Nexus 6P in 2017? Many users have a favourable taste towards Nexus phones. Now Google has permanently discontinued the Nexus lineup and rather introduced the Pixel devices to continue its legacy. So does this make the 2015 flagship the Nexus 6P senseless to purchase in 2017? Well, let’s have a look at it and see how well it stacks up with today’s devices.
Build and design
The Nexus 6P is an all-metal phone with chamfered edges which looks and feels great in the hand. The 6P is a 5.8-inch device with Gorilla Glass 4 protection on the top which weighs 178g but does not feel heavy at all due to its equitable weight distribution. There are 2 front facing speakers on the top and bottom of the device which are excellent and makes the Nexus 6P phenomenal for media consumption with that 1440p AMOLED screen. On the back, there is a large hump of the camera module and the fingerprint scanner. The fingerprint scanner is very fast and is faster than that of the Galaxy S7 edge with opening speeds of just a fraction of a second. The Nexus 6P comes with a USB TYPE- C port which felt a little weird in 2015 but makes a hell lot of sense in 2017.
The Nexus 6P comes with a Snapdragon 810 processor clocked at 2GHZ, Adreno 430 GPU and 3 GB of RAM. The device is available at 32/64/128 GB storage options. After the Android Nougat update, the 6P does not feel as fast as it used to be. The performance has decreased drastically. Gaming on it can make the device heat. Though the app opening times are good, the phone can act sluggish at times. A general moderate user would not have any performance issues.
The Nexus 6P has a 3340 mAh battery which performs just above average. The Nexus 6P gives a screen on time of 3.5 – 4.5 hours. The screen on time depends on the user. The device may only last about 3 hours if the user is playing graphic intensive games.
The Nexus 6P has a 12.3-megapixel camera with an aperture of f/1.9 and large light-gathering 1.55μm pixels. There is also support for laser auto-focus. There’s no Optical Image Stabilization but Electronic Image Stabilization which is available at 1080p. The video can be recorded at resolutions of up to 4K at 30fps. The image quality of the Nexus 6P is as good as the Pixel which sometimes can perform even better in terms of dynamic range and low light situations.
Now the Nexus 6P in 2017 is updated to the latest version of Android- Android Nougat. There are new features such as the Assistant, fingerprint gestures and Google support in the settings.
The Nexus 6P is still a solid phone in 2017 especially for a price of 350$ or 24000 INR. The camera, especially for static photography gives a major competition to the Pixel. The performance is good for a moderate user and features such as a fingerprint scanner, USB TYPE-C and also the regular updates from Google play a major role.
But I would suggest if you are planning to use it for more than a year then DON’T BUY IT. There are devices such as the OnePlus 3T and the upcoming OnePlus 5 which surpass the Nexus 6P in every aspect. In case you’re a Nexus fanboy you might go for it.