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Nexus 6P review: This is the way Android phones should be

Florence Ion | Oct. 23, 2015
Look out Samsung and LG. The best premium Android phone on the market is Google's own.

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Credit: Adam Patrick Murray

I am in love with a Nexus phone.

This is not an exaggeration. I wasn’t crazy about the Nexus 6P when I first laid hands on it, but now I’m totally and completely enamored.

I didn’t think it was possible for Google to make a Nexus phone that could excite me. Frankly, I’ve never been that interested in Nexus devices because they were always missing some particularly important feature that Samsung, HTC, or LG did better—or they weren’t compatible with Verizon’s network.

Android has undergone serious evolution in the last year. It’s no longer quite the open-source minefield it used to be. Google’s worked hard to ensure there’s a somewhat consistent experience across devices, and those who don’t abide have started to feel the wrath of the community. We’re seeing drastic changes on the horizon, including the fact that Google now has its very own, bona-fide flagship device that can compete with the hottest phones from other manufacturers.

The best-looking Nexus ever

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If it’s a premium Nexus devices you’re looking for, this is it.  Credit: Adam Patrick Murray

The “P” in Nexus 6P stands for “premium,” which perfectly sums up the Huawei-made Nexus 6P. Its aluminum frame looks fancy, but not flashy, like a well-groomed George Clooney in a sportcoat. I also like that it’s something you can wield as a woman and still feel stylish. I maintain that Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge is a more attractive phone overall, but I’m pleased the bar has been raised. Cheap, plastic phones are no longer allowed, especially if you’re charging $500 for it.

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The Nexus 6P isn’t too big, despite its 5.7-inch screen size.  Credit: Adam Patrick Murray

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It’s pretty thin, too, though at the expense of no wireless charging. Google said it left out that feature to keep the phone slim. Credit: Adam Patrick Murray

There are lots of little things to love about the Nexus 6P. There are small, thin plastic antenna strips in either corner of the device, and a tiny LED notification light in the upper left-hand corner. There are stereo speakers that are loud and well amplified, and music sounds so good piped through them. There’s also a Nano SIM slot on the left-hand side of the chassis, and a volume rocker and power button on the right that’s placed low enough so you don't have to stretch to press them.

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The fingerprint reader on the Nexus 6P uses Nexus Imprint, which is Marshmallow’s fingerprint API. Credit: Adam Patrick Murray

 

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