I bought this phone a few months ago, and am I glad that I did. I owned a Samsung S6 for over a year, and it was a constant battery drain. Very disappointed. So, after reading numerous reviews, I broke down, took a chance, and bought the Nexus 6P online (it was cheaper at Best Buy than on Google Play Store). Make sure it's OK for your provider. I called mine to get them to mail me the SIM card, inserted it in, and it worked perfectly (if you try to get them to do it in-store they may not be as cooperative, to which you will want to call your provider by phone, explain the purchase, verify the phone ID, and get them to mail you the SIM card).
First, the negatives. It has no memory card slot and no removable battery. This was the biggest deterrence from me buying the Nexus phone line, as it was one of the main problems I had with the Samsung S6 (after previous Samsung models contained both the memory card slot and removable battery). The saving grace with the Nexus 6P is that you can buy the 128GB version of this phone at a lower cost than the flagship phones with half the memory.
Second, the camera in the 6P, while good, is not as good as the camera in the Samsung S6 (the one thing that phone has going for it). The night pictures, especially, require a steady hand, and if you necessitate good pic editing capabilities, you will need to install a third party app to accomplish that.
Third, the Nexus 6P does not come pre-installed with an email button or native voicemail. You will want to use Google Voice as your primary voicemail (it will even transcribe your voice messages). Also, if you use Exchange email, with no pre-installed email button or app, Nexus tries to push you into using Gmail to answer all of your emails. Unless you want to have your work emails showing up in your Gmail, you will want to use a third party app. I use BlueMail for my Exchange emails, and it is as good as any native Email Exchange app.
Now, for the positives. The Nexus 6P is a stock Google phone. That means it has none of the pre-installed bloatware that comes with the flagship phones you buy from the brick-and-mortar stores. Also, when there's an update to the Android OS, the Nexus is the first to update and upgrade your OS (and by extension your apps). This makes a huge difference in how smoothly your OS and phone functions. In my three months of ownership, I have had none of the lagging issues I had with the 6P, even though some of the newer flagship phones supposedly have better processors. Well, in those three months, I've personally handled an LG V10, G5, and S7, and none are faster or smoother in everyday usage than the Nexus 6P. That alone makes the phone worth it.
Second, the battery. I concede, the 6P is not perfect on battery life. It's an Android OS, meaning app memory drain issues galore. However, the 3,450 mAh battery size is much bigger than the Samsung S6, and it shows. I use over 150 apps, am what would be described as a "power user," and I can get a full work day's use out of the phone without much difficulty (something I couldn't do with the Samsung S6 without minimizing or compromising phone use). From my use estimation, the battery is better than the LG V10, G5, Samsung S7 (never mind the S6), and comparable to the S7 Edge (I have not tried the Note 7). In short, the battery is good, better than most, but is not as good as I had hoped (for the battery's size). Still, overall, it's a plus, considering how horrible the S6 was before it.
Thirdly, as an adjunct of the battery, the battery charge is excellent. True, there's no wireless charging, and that's a deficit, but the company who makes this phone model, Huawei, gives you two charge cords, with your phone--one is a short USB plug in, and the second is a 2-sided c-cord with a fast charge adapter. And it charges incredibly fast. This is both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because it charges quickly, faster than the Samsung fast charge (by my estimation). However, it's a curse because few companies use the c-cord charge. It is the future of wire charging, and you will need to go online and stock up on a couple of extra charge cords for work and the car. Still, I give credit to Huawei for putting two charge cords with the phone box. That is the first time I've seen a company do that (and I hope it's a harbinger of things to come).
Lastly, if you are considering this phone, please, only do so if you like a larger size phone. It's a 5.7+ inch phone (it says 5.7, but it feels closer to 6 inches), which I actually like and prefer over the seemingly and increasingly smaller phones that the flagships have been moving towards. To me, this is a mistake, but I have a friend who loved his Nexus 6P, minus the size, and sent it back because of this. It's a preference for some, one I have, but not everyone may agree with.
To summate, I would highly recommend this phone to anyone, particularly for Android OS users who are tired of the bugs in the flagship phones. You will not regret this purchase.
Hi guys. Im looking to buy this phone. Please rate the phone out of 5. Display, performance, battery life, camera quality ( both in low light and in daylight) , sound quality etc. If any problems is there please post. Help me to spend my time in a good device bro thanks. Im already having XPERIA t2 ultra which is a great device. I need to upgrade to a new phone with all features with good pricing. Thank you for your rating bro in advance.
BCM7, 24 Jul 2016Guys, i'm going to buy this Nexus 6p... is there any over heat issue? that is making me worry.... moreI use the nexus 6p for about 2 month now and I'm a heavy user I noticed some heat sometime but nothing to worry about.
Yu, 25 Jul 20166p or lg g4? I use presently the nexus 6p and it's really awesome.
Do you guys know when the first price drop will be incomming? In Germany, this phone still cost (64GB) 570 bucks which is expensive!
BCM7, 24 Jul 2016Thanks for the reply... do you face any bluetooth or wifi problem? any build quality issue (sc... moreThe Nexus 6P had a small instability with wifi connections, this is no longer the case as this was an bug in the OS itself.
I've had this phone for almost one year and not had a single problem with it, it's the best phone i've ever had, easily!
jerrywan, 24 Jul 2016not at all regarding those issue for me. but make sure get urself a case because most of the p... moreReally appreciate your advice. I'll definitely use a case & tempered glass :)
Thank you bro!
BCM7, 24 Jul 2016Thanks for the reply... do you face any bluetooth or wifi problem? any build quality issue (sc... morenot at all regarding those issue for me. but make sure get urself a case because most of the people said that it is easy to damage ur phone with naked body if you aren't careful enough
jerrywan, 24 Jul 2016nope just become warm after several hour of usageThanks for the reply... do you face any bluetooth or wifi problem? any build quality issue (screen scratch or crack) ? Thanks again!
Guys, i'm going to buy this Nexus 6p... is there any over heat issue? that is making me worry... thanks!
Bunny, 21 Jul 2016Hi... did u compare Nexus 6p with Samsung S7 edge?
I am really confused between these two.
H... moreI dont usually like the samsung's gimmicky feature along with their lag-y touch wiz! I think you should go for 6p.. stock android is just diffrent feeling!
Huawei just made the chassis(body).. Its basically a Google's product
S.ABiR, 20 Jul 2016I bought 6p in 17th July. so far soo good.. performance is just flawless.. using apps in nexus... moreHi... did u compare Nexus 6p with Samsung S7 edge?
I am really confused between these two.
Huawei is not well know in India and there are no service stations in Mumbai. This is my only concern.. otherwise I am totally a Nexus die hard fan
I bought 6p in 17th July. so far soo good.. performance is just flawless.. using apps in nexus devise is just an experience of another level.. btw i came from htc one m8! which is also a nice phone bt nexus 6p lived in another world! this phone is blistering-ly fast.. metaphorically I would say 6P is basically the Ferrari of smartphones, its super fast and makes you wonder how you are able to put up with other smartphones back in couple years ago!!