Huawei Nexus 6P Review: The Best Google Android Phablet Yet

Huawei Nexus6P Review
The Huawei Nexus 6P sports a 5.7 quad HD AMOLED screen that is crisp and clear with just the right amout of vibrance..

Google Nexus devices have always been something to look forward to by the industry and power users as these devices are the epitome of the Android OS in its purest form, married together with top end hardware. The Google Nexus 6P or Huawei Nexus 6P that denotes the Chinese smartphone manufacturer’s involvement is a follow up to Google’s first phablet, the Nexus 6.

One comment/complain that users of the Nexus 6 had been that the 6 inch screen (or 5.96 inch to be exact) was too big and difficult to manage. Sure it was bright and beautiful but can be a pain sometimes to use especially with 1 hand. Thankfully that comments/complains where taken into consideration and the Huawei Nexus 6P sports a more manageable 5.7 inch screen.

At 5.7 inch, this finds a nice compromise between handling and yet still giving the big screen experience. Being a quad HD AMOLED also helps as it is easily one of the sharpest phones in the market with a pixel per square inch of 518. Photos are crisp and clear and the large screen estate means viewing of webpages and social media apps are nice and comfortable to the eyes.

Huawei Nexus Review Back
The Nexus branding can be clearly seen on the back of the Huawei Nexus 6P.

The design of the Huawei Nexus 6P is another thing to like about the phone as while it is big phone, the all metal and glass phablet is also one the sleekest phone to handle. The curved aluminium body sports the Nexus logo on the back together with the fingerprint scanner and a top bulge which houses the camera, nfc and other sensors that don’t work well through metal. One little thing to take note for potential buyers of the Graphite set, is that the phone can be quite the finger print magnet. Thankfully it can be wiped off easily so do take note.

Another interesting thing to take note is that the front speakers are actually one of the better ones I heard so far. While not going to rank up against proper desktop speakers, they do get the job done if you want to share that Youtube video or Spotify song with your friends and do work well when the phone is placed on the table screen side up.

Powering the Huawei Nexus 6P is Qualcomm’s current top-of-the-range octa-core chip, the Snapdragon 810. While the 810 did proved to be a double edged sword for earlier devices, it does seem to be tamed rather well this round. Sure the phone did get a little warm at times when I am gaming or doing serious multi-tasking but nothing that reached the uncomfortable range.

Huawei Nexus6P Daylight Photo
The Huawei Nexus 6P’s camera does a good job rendering both colour and details.

One of the banes of smartphones with large screens these days is battery life and thankfully the Huawei Nexus 6P’s battery still lasted reasonably well in day to day usage. With a full charge in the morning before I leave home for work, the usual emails, web surfing and social media activities would leave it with enough battery for the usual last social media checks before bed time. Considering my usage includes about 1 hour each on public transport as I am glued to my phone going to office and returning home, I am more than satisfied with the battery life.

Running the latest Marshmallow 6.0 Google Android operating system is also another plus point of the Huawei Nexus 6P. This means no additional bloatware, irritating UI design or funny incompatibilities due to additional vendor software. Marshmallow is already one of the snappiest OS that Google has and to run it on a high end phone is just pure joy to use. Being stock Android also means that you get the option to customise it to your heart’s content and for someone who grew up on the Android OS, this is pure bliss.

Huawei Nexus6P Low Light Photo
The Huawei Nexus 6P’s camera does a very decent job with low light photography for web usage.

The camera on the phone is also another plus point of this phone. As someone who is quite active on social media and appreciates good photos, there is nothing else I can ask for from a smartphone camera. Photos turn out excellent in good lighting with colour and details rendered well and low light performance is still acceptable for web usage.

Overall the Huawei Nexus 6P is one of the best phablet in the market at the moment. From the design to the features, this is perhaps also the best Android phone so far to hit the market. With 2 colours (Graphite & Aluminium) to choose from and storage up to 128GB, if you are looking for a top of the line phone for Christmas, look no further than the Huawei Nexus 6P which will go on pre-order at Lazada from 2nd November.

By Kenneth Wong

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