The front bezels, both top and bottom, are somewhat large. You have two front facing stereo speakers (great ones) that require a tad bit of room, and the strangely thin profile (7.3 mm) means more extra room is needed somewhere for components. But the bezels still look a little large. The side bezels are thin, and cut the width of the phone to 77.8 mm. It feels a lot smaller than the Nexus 6 from last year does, and that’s all because of the reduced width. A little reduction goes a long way here.
Other than the stereo speakers, you’ll discover a variety of sensors, the front facing 8MP camera and a genuine RGB notice light at the top. Applications like Lightflow can be utilized to control the LED, which you turn on in the Sound and warning settings. The buttons are all on-screen, as expected on a Google-designed phone.
Other than the stereo speakers, you’ll discover a variety of sensors, the front facing 8MP camera and a genuine RGB notice light at the top. Applications like Lightflow can be utilized to control the LED, which you turn on in the Sound and notification settings. The buttons are all on-screen, as expected on a Google-designed phone.
Flip the 6P over, and you have a camera hump. It’s not about as terrible as the early (and spilled) renders made everybody think it would be, and it’s flush with whatever remains of the body. The hump is secured in tinted glass, and it holds the 12MP fundamental camera, the double tone, double stage flash assembly and a fancy laser-autofocus module much like the one we see in late-model LG phones. It fills in and what we see from LG and that is one of those great things I jump at the chance to specify. There is a little mouthpiece directly under the hump, utilized for noise cancellation while on a call or for audio recording when capturing video.
Drop a little lower and you see the ring. It’s the unique fingerprint scanner, and it’s utilized with the Nexus Imprint software for biometric security. It’s quick, it’s accurate and it’s easy to reach. In fact, all of the controls are easy to get to. Some thought went into their placement, and anyone with average to large sized hands will find that they are in the “right” spot. A few folks with smaller hands had to adjust their grip to change the volume or use Nexus Imprint when they tried using the 6P, but most people had no issues. The rest of the back of the 6P is just solid and smooth aluminum.
The Nexus 6P has a USB Type-C interface on the base. This is the heading all makers will be going, so I’ll not fuss about buying new cables and connectors excessively. It’s not USB 3.0 but does have the coveted bi-directional plug. We’ve discussed where to get cables here, and I need to second the suggestion for the iOrange 2 meter braided USB Type-A to USB Type-C braided cable from Amazon. I bought a couple to use in the office and the bedroom, and they seem tough and are nice and long.
On short, everything is well-assembled and very much planned. The Nexus 6P is still a large phone, however the reduced width make it less demanding to handle and more comfortable to use. We saw Samsung make the same design choices with the new Note 5, and they work the same way here. You get the extra large screen involvement in a bundle that is ideal to utilize.