Google Nexus 6P Review – Are You Troubled by the Size?

Google Nexus 6P

The Google Nexus 6P is one of the best smartphones that was released last year, not just in the Nexus family, but also in the entire Android and iOS fraternity.

The phone introduced a little-known OEM to the world – Huawei. The Chinese OEM is the third leading smartphone seller in the world, behind Samsung and Apple, however, not so much is known about the company, especially in the west.

Huawei’s products are not vast in the U.S., however, the fact that the Nexus 6P is a product of Google means that the phone’s reach included the latter company’s home country. With this phone, many came to know how good Huawei is with its smartphone designs. The Nexus 6P has a sleek all-metal design that features a curved shell crafted from anodized aluminum of aeronautical grade. You will find diamond chamfers encircling the phone, giving it a more than the premium look it deserves.

In essence, Huawei did everything perfect as far as the design of the Nexus 6P is concerned. However, some might be bothered by one small thing about the design of this handset – it is a huge 5.7-inch device, which means small-handed people have no place with respect to the handset. For starters, the phone has a massive weight of 178g. It measures 159.3mm by 77.8mm by 7.3mm, which means it is another phablet-sized handset.

As noted, the screen size is 5.7 inches, but the quality is unmatched thanks to a QHD AMOLED panel that manages a resolution of 2560 by 1440 pixels and a pixel density of 518ppi. Like or not, this is a massively huge display screen that cannot be handled with one hand.

Google Nexus 6P

In fact, Google (and HTC) seems to have realized this aspect of huge size and as a result, the company will be reducing the display size of the Nexus 6P successor, which is the Google Nexus 2016 Marlin. The phone will pack a 5.5-inch display screen, which should be a lot better and easy to use with one hand. As for the Google Nexus 2016 Sailfish, the size will reportedly remain at 5.2 inches, just like what LG did with the Nexus 5X.

The idea behind Google’s shift from 5.7-inch screen size to a slightly smaller 5.5-inch screen is basically because 5.7-inch panels are just not the ideal sizes, even for those with large hands. However, this is an arguable perception since every individual has their own preferences. Some will still enjoy the huge screen even though they never get to use it with one hand.

Do you like using the 5.7-inch Nexus 6P or would you appreciate it if Google made the shift down to the 5.5-inch screen size for this year’s Nexus phone? Please let us know in the comments section below.

26 thoughts on “Google Nexus 6P Review – Are You Troubled by the Size?”

  1. I actually love my Nexus 6. The 5.92″ screen is great. The larger the screen is better to read and handle. If someone wants a smaller screen, then they should buy it. But keep some phones with bigger displays.

  2. Having just bought one recently after my LG G3 crashed on me after almost 2 years of use, I really like the Nexus 6P. I do have the problem of accidentally hitting the power and volume keys when I try to grab my phone out of my pocket or putting it away as well. I do miss those buttons being on the back like the LG had it. I wonder if the size of the phone causes me to accidently hit those buttons or I’m just used to LG’s design…

  3. I have the 6P, and I love it. I actually pre-ordered it before it came out. I love the screen size, but yes it is hard to handle one-handed. The best solution to this that I’ve found is to have a case with a kick stand on the back that you can put your middle finger through for extra support. Also available are stick-on rings that provide the same support/security with the ability to be added to almost any case. I don’t think I’ll ever go back to a smaller screen after having the Nexus 6P.

  4. Love my 6p. Would pass on a smaller successor. I have big hands and want all the screen real estate I can get

  5. I LOVE the large display and would hate to find that phased out. It’s perfect for just about everything. I don’t need or want a table when I have this.

  6. As a Nexus6 user, I have been using the 5.9″ display for quite some time. I think that those who merely review these devices are only handling them for a short time. They may feel somewhat cumbersome at first. But like anything, some getting used to may be required. I am a small framed person by all accounts an can handle my device one handed without issue. I for one appreciate the larger display and would be disappointed to see it be downsized. In fact, I would rather see the 5.9 come back. After all. It’s not called the Nexus 5.5

  7. It took some getting used to but I really enjoy the screen size now. Does 5.5 v 5.7 make that big of a difference?

  8. Have the 6p live the size! Was the main reason I got it! Although Im a bug man and operation of my phone with one hand is easy.

  9. I love the size just fine and I don’t have a problem holding it with one hand either, their are a lot of people that want a smaller size, why I don’t know, love being able to see all of the details with the big screen, you lose that when you go small!

  10. Maintain the Nexus 6 of Motorola. I have small hands but ilove the screen size and front speakers.

  11. I had all Nexus unit up until now, all of them only last for two years. So no more Nexus for me.

  12. The size is a feature, not an issue. Everyone finds it strange, until you use it for a few days – and realize the benefits of a screen that can be read from various distances. And the weight is anything but “massive”. It isn’t for everyone (no phone is), but a smaller screen would mean an entirely different product, and unless a new model featured some massively compelling feature (physical keyboard anyone?), I’d not be willing to switch my 6P.

  13. Upgraded from Nexus 5 to Nexus 6P this year, found 6P too heavy and difficult to carry in pocket. Screen size is the only advantage, wish the next version of Nexus is lighter and comparable weight as Nexus 5 even if screen size has to be reduced a bit.

  14. Being a phone junkie, I have owned many of the larger screen phones including the Samsung S3 (considered a large screen at the time), LG G3, Moto X 2014 (Pure Edition), Moto X Style, Nexus 6P and now Samsung S7 Edge (yes, I have an expensive problem). All of these phones have their well documented PROS/CONS, but it really comes down to personal preference. This article caught my eye because the size of the 6P was the reason I bought it, but was also the reason I switched away from it. Quite simply, I loved the size of the 6P as long as it wasn’t in my pocket. But, when it was in my pocket I was always concerned about sitting on it wrong and it was just plain uncomfortable to carry around. I had a slim case which helped, but it provided almost zero drop protection and if you use a case capable of decent drop protection it becomes too large IMO. The main problems are that the screen to body ratio is too low and the edges are not rounded/beveled (like the Nexus 6 was). 5.5″ screens seem to be ideal for my use and they still fit well in my pocket. In reality the physical sizes of these phones aren’t that different, but it is amazing how little differences in design and sizing matters. I hated to give up the pure Android experience and access to immediate updates, but to me it was worth it. From a software perspective the Samsung experience is quite different (I still prefer pure Android), but I have been pleasantly surprised by the added features and the addition of the theme engine was a huge plus. A 5.5″ Nexus 6P successor would be right in my wheelhouse and if they get the screen ratio and case styling right I will be first in line to go back to Nexus.

  15. I am going to try a 6P now that $100US was just knocked off the price. I do not expect the new phones to be anything more than a bleeding edge experience (always stay one generation back). I write all the time (e.g. walking on a treadmill at the gym, etc), and note-taking is a bad habit; always write in the one document to be published (imho), and so the larger screen may add a touch of comfort.

  16. Best phone I’ve ever had. I like the size, even bigger would be better. My case has a kickstand, I suppose that helps. But the phone size doesn’t bother me. Love my 6p.

Share your comments here