Nexus 6P from Vodafone 

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Early last summer I attended a Google launch I have already told you about Chromecast and Chromecast Audio. Here is a Chrome phone running Android Marshmallow (Android 6) – also launched at that event - from Nexus part of Google but made by Huawei and this one is from Vodafone, follow that, good.

Huawei Nexus 6P android smart phone
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The Huawei Nexus 6P measures 13.8x7.7x.7cm and weighs 177grams. The viewable screen is 12.6x7cm which gives the notional diagonal imperial measurement of 5.8inches.

On the right side are the on/off button and below that the volume rocker. On the base the USB 3.1 power connection. The left side towards the top is where your Nano SIM is inserted. The top has a 3.5mm socket for headphones. At the top left of the rear is the 12MP camera and beside that an LED flash and below this nearer the centre is a fingerprint scanner.

As the figures state this is a large phone but it is still comfortable to hold probably because of the solid feel given by the aluminium body. The rear is dark silver grey apart from the very top 1.4cm strip that is shiny black. The face is the same shiny black as sadly is the screen so you will need to keep it sheltered from direct sunlight to see the screen clearly.

Battery life is good at close to two days for the heavy user as it has a 3450mAh battery. In my less demanding tests I charged it once during seven days of tests when I was out and about more than in the office.

This is the first phone I have looked at that has an octa-core (eight) processor.

So you will not be surprised that switching between running tasks was rapid.

While more phones are now switching to Nano SIMs the small size does not affect the speed as I made and received calls in a range of locations without once saying or hearing the dreaded ‘hello hello’ followed by expletive that often affects certain areas where the signal is often poor. My web browsing was also excellent and nearly all the time at 4G so the Vodafone SIM seems to be king in London and the surrounding areas.

The boot takes 19 seconds and only on the last two seconds does it say Android on the screen the first name displayed is Google, shutdown is four seconds. A full recharge from empty takes a tad under two hours.

In was happy with images taken by the rear camera without them being mind blowing. The front camera is of course really only a Selfie taker.

The internal speakers are worth a mention in a quiet room they give quite a decent sound they are mounted just above and below the viewable screen area on the front of the unit.

This is a dual Nano SIM unit but one big drawback for some will be the lack of a Micro SD Slot.

It is a solid phone and was one of the first to have Android 6 simply because of the Google connection. My own phone has recently had the update through and so it seems to now be the norm for recent phones.

I found USB 3.1 does not like my Windows 7 machine but as Microsoft now try to get everyone to Windows 10 I can’t see them doing anything about that.

Details of price and availability for the Nexus 6 can be found on the link below.

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