Google announced its latest line of hardware
products last month in San Francisco and we finally have them in our pretty little hands.
The Nexus 6P, the counterpart to the iPhone 6S+ if you will, is made by China-based Huawei. First off, is this really a phone? This is
the first time that I want to refer to something as a “Phablet”. At 5.7-inches, the high-resolution
WQHD AMOLED display is big, bigger than the Apple 6S+ screen. The device is also kind
of heavy. But man, is it fast, it sports a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 810 v2.1 processor
and 3 GB of ram which sings, and boy is the screen bright and beautiful. Back to the size, it’s going to take some
getting used to, especially if you’re an iPhone user. Since it’s heavy, I feel like
I could only hold it for so long before I drop it, which I don’t want to do on purpose.
I’ve been playing with it for a day and its heft is felt by my wrist for sure. It
also got pretty hot on the back when I set it up, which is mostly because it installs
every single app as soon as it was connected to WiFi. More on that in a sec. My favorite part of the new Nexus phones is
the placement of the fingerprint sensor. Apple uses its home buttons as sensors, whereas
the 5X and 6P have the sensor on the back. It’s genius design, because it’s exactly
how you pull a device out of your pocket and use it. It’s also lightning fast to unlock. The rear camera is ridiculous. Shutter speed
is phenomenal. It’s 12.3 megapixels, shoots 30 frames per second 4k video and has a broad-spectrum
dual flash. You’re getting professional-looking photos with this. The front-facing camera
is nothing to sneeze at, which is 8 megapixels and shoots a respectable quality HD video. The Nexus 6P is running Android’s latest
version, Marshmallow, and the hardware definitely takes advantage of all that it has to offer.
What’s great about Marshmallow is that you can access Google’s search functionality
from basically anywhere. With the introduction of Google Now On Tap, processing power is
important, and this thing has tons of it. Make no mistake, this is a Google phone through
and through. You learn that as soon as you connect to the internet and update the pre-installed
Google suite of apps. Even though Google didn’t build the actual
hardware, they provide partners like Huawei guidelines to make sure that it pairs perfectly
with its operating system. It shows. If you bought a Nexus 6 last year, you’re
going to sell it on Craigslist to get this badboy, which starts at $499, carrier free.
You will love it. If you’ve used any other Android phone or have an iPhone? You will
walk right by the 6P. Its design is gorgeous, but for every day use, you’re going to want
something lighter…which is Apple’s specialty. Personally? I’m sold. I appreciate the bigger
screen and after playing around with the iPhone 6S and 6S+ I’m not taken by on the incremental
upgrades enough to get one. Also, I’ve been using the developer version of iOS 9 for months
and Android’s Marshmallow is completely refreshing. Not only does it work in perfect
harmony with your Google accounts, but its customization options still beat iOS hands
down. I carry an iPhone 6 and we’re going to check
back in with you in a few weeks to see if I make the switch.