How we'd change the Nexus 6P

Nexus 6P
Nexus 6P (Image credit: Android Central)

Each Nexus phone garners extra attention as if they're Google's chosen platform for development, and a bastion of light for the Android enthusiasts among us. For some, the Nexus 6P is just yet another phone ... but for many of us, it comes with higher expectations, no matter the fact that it's less expensive than the top-end phones out there.

Just about everyone at Android Central has been using a Nexus 6P since it was launched, bouncing back and forth as work duties bring in fresh phones to try, and with this wealth of time spent with the phone we have a few ideas for how we'd change it to make it just right for us. Read on.

Phil Nickinson

Nexus 6P

Every time I go back on the Nexus 6P, I ask myself why I ever left. Part of that's just the job, of course. I don't have the luxury of using just one phone. But I do have the luxury of having the Nexus 6P to go back to.

When I pick back up the Nexus 6P, I ask myself why I left.

There really are just a couple things that cause me to not mind putting it back down. One is the size. It's just bigger than I want it to be. I love using it, but I often hate carrying it around.

The other is the camera. I don't use third-party camera apps because I'm lazy. But the speed at which the Nexus 6P camera launches is, to put it mildly, not great. Once it does fire up it's a perfectly acceptable camera. But that lag? Not so acceptable.

One thing that absolutely keeps me coming back, however, is that Nexus phones are the only phones I've used that have never had an issue connecting to Android Auto. So there's that.

Jerry Hildenbrand

Nexus 6P

I've been using the Nexus 6P every day since it launched. I had briefly considered switching to the Galaxy S7 edge for my "daily driver" because it's a really good phone, but then I stopped drinking and put that idea to bed. There's really no reason for me to switch, because nothing else works as well for me.

For me, there's really no reason to switch away.

I don't have kids running around and my dogs are old and don't do things that are worth taking pictures of any more, so I'm not concerned with the camera taking 500 milliseconds longer than some other phone to load, but it'd be nice if they fixed it for the folks who do care. I used to wish it was smaller, then I gave up because nobody is going to make a phone the size I want (that's worth using, anyway) until tiny phones become the hot ticket like they used to be.

Really, the only change I want to see is one that isn't ever going to happen, and that's a better audio package. I want great music through my headphones without having to carry a separate thing around to make that happen.

I'll probably switch phones when the next Nexus comes around, and hopefully it will be as good to me as the Nexus 6P has been.

Andrew Martonik

Nexus 6P

For me, the Nexus 6P is the best overall Nexus phone to date. It's a simple, well-made, no-frills kind of a phone, which is just what I expect when I pick up a Nexus. It's all about the software and experience, really, and the hardware mostly gets out of the way. It doesn't have a funky design or crazy features, it's just a great phone, and that's why I appreciate and use it. It's still a little big for my taste (especially its height), but I can see why that makes it appealing for many — and for as much as I enjoy the idea of using the Nexus 5X, it's usually the 6P that I come back to when I want a Nexus experience. And what I think many of us forget is how much cheaper it is than many flagships, coming in at just $499.

It isn't perfect, but I still love using the Nexus 6P.

Now of course the Nexus 6P isn't all perfect, as you'll see throughout this article in our various responses. Despite a large battery the Nexus 6P doesn't exactly have the best battery life out there — and it's especially disappointing when I'm hitting it hard or traveling. And although the camera can do some really impressive things, it's often baffling how slow it is to capture and process photos ... and that's before you set it alongside an amazingly fast camera like the Galaxy S7. The screen is just so-so as well, which isn't anything new for a Nexus but is a bit disappointing considering how great the rest of the hardware is.

Yup, just like any other phone the Nexus 6P does have shortcomings, and depending on how you weigh those it may not be the phone for you. But I still enjoy picking it up regularly despite those few issues, and when I do I'm reminded of how great it is. It's the phone I use to experience Project Fi, as well as Android N right now, and that puts it in an exclusive group.

Alex Dobie

Android N

The arrival of the Android N beta — and more recently, the Android N beta actually becoming usable as a daily driver — have really tempted me to go back to the Nexus 6P full-time. Having not really used it for any length of time since I persevered with it throughout January, I'm once again feeling the pull of Nexus. And on N, the 6P is faster and better than ever.

It's great to get a look at Android N, but there are still some big flaws.

But then I'm reminded why I moved away from it earlier this year in favor of some of Samsung's recent devices. The camera's still painfully slow. (Although if you can live with a slow camera, it can absolutely go toe-to-toe with the GS7 in low light.) The screen, though not at all bad, has aged particularly badly next to the very best of 2016's high-end phones. And most of all, it's just too big.

Now, there are big phones, and there are big phones. What make the 6P too large to be manageable, for me, is the bulk around the screen. I've quite happily used the Galaxy S6 edge plus — another 5.7-inch phone, but one that's smaller, lighter and significantly easier on the pocket. I like big phones, but you need to be smart about what you build around that enormous display. I'd opt for a smaller handset overall, even if it meant having to drop down to a 5.5-inch panel.

And Google needs to address the one outstanding software area in which stock Android is just bad — and that's the speed of the camera. Part of that stems from Nexus phones' over-reliance on HDR+, but as a regular user I don't care about that. I just know that my GS7's taken a dozen or so shots before my 6P's finished processing its first.

Russell Holly

Nexus 6P

I pop my SIM card into the Nexus 6P any time I know I'm going out in the evening with friends. The battery is reliable enough that I know it'll get me through a late night, and the sensor used in this camera combined with Google's HDR+ tech is still the best I've used for capturing a low light still shot.

The Nexus 6P is just too big for me.

My only real complaint about the Nexus 6P is the only reason I put it down and picked up a Galaxy S7 — it's too damn big for me. I love the way it looks, and the Nexus 6P has always felt nice and solid with just the right amount of heft to it. But I don't like using this phone with one hand, and that's generally how I prefer to use phones.

Software has come a LONG way for the Nexus line, but the 6P also started out pretty great which is a nice breath of fresh air compared to previous Nexus releases. The camera is a little on the sluggish side when compared to the top of the line from other phone makers, but the fingerprint sensor is still the best I've used and the display is what you expect from something that doesn't have a Samsung logo on it. I've recently switched over to the N Developer Preview, but even before that the software continued to hold up against time.

Despite it not being my personal preference, I wouldn't ask for a smaller Nexus 6P. Rather, not with existing technology. This phone wouldn't do well with a sacrifice on battery life, so I'm cool with saying I'm the thing that needs to change in this situation.

Daniel Bader

Nexus 6P

Tall. So tall.

The Nexus 6P is a great phone. Certainly the best Nexus ever, and one of the best Androids ever. But it's really tall, and that makes me less likely to pick it up and use it as a daily driver over, say, a Galaxy S7 edge.

Aside from the size, there isn't much I can complain about.

That said, I used the crap out of the phone when it was released late last year, and loved its incredible performance and surprisingly good camera. Unlike previous Nexus devices running brand new versions of Android, Marshmallow arrived pretty stable for me, and my 6P never experienced the growing pains of its 5X counterpart. Now that it's running Android N's latest beta, I'm back using it full-time, and I am even more impressed with the damn thing: it just flies through anything I throw at it, though I still wish its camera was slightly faster. After months with the Galaxy S7 edge, nothing comes close. Except in low light, which — be it Sony's sensor magic, Google's HDR+ prowess, or Huawei's manufacturing chops — it absolutely excels at.

The 6P is a showcase for Google's latest software, sure, but in a way it's equally an opportunity for Huawei to prove its worth to an entirely new audience. While I'm not a huge fan of the boxy, generic design, I am of the 6P's build quality, which is quintessential Huawei — metal, glass, and visible antenna lines.

Aside from the size, there really isn't much I can complain about when it comes to the Nexus 6P. If I'm picking nits, I'd get that price down a bit — it's $699 Canadian Dollars, which is, while lower than many flagships, still a lot of money in this market.

Your thoughts

Those are our thoughts on how we'd change the Nexus 6P, but we know lots of you have been using the phone for several months as well. If you've been using the latest high-end Nexus, we want to know how you'd change it if you had the chance! Let us know in the comments.

Andrew Martonik

Andrew was an Executive Editor, U.S. at Android Central between 2012 and 2020.

  • My top 5 1) Wireless charging
    2) Wireless charging
    3) Wireless charging
    4) Wireless charging
    5) Wireless charging
  • Really? Is it that important that you can't be bothered to plug your phone in? Posted via my Nexus 6
  • Unfortunately it is that important. Every night I put my phone down in the charger next to my bed. And it's a cradle. And it's dark in there. Because my wife is asleep. And I can't see where the little plug-in thingy on the bottom of the Cradle meets up with the bottom of my phone. So my fumbling around usually wakes her up. It's actually pretty cool that that's my only problem because other than that the phone is absolutely divine
  • I had the exact opposite problem with my Note 4. I'd fumble for my phone at night and couldn't put it back correctly on the charger. More than once I'd wake up with a phone that isn't fully charged. Not an issue when plugging it in.
  • USB C eliminates your problem so its not a valid excuse
  • Not up to you to decide. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Stating a simple fact.... USB C eliminates the issue of fumbling in the dark.
  • So the USB C eliminates fumbling in the dark because it automatically finds and connects to the phone charging port? How does that work in the dark wherein one can't see the end of the USB C or the phone charging port? Is there a strong magnetic pull? A homing mechanism? Does your 6P's charging port and USB C glow in the dark?
    Or are you wearing night vision goggles when you go to connect your USB C to your 6P?
  • kIND of a stretch to say you can't fnd the charging port. First you know which is way is up because of the fingerprint reader. By feeling where the reader is you automatically know where the usb c port is. It's the opposite side. I honestly Usb C like Lightning before it eliminates any night time charging navigational problems.
  • Not for your reasons. 1) You don't have to see which way you're putting the cable in anymore.
    2) On the Nexus 6p the usb-c port is in the exact middle of the bottom phone. If you can't use common sense(literally) on where to find the port and then plugging it in i don't think you should be using smartphones.
  • You are a comical person. I guess Google can create a homing device for charging our nexuses.
  • Most people can find the port in the had always been an issue because you had a fifty fifty chance of having the plug in the right direction. If you can't plug a usb C in the dark, then you have other issues.
    Wireless charging is nice...I had it on my Droid Maxx but its not. a deal breaker. To put it on the Nexus they would have to go to a plastic or glass back. I prefer it the way it is.
  • I have no problem finding my wife's charging port in the dark. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You forgot to ask if he lacks the sense of touch.
  • If your cable is glow in the dark.
  • No it doesn't. You still need to hunt for the port in the dark.. And Type-C still has sharp edges and you can scratch aluminum body over time.
    Sorry but placing your phone on TYLT charging stand is something I still miss (coming from N5/6).
    I don't get why some try to argue with this.. If you don't want to use it, just don't. But many will gladly use wireless charging. And @ Brian van den Berg,
    You are just arrogant and rude.
  • You guys can justify it all you want but to claim you can't plug in a USB C in the dark or can't do it without scratching your phone is plain preposterous. Like I said earlier I had wireless charging. I have two TYLT at home and one at work. I was on wireless charging for at least two years. When it came time to get a new phone I was thinking about the Moto Pure but it didn't have it. Then I became sour on Moto altogether and I didn't want Samsung. Decided to try a phone with high speed charging and that killed my need for wireless. If they ever invent a metal phone with both than I'll consider it. Until then I could care less.
  • Thank you. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I will not have a phone without wireless charging until they no longer make one. Of any brand. Nexus 5 sold me on wireless charging, when I was ready for a new device, the nexus 5x and 6p were out...with no wireless charging. I ended up buying a Nexus 6 , which is really too big and chunky, but I will not do without it. If Google don't add it on the next Nexus, off to Samsung I'll go. Its not negotiable.
  • Imagine liking a feature that makes using your phone slightly more convenient.... what kind of monsters are we? Why not remove other 'non-essential' features like volume buttons or browser bookmarks? Cant we all just remember URLs instead of cluttering up our phones with such things....?
  • I think it was more of an essential removal than simply removing non-essential features. The Snapdragon 810 was the fastest readily available SOC, but it throttles too much to not use some kind of aggressive cooling (for a phone). Metal phones are better for that. Qualcomm released some statement saying they now have wireless charging technology that can even work with metal phones, but not until the 6P was already being manufactured. I still haven't seen any metal phones that have wireless charging, but maybe I missed it.
  • I've come to the conclusion that people who haven't used a wireless charging phone with a 3-coil wireless charger for a while don't really know what they're talking about when it comes to wireless charging. At all.
  • I have two Tlyt VUs and I was hesitant to come off wireless charging but its not that big a deal
  • Agreed. What's worse is that they are ridiculing those who like wireless charging. Like I said above, if you don't want to use this feature, don't use it. This is just getting ridiculous and childish.
  • Absolutely. I switch phones about every 2-3 months and I will no longer even consider a phone without wireless charging. Of course, refusing to go without it from here on out means I will be switching phones a lot less often, but that's better for my bank account anyway. Once you're invested in it and have it everywhere in addition to being accustomed to it, it sucks not having it. They're even building then into cars now (my new Denali has it built-in from the factory). No going back, not anymore. And if the new Nexus phones don't have it, instant SKIP.
  • Wireless charging is the most overrated feature ever imo.
    The reason why I stay away from the nexus line is the lack of an sd. That would be the most welcome feature imo Posted via the Android Central App
  • OK I guess it must be me then. Apparently I'm the only person who uses his phone as a bedside clock. Oh well. Might not care so much if there was a cradle for the phone that wasn't total junk.
  • No, you're not alone in you're thinking about wireless charging. I don't use the Nexus, and our phones stay out of the bedroom, but I use the heck out of wireless charging at work. Lack of it tilted the scale for me from a V10 to a DT2 (Vzw). Posted via the Android Central App
  • I as well have and really like wireless charging. Every Nexus from 4 to 6 had Qi. Trading Qi for USB C is a bad deal for everyone.
  • It's an essential for me as well. The V10 actually had provision for the Qi in the back cover, but it was only available in the US via third-parties (because: LG), and it made the back bulge a bit. I had that phone for a short while, then decided if I was going non-Nexus, I really wanted a Note5.
  • in my opinion, I agree that wireless charging is overrated and silly. But if other people like it, then that's just fine and I wouldn't knock anyone for it Posted via the Android Central App
  • I agree... It's not that I object to wireless charging. I had and enjoyed using it on my prior phone. I just don't see it as a deal breaker to stop me from buying a phone that has everything else I need especially if I have high speed charging and USB C. If they added it to the next Nexus so be it. I'm more concerned with unlocked phones being compatible with some of the carrier features like WIFI calling and visual voicemail. I also like the idea of SD capability and removable battery. The first thing they should do is improve the camera and go to an 820 processor which they will probably do.
  • Use it, put them on the nightstand, in the kitchen, at your desk etc and USE IT for months on end, then come back here and tell us how overrated it is.
  • 1) agreed
    2) agreed
    3) agreed
    4) agreed
    5) agreed I dont understand the haters out there? It's a very cheap addition and you don't HAVE to use it if you don't want to! USB ports wear out and fill with pocket fluff - once you've used qi charging for any period of time, plugging the phone in every day feels like such a hassle. Plus I have loads of wireless chargers dotted around that I don't want to waste.
  • I use wireless charging every night. I also have one on my desk at work. I damaged one of the charging plugs on one of my early phones, so did my wife and son so since then I don't like the plug ins.
  • Agreed on wireless charging. I have used wireless charging since my Palm Pre days 7 years ago and I really can't live without it now --- or better said, I would strongly prefer not to!. I have thought about upgrading from my Nexus 5 multiple times in the last 10 months, but each time I come back to the ultra-convenience of with Wireless Xi charging and magnets! At home and work, I use TYLT's excellent Vu Cradle Chargers (no magnets required)... Easy drop-and-charge cradle at either landscape or portrait orientation. In my car, I have a Nexus Wireless Xi charger rigged up so I just drop my phone against the small square puck and have it stick there against the magnets. It never ceases to amaze friends and coworkers who get in my car. In my wife's new car, Chevy has even a Chi charger built into the center console. Too bad we still need to connect to Android Auto via Wire (for now). For all those who don't appreciate the value in wireless charging convenience, I'd offer the opposite challenge - I can't understand how anyone would not want to charge wirelessly given the quality of the technology and the convenience for easy top off. #2 change would be smaller size -- along the lines of tne Nexus 5 +/- is the perfect balance of usability and pocketability
  • Yep Palm pre was so easy to charge and convenient Posted via the Android Central App
  • OMG, yes. This is THE only reason I ditched the Nexus line. I've had all of them. Had to go to a Note5 this year. People don't understand it's not about speed of charging, it's about how we use the phone. I do the same with my phone as you do - at night, my wife is asleep and I can't be fumbling around for power cables in the dark. Also, if I wake up in the middle of the night and remember I have to set a reminder for something, it's nice to just grab the phone off the charger, then just put it back and not have to worry about looking for the cable. At work, I just put the phone down on the charger at work when I'm not using the phone, and it's like it's always just topped off. I don't even have to think about charging it at all. It's almost like having an always-charged phone to the point where you don't even think about charging anymore. Can't go back.
  • I would say Fast Wireless Charging. There are other reasons but wireless charging is why I still use my Nexus 5.
    I also like to incorporate magnets, just like the Nexus 5. This benefits me with my auto magnet mounts.
  • 1000 times THIS^^^^
  • Decent requirement, never thought of having wireless charging this as I am perfectly happy with usb-c. By the way if wireless charging is slower than usb-c way I don't actually want it :)
  • just wish was a little smaller, carrying it around all day is a pain. N5x on Fi Network here
  • I agree. But I really do not want to give up any of that screens real estate. So, if they would work on the Bezel around the screen. I'm not saying to go full on 'edge' style. But the technology does exist to take the phone to 'NO' bezel at all. I think this feature was held back for the next versions selling point.
    But put some waterproof in there to. I've never actually spilled my coffee on my phone. But somebody else might.
    And, is it possible, to marry USB type c speed & Q.I. wireless charging. It could be Q.I..2.0 or maybe R.I.
  • Update the camera software. I mean really make an effort to showcase the camera and camera software. It would drive more people to the phone imo. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I switch between the stock camera and Manual Camera just because the former is so painfully slow.
  • Camera, as noted by a few of the guys, just sucks compared to Samsung's flagship cameras. Other than size, which is really just a matter of preference, the camera is the only thing really holding this back.
  • Unless I'm misinterpreting your statement, the guys aren't saying they have a problem with the actual camera, which is pretty good, especially in low light. It's the software that's a problem cause of the lag, which I definitely agree with.
  • It's not just the lag that's the problem for me. For me, the biggest issue is the lack of any sort of manual controls -- particularly exposure compensation. For example, there were many times when i'd be trying to take a picture and either the image would be over- or under-exposed, but there was no way to change that. For my job, I'm always taking snapshots of computer screens, and the auto-exposure just has no idea how to handle that at all. My 2nd biggest gripe is the lack of 1080p/60 video. I mean, there's no reason that the camera should be limited to 30 frames per second. 1080p/60 was standard on flagships 2 years ago, and the Nexus 6P is only 6 months old. it can shoot 120 fps slow-mo, but it can't do 60 fps? Makes NO sense. It doesn't matter how good the hardware is if the software isn't there to support it. The Nexus's camera software is just unacceptable. If the camera took consistently good pictures, I wouldn't care too much about the lack of controls, but there are just too many instances where i focus with the 6P and I'm like, "no, this needs to be brighter," but there's no way to do it. Samsung gets it right like 95% of the time; I can just take a shot without even thinking, and I know it will be good. With the 6P, I'd have to shoot and shoot, and hope that maybe one of the shots would turn out okay. That was how you had to do it in 2013, but it's a problem that shouldn't exist on a flagship devices in 2016.
  • I would just change the size. Battery is very good, software and overall experience are excellent. It's the best Android phone there ever was.
  • One of the reasons the battery is so good is because of the size.
  • I'd be fine with it being N5X-sized, but a few mm thicker to accommodate battery and better heat dispersion. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Not at all. They could have made it an inch shorter, a millimeter thicker, and kept the battery the same size.
  • Eh s7edge is smaller and has a just as large battery. There is lots they could have slimmed down on the 6P
  • I like to change phones a lot but can't seem to put the Nexus 6p down it has been my favourite phone to date can't find a solid reason to change.
    I have to agree best android phone ever
  • I'm in the same boat. I rarely stick with any phone for more than a few months, but the 6P has stuck with me longer than expected. Great all-around phone. I tried moving onto the S7 Edge, but that didn't work out and ended up selling it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I agree with most of you about the size. Never had a 6p to hold or touch so I can't comment on the camera speed.
  • So you've "Never had a 6p to hold or touch so I can't comment on the camera speed" but you can agree about the size? Sounds like you need to finally hold one before you make comments on it.
  • Fair point. I have no interest in 5.5"+ screen sizes, so I will probably take my time on doing that.
  • Unless dude held the iPhone 6+ which is almost an exact comparison, but I hear ya.
  • I have, thank you for pointing that out. It felt HUGE to me.
  • I used to change phones every 6 months, I been with this phone since lunch, never thought about switching. Best phone I've owned since the HTC evo 4g lte Posted via the mighty Nexus 6P
  • Well since u had it for about an hour or so.... Posted via the Android Central App
  • ??? Posted via the mighty Nexus 6P
  • I think you meant launch but got lunch instead. :) Posted via the Android Central App
  • yeah. hahahahahahahahaha Your way, about 'How I've had the phone since LAUNCH' vs 'How I've had the phone since LUNCH'. makes a whole LOT more since. You're most likely correct.
  • Lol Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's hard to complain about this phone. I don't think it does anything poorly. I've had my share of issues with the active display opening up the phone app in my pocket and Bluetooth connectivity issues, but I think these are more so software and firmware issues that could be patched in time.
  • Software and firmware issues that could be patched, but definitely won't be. I mean, after like 8 months on the market, if they were going to fix problems, they would have done it by now.
  • Reading this article makes me really wish that Nexus users had the incremental upgrades than Samsung and iPhone users benefit from. Every Nexus phone basically starts from scratch without really benefiting from what came before. I would love the opportunity to upgrade to a Nexus 6pS with a more future proof processor, better screen (fix these whites!) and slightly larger battery or just more efficient power management. It would be the perfect phone (for me cause I love the current size). Instead I'll have to see if HTC's completely different Nexus phone satisfies me as much as the Nexus 6p or more likely comes with its own drawbacks. Just kind of frustrating. Posted via the Android Central App
  • What is a "more future proof processor"?
  • Snap820. The 810 was a letdown and really held an entire gen of phones back. 
  • I generally agree, but I've had 0 issues with the 810, and haven't heard any 6p user complain about it.
  • The 810 is limiting the life of your battery even if you don't notice it. It's also limiting the speed. The heat generated by the 810 is the culprit. No amount of thermal paste will fix the underlying issue. It was a down year for Qualcomm. It's widely recognized. Posted via unlocked S7 Active on T-Mobile
  • How is the process you're describing any different than what Samsung does? Apple reuses lots of parts for the "S" phones, but Samsung doesn't at all. There is not a single element of the Galaxy S6 that was recycled for the Galaxy S7. They may look kind of similar, but the actual construction is quite different, and every part of it has been upgraded.
  • I don't think he's talking about construction in that sense. I assume he means that with those phones there is a feeling of continuation from year to year - the manufacturer iterates on previous phones, to add features, as well as update older parts to newer ones.
    With the Nexus program, you are given a completely different experience every year, with no similarity to the previous phone. If you enjoy a particular Nexus phone and just want an updated version of it, you're probably not going to get it.
    I think he's correct, and that's one of the things that can make Nexus phones hard to buy for regular consumers, because it's disjointed and your average person just wants something that's familiar and can get the job done. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I used the 6P until a couple months ago I purchased the Galaxy S7 edge. I'm a pretty heavy user, and the S7 Edge battery life is what has kept me using it as a daily driver. Every time I go back to the 6P I fall in love with it again, but when I'm having to juice-up the battery late in the afternoon it makes me wander back over to the S7 Edge. Hopefully the next Nexus phone will REALLY excel in the battery department.
  • Amazing it's 2016 and we're still having battery issues. Enough with the whole efficiency/optimization nonsense. Just throw in a 4000 mAh battery (which shouldn't be an issue in a 5.7" device) and be done with it. Heaven forbid they add an extra mm to it though!
  • I'm fairly certain weight, more than dimensions, is what keeps manufacturers from adding larger batteries.
    Atleast I personally would hate to handle a phone (Nexus 6P) this big if it were also really heavy. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I do wish the Nexus 6p had wireless charging like the Nexus 6. I didn't mind the size of the 6, but I think the 6p size is great. This is only my 4th Android phone, and the 6p has put me firmly in the Android camp.
  • It's too big for me. Nexus 5p please? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Why i sold my nexus 6p.
    Way too wide and tall. Same reason i hate my iphone 6 plus
    Slow camera with maybe the worse video recording
    No OIS. That is a huge fail
    The audio dac is one of the worse i have experienced
    The snapdragon 810 and battery life.
    Also past skin deep if you look at the internals. It's all cheaper and thinner circuit boards to save on costs.
  • This. That SD810 is what kept me away. Some will say it isn't a problem but that would be ignoring the battery life and it's association with thermal issues brought upon by that processor. Posted via unlocked S7 Active on T-Mobile
  • What other processor should they have used?
  • Well I dont know how it works but they could have used the K1 or X1 processor however I am not stupid. I know that no one uses those.
  • I disagree with most points except for DAC. There's so much room for improvement in phone audio. I'd gladly pay an extra$50-$100 if I can get the most out of my earbuds.
  • For you and @JerryHildebrand and anyone else looking for better audio, if you're rooted, you should try this mod. I can't impress how much difference it really makes.
  • Just way too big. I want to be able to take my phone out of my pocket to send a quick message or make a call one handed, without feeling like I'm going to drop it any second. Also, the screen's max brightness is way too low. So hard to use in direct sunlight.
  • I love my 6P and I agree with Mr. Martonik that it's the best package out there, but... It's losing to Samsung and the Nexus 5X on screen color reproduction. It's losing to the HTC 10 on audio for headphone listening. It's pretty big, which I don't mind, but that's a consistent complaint. The camera is the best Nexus camera ever and is on par with the best iPhone, last years flagships - but it can be faster and even better. Samsung is still the leader there and there's no reason Nexus couldn't encroach. It has the best physical design in my opinion, dual front facing speakers, on screen buttons, system buttons on the right side, it has the best fingerprint scanner, the best USB - C implementation, the best software and is the most secure and up to date software of any device out there other than it's little twin the 5X.
  • On-screen buttons are a waste of screen real estate, and they also tend to damage AMOLED screens over time. This is why Samsung rightly avoids doing on-screen buttons. Unless the screen actually extends all the way to the bottom of the devices, which no manufacturer has ever done, there's no reason not to put capacitve buttons below the display.
  • Ok, your points in order: Disagree, false, false, weird and disagree. Capacative buttons tend to get in the way of the second front facing speaker that goes on the bottom bezel. Since the HTC M7, most OEM's that do capactive buttons, including Samsung, have put the second speaker on the bottom of the device, or worse, on the back. But, as I indicated that it is my preference in the sentence that I mentioned on screen buttons, it seems like you're trying to tell me that I'm wrong about what I like. Hopefully that's not the case?
  • And since Nexus devices haven't used off screen buttons since they became pointless in 2011... (Samsung actually made the first phone with the proper on screen buttons in the correct order) ... it'd be safe to assume they're not going to derp all over the place and revert to off screen buttons.
  • I don't think they will either, but I wish they would. When you use a phone like the OnePlus 3 that has near-stock software with capacitive buttons, allowing full use of the glorious screen, you understand why it's just the better way to do things.
  • lol, the OP3 has the newest worst screen in the industry. So gloriously bad? Yeah, no I've had the ZenFone 2 with capacitive buttons and several before 2011 when that issue hadn't been solved yet. Off screen buttons and fingerprint scanners on the front are a GIANT turn off for phone design to me. Of the 12 Android phones I've had, 9 have had on screen and 3 have been off and the 9 were all much better (IMO) than the 3.
  • I was totally sold on the rear fingerprint sensor until I actually got a Nexus 6P and used it for a week. Having to pick up my phone every time I need to unlock is a real hassle. I do find that it's more comfortable to reach the sensor on the rear,but the fact that I can't unlock it while it's lying flat on a table is just a dealbreaker for me. I wasn't actually saying that the OnePlus 3's screen is glorious, I only called it out because OnePlus is essentially the only manufacturer that allows you to choose on-screen or off-screen buttons. I had a OnePlus One and began with on-screen buttons because it was what I was used to. Tried the off-screen buttons and never went back. If they're they, it's a waste not to use them. The 5.5" screen is only a 5.2" screen if you lop off part of it for buttons. The only way I will ever go back to on-screen buttons is if I am able to customize what they do, and add more. Maybe Google will get rid of the whole "action bar" paradigm, and put those buttons on the bar with the on-screen buttons.
  • Word :)
  • You're free to like whatever you like, but nothing I said is false. If you think screen burn-in is not an issue with AMOLED screens, just go to any carrier store and look at any AMOLED-screened phone. Within 3 months, the screens are totally trashed. Now, that's not exactly "normal usage," but it does mean that over some period of time, static images will burn into the screen. I'm just saying that there's plenty of good reasons not to have on-screen buttons, and there's a reason why most manufacturers do things the way that they do. For example, speaker on the bottom of the device -- works whether you place the phone face up or face down. Front facing speakers get muffled if placed face down. They also lead to a device that is, overall, a little more tall than would be ideal, while adding little to no benefit for the majority of people who spend most of their time viewing their phone in portrait mode.
  • Longer battery life for sure. It's crazy how that large of a battery drains so quickly. Edit: and also better audio. Supporting the aptX Bluetooth codec would be a good start.
  • Shrink it Posted via Techmology
  • I've been looking at the Nexus 6P but after reading so many reviews where people say it's just a little too big for them I think I'll stick with my Nexus 5X. Hopefully this year's Nexus phones will be just a tad bit smaller say 5 and 5.5" respectively and have a faster processor (5X).
  • Well yeah, but I'd also like smaller top and bottom bezels. 2 years ago the Nexus 6 which had a 6" screen was actually smaller than the 6P which has a 5.7" screen.
  • 6 is not smaller than 6p. 6p same height but narrower which makes a big difference. Posted from Nexus 6
  • My bad I meant the actual phone height. The 6 is smaller than the 6P in that regard since the 6P's bezels are so large on top and bottom. I even had a moto x pure edition which also had a 5.7" and it was much smaller and easier to hold for me.
  • Very similar height, but the Nexus 6 was noticeably wider and MUCH thicker. The Nexus 6 was a brick.
  • I would like to see a 5.2" Nexus with the high end specs. Like many, a few mm's thicker to accommodate a larger battery wouldn't hurt my feelings either. I don't enjoy walking around with a tablet in my front pocket. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I like my Nexus 6P a lot but it does not get as much SIM time as my iPhone 6s+ and before S6 active and now S7 Active. The iphone had so many more app use touch ID and I was tired of entering all the user names and passwords on my nexus. My active was great on the weekends as a smaller phone with samsung pay and better cameras. I still like having it because of updates but use it mainly as a wifi device. Posted via my Nexus 6P!
  • B....but
    ...but Best phone.......... Posted via the Android Central App
  • The best phone can still be better. Most of the writes mentioned the 6P is still their daily driver.
  • Move the power and volume buttons further up the side of the phone. When carrying the phone in your hand it's too easy disable the ringer or restart the phone. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yes - the power and volume rocker buttons are way too close to each other.
  • Omg this times a million! Happens every time I take the phone out of my pocket.
  • I agree the Nexus 6P was just a little to big which was the reason I didn't keep mine. The changes I would like to see with the next Nexus from Google/HTC is a 5.5" display, SD card slot, and a camera with OIS. I may sell my HTC 10 if they do that...
  • SD card. Please.
  • That would be nice but I've found using a thumb drive works pretty well to transfer files around. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Well I'm glad to see all you people are that guy with the tiny hands from burger commercials. Seriously, you're all saying you wish it was the size of the S7 or 5X, and those phones are so small they feel like TOYS. I had three different android smartphones before my first 'big phone', the Note 2, and I barely used them because the screens were so damn small. I am a 5'10"ish guy (and no, I don't have huge hands) and since I actually want to be able to do something with my android pocket computer other than make phone calls, I want as big a screen as will fit in my pocket. I had no problem using or pocketing the Z Ultra, though it never would up as my daily, I would love to have a device that size again.
  • I couldn't agree with you more. I want the biggest phone that will fit in my pocket as well. I couldn't care less about having a phone that I can use with one hand. The bigger the screen the easier on my eyes it is. I don't want a screen so small that I have to hold my phone two inches from my face like iPhone users do. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm with you on the size factor. Currently using a Nexus 6 and I picked up my old Droid Turbo the other day. How did I use something that small? My wife's Nexus 5 really feels like a toy. I can't type even remotely accurately on that size screen. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Thank you! Same's too big blah blah blah. We get it. Man up already.
  • I want as big a screen as will fit in my hand. I prefer using my phone with one hand and I've gotten used to it because I tend to commute via public transit; one of my hands is always too busy holding onto something. I've spent quality time with every Galaxy Note save for the Note 3 (courtesy of family and friends who own or have owned the devices) and they're just too large to do anything on. The large screen only comes in handy when I'm watching videos and I already have a tablet for that. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Um, I live the public transit life too, and I have no idea what you're talking about. It's not that hard to one-hand my V10, and it certainly doesn't take up that much space on the bus that I'm worried about it! hell, I actually spend a good portion of my daily commute texting on my phone, one handed. OS just not that crazy of a concept, but you all act like it's done move of witchcraft. And for reference, there's tiny little Asian chick in my linear class who takes the same bus I do, and she has no problem typing on her GS7edge one-handed. Just get over yourself with the whole one handed use thing. It's HARDER to type on smaller keys, not easier. If you conceptually enjoy a small phone, exclusively wear skinny jeans, have tiny hands, or are a legitimately small human being, then there is an objective use for a smaller phone. But if you're not one of those things, you are taking design and conceptual preference over usability. That's fine, people do that all the time, but don't pretend it's because you get some extra utility out of it.
  • I'd like it to be smaller for better one-handed operation, and yes, the camera definitely needs to be faster. Maybe I'd throw in OIS as a bonus. I'd also want an SD card slot in there, but given that Google isn't a fan of expandable storage, it ain't gonna happen.
  • My 6P was a great work phone. Fast, reliable and the camera was great. Didn't keep mine as a daily driver because of the size. I hated selling it and sometimes miss it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I have pretty much the same complaints. 1. Bezels on this phone are too large, especially comapred to the same size screen Note series. 2. Camera is painfully slow, although it does take some amazing photos, when I need to shoot something fast it fails and I end up using my work phone 6s Plus which takes photos quick and process's HDR so much faster than my 6P. 3. Quality Audio from headphone jack, Yes the FFS are amazing on this phone loud and decent sound, however when plugging it in to my aux cable in my car or headphones, the sound is really lacking compared to similar phones and once again I hate comparing but my 6S Plus just has much much louder and better audio quality out of the head phone jack. 4. For some reason the biggest issue for me is the screen, it seems really warm compared to many phones I've had especially the whites. Also wish it could get a tad brighter because when looking at it in the sun it's really hard to see. That is it from me. Honestly this is one of the best Android phones I've ever owned. Smooth, fast, great camera HDR processing aside, it's easily the only phone I'd recommend for people who are coming from the apple camp who want a large phone.
  • If they would of shrunk bezels down to Nexus 6 size would of gone a long way in reducing the height. Basically same height as the 6 with smaller screen. Posted from Nexus 6
  • My Nexus 6P has really been serving me well All this while. I have no qualms with the size and I do not actually have any complaints about the phone but if I were to offer my two cents: 1. Camera app really needs a do-over. Hardware is great but the software is below par. Also, hate that OIS has been left out.
    2. Screen isn't as bright as I would like it to be. I really find it to be lacking outdoors.
    3. Audio output from the jack really could've been better.
    4. Hint of better battery life. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Too tall. 5.2" would be perfect.
  • Reduce the bezel size on the top and bottom by even just 1/2" total and it's the perfect size. -Camera speed isn't slow for me but the HDR processing definitely is.
    -Battery life is decent, but not outstanding. I expected more from a phone running stock Android.
    -Better audio. My Note 4 sounded noticeably better; not sure if that's because of Samsung's music player or the phone's hardware
    -Would like a removable battery. To me that's more important that wireless charging. Fast charge is nice but not always ideal if you need a quick swap (theme park, train, camping...)
  • Size is the only thing holding me back so I've plugged along on Fi with my 5x.
    As long as we're wishing I'd love:
    5.5 inch display (or a high spec 5.2 ver)
    Quality DAC
    Camera OIS Posted via the Android Central App
  • My only complaint is that no one can hear me unless I'm talking directly into the mouthpiece. It's a major problem with the phone and there has been no word of a fix other than rooting your phone and editing the build prop for the mic noise cancellation to fix it.
  • Let me get this out of the way first: The N update really improves the Nexus 6P in my experience. The battery life is WAY better for me and the phone just works more smoothly (it even seems to throttle less). The data saver feature has also saved me money with ProjectFi. I usually don't mess around with betas for my daily driver but I'm glad I risked it in this case. That said, I am running Win10 Insider Preview on my Lumia 929 and iOS 10 beta; perhaps I'm being more brave (or foolhardy) lately. What I would like to see in the future:
    Camera - the current one is pretty nice but faster launch and OIS would be wonderful (yes I have a 1-year old) Wireless Charging - my past Androids and Windows Phones have all had it (along with my webOS devices) so yes I miss the awesome convenience microSD - I would love to be able to move my music-packed microSD across all of my devices (and this would free up the device's storage for apps/photos/movies) Size - my hands are freakishly large for my height so the Nexus 6P is comfortable for me one-handed, but I would prefer a slightly smaller device so my Spigen case doesn't put it over the top... Screen - I'm happy with the quality even though I've seen better, but please fix the adaptive brightness feature - even the N beta didn't correct this so I wonder if it's a firmware or sensor issue CPU - I know they'll use an 820 or better but yea the 810 was a flawed design that resulted in extra throttling and heat; the Nexus 6P was one of the best implementations of the 810 but garbage in, garbage out (not to imply that the 810 was garbage; it was simply an over-reaction to Apple's chip) Audio - I agree with Jerry - I prefer not having to use a portable DAC/headphone amp to achieve excellent sound I know the above list is lengthy but the Nexus 6P is still a great phone and my favorite Android. Until the system changes and updates will be unencumbered by the carrier or manufacturer, I will remain a Nexus devotee.
  • I can deal with the size although like most I wish the bezels were smaller but keep the screen size the same. My biggest complaint is the weight of the phone. I understand the use of metal but I'm fine with plastic if it's just as sturdy and keeps the weight down.
  • The way I'd change it, would probably tick most of the guys off above! I'd change the screen size to 6.4", add a microSD card slot and a removable battery. RAGE!
  • So, in other words you want a tablet? Posted via the Android Central App
  • I can't find a single thing wrong with the phone save for wanting a little more out of the battery. Screen size is great since I come from the Note series, and everything else is fantastic. I happily traded wireless charging for USB type C. I get the convenience of wireless but I love the robust feel of the type c connector. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Jerry, I totally hear you about the audio quality. (see what I did there?) I wish it was a bit louder, esp when the EQ is engaged. For a solution I carry a tiny Bluetooth receiver made to plug headphones into. Problem solved as the EQ doesn't make Bluetooth devices quiet like it does the headphone jack.
  • 5 inch screen and wireless charging. I sold the Nexus 6 because of its size. The Nexus 5X is borderline for size. If the 6P wouldn't have had a metal back I am guessing both would have had wireless charging so I am a little mad about that.
  • The luxury of using just one phone.....thats one way of seeing it. I Guess all of us others haven't thoufht of it that way (not ironic).... interesting. Art Is My Life. The 6p Is Art. Art with rules set in metal and glas....
  • If Google puts out 2 nexus devices again this year, they should just make them both the same internally (same processor, ram, camera, etc), with the only differences being storage capacity options and battery sizes. Have the smaller device in the 5" range with rather small bezels (the 5X was huge, despite only a 5.2" screen), and 32/64GB of storage. And make the larger one ~5.5", with 32/64/128GB size options. It would be nice for the device to be LG G4 sized.
  • I'll probably be picking a used one up on Swappa for around $400 soon unless they have a sell on new ones again. I like to think of the Nexus Brand as Google's iPhone. It seems to live up to that name. I could go with Oneplus 3 but there's been issues with it and I feel like the 6p has greater camera performance which is more important to me.
  • I love it, needless to say. Maybe I would change its size, but not at the expense of front-facing speakers..... More battery life (software-wise). Impossible wishes... But that's the Android community for you (at leat me) Written on my micro datamatic calculation machine with graphical output...
  • I have this phone and love it. Only changes I would make are these:
    1. Wireless charging (but not a must)
    2. Slightly brighter screen
    3. Bigger battery, not too crazy but a little more MAH would be sufficient.
    4. SD card slot
    5. Image stabilizer for the camera would be nice. But it still does an excellent job regardless. I also happen to love the physical buttons from my older devices but again not a huge deal. Those aren't huge deals cause otherwise this phone is very fast, camera opens very fast also. I have no idea why in this article he says it is slow. Far from it. It opens very quick. I love the front facing speakers, microphone is super clear and ear piece is very loud. This phone multitasks very well. After unlocking the bootloader and rooting it you can really appreciate what the hardware of this device offers. I am looking forward to the 7P. If the features aren't too much of a difference then I will stick with this for another year. No need to upgrade. I am super satisfied with this phone. edit: for the low audio issue with the headphones I was able to increase it significantly after rooting. I changed numbers in the build.prop and it screams now. I shouldn't have to do that be just rooting but luckily that really made a tremendous difference.
  • I have the phone, and I love it, BUT... Shorter bezels, please! The bezels on the 6P are ridiculously big. Battery life has been great for me, and but a larger battery is always welcome. Front-facing stereo speakers are a must, as is better sound through a headset. OIS would be nice, as well. I'll take a step down in screen size to 5.5" if Google and HTC can deliver on these things. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Edit: I neglected to mention I'd like a better quality screen that's more visible in sunlight. The 6P is horrible to view outdoors. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Love my 6P with Fi. Will probably go with a Note 7 when it's released tho. Posted via the Android Central App
  • My list:
    * Bigger (Nexus 6 sized)
    * Tango
    * 6 GB RAM
    * fatter (bigger battery)
    * Qi charging
  • Why so much extra RAM? That hasn't been an issue at all on the 6p. Other than just better looking specs, not sure it'd make much of a difference.
  • Higher resolution displays need more RAM, My Nexus 6P chugs way to much, RAM is cheap, more may help and definitely won't hurt.
  • 1. Add SD Card
    2. Change processor to SD820.
    -this would also improve battery life Other than the above, Nexus 6p is perfect for me. I actually think it's kinda small. FYI... I'm coming from a Huawei MediaPad X2. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Nexus 6P is a great device overall. I mean device because it's so much more than just a smartphone. With the right service (I mean Google Project Fi) it is a perfect travel companion! I have LTE while roaming in Europe about 95% of the time! 6P is fast, reliable, and surprisingly sturdy. Direct sunlight makes it hard to see the screen well sometimes, but it isn't a problem. Battery could be more lasting, but it's not really an issue when I can charge it from 0 to 50% in 25 minutes! Thanks to this phone I keep making fun of iPhones (6S Plus takes about 3 hours to get fully charged, my Nexus 6P - 50 to 60 minutes) and most other phones even more. Also, 6P is slippery, but.... I've had it since November 2015 and did not drop it even once. And no, I don't use cases. I just pay attention to what I'm doing with my phone and try not to be clumsy because I paid almost $700 for it. I have a nice leather pouch for it when it's in my pocket, but that's it. It's more of a lint/dust issue than Oh Shtt I dropped my phone issue. In general I really enjoy Nexus 6P. It is a perfect device for me. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Agreed its a big **** phone. Gonna stick with the 5X. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Micro SD and a legit DAC chip and id buy a Nexus in a heartbeat. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Been using it for about a month. Total daily driver, but agree with Jerry, size, size and size. It's awesome doing things on, but transporting is a royal pain. My #1 beef is the location of power and volume buttons. Right in the middle is making them easily hit on the mobile dock...MOVE THEM TO THE UPPER THIRD.
  • Great phone, but I went back to a Samsung S7 because the 6p is HUGE. Way too big. Love the size of a 5X, but it's cheaply made. Maybe HTC will hit the sweet spot with the Nexus phone this year....and I'll buy it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I thought I was upgrading to the S7 edge from my 6p. What a joke, I had to force myself to keep it for a week and I hated it, mostly for random edge touches and the Crappy speaker. I find it really funny to read about everything ppl complain about on the 6p. You can tell who's never touched one before but puts it down comparing it to whatever they own based on Internet banter. Don't even get me started on stutterwiz lol. Posted via the Android Central App
  • So with you on this. Upgraded to an S7....used it for a couple weeks then shelved it. Just finally sold the S7. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm not sure these are complaints, as much as recommendations since the article is about what can be better. Totally agree about people commenting that only have internet banter to go by.
  • Make the phone little smaller (5.5 inch) and that will be perfect.
  • The things that I absolutely need:
    1. SD SLOT
    2. Smaller size
    The things I want but can live without:
    1. Waterproofing/mild ruggedness
    2. Better DAC
    3. Manual camera controls. It's a shame that the first two things I listed are such dealbreakers for me, I reluctantly sold my 6p because of them. Otherwise it's nearly a perfect phone. Anything but an iPhone
  • I'm with most of the people from the article. The phone is simply too tall. I have a Nexus 6 and I love the size, but it is wide and tall withe a tiny bottom bezel. It looks appropriately proportioned to me whereas the 6p looks super skinny with a massive chin. I really hope they sleep down the bezels this year as I hope to buy a new Nexus. The lack of wireless charging is a non issue for me, I have never bothered using it because I like to be able to use my device while it is still charging
  • For me... Microsd card and dual sim Posted via the Android Central App
  • Love the size. Android N is a dream. Screen could be better. Battery life is good. Camera has good optics and meh software. But the build quality... I swear it's made of heavy duty Reynolds aluminum foil. Sure, you can keep it in a case, but that won't save it. My first bent while IN an official case. I've even had the buttons bend with normal usage... IN a RUGGED case. Luckily, good ol' Google was cool and sent a new one.
  • Oh, and RAM. 4GB should be the standard.
  • Love mine, but sometimes it is a little too slippery. Don't like using cases, but I've been forced to for fear of dropping it. Also I love the fingerprint reader, but sometimes wish it were on the front. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I can't really find any real fault to this phone. I guess my biggest gripe is the size. I hate it. That's the only thing keeping it from using it full time Posted via the Android Central App
  • Tall, but manageable for me. Love it. Camera is kinda slow to launch. But I am not chasing butterflies so am loving it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • 1: Wireless charging
    I don't have real issues with the battery, but having been used to Qi charging on the N4 and N5, (un)plugging just seems to require more effort than should be required (even with USB type C which is much better)
    2: Screen quality in sunlight
    This has only started bothering me since summer came over here, but the screen is pretty bad in direct sunlight. At those time I definitely miss my HTC One X, which had (even at today's standards) had an amazing screen.
    3: OIS
    I have a 2 year old and especially when shooting movies, the lack of OIS is really a shame.
    4: Camera lag
    Starting it up and processing HDR (and HDR is pretty much mandatory!) just seem to take ages.
    5: Size
    Whenever I pick up my wifes (ie. my old) Nexus 5, I get an instant feeling of joy as I experience how much more comfortable it is to hold, manage and shove in your pocket. Only when actually using it to read, watch movies or browse the humongous screen is a real plus. All in all, I'd much rather have a Nexus 5p at 5,2 in max with small bezels. That said, I still love my 6p to bits, it's inherent build quality, the little details (such as the dimpled power button, the cool feel of aluminium), pretty good speakers (finally navigating with it in car without headset!), stock android make it a joy to use. It's a shame it keeps wrecking my pants as the fabric of my 6p pocket of all my jeans wear out :(
  • My only complaint is that is states stuttering in sky Forge Posted via the Android Central App
  • Volume buttons on the other side of the power button!
  • Given that all the staff complained about the size, why does phone makers think we want larger phones?
  • Probably because they are looking at overall market trends and not a few editors of a single website. I totally get what you are saying and absolutely hate the complete lack of sub 5" phones but there are also a TON of people buying big phones right now.
  • I would add wireless charging also, it is easy to place on my Tylt charging stand. Plus I don't have to worry about damage to the charging port. UsB-C does reduce the chance of damage.
    And to be really different, I would make it bigger! I liked the size of the Moto 6, but I would make it 6.5.
    Or better yet, make it a folding phone like Samsung's concept phone. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm fine with the size of the phone. I do wish the camera was a bit faster also.
    The thing that drives me the most nuts is the volume button placement.
    Swap'm or stick the volume buttons to the other side of the phone!
    Other than that, I still really love to use this thing!
  • The nexus 6P has been my phone for months, switched from a galaxy s6 active. Here are my top areas for improvement:
    1) Battery life. I get about 3 hours of SOT max. I am not interested in tips or usability compromises to lengthen my battery. I have had phones that had great battery life regardless of tweaking (like my s6 active, xperia Z2, and iphone 6+) and want that in my next phone. Seriously considering the S7 Edge for this reason.
    2) Screen is just ok. more than anything, it is just dim. This partially drives the battery life problem because it needs to be cranked up all the way to be even remotely usable outside or in a car as a GPS.
    3) I do think it would be nice to get wireless charging back but this isn't a deal breaker for me.
    4) A little known problem and not confined to this device but when accessibility features are turned on, the entire phone lags. Particularly scrolling performance across the OS takes a negative turn. I would love for google to fix this but they currently have not intention of doing so.
    5) I would personally trade the front speakers for smaller bezels.
  • Make the phone more grippy. The weird contortion and precarious holding of the phone that I have to do in order to reach the corners of it would make me feel a lot better if the back of the phone wasn't so slippery. Still, I love the phone.
  • Is a solid build to much to ask for. Huawei used the cheapest aluminium they could find for the 6p. Super disappointed with materials used. If u pick up an HTC phone u can tell the metal is much thicker and harder.. the phone runs great, great display great everything except that crappy aluminum.. just tap the phone on the back and feel the cheap vibration coming from it. I guess that's what u get with glue and dove tails. I'm all about that build quality to be honest the Moto n6 was built better by far, speaking strictly build. It feels way more solid oh and they used screws to hold it all together. Not glue and dove tails.. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yay the first metal Nexus and it's crap aluminium Posted via the Android Central App
  • Size really is a non-issue, since no matter what size a PED is, some will like like it, some won't and the rest just aren't picky enough to even think about it.
  • Only thing that comes to mind is that I would like support for dual SIM cards. I DO NOT want to give up front speakers and I do not really care about aluminum...the build quality is fine. No matter what, I will have a case on it. So, not a factor for me.
  • My 2 changes would be adding external MicroSD card Support and Video out Via USB-C.
  • Turn it into a Note 5. Perfect. ;) Posted via the Android Central App
  • Sold mine. Too slippery and the power button protrudes out too much. Every time I took it out of my pocket it was a different surprise. And no, I won't use a case. Posted via the Android Central App
  • 1) Headphone jack should be at the bottom, next to the USB charging port.
    2) Big screen is nice, but I would prefer to be smaller while keeping the same battery capacity, so what if the phone is a little thicker as a result.
  • My next phone....Nexus 6P, or the next Nexus whenever it is released.
  • Earphone quality and camera speed. Other than that this is the only phone I have been able to use right out of the box with only the most minor tweaks. IMHO, the best android phone on the market.
  • Every time I pick up my Nexus 6P, I ask myself... "Why is the volume lower than it was before?" If I had to change anything the first and second things would be the locations of the volume buttons. Of course, I have as much a chance of that happening as I have getting the Android developers to NOT change the volume when the buttons are pressed while the screen is off. Silly dumb design. The third thing I'd change would be the location of the headphone jack. Put it next to the charger connection, so if you're fully wired, they're tidy together, and not hanging out from opposite ends. Then there would be room for the power button on the top where it belongs.
  • Wireless charging and being a little bit smaller would be good if change it. 5.3/5.4 inch phones are such a rarity these days and any 5.5s I've seen are still just a bit too tall Posted via the Android Central App
  • I love this phone. Thought I'd miss the user removable battery and SD card slot. I don't. The phone was so cheap I could afford more memory. What I miss from my previous phone is the IR support. I loved having just my phone to deal with. My husband could hog the remote...I used my phone. And yes, the response time on the camera could be better, but really, I am a happy camper.
  • I've got so many phones at home but I keep coming back to the 6P. It's a fantastic device. The only thing I would add is sensors on the front so you can wake the device by a hand wave. I also think it relies on the slower HDR+ camera mode too much. Sometimes a shot doesn't need it but it will still choose that mode anyway.
  • Longer battery life, removable memory card, everything else is perfect. I can plug it in. I can deal with the size and the camera. The cost, not so much. Really, seriously, all y'all whine about lame stuff.
  • It needs double tap to wake the screen or a similar feature. That's the only thing I miss from the GS6, the ability to wake the screen easily while the phone is lying flat on my desk as it is for hours a day! The fingerprint reader on the back just works so well, it's night and day difference from the GS6 where the fingerprint reader never worked!
  • No matter Nexus 6P is one of the best under 35k smartphone. my full hands on review i've posted on if your interested in detailed review with sample pics/videos also i've posted in this as i cant upload them here.
  • In this article, you can definitely tell the purists apart from the people who need the latest and greatest
  • I would make it smaller and then add a bigger battery. Yes I know those two things combined would mean needing to make the phone thicker. But honestly, I don't care. I sometimes feel the 6P is too thin anyways. Two other things I would change: USB 3.0/3.1 connectivity and a MicroSD slot. Transferring data over USB 2.0 is so damn slow.
  • In spite of what I initially thought, the dimensions of the N6P are not a pain to me. I use it naked, and its thinness makes it sometimes even more pocket friendly than my previous N5.
    My only gripe with this phone is that the screen has poor brightness under direct sunlight, though the Ultra Brightness mode built in ElementalX kernel helps a lot. On the other hand, it is stunning in low light conditions.
  • The size, speed of camera and the placement of the volume/power buttons. Or at least make the buttons a little stiffer to push so they are not so easily pushed.
  • I can't understand how Google could release a flagship phone with such a slow camera. When I try to get the picture of my kid I always miss the moment by a second, while my mother, with the Galaxy S6 is always on the spot.
    What I also can't understand how it hasn't been fixed yet
  • Agreed. It's the reason it was never on my purchase list.
  • A bigger battery. My 6p was lost/stolen and couldn't replace it since it is not sold in the country I'm in. So i bought the Mate 8, that has a 4000mh battery. Finally a phone I can use heavily all day with zero battery anxiety.
  • yeah mate, you nailed it perfectly - "battery anxiety" I get all the time :)
  • 1st must have 5.5" phone.
    2nd camera HDR & HDR+ is slow
    3rd need more battery capacity
    4th speed charge
    5th some apps won't work smoothly on 6p (i have already report that)
    Or everything else is just great. By nexus 6p
  • Lately, I actually managed to get so accustomed to Nexus 6P and Android that I might give up buying a new laptop/PC in the future and start using my Android phone/tablet as my main web browsing and socialising device. I've couldn't imagined this two years ago before buying my previous phone Nexus 5.
    What I would change - battery, camera and software.
    When compared to Nexus 5 (which is at least two years older) I still don't see an improvement in battery life. If I charge my phone over night, in like 12 hours during the day it will completely discharge (even faster) and I don't do much with it - just some facebook, some other social networks, a bit of kindle reading, etc. I don't even listen to music or watch youtube videos.
    The camera got better, but the pictures are still crap - so I always take them in decent light.
    The Android OS and its app ecosystem are not mature enough IMO - things got better, close to perfect but they still can improve in terms of flexibility and features. I've been waiting for the double split window feature for ages (heard is coming soon). Also, the reason I buy nexus products is that because I like to tweak my stuff and I expect a much greater flexibility when compared with a proprietary UI. Right now for instance there is that search bar on my homescreen which cannot be removed and I have no use for it (taking space which I would like to reserve for my widgets). I grew to hate it as well as totally disliking the Google Now feature - those Google Now cards, never gave anything useful to me. The Google in house apps got better, but they still lack features. For instance two very useful apps I use are Calendar & Keep and honestly, Keep is ridiculously basic when compared with the competition. Calendar got better recently, but I still get annoyed by some missing features. l am also missing those live wallpapers from the Android 2.2 era :( ... I just think they were stylish and classy.
  • Wow, the slow camera makes it a no go for me. That should be a priority to fix.
  • "I've quite happily used the Galaxy S6 edge plus — another 5.7-inch phone" Well the edge screen makes ot easier to be more manageable... It is lile cheating :) ... And a waste of a screen
  • It's too damned small. - says the Nexus 6 fan
  • sort the complains by frequency:
    1) big phone for no so big screen
    2)slow processing camera
    3) nothing!
  • My take is I'm leaving sprint as I just got out of contract with a badly beat up LG G3 and will be signing up for Project Fi tomorrow... Now get this: $349/399/499 for 32/64/128 Gs!!! I'll deal with a bit of camera lag for half the cost of an S7 and plugging it in! Too Big??? NO. Less bezel would be nice... but man, for under $400 this phone is my dream come true! As a gardener, the low light shooting is amazing!