Nexus 6P races the Grand Prix.
This year, the honor goes to Huawei with their introduction of the Nexus 6P. At first glance, the device looks gorgeous and has the specs sheet to prove its ferocity in the smartphone market.
The Huawei Nexus 6P features an all metal body. It feels solid and sturdy. There's a little spot in the back of the phone and that would be the fingerprint scanner. The idea here is to use your index finger for faster access to a phone. I found my experience with it just the same how Huawei and Google have geared it up for: A natural location for the index finger. But that's only because I'm used to devices with a back button. If you're not familiar with this type of design, it will take some getting used to. The scanner itself is impressive, fast and efficient.
The 5.7-inch AMOLED screen offers nothing short. It's bright, colorful, and responsive. Everything we would want from the screen is all there in the Nexus 6P. The size also, technically puts the Nexus 6P into the phablet category. More and more device makers are finally finding the right balance to make a big device that doesn't feel big.
Huawei is among those that figured out how to make a phablet feel like a phone. You'd still need two hands to use the device, such as sending text messaging. Otherwise, the device is narrow enough for single-hand operation for other use.
This year has seen a surge of massive sensors in phones, and makers seem to be struggling how to balance their annual camera improvements and design - thinner phones mean less space for bigger sensors. I'm not a fan of the Nexus 6P's camera design, it looks wildly out of place. And the bulge feels odd.
Despite that, the Nexus 6P's rear 12MP camera captures impressive images with cutting edge detail and does exceptionally well under low-light conditions. The front 8MP camera is a thing to marvel at for taking selfies with.
The skin-deep advantage of a Type C USB port is its reversible. You'll never fumble which side which when charging it. The bigger advantage is Type C supports fast charging. And while the Nexus 6P's battery holds up quite well on its own, the fast charging feature turns everyday into a Christmas celebration.
The Nexus 6P comes out with Android's latest operating system, Marshmallow. It has a slew of new cool features, such as Apps Permissions and Doze. It also has Android Sensor Hub, a motion chip designed to run all the device's sensors. This would lift several burdens from the processor, giving them more power to operate.
The 3GB RAM may seem like a downer, compared to the now flagship-standard 4GB, but make no mistake, the Nexus 6P is more than able to take on any apps that should come its way.
Android 6 Marshmallow has a couple of interesting changes. First is the most obvious, the app drawer has been revamped. It now scrolls up and down, making a more seamless UI navigation. If you get too many apps, there's a dedicated apps search bar on the top of the screen.
But the biggest deal with Marshmallow is Google's Now on Tap feature. Basically, it reads all the text within the screen and searches any information about them. How useful and practical this feature will be remains to be seen, if users will even use it as often as Google thinks they would. Nonetheless, it is an interesting thing to have and speeds up the searches while browsing around the web.
Marshmallow introduces Android Pay, designed for fast and wireless transactions. This goes hand-in-hand with the fingerprint scanner, which is also supported by Marshmallow - meaning, all Marshmallow devices should be able to use both Android Pay and a fingerprint scanner. The rest depends on the hardware manufacturers.
The Nexus 6P is a gorgeous device, the best of its lineup thus far. The jump from the Nexus 4 to Nexus 5, in terms of features and updates were far, and the 6P doubles the distance.
Screen size: 5.7-inches with 518ppi
OS: Android 6 Marshmallow
Processor: Snapdragon 810 v2.1
Chipsets: Quad-core 1.55GHz Cortex-A53
and quad-core 2GHz Cortex-A57
Rear camera: 12MP
Front camera: 8MP