It’s the first Nexus phone I’ve really wanted to own. It’s screaming fast. It looks great. And now that I’ve made the Nexus 6P my daily driver, I don’t think I can suffer through bastardized Android overlays and bloatware ever again.
I’ve been using Huaweii’s Nexus 6P for the last three days, and I love it. Some of its best tricks are hardware related, and some tie directly into Android Marshmallow. But as a unified hardware-software package, this phone is packed with killer features.
Google calls its fingerprint sensor system Nexus Imprint, and it’s a crazy-fast method for unlocking the phone. The speed of execution is just breath-taking, and either of my index fingers will take me from a black screen to my home screen in a flash.
Android Marshmallow does a wonderful job in giving you quick access to your most important information. The low-power Ambient mode will show you incoming notifications right when they stream in. They also pop up as soon as you pick up your phone.
There’s also always-on voice commands that give you access to Google Now, even when your phone is off. Once you start using this, you’ll never go back.
One of Marshmallow’s headline features is Google Now On Tap, and it’s super-useful once you start exploring it. Basically, it delivers contextual Google information directly within third-party apps.
So, let’s say I’m reading about Gordon Ramsey’s Ferrari in my favorite Reddit app. A long press of the home button brings up Google, YouTube and image links for both the celebrity chef and the exact car model!
It works with messages too -- perfect for finding directions to a restaurant your friend just mentioned.
Previous Nexus phones haven’t offered much design panache. It’s almost as if Google wanted to compromise their designs in order to prop up the sales of OEM partners. But the Nexus 6P looks and feels absolutely gorgeous.
It’s super-thin. It’s got a high-end aluminum body. The front facing speakers produce serious volume. And the 5.7 inch AMOLED display gives me the perfect size for my hands -- where last year’s Nexus 6 was just a little bit too wide for comfort.
Perhaps most of all, I love the Nexus 6P because it’s pure Android. The interface is exactly how Google intended Android to be. It’s superfast and free of bloatware. It’s first in line to receive Google’s OS and security updates. It’s that perfect marriage between hardware and software that you just can’t get on flagship phones from Samsung, LG, and HTC.
I haven’t even begun to explore the camera, and I don’t yet have a sense of all the power management features in Marshmallow. But simply based on what I do like, I’m ready to recommend the Nexus 6P -- emphatically -- to anyone who’s looking for a smartphone upgrade.