Google Nexus 6P - Sprint

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To those that like Android and want something with the direct approval from Mountain View, the Nexus line is held in the same regard and anticipation as any iPhone or Galaxy release. This year’s Nexus flagship is the 6P, which builds off last year’s 6.

One of the idiosyncrasies of the Nexus line is that they aren't directly manufactured by Google. They’re designed and made by companies that have their own business in creating their own Android devices. Last year, Motorola took on the job of getting the Nexus 6 out to the Google faithful. This year it’s Chinese company Huawei. However, the version of Android loaded in Nexus phones are free of the skins, overlays and other modifications other place on the phones. To some, these modifications are welcome, but if to users of Nexus phones, the pure, unadulterated operating system is the draw.

The Nexus 6P is an impressive device. At 5.7 inches, with a well-sized phablet that comes in very usable data storage capacities of 32GB, 64GB and 128GB. The performance of the of its camera keeps up with other new, premium phones released this year with a 12 megapixel sensor that also shoots video in 4K. Google also included a fingerprint sensor with the Nexus 6P and with the introduction of Android 6.0 "Marshmallow", it also officially rolls out support for the biometric security scheme with Nexus Imprint. Users who’ve used the device and the fingerprint scanner reported it was accurate, responsive and fast enough to keep users happy with its use.

What’s most interesting for early adopters is Google’s/Huawei’s use of a USB-C connector. While this detail may be lost on most people, the USB-C port opens up interesting use cases in which the phone may be able to charge a laptop with another USB-C port. In addition, the speed of the USB-C spec is 5Gbps, which is probably much faster than users will actually experience, but no doubt it will be a very fast computer.
Rating: 4.5/5

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