daggett Beaver

            That’s the idea. You set a 6P with 90% battery down on a wireless charger for a few hours, and you might have 88% battery when you pick it up, thanks to Doze.

            You set a Note 5 with 90% battery down on a wireless charger for a few hours, and you have 100% battery when you pick it up. More battery to use.

      • Roy

        Same here.

        1) MXPE has better quality sound and more louder speakers! and also on earbands.
        2) Display more brighter on outside.
        3) and only got the gesture to open the phone on the back.

        For the 6P:
        1) UPDATES
        2) A little better battery life.
        3) InPrint reader.

        I really don’t know what to choose:(

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      • Imran Munshi

        S808 probably will limit the amount of time for which you can continuously record 4k. That will not be a problem with S810. The difference is due to the Hardware HEVC encoder on S810 which is absent on S808 (only hardware HEVC decode is present on S808)

    • Roy

      Same here.

    • Pamela Doe

      the battery life on the mxpe is bad, 808 processors have issues with 1440p, it has all the same issues that the lg g4 users with the same processor and screen have, bad battery life and getting hot. i wanted to like the moto xpe because i love the idea of moto maker, i prefer lcd screens, and saving $100 but if you are the type of person who uses their phone as a pc replacement like i do you will have issues.

      • Quikmix

        the battery life on the MXPure is basically the same as the 6P, so it’s a bit of a wash.

  • D13H4RD2L1V3

    And people ask why I love Josh’s reviews.

  • Orçun Akartuna

    i really wonder about the sound quality of 3.5 mm jack output ? does anybody have any idea ?

    • Roy

      Not good enough as the MOTO Style, ONLY 0.3
      Volts compared to the MOTO with 0.98 Volts

      • Orçun Akartuna

        It looks like a real difference. Thank you for your interest

  • Daniele Leto

    Why in Italy is priced 699€? I want this device!!! The price in USA is super for what the device offers..

  • Badelhas

    What about brightness? It´s a very important part, imo. Is the screen visible outdoors? Other reviews say it´s not so good.

  • Gurubasav Yellur

    Enjoyed your review through and through. Appreciate your content and commitment Joshua :)

  • s2weden2000

    ePicness …

  • James Theodore Retuya

    Very attractive phone i must say. Much more than the nexus 6. Good job huawei.

  • reidcc

    Have not read the comments- apologies if this highlights what others have said. I was waiting for this and the Nexus 5X. I almost got an LG G4- but it didn’t quite do it for me. I was still ok with my Nexus 5 32gig as daily driver. I didn’t want an S6 or Edge based on reviews of battery, etc. There was a lot of hype on the Note 5- and once I had it in my hand– I knew it was the one- Store had a few on display 3 days before launch.

    I still wanted to see the Nexus 2015 units though. I’d always hoped that the 820 chipset would make it into the Nexus 6P, but with the delays- wasn’t looking good. I could have lived with the 810 though. Then I saw a modeling markup of the 6P rear- and saw that black bar across the back, and that sealed the deal- time to pull the trigger on the Note 5- which I got on launch day. 2 Months later- I am still very happy with that decision. Couple with the fact I got $200 off by trading in my Captivate, and we are at the same money.

    That being said- the NExus 6P is still a very nice phone! I just can’t stand looking at that rear end of it having that “periscope” look rear.

  • The-Sailor-Man

    And how this could score 9???
    How this could compare to Note 5 or Edge Plus??? ROTFL
    But hey, Samsung is not US company , and it’s the biggest threat to Apple , so it’s OK.

    • charlie Jason

      For one thing, it is significantly cheaper.
      Camera, display, and performance are all within the same range as Note 5 Edge plus.
      Clean, pure android with fastest updates straight from Google compared to Samsung’s skinned, bloatware filled, inefficient touchwiz.

  • Max Wong

    They are constantly comparing softwares from other phones to the pure stock androids. But when it comes to actually having a stock android ROM “Nah, we’ll give it a 9.” So there must be something better than stock android then…

    • Andreas Larsson

      Or you know, maybe stock android isn’t perfect yet? ^^

  • Rufus MD

    what game is that? @ 04:36

  • Rufus MD

    what game is he playing @04:36 ? anyone?

  • Quikmix

    This vs the Moto X Pure. tough call. no bad decisions.

  • Imran Munshi

    The new arrangement and presentation of the article is excellent, great job with that.

  • Imran Munshi

    What I saw lacking with the camera department in this phone is that in macro shots the subject doesn’t pop out a lot like it does on G4/V10 or S6 kind of cameras. Is it because of lack of metering controls?

    If yes then can a manual camera app like FV-5 can help with that?

    • Evangelos Aktoudianakis

      Metering doesn’t really have much to do with popping out in macro. It’s a factor of minimal focal distance, max aperture width, and even sensor quality.
      Metering determines the overall exposure :)

  • TB

    But what about the audio quality over Bluetooth and via headphones how does it compare to top end devices such as the Sony Z models and iPhone 6

  • smokebomb

    Whatever video player you’ve switched to is garbage. Please go back to YouTube.

  • Nick Richards

    https://youtu.be/tTIaUH6PIvo bend test is not looking good for the 6p, shocking actually.

    • Daggett Beaver

      Yeah, I think the fact that a little girl could bend this thing in half should go in the “Cons” column.

      • Nick Richards

        :) I’m looking forward to more Bend Test videos to see if this is practically going to be an issue. I’m taking the plunge on this phone and want to know what I’m getting myself into.

        • Daggett Beaver

          Well, there’s another video claiming it’s not easy to bend. I don’t trust either video. Nobody should buy or not buy a phone based on something they see on Youtube.

          So… somebody please send me a 6P so I can test it, myself. ;)

          • Nick Richards

            Awesome.

            I can send you a chocolate bar (with 6 Peanuts!), for you to bend. Only request is for you to post a video of your chocolate bar bending.

  • martinhomec

    How do I get my Nexus 6 to save photos in the DNG raw format? Is the APP Camera FV-5 the only way?

  • Søren Jørgensen

    Is there headphones in the package??

    • Bruce Wayne

      No. Not many phones come with earphones.

  • Ronald Donjuan

    Does anybody know when the 6P will come to T-mobile and stop being exclusive to GP. I sort of can only get it if im paying monthly.

  • Daggett Beaver

    Best thing about the Nexus 6P is the innovative way it doubles as a flip phone.

    • Fernie

      I don’t ever see a situation where one has to bend his phone. Like, “Hey, my phone is so big that it can’t fit on my pocket, maybe I’ll bend it.”. It doesn’t make any sense.

    • Bruce Wayne

      Kind of like your brain.

    • Kaden M

      You sure are salty about the Nexus line, aren’t you? why not just stay with your Samsung line and be happy with it, and let other people be happy with what they have?

  • Smuti

    Nice review, but the phone looks sluggish to me, unless they have animations set up that high.

  • Captain Obvious

    Maybe my calculator is broken….but when I add up the individual scores it comes out to 53, which then averages out to 8.83….rounds to 8.8. How did it end up with a overall score of 9???

  • sepulworld

    What is the name of the roll playing game you are playing on the device?

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  • Jacob Hanson

    Nobody here has brought up the point of possibly not buying the phone simply because the SnapDragon 820 is coming out very soon. I would love to have the 6p but it will be lacking in all the 820 will be offering over the 810. Especially with the processing power for the camera, battery efficiency, and internet speeds. I so badly wanted this phone, but not investing in this old hardware. Kind of like investing in a high end home network and not going with Wireless AC/AD and Cat 6.

  • Jacob Hanson

    Nobody here has brought up the point of possibly not buying the phone simply because the SnapDragon 820 is coming out very soon. I would love to have the 6P but it will be lacking in all the 820 will be offering over the 810. Especially with the processing power for the camera, battery efficiency, and internet speeds. I so badly wanted this phone, but not investing in this old hardware. Kind of like investing in a high end home network and not going with Wireless AC/AD and Cat 6.

    • Bruce Wayne

      Well, hold out then. We’ll be enjoying the Nexus 6P while you wait.

    • neo905

      So far I am not that impressed with the battery life of phones with the 820. The HTC 10 is only getting 4.5 hours SOT on average with a 3000 mAh battery. The M8 battery on Marshmallow is actually similar with a 2,300 mAh battery.

  • Toño Galan Ramon

    I liked so much this Nexus 6P

  • Austin Moquin

    beautiful phone

  • The Doctor

    LOL @ the pointless Note 5 vs Nexus 6P arguments downthread.

  • rocketryan

    Score seems too high for a phone thats brings nothing new or innovative to the table. Also stock android being superior is a matter of taste and shouldnt be used to raise a score.

    • Bruce Wayne

      It’s not a matter of taste when it’s faster than phones with skins. That’s just facts…

      • rocketryan

        Really i havent experienced lag on a stock skin since 2012, are you telling me in app performance is quicker because i would say thats bull. Years ago maybe, but now thats just rubbish spouted by the dullards who get exited about stock software and havent used anything other than a nexus after they saw the light and bought a nexus 4. If you want smooth and dull phones buy an iphone, leave android to those who like trying new features and skins that the manufacturers are taking chances on.

  • Gaurav Gaikwad

    Worst Service experience from Huawei and Google.
    Called 25 times in 30 days to just explain the issue and once device is with them from 17 days (Estimate given of 10 days) now they are saying it’ll still take 2-3 more weeks just to have a screen replaced and make sure sensors are working.

  • Kody

    So very close to my ideal phone. I hope it can improve later on.

  • Nandan Pandya

    Hello sir, I just purchased this Nexus 6p but I found out that it’s shows 2.7 GB RAM instead of 3Gb should I be worried for this ?

    • Evan Willis

      0.3 gigs are taken for system partition. Thats fairly standard

  • Clayton Scott

    Why 8.5 for display? You made only positive comments. The display is great. You said ambient display was a problem, but that’s software related. Not display. What constitutes a 10 display? The screen is a Samsung Amoled. Arguably the best displays in the world.

  • Ajibola Robinson

    So I have a question on the N6P. I have a Moto X 2014 thats apparently on its last legs, but I love the phone! One of the features I love the most is the gesture feature being able to wave at the phone and get my time and notifications. Does the N6P have such hands free features. I love my Moto 2014 I am torn between just upgrading to the new Moto X Pure Edition and the Nexus 6P. I love pure Android and can’t stand anything added on to it. For me the battery life is my biggest draw to teh Nexus 6P.

  • Biswajit

    Nexus 6p comes with a specific charger so you cannot use normal android charger but the charger supplied with Nexus 6p developed issues after 20 days and I can say Nexus/Huawei has got pathetic customer care to replace or repair these charger/phone. So really pathetic experience with Nexus 6p

  • Pramod Kumar

    I bought this phone last week and overall phone looks really good. Only bad thing about is its battery. Even after charging it 100 % in the evening 5pm and not using the phone after that . The charging level was at 15% next morning . They have given a type C port which does not work with other chargers and which means You have to carry your charger always and buy a new car charger .

    • Bruce Wayne

      It works with other Type C chargers.

    • Bruce Wayne

      You should be charging your phone overnight not in the evening.

  • Rich Fought

    Anyone considering this handset for mobile photography be warned that there is a long-unresolved bug with exposure compensation that makes HDR camera apps like HDR Camera + flat out not work. Android Issue 196815

  • Johnny L

    cool review! definitely reassured me on my upgrade on the nexus 6p! btw…looks like you took some photos at the North Etiwanda Preserve!?

  • Bruce Wayne

    It bugs me when reviewers place the phone on rough, harsh surfaces like rocks, trees, gravel etc to take some kind of artistic nature shot of the phone. Especially when they place it with the screen down.

  • rocketryan

    Really i havent experienced lag on a stock skin since 2012, are you telling me in app performance is quicker because i would say thats bull. Years ago maybe, but now thats just rubbish spouted by the dullards who get exited about stock software and havent used anything other than a nexus after they saw the light and bought a nexus 4. If you want smooth and dull phones buy an iphone, leave android to those who like trying new features and skins that the manufacturers are taking chances on.

  • Katherine

    My review on Nexus 6p

  • Katherine

    Nexus 6p has the latest android operating system, but so many features are left out. For example, not all emojis can be sent in texts, you send the message, but it is blank; you cannot decline a call with a text message, even though there are customized texts; trademark R are not recognized in the sent message. So many apps are not recognized. I did not want a phone like LG or Samsung because of the bloatware, but Nexus 6p makes me want to go back.

  • Sabrina

    Worse phone ever! I have horrid battery life. I went through most of the steps with the google team. I spoke on the phone and a few emails. Then they stopped responding. Not to mention now that I have issues with gmail. It stops working and closes while I write emails. very annoying, especially while doing something business related. Stay away from this phone. go to Sony.

  • Mayur Balwani

    Excellent review! Love this phone’s camera!

  • Jimmy Martir

    I’m really interested in this phone but my only concerns is the emojis. Yes I do care about emojis. The nexus has the original emojis right? Is there any way could switch the emoji? When I say that, I dont mean literally switch it because i know you cant, but can i download an app or something?

  • Kaden M

    I bought the Nexus 6P wanting to flash the Android N preview. Stupidly easy to sideload any APK of your choosing. I’ve had nothing but Samsung before, and this new pure Android experience sure beats the crap out of TouchWiz in my opinion. Very Very minimal bloatware, full reign over app draw over permissions, buttery smooth optimization, very sexy price point, what else could you ask for?

  • George Constanza

    I have a nexus 6p. Used to have note 3

    Great phone does what it does well, bug reports functions quickly but I think it lacks some keys features.

    I’m used to my Samsung note 3. The feature the Nexus is missing which may be a luxury on the Samsung’s is the drop down menu for Bluetooth, sync battery saver etc. The Nexus 6p has only a few quick actions.
    Missing………..
    Auto sync toggle
    Battery saver toggle
    Sound profiles
    Adaptive brightness toggle

    These features are there but not available in the drop down, so you have to manually go through your settings to access these options

    Good phone but lacks the finer elements.
    Also dislike the red border when on battery saver

  • Monica Moscovich

    nice