Nexus 6P in long-term test: Huawei’s Best Smartphone – hardware tests

For almost a year I was now with the Nexus 6P go. It has never let me down and was the best smartphone that I had until now and, in my opinion, the Huawei has built so far. Here are my impressions, packaged in a detailed long-term test of the Nexus 6P.

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To the section:

  • Price and Availability
  • Design and processing
  • display
  • software
  • performance
  • Audio
  • camera
  • battery pack
  • Technical specifications
  • final verdict

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  • &# X2713; Good sound
  • &# X2713; Super Screen
  • &# X2713; Type-C connector for fast charging
  • &# X2713; Early Updates


  • &# X2715; memory can not be expanded
  • &# X2715; For most inconveniently large hands

Google Nexus 6P: Price and Availability

The Nexus 6P came in the 32-gigabyte version for 649 euros, in the 64-gigabyte edition for 699 euros and 128 GB for 799 euros on the market. These prices are now passé and since the release of the successor to find new Nexus 6P for less than 400 euros; Nexus 6P with 64 GB, which I had used a year and likely recommend still cost around 460 euros.

Google Nexus 6P: design and processing

The Nexus 6P is huge, relatively heavy and robust. It has survived with me several falls off the table to the floor on his corner. The upper left corner is now though pressed, but the metal frame has successfully protected the glass from breaking.

AndroidPIT Nexus 6P 3The glass bar on the back of the Nexus 6P is pretty and technically necessary. / © AndroidPIT

The Nexus 6P is higher-value processed his little brother Nexus 5X. Huawei has set new standards in the design: The striking glass bar on the back serves as a window for camera, NFC module, dual-LED flash, laser focus and antennas; So parts that would not work behind a metal shield.

Before my long-term test I had worried that the glass beams could scratch on the back. Tätsächlich but he has survived my ruthless handling without quirks. Devices of the first revision still had a design flaw, so that the metal frame had blown the glass fewer models with temperature variations. Customers happily received compensation, but the fact for both sides was unpleasant.

AndroidPIT Nexus 6PThe design of the front panel is very similar to that of the predecessor from the house of Motorola. / © AndroidPIT

The front of the Nexus 6P is less visible than the back. Top and bottom are speaker grills that provide the landscape for spatial stereo sound. However, the sound itself, I want to take only the appropriate section.

The feel of the Neuxs 6P is really just something for people with large hands. Through the 5.7-inch one-handed operation is possible only in exceptional cases; constantly have to navigate with the other hand through the apps. I had thanks to my octopus finger no problems, but a lot of friends who have tried it, could not get used to the format. Luckily, Google has so with the Nexus 5X a more compact device with almost the same benefits on offer.

AndroidPIT Nexus 6P 10The power button on the Nexus 6P is serrated, so that one recognizes him blind. / © AndroidPIT

The Nexus 6P was one of the first smartphones with the new USB port for Type C connector. This loads the corresponding smartphone chargers (much!) More quickly and can turn into a charger for other smart phones, the Nexus 6P. I must Admit that I had given throughout the year jumpstart anyone, simply because I never had the appropriate cable here.

AndroidPIT Nexus 6P 8The Nexus 6P has a point-symmetrical C-type plug. / © AndroidPIT

The fingerprint sensor on the back was the innovation of the Nexus series 2015; now it is common - and outdated. We called him initially as quickly, he is now only to be regarded as normal. Usually, after all, in the sense that you get used to you so to him that it stands out when it is missing. Test devices without biometric sensor This will be less fun in life, because the unlock pattern or PIN by acts antiquated.

AndroidPIT Nexus 6P 50The finger sensor of the Nexus 6P is accurate and fast. / © AndroidPIT

Google Nexus 6P: Display

The Nexus 6P display is larger, sharper and higher than the triggers of the Nexus 5X. It is a 5.7-inch OLED display with 2,560 x 1,440 pixels, that is 515 ppi. Brightness, saturation and contrast are outstanding.

AndroidPIT Nexus 6P 2With the display of the Nexus 6P has a lot of fun with multimedia content. / © AndroidPIT

The display is protected by Gorilla Glass 4 against scratches. The touch screen functionality is accurate and reliable. So players will benefit twice with touch input and image quality of the high-quality display of the Nexus 6P. The image quality is on the more expensive Samsung devices in nothing that serve as a reference in the field.

Also, the level of control that you have on the display brightness is greater than other smartphones. The minimum brightness is optimal to have something to read in bed at night without keeping awake or disturb others. The maximum brightness is defying the brightness of the summer sun and always ensures readability.

Google Nexus 6P: Software

The Nexus 6P came with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Meanwhile, of course, the update to Android 7.0 nougat available. According to the official update plan you should also get Android 8.0 O with the Nexus 6P. After the devices of the successor series of pixels Google Nexus 6P is the second, which gets new Google Android versions; still much earlier than other smartphones.

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nexus 6p review softwareThe new operating system in the Nexus 6P has changed little, by design, to Lollipop. / © AndroidPIT

The pure Android Nexus 6P works quickly and responds quickly to user input. Even after almost one year of use, number of updates, plenty of collected garbage and careless use of the software is the rock in the surf. The basic system runs for weeks without rebooting problems and stable.

now on tap nexus 6pThe context search Now on Tap is the most important software feature of the Nexus 6P and is considered a precursor of AI wizard. / © AndroidPIT

Recently I joined with the Nexus 6P the Beta Program by Google. This yields Android updates even earlier, but must reckon with losses in stability and functionality. First, there are occasional problems with the Bluetooth peripheral. Secondly, start not many apps, because their developers were able to make any adjustments.

beware Mod Friends

For everyday so I would advise you of software experiments. However, as I if you belong to the boffins, the Nexus 6P your first choice. In addition to the beta program, please visit the bootloader unlock option.

AndroidPIT nexus 6p bootloaderThe Nexus 6P is Mod joyful. / © AndroidPIT

Then your any third-party firmware can play and modify your smartphone fundamentally. Thanks to the Google-provided original system images you can return to work state after failed attempts. Your warranty is maintained.

In the test we have the durchexerziert several times. The Nexus 6P became our example device for CyanogenMod installations. The most complicated of the process is the preparation of Windows. Everything afterwards is simple by the operator ago than many cigarette machine.

Google Nexus 6P: Performance

Nexus 6P of the then fastest available Qualcomm processor powers. Games from the Play Store running all wonderfully smooth and with high details. I fell on but that it abused my fingers again and again as water cooling. The aluminum back heats up noticeably in continuous loads, but the apps were running constantly on bravely; therefore apparently everything remained in the frame.

3D Mark Slingshot ES 3.13D Mark Slingshot ES 3.03DMark Ice Storm Unlimited ES 2.0Geekbench 4 SingleGeekbench 4 MultiPC Mark WorkPC Mark StorageOctane 2.0ScoreGalaxy S7 Edge (Reference)Nexus 6P

As briefly mentioned in the software field, it can still cause failures. If you should participate in the beta program, they are bound to occur. And the update to the stable version of Android 7.0 nougat not stayed with me without any negative consequences. Many users in the Android Issue Tracker report the problem that occurred with me: The user interface (UI system) stops, restarts, and forces you to type in your unlock pattern or -PIN.

Androidpit system update Nexus 6PThe update notification promises not only good. / © AndroidPIT

Such quirks are exemplary of Google's rigid update process that is sharing some features in Release that are internally not been sufficiently tested. Every few updates it comes so to make your friendship have to connect with new quirks. In fairness it must be said that these flaws are less serious than the security holes that bring the update delays all other manufacturers with it.

Thanks to WLAN ac standard, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC and LTE Cat. 6, the Nexus 6P transmits data of all kinds still with the current top speed. Which unfortunately can not be said from the internal memory to that. Samsung eMMC in 6P does not stop with the memory of newer smartphones. The Honor 8, the Samsung Galaxy S7 or the Google pixels are there noticeably faster: faster loading apps, charging times are half as long.

Another disadvantage of memory: he is not expandable lack MicroSD slot, so you have to resort to cloud storage or USB sticks C. I have successfully completed the Ultra Dual Drive by SanDisk is used and was happy. I also used the 64-gigabyte version and had thus much room for offline maps, offline music, movies and thousands of photos.

Google Nexus 6P: Audio

The sound of the forward-facing stereo speakers of the Nexus 6P is awesome for smartphone ratios. The sound volume of the Nexus 6P is considerably better than Sony devices with the feature, although not quite as good as in the HTC One M9. For series, movies or games but the sound is great suitable.

AndroidPIT 6P Nexus 7The sound of the Nexus 6P is higher quality than expected. / © AndroidPIT

The complete device sound is output from the front speakers. So do you want to call someone and you do the Nexus 6P to your ear, and a WhatsApp message arrives, the noise of the notification pops into your unrestrained fitting ear. This may provide temporary dizziness; are forewarned.

Unfortunately lies with the Nexus 6P no headset. However, the jack connection allows the use of your old headphones without an adapter cable.

Google Nexus 6P: Camera

The Nexus 6P camera is fantastic. It provides the day and at night sharp images, suppresses noise and produced in almost all situations realistic colors. The disadvantage to newer competitors is in the relatively sluggish HDR, and the lack of optical stabilization. The electronic Stabilsierung falls out when shooting 4K video; that creates just the twice as expensive successor or the HTC 10th

AndroidPIT Nexus 6P 17The sensor in Nexus 6P 12.3 million 1.55 micrometre pixels. / © AndroidPIT

The camera app from Google is kept quite simple, so you should try early an alternative. The Gallery app photos, however, is fantastic. For later, but low-loss compression You may endless photos on Google's servers store and then clean up the phone memory. Photo management such as tagging and sorting is done automatically in the cloud: A machine learning algorithm can make your pictures for motifs, data, people and places searchable. the search is operated then with phrases like "Show me cats in Cairo",

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nexus 6p camera softwareSpoiled for choice: either 4K videos or video stabilization. / © AndroidPIT

Google has improved the quick start the camera app. With a double tap of the power button, the Nexus 6P wake up from standby to directly to the camera function. Of course you can disable the feature. I did quite early after me had happened too often in the pocket.

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Google Nexus 6P Battery

Even after almost a year of continuous test, the Nexus 6P has a great battery life. Despite intensive use with a number of apps that go on the mobile Internet, in conjunction with Bluetooth peripherals and more frequent use of the camera, the battery is still holding loose by 30 hours. The fast charging on Type C charger has changed my charging performance.

AndroidPIT 6P Nexus 4The 3.450mAh battery you can not easily replace. / © AndroidPIT

The fast charge feature of the Nexus 6P is based on the type-C standard: Certified 15-W chargers can inject enough charge for up to four hours of operation within ten minutes. There is even compatible Power Banks, I tested also excited over time. So a fairly gentle charging behavior is possible.

I have always poised in time the battery between 30 and 80 percent to conserve both halves charge the battery. Thus, the aging of the battery can be slow; at least that is clear from the information available to me. Charging from 30 to 80 percent takes just 45 minutes and I did that day.

nexus nexus 6p 5x USB charging type cWith the Type C connector you can make for your Nexus charger. / © AndroidPIT

As we show you in the photo above, you can use it as a charger, Nexus 6P (and the Nexus 5X too). This is partly due to the new Type-C connector and the other to Android marshmallow that you provide the menus that you determine the loading direction.

Google Nexus 6P: Specifications

Dimensions:Mass:Battery capacity:Display size:Display Technology:Screen:Front camera:Rear camera:Lightning:Android:User interface:R.A.M:Internal memory:Removable storage:chipset:Number of cores:Max. Frequency:connectivity:
159.3 x 77.8 x 7.3 mm
178 g
3450 mAh
5.7 inches
2560 x 1440 pixels (515 ppi)
8 megapixels
12.3 megapixels
6.0 - Marshmallow
stock Android
3 GB
32 GB
64 GB
128 GB
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810
2 GHz
HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0

final verdict

After nearly a year of continuous use, the Nexus 6P has me impressed throughout. The battery lasts my high expectations was that software is clear and I am very critical updates come early and often. By the massive improvements over its predecessors, it even has slightly changed my habits.

The fingerprint sensor has become a mandatory criterion for me since the Nexus 6P. The good camera has caused me to shoot more photos and share. Thanks to the stereo speakers I was able to present from the prior YouTube videos without having to give me to the acoustics worries. Due to the fast-loading and long by holding battery, it was enough that I put the phone 45 minutes before closing time just to the anchor PowerPort.

The Nexus 6P is a Game Changer

For me, the Nexus 6P was a game changer. That it now gets to intermediate price is actually reason enough to get it immediately. After all, you get Google's two more years of security updates for the device. That is, online banking, business emails and private pictures are on the Nexus 6P safer canceled as the often less secure devices of the competition.

AndroidPIT Nexus family group shotThe Nexus 5X (right) is a bit more compact. / © AndroidPIT

The argument is also true for the Nexus 5X. That is more compact, much cheaper and for many of you may be the more attractive alternative. But the little brother can not get 64 GB of memory.

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