Let me tell you what it’s like to use Google’s flagship, top-of-the-line Android phone, the Huawei Nexus 6P. This is a large, good-looking phone that runs the latest, greatest edition of Android (Marshmallow) that packs some innovative features you won’t find on phones running “that other operating system.” In fact, this is the Android phone that might actually convince some Android skeptics that it’s time to switch. Without a doubt, this is the best Android phone I’ve ever laid my eyes or hands on. Let’s go.
I’m going to kick this review off by talking about the design of the Nexus 6P which is, in two words, pleasantly straightforward. From the front it looks a bit like any other smartphone. From the back it looks better than almost any other smartphone. The metal body looks and feels nice; it’s tough and there are a few noticeable design flourishes that keep it from being too repetitive or unimaginative. There aren’t any hard lines: the edges are all angles and the corners are rounded.
When the screen turns on this phone really comes to life. The WQHD AMOLED display really does make objects onscreen pop. Lines are crisp and smooth and details are extremely attractive. Looking at the home screen right now I feel like I could pick the app icons up between my thumb and first finger; that’s how real they appear.
And the screen, like the phone, is large, measuring 5.7 inches diagonally. I like that a lot. It makes watching videos more enjoyable than a smaller screen. It means I can fit more apps on my home screen. It means photos are bigger and more vivid. It means I can read more of an article or ebook without having to scroll. Snapchat content is bigger and easier to absorb and get lost in. Instagram images look surprisingly awesome (really — there’s a BIG and highly enjoyable difference). Actually, the same goes for several apps I use daily: from Flipboard to Instapaper to Wunderlist. That extra screen real estate — on this beautiful display — is truly stunning.
But does that large screeb make the Nexus 6P a bit awkward to operate? It’s actually not hard to hold — not at all. And you absolutely can successfully operate it one-handed ...