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Mobile Madness 2016 – Best smartphone: The Winner is…

by Roy Choi | April 10, 2016April 10, 2016 4:30 pm PST

After a month of fan voting and sifting through 25 smartphones, we’re ready to crown this year’s Mobile Madness winner. The fans have voted and have named the Huawei Nexus 6P this year’s Mobile Madness “Phone of the Year”. The 6P beat out the Apple iPhone 6S Plus in the final round. And what a fine phone. Big screen, decent specs, great camera, and all starting under $500. Pretty spectacular for a flagship phone running the latest version of Android. Congratulations to the team at Huawei for the Nexus 6P.

 

Nexus 6P

Finding the right balance is a near-impossible task. In cooking, neglecting to use spices can leave a dish bland and without personality; add too much and you ruin the meal entirely. The same thing can happen in mobile.

I’ve used and tested a lot of really great phones this year, but none have struck that perfect balance between design, speed, battery life and software. Some come close, but there’s always that one thing that keeps a phone from being The One.

The Nexus 6P is different—or comes about as close to perfection as I’ve seen. What I find most impressive is how the Nexus 6P’s excellence feels so natural, like it isn’t trying too hard to be the best. It just is. Everything works in perfect harmony to create one of the most exciting devices in a long, long time… read more

 

Huawei - Nexus 6P
Display Size 5.7-inch, 1440 x 2560 pixel display (515 ppi)
Resolution X 1440
Resolution Y 2560
Display Type WQHD AMOLED
Operating System Android 6.0 (at launch)
Processor 2.0 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 v2.1
RAM 3GB
Storage
  • 32GB
  • 64GB
  • 128GB
External Storage No
Main Camera (Back) 12.3MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 8MP
Networks
  • CA DL: B2-B2, B2-B4, B2-B5, B2-B12, B2-B13, B2-B17, B2-B29, B4-B4, B4-B5, B4-B13, B4-B17, B4-B29, B41-B41
  • CDMA: BC0/1/10
  • GSM/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900
  • LTE (FDD): B2/3/4/5/7/12/13/17/25/26/29/30
  • LTE (TDD): B41
  • UMTS/WCDMA: B1/2/4/5/8
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.2
Battery 3450mAh
NFC Yes
Connectivity
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • USB Type-C
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Fingerprint
  • Gyroscope
  • Hall
  • Proximity
GPS
  • Digital Compass
  • GLONASS
  • GPS
Height 159.4 mm (6.28 inches)
Width 77.8 mm (3.06 inches)
Depth 7.3 mm (0.29 inches)
Weight 178 g (6.28 oz)
Colors Aluminium, Frost, Graphite
Supported Audio Formats N/A
Supported Video Formats N/A
In The Box N/A

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Roy Choi

Roy Choi is a Southern California native. He has been infatuated with technology reviews ever since he bought his first crummy laptop in the summer...

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