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Review Of Huawei Nexus 6P

Google in its amidst rumours of plans to manufacture its own smartphones rather recently launched two new smartphones to its Nexus family – Huawei Nexus 6P and LG Nexus 5X – . We got our hands on the flagship Huawei Nexus 6P launched in India at Rs.39,999 (32 GB variant) and here is our probe:

What is good for the phone?

Huawei Nexus 6pWell, lets start off with the outerlook, no doubt the phone’s design is impressive. Moreover, it has a fresh look and feel to it. The rear panel of the phone gives it an elegant look with the aluminium finish, fingerprint sensor and the nexus logo (which is embossed) on the panel. Interstingly, the phone is relatively thinner than most flagships in the market. The phone’s look is also elevated through the  thicker top part of the phone with a black differentiated part that houses the camera and the flash.

The display of Nexus 6P is superb. The 5.7-inch quad-HD display has a 518 pixels per inch (ppi) density and provides a good viewing experience. The pixel density is higher than most other devices and so images seem to be sharper.

Nexus 6PGoogle claims that this Nexus has the best camera yet, well aptly  said. The rear camera of Nexus 6P takes it closer to rivals like iPhone 6S and Galaxy S6 when it comes to shutter speed as it is very fast and accurate. The camera does well in low-light conditions due to the larger 1.55 micron pixels that let in more light, although my personal opinion is that other flagships still are better in this regard. The camera comes with only three other modes including auto – photosphere, panorama and lens blur.

The Nexus 6P’s 2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor, combined with 3 GB DDR4 RAM, is an industry-grade performer. The phone lags in a very handful of situations. Multi-tasking, hoping between games and other functions are lightning fast on the device. The stock pure Android also helps in this experience.

Coming to the highlight of the phone, the latest Android operating system (OS) Marshmallow or Android 6.0. In order to make OS to work much faster and better, it has been modified. The phone appears to be more intuitive as of its quick actions and menus. . Google Now on Tap, an artificial intelligence programme or machine learning programme uses the raw power of the search engine to show more info about the user’s search input. The feature works with movies, places, people and music bands.

Nexus 6PThe operating system also offers a ‘doze’ mode which is instrumental in saving battery drain. The phone essentially When the phone is left untouched for a long time, it automatically shuts down all app background activity. Another noticeable feature is the app drawer on the top of the apps menu. The most used apps are reflected on top in the drawer followed by apps in the alphabetical order. The OS also comes with a search bar to allow users to look for specific apps.

The phone comes with a 3,450 mAH battery which, in spite of the phone having a quad-HD display, manages nearly 24 hours which is primarily aided by the doze mode. The phone also supports quick charging, which is yet a plus thing..

Nexus 6P

Interestingly, the Nexus 6P also comes with a very fast and responsive fingerprint scanner. The OS even allows storage of up to five fingerprints. Other features on the device include GPS-A with GLONASS, NFC, Wi-Fi, 4G-LTE support and Bluetooth along with a host of sensors.

What doesn’t work for the phone?

Nexus 6PThough the phone bears god looks but due to its curved and thicker edges and big screen size, it isn’t easily fit into all pockets. Also, the screen and the buttons have a distinct Huawei-made look and feel, which was a little buzz kill. It also relates similar to the design of the Honor 7 as the Nexus 6P looks like a crossover between the two with its rear-sided fingerprint scanner.

The display is a little too reflective for use which is sometimes irritating as it takes up light sources in front of it. Then, there are also smudges which need to be cleaned for use during daylight hours.

The phone camera even suffers low performance in dark conditions despite of larger pixels. Although the camera seemed to capture more details perfectly,red eye effect was immediately seen in pictures. It faces a strong competition with the rivals’ flagship models in terms of absence of professional mode for the camera. The most awful part is, I missed being able to edit the picture on the device and share it immediately as I would have wanted to.

It heats up a lot under heavy gaming for longer durations.

Nexuse 6P comes with a Type-C USB at both ends rendering the phone not chargeable via USB, thereby, the user might face a lot of problem in charging issue. A buyer has to invest a minimum of Rs.200 to get a converter to charge it via PC or a power bank.

Verdict

Nexus 6PWell to a closure, among all Nexuses that Google has ever produced, this is so far the best. In regards of design, camera, performance and software (operating system). The phone packs a decent punch to unseat a few given its price and performance in comparison to other flagships in the market.

Moreover, if you are a pure Android experience fan, its the best you can go for.

Full Specifications

Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 2GHz octa-core processor | 3 GB LPDDR4 RAM | 5.7 inches quad-HD display (518 ppi pixel density) with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 and oleophobic coating | Storage – 32/64/128 GB | 12-megapixel rear camera (4608 x 2592 pixels) with laser autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash with 1.55µm pixel size | 8-megapixel front camera |
Android Marshmallow 6.0 | NFC | Bluetooth Module 4.0 | Wi-Fi | A-GPS and GLONASS | 3,450 mAH battery | 4G-LTE

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