Nexus 6P First Impressions

Earlier this month I brought you my full review of the Nexus 5X, but now I’m moving on to the big brother, the Nexus 6P. Has Huawei created a phone worthy of the Nexus name? I’ll be finding out the answer to that over the next couple of weeks, but in the meantime, here’s my first impressions of the latest Nexus flagship.

It’s All-Metal, But That Comes With Sacrifices

One of the biggest headline changes to the Nexus 6P is it’s all metal build. Unlike every Nexus before it, there’s not a bit of plastic to be found here. While that certainly makes for a premium feel, it doesn’t come without sacrifices. While previous Nexus phones could use wireless charging, the 6P cannot.

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The all metal body of the Nexus 6P is gorgeous and premium, but it still has sacrifices.

The phone also doesn’t feel quite a solid, at least to me, as the Nexus 6 did. While all metal is great, I’m constantly scared I’ll scratch it or damage it. This phone remains in a case most of the time. While I used my Nexus 6 in a similar way, I didn’t have to. That phone could take a beating and it knew it.



The Camera Hump Is Not All That Pretty, But The Pictures Are

On the rear of the Nexus 6P is a large black bar that houses the camera, flash, laser autofocus, and several other antennas. While it does take away from the design to an extent, personally it’s not all that big a deal to me.

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The 12.3 MP camera in the Nexus 6P is awesome!

What’s great is that the 6P houses a 12.3MP rear camera that is great. It takes wonderful shots and so far I’m impressed.

Outdoors shots are wonderful, as should be expected.

Outdoors shots are wonderful, as should be expected.

Low light shots on the 6P are also very good thanks to the enlarged pixels.

Low light shots on the 6P are also very good thanks to the enlarged pixels.

Battery Life Is Good, But I Was Expecting More

Embedded inside of the Nexus 6P is a 3,450 mAh battery. On paper, you’d think that would bring incredible battery life. However in my limited testing so far, I’m not incredibly impressed. Battery life is good, that’s for certain, but I was expecting more. Over my 15 hours or so of use I usually finish out with about 2.5 hours of screen on time including social media and light gaming. That leaves me with about 30% left when I plug in. Considering the massive battery, I’d been hoping for more, but this is certainly acceptable at the least.

Battery life is definitely good, it's just not as good as I'd hoped.

Battery life is definitely good, it’s just not as good as I’d hoped.


So far I’m enjoying my Nexus 6P. Obviously quite a bit more testing is going to be needed before I can put together my full review. If there’s anything you’d like me to mention in that review, leave a comment below and I’ll be sure to address it. Stay tuned over the next couple of weeks as well for our Nexus 6P coverage!