While some onlookers were skeptical going in to Tuesday’s reveal, Google has managed to make two extremely sleek, well-made, yet very different, Android smartphones. They were worth the wait.
Google says the Nexus 6P is the “most premium” Nexus handset the company has had to date, and it shows. The all-metal build makes the phone feel more like a premium flagship than any other Nexus smartphone.
Though its 5.7-inch display is only slightly smaller than its 5.9-inch predecessor, the Nexus 6, the 6P doesn’t feel or look nearly as gargantuan. Google almost completely eliminated the bezel so the device itself is several millimeters narrower than the Nexus 6. The overall thickness has also been noticeably reduced. These changes make the 6P feel much more manageable than most phablets out there.
That said, if you have small hands like I do, then there’s no amount of design or engineering that can make it easier to operate a close to 6-inch smartphone with one hand. But I was pleasantly surprised by the size overall. Unlike the Nexus 6, the Nexus 6P should slide into most pockets fairly easily and doesn’t feel unwieldy when using two hands.
Luckily, with this Nexus launch, Google acknowledged that not everyone wants a phablet-sized device. In a market crowded with giant screens, the Nexus 5X will be a welcome addition — particularly for those still stubbornly hanging onto their now two-year-old Nexus 5 devices.