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The first 5 things to know about the Nexus 6P

The Nexus 6P looks to be the best Nexus ever, and we'll have a lot to say about it using a lot of words. It deserves all of them.

But there are a few things you need to know right away, and we've got the top five things you need to know right here in one handy spot. Have a read!

The first five things to know about the Nexus 6P

This thing is a fingerprint magnet

Nexus 6P casing

And we're not talking about Nexus Imprint.

Some of us get a little twitchy when our phones are covered head to toe, front and back, with greasy fingerprints. If this sounds like you, go ahead and buy a microfiber towelette or two to carry around.

You'll be needing it to wipe all of your grubby fingerprints off of your new Nexus 6P.

I ordered a dozen.

The metal casing gets hot if you set it in direct sunlight

Nexus 6P heat

Science, yo!

This is nothing new for people who currently use (or have used) a phone with a body that's predominantly metal. Your new Nexus 6P will get very warm if you have it in direct sunlight.

We don't think it gets hot enough to affect anything, and it's not going to cook an egg, but it can get uncomfortably warm — like those vinyl booty-searing seats in your car on a summer day kinda warm.

A case will help, or keep it in the shade. Just remember that metal gets hot out in the sun.

Pay close attention when setting up Nexus Imprint

Nexus 6P Fingerprint

Nexus Imprint is fast, but you need to pay close attention to the setup.

Just like the Nexus 5X Imprint setup, you only get six captures to set up a finger, so it's important to get as much of the finger as possible. Try to make sure you have a large portion of your fingerprint on the reader for each pass. The setup directions are clear and easy to follow, so follow them.

Taking time to set things up correctly means Nexus Imprint will be more accurate and consistent. Accuracy and consistency will help with the "learning" process Google's Dave Burke talked about when the Nexus 6P was announced.

Take your time here.

AMOLED screens aren't color perfect

Nexus 6P

Ours leans a bit on the blue side. Yours could be a little yellow. Maybe even a little purple.

AMOLED screens have an incredible ability to pop and make your eyes say wowza when you look at bright colors. But they also can be a little oversaturated in the red, green or blue (or a combination of one or more). You'll really only notice on a pure white background, and your model may be perfect.

We see this on every phone that uses an AMOLED display, and usually things aren't bad enough to worry about. It's a nature of the beast kind of thing.

If your Nexus 6P screen is just too blue, or purple, or green, send it back.

We like the display on the Nexus 6P

Nexus 6P Display

We just mentioned that our screen is a little blue. But seriously, that's an AMOLED thing and it doesn't mean the display isn't great. Because it is.

The Nexus 6P display is beautiful in almost every situation. Even in direct sunlight, it's plenty readable and perfectly fine for normal use.

We're not going to call it the best display ever on a smartphone, because it's not. But it is a really nice display, and chances are you'll be pretty happy looking at all the things you want to look at on your new phone.

Best. Nexus. Screen. Ever.

Jerry Hildenbrand
Jerry Hildenbrand

Jerry is an amateur woodworker and struggling shade tree mechanic. There's nothing he can't take apart, but many things he can't reassemble. You'll find him writing and speaking his loud opinion on Android Central and occasionally on Twitter.

94 Comments
  • "THE METAL CASING GETS HOT IF YOU SET IT IN DIRECT SUNLIGHT" might be because its a black version.
    you know black absorbs light and heat
  • More notable is the material it's made from is metal, which has a lower specific heat capacity than something like polycarbonate.
    p.s. I didn't down vote you
  • i dont think anyone down voted me. it would show -1 if anyone did
  • I voted you back up. You are right and as basic as it is, Black does conduct more heat in sunlight. Metal just adds to it.
  • Any metal case would get hot in direct sunlight. Actually, any phone would get hot in direct sunlight. I don't know why this is one of the five 'points' of this article.
  • Instead of returning your Nexus 6P because of color cast, first try this tip from ArsTechnica: "By default the 6P display has that AMOLED-standard hyper-saturated color palette that some people like and others can't stand. There is a software toggle buried in the settings to fix this called "Picture Color Mode: Use sRGB." Toggle it on, and after completely freezing for a few seconds, the display will kick over to an "accurate color" mode that looks more like a standard LCD. Our comparison pictures at the end of the above gallery shows what a difference it will make. This is buried in the Developer Settings, of all places—was "Display" too obvious?"
  • excellent!
  • Good to know! From my Nexus 5 via the cooler than cool Android Central App
  • Not wanting to flog a dead horse, but I had two phones reach 140 - 156c in England! in a car. So the combination of SD810 and metal body - what lies ahead? Spooky! Still, as I can't get a Note 5 or LG V10 in Europe, the 6P is top of my wish list and I won't worry about the heat. I"m sure it's been tested.
  • 140-156c? Geesh lucky that didn't burst into flames! Posted from my Beast Galaxy Note 5 DEVICE HISTORY (since they got smart)
    PHONES: Galaxy Nexus, LG viper, Galaxy s3, HTC Evo 4g, Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy s5, LG G-Flex, Galaxy Mega 6.3, Galaxy s6 edge, Galaxy Note 5. TABLETS: Galaxy Note 10.1 gt-n8013, Galaxy tab 3 7.0. Lenovo tab2 A8 50 WATCH: Galaxy gear
  • Holy crap. Please fix your signature. Please.
  • Your signature is horrible Posted via the Android Central App From my Blackberry Priv where I am out of toilet paper
  • No worries Chaps- Signatures will be a thing of the past soon here on AC- takes up to much room on servers.
  • It's also not very impressive Posted via the Android Central App
  • There is no way that this phone would remain operational at 140+ deg Celsius (~290 F) which is what your post seems to imply. You will be able to cook things fairly quickly at this temperature, including instantaneously getting 3rd degree burns by handling it. Care to revise these figures? That is a terrible signature btw, I kept reading it wondering if it's part of the post.
  • That would be 284-313F, so I'm going to call BS on this. You'd be searing your skin if you touched that. Posted via sheer force of will from my OnePlus 2!
  • Yeh. I get my c's and my f's mixed up. Meant to double check and edit. My old brain never adapted from Irish school in the 60's and 70"s where we had only one temperature, lol. Still hotter than I expected, and similar to the hottest on the Note 3 forums at the time, recorded by the GSam app anyways.
  • My frost white should instantly fix the fingerprint issue. Glad I didn't fall into the swooning graphite club. Resale of the frost probably better because there are less out there (based on the cesspool that's Reddit, that is).
  • After pre-orders went live, I placed an order for a Graphite model. After thinking more about it, I cancelled that order later that evening and ordered a Frost White model. I mainly did this because I remembered the blue Nexus 6 I originally had and replaced with the white one I have now. Also my delivery date was scheduled a week earlier so that was a nice bonus as well. Via the Nexus 6 and new AC app
  • Kevin, I'll be glad to trade your Frost for my Aluminum. ;-) From my Nexus 5 via the cooler than cool Android Central App
  • Fingerprints. Haha! Precisely why I didn't order it in black. I saw fingerprinting in the hands-on videos taken at the Nexus announcement. I ordered the Aluminum color. It may or may not show prints, but I know it won't be as bad as black. Besides, I like the look of the bare aluminum chamfers. Gee, a BLACK phone gets hot in direct sunlight. You don't say? My BLACK plastic Nexus 5 gets hot in direct sunlight, too. Imagine that. Black absorbs all of the visible wavelengths of light, thus more energy/radiation, thus more heat is absorbed. Metal is a good conductor (and dissipator) of heat. Its dissipation properties are why CPU heat sinks are made of metal. Metal will always feel warmer to the touch than plastic because metal dissipates the heat better. It's the heat escaping from the material that you feel. Putting a dark-colored object in direct sunlight is never a good idea (unless you're trying to heat it up).
  • ^^ This. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The black NoPhone gets hot in direct sunlight, too. http://www.thenophone.com/
  • This would be all moot if you get a case for it. :p From my Nexus 5 via the cooler than cool Android Central App
  • Still a full 8 days before the 1st ones ship...
  • I would not be too surprised if they didn't start shipping this week actually. Cannot imagine anything much other than allowing reviewers to have a full week with them that could be keeping them in the warehouse. Via the Nexus 6 and new AC app
  • "If your Nexus 6P screen is just too blue, or purple, or green, send it back." Send it back is not acceptable quality control in 2015.
  • Well, they are not going to send a technician to your house to replace it, so what are you going to do? Also, this is the exact quality control for electronics in 2015. Pants
  • Lol the Galaxy nexus screen was piss stain tobacco color. Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • Yep, I remember that. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Dang, being able to display white was one of my primary concerns when I read about the AMOLED. Hope mine is OK.
  • The crappy screen on the nexus 6 was the main reason for getting rid of it. The 6p really needs to be a lot better Posted via the Android Central App
  • What do you mean by "crappy"?
    Was it just that the color temp wasn't to your liking?
  • Probably referring to the pink hue at the lowest brightness settings.
    I don't really care for that either, but the display is great once you up the brightness. Nexus 6
  • Nothing to do with that. White looks Grey. Red looks ridiculously oversaturated. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Anyone know if you can double tap the screen to wake? And does it have any sort of ambient display for notifications? Posted via the Android Central App
  • It has ambient display, but not double tap to wake, which is a shame. I know some will say that it isn't needed, but I feel sure I'd miss it, since it is in both my current phone and tablet. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Same here. Been using double tap to wake for 3 years now. Can't buy a phone without it, which is a shame since they finally got the cameras right
  • Some reviews have said that double tap to wake is sort of obsolete if you use the fingerprint scanner. With the exception of resting on a flat surface, as soon as you hit you finger on the sensor you immediately reach the home screen. Much faster for pulling it out of your pocket as it eliminates a step, but maybe just as faster or slower if it's resting on something because you have to pick it. If you want to just view notifications, ambient display will turn on when you pick it up or pull it out of your pocket. Sounds like the lock button will get much less use, which will slow down wear. My old Nexus 5 had to be sent back after a year because of a stuck lock button.
  • My Note 4 AMOLED display doesn't look a bit blue, yellow, or purple. And the Note 5 display (which the 6P supposedly uses) has been rated the most color accurate display available. Maybe you got a lemon.
  • *maybe they got a tomato Hail Putrid Pile
  • By default the amoled screen on my s6 is cold in white balance. Not blue, but also not 65k whitepoint. There is an option to switch it to "photo accurate" mode, which fixes this if you care about photo accuracy. Seems like the 6p has the same option in Developer Options, which is great. For daily use, I like the cold white balance with saturated colours. It makes everything look nicer, punchier.
  • Nobody ever confirmed the 6P uses an identical panel as the Note 5. The internet just ran with this. It's a "current gen" Samsung panel, not necessarily specifically the exact one that's in the Note 5. MKBHD said it's not as bright as the Note 5, so probably a similar SKU from Samsung.
  • It could be the same display. You have to factor in the hardware that drives the display, and the software that drives the hardware.
  • Exactly. Well said rotten tomato.
  • Android Police confirmed it was the same display as the Note 5. I am not sure where they got that info from. Posted via the Android Central App
  • No one ever said that but a rotten tomato you have achieved Posted via the Android Central App From my Blackberry Priv where I am out of toilet paper
  • Android Police as much as said that. "As we know, it's using the same generation panel as Samsung's Galaxy Note 5". Same generation doesn't mean same exact display, but that was couched in praise, meaning it is just as good as the Note 5 display. Clearly they were implying it's the same display, since it's the same resolution, same size, and same generation. So my conclusion that this one may be a lemon is reasonable. But then AP is a Nexus fanboy site, so they'll say anything if it's a Nexus, so I suppose you have to take that with a grain of salt. Or maybe you prefer the conclusion that the Nexus displays always suck compared to Samsung, even when they use Samsung displays.
  • oh good. a listicle.
  • Nothing wrong with a listicle. They're fun and they make us more excited about the upcoming reviews :P
  • I feel like a slightly off white colour is present to one degree or another on pretty much any phone. Sometimes you don't notice it until you view it side by side with another phone, but it's always there in my experience. Sony include a white balance function on their phones, it's essentially just 3 coloured sliders (Red green and blue), but they do help. You can't actually make it any whiter, but I always prefer a screen to be on the warmer side than the cold, so upping the red a little usually makes it look better to my eyes. Some sort of feature like this should be standard on all phones. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I agree. Putting several phones side by side you really see the difference. My preference is for AMOLED because of the true blacks and no light leakage. Posted via the Android Central App
  • 1 thing to know and 4 fillers so we can publish an article. Black metal gets hot in the sun? you don't say!
  • I actually want to know if the dual speakers are actual dual speakers when it comes to media or if it's set up where one is for voice calls and the other media. It's not a dealbreaker by any means though I'd prefer not having to resort to a mono audio output for media should I need it. Cynicism Evolved
  • Dual speakers. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Dual front facing speakers. Only the Nexus 5x has a sole speaker on its bottom chin Posted via the Android Central App From my Blackberry Priv where I am out of toilet paper
  • Jerry's finger prints. I am going to lift them off of his 6p case, tape them to my fingers and use them to register my 6p to unlock my phone.
  • The heat thing scares me. My m9 exterior gets very warm and according to GSM battery the battery does also. This is just from moderate use indoors, no sun. By moderate I mean playing a game like angry birds or watching YouTube on LTE. I have 2 other phones in the family and the same use scenario they do not get nearly as hot per GSM battery. I know that this 810 heat issue has been beaten to death but it is enough to keep me away from the 6P. Posted via the Android Central App
  • OnePlus got slammed (deservedly so) for not including NFC. Is anyone slamming the 5X and 6P for not including wireless charging? Not only do they NOT include wireless charging, they don't even let you remove the back and insert your own Qi receiver. I can even do that with my crappy old Galaxy S3, for crying out loud.
  • I'm not big on wireless charging, so I'm not listing it as a gigantic con (though a concern as the last ones had Qi). However, NFC is a bigger deal. You can expect a gigantic outroar if the 5X and 6P both lack NFC. Here lies the "2016 Flagship Killer". It got slayed by 2015 flagships like the LG G4 being used to post this.
  • My family uses wireless charging. I got Qi receivers for all of our phones. Once you get used to the convenience, it's hard to go back to plugging in. I can understand the desire to plug in for quick charge if your phone doesn't last a whole day, but otherwise, wireless FTW.
  • My dad has a G3 with a wireless charging back. We also have a Qi wireless charger. We don't use it much but the convenience factor is there. Here lies the "2016 Flagship Killer". It got slayed by 2015 flagships like the LG G4 being used to post this.
  • What? When did you hear about 6p not having nfc? Posted via the Android Central App
  • And how many high-end phones produced in the last year have removable back covers? Think about that
  • How many high-end phones produced in the last year without removable back covers have wireless charging built-in? Removable cover matters if you don't supply the Qi receiver with the phone. If the phone can already do wireless charging, you don't need a removable cover.
  • We get it potato head, you're obsessed w wireless charge. That or you're a troll, a term I like to use as much as you like buttery smooth. Nobody else really cares but keep preaching pal, maybe someone will join your crusade someday.
  • Plenty of people care. Anyone who uses wireless charging now would consider lack of wireless charging a downgrade. Welcome to the '90s.
  • I had wireless charging and its not a deal breaker especially since it hasn't been perfected. Its nice to have both wireless and fast charging but if I had to pick one.... fast charging takes it.
  • The Note 4 Is Boss. Posted via the Android Central App
  • That's irrelevant. Whether or not a phone comes with wireless charging, plastic removable back covers are a thing of the past for just about everyone but LG. Trying to criticize the phone for not having the option to install wireless charging yourself due to no removable back cover is the just stupid. Word has it Samsung is going with metal next year on the S7 and note 6. What excuse are you gonna come up with then if they ditch wireless charging? I'm sure you'll come up with something
  • 9ersfan3 is a perfect example. What! Nexus! No No you are wrong it is a Nexus and everything is just how it should be. What you say is irrelevant. You are stupid for saying it doesn't have a removable back cover and wireless. You are going to come up with excuses for letting phones besides the Nexus not have it in the future. HA! welcome to the Nexus can't be wrong world.
  • Because the OnePlus is not a Nexus. Nexus gets a pass because it is done by Google. I like a lot of what the Nexus line offers, but every time I point out a legit flaw, just bringing it up about a Nexus product makes me automatically wrong around here. Hell, they even went so far as to point out I was wrong on their podcast about the 5X having too little ram. Reviewers are already seeing the results of that. But hey, it won't stop me from saying it.
  • Has anyone had a chance to check out the cases for the phone? I haven't seen any reviews yet on the accessories.
  • Phandroid has a video review of the 6P official case. Posted via the Android Central App
  • anybody know if the new google camera features are making their to standard app or staying on the nexus 5X/P?
  • Oleophobic coatings on the 5x/6p.... Hmmm... Not so sure about that.
  • Dang oleophobes! #oleolivesmatter!
  • I really want to get the Frost White, but two things worry me. 1. The camera bump really stands out on the white.
    2. I don't really want a phone that kind of looks like an iphone. I may go with the black, but that white looks really cool with the silver trim.
  • so even a phone that uses an original design looks like an iPhone, lol ... If that's your reason for not getting, be honest, u had no intention on getting it in the first place!
  • I really like the white one, but that's apple;s thing... again it's just one of the reasons against the white. I'm still undecided. I'm waiting for more people to give real world experience with the different models. I'm not into the whole cover the phone with a case. I'm hoping this phone isn't hard to hold without a case. It sounds like some reviews are saying it's good in the hand.
  • Really? So the color red is a Chevy thing? Posted via the Android Central App
  • I didn't realise that Apple has patented the colour white. Wow.
  • Hahahahahaha!!!! You It looks like an iPhone!!!!!!! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Uh oh! I think black might be an apple thing as well. Oh and champagne gold. Yikes I think they have some silver devices too. Oh shit your S.O.L, dude!... Remember those imacs from the 90's in all the fruity colors? Diarrhea green might be your only option now. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Anyone know where I can get that phone clamp? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Only thing I need to know is that it's ugly. And too big. The 5x looks good, and is a much better size for me, but is not metal, and has downgraded specs. Damn shame.
  • There is nothing wrong with with the the 5x, it has flagship specs, the phone will do everything you will need it to do plus some, the 808 is not a low end chip, and to be honest with you, I would stay away from the 810 until I see that the heat issues have been resolved "which I doubt very much". Posted via the Android Central App
  • No problem with the 808, I was talking more about the ram and the display. Its like a phone from 2 years ago. And from some reviews I've read it has atrocious battery life. And they both have awful screen to body ratios, which is a shame because nexus has always been good in this area. I think both nexus phones this year are a big fail.
  • I will stick with my buttery smooth Nexus 6, I might pick up the 6p next year when prices drop. I also want to see how the 810 holds up with it's recent overheating issues. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Is that that Android avatar maker thingy in the one picture? I haven't thought of that being a thing since the Nexus One haha. Totally forgot it exists.
  • So Pretty, I Want One. Posted Via The Android Central App. :-)
  • So I assume the black and white are painted right or is it like anodized? I think I'll go with the aluminum if I get one. Seems weird to cover the aluminum with paint which is what that graphite looks like to me. Maybe it's just the lighting. I also would hate the fingerprints which I think would be minimized on the white or aluminum.
  • I've been dying for an actual successor to my old Nexus 5!
  • Blue display now that's different speaker on front 5.7'in amaloed display aluminum body finger scanner rgb led notifications lights love notification lights running marshmallows Sweet Swert Droid