Google Nexus 6P first impressions and camera samples

Nexus 6P front

Despite supply issues and pre-orders being open for only a few minutes, I managed to get my unit of the 32GB Nexus 6P a couple of days back. I had already spent some time with the handset at a Nexus event held by Google in October in India.

Back then, I came away impressed with the overall device, though my limited time with it meant I could not really provide any conclusive thoughts on it. Now that I have spent more than 24 hours with the Nexus 6P though, I am now more confident in commenting about certain aspects of the device.

  • The 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED panel on the Nexus 6P is miles ahead of the AMOLED panel used on the Nexus 6.
  • At low brightness, the display can sometime have a pinkish hue to it. This behavior, however, can be disabled by going into Settings -> Display and turning ‘Adaptive brightness’ off.
  • The build quality of the Nexus 6P is great, but now I understand why the phone bent so easily in those bend test videos. Its not that the phone does not feel solidly built — it is just that its light weight does not instil confidence.
  • The double press power button to wake the camera app shortcut works from anywhere in the OS. Consistently and reliably.
  • The vibration motor is very weak, with the vibrations feeling tinny and hollow.
Nexus 6P
  • The front facing stereo speakers are really loud, though they lack any kind of bass. HTC’s BoomSound speakers still rule in this department.
  • The fingerprint scanner is fast and reliable. It even works with mildly wet fingers, which is a huge bonus.
  • Battery life has been just above average for me. On my first day, the phone lasted for nearly 12 hours with 3 hours of screen-on time and 1.5 hours of voice calls. This was with 2 Google account syncing in the background.
  • The camera really seems impressive. It might not be better than the 16MP shooter found on the Galaxy S6 and LG G4, but it can definitely hold its own against them. Some camera samples can be found below.
  • The top and bottom bezels surrounding the display are too big. They should have been a few millimeter smaller.
  • No random slowdowns or app crashes. The stability offered by a Nexus device cannot be matched by other Android devices.
  • The phone did not get unusually hot while installing a bunch of apps or games. The area just below the camera got warm sometimes, but it was nothing to worry about. I have not played games on the Nexus 6P yet, but it seems like Google has managed to tame the fiery Snapdragon 810 chipset.
  • Google Now on Tap has been of no use for me until now.
  • Always-on OK Google! functionality works reliably and accurately.

Some low-light camera samples from the Nexus 6P can be found below. All the photos were taken with HDR+ enabled.


What do you think about the camera performance of the Nexus 6P based on the image samples above? Drop in a comment and let us know.