Is Google’s flagship phablet living up to the public’s expectations?

Well, I say that it’s by Google, but really, Huawei made the product.

Featuring a huge 5.7” display, the Nexus 6P is loaded with a stock version of Google’s latest mobile operating system (Android 6.0 Marshmallow), which basically means the bare minimum is loaded on to this phone.

The 6P is packed with 3GB RAM, and an octa-core processor – well, in fact, two quad-core processors, with a quad-core 1.55 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, but also a quad-core 2.0GHz Cortex-A57.

The 6P has Nexus Imprint, a fingerprint sensor located on the back of the device, which, when I first saw it, I thought it’d be an issue. But once you get used to it, it’s actually a really good position, as when you’re holding the phablet, your finger is near the sensor anyway.

The front-facing dual speakers are extraordinary. The sound is amazing. Extremely loud.

The front-facing camera doesn’t live up to my expectations, unfortunately. Maybe if you’re an Android user, you may think that this camera is good, but I had a feeling that front-facing cameras on any other phone apart from an iPhone would be bad. It’s not that bad, but the iPhone’s front-facing camera is definitely better.

Rear-facing camera, however? Love it. It really is amazing, especially with 4K recording, the 12.3MP camera is truly an amazing camera.

Photos taken with the Nexus 6P.

USB Type-C? Not a problem for me. Just one extra cable to carry around, and as the 6P comes with a Type-C to Type-C cable, as well as an extremely small USB to Type-C cable, Huawei make it even easier to allow your Nexus to be compatible with your other chargers and computers.

Lots of people were questioning why I went for the Nexus, and I simply said “because I fancy a change”, yet little did those people know, that the change I was looking for was a faster experience, ‘more bang for your buck’, and, well, a change of phone.

From switching from an iPhone 5c to this, I can honestly say, hands down, I am so happy with Android’s development. From having Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with my Xperia SP, I can say that Android have come along way.

I must say, however, there are two HUGE improvements I would suggest, which may not apply for you, but definitely apply to me.

Now these improvements don’t exactly have anything to do with the phone itself. It’s more to do with the operating system, but all I’m saying is that if these improvements were made, this Nexus 6P would be the dream phone to me.

The Android emoji keyboard, well, let’s say it isn’t the best.

Maybe it’s because of my history with Apple and me being used to the emoji-style that Apple have on their devices? Not sure, but anyway, I don’t like it.

I understand to a lot of people, this isn’t an issue, as not everyone feels the need to use emoji in their text.

With Android Pay now being rumoured to hit the UK soon, I find it quite frustrating that an NFC-enabled device is still not able to make contactless payments in the UK?! I thought that we would’ve had this by now, which is quite annoying. I honestly wanted to try out whole no-need-to-get-your-card-out-and-only-having-to-pay-with-your-finger-and-phone experience. I guess I’ll just have to wait.

Overall

Overall, this phone truly is one of the best on the market, in my opinion, and definitely competes well with Apple’s iPhone 6s Plus, and yes, I guess I can’t answer for everyone, but I can say it does live up to my expectations.

The Nexus 6P is now available in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB in Frost White, Aluminium, and Graphite.

The price attached to this review is from Vodafone UK with a £9 up-front cost followed by £35 monthly.

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Kieran Gray joined the TechFly editorial team in August 2015 and will be providing coverage for Apple and Gaming news.

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