Nexus 5X vs. Nexus 6P: Which one’s right for you?

29 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Google: Sorry for Nexus 6P Delay, Here’s $25.

“We’re really excited about this phone and we hope you are too,” the notice said, as published by Phandroid. “But we have some not-so-great news: It’s going to take a little longer to get the 6P to you than we would have liked. For your trouble, Google will refund $25 as soon as the phone ships. “We’re working hard to meet the strong demand we’re seeing for the color and memory size you ordered, and we promise it will be worth it,” Google continued. The unlocked Nexus 6P ($499, 32GB) isn’t perfect, but it’s the closest Google has come to fulfilling the wish list of Android users who want a true flagship-level Nexus smartphone. On top of these upgrades, you also get a fingerprint scanner, a USB-C port with quick charging, dual front-facing speakers, and a crisp 5.7-inch AMOLED display. It measures 6.27 by 3.06 by 0.29 inches (HWD) and weighs 6.28 ounces, putting it roughly on par with Apple’s iPhone 6s Plus, which measures 6.23 by 3.07 by 0.29 inches and weighs 6.77 ounces.

It’s not very noticeable on the graphite phone, but it will definitely stand out on the aluminum and white models, so keep that in mind if it bothers you. It’s recessed, so your finger naturally falls into it when you pick up the phone, and it’s easier to seek out than the dimpled scanner on the Nexus 5X. Getting around to the front of the phone, the Nexus 6P has an RGB LED notification light at the top, to the left of the front-facing camera, though it’s not activated by default. You can turn it on by going into your phone settings, but if you want full control of it, you’ll need to download a third-party app like Light Flow, which is used to set different color flashes and blink intervals for various types of notifications.

Huawei does try to help you distinguish between the two with feel—the Power button is ridged, while the Volume rocker is smooth—but I prefer to have those two controls placed on opposite sides of the device. The 6P has the full set of connectivity bells and whistles, including a sensor hub (which powers Doze, the power-saving feature in Marshmallow that puts apps into deep sleep when unused), an accelerometer, a gyroscope, a barometer, a proximity/ambient light sensor, a hall sensor (to detect magnetic fields), dual-band (2.4 and 5GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, GPS, GLONASS, and a compass. There’s single nano-SIM slot on the left side and a 3.5mm audio jack up top, which offers good sound quality, free of crackling, pops, and skips when connected to wired headphones.

Evening shots in Manhattan, as in the image above, were clear and surprisingly bright, though there was some unavoidable grain at the margins of the image. Slow motion capture occurs at higher frame rates, 120fps for 1080p video and up to 240fps at 720p. video was gorgeous, even in low-light settings, but a lack of optical image stabilization (OIS) reared its ugly head from time to time in the form of some blurry movement.

Facial features and skin tones come across clearly, and the lens is able to capture background detail without suffering from the washed-out look that can plague selfies taken outdoors. With 32GB ($499), 64GB ($549), and 128GB ($649) storage options at relatively reasonable prices, the lack of expandable storage shouldn’t be a problem for most users. One of the greatest advantages is that there is no bloatware, which helps keep the phone light and lean, and the best representation for Google’s vision of Android. Along with a bloatware-free experience, Google promises a minimum of 14 months’ worth of Android updates, though it has supported devices like the Nexus 4 for nearly 3 years.

We’ll have a full review of Marshmallow up soon, but here’s a quick feature rundown: Google Photos automatically handles pictures, backing them up for you. We’ve already touched on Doze in the battery section, but App Standby limits the number of times apps can access the Internet if the app hasn’t been used recently, saving you both data and battery.

That’s a useful feature that Samsung has put on its devices for some time now, so it’s disappointing that we still don’t see it on stock Android, especially with so many large-screen devices on the market. For most people, one-handed use isn’t possible with this phone; you can’t reach across the screen with your thumb, so actions like pulling down the notification shade and accessing the Settings menu will require the use of a second hand.

Given the Quad HD displays on the Moto X Pure and ZTE Axon Pro, it’s clear that we’ve reached the point where even modestly priced phones can be expected to boast 2,560-by-1,440 panels. Noise cancellation is decent, dampening background sounds like music and traffic, but there’s the occasional distortion when loud noises are continuous.

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