The best Nexus phone ever, and perhaps the best Android phone.
The Verge88%
Tech Times90%
Ars Technica95%
  • Outstanding camera
  • Fantastic build quality
  • Powerful with a great screen
  • No micro-SD card slot
  • Potentially inconvenient fingerprint reader location
  • Large top and bottom bezels
92%Overall Score
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If the news that Huawei were working with Google on a Nexus phone was meant to be a secret, then it certainly was a poorly kept one. The leaks came thick and fast, but specifications and blurry pictures of metal cases don’t ever tell the full story. No, that full account comes in the use of the thing, how those technologies meld together and support a new version of Android. Now, a mere 10 days after the phones were revealed to the world, the reviews are in. Let’s see what they had to say about the first Chinese made Google smartphone, shall we?

The Verge:

The Nexus 6P effectively levels the playing field with other great phones by offering really beautiful hardware and a camera that can finally compete. And it does that while undercutting all of them on cost. The Nexus 6P starts at $499, and for that price there is not a single phone on the market that’s better. Not one.

Call it the premium category, call it the big leagues, call it whatever you what: the Nexus 6P and Google are competing at a different level than they did before. The Nexus was always a good Android phone, sometimes a great one, but never the best one.

Tech Times:

With a premium design, a great camera, good battery, a vivid display and pure, unvarnished Android 6.0, the Nexus 6P is a hard phone to find fault with – particularly with a $499 starting price. Sure, there are handsets rocking more firepower on the market, but one is hard pressed to find a phone that’s so well rounded.

Sure, it doesn’t exactly broadcast the Huawei name, but the new Nexus leaves little doubt that the Chinese handset maker is capable of designing one of the best handsets around. Learn to pronounce the H-word. You’ll be seeing a lot of it in the near future.


The 6P is everything a premium Nexus phablet should be. It’s got the high-end look and feel, a gorgeous high-res screen, a pair of excellent cameras, powerful performance and a fingerprint sensor that blows by the iPhone 6S’s. Even the pricing, as mentioned earlier, is unbeatable for the value that you’re getting. For a first stab at a Nexus phone, Huawei hit the ball out of the park.


The Nexus 6P is absolutely the best Nexus phone ever. Hell, it’s the best Android phone ever. And at $499 unlocked, it’s even cheaper than nearly all its competitors. Everything Google could do, it did. It proved how good Android can be—that an Android phone can be better than the iPhone. Now it needs a few developers to pick this thing up, and build something worthy of the smartphone of the future.

Ars Technica:

This year, we see a gap widening between Nexus devices and every other Android phone. If you’re buying an Android device and want the fastest updates, the longest update support time, the best security program, zero crapware, the best software design, a cohesive app ecosystem, and the latest features from Google, you need to buy a Nexus. Every other Android phone pales in comparison to the 6P.

You get Motorola’s ambient display and always-on voice commands, LG’s laser auto focus, and Google’s software design, security, and fast updates. This year’s crop of Nexus phones are devices that stand alone atop the Android ecosystem, with a combination of features you won’t find anywhere else. If you’re in the market for an Android phone, you’ve run out of excuses not to get a Nexus.


With the Nexus 6P, Google boosts the best of its famously affordable Nexus line into the big leagues. Its specs and performance largely match up to the most premium phones already vying for your attention, but for less than their full retail price. (Always check current pricing for phones you’re about to buy; sales happen all the time.)

While I do have minor quibbles with the 6P, they’re mostly design complaints and disappointment over absent wireless charging on a phone with a brand-new (read: currently unusual) charging standard. These aren’t major, purchase-deterring concerns, though.


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