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Rapid Reaction: Huawei Nexus 6P – mobileFreq
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That’s right, ANOTHER Rapid Reaction coming at you.  I swear this will be the last one for awhile…well at least until HTC has their new phone launch in a few weeks.

We’ve reacted to the Pixel C, the Chromecast Audio, and the LG Nexus 5X.  All that is left is Huawei’s gadget.  So here we go.  This is our Rapid Reaction to the Huawei Nexus 6P.

Kev’s reaction

Things to appreciate:

Design

I feel like every single Rapid Reaction starts off with “Design” as the opening thing to appreciate.  Maybe that is a good thing.  Maybe companies are making better-looking devices.  Maybe.

What is there not to like about the design of the Huawei Nexus 6P?  It is sharp.  It is clean.  It has curves.  It just looks solid.

nexus 6p side

The power button is perforated so it is easy to know what you are clicking.  It is also on the side of the device!  I’m so happy companies are embracing this trend.

My absolute favorite design aspect of the Huawei Nexus 6P is that black bar at the top by the camera.  It reminds me so much of the DROID RAZR of the olden days.  Fun fact: the DROID RAZR is probably my favorite designed device of all time.  Seriously.

Dual Speakers

Ever since my HTC One M7, I have refused to own a device that does not have front-facing dual speakers.  I just can’t.  Stereo speakers on the front of the Nexus 6P will make all forms of media much more enjoyable.  Good job Huawei!

Camera

The camera is nice.  Laser autofocus, dual-LED flash, 12.3 MP, 1.55 micrometer pixel size, and f/2.0 aperture make up just some of the main feature of the Nexus 6P’s camera.  According to DxOMark.com, the Nexus 6P is the third best shooter on a mobile device.  It is behind the Samsung S6 Edge and ahead of the LG G4.  THE LG G4.

Internals

As the Nexus 6P name implies, this device is premium on the inside.  It comes with Adreno 430 graphics, Snapdragon 810 v2.1 processor, 3GB of DDR4 RAM, 32GB of storage, and a giant 3,450 mAh battery that should get you through the entire day.  Oh and to charge that battery, you can plug in a USB C-type cord.  No longer do you have to flip the USB twice before plugging it in correctly!  Seriously you really can’t ask for anything more.

Nexus 6P USB C

All carriers

The Huawei Nexus 6P is available on all carriers in the United States.  I love that since the Moto Nexus 6, all nexus devices are compatible with Verizon.

Head scratchers:

It’s huge

I would love to carry this around in my pocket, but it is just way too big.  Like the Moto Nexus 6, the Huawei Nexus 6P is 6.27 inches long.  Width-wise it is a bit smaller, but still this thing is not a phone in my opinion.  It is a phablet.  For consumers who don’t want a tablet and a phone, something like this is a great option, but not for me.

nexus 6P is big

This guy looks uncomfortable holding the Nexus 6P

Huawei

I’m hesitant to buy a Huawei device after recent reports of Lenovo, Huawei, and other Chinese-manufactured phones having malware/spyware pre-installed at the OS level and the firmware level.

No SD cards

I don’t really have to say much here.  I think that I should be able to store my media on removable storage.  Not only does it enable me to have MORE storage and be limited to just 32GB, but it also safeguards me in case the phone fails to work.

There is my reaction to the Huawei Nexus 6P.  My initial thoughts are positive, but I think it could have been better.  We will have to wait and see when I get my hands on it to review it.


James’s reaction

Things to appreciate:

The camera

Like Kevin, I’m impressed by the camera that’s been put into the Nexus 6P. 1.55µm pixel size, 12 megapixels, dual LED with laser autofocus. The only thing it’s missing is OIS which is something you’d expect with the kind of money Google is asking for. Overall however, it looks to be a strong shooter in the mobile space.

Battery size

Clocking in at 3,450 mAh, the Nexus 6P should have plenty of juice to get you through your day and will the new optimizations that Marshmallow is bringing that we’ve mentioned previously you might even push a couple of days of decent usage before needing to recharge.

The fingerprint sensor

I think that Google has been really smart with the placement of the included fingerprint scanner on both the Nexus 5X and 6P. Placing it on the back of the phone just seems like a natural spot to place it. I think the majority of people could probably scan their finger using one hand rather than the needing to hold your device with one hand while scanning the other.

Head scratchers:

The size

I’m with Kevin on this one. The phone is pretty huge. For those with smaller hands, they’ll not only struggle but they’ll join the rest of us in figuring out how to carry it. With my current daily the Zenfone 2, I can fit that in most of the pockets on my jeans but it’s close. Even then, on at least 2 or 3 pairs of my jeans the phone sticks out a good inch or so. Is that a phone in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? Yes. I’ve had that said to me before.

Lack of removable storage

Any time I write about a phone and it has no removable storage, this will always be placed in the Head scratchers area. There’s no excuse for it and I find it really off putting that we, as consumers are always charged a ridiculous premium for a measly 32gb of storage. Hopefully companies will cut out this crappy tactic to make a few extra dollars. Sell us the memory cards instead!

Huawei Nexus 6P specs

Huawei Nexus 6P DxOMark rating

Huawei phones found with malware PDF

Recent Penn State grad who loves all things mobile. Has a knack for teaching and enjoys a bit of alliteration.

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