Google Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X Hands-On: Achieve Your Dreams

Google Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X Hands-On: Achieve Your Dreams

 

Up Close with the New Google Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X

The New Google Nexus 6P: Achieve Your Dreams

The Nexus 6P is the new phone from Google with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The 6P features a 5.7” WQHD AMOLED display with 518 pixels per inch and a camera that takes beautiful photos in all light conditions. It’s crafted from aeronautical-grade aluminum and precision engineered for optimal comfort and performance.

 

The New Google Nexus 5X: Achieve Your Dreams

The Nexus 5X offers top-line performance in a compact, lightweight design with a camera that takes great photos in all light conditions. Beneath the 5.2” display is a hexa-core processor that offers world-class speed at an affordable price. And it has Marshmallow, the latest version of Android working right out of the box.

 

Up Close with the New Google Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X

The first thing I notice when looking at Google’s new Huawei Nexus 6P smartphone is the halo surrounding it.

At first I thought someone had drawn a faint marking on the table it was resting atop that traced around the edges of the device.

Perhaps it was to emphasise the phone’s 5.7-inch screen? (its closest rival, the iPhone 6s Plus, has a screen size of 5.5-inches)

The Nexus 6P was one of two new Nexus smartphones unveiled at a Google event in San Francisco this week. The other was LG’s Nexus 5X.

Both phones feature great cameras (front and back facing) for their price and are incredibly speedy. The speediness may partly be due to the fact Google says the new phones will have less “bloatware” installed than in the past — that annoying pre-installed software that no-one uses that can clog up space.

And despite the larger 6P looking ginormous, it’s comfortable to hold. Both phones are also incredibly lightweight: The Nexus 5X weighs 136 grams while the 6P is 178g. (The iPhone 6s is 143g and the iPhone 6s Plus 192g.)

Both phones also have fairly decent battery life: The 6P has a larger 3450 mAh battery and the 5X a smaller 2700 mAh battery. (The battery capacity of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s is 2750 mAh and 1715 mAh, so both Nexus devices beat them hands down.)

And I also love how the fingerprint scanner, which allows you to unlock the phone with your fingerprint, sits on the back of the device. It’s where all fingerprint readers should probably be on smartphones, as that’s naturally where your index finger rests.

But the main feature I think most will find useful in the new Nexus phones is Google Now on Tap, a software feature in Google’s latest Android mobile operating system, Marshmallow, which enables users to press the home button while within any app and have Google find relevant information about what it sees that they can then act upon if they choose to do so.

Google Now on Tap could, for instance, recommend the phone number of a restaurant your friend has just mentioned in a text, or recommend that you put a calendar appointment in your phone based on what your friend said about meeting up with them at a particular time. Visiting a certain web page containing flight information? It could trigger certain recommendations or actions to take.

Alternatively, if you’re talking about a particular movie with a friend, it might offer up booking times for you to buy tickets. Now on Tap is basically an extension of Google Now, the tech giant’s personal assistant and Siri rival, but made more accessible.

App permissions (like access to your photos and microphone) in Marshmallow have also been simplified and will not longer bug you until they’re actually needed — something that will please many Android users who are used to pretty much signing their entire life away every time they install an app when it asks for permission for almost every part of their phone’s operating system.

Nexus 6P Review: Hands on Google Nexus Full Review

 

NZ AVAILABILITY AND PRICING


The 6P will be available in New Zealand from November 2 through the Google Play Store, and at selected retailers including 2degrees, Harvey Norman, and Noel Leeming.

32GB: $1099
64GB: $1199
128GB: $1349